Bright patterns, chic styles and bold accessories.
These are only a few words to describe the Winthrop fall fashion show Nov. 4. “Fall into Fashion: Worn, Tossed and Found” gave student stylists an opportunity to showcase their trendy talent with clothing items found at Plato’s Closet.
Hosted by Professor Bonnye Stuart’s public relations class, the committee transformed Richardson Ballroom into a high-fashion runway. The class stuck to the “thrifty” theme and decorated the room with recycled material, including glass bottles, newspapers and cans.
This event was the main fundraiser for the mass communication department to raise money for their annual recognition dinner in the spring. The competition consisted of four categories: casual, business, wildcard and Eagle pride.
Each designer styled two outfits for every category and presented them to the judges.
Sophomore English major Candace Livingston, a competing designer, said that her style comes from ‘90s hip-hop styles, and she had outfits that ranged from old school to hipster.
“When I see things with a rougher look, I tend to gravitate more towards that and then put my own twist on it,” she said.
Livingston said she wants to write for a fashion magazine after graduation. With her sophisticated yet urban taste, she said feels she can become a successful fashion writer.
Senior business administration major Jamal Mitchell said he gets his inspiration from actors, GQ magazine and men’s fitness. He created classy and urban designs.
Mitchell said that this show was his first time showcasing his designs publicly, but fashion has always been a hobby.
“I’ve always been that friend that people ask for advice, but I’ve never had the opportunity to really show off my style like tonight,” he said.
Senior integrated marketing communication major Julia Saunders also had the opportunity to show her classmates her personal style.
Her fashion motivation comes from style icons online, but her biggest inspiration comes from Natasha Lillipore.
“I just love being a little weird. I think it’s more fun that way to be a little different and stand out,” she said.
Saunders said she loves to try different styles and does not like to stick to one type of look.
“One day I’ll look like a total Goth girl, and the next day I might be wearing Lilly Pulitzer,” she said.
Winthrop’s fashion show was not the first experience for Saunders. Over the summer she had the opportunity to intern with local fashion designer Tara Davis and helped her with two fashion shows.
Saunders plans on going into the fashion industry after she graduates. After visiting New York City three times this past summer, she fell in love with the lifestyle. “I feel like as long as you’re really determined and passionate then you’ll make it happen,” she said.