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“Stylistique”

The first annual Stylistique Fashion Show, hosted by the Fashion Club, brought out the inner model and designer in every audience member in Carnesecca Arena.

Like every activity hosted by any RedStorm organization, the set show time was disregarded for an hour and a half, and not for the usual reasons, but for a fire alarm. Yet there was no fire.

The patience of the 200 plus guests was running low and there was only so much music that DJ Zeke could play to keep everyone excited. He was forced to awaken the crowd with dance competitions and free t-shirt giveaways.

At last, the opening presentation was performed by the Fashion Club’s e-board member Varonica White with an excellently choreographed montage of the R&B artist Ciara.

The show’s host and Fashion Club president Jacqueline Smith ran the show like it was straight out of Fashion Week in New York City. Like most of these types of events, the Fashion Club donated a portion of the proceeds to U.N.I.C.E.F because according to the
shows program, this “…will help give a deserving child an opportunity at a better life.”

Smith, who introduced the show, proudly wore one of the featured designers Allan Virgo’s custom garments- a hot pink gown with a slit that almost touched the highest point of her thigh. She graced the stage only twice, once in the beginning and once at the
end.

Stylistique was divided into five parts: “Satisfaction,” “School Daze,” “Skateboard P of the O.C.,” “I Aint Sayin She a Gold-Digger” and “The Fashion Club Takeover.”

“Satisfaction” introduced the women of the show in designer Pela’s creations, which consisted of fur, tweed, silk and leather dresses, suits and cat suits. Pela’s clothing exuded creativity and a spin on the use of tweed and leather combinations and the placement
of fur.

Amongst the woman models were Campus’ Next Top Model winner, Toni Burnett and runner-up Bianca Jones, who each both the runway with their fellow models throughout the show.

“School Daze” introduced the men in a clever well-organized production, in a way which allowed for the audience to get an in-depth look at each of the model’s designer outfits. They posed in shorts, hats, book bags, leather coats, plaid shorts, army fatigues,
dress shoes and sneakers, presenting innovative school-gear designs for male students.

The segment “Skateboard P of the O.C.” featured the “urban chic” designers, who make clothes for both males and females within the skateboard community. Next, an ongoing slew of all 46 models graced the runway in spring dresses with hoods, capris, thick
gold chains, bandana shorts, animal printed tights and logo shirts provided from one of the designers, “King Cranium.”

The final featured designer of the show was the Kingston, Jamaica native and Fashion Institute of Technology senior Allan Virgo. His unique gowns were revealed on a small portion of the models, yet they were incredible.

The “I Aint Sayin Shes a Gold-Digger” segment had dresses with material that appeared to be inspired by the fashion of past decades. For instance, a gown with an abundance of braided fur for half of the train and another trail of fur for the shoulder strap was featured,
as well as a Chiquita Banana inspired ruffled halter gown.

The first annual Fashion Club event had its standard kinks, as any organization would, yet it still proved to be a fun and enjoyable event. The show ended with a pleased audience, and Allan Virgo even commented, they, “They rocked the boat.”

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