A mesmerizing spectacle of Ryerson’s finest fashion creations, Mass Exodus 2014 was a wild success for the talented students who spent countless hours bringing the show to life. As the largest student run fashion show in the world, Mass Exodus truly demonstrated the creativity and innovation that is cultivated at Ryerson. The young designers that were on display made their mark as taste-makers for the future of the fashion industry. They exhibited their imagination with several fabulous trends, which we have overviewed below.
Twisted and arranged on many of the models were gorgeous braids. Each designer transformed what may seem to be a simple plait, into unique hair masterpieces. Models were strutting with high ponytails braided down their backs. Another bold interpretation of the braid was a dyed, shocking pink colour on the sides of models’ heads. On the other hand, there were dainty arrangements of thinner braids crowned on the models as well, which created a array of hairstyles during the show.
On all types of garments, from head to toe, paneling was creatively used throughout the designs in the show. Designers delightfully paneled contrasting prints of florals and polka dots with neutral fabrics, giving all the attention to the prints on the garments. Mesh was matched with different opaque fabrics, creating a subtle sexiness and an edgy feel to pieces. Many designers took simple monotone garments such as blazers and pants and gave them an original twist with paneling with at the shoulders, pockets, knees and the side of the leg. The paneling produced a contemporary look and an overall simple stylishness to the designs.
In the case of the crop top, the motto was really “less is more” at Mass Exodus. A short and sweet garment, the crop top was reinvented each time it was displayed on the runway. Knitwear was cropped perfection, in cozy textured fabrics that would make you want to wear a sweater even in the summer time. The negative connotation that sometimes comes along with exposed midriff was duly dismissed and proved to be a unique way of dressing. With or without sleeves, in a variety of colours and prints, the crop top dominated the runway.
As a colour that typically is associated with sadness, blues achieved quite the opposite with the designer’s pieces. Used in an array of tints, shades and tones; blue was an inspiration to many of the creators in the show. Refreshingly seen in kaleidoscopic effects, hints of tie-dye and galaxy inspired prints, colour blocking and intricate designs; the surge of blue was relevant throughout the show. The blues of the runway were bold and exciting, and nothing close to dreary or sad.
Literally inspired by gladiators and heroes of the past, capes made a bold appearance on the runway of Mass Exodus. A rather unexpected trend, the cape was wild yet tastefully draped down the backs of models as they walked down the catwalk. The costume-like appearance of the gladiator designs established a feeling of strength and power in the show, flowing in shimmering shades of gold. Although not as shocking as the gladiator capes, other designs were distinctly modern, sharply designed in black, and put a unique twist on the outer layering of dresses and tops.