Designer Spotlight: Julia DeNey

Julia’s collection was made in honor of her best friend who passed away last September, pictured above.

Julia’s collection was made in honor of her best friend who passed away last September, pictured above.

Written by Grace Anderson

Julia DeNey, and New Canaan, CT native, debuted her Level 3 childrenswear collection this past Saturday at our 35th annual show. The fashionable child models, always a crowd favorite, rocked the runway with confidence and pep in every step.

Captured by Grace Anderson, @grace.anderson16 on Instagram

Captured by Grace Anderson, @grace.anderson16 on Instagram

Among her favorite pieces includes a dress with a toke of hand dyed fabric, curved design lines. Another standout piece was a pant and top set also made with naturally dyed fabric with an asymmetric skirt on the top. Before the show, Julia told us she hoped the audience would leave “smiling and grateful for the friends in their life, and leave inspired to text, call, or snap a friend they haven’t talked to in a little bit.” She hopes her collection sparks encouragement for others to stay in contact with loved ones and cherish every moment they share.

Captured by Mark Vorreuter, photographer for the College of Human Ecology

Captured by Mark Vorreuter, photographer for the College of Human Ecology

“My collection derives inspiration for the joy, adventure, and brightness that best friends infuse into your life,” Julia tells us. Bright, warm colors were prevalent throughout the collection, as well as a sunflower motif being used in various ways and displayed on the digital backdrop throughout her show. Not only are sunflowers one of Julia’s favorite flowers, but they also invite connotations of warmth and summer memories with her best friend who passed away this past September.

Captured by Teresa Sang, @zsang_pek on Instagram

Captured by Teresa Sang, @zsang_pek on Instagram

Julia’s bright and heartwarming collection is in honor of her late friend who had a profound impact on Julia’s life since her middle school years. Her friend dared to challenge Julia to explore the world and test her boundaries, never afraid to get her out of her comfort zone.

[She] has left me with an endless amount of amazing memories. She was always supportive and could leave a smile on my face no matter how down I was.
Julia adding finishing touches a few nights before the show. Captured by Grace Anderson

Julia adding finishing touches a few nights before the show. Captured by Grace Anderson

Thank you, Julia, for sharing your colorful and energetic collection with us! We can only imagine her amazing childrenswear collection would make her friend proud.

See more of Julia’s work here and follow her on Instagram @jcurrandesigns

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