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Student Fashion Designers Catwalk to Golden 1 Center

The State Hornet
By Sami Soto

Portfolios and design boards display use of sustainable materials such as natural dyes and environmentally friendly fabrics for the anual Student Fashion Associations fashion show at the Golden 1 Center next June.

Portfolios and design boards display use of sustainable materials such as natural dyes and environmentally friendly fabrics.

Seven student fashion designers were chosen to show their original eco-friendly designs in Student Fashion Association’ annual runway competition that will take place at the Golden 1 Center for the first time ever on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Last year, SFA hosted the event in the Union Ballroom. After networking with Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable and healthy lifestyles through sports teams, 2017’s show will take part within the organization’s yearly summit in front of more than 300 people at the city’s largest stage.

“This year we started planning right at the beginning of the semester,” said Dong Shen, faculty advisor of SFA. “This will be our biggest fashion show in history.”

The selection process began in October through a rigorous screening process by a committee. Fifteen designers applied and the list was narrowed down to seven.

Each applicant was required submit a portfolio of their previous works and a design board that showed sketches and inspirations.

“I put in a lot of hard work and effort,” said Desiree Vasquez, junior fashion merchandising and design major, who will show her creations at her first ever fashion show. “It took me months to figure out what I wanted to do.”

All designers will produce four to seven pieces in each collection revolving around the theme of sustainability and sports functionality.

Designers’ influences include softball patterns, Rihanna’s athletic chic style, and more.

For Vasquez, she said she found inspiration from natural occurrences on Earth, while another designer, based on the sketch, was inspired by dirty thunderstorms — a phenomenon of lightning that strikes during a volcano eruption from the ashy, mushroom clouds.

“I pulled all the colors from things that make the Earth so great,” said Vasquez of her sketches and inspirations.

A company called Renew Merchandise will donate fabric to the designers, although they are encouraged to use recycled and eco-friendly materials to go with the theme and mission of the show.

Read the full story here.
Register for the 2017 Summit in Sacramento here.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games High Level Sustainability Plan


The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the world’s largest sports events, and the delivery of the Games has more wide-ranging impacts than we could imagine, not on the field of sports alone, but also on society, the economy and other fields. The Games’ influence will go beyond Tokyo, the Host City, extending across Japan and the world. Given the growing momentum for efforts to project the global environment, it is vital that these concerns are fully addressed in the preparations for the delivery of the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Read the article here.
Click here to view the Sustainability Plan.

Bertrand Piccard Expresses Support for Formula E


Initiator and Pilot of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, publically announced his support for Formula E at the Supercharged show this week.

He welcomed the all-electric car race series and cited them as a leader in raising awareness about electric cars and in showing that they can be as practical and quick as fuel-powered cars.

Supercharged Presenter, Nicki Shields, said: “Formula E is for car racing, what Solar Impulse is for aviation… It’s a new laboratory showing how clean technology can be sexy. It’s not anymore about something that is boring and expensive; it’s something that really attracts the awareness of people. It’s spectacular.”

The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completed the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the world last summer.

The solar plane was equipped with 17,000 solar cells and four batteries which were powering four engines.

Bertrand Piccard said: “It feels like science fiction… You look at the sun and you look at your four electric motors turning the propellers and you have no noise, no pollution, no fuel and you know you can fly forever … it’s the wonders and miracles that clean technologies can achieve.”

Read the full story here.

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