This summer, three students with designs on fashion are apprenticing with Shenlei Flasheart (SL name), CEO of the Fashion Research Institute and a highly successful designer in both FL and SL who (along with her many other achievements) has been teaching a fully-articulated fashion course inworld. Over the next three days, it’s my great pleasure to share a small sample of the student-designers creations with you. Bear in mind, these wonderful creations represent the freshman effort for each of the students (who are, by the way, literally traditional higher ed students in FL). I am confident you will be quite impressed with their innate talent when you take a gander at their work. By the way, you can pick up their creations for an insanely low price (double digits…below 50L!) in Shengri La (slurl below); no doubt the insanely low price is because the work is, as I mentioned, their very first effort. As their portfolio, expertise, and subsequent brand-recognition increases, I have no doubt pricing will soon more accurately reflect their wonderful creativity and skills.
Along with their work, I’m highlighting some of the jewelry I paired with the outfits. The jewelry pieces are created by the Shengri La designers who are finishing up their 6-month tenure in the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace, a program I curate and that Shenlei created a year ago to mentor (gratis, on an invitation basis) newly emerging designers. In early Spring, we held a phenomenally successful jewelry showcase – “Primal Elegance” – to showcase their creations, but their talent is so wonderful that it’s a genuine pleasure to highlight them again. Besides, the pairing of freshman student-designers with newly-emerging designers all made possible through the generosity and expertise of a highly successful FL and SL designer in Shenlei…well, such a collaborative mentoring relationship like this is pretty awesome, indeed.
Speaking of awesome…here then launching this first in a three part fashion vignette is Mooged by student-designer Palette Schuttelanz (SL name). This dress is Foe One in blue and is worn with Cocoon, exsquisitely-crafted jewelry by Yoona Mayo (SL name).
Another freshman entry from Mooged creation is Trae in Aqua (below), which like Foe One comes in a range of colors. Trae is wardrobed with a colorful loosely woven web jacket, shirt, system skirt and flexi skirt.