It's not the clothes that make Philadelphia University's annual senior fashion show so original - although the ensembles presented Thursday night at the Academy of Music were beautifully constructed and wearable.
What makes the presentation impressive, year after year, is the inspiration behind the individual designers' collections. These students don't base their projects on exotic trips to Saint-Tropez or the work of obscure artists. Instead their collections come from themes we can all relate to.
Take Tamara Boyd's sportswear, inspired by larger-than-life murals, or Amanda Mastranduono's evening gowns, influenced by natural disasters. There was Shannon Staffieri's candied-apple-inspired grouping, and Carrie Hansen's six-piece mostly black collection based on the walk of shame (appropriately presented to the music of Rick James' '70s hit "Super Freak") - that embarrassing journey home from a one-night stand.