Grad to Showcase Designs at Vancouver Fashion Week

models showcasing Regnier's Lady Noir collection
Models showcase some of Regnier’s Lady Noir collection. Photos by Ausdruck Images.

(Windsor, Ontario) - A St. Clair College Fashion Design Technician graduate has been selected to showcase some of her designs on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Ashley Regnier, 27, graduated from St. Clair in 2015. Fashion Design Technician program coordinator Elaine Chatwood nominated Regnier to show some of her collection during the renowned event’s new designers show. Chatwood says she was contacted by VFW organizers to nominate someone who graduated from the program in the last three years to take part in this high-profile venture.

“Ashley is a well organized, passionate and dedicated designer, and she has designed and shown a few collections locally,” says Chatwood. “Ashley is confident and is not afraid of taking chances and her designs show that.”

Regnier says the women’s wear clothing and accessories she designs are generally for a 25-35 year old demographic.

“My style of fashion is a bit edgy and daring,” describes Regnier. “My first line, Lady Noir, was inspired by film noir art, while my new collection, Wasteland, was inspired by Burning Man – a festival in Nevada. These collections are all under my brand Shhh Fashions (Shhh-Fashions.com), which I had started as a class project my graduating semester.” Chatwood explains that the student she nominated had to have at least an eight-piece collection, a website, social media handles and photos from a past collection, and Regnier had all of this ready to go.

After receiving the nomination and winning the prestigious spot in the show, Regnier was given a sponsorship by Vancouver Fashion Week, which covers a lot, including the supply of professional models, a hair and makeup team, and all the staging and AV equipment required for staging a show. In addition, she will be invited to attend the wholesaling workshop.

But Regnier must pay for travel to and from Vancouver and accommodations in the west coast city on her own. She also has to pay for a photo/video package, which provides the designer with exposure to the international media via image upload to the Getty Images website, plus access to the runway images from Getty Images and from UK media photographer Simon Armstrong.

She’s set up a GoFundMe campaign called Shhh Fashions Going to Vancouver! (gofundme.com/shhh-fashions) in the hopes of gaining public support for her trip. Her overall goal is $1,500.

“From the moment I came to be, fashion has been in me. My passions have fueled my desires to succeed and now my dreams are within my sights, but I need your help to make it happen,” her campaign description reads. “This trip would mean the world to me, and would help me get my business off the ground. I will be so grateful for any amount you can offer to help me in achieving my dreams!”

Vancouver Fashion Week will be held September 18-24 and Regnier’s show will be on Sept. 20.

Locals will have the chance to check out some of Regnier’s designs at a fashion show she’ll be hosting at The Rondo in downtown Windsor on Saturday, August 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. She’ll be showing 35-40 outfits from her collections and makeup will be done by another St. Clair College graduate, Erika Ziggy, who Regnier says is in the process of starting up her own makeup brand, Escape Cosmetics. A DJ and a local burlesque dancer will also be highlighted at the show. Tickets are 5$ in advance and 10$ at the door and can be bought at Sinsations Adult boutique on Tecumseh, or online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/femme-fatales-fashion-show-tickets-35745356323

Regnier says she offers her clothes for sale and at the moment anyone interested can email to set up a sale. She adds that she’s working on adding an online store to her website in the coming months.

“I offer custom designs as well as the pieces from my lines, which right now are on a made-to-order basis,” explains Regnier. “My custom work has ranged from a casual skirt, to a prom dress, and even a wedding dress. Currently I have two wedding dresses being discussed with brides-to-be.” Chatwood says St. Clair’s Fashion Design faculty team is so proud of Ashley and all their graduates – many who have become successful in the industry using the skills they learned in the program.

“I feel that our St. Clair College Fashion Design program offers students a well-rounded two-year program taught by an experienced team of current designers and fashion industry experts that pass on their hands on skills and techniques to our students,” says Chatwood. “It is a demanding, full-time program that prepares our students for the real world working in the fashion industry.”

Regnier notes that without St. Clair College’s Fashion Design program, she would have had a much harder journey towards making my dreams a reality.

“I knew how to sew, but the program helped me to fine tune my talents,” says Regnier. “The teachers taught me how to draft and drape clothing, and how to make spec packages and figure out costs. And although I may have graduated, I can still reach out to any of the teachers with any questions I may have or help I may need, and I know they will be there willing to help because they truly want to see us succeed.”

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models showcasing Regnier's Lady Noir collection
Models showcase some of Regnier’s Lady Noir collection. Photos by Ausdruck Images.