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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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Senior Spotlight: Elizabeth Wicka

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 Elizabeth Wicka.


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STRATEGIC ILLUSIONS Sponsored by Cotton Incorporated

Strategic Illusions Engineered Garment Project

Strategic Illusions is a Cotton Inc. sponsored collaborative teaching project that included two classes – one is a computer aided design class and the second an advanced garment assembly class. The goal of the advanced engineered garment design teaching project was to develop engineered garment designs for 100% cotton fabric which were designed specifically to incorporate strategically placed wrinkles or ruching to camouflage the naturally occurring wrinkles on the garment. The outcome incorporated integrated multiple surface design techniques and engineered garment design placement which embrace and/or camouflage the natural wrinkling qualities of cotton fabric.

This project included the use of twenty-two custom developed step by step video tutorials to allow students to individually work to advance their creative and technical skills with the initial design process at their own pace. The video tutorials included initial research, photography, and a variety of techniques to develop backgrounds for engineered garments. The video tutorials also included a 3D OptiTex section to show students how to export a garment patterns to Adobe Illustrator. The tutorials also showed how to set-up and prepare the Illustrator file for inserting engineered surface designs into the garments pattern pieces as well as simulated and strategically placed winkles/ruching/textures. Additional videos were developed to instruct students how to virtually test their garments on the custom body scan avatar models that will be wearing their garments. Students also had videos to instruct them how to take snapshots of different views of their virtual 3D garments with and without the custom model.

The students began by developing a concept board, color board and description of their inspiration. The video tutorials guided and encouraged the students to creatively experiment with a variety of techniques to develop engineered garment designs on a prototype sample garment pattern.  During this time a trip to the Buffalo Zoo was arranged where students took many photos of fauna and flora to incorporate into their collection concepts.

Normal wear of a 100% cotton dress or pants would produce naturally occurring wrinkles in specific areas (ex: in the bending areas of the body.) Initially, a basic muslin sheath was wear tested to locate naturally occurring wrinkle areas during normal wear. During the first half of the semester when students were experimenting with techniques, six student models were located and each one underwent a body scan. A customized virtual avatar was developed for each model. Customized garments styles that were all modifications of a fitted long sleeve sheath were developed and one style was assigned to each model. Each student was assigned three garment styles/models and developed two engineered garment designs for each model. Each student developed a minimum of six engineered garment designs for a total of thirty-six engineered garments. These engineered garment designs were designed to strategically integrate with and/or camouflage wrinkles. The garments were all virtually tested and photographed (virtually) by each student.

At the final presentation, each student presented their concept, description, inspirations and color boards in addition to each of six engineered garment designs for a total of 36 engineered garments.  A combination of students and faculty determined which three engineered garment designs best represented the creative and technical range for each student.
SI_conceptsPrinting took place on the departments Mutoh VJ-1638 dual-head Valuejet using Nano Pigments of dyes onto 100% cotton fabric. The fabric is then processed with a Practix Manufacturing OK-08 heat press to set the dye.
si_project2The garments were constructed by students in an Apparel Assembly class.It is intended that this project will integrate with the overall Buffalo State Runway 8.0 theme, Innovation, which will be held on Saturday May 25, 2015.

si_project3Dr. Lynn Boorady
Project under the direction of Elaine Polvinen
Fabric Printing and Setting: Maggie Keef & David Brinson
Muslin Prototypes: Marybeth DiPaola, David Brinson & Lynn Boorady
Garment Assembly Director: Denise Needham

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While your getting ready for RUNWAY 6.0 get to know our sponsors (Positive Approach)



 Local business Positive Approach has collaborated with the Erica Hoerner Scholarship fund to produce the T-shirts that will be on sale at tomorrows RUNWAY 6.0 show. All proceeds will be going to the scholarship fund. Here’s a look into how the guys got started…


What got you guys started?

Justin and I started printing shirts out of our parents’ basements while in high school and thought it would be cool to bring our product to an environment that was easier to share. We were heavy into bikes at the time. We didn’t really know a thing about running a business, so we chose a store where we saw active people like ourselves all the time; the Elmwood Village. 

Positive Approach started as a project focused toward promoting an overall positive attitude through clothing. Whether our supporters took it for personal motivation or saw a bigger picture there, it was all up to them. We printed all of our goods USA made and “eco-friendly”.  The name was a spin off of 1980s punk band called Negative Approach. 

How did you end up collaborating with the scholarship group?

We thought it would be proper for us to work with the Erika Hoerner Scholarship group simply because we knew Erika and wanted to help where we could. We thought we would be able to provide the best service and product to the people involved. We print everything by hand so we are able to control every aspect of the process. Sam Visone originally approached us about helping, so we owe thanks to her for the opportunity. 

How do you feel about Buffalo as a city contributing to your brand?

Buffalo has been awesome in helping our brand survive. We have never paid for advertising so 99% of the time someone trusts us with their custom orders or buys goods from our store, its because someone who appreciates our work told them about us. In the future, Positive Approach will expand to another city, and then hopefully another after that. We will always have our hub in Buffalo.

Are any of you Alumni?

I enrolled to Buffalo State out of high school knowing nothing about what I wanted to study. I became interested in photography through my friends, which carried over into graphic design and printmaking. I was familiar with these studies by the nature in printing, working with bands I was friends with. I studied graphic design for a couple years and took alot of what I learned with me to operate the store now. I owe thanks to my professor and friend Mike Anthony. 
Thank you to the Erika Hoerner Scholarship fund and anyone involved. Of course, thank you to anyone who supports Positive Approach

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The Dapper Advisor… Taking an inside look at bloggers on campus.

BSC RUNWAY is an outlet for everything Buffalo and fashion related, upon recent years we have noticed what I like to call the “Social Media Renaissance”. The blogging trend has taken off and has left many people interested in being the next blog sensation.  SUNY Buffalo State has an underground blogging community that most are unfamiliar with. In this piece we feature Alumni Akil McLeod aka the Dapper Advisor creator of “Dapper Days and Ratchet Nights” a Menswear inspired blog.  Describing himself as an innovator, the Dapper Advisor goes into detail about what he draws inspiration from, his personal style and outlook on RUNWAY. Meet the man behind the tie…

-Jude G


BSC RUNWAY: Tell us a bit about yourself?


Currently, I am a Graduate Student at Buffalo State College studying Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Administration. I chose this field because as an Undergraduate student I displayed a high level of student engagement. As a result, it provided me with an abundance of positive experiences that ultimately allowed me to succeed throughout various walks of life. I work for the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State College as an Academic Adviser.  Here I manage a caseload of 45 students by monitoring their academic, personal, financial and career progress. I am also the Area Coordinator for the Residence Life Department at Hilbert College. Here I supervise a staff of 12 Resident Assistants as well as develop and facilitate programs and events for residential students. I enjoy all things aesthetically pleasing, especially abstract artwork and good music. Last but certainly not least, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated; Phi Chapter.

BSC RUNWAY: What inspires your style? Do you see yourself as a style innovator or just trendy? 


Several influences inspire my style. My mother for starters has had an incredible impact on my style. She was a seamstress in Trinidad and has an impeccable taste in fashion. She introduced me to shopping smart and purchasing classic investment pieces rather than wasting money on trendy garments. Watching her be creative on a budget taught me the building blocks of developing personal style, from scratch. Italian menswear has also had a huge influence on my personal style. The men in Italy put a great deal of effort in their appearance, but still manage to create seemingly effortless outfits. Lastly, the way men dressed during the Harlem Renaissance is one of my greatest influences. I sometimes fantasize about living in an era before the stigma of men being “overdressed.” During that time period the men dressed nicely and wore suits habitually, it was a societal norm. However nowadays when a young man wears a suit or just a shirt and tie they are instantly always asked if they have a job interview. Fortunately I think we are slowly getting back to the times of men valuing their appearance and paying closer attention to details. I believe the rise of #menswear on social networks like Tumblr and Instagram are responsible for this paradigm shift. Furthermore, I do not view myself as a trendy individual mainly due to the fact that I do not follow trends. I would rather associate myself as an innovator because I would like to see younger men dress well, hence the reason for creating my blog.
 BSC RUNWAY: What drove you to create your blog? Who’s your intended audience?

The driving force behind the creation of my blog “Dapper Days and Ratchet Nights” was simply to inspire other young men to start dressing well and put more effort into their appearance. I realized that young men today pay too much attention to trends and try to emulate the styles and fashion ideals of celebrities. However they are clueless when it comes to dressing appropriate for work or other professional environments. Therefore, I decided to create a blog where young men can attain some useful style advice and inspiration from someone who is still a student in the world of fashion.  Also it was another platform for me to express my sense of style without being overly narcissistic.

BSC RUNWAY: How do you feel about the range of style on campus?


I believe we have a great range of style on campus especially our female population. Although I seldom have time to go to social events on campus, I still pay attention to the different styles I come across on campus on an average day. On this campus you can see style ranging from the girls that put a lot of effort into their appearance with the use of makeup and heels, and in that same space you can come across and female wearing a hoodie and sneakers but still looking clean and comfortable. In terms of style for the men population I think it is pretty limited. Speaking from a spectators standpoint, I think this campus would be a better place if the male students pulled up their pants and traded in some of their Jordan’s for a decent pair of brogues or wingtips, but that is just my opinion.

BSC RUNWAY: Are you excited that RUNWAY is coming back to campus, what are your thoughts on that?


Of course, I am excited about RUNWAY returning to Buffalo State College campus. I feel that the designers from SUNY Buffalo State  are very talented and are a rare breed. Over the years RUNWAY has become a great platform and outlet for our Fashion majors to display their talents and abilities. I look forward to attending the event  on April 27th.


For more from the Dapper Advisor follow him on instagram @dapperadvisor and Tumblr

37 more days until RUNWAY!

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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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Runway 5.0…

is now available on DVD!


Created by Black Eye Blue productions, the entire show can be yours at $20.00 USD. The DVD includes the approximate 1 hour show, one of the three original covers, and a matching 5×7 insert. The DVD’s are limited, so make sure to order yours before supplies run out. The DVD’s will be shipped out the first week of July 2012.

Click here to order yours now!

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