When you look good, you feel good. Confidence in what you're wearing can make all the difference, in both work and play.
But fashion can also be a lot of fun, and that message was delivered loud and clear during the Hostos Spring/Summer Fashion Show held on May 15 in the Savoy Multipurpose Room.
The first-time event was a coordinated effort between the Hostos Dance Club and Career Services Club. It was a true Hostos family effort, as it was directed and hosted by Ladale “The Fashionisto” Nesmith, co-hosted by Jeffrey Iyamu (Hostos 2012 alumni), presented by the Hostos Dance Club featuring Joelle Amoussou (Dance Club President), Michelle Medina(Dance Club Vice President), Jennifer Rodríguez, and Charlyn Viera, as well as Idelsa Méndez (Career Club Advisor). Career Club attendees included President Oneida Ynoa and Steven Brown. Rhonda Smith (Dance Club Advisor) also served as the show’s advisor.
Hostos students, as well as students from other area colleges, were treated to fashion from the best up and coming designers in New York City, including London Heflin's “Dopesophis” collection, Noah Edwards' “Noah Designs,” Taurean "Tazz" Harris' “TouchbyTazz” collection, as well as the co-host Jeffrey Iyamu's “Anarchy Designs.”
The show also featured business suits featured by Green Tree Textiles, which added some great professional attire options. President of Green Tree Textiles, Serge Lazarev, as well as Green Tree’s Director of Community Relations, Clemencia Guillen, also attended.
The fashion show was also used to deliver a powerful message of support to the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, whose tragic story has gained national attention.
Nesmith hopes that the show’s success can launch more fashion-oriented programs at Hostos.
Méndez said the show was both fun and educational.
“At Career Services, we work with a lot of students on their appearance, particularly with professional attire at job interviews. This fashion show highlighted some great looks that will help lead students down the road to success,” Méndez said. “It is important for us to show students that it is possible for them to look both trendy and professional.”
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.