Rock the Runway 2014

The 10th Annual Rock the Runway was held at Kent State University on March 8, 2014. 

Fifteen collections created by Kent students were sent down the runway to the live tunes of the 80's band Decadia, all in keeping with the theme of "The Second British Invasion."

Emcee Steffahn Maclin, Kent student and host of the online talk show The Crown, kept the crowd entertained with his pure enthusiasm and charisma throughout the evening. 

The panel of judges consisted of Suede, Kent graduate, Project Runway alum and designer, Anne Siegel, Special Events Manager for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Emma Day, owner of Carnaby Street Style in Kent.

"I always love seeing what the students do ... it's inspiring to me," said Suede. He said he was eager to see how the students interpreted the theme - music that was popular before most of them were born - and displayed it on the runway.

The student designers competed for two awards: the Rock the Runway award chosen by the judges (accompanied by an all-expense paid trip to New York City to be mentored by Suede), and the Audience Choice Award chosen by the audience members via texting (accompanied by a $500 gift card to Mood Fabrics.) 

At the end of the evening, after careful calculation of text votes and deliberation by the judges, the line Beautiful Hot Mess by Susy Mei and Via Stacey was declared the Audience Choice award winner, and the line Depinned by Phantashia Hall was announced as the 2014 Rock the Runway winner.

Sunday, March 9, 2014