Fashion Club of Notre Dame attends Fashion Week finale

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sierra Mayhew Sierra Mayhew, left, and Caroline Forlenza represent Notre Dame’s Fashion Club in Chicago on Sunday as the club presidents.During club meetings, members discuss questions revolving around rising trends, major events in the fashion world and fashion’s relationship with other industries.“We just finished Fashion Month, and that’s our most exciting month for meetings because we get to talk about and review all the fashion shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan,” Mayhew said.“For example, we did an opening question about Michael Kors going public: Was that a good decision for them or not? Did it hurt their luxury brand or did it help it?” Forlenza said. “So we try to get into those business-focused ideas and a lot of marketing as well.” Mayhew said the Fashion Week finale was a sign of Chicago’s potential, as well as the impressive efforts of individuals — like Long — who have helped the industry grow. “I think there’s definitely room for growth, and I think that, because it’s such a big city, it has the opportunity to be bigger fashion presence if the designers there keep working really hard,” Mayhew said.Freshman Lexi Leahy, a Chicago native, said it was exciting to see signs of fashion’s growth in the city.“I love this city, so I really want Chicago to start becoming more of a focal point for fashion,” she said. “I liked seeing the local artists a lot because they were so unique to Chicago and its characteristics. It was really cool to see these new, aspiring artists who are trying to make it doing their own thing.”  Photo courtesy of Sierra Mayhew Members of the Fashion Club of Notre Dame traveled to Chicago on Sunday to attend the finale event of Chicago’s Fashion Week.Mayhew and Forlenza said they were frustrated with the lack of resources on campus for students interested pursuing careers in fashion and, as a result, founded Fashion Club of Notre Dame last fall, the start of their sophomore year.“We both are really interested in fashion, and we felt like we were at a school that did not support our career choices,” Mayhew said. “We wanted to create a place for people who are interested in a career in the fashion industry.” “We just had this idea of forming a place on campus where people could talk about their passion for the industry and also learn more about it,“ Forlenza said. “Hopefully by the time we’re out of Notre Dame, [we will] kind of create our own network of people working in the industry. In the last few years, Notre Dame has come a long way with that in general because now they offer a Career Trek to New York City in the fashion and retail industry through the Career Center.” Photo courtesy of Sierra Mayhew Winners of the avant-garde competition showcase their outfits Sunday during the finale event of Chicago’s Fashion Week. The winning design, pictured above, reflected the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.The event included several shows by local designers and brands, and concluded with an avant-garde competition in which designers created pieces that reflected Chicago’s history and culture. Junior Nina Michielutti said the competition was the most memorable part of the day.“The winner of this year’s competition was a designer who created a gown based on the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago during Al Capone’s reign over the city’s mobs,” she said in an email. “It was unique and beautifully done, but what really set it apart from the rest was the story behind it. He really brought everyone back in time with his design that even included newspaper from the publication of the massacre. The competition was a really cool way to see how certain designers pushed their boundaries to create really dramatic designs.”Tags: Chicago, Fashion Club of Notre Dame, Fashion Week, FashionBarcenter_img Members of the Fashion Club of Notre Dame traveled to Chicago on Sunday for the finale event of Chicago’s Fashion Week. The event focused on growing the fashion industry in Chicago by giving up-and-coming designers the chance to showcase their work and develop their brands. Juniors and club presidents Sierra Mayhew and Caroline Forlenza said they reached out to FashionBar, the company running the week, and were given the opportunity to speak with Tony Long, founder and CEO of the company.“We met with him just the two of us, and he taught us a lot about what he’s doing — trying to grow Chicago into a fashion capital like New York and [Los Angeles] are … and he allowed us to bring a few of our members to the finale event of the Fashion Week,” Mayhew said.last_img read more

Teach your kids to go for the gold with a financial decathlon challenge

first_img continue reading » Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be watching some of the Summer Olympics with my four-year-old son. I hope watching the games together will expose him to different sports and their rules, different cultures, and the thrill of competition.Bank of America Better Money Habits has some tips for getting kids engaged in another kind of challenge: teaching kids some practical life lessons including basic money management skills. Below, they’ve provided 10 financial exercises to teach kids about personal finance, helping them on the path to “financial gold.” 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Help set a savings goal: One of the best ways to teach your middle or high school student about saving is to put those concepts into practice by encouraging them to set a savings goal. With just a few simple steps, your middle or high schooler can be well on his or her way to accomplishing this goal and learning a skill that will be useful for years to come.last_img read more

Mother Nature is a Vicious Terrorist, Remembering Hurricane Andrew

first_imgWell, we are officially in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season as the remnants of hurricane Cristobal continue to dump rain along the Gulf coast.Cristobal is the earliest third storm to be named in the Atlantic hurricane season.Compared with the worst storm to hit South Florida, Hurricane Andrew, which started off the season in August of 1992. Andrew was a powerful and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana in August 1992.On August 24, Andrew struck Elliott Key with winds of 165 mph (266 km/h) and a pressure of 926 mbar (27.34 inHg).About 25 minutes after its first Florida landfall, Andrew made another landfall just northeast of Homestead, with a slightly lower pressure of 922 mbarThis barometric pressure made Andrew the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Florida since the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.The United States and Florida would not experience another landfall from a hurricane at Category 5 intensity until Hurricane Michael in 2018 which wiped out portions of the Florida panhandle.Andrew was so strong it blew the wind meter off the roof of the National Hurricane Center which at the time was located in Coral Gables.The NHC then moved its facility west, miles inland near the Everglades to prevent any future direct hits.Andrew caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida, where the storm made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, with 1-minute sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph.Passing directly through the city of Homestead with wind gusts up to 177 mph, Andrew stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. In total, Andrew destroyed more than 63,500 houses, damaged more than 124,000 others, caused $27.3 billion in damage, and left 65 people dead.The cities of Florida City, Homestead, Cutler Ridge and parts of Kendall received the brunt of the storm. As many as 1.4 million people lost power at the height of the storm; some for more than one month. In the Everglades, 70,000 acres of trees were downed, while invasive Burmese pythons began inhabiting the region after a nearby facility housing them was destroyed.The 1992 Atlantic hurricane season was a well below average hurricane season that had one of the latest dates on record for the first named storm.There were only six named storms, with Andrew being the only major hurricane. But as the head of the National Hurricane Center always says, “it just takes one.”last_img read more