Fashion for a cause

Fashion for a cause

By Nicole D. McGovern

Vintage yet funky. Stylish with a twist.

The clothes modeled at Ribbons on the Runway featured a little bit of everything from many different eras.

“There are pretty eclectic styles we’re showing,” said Gabriella Conti, freshman broadcast journalism major and fashion chair of Alpha Epsilon Phi at Emerson College.

The sisters of the Alpha Epsilon Phi chapters from Northeastern University, Emerson College and Boston University joined together to host the second annual charity fashion show. The event was held Sunday in the Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union at Boston University and attracted 200 to 250 people.

“We were kind of hoping for a bigger turnout,” said Natania Crane, a sophomore psychology major. “But there were a lot of people from Northeastern there, so that was great – we really appreciated it.”

The event consisted of a fashion show and silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Last year, Emerson College hosted the event alone and raised about $2,500.

This year they raised between $7,000 to $8,500.

“We [didn’t] set a specific goal for this year, we’re just happy to be having this event,” said Laura Semon, junior writing and literature major and philanthropy chair of Alpha Epsilon Phi at Emerson. “We’ve been working on it since last summer.”

The clothing showcased in the fashion show came from Boston-based venders like LF, Karmaloop and Mint Julep. The vintage line Zuburbia was donated by Lindsey Lero, an alumna from the Emerson chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Bringing back the flower-power era, the line was filled with tons of bright colors and patterns, vintage high-waisted dresses and a black and white mod polyester dress.

“It’s a lot of funky sundresses from the ’60s and ’70s,” Conti said. “They’re very springy and girly.”

Following the Zuburbia line was clothing from Mint Julep on Beacon Street. A bit more modern but still with a feminine flair, these pieces complimented the vintage.

The clothing from Mint Julep was fun and funky. A floral peasant dress and an empire waist tunic by Free People was modeled, along with Citizens of Humanity jeans, a silk shirt-dress and cropped navy pants.

Clothing from Karmaloop on Newbury Street was presented next. The hot item showcased were gaucho pants – for all occasions. The different type of gauchos included a plaid pair by Voxx, a cargo pair with sailor-inspired designs, and a green terry cloth pair with a matching jacket by Primp.

Conti described the clothing as having a “casual, ready-to-wear style.”

Other items modeled from Karmaloop were stone-washed jeans, a Members Only nylon jacket, a Ben Sherman cotton top, Voxx cropped pants and a funky black Puma cap. Most of the models also donned large leather hobo bags.

“I loved all the vintage clothes,” said Emily French, senior biochemistry major. “Some of them were very out there – but so cute.”

To conclude the fashion show, clothing from LF on Newbury Street was modeled. These clothes portrayed an ’80s-inspired look paired with boho-chic. Footless tights, suede slouched boots, handbags and clutches were the popular items from LF.

“They’re super funky yet wearable,” Conti said. “They mix basic with bold.”

Also modeled was a flapper-inspired sequined dress and a Paul’s Boutique mini skirt with vintage tees along the hemline.

A rocker chic theme was seen in their denim minis, metallic boots and leather jackets.

“We were really happy with the clothing, everything was really great,” said Amanda Tkacs, a sophomore communications major and vice president of programming for Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Following the fashion show was a silent auction. The prizes included jewelry, a gift certificate for dinner at Top of the Hub, and tickets to the Boston Ballet.

Students and members of the community came to show their support for the sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi.

“Oh, I loved the clothes. I thought the stores did an amazing job,” said Jaime Mass, a middler biochemistry major and scholarship chair of Alpha Epsilon Phi. “Everyone was so generous, we were really pleased.”

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