Fashion pour le monde

By Molly Bello

Comment Staff

The fourth annual Fashion Pour Le Monde wowed students and family members as they continue to represent Boston designers in a fun and energetic way.

The show was hosted by Carvens Lissaint, an actor, poet and all around performer who has performed his poetry at Bridgewater State University before. Current president of the African American Society Francisca Moliere introduced Lissaint, the models and explained the meaning of Fashion Pour Le Monde. In English, Moliere said, it translates to “Fashion for the World.”

The show took place in the Large Ballroom in the Rondileau Campus Center on Saturday, April 6 and featured seven designers from the Boston area, and from around the world. The models were all students that auditioned for the show.

“The energy you give, you’ll get right back,” Lissaint said to the audience as the show began.

Students volunteered as models for the African American Society Fashion pour le Monde fashion show. Shavon Stokes Photo.
Students volunteered as models for the African American Society Fashion pour le Monde fashion show. Shavon Stokes Photo.

The African Journey of Solo Jubin, one of the show’s designers, described his collection as a “taste of his culture.” Jubin’s collection had a lot of bright, intricate prints and included kidswear to match his designs for women. Blazers, printed pants, and a dress with a long glamorous train were some eye catching pieces in his portion of the show.

Lissaint took a break in the show to coax the audience into a dance party.

“Dancing gives you life, gives you beauty,” he said. “Dance all your stress off.”

The audience had members from the United States to England to the Dominican Republic, all dressed in trendy and street chic outfits.

Koopsarut showcased Saris from India, hand-picked from a student study tour to India. The models were barefoot and glided down the runway in the beautiful beaded Saris. They were brightly colored and expertly crafted, representing Indian culture and artisan work.

With each collection, the models played a different role, remaining fierce and strong throughout. Since they were all students, they had to take time out of their schedules to practice and understand each collection.

“Being able to participate in the fashion show for the second year was fun,” Iris Lapaix class of 2015 education major, a returning model in the show said. “I get goosebumps each time before the show but it’s all worth it, being able to show everyone the talent that local Boston designers have.”

Many of the designers catered to students as their customers. From low price points to wearable styling, the models and student audience alike were inspired.

Vana Vain Vintage is a low-priced vintage boutique. Vane Vain in addition to her boutique, writes a fashion blog.

“Women should have fun with their style,” Vain said. The outfits had 80s and 90s styling and exemplified the high-low mix, using high-end designers with casual staples. Vain also showed formal dresses, jumpsuits, and fun sequin pieces.

The Banana Republic menswear collection had preppy styling, mostly formal and semi formal wear. Layering included button downs with v-neck sweaters or cardigans. The models did creative posing and looked very clean cut and professional.

Freshman Cristy Arias, a spectator, said about the show, “Wonderful, unique, fun, upbeat.” The audience all gave the models and designers standing ovations.

Molly Bello is a Comment staff writer. Follow her on Twitter at @mollybello or email her at  mbello@student.bridgew.edu.

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