Designer Spotlight: Eliza Lesser

 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.

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

CFC Flash Fashion Show 2018

  Photo by Silvana Frangaj, @silvana_frangaj on Instagram

Photo by Silvana Frangaj, @silvana_frangaj on Instagram

Written by Kevin Alvarenga

On October 17th, in collaboration with the Straight Edge, the Cornell Fashion Collective (CFC) hosted the 2018 Flash Fashion Show! The recently established Straight Edge has been an active voice in supporting student endeavors on campus. Through its collaboration with CFC, the two have been able to provide students with a platform for self expression. This year’s Flash Fashion Show route maximized engagement with the student population, designers, and models on central campus.

  Photo by Silvana Frangaj, @silvana_frangaj on Instagram

Photo by Silvana Frangaj, @silvana_frangaj on Instagram

Beginning at noon on Willard Straight Hall, the location of the recently opened Straight Edge, the walk had models go through Ho Plaza and the Arts Quad. Stopping in the center of the Arts Quad, models took a brief moment to showcase their looks and went back to the Straight Edge to conclude the show. The diverse models participating in the Flash Fashion Show  were representative of students across the seven undergraduate colleges. The Flash Fashion Show enables student designers to showcase their looks and to present their unique approaches to apparel. This year’s show served as a continuation of CFC’s commitment to empowering young creatives to push the boundaries of fashion.

CFIN x CFC Present The Brand Girls

  Photo by Grace Anderson, @grace.anderson16 on Instagram

Photo by Grace Anderson, @grace.anderson16 on Instagram

Written by Grace Anderson

On October 3rd, CFIN and CFC presented The Brand Girls, led by Rachel Bozik, to discuss female empowerment in the fashion industry. Bozik discussed why it’s important to have a professional confidence and how to grow it, recommending to train it like a muscle. She stressed the importance of having a clear understanding of “why you” when applying for an internship or job in addition to perfecting your resume and complementing it with a personal website or portfolio to show your work. Your resume needs to be visually flawless with eye-catching buzzwords that make you stand out among a sea of applicants.

Photos by Grace Anderson, @grace.anderson16 on Instagram

Bozik founded The Brand Girls out of her own struggles of getting advice in college. She quickly began to realize your network is equal to your net worth. To build your network, Bozik has three main tips. First, build your personal brand confidence-- describe your “why you” with elevated vocabulary to stand out. Secondly, boost your email confidence by contacting your network on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to increase the likelihood of a response. Make sure to have a catchy subject line and make sure to follow up in two weeks if you have not heard a response. Lastly, Bozik recommends building your networking confidence. An easy way to do so is by creating business cards with your name, phone number, email, and LinkedIn url for networking events. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your insight with us!