Channeling the Masters
[From Left to Right]
Carolyn Martin, 25
Inspiration: Coco Chanel
It took a few years with a head in a science textbook and a heart with no gratification for Martin to realize she belonged in design. Her looks combine Chanel's clean class and her own bold sass.
Lauren LeCastre, 23
Inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
LeCastre's advice for future students: Work hard, play harder. It's fitting, then, that she was inspired by the iconic DVF staple: A simple design constructed with fun
Sung Kim, 22
Inspiration: Sonia Rykiel
Inspired by the quirky Queen of Knits, Kim's collection employs sexy, modern silhouettes in an approachable palette of nude, black and neutrals.
Janell Clemente, 30
Inspiration: Alexander McQueen
Clemente was on the cusp of going pre-med before beginning fashion, but her surgeon-worthy attention to detail is clearly evident in the hand-stitched application of the lace on this gown.
Marie Hutton, 22
Inspiration: Ralph Lauren
In the imaginary studios of her Pennsylvania basement as a little girl, Hutton was a famous designer. Today, her tailored menswear plays with fabric weight and layers.