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RTR 2015: Boy Bands and Girl Groups

Congratulations to Asia Parker for being the Rock the Runway 2015 Winner for her "A Simple Power" Line. She has won the grand-prize of half of her Fall 2015 tuition paid.

Congratulations to Julia DePalma, Melanie Martin, and Tracy Vollbrecht; the designers of the line "The East Coast Dolls" for winning the Audience Choice award and they shall be receiving a Mood Fabrics shopping spree in New York City.

Check out KentWired's video for a brief overview of the event.

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For those of you who’ve not been to Rock the Runway before, here’s the rundown. This is not your ordinary fashion show, but a competition judged by four distinguished professionals with expertise in fashion and music. Fashion is merely the catalyst to the create a show that is fun and entertaining, while allowing Kent State students of all different majors an opportunity to showcase their talents. 

The grand-prize winner will have half of their fall 2015 tuition paid!  If that wasn’t enough, the audience will get to submit a vote for their favorite designer. Those votes will give the audience winner a Mood fabrics shopping spree in New York City. The 11th annual Rock the Runway: Boy Bands and Girl Groups is on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

A special Thanks to our event sponsor: GoSmart Mobile

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Rock The Runway 2015 Judges


About Mark and Color Me Badd: Color Me Badd, whose hits "I Wanna Sex You Up," "I Adore Mi Amor," and "All For Love" continue to define a generation, are plotting a major return to the music scene in 2013. Far from a mere victory lap, the group has a lofty ambition: to show a whole new generation how powerful pure vocals can be. "A lot of hits right now are being built with studio-manipulated vocals,” says Mark Calderon, a founding member. "We want to help reverse that trend. Rich vocals and strong harmonies is the Color Me Badd sound. Adds Thornton, "We helped usher in a new wave of vocal harmony before; we're on a mission to do it again!

A series of successful one-shot concert events in 2012 encouraged the group to expand their performance schedule in 2013, including international stops in Australia and the Philippines. The plan is to tour even more aggressively in 2015 as Color Me Badd has been re-introduced to a new audience thanks to usage of their hit single “I Wanna Sex You Up” in “Glee” and box office hit movies such as “No Strings Attached”.
To that end, the group is currently working on new material, including a forthcoming single. "We're going back to that fun, up-tempo, danceable CMB sound that fans have been waiting for,” says Calderon.

In the meantime, the trio has plenty of hits and album faves to perform as they continue to reintroduce the Color Me Badd brand of showmanship to audiences. "We've enjoyed getting back out there and seeing the fans," says Calderon. "And we're seeing so many new faces! The feedback has been incredible." "We're definitely encouraged by the enthusiasm we've seen," adds Calderon. "Our fans are hungry for more, and a new generation has been exposed to us in various ways and really taken to our sound. We're excited to expand on that." To see them in action is to see that excitement infectiously evident. From the energy of their live performances to the zeal on display while crafting new material, it’s clear these three are more than ready to bring Color Me Badd back in full effect. For more information visit The Color Me Badd website.


With over 20 years of experience, fashion stylist Lisa Smedley-Calderon knew from an early age that she would pursue a career in fashion. Inspired by her mother, a professional model, she was able to experience the hard work and beauty that goes into each fashion show.
Born and raised in Ohio, Lisa moved to Los Angeles to earn a degree fashion and pursue a career in the industry. Her keen eye for detail, fashion forward approach, professionalism and passion she became a fashion stylist for celebrities, television, music videos, commercials and editorials. Lisa enjoys working on a variety of projects. She loves the challenge of working with many different artists. Some noted celebrities she has had the opportunity to work with have been, Whitney Houston, R. Kelley, Carmen Electra, Celine Dion and Nia Long. She has also worked many notable brands such as: Ford, Reebok and Miller Beer, just to name a few. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys volunteering for Dress For Success, mentoring young girls and spending time with her family.


Anne Siegel is the Manager of Fundraising Events for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where she is involved in planning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as well as other red carpet distinguished events.
Anne graduated from Mercyhurst College (University), in Erie, PA with a degree focused in event management and a background in fashion merchandising; where she produced her first ever Runway Fashion Show. After graduation Anne landed herself in the entertainment industry where she gained experience as a talent buyer, agent, and event producer. Her career has provided her with experiences that involved working with such names as NBC, The Food Network, Disney, Martha Stewart, Steven Tyler, Rev Run and Betty White. When not planning events, Anne can be found teaching Latin, hip hop and belly dance classes at her former dance school; Fairport Dance Academy. As a true entertainer at heart with a passion for the Fashion Industry, Anne is thrilled to be a part of today and truly honored to sit among colleagues with such amazing accomplishments.


Jason Brewer has dedicated his 13-year career to working with today’s hottest celebrities and entertainment brands. He’s worked with Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, 5th Harmony, and 1Direction – just to name a few. In addition he has created exclusive branded collections for Disney and Nickelodeon.
As a Buyer for Justice, Jason spends his days strategizing, merchandising, and buying license apparel fashions showcased in approximately 1000 Justice stores across the country — much to the delight of tween girls everywhere. Jason’s success in fashion retail has been evident since graduating from Miami University. With positions held at some of the most-respected retailers including Kaufmann’s, Macy’s, and Limited Too, he has built a strong reputation in the industry. At Justice, Jason currently oversees all aspects of merchandising for licensed apparel. Every Justice store reflects his vision for tween licensed apparel as well as his love of the brand.