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The fashion influences of historic figures took center stage Friday night at the 16th annual student-run Northwood University Style Show.
Chairwoman Kendal Penney of Clarkston had noted in her profile that she had first seen the NU Style Show as a high school junior. As the show ended, she told the audience, “This is why I came here, so this is totally a dream come true for me.”
Students plan, design, prepare and execute all aspects of the show, the major experiential learning project of the fashion marketing and management department. Historic Hemlines, this year’s theme, set a man and woman as the style icons of five different eras and drew modern inspiration from them. Vintage decorations in the entry and reception area were culled from the families of the 21 show executive board members.
Staging in the Hach Student Life Center was changed from the single, straight runway of previous years to an X shape, with the far ends sloping down to the center and the outer limbs flat. A ring of white and purple wisteria dangled over the center and a video screen high at the back offered a behind-the-scenes look at the planning, as well as some historical scenes.
The point was not to faithfully recreate eras with vintage clothing but to use them as jumping-off themes for the apparel and accessories provided by 21 shops from the Great Lakes Bay and metro Detroit regions. About 100 looks were modeled by over 70 students and what appeared to be three dads, who prompted some of the most enthusiastic audience response.
Four Score and Seven Prairies Ago, for example, drew from Abe Lincoln’s broadcloth suit and top hat, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ginghams, florals and flowy dresses. For men, one of those looks included khaki pants, navy blazer and navy shirt; for women, jean cutoff shorts and a flowy bohemian multi-print blouse with bell sleeves.
Roaring Glamour’s F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald saw their styles echoed in suspenders and fur stoles, and Fashion Takes Flight’s Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart featured cargo pants and bomber jackets. Besides those expected nods, though, there were departures. One female model evoked not Zelda but F. Scott, wearing black pants with white stripes wider than pinstripes paired with a white blouse with a skinny bow. The bomber jacket look extended to several zippered motorcycle jackets and a black leather messenger bag worn backpack-style.
The Politics and Pearls segment highlighting John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis showed a few carefully chosen necklaces but no pearls – and no pillbox hats. And while JFK’s preppie influence was noted, there was only one sweater tied around the neck, turning instead to lots of resort wear, for example Bermuda shorts for him and white capris with a navy pinstripe shirt for her. Mismatched suits and shift dresses were cited as part of the couple’s personal style, but the strapless pale pink close-fitting dress with large white spots worn by one model and topped with a wide white hat fit the aesthetic well.
The show’s closing Ode to Change segment nodded to Barack and Michelle Obama, with the male model re-enacting the oath of office as they wore an inaugural ball tuxedo and blue gown with one ruffled shoulder. The former president’s fondness for casual shorts and Ray-Bans was noted, as was his wife’s range from custom gowns to clothing from popular retailers. A violet blue suit with black collar and pant stripe came out for men, as did a number of dressy options for women: a nearly backless taupe gown with spangly bands, a thigh-length fur coat that hinted at ermine, a black faux fur sweater, a gray one-shoulder cocktail dress with flowy skirt and fuzzy trim that looked like boudoir wear.
There also were eight student designers showing one to four looks each, 22 total.
Streetwear opened the student segment, with a woman wearing black faux leather pants topped by a gray long vest, with “GIRL” on one pocket flap and “GANG” on the other. Another wore an Army green jacket with a pink feminism fist logo on the back and a baseball bat across her shoulders. Other designers offered pieces including a draped maroon gown with right leg slit and white sparkly underskirt, a denim dress with rough edges and patchwork jacket, and the bold pairing of a mint dress under a black and mustard structured jacket.
Some of the mini-collections tied in similar fabrics. One used the same black and white print in a romper, off-shoulder ¾-sleeve top and leggings. White fabric dotted with dime-sized poms in spring colors showed up on shorts and an asymmetrical top paired with lavender chiffon in a strapless top, “suspenders” and a long skirt gathered up to one side. In the only student designs featuring a male, a woman wore black pinstripe pants with a gold chain draped over each hip paired with a gold and black patterned crop tank; that fabric also was used in his belt, cuffs, collar and the diamond-shaped patches on his white shirt and black pants and top hat.
Emily Williams, the student design chair, pointed out the student designs are especially notable because Northwood’s fashion curriculum has no design element, just marketing and merchandising. A panel of four judges evaluated the designs on creativity, cohesion, content, construction and commerciality – “because we are business students,” Williams said.
The designers could be from any field of study. Third place went to Natisha Phouphayly, second to Payge Pacholka and first to Marissa Nadolney.Read more at:elegant evening dresses | formal dress shops brisbane
People feel strongly about what guests should and shouldn’t wear to weddings. We’ve seen those debates rage, even when just discussing theoretical rules. Among those guidelines, was anyone aware of a ban on recycling a fancy outfit from one wedding to another? One wedding guest in the U.K. recently found out her family thinks there should be one.
“Since Christmas, I’ve been to four weddings,” wrote Mumsnet user GameOldBirdz on Tuesday. We’ve all had those years, when everyone in our circle of friends seems to be getting hitched and the concept of “wedding season” seems to encompass a good 20 months. This guest dared to wear the same outfit to three of those weddings and received an unpleasant surprise afterward.
“My cousin, who was at both family same-outfit weddings, sent me a load of photographs yesterday and said in the email, ‘It’s a shame you couldn’t be bothered to wear something different,'” GameOldBirdz wrote the joking reply, “I’m sorry if I offended you [by] recycling my outfit, I’m cheap.”
Instead of laughing it off, the cousin “sent a massive paragraph saying I was disrespectful, that it was very bad show, it was rude and that if I didn’t want to go I should have declined the invitation rather than turn up inappropriately dressed (her words).”
When GameOldBirdz turned to her mother for support in the matter, she too said that recycling her outfit was “inappropriate.”
Judging by the 360 comments (and counting) this post has received, the cousin and mother are in the minority there.
“Disrespectful to whom?” asked Mumsnet user brassbrass. “Would the bride and groom have noticed you were wearing the same dress? Would they have cared? Let’s face it, if they had time to care about your dress it would signal they were having a really s*** wedding.”
Others pointed out that men usually wear the same suits to every wedding they attend. There were also several who agreed that wearing the same outfit was a great money-saving tactic.
“Your cousin is totally out of order! Wedding outfits are expensive and add massively to the cost of going to a wedding,” wrote user HellonHeels.
This cost issue is no small matter, despite GameOldBirdz joking about being “cheap.” Last year, an American Express survey found that the average American spends $703 to attend a wedding, and the average millennial spends $893. A Priceline survey placed that number at closer to $600 but said that 39 percent of respondents would decline a wedding invitation due to the expense.
But GameOldBirdz said she really did want to attend these weddings, and so she seems to have followed the advice of fashion experts, such as the editors of Elle, who have demonstrated how to accessorize the same dress differently for multiple events.
“I should say that I did use a different bag/accessories for both weddings,” she wrote, “but the basic outfit was the same.”
If you’re at all concerned about offending others with your outfit, you could go with a service like Rent the Runway, paying just for your single use of a dress. Or band together with another similarly sized pal to share the burden, as another Mumsnet commenter does:
“My best friend and I have a ‘wedding dress’ which we share!” wrote JonesyandtheSalad. “We wear it to any wedding the other’s not at! It’s a great dress and we don’t give a s***. I bought it in a sale at Coast about five years ago!”Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/red-formal-dresses