Here is yet another designer we are ecstatic to see in this year’s Runway…Gwen Smith! Read to find out more about her and her upcoming collection.
RW: Tell me a little about yourself (where you are from, age, hobbies)?
GS: I am from a small town near Buffalo called Olean, its famous for its 3ft squirrel statues, and I am 21 yrs old. I have a great family, with a little sister and teenager for a brother who thinks he knows everything. I love to spend my time hanging out with my friends and enhance my sewing skills by mending their clothes. I also love thrift store shopping; it’s become a hobby looking for hidden treasures.
RW: Why did you ultimately pick Buffalo State College to kick-start your fashion career?
GS: I picked Buffalo State because of its’ diverse location and campus…and because I was impressed with the growing program for fashion. In fact this is the only school I applied to out of high school.
RW: How have you developed as a designer since you entered BSC?
GS: I definitely think I have grown when I came to school I had really strong skills in computer programs but couldn’t sew at all. Now I am interning at Made by Anatomy and assisting sewing there. So I think that my technical skills have grown incredibly in the passed four years. I owe that to great instruction and great opportunity.
RW: Where have you drawn your inspiration from for you Runway 5.0 collection?
GS: I am following the cinematic theme from WGSN, and active wear for skateboarding. I want the collection to take an athletic and easy feeling on the runway.
RW: Where do you plan on taking your fashion career in the future?
GS: Right now I would be lying to say I had a plan, I have left all gates open. I plan to continue to create and design no matter what career I fall into after graduation.
RW: Who is your designer or style icon?
GS: I love active wear like Nike, but Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and I am in love with jewelry so I love Martha Calvo Designs.
Come see Gwen April 21st at Runway 5.0! Tickets are now on sale! You can purchase your tickets for both shows at two locations; Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, or through any WNY Wegmans.