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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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Interview with Senior Designer Samantha Seccombe

Q: Tell me how your collection is going for the show!
A: Everything is really starting to take shape.  It began as stressful, but it is really exciting to see what you imagined on paper transform into something real.  All of the hours that were put into this have definitely paid off!

Q: Fashion is obviously a huge part of your life, tell me a little bit about what fashion means to you…
A: Fashion is a way to show people who you are on the inside by looking at you from the outside.  It is a means of expression that can be as wild or subdued as you want it to be; it is a wonderful and challenging art form that I have really gained an appreciation of over the past few years.

Q: The theme of the show is “Diversity Mash”, how does diversity play a part in your life?
A:   I think diversity plays a part in all of our lives, especially in America.  Fashion is what it is today because of the blending of so many different cultures and beliefs.  There is such a variety in the fashion industry and that’s part of what makes it so special.

Q: How do you think Runway 4.0 will differ from the previous fashion shows?
A: I think that all of the previous shows have been great!  It differs from year to year because every student is different and provides their own unique concepts of how they define fashion.

Q:  Buffalo’s Fashion is certainly growing. How do we differ from other places like NYC and L.A.?
A:  The feel of Buffalo is definitely closer to that of NYC than it is to LA.  I think Buffalo has a growing fashion industry with plenty of young designers emerging from the Buffalo State program.  Many places in Buffalo have such an eclectic feel, like Elmwood Village, Allen, and Main Street, that you can please a variety of different types of people with interesting designs.

Q: Who are some of your inspirations?
A: John Galliano! I am in love with Galliano and he is the reason I decided to pursue Fashion Design.  I think that he is, without a doubt, one of the most talented designers who have ever lived.  Even though there has been controversy surrounding him lately that I don’t agree with, I believe he will get back on his feet and continue to create beautiful artwork.

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Limited Edition Runway 3.0 Tote Bags

We have worked to create a very limited edition small run of Runway 3.0 tote bags. The tote bags are of 100% 10 oz natural cotton canvas, 18″W x 19″H with 4.5″ Bottom Gusset, Handles: 25″L. They are a nice sturdy bag and they look great with the Runway 3.0 logo on them.

We only had time to make a very small number of them so if you like them snap them up quickly for a mere $20.00 donation per bag. All proceeds from the sale will go into the FTT students scholarship fund.

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RUNWAY 3.0 ZAZZLE STORE

The 99% of the designs below were developed in the FTT308 FashionCAD class. Fashion students donated the use of these designs to help increase the Fashion Student Scholarship Fund. The proceeds for the printed items go to ZAZZLE but the royalties for the use of the designs will go directly into the FTT Fund. All ZAZZLE items can be modified to fit into different categories [men,women, children,babies] and many different styles and colors are available. You can also modify the tote bag styles and cup styles. If you go directly to the BSCRUNWAY ZAZZLE store you can look at a design really close up.

Please visit the BSCRUNWAY 3.0 ZAZZLE Store.

BSCRUNWAY 3.0  STORE

 

If anyone would like to donate directly to the fund please send your donation to: Buffalo State College, Technology Department/Fashion Technology Program, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, 314/315 Upton Hall, Buffalo, NY 14222. Make contribution payable to: Buffalo State Foundation/#200716 – FTT Scholarship Fund

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RUNWAY 3.0 FIRST REVIEW: Video Clips I

When the Runway 3.0 canidates presented their submissions last Thursday, they each spoke for about 1-2 minutes about their creations. Here are a few of the senior collection video clips. I will upload more is a few days.

Brittany

Diane

Tess
 

Lyudmila

Anthony

More to come…..

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BSCRUNWAY 3.0 FIRST REVIEW

Well today was the First Review for the majority of the Runway 3.0 submissions. Seated above from left to right, David Brinson, Erin Habes and Elaine Polvinen. Here is a link to the FLICKR sideshow of the First Review. Are they all accepted into the Runway event? No they are not. How will the final garments be selected? The final garments will be selected based on a combination of professional technical assembly quality, overall appropriateness, linkage to Runway 3.0 theme of Technology Obsession Progression, visual aesthetics, unity of [color & styling] for single items & collections. The total time for the event will be one hour so the number of submissions accepted are restricted to time constraints.

Tomorrow I will try to post raw videos of the First Review process.

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PRINT & POST BSCRUNWAY 3.0 FLYER

We need your help to promote RUNWAY 3.0! Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 7th. Please click this link RUNWAY 3.0 FLYER to download and print out this RUNWAY 3.0 flyer everywhere you can think of.RUNWAY3.0 TICKETS

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