Philadelphia University alumna Kaitlyn Doherty ’11 will showcase a bold new collection of fashion accessories and apparel on Thursday, Sept. 20, in a one-night-only fashion show at Macy’s Center City.
Doherty, a designer-in-residence at Macy’s Fashion Incubator, will display her collection along with four other designers in the program—a yearlong fellowship that gives young designers an opportunity to produce sample collections and gain valuable retail experience.
The Philadelphia Fashion Collection 2012 runway show will be held in Macy’s Center City’s Grand Court from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. After the show, the designs will be displayed on Macy’s second floor.
This will be Doherty’s first professional fashion show since graduating from PhilaU. She will show a collection of women’s ready-to-wear dresses along with accessories, such as belts and handbags. “I cannot wait for the show,” Doherty said. “I have been developing the collection since May, starting with initial designs and samples.”
Doherty reflected positively on her experience in the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. “When all of the designers are working on the same day, I feel as though I’m back in the labs at school,” she said. “I’ve been able to bounce ideas off the other designers and get feedback, which has been very helpful throughout my time here.”
“We’ve also had great workshops dealing with writing business plans, marketing plans, expense reports, merchandising, manufacturing, production processes and sourcing,” Doherty said. “Every time we have a new workshop, I get a new idea for the collection.”
Doherty said she enjoys working in the Incubator’s workshop at Macy’s Center City, where the designers-in-residence have had the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s top figures. On a recent trip to New York, for instance, the designers met with Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week. They are currently working with Wharton MBA students on business-related issues and planning a collaborative project with NextFab Studios, in October. “We have many exciting opportunities planned for the rest of our time here,” Doherty said.
As a fashion design student at PhilaU, Doherty won an international handbag contest, which landed her design on the cover of InStyle magazine in September 2011. She also won people’s choice and first-runner-up in the Project OR competition at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in 2010 and received the Young Spirit Award for excellence in childrenswear at PhilaU’s 2011 Fashion Show.