Life of a Summer Intern Series - R&D - Part 2: The Main Event!

This post is the second in a series of installments written by Redress Raleigh's Summer Research and Development Intern Drew Waller during her time with us. We welcome Drew to the team and are excited to share her experiences with you! Read her first post here.

Hello Redress Community! 

It’s me again.

What an amazing show!!! The Redress Raleigh Eco Fashion and Textiles Conference’s (REFTC) Fashion show was flawless. I had the honor of being a volunteer at the front door at this fabulous event and the people I met there were fun and fabulous just like the collections. Before I go in depth about the collections I do have to talk about some of the things I saw being sold from the vendors. I didn’t look around too much because I have a car payment coming up and every booth I peeked at had something I wanted. I saw beautifully hand dyed garments to hand crafted bowties to amazing little screen prints. If you are the type who likes unique, one of a kind hand crafted objects, you really missed out this year, and this is the place you need to be next year!

The Runway show was just amazing. The first collection was from the scarf designer Manjri Lall. Her designs were very organic and her scarves looked like they would just float in the air if one of the models had released one from their grasp. Also her models were contemporary and ballet dancers which gave life and movement to her scarves.

All the collections varied from accessories to apparel to handmade leather goods. Some of the runway looks may have been upcycled or made out of recycled materials but they were all very fresh and contemporary designs. There were items in every collection I felt like I had to have.

My view of the 'denim do-over' collection from the end of the runway!

My view of the 'denim do-over' collection from the end of the runway!

My favorites were the denim “do over” (Renee Graff and Rachel Godown) and the little girl dresses made from men’s dress shirts (Little Grey Line). Every piece was flawless in these collections and I wanted to buy a little girl’s dress even though I have no kids, nieces or small children involved in my life style. The denim designs in the other collection are things I would love to wear around campus. All the collections were amazing but those were my most favorite.

My view of the Little Grey Line collection from the end of the runway!

My view of the Little Grey Line collection from the end of the runway!

I really enjoyed myself and I would love to continue to participate in these events even after I’m no longer an intern. The show was very exciting and I wish I could’ve been at the conference as well. If you live in the Triangle region or even just in North Carolina, this is definitely an amazing event to experience so be there (next time!) or be square!