Rent The Runway, People of Style Education and Victoria's Secret joined forces to present students with a financially feasible fashion option.
On Monday, Oct. 28, the two fashion merchandisers and the UT chapter of P.O.S.E. hosted a runway featuring different formal fashion, loungewear and activewear trends. Geared towards college females, the fashion show was modeled by representatives from different sororities on campus.
More than 100 people attended the event, according to Claudette Sariya, public relations representative for Rent the Runway and junior in communications.
"My favorite part of the event was standing in line and waiting for my turn to walk the runway," Sariya said via an email interview. "At that time, everything we had worked for had fallen into place."
Different companies contributed to the evening's events. Truffles Fashion provided jewelry for the models walking down the runway, European Wax Center provided complimentary facial waxing and Studio Visage provided professionals that did hair and applied makeup.
Rent the Runway, a fashion merchandizing website, allows designer items to be borrowed for days at a time for a reasonable price. This resource can be helpful for students looking for dresses and clothing pieces for specific events like formals and mixers. The website sells designer items including Herve Leger, Badgely Mischka and Vera Wang.
"We had been planning the event for several weeks now, and the final product was better than we could have ever expected," Sariya said. "Seeing everything come together on stage – the dresses, the models, the lighting, everything – just made us more excited to plan the next event."