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. Sandhya Garg, 2014 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 2015.
2015 TOP DESIGN COMPETITORS
Ashley Andrews – A senior at Louisiana State University studying Apparel Design, Ashley recently won a scholarship from Cotton Inc. for a gown created from cotton, velveteen and alligator leather. With a passion for mixed materials and unique designs, she aims to pursue a career in costume design for theater and film.
DeAndre Beverly – A self taught, freelance, aspiring couturier. He started his design and seamstress training at sixteen under the guidance of his grandmother. Deciding to take on the fashion world himself, he began by designing for family, friends and members of his church. Beverly describes his perfect client as the “woman who isn't afraid to be seen.”
Jarred Henry – Former athlete and native of New Orleans, Jarred Henry currently resides in Atlanta and is the founder of SPK clothing. Originally a menswear line devoted to providing styles not found in stores, Henry transitioned to womenswear for the creative challenge. Rebelling against the oversaturated market of brightly colored, sexually charged clothing, Henry developed a brand around the color that “speaks” most to women: Black.
Jamie Rogers – Wife and sixth grade math teacher, Jamie Rogers has dedicated her talents to many roles, most recently as a designer. Sewing since the age of 5, Rogers earned her BS in Fashion Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Spring 2013. Drawn to a mix of interesting prints and textures, Rogers describes her style as full of simple cuts with delicate detailed accents but above all- filled with variety. Couture details and tailoring are her favorite aspects of design.
Katharine Faust – Katharine had a desire to create unique clothing at an early age. Inspired by an inability to afford new clothing, at the age of five, she decided to create her own. Though initially intimidated by the fashion world, she has found a way to blend her knowledge of painting and graphic design into creations that embody playful patterns, clean lines, graphic juxtapositions, and touches of feminine and vintage style
Khalilah Lavine – Brings both her education and experience to her African inspired modern designs. Graduate of the Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa and assistant to the designer of RF Textiles in Tampa, FL, Lavine is ready to showcase her own work. She possesses an ever-evolving design esthetic that includes influences from many decades, authentic African fabrics and the uniqueness of her fashionista personality. Determined to break out, she looks forward to sharing a collection unlike any current American designer.
Kristine Marie Pichon – Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana Designer Kristine Marie Pichon owner of K'Pich grew up with a natural talent for sewing, design, and illustration. Pichon graduated from Xavier University of New Orleans with a degree in Fine Arts and Parsons School of Design with a degree in Fashion Design. Currently designing custom garments and accessories for women, Pichon also donates her talents to charitable efforts through custom purse silent auction donations that benefit schools, hospitals, and charities across the country.
Marcus Brown – In his second year at The Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur, Marcus Brown is currently working on adding a heightened level of professionalism to an already well-rounded set of self taught skills. At the age of 12, armed with strong opinions about garments and style, Marcus began to bring his visions to life with the help of a glue gun, safety pins, and the occasional needle and thread. After years of traveling the country and focusing on dance teams and pageants, Marcus has developed both the confidence and skillset to bring his styles to the runway.
Rachel Buchanan –A graduate from Mississippi State University in Apparels, Textiles and Merchandising with a concentration in Design and a minor in Business, Rachel blends her multiple perspectives and an extensive retail background to create wearable fashions that fit a person’s lifestyle, not just the hanger. She describes her styles as beautiful but realistic. Detail oriented, Rachel pays special attention to the feel and durability of fabrics to create unique but functional styles.
Thomas Kitchen – Guided first by a passion for the arts, Thomas Alik Kitchen didn’t dedicate himself specifically to his passion for design until high school. With prior experience in photography, theater design and a major publication, Thomas created the brand Ahhleek dedicated to creating styles that make men and women feel elegant and beautiful. He hopes to one-day build a world renowned fashion empire featuring women’s RTW and women and men’s Haute Couture.