Late last month I had the privilege of walking for Rochester's own Peppermint boutique in their 4th Annual runway showcase. Peppermint Sewn Seeds is a runway show dedicated to showcasing the work of independent designers in the Rochester area held each year in the heart of the city. Contrived and organized by Tanvi Asher (founder of Peppermint), the show is intended to represent the journey a garment takes from the original design to the stitching of the last final hem. The jewel of this showcase that sparks such a great interest in the community is that each garment seen on the runway was locally designed and hand crafted by the designer, supporting those who independently create for and manage a small business.
Held at Rochester's local trendy hot spot, Restaurant Good Luck, all of the models walking in the show got an early start to the day as they were required to be at the restaurant by 8 a.m. -- as they have done in previous years -- for one of my favorite parts of the organized chaos, hair and make up along with wardrobe preparation. While I wasn't going to be wearing any of the Peppermint designs, I was excited to be wearing none other than that of local sweetheart, Sofie Cerankosky.
Sofie, at the mere age of 16, is one of Rochester's youngest designers and is the youngest to ever have her designs on the Sewn Seeds runway. Sofie is known for her immaculate eye for passing trends and bringing quality to not only her designs, but to her garments themselves. Constructing each garment by hand, her collection for this year's show was full of delicate lace, pastel shades, and delicate floral prints. Featuring items such as the coveted bomber jacket and body suit, Sofie had every twenty-something in the audience wanting more. While she does not currently have an online store, you can direct message her through Instagram to acquire about her designs -- which I'll probably be doing myself very soon!
Sofie's hair and make up was minimal yet bold. Each model graced a near natural face with a drastic lip and the typical Miley Cyrus buns (or Princess Leia, if you will).
Since the line up didn't have Sofie's designs until after intermission, the day was spent laughing along with the other models as well as my photog bestie, Greg Hollar, and munching on the animal crackers that were provided for us. The walk was simple, slow, and steady and Sofie had directed her models to keep a straight face to give the walk a very high fashion aura. And based on the feedback I got from audience members following the show, she got what she was looking for.
Peppermint Sewn Seeds also featured designs from Josean Vargas of J. Vargas Apparel as well as the designs of Tanvi Asher through her boutique and bridal line, Asher Bridal. The show was a huge success and I have heard nothing but great feedback since. Walking for such a local abetting event has been a great privilege and one that I hope to have again next year.