On March 12th 2008 at Gypsy Bar in downtown Boston, over 300 students attended the annual HBS Spring Fashion Show. While students waited eagerly to see friends and section mates walk down the catwalk, fashion show directors and models were anxiously getting ready for the show with excitement.
With clothes carefully chosen from such designers as Catherine Malandrino and Milly to Yigal Azrouel and Antonio Pino, the view from backstage showed photos of the models hanging from hangers with their individual looks for each scene. After the celebratory champagne toast among the models and fashion show crew, all gathered in the small back room awaiting the start of the show. We were ready!
The HBS fashion show is a relatively new event for the HBS community. Started by the HBS Retail & Apparel club a couple of years ago, its goal is to provide a platform for the student body to discover the latest fashion trends and prepare for school-balls, summer internships, swanky weekend events, and everyday glamour throughout the warm months to come. In addition, the show aims to serve an even greater purpose as a charitable event here on campus. This year, all proceeds from the show were donated to the Dress for Success charity (Boston location), which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development.
This year the show was led by Katy LeBlanc (VP, Fashion Show) and an executive team of co-directors which included Robert Lee, Liza Molinari, Danielle Prout, Kanyachat (Elle) Suebjaklap, and Judy Zhu. Preparation for the show included developing the fashion show’s theme, “The Great Escape: Destination 2008”, which captured the life of the “jet-setting” student through four different segments: 1) Tokyo, Milan, & L.A.: Attire for day – enjoying the cities 2) Monte Carlo, London, & Paris: Attire for evening cocktails 3) New York, Hong Kong, & Las Vegas: Attire for a night on the town 4) Miami, Bali, & Buenos Aires: Beach and swimwear.
From negotiating for the right location, to finding clothes from well-known fashion designers, to practicing how to walk down the runway, the fashion show was a collaborative effort among the executive team, models and student volunteers. When the clock struck 10pm, over 20 gorgeous models were on the runway with friends cheering with enjoyment. Praised for its professionalism and high entertainment value, the fashion show was a great success and was well received by everyone in attendance.
We would like to thank our executive team, the models, the sponsor, the fashion designers/brands and last but not least our friends and section mates who contributed to the energy of the show with their enthusiasm and support. We hope to see you all at the show again next year!