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Senior Spotlight: Ashton Warner

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 Ashton Warner.


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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…

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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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Interview: BSC Alum Tess Hinterbichler

Class of 2010 graduate, Tess Hinterbichler, is a true BSC Alum success story. Through her hard work and dedication to both fashion design and the  industry, she has worked her way up from an intern to an assistant designer at the Life is Good company. She will also be a part of this year’s Runway, with her own designs showing in the Alumni Section. Continue reading to find out more about Tess herself, her journey, and her advice for upcoming and graduating students!

RW: Tell me a few things about yourself and your involvement in the fashion industry:

TH: Sure! I graduated from Buffalo State with my BS in Fashion and Textile Technology with a concentration in Apparel design in 2010.  After graduation, I moved to Boston for a summer internship with the Life is Good Company.  For those of you unaccustomed with the brand, Life is good is a New England-based lifestyle brand whose motto is ‘do what you like, like what you do’. Their social mission to help kids overcome life-threatening challenges by spreading the power of optimism.  Before my internship was scheduled to end, a position opened and I earned my  current role as an Assistant Designer.  I work very closely with the Women’s and Girl’s Designer who is not only my boss, but also my role model and a friend.  Together, we develop the line which consist of over 60 different styles per season.  I  work on trend research, color palette, fabric development and technical/design sketches.  A large portion of my job is also communicating with our vendors to make sure that the garments turn out the way we envisioned.  I have learned SO MUCH at Life is good and really appreciate the opportunity that I have been given.

RW: How has your experiences at Buffalo State College in the Fashion & Textile Technology program prepare you for your current endeavors?

TH: You know, I have to say that I honestly feel that I received a very well-rounded education at BSC.  Since the program requires you to take core classes, I learned about the industry in various different lights–from merchandising/marketing to textile testing and development.  I think that this is important because after learning about all of the various positions available in the industry, there was no doubt in my mid that, as and Apparel Design major, had made the right decision; I was only further justified by how much I enjoyed the design classes that I took.  Also, in the fashion industry, you can’t just go into a job expecting to do one, specialized thing; at least not when your first starting out.  It is SO important to be well-rounded and have the knowledge to complete certain tasks.  For example, I remember one summer taking the ‘dreaded’ textile testing class with Dr. Searle (it is dreaded because of the course-load, not the wonderful professor 🙂 hi Dr. Searle!).  I still refer to things that I learned in the class today.  I may not be testing the bursting strength of 100% Cttn Jrsy with an oxide wash myself, but someone is and if that fabric does not pass, then we have a problem on our hands.  I don’t mean to be rambling but I cannot stress enough how important it is to absorb everything when you are in school and to take every opportunity you can.  

RW: What was your most memorable experience at Buffalo State College?

TH: Instead of memorable moments, I am going to talk about my most memorable course(s).  Dr. Holly Henderson teaches a several graphic textile design courses that I rave about to this day.  I learned so much about trend research and color palette development, and so many good tricks in photoshop in illustrator that really took my CAD skills to the next level.  I recommend that anyone who wants the extra edge to add to their portfolio, and also have a ton of fun for four hours on Friday morning, to seriously consider enrolling in Holly’s class.  Seriously, who needs to sleep in on Friday; no really though, TAKE IT!

RW: Who is your ultimate style icon and why?

TH: I really don’t have one singular style icon.  I love to pull elements form different eras, and of course I like the classics; both Hepburns, Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Grace Kelly, Jackie-O, the list goes on and on.  However, where I really like to pull my inspiration from is the public.  I’m always watching people on the street, on the train, in coffee shops; I love to be inspired by what’s around me.  Also, vintage photos are usually quite good, people dressed ‘up’ more in the past.  One of my favorite things is the Satorialist blog which mostly consists of photos of people just taken on the streets, dressed for…life?  To me, anyone can be an icon.

RW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Is it fashion-related?

TH: I hope to one day be able to collaborate with a technical designer and (presumably) a backer, to start my own small fashion line.  It would consist of wearable, uniquely crafted pieces for everyday life.

RW: What advice would you give for both upcoming and graduating students? 

TH: Absorb everything, like a sponge and enjoy learning new things.  After school comes life and that is exciting but also very…real?

Come see Tess on 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!

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Interview with Li Hong Mei: Visiting Professor

On top of the single item and student collections, faculty and alumni sections, and of course the senior collections, Runway  has an additional section to make our show one-of-a-kind. Li Hong Mei is a visiting professor at Buffalo State College from the Beijing Union University who is participating in Runway 5.0. Keep reading to find out more about Li’s journey and collection before you see it yourself on April 21st!


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

LHM: I am from China. I am a teacher of Art & Design Department of Beijing Union University. I like travel to know about the lifestyle and art & crafts of the different groups in different places; that is my favorite.


RW: For what reason are you visiting Buffalo State? And why did you specifically pick Buffalo State? LHM: There was no special reason for me to pick Buffalo State. I am a visiting scholar. I just accepted arrangement from my government. But Buffalo State is realy a good college. The teachers and faculties are excellent.


RW: How have you developed as a designer since your beginnings of your career?

LHM: As I told you above, I am a teacher. I must teach or direct my students to design clothing and other products. So I should be a designer first myself. But I am not a social and professional fashion designer. I just do something I like.


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

LHM: As to my Runway 5.0 collection, I just tell you something about the unique silk product of China Cambiered Canton Gauze, dyed with a special endemic plant juice grown in part of Guangdong Province, and covered by the river silt from the Pearl River Delta region which has a rich variety of minerals, and then exposed to the flat grassland under the sun. The whole process is totally done by hand without any chemicals. So it is natural and friendly to the mankind and the environment. It is a national intangible cultural heritage. It is so different from all the fabrics we can see. It is traditional but mordern. I want people out of China to know about it.


RW: Where do you plan on taking your fashion career in the future?

LHM: I will live in China for most of my time. But the art and the design has no borders. Technique help us communicate easily.


RW: Who is your designer or style icon?

LHM: I like the Japanese designer Issey Miyake. His costume is very inclusive, full of oriental culture. The more cultural connotation the more charming design should be.

And don’t forget, 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.

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Fashion Diversity is about researching, exploring and understanding differences and embracing and celebrating the rich global, historical and economic dimensions of them.

The concept of the fashion diversity mash theme means understanding that each individual inspiration that was researched to develop patterns, embellishments and fashion garment styling is distinctive. Those diverse differences are celebrated in the aesthetics of a newly created fashion. Fashion Diversity Mash is about opposites and/or multiple elements attracting, combining to form something new and unique.

Diverse fashion mash inspirations can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or any other multi cultural ideologies. The designers Intentionally collide and combine multi cultural potpourri [Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North and South America, all points urban and country], trends, techniques, materials, styling.



[tribal/ethnic/global artisans/potpourri]

  • Incongruous lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness.
  • A combination of odd things.
  • Techniques, materials, cultures linked together.
  • Symbols, and rituals are the tangible or visual aspects of the practices of a culture.
  • Traditional cultural/tribal arts are celebrated.



  • Past historical cultures and eras, past travel memories reinterpreted. Emphasis is on the basics, exploration of everyday materials, recycle, reinventing, turning a mash up of cultural manufactured and natures trash into treasures, natural fibers, traditional patchwork, weaves, garment styling technically fused into something new.
  • Rejection of excess global mass market consumption. Reaction against consumerism and the power politics of couture fashion.
  • Non-traditional solutions for traditional styles and patterns integrated in many ways.


[whims, daydream, imagination, experimentation]

  • Childhood and/or historical reinterpreted for the world of today.
  • Cartoon, avatars, super hero’s, Gods and Goddesses, Kings & Queens, techno ,manga, pop culture past, present and futuristic representations of fashion [garment styling, fabrics, patterns and embellishments] mashed together to create something aesthetically new.
  • New mental and physical experiences immerse the viewer in emotional technology.
  • As the barriers between the real and virtual worlds come down, a psychedelic aesthetic emerges.



  • Research diverse eras of the classical past of art, architecture, sculpture and fashion to find inspirations to fuse into a historical/contemporary classical fashion mash to represent this direction.
  • Minimalist, less is more.
  • Classic clean style lines modernized, with tailoring and/or color blocking and/or deconstruction.

Download Runway 4.0: Fashion Diversity Mash Theme PDF file HERE.

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Official Runway 3.0 Photos

Bruce Fox

Bruce Fox who is the Buffalo State College Photography and Graphics Coordinator has completed the official Buffalo State College Runway 3.0 photographs.

On behalf of all the students, faculty, volunteers and on and off campus support  – thank you Bruce for documenting this event for the campus.
You can access of the official campus images by clicking HERE. Just click on an image and then keep clicking in NEXT to scroll through all images.
For permission to use the images contact Bruce Fox at Foxba@buffalostate.edu

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Runway 3.0 Project Runway Sewing Machine Raffle

The winner of the Runway 3.0 Project Runway sewing machine raffle is Beth Gardiner and she only purchased one ticket!

Beth Gardiner

The Project Runway Limited edition Innov-ís 40 Brother sewing machine was gererously donated to the Fashion Program by Sew On-Sew Forth on 6152 Transit Road in Depew, NY.

More details at this related post: Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine Raffle