Latino Fashion Week Chicago 2008. Stepping into the Spotlight – Student Designer Showcase

October 29, 2008 • Fashion

Left to right: Estanislao Cabrera, Juliana Martinez, Hector-Javier MonArrez, and Nora Del Busto

Four students from Chicago design schools stepped onto the stage at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts last night to compete for the title of top Latino student designer.

Among the panel of judges was Steven Rosengard, 2007 designer of Project Runway; Henrique Kerch, publisher Factio Magazine; Erikka Wang, co-owner Akira Clothing Chicago; and Julie Gee, fashion buyer for Macy’s.

Each designer presented their collections of up to six looks. Student designers included; Estanislao Cabrera, Juliana Martinez, Hector-Javier MonArrez, and Nora Del Busto. Then, a la Project Runway, they brought out each of the four designers with one of their models.

This was an interesting approach, to give each judge the opportunity to tell each student what they liked about their designs and where they needed more work. I thought each of the judges gave both constructive help and praise where warranted, if not a bit on the forgiving side. For a crowd including many fashion design students, this was an excellent education for them to prepare for the future scrutiny they will encounter as designers.

And the winner for this year was Nora Del Busto! She was credited by the judges for both her creativity of her modern blue, black and cream color blocked pieces and the technique of her ruffled gown design. As a bonus, her designs will also make it to the runway at El Fin on Sunday.

For all the Latino Week Fashion events go to Second City Style Events or Latino Fashion Week Chicago.

Photo: Second City Style, Ltd.

—Carol Calacci

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