TOP DESIGN COMPETITION
The Top Design Competition shines the spotlight on a new generation of emerging designers in a exciting fashion competition with a highly coveted prize package. Kristine Pichon, 2015 winner, received retail placement in Hemline Boutique, a consulation package from NOLA Sewn, featured story in Amelie G Magazine, Brother "Project Runway" sewing machine compliments of AllBrands.com, a gift certificate from Promenade Fine Fabrics, a professional photo shoot with photographer Gustavo Escanelle, a business mentoring/consultation with World Trade Center, and featured designer placement at New Orleans Fashion Week 2016.
2016 TOP DESIGN COMPETITORS
Brandon Asberry –
Brandon Asberry currently attends the Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur. In his forth year, he is pursuing a degree in Fashion Design.
He draws inspiration from life itself to create an esthetic he describes as “modern couture.” He offers the guiding life mantra “Each day we are given breath is an opportunity to be inspired.”
Brik Allen –
After graduating from LSU with a BS in Apparel Design in 2013, Brik moved to New Orleans to grow his skills as a designer. He left his job at Saks Fifth Avenue to start hi line, Haus of Brik. For his debut collection, Brik drew from the eclectic architecture as agents of inspiration.
Brik’s designs feature structured silhouettes, decisive lines, and creative fabric manipulations with an emphasis on quality construction. His love of geometry and naturalism, as well as his flair for all things funky, lend to a fresh interpretation of tomorrow’s fashion.
Itchel Spears -
New Orleans native Itchel Spears moved to Miami to persue a degree in fashion design. He graduated in 2014 with an Associate Degree in Fashion Design from Miami International University of Art and Design.
Itchel’s aesthetic can be described as contemporary, minimal and innovative and he draws inspiration from art, architecture and contemporary culture.
Jessica Sapera –
At six years old Jessica Sapera would draw clothes on index cards, an early indication of an innate passion for fashion design. She went on to study apparel design at Louisiana State University and later a Master’s in Fashion Business Management at the University of Westminster in London.
She finds inspired in modern architecture and the juxtaposition of hard and soft. She likes to incorporate sharper elements such as asymmetrical edges, geometric patterns, and leather detailing with softer elements such as pastels and flowing skirts an homage to her belief that women can be sexy and edgy, while retaining their femininity.
Starting at age five, Katharine developed a passion and talent for fashion by sewing doll clothes, up cycling hand-me-downs, and creating her own garments. She went on to study Art, earning a B.A. in Painting from East Stroudsburg University and an M.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Sewing remained a hobby until 2013, when seeing a charity fashion show inspired her to pursue fashion design and create her line, House of Faust.
Mallory Hardiman is a recent graduate from The University of Alabama who studied Apparel & Textile Design and Art Digital Media. Her interest in fashion started at an early age, as she always dressed up and found herself dressing others. Her grandparents on both sides had ties to the fashion industry and slowly an interest in design began to form. After taking a high school art class, she realized she wanted to pursue a career in fashion design.
She has shown at Birmingham Fashion Week and South Walton Fashion week. Her design philosophy is simple: to flatter the female form timelessly throughout the seasons.
Megan Dean draws a strong familial influence throughout her work, starting with sewing lessons from her grandmother at an early age. She named her first small clothing line Mac and Mable’s, named after her great Aunt Mable and her best friend, a traveling pair of single gals that embraced adventure and looked stylish while doing it!
With the many tales, heirlooms and letters, she felt inspired by their strength and independence leading to her decision to push typical fashion boundaries. Each season, she considers the unexpected and entertains the improbable, just as her great Aunt Mable did on her traveling adventures.
Nicole Hogan –
Nicole Hogan currently studies Apparel Design, merchandising and Textile Science as a senior at LSU. She has interned in various programs ranging from production to design, including an internship with Elaine Turner. Hogan’s creative talents are not limited to design as she has put her graphic design and photography skills to the test with athletic teams, retailers and Mardi Gras Krewes. She is active in her sorority as well as various clubs at LSU.
Hogan describes her aesthetic as classic and feminine. She focuses on tiny details, angry lines, refined wit, texture and bright colors.
Ki'Yada Jenkins –
Ki'Yada Jenkins is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Apparel Design. She currently is continuing her studies at Parsons The New School of Fashion Design Online Campus.
She is inspired by the busy young women who are always on the go and want to look good doing it. She describes her designs as "easily transitionable from work life to play life."
Shannon Warren is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her passion for fashion led her to graduate from The University of Alabama with a degree in Apparel and Textile Design.
Heavily inspired by music, her designs are first a thought while listening to her favorite songs. Her goal is to create designs that fuel women with a strong sense of empowerment, confidence, strength, and style!