What where you doing when you were 20? Probably not organizing and producing whole fashion shows and designing a clothing line. One that donates 20% of the proceeds to mental illness. Yeah, and I thought I was a young over achiever.
For Meghanlee Volkman it's just another day.
Last Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending this show, her 3rd to produce. To say I was impressed with the passion and belief of what she was doing, would be an enormous understatement.
I went to the show, expecting to enjoy it. I love supporting young, new talent. I enjoy going to student showcases and can look past the "rough edges" and see the beauty in their creative and passionate minds. So untainted by the fashion and marketing world. Not trying to produce things that sell, but still things they love. It's wonderful.
What I didn't expect was to be so drawn in to the reason behind this show and what she is obviously equally passionate about. Raising awareness for mental health. Proceeds from the show went to Allina Mental Health Institution, in hopes of helping people receive the help that is needed. As someone who suffered from depression and after a suicide plan was stopped by her parents, Meghanlee's recovery success is largely owed to her treatment from Allina Mental Health Institution. While completely composed and extremely well spoken, she shared her heartfelt story with the attendees. Several different people shared their success stories and educated us all in what exactly the different disorders where and the side affects. Whatching these brave young people share their story with pride of survival but with sadness as the memories and feeling came flooding back as they shared. I was moved to say the least.
But the eventing wasn't all tears and emotions! It was full of excitement from the killer Alice in Wonderland remixes to the cards adorning the lit runway. Even complete by an adorable little blonde Alice, whimsically floating around in between segments. It was well thought out, that was certainly clear! I'm excited to share with you the highlights of the eventing.
June Yang Gungsing
No One Fashion
Hair & Makeup:
Minnesota School of Beauty
Bobbi Lynn McKechnie
KC Kulbeth Kalton
I really do keep an open mind when going to shows. I don't expect everything to be spot on, especially with student shows or new designers. I am however here to give a review of the show and all the elements good and bad.
Hair and makeup is always a hard one for me not to judge harshly because my standards are high. Being a makeup artist as well, and one that creates abstract creative looks for shoots and shows often, i'm always pretty tough on the makeup. To be honest, any show I'm at, whatever level it may be, I'm usually not impressed. The makeup was a little rough and unfinished at this show, if i'm being honest. Although.. I do appreciate the effort and I do see where they were going with the concept.
The hair, especially for being created by students was phenomenal.
More about The Volk
Our vision is to help others find and create their own life style in such a way that they will be successful and proud of who they truly are. We use fashion as an art and love as a lifestyle. Everyone should feel glamorous in their own skin and we hope to generate a positive outlook in the world of fashion and everyday living.
Our Mission at Volk Fashion Company, is to encourage a positive outlook in the world of fashion and everyday living. Volk Fashion Company strives to make others feel glamorous and inspired through our fashion shows and community outreach.
Every piece is one of a kind and hand made. With 20% of ALL profits made, donated to Mental Health Awareness and institutions, it is always a great feeling purchasing from The Volk. Our goal, is to love the "outcasts" and love ourselves. Everyone, is unique, special, gifted but not every company accepts you for who YOU are. Here at The Volk, that is all we do.
CEO/Founder: Meghanlee Volkman
Vice President: McKaylyn Zwieg
Art Director: Marly Mang
Creative Director: Zoua Yang
CEO Assistant: Julianna Moroz
Social Media Manager: Maddy
Learn to Love, Live to Give and Be Fierce, Be Fashion, Be YOU!
All in all, the show was cohesive. Fairly organized, with little to no hiccups on timing. I appreciated the program with info on the different designers. The show also had each designer segments have a different concept from Alice in Wonderland with coordinating remix music, which I thought was delightful and cleaver. I thought the strongest segment was in fact The Volk's for a multitude of reasons. A few being, the cohesiveness of the collection itself along with the fit of their given segment theme, The queen of hearts - painting the roses. The collection was full of black and red splattered paint. Rose jogger pants with a paint splattered top. It was modern still without looking to theatrical and the actual construction of the garments, although simple very finished looking.
Another notably strong collection was No One Fashion's segment. Their leather Mad Max feeling elaborate designs where obviously extremely cool. Very well constructed. But didn't exactly fit the theme of the show as well. I did like the first look incorporated their pipping look with the smoking caterpillar.
Others where enjoyable. A few collections were ill fitting and unfinished. Something to take note of for next show, pay attention to fits on models, have a fitting and make adjustments. Finish the hemlines and cut stray strings. Yes we do see them on the runway. I loved most of the designs! I could see their creativity for sure.
The models for the most part where strong. With a few being what I"m assuming friends and family, they had fun with it and rocked the looks well. There is nothing better than seeing a big bearded man strut his stuff and be silly on a runway. It's adorable and I love to see people loving life like that and not caring so much.
A few models stood out and where extremely fierce and amazing. That's always exciting to see.
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I hope I inspired you to get more involved with your local designers and organizers that are fund raising and making a difference. Find them. Support them. Show them some love.
As always, stay fabulous
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