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Student Models Walk the Runway at FFP Twisted Tea Party


Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 02:04

Courtesy of Bianca Batis-Gelpi/The Ram

Courtesy of Bianca Batis-Gelpi/The Ram

Assistant News Editor Karen Hill (left) walked elegantly down the runway.


Fordham Fashion for Philanthropy (FFP) hosted its seventh annual fashion show in the Rose Hill Gym on Friday, April 20, showcasing emerging fashion brands, Fordham models, music and plenty of refreshments. The proceeds from the show, entitled “A Twisted Tea Party,” were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. Throughout the year, FFP hosts several events that promote interest and knowledge of the fashion industry, while creating an opportunity for the Fordham community to give back to a great foundation that strives to grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. 

Following a Fordham alum’s personal connection to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the club has spent the past seven years raising money for its philanthropic efforts.          

“Fashion for Philanthropy was founded by a Fordham student who was a ‘former wish kid,’” Holly Lemanowicz, FCRH ’12 and FFP president, said. “She wanted to create an organization that could give back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, while inspiring and teaching students about her personal passion for fashion.”

 The first event in the show was a video presentation showing various children being helped by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and their life stories.

“It was heartfelt,” Alexander Federico,  Columbia ’13, said. “I felt like it was necessary for the show. Those kids are the real reason why we’re here. The video set the foundation for everything.”

To add to this year’s excitement, FFP enlisted the support of top designer names including Nicole Miller, Shoshanna, Katie Ermilio, Ali Ro and For Love & Lemons.  Fordham’s own student designers including Justin Segovia, FCRH ’14, were also given the opportunity to showcase their work on the runway, alongside outside student designers Kirby Budz, Chelsea Goral, Ou Ma and Michelle Williams from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  

Some of the outfits in the audience reflected the serious tone set by the video, with many men dressed in formal wear and women in sleek ensembles.

“The show is supposed to be a fun time, but it’s also kind of a serious event,” Johnny Casey, FCRH ’14 and audience member, said. “With the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the fact that the designers worked really hard on their projects, I felt like I had to be respectful.”

The second event of the show drew cheers from the crowd as the models walked. The men were dressed in stylish casual wear and the ladies in similarly impressive pieces. There were some favorites from the first half of the show, particularly the dress which ended the first portion, a white feathered piece which revealed the model’s legs.

“I felt like the white feathered dress was the show stealer,” Casey said. “It kind of came out of nowhere; it was just different from everything else that came before it. It was almost risqué. I was actually pretty shocked at seeing it.”

The second half of the show was evening wear themed, with the men exchanging their casual clothes for formal wear, and the ladies dressed in dark, goth-inspired dresses, like an image out of a Tim Burton film. The ensembles gave visual meaning to the show’s theme, “ A Twisted Tea Party.”

“I thought the second part of the show was really dramatic and dark, a cool change from the first half,” Katie Mariano, GSB ’14, said.

 Before Tony Siatta, also known as DJ Scyaeta, took the stage at 7 p.m. to spin a mix of tracks that included “I’ve Got the Magic” and “Birthday Cake,” FFP held a pre-party event where attendees had the chance to socialize, enjoy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and enter for a chance to win a number of raffle prizes.  This year’s top prizes included 13 pairs of Jeffrey Campbell shoes, as well as a signature Longchamp red leather handbag retailed at $610.  FFP was also able to raffle off multiple clothing donations from the show’s designers, namely a Tracey Reese dress, a TwoBirds Bridesmaid dress valued at over $300 and three separate looks from sponsor DIGS. 

Friends and family who opted for the VIP tickets that sold for $12, instead of the $5 general admission tickets, were also treated to priority seating and gift bags featuring samples of Pop Chips, Izze soda, Stash Tea and pairs of Yeroc sunglasses. 

Following the great success of last year’s event, which raised a total of $7,500, FFP had set this year’s fundraising goal at $10,000 with an expected audience of about 400 supporters. The club started planning for the event in November with scheduled weekly meetings.

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