The Legacy 2015: Missouri State University Fashion Show was held on Saturday, April 25th at the Springfield Expo Center. And let me tell you…
It’s serious business.
Part of what we wanted to do when we started Gritty Luxe was showcase the Ozarks in a positive way. So often, we’re overlooked and underrepresented in the fashion world. The Ozarks we know is a vibrant place with it’s own sense of style that reaches well beyond what movies and TV would have audiences believe about the people of the Midwest. MSU’s 2015 fashion show was proof of just how talented we are here in the “Show Me” state with everything from themed gothic collections to absolutely on-trend pieces that had us shouting, “shut up and take my money!”
Admittedly there were a few basic betches among the bunch that were super solid when it came to theory and design but just didn’t have us snapping our fingers and feverishly tweeting at the designers from the audience. However, when that first hint of green glitter caught our eyes, we sat up and paid attention. Up and coming designer and the epitome of a GRITTY LUXE babe, Emily Sardo, absolutely took our breath away with her Gotham City meets Mad Men collection.
Photo Credit: Emily Sardo
That jacket. Those high waisted structured pants with a green trim on the waist. That pleated skirt. We die.
We definitely weren’t hitting snooze button before Sardo’s designs hit the runway but we weren’t jumping out of our seats yet either. Her collection really marked a turn in the show and put us on the path back to fabulous. She was followed by designer Mckenzie Welschmeyer who reminded us of a trippy Isaac Mizrahi or festival wear for Kate Spade fans. All the clean lines were there along with a solid use of white and lavender to offset the bright neon accents she ran down the sides of skirts and structured dresses.
It felt classic but fresh.
Photo by McKinzie Welschmeyer
So we’ve covered weird. We’ve covered classic.
Just when we thought things were about to settle down, designer Heather Korte’s collection hit the runway and blew us away. The girl can plan a theme. Her collection was based off of the classic Ray Bradbury dystopian novel turned movie, Fahrenheit 451, and man did she nail it. Each model was styled just like the characters in the 1966 film with their hair, makeup and accessories complementing each look. Shorter dresses were paired with decade appropriate jewelry and knee-high socks paired with current and trendy heels that could have been seen on the streets in the ’60s or today
Photo by one of the super talented models: Kelsy Mooneyham
Our third and admittedly fave designer started off her collection with a white pant suit straight out of Sex and the City. We know the reference might be a little dated but babes, that sheer white crop top with individually stitched pale flowers above a high waisted pant, all gracefully accented by a long over the shoulder white cape was enough to make us give a standing ovation. How stoked were we when LaWanda Rose Darden won the award for best designer? SO STOKED! Plus: our friends over at Arts & Letters chose our lady LaWanda Rose as their local designer showcase for July. She’ll have a whole rack of clothes JUST for her designs.
We’re in love.
Photo by Joe Mercurio