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First the Judges Pick for best designer went to Kelly Cercone for her Jokers New Look inspired by Batman. Kelly Cercone is a celebrated freelance costume designer crafts person based in Los Angeles. Growing up in northern California she discovered her love for costumes early through historical reenactment and later cosplay. In school she primarily studied fashion design with minors in textiles lingerie and specialty pattern drafting. In addition to her own label focused on bespoke commissions Anachronism in ction she can regularly be found or ing in film theater opera ballet and for local fashion companies. She particularly enjoys the architectural qualities of ladies period costume armor millinery corsetry and leatherwork. Drawing on her background in textiles she often custom creates her designs by dying painting and manipulating found materials. Her favorite designers are Colleen Atwood Ralph Rucci Vionnet and Alexander McQueen. She adds that her favorite fandoms are Marvel especially the Thor Comics Star Trek Supernatural and Lord of the Rings. She is a lover of drama mischief and rich colors. The Audience Pick winner for best designer went to Leetal Platt for her Usagis Transformation inspired by Sailor Moon. Leetal Platt was born in Israel and raised in Newton Massachusetts to scientist parents but with an artistic household he studied film production at and then moved to Los Angeles where she worked for four years in the film industry fter discovering her so called passion for fashion she spent a year studying fashion design at Parsons Paris in France then completed anAssociates ofArts in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising FIDM in Los Angeles CA. Her Advance Associates 12-look eveningwear collection for FIDM swept the competition by winning both the Jury Prize and Best in Show and walked at El Paseo Fashion Week. Leetals design work has walked shows for Hot TopicHer Universe last year her Dalek Wedding Dress received an Honorable Mention Celebrity Cruises the Handweavers Guild of America and others. In 2012 she founded a side brand Cozday Clothing created to merge geek culture and fashion together. Coming up she will be showing a capsule collection for Supima Cotton to show at New York Fashion Wee and studying haute couture production at the oefia Academy in Rome Italy. Congratulations to both ladies Kelly Cerconce and Leetal Platt on your prizes to design for geek couture line Her Universe and sell through their partnership with retailer Hot Topic It was a wonderful show and FLiP Magazine is proud to bring it to you. The winners 8 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015