LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Nine rising fashion designers wowed San Antonio at “The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show” on Monday, April 19, at Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. This year marked the show’s 30th anniversary. More than 700 Fiesta-and-fashion enthusiasts came to watch the show, which is organized entirely by University of the Incarnate Word fashion students, and focused around a New York-style runway.
All designs were crafted from design to construction, taking about a year to complete. Perennial mistress of ceremonies Ursula Pari, a KSAT-12 news anchor, introduced each collection and designer to the spectators. UIW fashion graduate Jacob Jude, an associate menswear designer at Macy’s Merchandising Group in New York, helped celebrate the 30th anniversary by showcasing his most recent designs. Jude has designed and managed many menswear categories including outerwear, suits and accessories.
Petrecia Falcon’s eight-piece collection, “L’art de la mode Francaise,” was influenced by “the grace, elegance and splendor of the Rococo fashions of the French Royal Court.” Her best was a rose-printed dress with a scalloped skirt and tulle adornment.
Georgina Ochoa designed two ensembles inspired by Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. They included a strapless dress and halter-style bodice with backless straight skirt. Belinda Fryer designed her eight garments with her daughters in mind focusing on their love for “simple, classic fashion.”
Melissa Jaskinia’s “Eye Candy” dress collection was constructed of “solid and hand-dyed silk charmeuse and silk chiffon with flounces and draping.” Matt Ilgenfritz’s garments were designed from ideas from post-apocalyptic movies and Star Wars.
“Everything was kind of futuristic-looking, post-modern and asymmetrical because I always wanted to design stuff like that,” Ilgenfritz said. “I wanted everything to mix and match so everything could kind of go any way you want it.”
A fan of the late Alexander McQueen, Ilgenfritz said he enjoyed following McQueen’s unique sense of style on the runway. “Now I guess I won’t get to see that anymore,” he added.
Leslie Wiatrek wanted her ensembles to be “fun and flirty” and “reflect personality.”
“I’m working in the bridal industry and so based on what I’ve seen in the store, I was inspired by that,” Wiatrek said. One day, Wiatrek wants to have her own bridal store and design one-of-a-kind wedding gowns. “I want to stay in San Antonio to get my feet wet and maybe venture off to New York or Chicago one day, maybe in Miami,” Wiatrek said.
Viridiana Garcia’s “The See” collection was meant for “the bold woman who would wear daring silhouettes.” Garcia’s three garments resembled patterns of the ocean. Yessica Prieto tried to find “a new trend with no color in particular.” Her collection inspired by ancient Japanese origami, consisted of six garments embellished with bows. Cassidy Klein’s “Sweet and Sassy” line surprised the audience with a collection for pre-teens. Her dresses were rich in color, and adorned with tiers of ruffles.
All in all, the student-produced show finished another successful year of fashion. Fashion Show Production class students each had a different hand in contributing. Sara Cuellar, a fashion merchandising major, said she decided to work on the model dresser committee, which assists with fast changes between scenes.
“It’s a lot of fun because I’ve never been to this event,” Cuellar said. “It’s my last year. I’ve helped out at several fashion shows. It’s a lot of fun and fast-paced.”