A Silent Connection

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Photo by Michael Sears

Photo by Michael Sears

Sarah Hoopes CollectionWhen a fashion designer says she was inspired by equestrian elements in her collection, you are probably expecting to see a barrage of boots, jackets and maybe even helmets. But up and coming designer, Sarah Hoopes, knows the experience of being a true equestrian runs much deeper than that.

For Hoopes, who is a rider since age 3 and a recent graduate of the Parsons School of Design, horseback riding is all about that silent connection that occurs when a horse and rider are truly working in sync. The rider appears effortless as the horse moves underneath. This is a connection she learned well growing up on a horse farm in small-town Wisconsin and riding the competitive circuit.

Hoopes is now bringing this sensation to her designs by draping textiles and accessories that flow rhythmically around her models. And so far, her looks (pictured to the left) are receiving critical and public support. She submitted her collection to the MUUSE x VOGUE Talents – Young Vision Award 2014, and out of several hundred entries, it was selected as one of the 50 semi-finalists chosen by the public.

From amongst the 50 semi-finalists chosen by the public, Vogue Senior Fashion Editor and Vogue Talents Editor Sara Maino will select the final winner, as well as 10 finalists who will enter a final round of voting to find the people’s choice winner, taking place on Vogue.it from July 21st – July 28th 2014. Ultimately, the final winner and the people’s choice winner will be announced during Copenhagen Fashion Week, in August 2014.

What do you think of Hoopes designs? If you’d like to see more, take a look at the full collection here: Sarah Hoopes.

Love the collection?  Then stay tuned to Vogue.it to see if she is up for the people’s choice winner competition here: Vogue.it.

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