It was cold and rainy outside but it was a terrific evening inside at Philadelphia University last night when FGI Philadelphia members, students and friends viewed important highlights from the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear collections shown in the fashion capitals around the world: New York, London, Paris and Milan. The video presentation, compiled and narrated by Marylou Luther of the International Fashion Syndicate, included an in-depth overview and comprehensive trend analysis from top industry experts.
We learned that the 60’s and 70’s are back,, that it is fashionable to be comfortable, (shifts, loose pantsuits, fuller skirts, wrap dresses and caftans) and that tuxedos and male dressing are all the rage for this summer’s female. Details include peekaboo, see-through, sheer, skirts as veils. The colors are quiet and soothing. White is a go all year-round and the hot colors are yellow, orange and red.
Our fabulous panel, commenting on the trends and giving the audience advice about everything from production to career planning, included Mary K. Dougherty of Mary K. Dougherty & Associates and Nicole Miller Philadelphia; Dom Streater, Philadelphia-based designer and “Project Runway” winner and Doty Horn of ColorVoyant. Natalie Nixon of Philadelphia University introduced the panel and served as moderator.
Mary K. Dougherty’s advice is to take advantage of every opportunity offered and work hard. Dom Streater talked about her focus on well-made garments that are made in America (where all of her own line are produced). Streater explained that she would rather make 50 fabulous pieces that people will enjoy and keep forever, rather than mass-producing. Horn, who started out in fashion and parlayed her skills into home furnishings and later flooring design, talked about realizing your skills and your passions and carrying them over into a variety of industries.
The evening ended with networking and animated discussions between the students, many from Philadelphia University, the professionals, members and the FGI board. Many thanks to Sarah Rodowicz for assembling an excellent panel and to the rest of the board.