Primavera Collection - UFW 2018
Utah Fashion Week has been one of the best things I’ve done with my 20’s. Each year since 2014, it has pushed me to try new things, and grow as a designer, and I am so proud of my 2018 collection. This year I did something new, and made an entire collection of jewelry to go with each of my dresses. I sourced materials ranging from vintage items, specially cut crystals, and brass stampings, and taught myself to solder, and I am so happy to say that this was one of those times where in trying something new, I discovered a whole new love.
My song for the runway was Carnival of the Animals, R.125: Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns
The Primavera collection is inspired by my recent trip to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and Sandro Botticelli's painting of the same name, meaning "Spring". The painting's homage to millefleur ("thousand flower") tapestries is referenced in the many floral elements brought into the dresses and hand-made jewelry of this collection, along with other natural and celestial elements inspired by the depicted characters from Classical mythology. You may also notice elements inspired by Catholic art of the same time period, specifically in the headpieces made to match the gowns.
Look #1- “Flora” - A periwinkle lace gown featuring 3-d flowers and bell sleeves
Modeled by Kaylee Watson
Look #2- “Rhea” - A champagne lace appliquéd on mesh in a mermaid silhouette with cape sleeves of dripping lace leaves
Modeled by Alexandra Day and Kaylee Watson.
Look #3- “Zephyr” - An ethereal, cloud like ball gown with a subtle lavender under cloudy white organza strategically appliquéd with lace leaves
Modeled by Caitlyn Greenburg and Kaylee Watson
Look #4- Grace - A Swiss dot mesh A-line gown appliquéd with 3-d flowers
Modeled by Alexis and Kaylee Watson
Look #5- “Chloris” - A sky blue strapless gown with an asymmetrical cape sleeve and 3-d flowers wrapping around the body
Modeled by Alyssa Walters and Lillian Casscells
Look #6- “Thalia” - A white 3-d floral covered gown over a bodysuit
Modeled by Miranda Averett and Kim Kienow
Look #7- “Queen B” - A black mesh column gown with a slit in the front under a row of black buttons, adorned with embroidered gold bees, dramatic bishop sleeves and a ruffled skirt
Modeled by Jenna Delarusso and Lillian Casscells
Look #8- Venus - A 3-d flower covered gold and scarlet bustier with a flowing English net skirt
Modeled by Kim Kienow and Kaylee Watson
Look #9- “Virgo” - Tiers of midnight blue mesh embroidered with sparkling stars
Modeled by Lillian Casscells
Look #10- “Calypso” - A finale gown with a dramatic cape covered in champagne stars, and a mermaid skirt featuring a slit in the front