Glimpsed at Fashion's Night Out: Sharde Rashad

It's important for a fashion designer to have a point of view. That isn't a problem for Baltimore City Community College fashion design student Sharde Rashad, 20. The Bowie resident's point was easy to view at the Fashion's Night Out event at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel. Rashad goes for a "vintage chic street wear" look, adding her own twist to several vintage pieces she pulled together. That one-shoulder plum cotton top was actually an American Apparel tank she had jerry-rigged by using an armhole as the neck and pulling both straps together on one shoulder. The asymmetrically draped blue, purple and gold paisley satin skirt was a vintage Tally Ho piece she had draped and pinned up herself, adding a vintage gold buckled black leather belt, all of which she had found at Unique Thrift Store Bazaar in Silver Spring. That's also where Rashad picked up her black raw silk Casual Corner blazer and much of her jewelry. She purchased her Jeffrey Campbell paisley booties online because they reminded her of her favorite designer, Alexander McQueen. One of her favorite fashion tricks? "I never buy anything that fits. I'm too small, and it's hard to find something [my size]. Because I sew, I like fix-up projects. I like things that aren't fully completed or perfected. Something that looks too polished, too perfect; there's no fun in it."
Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun
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