Channeling the Masters

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

[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

patterned material.

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.