Drexel closed this year's university fashion season with an homage to nature.
Saturday evening, seniors and graduate students of Drexel's fashion department presented end-of-year collections at Urban Outfitters' corporate offices in the Navy Yard.
Mostly bohemian in nature, the students' flowing pieces were both day- and night-appropriate, proving Drexel professors managed to teach designers fashion's most important merchandising lesson of all: versatility.
That said, the night's best collections included senior Brittney Laycock's chunky ivory knits paired with tapered leggings and dramatic coats soaked in oceanic blues. The effect: snow-capped glaciers. Laycock's collection won her the Neiman Marcus Best in Show Award.
Anna Sajeski paired ankle socks with sky-high, chunky-heeled shoes in lemon yellow. I was impressed with the styling. But I'm sure judges were more dazzled by this senior's use of a knitting machine to create midriff sweaters, miniskirts, and vests with ribbing that mimicked the grooves of coral reef. Pairing these sun-loving pieces with floral prints (I especially liked the wide-legged trouser) was an excellent look. Sajeski's creativity won her the Karen Andes Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Handcraft.