Buffalo State Fashion Show 2016


Since moving to Buffalo almost 4 years ago I’ve attended a few fashion shows in Western New York. I love seeing fashion on display in our tight knit community and was thrilled to attend the afternoon showing of the Buffalo State Fashion Show: Ecolution on April 16.

My favorite part of the event was seeing how different each line was that the students created. It was not your traditional fashion show, despite the T style runway, judges -including Kirby Marzec, Accessories Editor at Teen Vogue- and seating arrangement.

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There was something for everyone. The designs and materials were all over the board. Harsh and soft. Modest and provocative. Neutral and neon.

 

The models were both men and women, short and tall, had traditional long legged physiques and big beautiful figures. There was even a collection for 55-75 year old women. My biggest complaint about fashion in general is how excluding it can be. There are supposed rules and recommendations based on age, weight, body type, gender, etc… yet this show was all inclusive! With an eco focused show, embracing recycled materials, I wasn’t expecting such a progressive approach. It was quite a pleasant surprise.

 

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My friend Natalie served as my honorary photographer at the Buffalo State Fashion Show. She helped me take behind the scene photos and gave me an alternative perspective when looking at the designs.

 

As the sole blogger of Clearing PREPPY‘s Name it should be no surprised that I paid close attention to the preppy trends at the show. There were many classic a-line dresses, pleated skirts and ruffled tops scattered throughout the collections.

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I was drawn to the romantic looks too. I found it hard to believe some of these were made from scraps. Also as college students I can’t imagine their budgets were very large, yet these pieces truly looked high end.

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See this look and more on my instagram, @preppylogic15.

 

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These dresses were some of the most beautiful ones to photograph on the runway. They flowed wonderfully as the models walked.

If I was judging this show, first place would have had to go to the geometric themed line. I was so impressed. I felt like designer Megan Luongo’s senior capstone looks would flatter anyone’s body type and I would wear ALL of these separates and outfits. Everything looked so chic and retro, yet ready-to-wear and completely up to date with current trends -crop tops and high waisted pants/skirts yaaaaas- all at the same time. She described the collection as geometric and futuristic. I’m not sure what it really is about this look, but I wanted it all, from the gorgeous periwinkle color to the giant plastic button closures in back.

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And can we please talk about this headband?! That’s just the hint of preppy that I was looking for.


Overall I would say the ninth annual Runway show at Buffalo State was a success. As college students that were learning about all of work that is involved in a fashion show (while on the job for the first time) they were still working out quite a few kinks at the afternoon show. I have faith that with time and practice they will continue to improve and I am already looking forward to Runway 10.0 in 2017.

Congratulations to all of the Fashion and Textile Technology students involved and thank you for bringing some more fashion to Western New York.

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Runway 2016

 

Swimwear struggles


In my last post I mentioned my excitement over warm weather. The biggest negative I can see about warmer temperatures quickly creeping up is that it means swimsuit season and impending swimwear struggles are coming.

I am not a small figured girl. I have curves and lumps. God blessed me with a little extra just about everywhere. Even at a size 6 -which seems like a lifetime ago- I was not happy about swimwear shopping though. It may in fact be the only shopping I do not particularly enjoy.

With my distaste for spandex and tight uncomfortable water resistant fabrics in mind, the following are 3 of my favorite swimwear looks that I’m hoping will cause me to struggle a little less about what to wear to the beach when I escape to Florida at the end of April.

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Meet Lace:

I actually have no idea what this model’s name is, but she looks hella elegant,
like Lace, in this Target one-piece swimsuit. I’m in love with the color and feel like my eyes go to her face rather than thighs -my biggest problem area- because of the higher detailing. It’s also really reasonably priced at $34.99 and available in plus sizes. I find that I’m lucky if I can find a suit I don’t hate for less than $100 sometimes. The intricate laser cut detailing on the ruffle is also a trendy bonus. This swimsuit comes in black too, which happens to be my go-to color for swimwear because of ~the whole slimming factor~

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Meet Rita:

This girl keeps up with the latest trends, note how this is definitely triangl swimwear inspired, but she gives it her own bit of sass. I love the retro feel to the mustard print, as if Rita’s grandmother would own wallpaper in her home that is identical. I also appreciate the thick halter straps in the top, for additional support. It’s not “itsy bitsy”, but rather plus size and sexy. The individual pieces are sold separately so you could easily change out the Asos Curve top or bottom for yet again solid black. Costing $31.00 for the bottoms and $38.00 for the top with free shipping, still rings in below my $100 price point.

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          Meet Nina
Wearing a swimsuit, some of us want to look sweet instead of sexy. I didn’t think I would find a set that would say it quite so literally, but honestly I am DONUTS about this suit. Modcloth sells some of my favorite retro-inspired pieces, this is no exception. It is available in separates, top retailing for $49.99 and bottoms for $39.99 as well as a $79.99 one piece, not completely shattering my budget. Also doesn’t hurt I have a $35 credit from some returns in the Fall 😉

What ever swimwear you decide to sport, do so confidently. I remember the first time I found a high waisted bikini from Aerie that I loved.. it was still spandex and although it held in my love handles pretty spectacularly, my body still existed. How I carried myself totally changed though and that makes the difference.

What will you wear to the beach this season?