New designer Sylvestre Cetina has hit the runway and we are loving him to pieces. This month the hip couture fashion and leather atelier won “Best Runway at La Mode Fashion Show 2018.
The theme of the collection is inspired by the Greek mythology of Persephone. The goddess was “given” to Hades by her father Zeus. The famous myth ends with Persephone eventually growing into her role as the goddess of the underworld alongside Hades. It is the heat of the attitude that is reflected in his incredible line. The collection echoes the #metoo movement, as she is obligated to be with Hades against her will, but he is much more powerful god.
“I found a lot of inspiration in dark themes and in nature. My red top is a silk 3D constructed vest, with a detailed pattern that reminds us of a rose and its petals,” said the designer. “The hakama pants are derived from ceremonial Japanese attire, and they are comfortable for all shapes and sizes. The black gown is actually two pieces: a tailored jacket with basques in the front to enhance the female figure and versatile lapels, drawing a new neckline, and the skirt that gets attached to the jacket for a more formal evening look.”
Adding on he stated, “The gown also has a tulle skirt in addition, to add more cover and enhance a look that evokes classic silhouettes of the past. The third look is also heavy on the tailoring, with a pegged high-waisted skirt featuring fins on the sides. It has a form-fitting bodice, with boning to enhance the female body in all the right places. The shrug bolero jacket has high shoulder pads and lets peek a silk red lining in all the right places. The lapels are also quite versatile, but here they are styled to turn and curl over the chest.”
While this is just a start of a successful mini-collection, the breathtaking designer hopes to expand the La Persephone them into a full collection to show at LA Fashion Week next year, as well as shows in New York and around the world.
“I am working on growing my brand and plan to expand my handbag line as well,” he said. “The handbag featured on the runway is made out of long-haired goat skin and has a red suede lining.”
Fresh off winning the top prize at La Mode 2018, “Best Runway,” his portfolio continues to grow on a daily basis. This year’s runway event showcased 19 different collections, each unique to a student designer. Professors La Tanya Lewis and Jan Ardell lead the event, along with Lorrie Ivas as the industry liaison and Wynn Armstrong.
Each of the students’ collections were judged by a panel of industry professionals, some of whom include alumni. The winner received various donated prizes from Joe Vecchiarelli, Blick Art Materials, an advisory board member, and support from the fashion industry.
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