Last night, I attended one of the coolest shops, Mōksha Seattle, for an amazing fashion show, exhibiting upcoming and emerging local designers. This event was Mōksha’s second annual fashion show, titled, “It Was All a Dream.”
The whole experience was definitely dreamlike, also showcasing collaborations between multimedia and musical artists, and dancers with a street-performer edge. To add to the coolness factor, every designer in the show is a graduate of Seattle Central Community College’s School of Apparel Design & Development.
There were some very clear trends represented in the show:
Color blocking: Keeping the color scheme simple was a big thing for multiple designers. The “Sho” collection designed by Angelina Furusho was exclusively blue and black, making the trendy, textured vests and jackets able to go with anything. The fact that they’re reversible adds to their ease of wear!
Mixing patterns: There are different patterns you see spike in popularity each season, like plaid in the fall/winter. Designer Daniel King incorporated both floral and animal prints in every outfit, and he killed it. The amount of attitude in this collection is crazy and showed everyone that you cannot limit yourself to one pattern.
Minimalism: A majority of the designers kept the colors very mellow, including lots of creams, whites, beiges, pale pinks, etc. Collections were warm, yet sophisticated and edgy. Colby Whitlock’s “Off Season” collection had very earthy tones that perfectly encompassed the transition from summer to fall.
As if the amazing clothes weren’t enough, Mōksha owners Robin Guilfoil and Karleen Ilagan flew Oakland-based artist Jyun Jyun out to Seattle to play the fashion show.
Jyun Jyun took a multimedia approach to his performance, creating explosive, colorful projections onto a silk screen, and incorporating dance by local group, Shadow Shifters.
He describes his work as, “traditional, organic, and indigenous sounds meet new forms of electronic music, space funk, future rock, soulful vocals, melodic instrumentation, and bass heavy, galactic beats.” In other words, good vibes!
Here’s a complete list of the collections, designers and performers at the event:
Sho: designed by Angelina Furusho
Off Season: designed by Colby Whitlock
Walker: designed by Genevieve Walker
Ecks Design Works: designed by Daniel King
Nitta: designed by Dion Buchanan
Trevor Chapman @trevschapman