STYLEWEEK (SWNE) was created with the vision of connecting buyers and press with emerging design talent. SEED: Innovation meets Education Student Competition features even earlier work.

STYLEWEEK works directly with universities and colleges to identify the most driven talent to partake in this competition. These students then come together for one show where they are judged by an industry panel of fashion and press professionals. Showcasing student work is a powerful tool for resourcing new ideas for the future of fashion in the Northeast. It provides students with their first experience of a professional trade runway show and prepares them for what’s to come and how to cultivate their brand in the industry.

The competition is biannual and is held during STYLEWEEK Northeast every February and September. Past participating institutions include; Rhode Island School of Design; Rhode Island College; Mass Art; LaSalle University; Roger Williams University; Johnson and Wales; University of Rhode Island, Fashion Institute of Design; School of Fashion Design Boston and high school students from Lincoln School in Rhode Island.

This season 15, September 19th  STYLEWEEK Northeast will showcase SEEDlings: Student Design Challenge with four student designers who are 8-10 years of age on opening night. Brendan Kirby and Ashley Erling from the Rhode Show will be the masters of ceremony for this runway show and competition.

The four young students will be paired with STYLEWEEK designers where they will team up to create a 3-piece collection inspired by their imagination. The collections will be showcased on opening night, September 19th to attendees and a panel of nine judges who will provide a live critique in front of the audience. The students will be judged for a cash prize.

The four student designers are 9 year old, Ella Sinel who will be paired with designer, Arianna Nicola; 8 year old, Allegra Catanese and 10 year old Clare Gloster who will both be paired with designer Bianca Jones –Pearson of Clothes Horse Clothing and 9 year old, Victory Barnard who will be paired with her mother and designer, Ting Barnard. All SEEDlings student designers are from Rhode Island.