Designer Spotlight: Cassidy Lewis

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

Written by Aiyana Green, @aiyana.green on Instagram

The Cornell Fashion Collective enables designers to reimagine trends and incorporate them into their own designs. As a Level 4 designer, Cassidy Lewis, a senior from Planeview, NY, has participated in the CFC Fashion Show since her freshman year. For her, the biggest difference about this year is her ability to show a fully culminated collection.

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

She is excited to show her original ideas. Her inspiration originates from royalty, with the added twist of incorporating what a woman from this time would wear if the world wasn’t always a patriarchy. Her collection adds a feminist twist to a traditional theme. She is most excited for her final piece to walk the runway; she is keeping the details a surprise, but expect a big gown with a lot of movement.

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

Captured by Christina Chin, @christinakiara on Instagram

Cassidy explained that there is a lot of anticipation leading up to the show, and she is most excited for the day of the show, when all of the designers’ hard work can come to fruition. She can’t wait to display her pieces, as well as the creativity and artistry of the other designers.

Written by Aiyana Green, @aiyana.green on Instagram

See more of Cassidy’s work here and follow her on Instagram: @cassidyl1997

Jessa & Sloane: Where Are They Now?

Art by Alexander Schaef, @_alexschaef_   on Instagram

Art by Alexander Schaef, @_alexschaef_ on Instagram

Written by Sophie Meyers, @sophiemmey on Instagram

I thought I would check in with our two of our favorite e-board members from last year - Sloane Applebaum, last year’s VP of Finance and Management and Jessa Chargois, last year’s  CFC President!  They both graduated last spring and we couldn’t miss them more. Keep reading for life updates, and some excellent advice from two of your CFC faves. 

Art by Alexander Schaef, @_alexschaef_   on Instagram

Art by Alexander Schaef, @_alexschaef_ on Instagram

Question: I miss you guys! What are you up to now?

Sloane: I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I work for Procter & Gamble and I’m a process engineer in our Fabric Care division, so I work with laundry brands like Tide, Downy, and Gain. Most of my responsibilities are focused in managing and optimizing inventory across our supply chain. 

Jessa: I now live in New York City, working for Peerless Clothing, the largest manufacturer of men's tailored clothing in North America. On a daily basis, I work with the buyers of major retailers and specialties stores to bring tailored clothing to the masses. Peerless Clothing manufacturers and designs for countless brands, such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Michael Kors, to name a few. After work, I freelance write for Chillhouse's online publication, The Chill Times and the luxury resale site, Heroine. In my personal life, I've been working to balance self-care and work, trying to navigate the busy life New York City often brings to recent graduates. Truthfully, I am really happy with where I am. 

Via Jessa’s Instagram, @j_charrr_

Via Jessa’s Instagram, @j_charrr_

Question: What’s your favorite CFC memory?

Sloane: My favorite memory was on the night of the runway show, standing backstage and watching each collection as they took the stage. Seeing the show come together live validated all the hard work we’d put in for months, and it felt amazing to watch the audience experience our designers’ incredible work. I particularly remember standing backstage while Grace Lawson’s collection went on stage and locking eyes with Jessa, who was on the other side of the stage, and this incredible feeling washed over me like “wow, we did this!” It was without a doubt the highlight of my Cornell experience. 

Jessa: It probably comes as no shock when I say that my senior year and time at Cornell University was greatly impacted by the Cornell Fashion Collective. It was an absolute honor to lead this organization as President, and it was a period of personal growth for myself. Truthfully, my favorite memory was having the opportunity to send out each model on to the runway for the sold-out crowd last March. Watching the beaming faces of the designers as their friends and models take the catwalk in their creations is a unique experience like no other, and it was truly an honor to watch the magical night come together, surpassing all of our expectations. 

Images via Sloane & Jessa’s Instagrams: @sloaneapplebaum & @j _charrr_

Question:What have you learned from your experience as vice president/president of CFC?

Sloane: My role in CFC taught me how to be an effective leader to all different kinds of people. Being the VP of Management and Finance allowed me to work on both the creative and financial sides of the show. Each side had different challenges and aspirations; the designers are really passionate about the beauty and excitement of the show, and the management team focuses in on the logistics, making sure the evening runs smoothly. I got to be a part of both thought processes, which taught me so much about compromise and balance. I also learned how to lead my peers, which was so challenging at first, but now being in the workplace and interacting with people of all ages, I’ve been able to continue building on the skills I developed as a leader of CFC. 

Jessa: As a past president of the Cornell Fashion Collective, I had to work with an array of personalities, something that prepared me for the professional workforce. I learned a lot about how I personally handle stress and planning, as well as how I can motivate my peers in unique ways. I've learned that I am a passionate leader who can benefit by listening to my team, and just because I have an idea of how to deal with a situation, sometimes others have more logical ways to handle a problem. 

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Question: Do you have any advice for current CFC members?

 Sloane: I look back on my time at Cornell and think about the things that used to stress me out - exams, deadlines, late nights in Olin. Once you graduate, all those things seem so unimportant. I wish I’d spent more time on the things that made me happy. I found so much joy in my extracurriculars at Cornell, and while I wouldn’t downplay the importance of class, I would say that my clubs and leadership positions are what really prepared me to take on my life after college. So I guess my advice would be, throw yourself into your passion, spend your time doing what you love, and always leave your organization/club/team/group better than you found it.  

Jessa: Do not let yourself become complacent. If you create and lead based on what we "have always done", you will not advance the organization to the positive future we all foresee. Believe in yourself, because if you do, others will follow. 

Written by Sophie Meyers, @sophiemmey on Instagram

Follow Sloane and Jessa on Instagram: @sloaneapplebaum & @j _charrr_

Designer Spotlight: Stephanie Laginestra

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

Written by Melisa Kreismanis, @melisakreismanis on Instagram.

Stephanie Langinestra is a Junior designing for the Cornell Fashion Collective’s 35th Annual Runway Show. She is an experienced Level 3 designer from the town of Fairfield, Connecticut and this will be her third year participating in the show. Langiestra is an Apparel Design major in the College of Human Ecology, and she is eager to showcase her five pieces and to exhibit her distinctive style.

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

Throughout the design process, I’ve had the ability to explore shape and structure and see how it is used in clothing to portray various emotions and ideas.

As a Level 3 designer, Langinestra had the freedom to focus her collection towards her own topic of interest. Her collection concentrates on three dimensional structure and space, inspired by the architecture and the commonalities between various forms of art. Langinestra wanted to bring attention to the idea that all art forms, whether it be fashion design or architecture, use dimensionality to create an emotional or thought provoking effect.

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

Captured by Ben Parker, @bxpphoto on Instagram

The collection uses a subtle color palette of blacks, whites, greys, and blues in order to highlight the shape of the garments and create a strong emphasis on three dimensional structure. Langinestra is excited to see how her designs are going to be read by the audience and how people will interpret her collection.

Designer Spotlight: Margaux Neborak

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Written by Anjali Velu

As a member of the Cornell Fashion Collective since her freshman year, Margaux Neborak revels in the creative freedom offered to her as a senior level 4 designer. Her love for fashion began in her high school design class – a love that has led her from sewing tote bags to designing luxe gowns. In her final collection for CFC, Neborak’s several years of experience will culminate in a truly sensational demonstration of her talent. 

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Over the last few years, Neborak’s time at Cornell has been supplemented with various internships that have shaped her signature style and passion for couture. Her most recent internship with Hayley Paige in New York this past summer catapulted her into the world of bridal design. Inspired by designers Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang, Neborak sought to create her own line of bridalwear. 

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Neborak’s collection will feature eight gowns that can be best described as nouveau niche: a modern take on the traditional wedding gown. Her central inspiration comes from the music genre of EDM, which emphasizes electric euphoria juxtaposed with organic repetition. Neborak hopes her designs will evoke the vibe of EDM through her use of geometry whilst still maintaining the ethereality of traditional bridal silhouettes.

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Captured by Jing Jiang (JJ), @jjingjjiang on Instagram. Follow Margaux at @margaux_neborak on Instagram.

Neborak’s advice for young designers is to always take advantage of opportunities to be unconditionally creative. She appreciates the platform the Cornell Fashion Collective has given her to define her personal goals and interests and looks forward to sharing her final bridal collection at the show!

Written by Anjali Velu, @avelua on Instagram.

To see more of Margaux’s work, head to her website www.margauxfashiondesigns.com.

Designer Spotlight: Juliana DaRoza

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Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Juliana at @j.daroza on IG.

Written by Owen Sullivan

Cornell Fashion Collective’s annual fashion show features both seasoned designers—seniors who have played a role in previous years' shows—and freshman, eager to showcase their first collections. Among these freshmen is Juliana DaRoza, an aspiring designer from San Francisco, California.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Juliana at @j.daroza on IG.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Juliana at @j.daroza on IG.

DaRoza was introduced to the world of fashion from a young age, as her mother is an artist and designer herself. DaRoza says it is she who inspired her to pursue fashion. “As a little girl, like most little girls, I looked up to my mom, an artist and designer, and dreamed of doing the things she did. I spent hours in her studio, danced around fabric stores, and while most little girls played dress-up, I was making the dresses.” As she grew older, DaRoza was captivated by the unifying power of clothing. She cites this unique characteristic as her favorite part of fashion design. “In my mind, fashion is the only industry that connects everyone in the world, whether they know it or not. Everyone needs clothing, and for the most part wears clothing.”

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Juliana at @j.daroza on IG.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Juliana at @j.daroza on IG.

DaRoza’s first collection is predicated upon the theme of gender roles—the theme chosen for all level one and two designers. When constructing her collection, DaRoza drew influence from a couple of fashion’s greats: Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. It was Laurent’s 1964 collection specifically, that DaRoza studied in preparation for her own collection—a collection that DaRoza says, “captures the concepts of intimacy and the feelings of touch mixed with the ideas of power and confidence.” It will be exciting to see the way in which DaRoza’s work develops as she cultivates her very first collection for Cornell Fashion Collective!

Written by Owen Sullivan, @owen_sullivan303 on IG

Designer Spotlight: Eliza Lesser

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Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Eliza at @elesser on IG.

Written by Christie Raymond

Eliza is a junior in the College of Human Ecology majoring in Fiber Science and Apparel Design. This is her third year participating in the Cornell Fashion Collective annual fashion show. She says, “Something about fashion that I’ve always been fascinated with is its capacity to understand the zeitgeist of what is going on in the world and portray it in a way that captivates people.” As a level 3 designer in the club, she looks forward to showcasing her very own collection for the first time on March 9th 2019. 

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Eliza at @elesser on IG.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Eliza at @elesser on IG.

Eliza was born and raised in Manhattan and is incredibly inspired by the place that she grew up and the urban lifestyle that New York City represents. She speaks specifically to her collection when she says, “Much of modern industrial architecture combines functionality and visual appeal. My collection is influenced by these architectural themes that marry urbanism with unique design to promote utility. By emphasizing exposed elements of structure, the pieces mirror industrial methods, means, and materials in construction.  The ethos used in the construction of modern industrial architecture is applied to the design of this urban, streetwear inspired collection.”

All I’ve ever wanted to do was find an outlet for my own statement, my own aesthetic, and my own perspective… it’s my turn, and I’m excited.

Eliza has been experimenting with various stylistic techniques including implementing elevated hardware into her designs as a way of “remixing the expected.” Through this experimentation, she has found a particular interest in denim and feels that this is a fabric that she personally identifies with. Alongside her strong interest in youth cultures from the past and present, Eliza is fascinated by the evolution of the denim fabric and its significance in women’s empowerment. What started as a fabric invented by Levi Strauss in 1873 for the average working man has become the symbol of streetwear as we know it today. Eliza says that denim exemplifies the spirit of our youth and is an outlet for individual expression.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Eliza at @elesser on IG.

Captured by Crystal Navellier, @crystalnavellier on IG. Follow Eliza at @elesser on IG.

Eliza plans to use denim as a focal point for this urban inspired collection. She says, “What differentiates us from other generations is that we’re so fascinated with individuality, so I really want to create a collection that offers someone the palette to feel confident in their individuality.”

Eliza is incredibly grateful for the Cornell Fashion Collective and the platform that it gives her to showcase her work. She says that it is truly inspiring to be working alongside designers that have such unique and creative minds. For the upcoming show she is really looking forward to discovering her own aesthetic identity and creating a collection that represents who she is as a designer.

Written by Christie Raymond, @christieraymond13 on IG

Designer Spotlight: Mia Campolo

Captured by Jee Yoon Lim, @jee.lim_ on IG

Captured by Jee Yoon Lim, @jee.lim_ on IG

Written by Nikki Simonson

Chicago native Mia Campolo ‘19 is an FSAD senior and 4th level designer for CFC. “I have been waiting to show my senior collection for 4 years!” Mia tells us. Her Instagram (@miacampoloportfolio) showcases her incredible fashion illustrations— we can only imagine what her collection has in store!

Captured by Jee Yoon Lim, @jee.lim_ on IG

Mia’s upcoming CFC collection is inspired by the history of sexism in the production of mens and womens clothing. When asked about her inspiration, she states that the example that prompted her exploration of the topic is how womenswear traditionally was never made with pockets.

The reasoning behind this is to due to men not wanting women to be able to carry their own money, weapons, identification, etc. Thus, an expectation was set that a woman could never go anywhere on their own without a man.

You can follow Nikki Simonson at @nikkisimonson on IG. To see more of Mia’s work, head to her IG @miacampoloportfolio.

Designer Spotlight: Katherine Williams

Level 3 Designer and CFC E-Board Member Katherine William’s dress form, follow @katherinewilliams_design on IG for more updates

Level 3 Designer and CFC E-Board Member Katherine William’s dress form, follow @katherinewilliams_design on IG for more updates

Written by Christian St. Germaine

The Cornell Fashion Collective provides an outlet for talented Cornell students to showcase their individuality through experimentation and design. For Junior designer Katherine Williams from New Jersey, CFC allows her the freedom to be creative in while pursuing something she loves. While attending school in New Jersey, she discovered her passion for fine arts with a focus on sculpture. Now majoring in Fiber Science with a minor in Architecture, she finds inspiration through the intermixing of three-dimensional structure with human form.

Katherine William’s mood board and inspiration, follow @katherinewilliams_design on IG for more updates

Katherine William’s mood board and inspiration, follow @katherinewilliams_design on IG for more updates

For Katherine, each design is more similar to artwork than clothing, with the intention to let the human wear the form rather than the form fit to the human. Her interests in Architecture add certain influences on structure, shape, and form, allowing for creation of unique conceptual fashion. 

This year she plans to utilize the theme “Ensemble” for her pieces in the Cornell Fashion Show, with inspiration for the theme stemming from the idea that the human body functions much like an orchestra. Her work will examine the relationship between musical instruments and their connection to the human form. Katherine is excited for the chance to showcase her pieces at the upcoming fashion show this spring, and can’t wait to see the wonderful work of her fellow designers. 

Written by Christian St. Germaine, @csaint66 on Instagram