Eagles On The Catwalk: Fashion Descends On The Rat

Even a snow accumulation of over 70 inches and sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t stop Boston College’s most fashion-forward club from showing off its latest styles. The Fashion Club of Boston College presented its second annual fashion show at the Rat this past Friday. Featuring the fashion designs of Daisy Spade, Duchess, Clear Classics, Vineyard Vines, Rightside T-shirts, and makeup by Cindy Chen, A&S ’16, the fashion show combined both style and performance. BC’s funk-inspired band, Juice, as well as F.I.S.T.S (Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step) put on special half-time performances during the show.

Up first, Daisy Spade presented its ready-to-wear styles to a cheering crowd. Infusing southern charm into city chic, the line heavily featured neutral colors with a-line skirts, cut-out dresses, rompers, and patterned tops. The boutique incorporated classic styles and bright colors along with more accessible and affordable trends reminiscent of Forever 21.

Clear Classics brought in fashions from Abhinav Adi, a designer from Northeastern. The collection incorporated self-designed tanks and graphic sweatshirts featuring humorous slogans such as, “YOLO Wait I’m Indian” and emoticon t-shirts. Unlike the other fashions, Adi utilized mainly black and white in his designs.

In the first interlude to the show, BC’s all-female step group F.I.S.T.S. performed in matching pink A-line skirts and black tops. The show featured three routines performed by the four members of the group. “It’s about how all our styles come together as one,” one F.I.S.T. member announced to the crowd, combining positive body sentiment with individual style. F.I.S.T.S. closed out its performance with a rendition of Kid Ink’s “Body Language” before exiting the stage.

Rightside T-shirts showcased its graphic print line, featuring watercolor inspired tanks and t-shirts. The collection emphasized casual wear and creative graphic prints, including stylized cupcakes and elephants.

Local Newton boutique Duchess showcased its designs in a wide range of styles and prices. Including primarily spring-inspired styles, Duchess incorporated neutral tones, printed pants, high-low dresses, patterned tops, floral skirts, military-inspired and utilitarian jackets, distressed jeans, and black and white dresses.

Juice, BC’s alternative eight-man band played at the halftime show. Featuring frontmen Christian Rougeau, Kamu Burton, both A&S ’17, and Ben Stevens, CSOM ‘17, on vocals, the group performed its singles, “Pineapple Groove” and “Shoot Me Down.” The funk-inspired hip-hop infused jam band then played a cover of B.o.B.’s “So Good” with Daniel Moss and Michael Ricciardulli on guitar and Miles Clyatt on drums, all A&S ’17, before finishing off its set with single “How You Gonna Do Me Like That.”

Vineyard Vines has been a longtime staple of BC’s culture. At Friday’s event, the Massachusetts brand’s line incorporated both casual and formal looks. Students strutted down the runway in khaki shorts, pastels, shift dresses, printed pants, quarter zips, bright colors, and hats characteristic of the company’s preppy aesthetic. For the formal portion of the show, students donned maxi dresses, ties and slacks, blazers, chiffon dresses, corduroy pants, and other business casual-inspired clothing. To close out the Vineyard Vines collection, the students walked down in pairs down the runway in formal attire,

The final collection of the night featured styling and makeup by Cindy Chen, A&S ’16. Focusing on high fashion and conceptual art, Chen launched her blog Opal’s Catharsis as a way to showcase unconventional design. Chen’s line drew upon the theme of ancient goddesses by utilizing white face makeup, applique flowers, golden body art, and a variety of textures in order to highlight more experimental high fashion. Chen’s line featured four models, each clad in white linen cloth, as well as body and facial makeup, in order to portray the theme of an army of goddesses. Reminiscent of body armor, Chen’s collection provided a much-desired high fashion offset to the other standardized ready-to-wear collections featured in the fashion show.

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