Before ASTRAL, our campus had never seen a collaborative and creative event like it. We wanted to create a tangible representation of the creative community at William & Mary; ASTRAL serves to highlight the intersection of fashion and hip-hop on the William & Mary campus. Collaborating with SoHHL, The Students of Hip-Hop Legacy, ASTRAL is more than a generic and formal “fashion show” – it is a colorful illustration of fashion and music as a means of artistic expression.
We curated our second show in an attempt to top our first, showcasing student designs and musicians from both Richmond and our own campus. The show featured performances by Pres., Og Kee$h, Balcony Boise, and Yuvi. We featured designers Nikky Price, Jonathans Twelve Boat, VICTIM15 and Open Forum.
Price, a William & Mary student, presented a collection of intriguing outfits that combined compelling colors and textures she made while studying in Paris. Jonathans Twelve Boat presented a deconstructed utilitarian collection, employing a monochromatic theme throughout his looks. VICTIM15 showcased elevated streetwear, playing with shape and texture. Open Forum produced an eclectic array of innovative styles pushing the boundaries of what forms are “supposed” to look like.
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Our premier fashion show featured performances from SoHHL members Julian Scoffield, Preston Neukirch, Emmanuel Chiappini, and Richmond-based Isaiah Jeremiah. Securing stylings from independent designers in the DC/Richmond area, our inaugural event showcased pieces from Solace, Insert Name, FFNR, and Lama Ali. Solace, founded in Richmond, presented a lifestyle/skate collection from designers Matthew Gayot and Patrick Bender. Insert Name, designed by Alex Tucker, featured pieces that “make people double take”. Maryland native Domo Ray brought unique pieces to represent his label, FFNR. Our closing designer, VCU student Lama Ali, drew inspiration for her collection for Missy Elliot and Aaliyah.