Feature: Impressions Preview!

By Laura Zhen

Designers are sewing up a stylish storm for the highly anticipated winter show Impressions next Friday! The forecast? A flurry of white, nude, rose, and bronze. For those of you who can’t wait a whole week, tune in. ‘Tis the season to be savvy. Here’s the report of what to expect:

Julian Ivann, senior of the collaborative brand Color Wood, is on our radar designing tees with natural elements. “We aim to create thought-provoking and conversation-making clothes, accessories and other products using sustainably-sourced products whenever possible,” he states. “We have rose graphic tees, and a lot of blues and greens. But we also have a lot of white, organic cotton and nude, bamboo pieces.”

In case of chic conditions, prepare for a Blackout and think of sun and beach. Senior Angela Wolverton’s Spring 2012 collection Blackout was inspired by vintage Hawaiian postcard prints. “I was inspired by the 1950s island style β€” but with a modern element to it. There is a lot of black, with a pop of color,” she says in reference to her line. “The silhouettes are more loose fitting and comfortable enough to go out or just to lounge around on the beach.”

Wolverton's sketch for Blackout Spring 2012

Some designers will be displaying pieces they created from this year’s Discarded to Divine, an annual charitable auction at the de Young Museum showcasing couture creations transformed from donated clothing. “I created a simple, short dress with a cheetah top, black bottom, oversized gold waistband, and a bow on the back. All of the fabrics I used were upholstery,” said senior Kiana Loo.

Senior Rebecca Cahua also transformed discarded clothing into new garments.Β  She mentions that one of her looks is a circle dress with a bustier top, made out of an old curtain and scrap fabrics.

At Impressions, Cahua will also be debuting sneak-peak looks of an upcoming collection from Designing A Difference, a self-started company comprised of San Francisco Bay Area designers that produces fashion shows for a cause. All proceeds from shows go toward selected charities. “The company was created to give new emerging designers a platform to which they [have] the opportunity to show their designs in a professional venue at no cost to them β€” while helping out the community.” Cahua said. She plans to raise money for San Francisco State University’s fashion program at their show in February 2012.

Want more? Don’t miss the winter show this December 9th. It’s going to be haute, with a chance of couture.

Bring clothes to donate to Goodwill for your chance to win prizes in the raffle. Prizes include: movie tickets, Starbucks cards, handbags, and surprises!