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Alumni Designer Spotlight: Diane Meyer

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. In the final days before the show, we will be looking back at some of our past Runway designers and see where they are now, what lessons Runway taught them, and how they have carried them through life. The last Alumni we will be spotlighting is Diane Meyer.

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Alumni Designer Spotlight: Gwendolyn Smith

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. In the final days before the show, we will be looking back at some of our past Runway designers and see where they are now, what lessons Runway taught them, and how they have carried them through life. The next Alumni we will be spotlighting is Gwendolyn Smith.

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Alumni Designer Spotlight: Dana Migliorino

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. In the final days before the show, we will be looking back at some of our past Runway designers and see where they are now, what lessons Runway taught them, and how they have carried them through life. The first Alumni we will be spotlighting is Dana Migliorino.

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The Dapper Advisor… Taking an inside look at bloggers on campus.

BSC RUNWAY is an outlet for everything Buffalo and fashion related, upon recent years we have noticed what I like to call the “Social Media Renaissance”. The blogging trend has taken off and has left many people interested in being the next blog sensation.  SUNY Buffalo State has an underground blogging community that most are unfamiliar with. In this piece we feature Alumni Akil McLeod aka the Dapper Advisor creator of “Dapper Days and Ratchet Nights” a Menswear inspired blog.  Describing himself as an innovator, the Dapper Advisor goes into detail about what he draws inspiration from, his personal style and outlook on RUNWAY. Meet the man behind the tie…

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BSC RUNWAY: Tell us a bit about yourself?

THE DAPPER ADVISOR:

Currently, I am a Graduate Student at Buffalo State College studying Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Administration. I chose this field because as an Undergraduate student I displayed a high level of student engagement. As a result, it provided me with an abundance of positive experiences that ultimately allowed me to succeed throughout various walks of life. I work for the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State College as an Academic Adviser.  Here I manage a caseload of 45 students by monitoring their academic, personal, financial and career progress. I am also the Area Coordinator for the Residence Life Department at Hilbert College. Here I supervise a staff of 12 Resident Assistants as well as develop and facilitate programs and events for residential students. I enjoy all things aesthetically pleasing, especially abstract artwork and good music. Last but certainly not least, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated; Phi Chapter.

BSC RUNWAY: What inspires your style? Do you see yourself as a style innovator or just trendy? 

THE DAPPER ADVISOR:

Several influences inspire my style. My mother for starters has had an incredible impact on my style. She was a seamstress in Trinidad and has an impeccable taste in fashion. She introduced me to shopping smart and purchasing classic investment pieces rather than wasting money on trendy garments. Watching her be creative on a budget taught me the building blocks of developing personal style, from scratch. Italian menswear has also had a huge influence on my personal style. The men in Italy put a great deal of effort in their appearance, but still manage to create seemingly effortless outfits. Lastly, the way men dressed during the Harlem Renaissance is one of my greatest influences. I sometimes fantasize about living in an era before the stigma of men being “overdressed.” During that time period the men dressed nicely and wore suits habitually, it was a societal norm. However nowadays when a young man wears a suit or just a shirt and tie they are instantly always asked if they have a job interview. Fortunately I think we are slowly getting back to the times of men valuing their appearance and paying closer attention to details. I believe the rise of #menswear on social networks like Tumblr and Instagram are responsible for this paradigm shift. Furthermore, I do not view myself as a trendy individual mainly due to the fact that I do not follow trends. I would rather associate myself as an innovator because I would like to see younger men dress well, hence the reason for creating my blog.
 BSC RUNWAY: What drove you to create your blog? Who’s your intended audience?
THE DAPPER ADVISOR:

The driving force behind the creation of my blog “Dapper Days and Ratchet Nights” was simply to inspire other young men to start dressing well and put more effort into their appearance. I realized that young men today pay too much attention to trends and try to emulate the styles and fashion ideals of celebrities. However they are clueless when it comes to dressing appropriate for work or other professional environments. Therefore, I decided to create a blog where young men can attain some useful style advice and inspiration from someone who is still a student in the world of fashion.  Also it was another platform for me to express my sense of style without being overly narcissistic.


BSC RUNWAY: How do you feel about the range of style on campus?

THE DAPPER ADVISOR:

I believe we have a great range of style on campus especially our female population. Although I seldom have time to go to social events on campus, I still pay attention to the different styles I come across on campus on an average day. On this campus you can see style ranging from the girls that put a lot of effort into their appearance with the use of makeup and heels, and in that same space you can come across and female wearing a hoodie and sneakers but still looking clean and comfortable. In terms of style for the men population I think it is pretty limited. Speaking from a spectators standpoint, I think this campus would be a better place if the male students pulled up their pants and traded in some of their Jordan’s for a decent pair of brogues or wingtips, but that is just my opinion.

BSC RUNWAY: Are you excited that RUNWAY is coming back to campus, what are your thoughts on that?

THE DAPPER ADVISOR:

Of course, I am excited about RUNWAY returning to Buffalo State College campus. I feel that the designers from SUNY Buffalo State  are very talented and are a rare breed. Over the years RUNWAY has become a great platform and outlet for our Fashion majors to display their talents and abilities. I look forward to attending the event  on April 27th.

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For more from the Dapper Advisor follow him on instagram @dapperadvisor and Tumblr

37 more days until RUNWAY!

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Alumni Collection Teaser!

Here is a sneak peak of an alumni collection we are incredibly excited to see…Tess Hinterbichler’s!

Runway is just ONE week away! Tickets will be sure to sell out, so purchase them ASAP at either Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College or any WNY Wegmans locations!

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Interview: BSC Alum Tess Hinterbichler

Class of 2010 graduate, Tess Hinterbichler, is a true BSC Alum success story. Through her hard work and dedication to both fashion design and the  industry, she has worked her way up from an intern to an assistant designer at the Life is Good company. She will also be a part of this year’s Runway, with her own designs showing in the Alumni Section. Continue reading to find out more about Tess herself, her journey, and her advice for upcoming and graduating students!

RW: Tell me a few things about yourself and your involvement in the fashion industry:

TH: Sure! I graduated from Buffalo State with my BS in Fashion and Textile Technology with a concentration in Apparel design in 2010.  After graduation, I moved to Boston for a summer internship with the Life is Good Company.  For those of you unaccustomed with the brand, Life is good is a New England-based lifestyle brand whose motto is ‘do what you like, like what you do’. Their social mission to help kids overcome life-threatening challenges by spreading the power of optimism.  Before my internship was scheduled to end, a position opened and I earned my  current role as an Assistant Designer.  I work very closely with the Women’s and Girl’s Designer who is not only my boss, but also my role model and a friend.  Together, we develop the line which consist of over 60 different styles per season.  I  work on trend research, color palette, fabric development and technical/design sketches.  A large portion of my job is also communicating with our vendors to make sure that the garments turn out the way we envisioned.  I have learned SO MUCH at Life is good and really appreciate the opportunity that I have been given.

RW: How has your experiences at Buffalo State College in the Fashion & Textile Technology program prepare you for your current endeavors?

TH: You know, I have to say that I honestly feel that I received a very well-rounded education at BSC.  Since the program requires you to take core classes, I learned about the industry in various different lights–from merchandising/marketing to textile testing and development.  I think that this is important because after learning about all of the various positions available in the industry, there was no doubt in my mid that, as and Apparel Design major, had made the right decision; I was only further justified by how much I enjoyed the design classes that I took.  Also, in the fashion industry, you can’t just go into a job expecting to do one, specialized thing; at least not when your first starting out.  It is SO important to be well-rounded and have the knowledge to complete certain tasks.  For example, I remember one summer taking the ‘dreaded’ textile testing class with Dr. Searle (it is dreaded because of the course-load, not the wonderful professor 🙂 hi Dr. Searle!).  I still refer to things that I learned in the class today.  I may not be testing the bursting strength of 100% Cttn Jrsy with an oxide wash myself, but someone is and if that fabric does not pass, then we have a problem on our hands.  I don’t mean to be rambling but I cannot stress enough how important it is to absorb everything when you are in school and to take every opportunity you can.  

RW: What was your most memorable experience at Buffalo State College?

TH: Instead of memorable moments, I am going to talk about my most memorable course(s).  Dr. Holly Henderson teaches a several graphic textile design courses that I rave about to this day.  I learned so much about trend research and color palette development, and so many good tricks in photoshop in illustrator that really took my CAD skills to the next level.  I recommend that anyone who wants the extra edge to add to their portfolio, and also have a ton of fun for four hours on Friday morning, to seriously consider enrolling in Holly’s class.  Seriously, who needs to sleep in on Friday; no really though, TAKE IT!

RW: Who is your ultimate style icon and why?

TH: I really don’t have one singular style icon.  I love to pull elements form different eras, and of course I like the classics; both Hepburns, Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Grace Kelly, Jackie-O, the list goes on and on.  However, where I really like to pull my inspiration from is the public.  I’m always watching people on the street, on the train, in coffee shops; I love to be inspired by what’s around me.  Also, vintage photos are usually quite good, people dressed ‘up’ more in the past.  One of my favorite things is the Satorialist blog which mostly consists of photos of people just taken on the streets, dressed for…life?  To me, anyone can be an icon.

RW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Is it fashion-related?

TH: I hope to one day be able to collaborate with a technical designer and (presumably) a backer, to start my own small fashion line.  It would consist of wearable, uniquely crafted pieces for everyday life.

RW: What advice would you give for both upcoming and graduating students? 

TH: Absorb everything, like a sponge and enjoy learning new things.  After school comes life and that is exciting but also very…real?

Come see Tess on April 21st at Runway 5.0! Tickets are now on sale! You can purchase your tickets for both shows at two locations; Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, or through any WNY Wegmans!

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Featured Post: BSC Alum Ade Samuel

 The Buffalo State College Fashion Technology program has some absolutely incredible alumni that have branched out into all aspects of the fashion industry. Ade Samuel, an alum of the program, is now working at Teen Vogue, and was actually a part of the original Runway! Read on to find out more about Ade and her journey, as well as her advice for upcoming freshmen and graduating seniors.
Ade Samuel and Shenae Grimes in September 2011 Teen Vogue issue.
RW: Tell me a few things about yourself and your involvement in the fashion industry?
AS: Of course! I graduated from Buffalo State with a Bachelor in Fashion Merchandising and Textile tecnology as well obtained an additional degree from FIT in Advertising and Marketing Communications. After graduating, I was hired as the fashion assistant at Teen Vogue magazine. (I was an intern first!) I was then promoted as the Accessories Market Assistant. After an amazing two years, I decided to branch into my career path of styling. I am currently the first style assistant to Jen Patryn!

RW: How has your experiences at Buffalo State College in the Fashion & Textile Technology program prepare you for your current endeavors?

AS: Buffalo State was my foundation and created the path for where I am today. The professors understood the industry and how much work it took to break in. While there I was taught many of the fundamentals I utilize today such as, trending, understanding textiles/fabrics as well retail buying (to name the least!)

 

RW: What was your most memorable experience at Buffalo State College? 

AS: One of my most memorable experiences had to be assisting Professor Erin Habes develop and create the annual Runway show in Buffalo. That was a staple moment for me and I am proud to see how the show continues to develop!

 

RW: Who is your ultimate style icon and why? 

AS: This is a tricky question! I honestly don’t have a “style icon.” To me, there are so many celebrities who had major fashion moments that I have admired. Those people were: Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, DvF, Tracy Ellis Ross, Diana Ross and of course- Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw!

 

RW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Is it fashion-related? 

AS: Love this question! I hope that in 10 years I own a few fashion franchise. I am still fresh to the industry and it is all a work in progress for me!

 

RW: What advice would you give for both upcoming and graduating students? :

AS: My advice for the upcoming freshmen class is to utilize the programs and clubs that Buffalo State has to offer, those clubs will allow for you to stay active and network with future fashion industry employers. (Remember: you NEVER know where someone will end up- start to build relationships!) My advice to the graduating class would be to stay focus and continue to intern! The fashion industry is not solely based on who you know but how you work and your intern reputation carries throughout your career.

 

And don’t forget…tickets are now on sale for Runway 5.0! You can purchase your tickets for both shows at two locations; Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, or through any WNY Wegmans. See you on April 21st!

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