StyleWeek's SEED Competition: Sustainable and (Mostly) Wearable

Whimsy came in the form of tea bags, birch and paper clips at StyleWeek's SEED student design competition, sponsored by Swarovski. Ten student fashionistas out of Rhode Island and Boston brought their creative A-game to the runway and suprised the crowd with unusual takes on sustainable fashion.

The winner of the competition was Chloe Davies, a third-year design student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her look was fashioned from more than 3,000 off-white and tan tea bags, and her model, teacup as a crown, looked like a pink-streaked character straight out of Alice and Wonderland.

Davies earned the $500 cash prize, but we thoughth there were some close runner-ups. Jessica Tenczar, also a junior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, dropped jaws with her earthy birch bark gown.

Another notable creation came from a junior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Erika Williams's “Chains of Light," a stunning, totally wearable and textile-free gown made out of gauze and shiny paper clips.

All of the competitors deserved major applause for their creations. Here are a few more we thought were inspiring, including a modern look by Valentina Oppezza — made complete with a solar panel phone charger hanging from the shoulder — and Amy Plante's rock-star design featuring a leather jacket emblazened with "God Save the Green Jacket" across the back. URI's Kaleigh Guay and School of Fashion Design Boston's Hye Rin Choi showcased ready-to-wear mini-dresses that could easily transition from runway to sidewalk.

Check back tomorrow for our coverage of Thursday night's show, or visit styleweeknortheast.com for more information.