Celebrate the fusion of art + fashion this fall with our Art + Style Series from September 30 - October 7. Learn about each event and how you can join in all the goodness below.
Join us on Friday, October 7 as our Art + Style Series culminates with a star-studded fall runway fashion show. Designers Kini Zamora, Joshua Christensen, Michelle Lesniak, Sean Kelly, Kate Pankoke, Layana Aguilar + Christopher Straub will showcase the best of the best from their AW16 collections.
Kini Zamora (“Project Runway” Season 13)
Zamora was a contestant and finalist on Season 13 of “Project Runway.” A third generation seamstress, he has viewed his world through the eye of a sewing needle since age 10. Zamora is most in tune with his design and inspirations when he is home in Hawaii.
Joshua Christensen (“Project Runway” Season 9)
Christensen was a contestant on Season 6 of “Project Runway.” He has been designing in the Los Angeles market for over six years, working as a designer for Guess Inc. and dressing top celebrities. Joshua is currently working on new labels both personal and for other companies.
Michelle Lesniak (“Project Runway” Season 11)
Lesniak was the winner of Season 11 of “Project Runway.” Her motto is “fashion with a purpose.” The self-proclaimed, professional rule breaker now focuses on small production and emotive clothing inspired by her unique personal style she found in thrift and vintage stores.
Sean Kelly (“Project Runway” Season 13)
Kelly was the winner of Season 13 of “Project Runway.” The New Zealand born designer focuses his work on exploring performance art and textile development with a clean aesthetic. Sean has worked for international design houses such as Alexander McQueen and has shown at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Kate Pankoke (“Project Runway” Seasons 11 + 12)
Pankoke was a contestant on Season 11 of “Project Runway” and was brought back by a fan vote to compete on Season 12. She then followed up as a contestant on Season 4 of “Project Runway All Stars.” Pankoke launched Elaya Vaughn Bridal by Kate Pankoke in 2011 and showed her first ready-to-wear collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week.
Layana Aguilar (“Project Runway” Season 11)
Aguilar was a contestant and finalist on Season 11 of “Project Runway.” She differentiates herself by blending her experiences from living in New York City with her native Brazilian Culture. Layana created a label that celebrates womanhood, combining sophistication and comfort.
Christopher Straub (“Project Runway” Season 6)
Straub, local to Minnesota, won the nation’s heart as the fan-favorite fashion designer from Season 6 of “Project Runway.” Following his appearance on the television show, he’s continued to design apparel, handbags, fashion accessories and home décor. Inspired by the elemental, Christopher’s signature is photo-realistic prints and whimsical design.