Saturday, March 12, 2011

Christina Yi's Premiere FW 2011 "East-West" Fashion Show

If there's one thing I've learned at Columbia, it's don't under estimate student work. Christina Yi, a current senior at Columbia for fashion design, is a name you need to know-- now. Her aesthetic is McQueen meets Vivienne Westwood with Eastern flair. 

I got the wonderful opportunity to work backstage at her first independent show, sponsored by Akira ChicagoMichael Antonio ShoesWolverine Shoes and presented by Lumen, a trendy club on West Fulton Market. Her Fall/Winter 2011 line was filled with versatile separates that were deceptively western in style but eastern in influence. Not only can Christina gives you yards of silk chiffon, but she also brings tailored menswear into her line along with fur and leather details.

She's quickly becoming a master of her craft and each collection is developing into eclectic American sportswear. 

Model Katy Elizabeth and Make-up Artist Celine Zeiger

Katy's hair, done by Elizabeth Ankenman

Western, cowboy inspired menswear.

I think what I love most about Christina's collection is her use of bullets, gun holsters and other oddball accessories. Obsessed with this bullet belt.

Fur. Shorts. I. Die.

Black leather, scalloped pants.

Structural leather bodice, even Lady GaGa would be jeal.

Katy's wearing a lace top for the collection.

The chiffon skirt was specialty dyed by Christina.

Pre-Show Line-up
(10 Looks Are Not Shown)

Ready to walk.

Because I love a good shoe.

Because I was backstage helping out, I unfortunately missed the actual show but my girl, Nicole has all of the looks caught on the catwalk at Whiskey & Reverb. So check it out to see each individual look on the runway. 

The show ran smoothly and successfully due to all the amazing help Christina received from the Akira team, Lumen, friends and family members. Make sure to check out her site, Christina Yi and start obsessing over refined student work before it's out of our price range. You can get Christina Yi scarves at ShopColumbia located at 623 S. Wabash.

"Fashion marks time." - Yohji Yamamoto


  1. Great post for a great show! I was there too and captured some images of the gorgeous models backstage and the show. Check it out on facebook

    I am following your blog now! Glad I found it.

  2. Thanks so much!
    I just "liked" you on Facebook so hopefully we can collab in the future.