Direct from Her Universe:
“July 25th – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The first-ever The Her Universe Fashion Show, at San Diego Comic-Con, sponsored by Her Universe, Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries, debuted last night to a packed house and great success with 36 stunning “Geek Couture” designs hitting the runway at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Harbor Ballroom. Only two designers could ultimately win the grand prize – the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein for specialty retailer, Hot Topic. The panel of celebrity judges chose Amy Beth Christenson for her design “Great Skirt, Marty” based on Back to the Future while the audience picked Andrew MacLaine for his design Regina’s Curse based on Once Upon a Time. The designers’ fashions embraced everything that is celebrated at Comic-Con – from sci-fi films and TV to comics, gaming, fantasy and more and it was tough to only pick two winners.
“Geek Couture has officially invaded San Diego Comic Con! Last night was truly a celebration of the Fangirl culture and geek fashion,” said actress, Her Universe Founder and Fashion Show Host, Ashley Eckstein. “The feeling in the room was absolutely electric! All of the designs blew me away!”
During the fashion show, Ashley Eckstein made a surprise announcement regarding a new collaboration with legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, for an exclusive line of Her Universe fangirl merchandise to be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. This marks the first time Studio Ghibli has licensed a company to create apparel and gift items in the U.S. for such beloved Hayao Miyazaki films as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. To honor this announcement, Eckstein wore a Totoro inspired geek couture gown designed and made by Catherine Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design.
The Her Universe Fashion Show ended the night on another high note with the Hot Topic after party featuring a live concert with pop punk band All Time Low rocking the house. Fashion Show partner, Nerdist Industries, filmed the entire Her Universe Fashion Show and will release footage of the event this weekend, with the full show being available online later this summer.
Photo credit by Kelsey Edwards Photography
Hair and Make-up Partner: Espionage Cosmetics
Ashley Eckstein’s Hair and Make-up by Jen Blanchard for Opus Beauty”
The Her Universe Fashion Show panel of celebrity judges chose Amy Beth Christenson’s design “Great Skirt, Marty” based on Back to the Future as their favorite from the 36 designs presented last night.
The Her Universe Fashion Show audience, through individual ballots, picked Andrew MacLaine’s design Regina’s Curse based on Once Upon a Time as their favorite of the 36 designs presented last night.
Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who had their designs featured on the runway!
About Reporter Michelle Lawhorn:
Michelle, a.k.a. Stormraven, is what can only be described as an eclectic nerd. Her interests and expertise range from Doctor Who to Lord of the Rings, cosplay to comics, and Bollywood to opera to name just a few. When not raving about her “fandoms”, she can be found working on projects as an Associate Editor at Haven Publishing and adding to her ever-growing list of Things to Cosplay. She can currently be found searching for more material to feed her newfound obsession with Star Wars.