Music pumped through the Inn at Penn as the Dzine2Show annual spring fashion show brought the sixth anniversary of Penn Fashion Week to a glamorous close last Friday.
Professional photographers clamored at the end of the runway as DJs and College seniors David Marston and Anant Ahuja mixed an eclectic playlist. Students sat in a VIP section and snapped photos on a red carpet — no doubt the show was full of class and style.
True to the show’s theme, Masquerade, models hid behind ornate feathered and bejeweled masks as they walked down the runway. At times, the models lowered the masks, coyly giving the audience a glimpse of their faces.
Nearly all of the collections included a mix of bright colors and neutrals. Wharton junior Kelly Wyche showed a black jumpsuit with bright yellow knee patches. College sophomore Lynn Nguyen showed a blue color block top with a black skirt.
A second prominent trend was navy. College senior and Fashion Show Director Joanna Ehrenreich showed a maxi dress with a solid navy top and a floral print skirt and College freshman Nicole Malick showed a navy dress with a white eyelet back.
College juniors Huong Bui-Vu and Bernice Kong collaborated on an emerald velvet dress with a deep v-neck. And there was no shortage of unique and thought-provoking pieces.
Wharton junior Rashana Trim showed an all-over sequined hooded mini dress. Engineering freshmen Adam Warner and Mandi Liu showed a white chiffon cape dress with a multicolored chiffon flowered turtleneck.
Wharton freshman Joseph Yi and College freshman Erica Ma designed men’s pieces that matched the trends and styles professional designers at the show, Jack Wills and Brooklyn Industries, had presented.
Other professional companies who showed pieces included Rent the Runway, Smak Parlour, Vagabond, Knit Wit and on-campus outfitters Ann Taylor and Piper Boutique.
The audience burst into loud cheers and applause several times throughout the show. A single designer did not stand out as a crowd favorite and each audience member seemed to have a personal preference.
“I thought [Joanna Ehrenreich’s] collection was the best of the student designers and Vagabond was the best of the professionals,” College freshman Vinita Saggurti said.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful all of the clothes were and how professional all of the models were,” College freshman Ariel Ellis said. “The show could have passed for something in Paris.”