The 2015 iteration of FashioNXT had its highs and lows, but overall it was one of the best in the event's history.

Internationally, the event reconfirmed its relationship as a venue for designers from Shenzhen, China, kicking off with a showcase of three young designers' lines: CC, With Song, and Song Hong. Closer to home, former Portland and current Seattle designer Devon Yan of Devonation wowed the audience with high drama and the week's most intriguing fabric choices. There was also ballet on the runway courtesy of Los Angeles designer Walter Mendez, and a wearable technology contest that needs work in the arena of what is—let's be real—more about live entertainment than industry.

  • Jeff Wong