PHOTOS AND ARTICLE BY EDITH YOUNG
THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS ONLINE BLOG: INSIDE THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SHOW, October 2016
"Maybe it’s the matching Tevas with socks, or the way the jacket silhouettes hang like post-race parkas, or the clean uniformity of crisp white turtlenecks layered under sleek jackets — there’s something about Allison Wang’s male models all lined up that brings to mind a swim team on deck at a meet. Wang built her collection around the concept of FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.” She saw a relationship between the social anxiety of FOMO and her desire to use every textile at her disposal, from traditional wool and cashmere to technical activewear materials.
While fabric choice, color story, and trim selections open up infinite possibilities in the field of apparel design, Wang gradually streamlined her design process as she worked to overcome her own FOMO. Wang limited herself to constructing her garments with only about five fabrics per piece, in an effort to train herself to prioritize the important and neglect the unnecessary. While the patchwork quality of her jackets implies all of the directions she hoped to explore at once, their uniformity as a collection speaks to the disciplined approach that Wang cultivated through her process. "
THE TAB, BROWN UNIVERSITY: RISD Designers are Heading to a New York Fashion Week Show Tonight, September 2016
"The 60,000 square feet venue is one of New York’s largest event spaces. Models will walk a complicated circuit while being scrutinized by some of the fashion industry’s biggest names (no pressure boys!)... Clothing is entirely handmade by RISD graduates and ranging from cutting edge and experimental to work-wear... Apparel students are not only using professional models but our very own Brown University hotties. Junior Ryan Simhauser, is heading up Allison Wang’s collection.
“Nah I’m not nervous at all, this is a once in a lifetime experience. I’m gonna tear this shit up,” the confident frat star turned model told us. As if we needed proof that we are the best looking Ivy… RISD Apparel Design seniors were selected by a panel of the fashion industry’s notables in their debut show in May. "
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