Simon Mall

On Saturday, August 28th, Simon Mall at Boca Town Center hosted multiple fashion shows, one of which was “The Design Wars” that featured garments from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s design students. The objective of this show was that each student would compete against each other to win the votes of the judges and those in the crowd. Prior to the event, the Container Store reached out to the fashion director Sheila Walden and fashion design instructor Chrisa Tatakis. The Container Store collaborated with students to create garments from the stores materials. The Container Store gave each student designer a $250 gift card and Simon Mall gave a $50 gift card for fabric.
The show began at noon. After the models walked the runway, each designer spoke about their garment with Ellen Korelitz, director of marketing at Simon Mall, which enabled the audience to understand the designer’s creation’s for what inspired the look. The designers also listed all the materials they used. Following the finale, all the models proceeded to the foot court where they stood on pedestals allowing the audience to judge the designs. The first place winner received a $250 gift card, the second place winner received a $100 and the fan favorite received $150.
First place went to Nathan Carter, Second place went to Jacob Morales and Fan Favorite went to Jazmyn Clay. Nathan used a gold wire metallic ribbon, acrylic plate stands, small garment hooks, a beaded grip liner, a green wrap protective pack, a large pebbles sink mat, a pro-grip shelf liner, and a zig-zig drawer and shelf liner. Jacob Morales used square lacquered white boxes, a large handled case cover, and a round natural brown Tahiti bowl. Jazmin Clay used a small round Makati box, a round abaca bowl, and an extendable ostrich feather duster.


Designer: Nathan Carter – First Prize

Model: Shamana


Designer: Jacob Morales – Second Prize

Model: Celina Rosa


Designer: Jazmyn Clay – People’s Choice

Model: Deborah Sukar


Designers: Gerald Thompson, Sindy Posdzich, Autumn Harris, Pablo Cruz, Megan Francis, Jazmyn Clay

Models: Anastasia Haus, Candle Williams, Rebecca Newton, Laura Labeto, Marissa Tatakis, Deborah Sukar

Text by Candle Williams


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