This past Friday I was invited to attend an exclusive VCUArts Pop-Up Fashion event at the Depot, a fantastically old former street railway station that was recently renovated and is now absolutely gorgeous. The renovators kept all of the original aspects of the building and gave it a major upgrade. The building is now used by VCUArts as an innovative art gallery, presentation space, classrooms and even dance studios. Down below on the first floor you will find Alchemy (not pictured above), one of my favorite coffee shops in Richmond for a truly authentic coffee science experience.
Photo cred: iPhone. Designer: Gabriela Villalon
But back to the event at hand. I was thrilled to be invited to this event and run into a few old friends (Hi Karen!), some new ones that I can’t wait to connect with, and even a few blog readers (still kinda crazy when people ask if I am Chic Stripes). The night’s main event was a runway preview of four looks by five senior designers from VCU. We were able to visit their tables, take in their business cards, look books and sketches and chat with each about their collections, their plans after graduation (some are moving straight to the Big Apple!) and their inspirations. Two collections were given special acknowledgements and awards for their commitment to using sustainable materials and approaches.
You may have noticed a lack of photos on social media which stemmed from a rumored rule of no photographs at the event. The show was designed as a special preview and some of the designers collections have not yet debuted. The one shared here gives you an idea of the setting and Gabriela Villalon has showed her designs as the VCU Qatar fashion show. The final VCU fashion show is now sold out, but photos should be flowing there! For those with tickets, I hope to see you there. It will surely be a fantastic and fashionably night.
Thank you VCUArts for having me!