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Claire Stegman: Richest Little Girl in the World

Claire Stegman
“Richest Little Girl in the World”

“My collection was inspired by Doris Duke, a 13 year old tobacco heiress from the 1930’s. My garments were created for a young woman who embraces her femininity, elegance and poise, a modern day Doris. The collection centers around youthful silhouettes created from rich fabrics.” -Claire Stegman

This photo shoot features fashion from designer Claire Stegman, a recent graduate from University of Cincinnati’s college of DAAP. She’s one of the newest designers whose clothes look like they could be seen walking down the runways of New York and whose editorials look like they could be seen from the pages of VOGUE. This shoot is a fine example of the culmination of myriad of incredibly talented people: Hair by Tim Ferrier, Makeup by Erica Stewart and Jewelry by Maggie Smith of Velvet Antler. These stunning photographs were taken by Rachel Schwartz, modeled by Fagazine Fav Model Taylor Thompson of Wilhelmina Models, Courtney Meyers of Wings Model Management (who was recently seen as the face of Cincinnati Fashion Week), and stunning blonde bombshell Leah Cultice, also of Wings.

For more information on Claire Stegman and the design and creation of her senior line, check out her blog: Through the Eyes of Doris, and for business inquiries or to purchase any of the looks you see featured, email Claire here.

Make-up: Erica Stewart
Hair: Tim Ferrier
Photography: Rachel Schwarz
Jewelry: Velvet Antler by Maggie Smith
Models: Taylor Thompson, Wilhelmina; Courtney Myers, Wings; Leah Cultice


DAAPworks Fashion Show 2011: Ester Farr

Ester Farr
“The High Life”

Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and the iconic actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth, my collection echoes the timeless silhouettes, luxurious fabrics, and the feminine emotion of the 1940’s. Silk, a simple and classic fabric has been hand painted and beaded to enhance the classic cut and drape. Alpaca wool adds a touch of richness and lends structure yet remains soft to compliment the rest of the collection. Nostalgic faded blues mauves and vintage gold brighten up neutrals and enliven the collection giving the modern day woman the opportunity to experience the style and delicacy of the glamour era.” -Ester Farr


DAAPworks Fashion Show 2011: Alyssa Work

Alyssa Work 
“My grandmother lived her life with two renowned passions: her garden and fashion. This collection is about me, a young lady who is coming of age and carrying on the admiration for fashion and florals after her grandmother has passed away. By harmonizing the luscious blooms of her grandmother’s garden with the illustrations left behind from her grandmother’s portfolio, a collection is fashioned that reflects both adorations. The young lady keeps the gardens thriving and creates the gowns her grandmother never made. By taking various details and silhouettes from her grandmother’s illustrations, and incorporating blooms, petals and textures, a collection is created that is nostalgic, feminine, and floral.” -Alyssa Work

DAAPworks 2011: Fashion Show

Well hello there Childrenz, remember me?
How about now? Any guesses?
It’s me, Ryan!

I’m taking over for Zach tonight because A, he is out of town on fa-cation this week, and B, he was sick for the DAAP Fashion show…and there’s a hella ton of kick ass designers we MUST feature. He’ll be posting later this week, though, dont worry.

(If you didn’t know, the college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati held their annual “DAAPworks” showcase this week, featuring the senior capstone projects from all disciplines in the college. It officially ended today, with the fashion show serving as the finale.)

Don’t forget, DAAP is where Fagazine Fave Lindsey Lusignolo graduated from!

Seriously though. The show last night was the hoppenist event I’ve attended recently. It reminded me a lot of Cincinnati Fashion Week actually, and I even got to see one of our fave models, Taylor Thompson!

It seemed like she literally walked for almost every designer. Which is good. I like her.

I’m saving all the good stuff for later posts when all my pictures are organized… It takes a while to sort through 30+ collections worth of photos you know! And it looks like I’ll probably be featuring them all … they were that damn good.

But for now, enjoy my favorite looks of the night!

(I’ll label them with their designer so you can get a head start on buying the clothes! You’ll want to snatch ’em up before they’re gone.)
Note: as of writing, the site doesn’t seem to be working. But have no fear, I’m sure it’ll be fixed asap.

All photos by Ryan Seminara

Alyssa Work

Lacey Voss
Junior Class: Tailoring Showcase
Joanna Tidwell, Elise Radomski
Alisha Benchley
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Rachael Droll Davis
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Laura Mollander
Cara Brown
Jenny Davis
This is all I’m showing from this collection because I don’t want to spoil the rest. But seriously, you’ll thank me later.
Christine Devitt
Gabrielle Barbu
and some cayute little shots from the finale…

Till next time, Fagazine Faithfuls, Ryan is the new Black Zach.