Fashion shows often follow a theme — but what happens when you leave the theme to the models walking the runway? 20 models aced the runway like it was their homework at USF’s school of management’s honors program (SOMHP) first fashion show and fundraiser on Sept. 23. We saw everything from dynamic duos dressed in all black, to hot pink high heels, and elegant outfits inspired by Audrey Hepburn.
The fashion show was a source of excitement for everyone involved. Fourth-year finance major and organizer for the event, Max Chanthavornkjj arrived at 8 a.m. Despite spending several long hours setting up, Chathvaornki remained cheerful. “It is so special seeing an ordinary room turned into something beautiful — especially when so much work went into it,” he said.
The catwalk flashed a red and green ombre sign that read “Walk Your Inner Self.” Dynamic duo Aliann English, a second-year communications major and Samantha Chan a second-year nursing major strutted down the runway in their 12 and a half inch Demonia boots. English wore an all black mini dress, and added sheer tights to spice the look up. Chan complimented her in a white timeless classic dress paired with matching white hand warmers. Their runway walk brought sass, Britney Spears-esque attitude, and nostalgia to the stage as their outfits were inspired by the 2010 doll franchise Monster High. “Fright Song,” the theme from the Monster High TV show, played as they rocked each step.
Another duo showed a more business casual look, with a spunky twist. Dressed in white button-downs, jet-black glasses, trench coats, and corsets, models Yana Vaynshteyn a first-year undeclared business major and Lara Sipes a first-year business major came together as best friends to show their “business chic” style.
Sydney Farrel, a second-year hospitality management major, was the image of pristine elegance rocking the runway in a black lace asymmetrical dress, a pearl necklace, and diamond dangle earrings. Her look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Farrel said that, “showing confidence and using fashion as a creative outlet is a good way to separate school and passion.” The fashion show was a good opportunity to incorporate both of these things.
Students were not the only ones walking the runway — professors also got their glam on. Program directors, Nicole Nguyen and Frank Ohara, joined students on the walk down the runway. Although Ohara said he was nervous, his friend, Nguyen, helped him get through it. As they each took a turn down the runway their fear was quickly replaced with confidence, as they shined on the runway. After an incredible walk, they shared how proud they are of seeing their honor students come together expressively. Nguyen said “this event is creative and out-of-the box,” SOMHP students recognized the importance of creativity through this event. Professor Ohara said “there’s definitely a creative side to business.” No matter what role someone was in the event, everyone saw the artistic expression through showing their inner self and being who they are.
As the show came to an end, Idea Fatarida Phuwadonanon, a fourth-year psychology and business double major, covered Beyonce’s “Love On Top.” The models took the catwalk together, striking poses and smiling ear to ear as they took a final bow. The SOMHP put on an incredible first fashion show fundraiser, and many of the people involved hope to see this event in years to come.