IN THE TENT at Boston Fashion Week: THE LAUNCH

By Hannah Kathryn DeYoung

The Boston fashion scene has never looked so good. THE LAUNCH, a show that features five designers from regional schools, had the audience oohing and ahing this year over bold African patterns and drapey, chic pieces inspired by all corners of the world. Each designer was selected as a new designer to watch by a panel of Fashion Group International and Boston Fashion Week professionals, and produced twelve-look collections for their debuts.

Achk Kombana, a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had 12 beautifully structured yet feminine patterned dresses and suits. Rei Hyun Lee, from Korea and also a graduate of MassArt, had a variety of looks which mixed traditional Korean style with k-pop whimsy and couture precision. Jennifer Miller’s showcased her Cali roots and School of Fashion Design in Boston education with a variety of flowing and cozy yet striking looks. Danielle Fernandes, a New York native and Mount Ida graduate, rocked the runway with edgy, dark jackets and dresses set to Free Stylas’ Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix). From Guadalajara, Mexico, Tatiana Cuevo’s collection of breathtakingly textured pieces rivaled that of designers like Chanel, with a more south-of-the-border flair.

Unlike some shows, I genuinely wanted to steal some of the pieces from the models; they were so cute and wearable! And while all the designers were spectacular, my personal favorite was Tatiana. Her textured pieces (check out the little black dress and green jacket!) were looks that I could easily see in Vogue or in my closet.

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