Excitement is brewing as models from each EC and RC section gear up to strut their stuff on the runway of the Retail and Luxury Goods Club Annual Charity Fashion Show this Wednesday. The show will take place at Bijou Nightclub and will be followed by the Euro Club’s second annual Models & Bottles Party. Tickets for this exclusive charity event sold out in mere minutes last week, setting the stage for what promises to be one of the biggest nights of the year.
All proceeds from the show will once again benefit the Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Last year, proceeds of over $13,000 were donated to the Center and Show coordinators hope to exceed that number with this week’s event.
RC Model Asli Aksu (NC), shared her excitement: “HBS in my mind is the perfect balance of learning and having fun. The Fashion Show reflects the values HBS teaches us: creating impact while interfacing with other students and the local community. I hope we can raise more money for the Harris Center than we have targeted, and also inspire other clubs to host more charity events at HBS.”
Building on the Club’s partnership with the Harris Center, the theme for this year’s show is “Style on Your Own Terms” and aims to communicate confidence and empowerment through fashion. “The fashion industry has gotten a bad rap in recent years for promoting distorted body image and unhealthy practices,” explained Nate Leung (OI), Co-President of the Retail and Luxury Goods Club and a Euro Club Social Chair. “We wanted to highlight the other side of that story: the role fashion and style can play in building confidence and allowing for self-expression.”
Nate is part of a sizable team that has been dedicated to planning the show since the start of the semester; 18 ECs, RCs and partners have come together to plan the event.
“Working on the Fashion Show has been challenging but also a lot fun,” said co-VP of the show, Nadia Boujarwah (OE). “It has proven to be a great opportunity to practice some of those lessons from LEAD last year while interacting with the Fashion world, meeting new classmates and contributing to a worthy cause. We are really looking forward to Wednesday.”
Fellow Co-VP, Vanessa Brockway (OG), echoed the sentiment. “The Charity Fashion Show has always been a great way to get fellow students involved in the Retail and Luxury Goods Club,” she said. “Seeing your friends and peers walk down the catwalk wearing cutting edge brands combined with the Euro Club’s after party makes it the most memorable night of the year.“