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Senior Spotlight: Meisha Larkins

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. Leading up to the show, we will be focusing in on each of our senior designers and learning about the road that lead them to where they are now. The next senior designer we will be spotlighting is Meisha Larkins.


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Runway 6.0 Theme – “Year of the City”

When: Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Where: Buffalo State College Social Hall

What is a bit? A bit is a single numeric value, either ‘1’ or ‘0’, that encodes a single unit of digital information. What is a byte? A byte is a sequence of bits; usually eight bits equal one byte.

Bits and bytes encompass the essence of how our designers for RUNWAY 6.0 will focus on their inspirational visuals for our city theme. Simple or complex, singular or multiple, bit or byte.

Idiomatic, Wonderlab and the Story of Now are the primary WGSN ss13 directions. Once a primary direction is determined, student designers can pick Citybits or Citybytes as inspirational research.

Both bits or bytes will be linked to the City of Buffalo to celebrate Buffalo State College’s “year of the city”.

All Buffalo State College Fashion Students will have access WGSN on the Buffalo State Web page, scroll to the bottom, locate and click on E.H. Butler Library. Click on Library Databases A-Z . Click on W and select WGSN [Worth Global Style Network]. You will have to input your NT user name and password to access WGSN.







Idiomatic WGSN ss13 Trend

Idiomatic means “having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts.” The essence of Idiomatic is take a singular approach to inspiration; be inspired by a single representation of diversity or element in the city, but don’t mix or clash with others. Take a singular perspective. Don’t dilute or contaminate, update and respect the authentic of what inspires you. Look at everything that surrounds you locally. Look at subcultures of the city. The statement “support our local …” can serve as a powerful inspiration for design. Local advertising, local groceries, local bars, local art galleries,[including the Burchfield of course] etc, etc. local tourist sites, local media, news, images, neighborhoods, local cultural communities and the traditions they bring. Think about anything local and how you can use it to inspire a concept/mood. A single building like City Hall, the new city court building or the Richardson complex. just to name a few. There are numerous inspirations for this theme.






Wonderlab WGSN ss13 Trend – The essence of the Wonderlab theme is Science beginning to influence a new aesthetic. Your inspirations should formulate from all things Science and Buffalo is becoming known for high tech bioinformatics. Learn more about it for this them.

Buffalo is building a highly successful high tech industry. The Wonderlab inspiration and color direction can inspire many related sub concepts. Some examples of WGSN sub concept examples of the Wonderland direction are Night Visions, Infectious Beauty, Biopsychedelic, Color Bleeds, Molecular, Surreal Scapes, Shifting Color, Microscopic Structure. When developing you subconcept for this theme remember find either one [bit] particular inspirational image or several [bytes] inspirational images that you can use to really pull color, shapes, textures and patterns from.

Story of Now





The Story of Now WGSN ss13 Trend – The essence is the focus on the reality of the present. Inspiration. The focus is on what is around us here and now and how do we interact with it. We also focus on how we interpret and digitally archive our present reality for the future.

Since we are all here and now in the city of Buffalo this WGSN ss13 directions should be relatively easy to link [bits or bytes] to the year of the city of Buffalo. You can take a walk down Elmwood Avenue [Elmwood Village}, Allentown, the Allentown Art Festival.the Buffalo zoo, Delaware Park, , the Historical Museum [the pat as it is presented in the now] or Canalside, famous Buffalo architecture, or anywhere around Buffalo and start snapping away. Use the shapes, sounds, people, buildings, architectural feel of neighborhoods, street fairs, events that you experience to inspire you. Digitally you can use countless Buffalo images from the current news and user uploads as well as actual news feed. Google images for Buffalo Gardenwalk, Buffalo Churches, city of buffalo Elmwood village or Allentown or Blackrock, Buffalo Harbor, etc, etc. The best research is just to explore and take your own shots. Ask your friends on Facebook to take some images of their perspective of Buffalo and incorporate those into your concept. Some things to focus in on could be window displays or store fronts, or doors or buildings of the city. Building, doors or storefronts can be grouped into categories of bars, retail, tattoo shops, food shops, restaurants, any category that inspires you. Here and Now inspirations under WGSN include Typography and or logos, your inspirations could come from local logos or signage in the city. Also mentioned are the universal language of pictograms, simple images to represent a grouping of what you see in the city, they can be combined to represent any of the previously mentioned categories. Even city dogs you see while walking around the city or visiting animal shelters can serve as an inspirational source.

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Interview: Senior Designer Alana Fogel

Runway 5.0 is TOMORROW! The designers are preparing their last minute touches to their garments, and the production team is setting up an amazing venue at the Pierce Arrow Building. One of the senior designers, Alana Fogel, tells us a little about her collection, as well as her journey into becoming a designer.


RW: Tell me a little about yourself (where you are from, age, hobbies)?

AF: So im 22 years old, born in Brooklyn, and currently living on Long Island. I am a drummer, a huge New York Rangers fan, a radio talk show host and a movie enthausist.


RW: Why did you ultimately pick Buffalo State College to kick-start your fashion career?

AF: Buffalo State sort of picked me. I was accepted as a freshman but chose another school and hated it. Which lead me to my transfer as a sophmore to Buffalo and now I will be finishing my degree from here.


RW: How have you developed as a designer since you entered BSC?

AF: I know the growing process is still occuring and will be noticed more when I am working in my future. 

RW: Where have you drawn your inspiration from for you Runway 5.0 collection?

AF: My inspiration for my collection was 1940’s war movies. I love history and movies and the 40’s was a time period I didn’t get a chance to review the fashion and I wanted to bring something old and turn it modern – for a sophisticated woman.


RW: Where do you plan on taking your fashion career in the future?
AF: I aspire to have a bridal gown company that turns global. I would be interested in special occasion as well, but wedding gowns has always been my passion.

RW: Who is your designer or style icon?

AF: To pick just one icon would just be cruel. I love everything from Betsey Johnson to Oscar De La Renta.


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Thank you…

To Tony Walker & Company for giving us some great swag bags for the VIP Section!

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Check out…

This awesome article written by the college relations staff at Buffalo State College! Click here for the link.

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Runway 5.0 Submissions and Updates!

Runway 5.0 Submissions & Other Updates:

  • Due to the incredible turnout yesterday at the Runway 5.0 submission review, the judges will need another day to discuss the submitted garments. Please check back tomorrow at noon to see if your garment was chosen.
  • Don’t forget about our Vitamin Water & New Era Contest…submissions are due 4.11.12 to BSCRunway@gmail.com. Designs should be in four colors or less (or the shirt color can be the 5th color utilized in the design). The source file should be submitted in vector format with each color on its’ own layer.
  • The Taco Bell Fundraiser for the Buffalo State College Fashion Technology Program is still in full effect! The community can help support Taco Bell’s sponsorship by participating in this limited time offer...a coupon for 5 medium drinks for $1.00.
  • And lastly…tickets are on sale for Runway 5.0! You can purchase your tickets for both shows at two locations; Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, or through any WNY Wegmans.  A limited number of VIP Tickets are still available for the 8:00 P.M. show on April 21st, 2012 and include access to the exclusiveVIP pre-party at 6:30 P.M. in the Pierce Arrow Building on 1685 Elmwood Avenue, and also include beverages and a very well-hyped swag bag! Tickets can be purchased by calling the Buffalo State College School of Professions at 716-878-4698 and are $100.00. Checks can then be made out to: “Buffalo State College Foundation” Memo: “Runway Support Fund” – #31144 and to the following address: Buffalo State College/Attention: Runway 5.0/214/215 Cleveland Hall, 1300 Elmwood Avenue/Buffalo, NY 14222.

We look forward to seeing you on the Runway April 21st!

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VIP Tickets!

VIP Tickets are now on sale for Runway 5.0! A limited number of VIP Tickets are available for the 8:00 P.M. show on April 21st, 2012 and include access to the exclusive VIP pre-party at 6:30 P.M. in the Pierce Arrow Building on 1685 Elmwood Avenue, and also include beverages and a very well-hyped swag bag!

We are also proud to present Taco Bell as our presenting sponsor!

Tickets can be purchased by calling the

Buffalo State College School of Professions

at 716-878-4698 and are $100.00.

Checks can then me made out to:

“Buffalo State College Foundation”

Memo: “Runway Support Fund” – #31144

To the following address:

Buffalo State College

Attention: Runway 5.0

214/215 Cleveland Hall, 1300 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14222

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