Fashion Forward

The best looks from UT Senior Fashion Show "Spectrum" merge creativity with style

Every year, the University of Texas University Fashion Group puts together one of the largest and most highly anticipated runway events in Austin. The 2014 Senior Fashion Show features the designs of graduating seniors from the school's fashion design program.

The theme for this year's show was "Spectrum," an all-encompassing word that captures the way this year's students were able to create a variety of looks that came together in a fluid — yet powerful — way. With each show the designs become more creative and innovative, and this year was a testament to the growing expectations placed on young creatives in the fashion world.

With designs ranging from a modern female luchador ensemble to a full-on Dia de los Muertos-inspired bridal grown, this year's seniors did not disappoint the eager crowd at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday night.


The UT senior fashion show "Spectrum" featured over 120 designs.

Molly Empey's Active Sportswear design.

A luchador-inspired outfit in the Active Sportswear category.

An interesting new take on football gear in the Active Sportswear category.

A female fly fishing design in the Active Sportswear category.

Junior designers participated in the Lexus of Austin Design Challenge, in which audience members texted in their favorite design and chose the winner.

Plaids and pinks made their way into the three-piece collections.

Tilde Snyder's collection featured pastel colors and funky prints, like this cake-print backpack.

Jessica Saathoff's collection was inspired by the '70s music scene.

Ellese Castillo's collection featured mint-colored concealed carry women's wear.

Anne Elizabeth Lawrence showed colorful floor length gowns in her collection.

A few looks from "Spectrum."

Well-tailored men's looks also made their way into some designer's collections.

Wendy Ji was inspired by organic lines and natural phenomena in the creation of her collection.

Michelle Nokeo Twite's collection was full of versatile yet sophisticated looks that won her Honorable Mention for Most Marketable Collection.

This gold backless dress wowed the crowd.

Lizzie Stratton won Honorable Mention in the Best Evening Gown category for her sheer skirted dress paired with a long faux fur burgundy and black coat.

The evening gown category was not limited to floor length ball gowns, as this sparkly mini dress proves.

Kelsey Chatman looked to couture designers like Alexander McQueen for inspiration.

Fei Xie showed off her taste for simple elegance with this evening gown.

Ellese Castillo's red evening gown won an Honorable Mention award in the evening gown category.

Mercedes Contreras looked to her Mexican-American roots to create this Dia de los Muertos inspired bridal gown.

Anh Nguyen won best bridal gown for his elegant design.

Anne Lawrence walks the runway with her model as the show closes.

Tilde Snyder dances alongside the model wearing her evening wear design on the runway.

As one of the winners of Most Marketable Collection, Ronit Joselevitz proudly walks the runway with won of her models.

Anh Nguyen was a big winner of the night, winning Best Bridal Gown and Best Overall Collection.