If you missed the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show, don’t fret. Kent Fashion Week, which will be held May 2, 3 and 4 at 157 Lounge, serves as an opportunity for the fashion design students to display their collections one more time. We sat down with Joslyn Allen, a senior designer and a major player in the production of Kent Fashion Week, to get the scoop on the big event.
What is the inspiration or purpose behind Kent Fashion Week?
The main purpose is to have something that is free for the public to come and see, and it’s sort of like an extension of the Annual Fashion Show because there were only 24 out of the 70 seniors that got into it. We wanted the public to be able to see a wider range of collections and to be able to see them up close.
What is your role or position in Kent Fashion Week, and how did you get involved?
Well, it’s me, J.J. Fecik, and Mike Pennick, and I guess we don’t really have roles, we just do whatever needs to be done. But I organized the model calls and fittings, and I contact all of the models and designers when things happen. I got involved because I saw Kent Fashion Week last year and thought it was really cool. By the time we were on winter break, no one was talking about doing Kent Fashion Week, so I decided to start a Facebook group to see if anyone wanted to do it. Both J.J. and Mike wanted to do it, so we all sort of worked together on it.
How many years has it been running?
This is only the second year, so it’s really new. But it was really successful last year, and it was more interesting than a fashion show, and we thought that it was cool that the designers sort of got a spotlight for their collections and were able to explain their collections. It’s new, but we hope that it continues.
Will it be set up in more of a runway or presentation style?
It’s a presentation, definitely. We have two collections showing at a time, and they’re 20- minute time slots, so there are six collections every hour. There’s going to be a collection on either side of an open space in 157 Lounge, and the models will be up on podiums.