by Chelsea Streich
Every year, St. Catherine University hosts a fashion show in which their apparel design students have the opportunity to exhibit their creative, one-of-a-kind pieces as part of their final projects of the year. Hosted by Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis, this year’s ninth annual St. Kate’s Katwalk centered around sustainable fashion and displayed St. Catherine’s commitment to preserving the environment. The show featured several collections by students including avant-garde pieces constructed solely out of packaging from various well known products, most impressive being a dress created out of Doritos bags (Cooler Ranch Doritos, for those of you wondering). The highlight of the show were the seven senior collections, which clearly represented each designer’s aesthetic to a T.
Ella Zak started the showcase with her collection entitled “Visions.” The looks were simple and cohesive while focusing on a minimalistic approach from the designer. Next, Natalie Stangler’s “Ashes 2 Art” collection featured bright separates influenced by the designers love of art and fashion. Brianna Westlund’s “Fool’s Gold” collection was feminine and classic – it was not only wearable, but meticulously constructed. Lauren Cici’s colorful collection entitled “Sustento de la Vida” included pieces inspired by Mexican folkloric dance dresses along with menswear. Designer Kaitlyn McClain (KMK Designs)’s impressive collection “An Unimagined Tale,” featuring looks that took reference from old fairytales and history books. Each look displayed the designers skills and love for fashion design. Yevette Willaert concluded the show with her collection entitled “The Wardrobe,” which included pieces constructed using a wide array of sustainable materials.
Overall, St. Kate’s Katwalk was not only an impressive, unique show featuring what is sure to be some successful local designers in the future, but perfectly represented the students and faculty’s commitment to sustainable fashion.