During New York Fashion Week, the Fox School of Business held its own fashion show, with budget-friendly professional looks being the only trend on the runway. Eighteen styles showed students how to dress the part in any business environment without breaking the bank.
More than 200 students, faculty and staff attended the show, hosted Feb. 13 by the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) and the Fashion and Business Club (FAB) in Alter Hall’s Undergraduate Commons. The show coincided with CSPD and FAB’s professional attire clothing drive that collected 349 items to benefit Career Wardrobe and Menzfit, nonprofits that assist individuals transitioning into the workforce with limited resources.
Looks displayed on the runway by Fox’s student models were either from consignment stores, department stores or students’ own closets. The audience voted on where the looks appeared to be from by holding up signs from their “fashion bills,” or event programs.
On the first set of business casual looks, the audience voted “department store” for the consignment look. “I was surprised where the clothing came from,” said Brittany Gilbert, a senior marketing major. “I thought all of the looks could have been from Nordstrom.”
Throughout the show, models spoke about topics such as professional grooming and self-confidence while wearing professional attire. In the front row were recruiters from TJX Corp., Target and Burlington who participated in a panel after the show to discuss interview tips and information about working in the retail industry.
The 18 student-models had auditioned for the parts in December by dressing in business professional attire and speaking about their experiences at Fox. The models ranged from freshmen to seniors and had varying levels of modeling experience.
Derek Donnelly, a student worker at CSPD and senior marketing major, had no experience with modeling but said, “I want to help students not miss out on an opportunity. How you look when meeting people is key.” He purchased his suit, originally $300, at Marshall’s for a more student-friendly price – $150.
The fashion show occurred one week before Spring Connection, one of CSPD’s annual recruiting events for undergraduates.
“We did the third portion of the show, the business professional looks, for those preparing for Spring Connection,” said Holly Pfeifer, assistant director of corporate relations at CSPD. “It’s important to understand the appropriate attire for networking events because impression is everything.”