Women in daringly short skirts and skyscraper heels. Bouncers in black suits and silver sunglasses at the entrance to a luxe show tent.
But this wasn’t Tuileries de Paris, the famed French gardens that host fall and spring fashion shows. It was Rosemont Middle School.
Waitresses served chocolate-covered strawberries and cupcakes topped with interlocking Cs, the logo of the renowned French fashion house Chanel, as the school played host Monday evening to its first-ever student fashion show.
“I wanted the girls to have a professional fashion show,” said teacher Janna Kasmanian, who staged the event as the culmination to her year-long fashion class. “I wanted them to get the experience of what it is like. They worked so hard this year. I wanted to do something they are never going to forget.”
And while the setting was impressive, nothing could upstage the clothes. Each of the 23 student participants modeled collections they had designed and produced during the class. They included avant-garde and formal-wear pieces, as well as those inspired by cultural and historical references.