Written by Kim Weling
Photo Credit: modaCYCLE
Models Wearing Wakana Koike
held a runway show at Lotus Space on October 15,
2008, as each of the top three finalists of the
“It” Designer Contest showcased their
best five looks for Spring/Summer 2009. The competing
designers included Chicago’s Nora del Busto,
NYC’s Wakana Koike and Las Vegas’ Adolfo
Adolfo Sanchez incorporates sheer
cotton, silk, chiffon, feathers and soft wools woven
with silk in his designs, with colors in soft earth
tones, caramels and soft pinks.
Nora Del Busto is inspired by
traditional Peruvian costume, feminine with bold,
vibrant colors – fuchsia, turquoise and purple
in silk fabrics.
Wakana Koike is inspired by ropes,
ships, seagulls and the ocean. The printed palette
includes blue skies, white clouds, yellow sunsets
and red stripes. Koike uses silk and cotton canvas
The “It” Designer
Contest ran from May 12, 2008 through July 15, 2008
. Over 300 contestants had submitted five of their
best looks, which received nearly 100,000 online
votes. Each of the three finalists have been awarded
$1,500 to work on their Spring 2009 collection.
The final winner was chosen by
a combined vote – 50% by the MyItThings.com
community and 50% by an all-star panelist of judges.
The judging panel included Project Runway alum Malan
Breton, Life & Style’s former editor-in-chief
Sheryl Berk, Nathan Cooper of C Magazine, designer
expert Greg Littley, style expert
Hitha Prabhakar and Yuli Ziv, editor-in-chief/co-founder
Designer Kathlin Argiro served as the finalists’
And the winner is…..Wakana
Koike! Koike receives a $5,000 Grand Prize, and
an exclusive collection sale on MyItThings.com.
A portion of the proceeds
from the event goes to charity Fashion Delivers,
which provides products from the fashion industries
to victims of natural disasters.