Last week I got to attend the latest incarnation of Runway 3.0, an annual fashion event put on by the Buffalo State College fashion and textile technology program created to highlight the designs of their students as well as more established designers working in or connected to the Western New York area. In this odd circumstance, I was not there to work as a photographer, but rather as a writer for a regional fashion publication who wanted me to document the show from a photographer’s point of view. I was however able to grab some quick iPhone images of the event to share, even in low quality, some of the stunning designs that were created by the students and designers involved. The amount of production put into the show by Erin Habes, the coordinator of the Runway 3.0 program, is astonishing. This was no typical school event, all the elements of a major market fashion show were in place; a collection of wearable fiber art in a private VIP exhibition, catering and drinks to shame the most opulent parties, an amazing venue, professional stage production and lighting to present the garments in the best possible light, and the participation and support of major designers like Adam Lippes.
There was nothing about the show that was not impressive, well produced, and visually stunning. There was a definite sense of the future and innovation in the show, especially in the work of standout designer Tess Hinterbichler whose forward thinking designs combined a sense of simplicity with a modern aesthetic and chameleonic mutability. also represented was Morgen Love, a more established designer who I have had the pleasure of working with many times. Morgen unveiled several new pieces from her latest collection, a combination of classic aesthetics mixed with a modern primitive influence. For a long time, Buffalo has sat between the circle of influences of Toronto and NYC, especially in terms of fashion and the arts. People often ignore that Buffalo is a style conscious and fashion forward city because it is not a major fashion market itself. Impressive events like Runway 3.0 are beginning to prove that Buffalo is a viable venue for fashion education and consumption.