Philadelphia University Spring 2008 Alumni Focus on. . . “I believe that menswear designers are Focus on . . . just as conscious of the environment as Inside the Industry womenswear designers,” said Philadelphia University Assistant Director of Student Rainer Wolter Activities Operations Katie Tyler, a member of the University’s Sustainability Commit- By Betsy Joyce Wil Men Embrace the “Green Movement”? tee. “However, because there isn’t much promotion of the men’s fashion industry, Rainer Wolter By Yuri Sin designers’ sustainability efforts aren’t be- graduated from The understand- ing publicized either.” Philadelphia Uni- ing that “green is Regardless of how people regard the versity’s Fashion the new black” has men’s fashion industry, designers who cater Design Program in been accepted by to both men and women are creating uni- 2003 and currently the women’s fashion sex looks. For example, women’s wear has resides in New industry. Designers been influenced by the traditional tailoring York City. As a such as Stella McCa- 1. and sleekness found in men’s clothing, and designer, he’s an rtney, Jill Saunders men’s attire has become more fitted and avid supporter of and Dai Fujiwara for slimming. According to internet journalist the green move- 3. Bex Reisler, “Yves St. Laurent and Helmut Issey Miyake have all ment, and believes sent eco-friendly mes- 2. Lang have both produced a wide range of in the practicality sages through their cigarette-skinny dress pants, narrow skirts of organic and sustainable fabrics and ma- extremely successful and short, tailored blazers that put focus terials. Rainer is the 2006 winner of the women’s collections over the years. How- on the shoulders.” TreeHugger Design Competition, sponsored ever, how long will it take for menswear de- Surprisingly, these new unisex looks by I.D. Magazine and the Sustainable Style signers to embrace “going green” and show haven’t generated more publicity for men’s Foundation, for his “Umbrella Inside Out” sustainable fashions in Mens’ Fashion Week? fashion. Because men’s fashion lacks pub- dress design. His innovative dress made Not a lot of people are aware when Men’s lic interest, it’s difficult to highlight envi- from used umbrellas found on the streets of Fashion Week begins. When asking several ronmentally conscience menswear. Despite New York was featured at the Ethical Fash- Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design this, men’s fashion designers continue to ion Show in Paris that year. students at Philadelphia University what show their concern for the environment Rainer’s education at Philadelphia Univer- they thought about this major week for fash- through their clothing. sity gave him the ability to enter the fashion ion, each hesitated with their response; no Photos: world with a portfolio filled with more than one seemed to know about Men’s Fashion 1.) Paul Smith, www.style.com just “fancy little drawings.” He attributes Week. 2.) Kris Van Assche, www.style.com much of his preparation for the real world to 3.) Raf Simons, www.style.com being a member of the University’s Fashion Industries Association (FIA). Rainer started pursuing green fashion af- Rainer feels that it’s imperative to deter- Rainer’s advice to fashion majors is: draw ter being influenced to do so by his friend, mine what’s most important early on: your every day, intern as much as possible, get Romy Scheroder, owner of Satya Boutique in job or your ethics. involved, make contacts, never burn any Philadelphia, Pa. When asked, “What inspired Rainer learned how to balance his interests bridges, step outside of the box and push your career choice,” Rainer replied, “Romy; in fashion and giving back to the environment personal boundaries. He advises young she’s a brilliant artist, activist and an inspir- from working with Urban Zen, an initiative people to find what they really want out of ing soul—if she can do it, so can I.” that promotes well-being, the preservation life and go after it, because, according to In the past, Rainer’s interest in green of cultures and the empowerment of Rainer, “There’s nothing wrong with failing, fashion and opposition to the use of ani- children. “The most amazing thing about but there’s a great deal wrong with not mal fur put him in some sticky situations Urban Zen is its intention to inspire change trying.” at work. He has learned that his passions by funding initiatives that advocate for the don’t always fit in the work environment and cultures and children,” he said. that he must “pick his battles” accordingly. Retail Eco-Fashions to wear to formal wear. Ralph Lauren and Versace each created elegant, floor-length Focus on . . . By Lisa Bonomo gowns made of hemp and silk, while Narciso Rodriguez designed a stunning cocktail dress Grass Roots “Going green” may, perhaps, be the and Marni, Behnaz Sarafpour and Rodarte presented shorter, more casual dresses made By Cara Diamond most influential concept we have seen gain of organic cotton, abaca and silk. Calvin Klein also contributed an airy, modern popularity in the past few years. People are The number of advocates for a more beginning to turn to “organic,” “sustainable,” pantsuit and trenchcoat made of eco- environmentally friendly world has increased. and “eco-friendly” alternatives of many friendly fibers. Other participating designers However, with global warming posing more products. However, is the fashion world also included Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Donna of a threat to the environment each day, incorporating green into its designs? The Karan, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, promoting a greener world isn’t enough. answer is yes! Many designers are creating Rogan, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Three As The fashion industry is contributing to the sustainable designs by using organic cotton, Four and Yves Saint-Laurent. “green” effort by making organic material a as well as soy, bamboo fibers, bio-grain and The designers who showcased sustainable design staple. If you take a trip to Delaware, organic pigments. fashions at Fashion Week greatly affect and you can see the results of this practice Although environmentally conscious inspire our society, and ultimately cause firsthand. garments may conjure ideas of blandness, top fashion to evolve. As Coco Chanel once In the heart of the University of Delaware designers are producing anything but. For said, “Fashion is not something that exists campus, on Main Street in Newark, Del., example, during New York City’s recent Fashion in dresses only. It is in the sky, in the students and local residents are flocking to Week, Earth Pledge, a nonprofit organization street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way the eclectic displays of Grassroots Handcrafts, promoting sustainable development, held a we live, what is happening.” an eco-friendly store stocked with current “Future Fashion” runway show, displaying a fashions from green brands such as Free wide variety of eco-friendly styles. Dresses People, Hazel and Hobo International. exhibited during the show ranged from ready As soon as you walk in, the store’s down- to-earth staff make you feel at home, and after perusing the merchandise for a while, rooms rushing through work at the end of you’ll wish it was home. Often shoppers will walk in for a gift, and leave with a Focus on . . . the semester, they may have missed the news that organic clothing is obtainable for the bag filled with items. It’s hard to feel bad about frequent shopping at Grassroots Handcrafts, because, by purchasing unique The Look for LESS average student’s budget! Before you head home for the summer, make sure to pick up these essentials for the perfect outfit to see pottery designed by Follette; 2,000-year- By Kaity Doherty and Nicole Enterline your high-school friends. old, Roman, glass jewelry by Angie Olami; So throw on a light, white tank without or other artisan crafts, you’ll be supporting Design critiques are over and the final worrying about getting paint on it and some independent artists from all over the country. cram-time for tests are complete, so what summer-saturated jeans. And, with some The store’s other products, which attract is a girl to do? Shop, of course. But more woven, floral, wedge shoes, you can officially devoted shoppers, intrigued onlookers important, what is an eco-conscious college girl going to do? Well, they do not have to start off your four-month break in style–and and daily customers, include handmade with money to spare! jewelry boxes, soy candles and one-of-a-kind worry any longer! While students have been hidden in their houseware items. First established in 1975, Grassroots Handcrafts, under the creative direction The Look For Less of Marilyn Dickey and her former partner 2. Vonna Taylor, has expanded to a four-store operation. Through the years, it has been the 1. 3. 4. recipient of numerous awards in and around Delaware. Now a family business, the store vows to continue to sell environmentally and artistically supported goods. Due to its commitment to the environment, the store recently installed solar panels. A shop that treats its customers and the environment with respect is a shop that should be a staple in every community; and, 1. Wooden bangle, $8.99, www.target.com judging by Grassroots Handcrafts’ popularity, 2. Cream, button strap baby doll, $10, it just might happen. www.oldnavy.com 3. Holbrook Espadrille, $22.99, www.payless.com 4. Light blue, skinny jeans, $78, Source: Anna Cohen Catalogue www.levis.com 2 Trends Organic Homewear available at Target). A great, all-purpose cleaner can be derived from simply mixing Focus on . . . warm water, vinegar and baking soda. By Lauren Zappitelli Going Green Tips Recycling Fact: If every household in the United States replaced just one role of fiber paper towels By Betsy Joyce and Renee Valenti with 100-percent recycled ones, 544,000 trees would be saved.* Many Americans realize the impact of recy- cling, but recycling encompasses a lot more than just disposing materials in blue cans. You can expand your recycling by simply switching out your typical household items with Seventh Generation Products (available online and at Whole Foods Stores). These All this talk about “going green” may be products, which range from paper towels to overwhelming, but we’ve broken it down for diapers, are made from 100-percent renew- you so you can easily adopt ways of being able, recycled and biodegradable elements. eco-friendly in your everyday life! Remem- ber, everyone needs to do his or her part to Lighting and Electricity Go home and go “green”! Turn your house create a cleaner, safer environment. Fact: According to the federal Energy Star into your very own eco-chic pad, making program, “If every American home replaced way for a greener lifestyle with just a few Water just one light bulb with an Energy Star one, simple changes. Fact: The majority of the world gets by on we would save enough energy to light more Start changing your home by using a 2.5 gallons of water per day, while the aver- than 2.5 million homes for a year and pre- fresh, new color on the walls with eco- age American uses 400 gallons per day!* vent greenhouse gases equivalent to the paints. These environmentally friendly emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.”* formulated paints are water-based, solvent- Water is the most precious of resources, free and come in a variety of 154 colors. which many of us take for granted. A drip- Although compact fluorescent light bulbs They are available through The Little Greene ping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water cost between $2 and $3, they last eight to Paint Company, Becker’s, and Marston & a day, so pull out a wrench and get it fixed! 12 times longer and save on electricity costs Langinger. Also, ditch the water bottles and opt for a more so than a conventional bulb. In ad- Next, liven up your bedroom with low- refillable Nalgene or SIGG water bottle, which dition, leaving a computer running for an wattage light bulbs, a very smart and is made of durable, nontoxic materials. entire year will cost almost as much as the thoughtful alternative to normal lighting. total electricity consumption of a high-effi- Also, opt for 100-percent, organic cotton ciency household. So, by simply turning off or bamboo sheet sets, colored with low Cleaning your everyday appliances, you will notice a impact dyes, found at home goods retailer Fact: Five billion pounds of chemicals are huge cut in household electricity costs. Bed Bath and Beyond. Trade in old pillows used in the institutional cleaning industry for Greenfeet’s recycled, polyester-filled each year.* *According to treehugger.com pillows and invest in a Sealy Posturepedic Photos: mattress, which is free of Teflon and flame Many cleaning products currently avail- 1. www.amazon.com, retardants. able are nontoxic, biodegradable and made 2. www.greentechforum.net 3. www.mysigg.com When altering the rest of your home from renewable resources (such as “Method,” with eco-friendly items, purchase pieces of organic furniture through the Simply Caring for Organic Clothing garments, the site suggests using cold water, to lower the energy that would be consumed by using warm or hot water. Furthermore, Affordable Furniture Line. Upon selecting your décor, be thrifty by reusing and By Laura Kessler Mrs. Meyer’s laundry products, which all contain natural, essential oils and smell like recycling objects from around the house, shop at local thrift stores or check out Urban Over the past two years, the fashion “springtime morning,” are biodegradable and Outfitter’s 100-percent recycled magazine industry has increased its production of eco- phosphate-free. They include detergents, vase and picture-frame sets. In addition, friendly garments that are manufactured fabric softeners, dryer sheets, stain remover and ironing spray, which make the process hang a few porcelain plates on the wall with using organic fibers and dyes. The increase of cleaning organic clothes even simple. wacky phrases like: “EcoGeek,” “Thou shalt in production is due to more and more designers realizing their responsibility to After washing your organic clothing with not pollute,” and “Treehugger,” from Trixie the environment. Consumers purchase these eco-friendly detergents, dankforest.com also Delicious. Lastly, buy a hemp area rug and beautiful and delicately designed garments advocates air-drying it by using drying racks shop online at stores like Under the Canopy, sometimes fearing how to care for them. or lines; however, if such drying methods Nigel’s Eco Store and Karen Ryan. After purchasing organically produced are not feasible, the web site recommends Making a home environmentally friendly clothing, one shouldn’t be timid about caring using your dryer’s low-heat setting instead. isn’t just good for the Earth, it’s good for for it, as there are plenty of ways to do so. Approach the purchase of naturally produced clothing with a fresh outlook and care for your wallet by saving you a few extra bucks. According to dankforest.com, most natural clothing is machine washable, making it your clothes with ease. So, when restyling, remember: rethink and easy to care for. When washing organic recycle! 3 Color Westwood’s spring collection. The green palette for spring includes light Focus on . . . olives. Behnaz Sarafpour uses these light tones flawlessly throughout her line. By Sandi Gigantino Derek Lam focuses his collection on this season’s interpretation of cobalt blue. A Spring is fast approaching, and so is its bright color for spring, it has a fresh, clean color palette. This spring, warm neutrals, and flirty feel. pastels and muted, basic colors will bring Alexander McQueen, Salvatore Ferragamo your wardrobe to life. Light shades of pink, and Louis Vuitton all use coral and purple green, blue and yellow, complemented by colors to make their collections come alive. coral and daisy yellow, make for a beautiful These colors serve as a perfect means assortment of colors. for transitioning from winter to spring. White is very prevalent in this year’s Although versatile, they can also stand spring collections, like those of Max Azria alone. and Chanel, and will most likely remain an Spring is a time for fresh new looks, so essential part of the spring look for years don’t be afraid to play with colors. It’s to come. time to reinvent yourself with amazing, new Pastel yellow is heavily used in Betsey colors that complement your fabulous style Johnson’s spring line, particularly her sun- this spring! dresses. Photos: www.nymag.com/fashion Orange, appearing washed out with rus- tic, golden tones, is considered the new mustard, and is illustrated in Vivienne Focus on . . . By Lauren Hosey Textiles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The textile industry is considered one of compared to silk, has unique fiber char- the product is eco-friendly. the most ecologically harmful industries in acteristics, such as moisture absorption, So, when enhancing your wardrobe this the world. This is evident in both its pro- making it wearable in spring and summer. spring, go green by choosing fashions made duction and finishing processes, and through Leading Italian fashion luxury brand Gu- from hemp, bamboo or soy. Doing so will the use of synthetic fibers, which aid in the cci is replacing traditional materials with definitely set a trend and make a statement fast depletion of our forests. Because of those made from bamboo. The use of bam- this season! this, fashionistas who are environmentally boo and other natural fabrics in clothing Photos: conscious are demanding eco-friendly fabrics has recently been called “eco-couture,” 1. www.inhabitat.com this spring. The term “eco-friendly” encom- and many fashion companies are choosing 2. Bamboo, shttn.en.alibaba.com passes the type of environment where the to embrace this new practice. 3. Organic Cotton, www.organiccotton.biz material is grown and the design is made. To If you too want to jump on the eco- 4. Organic hemp, www.aurorasilk.com meet this demand, companies like Esprit, The friendly bandwagon, you must first make 5. H&M organic, cotton dress, www.gliving.tv Gap, Gucci and many others are introducing sure that the clothing you’re wearing has 6. Soy silk, www.fabricandart.com new collections that offer environmentally met environmentally friendly standards. To friendly choices. do so, look for screen-printing techniques This spring, consumers are choosing clothes that use nontoxic, water-based ink; gar- made from hemp, wool, organic cotton, bamboo, ments and accessories that are colored milk silk and soy silk. Bamboo, which is often with natural dyes; and labels that indicate 4 Focus on . . .Accessories Eco-friendly Jewelry 1. Bags, Belts & More . . . By Kathleen Marino “Look hot while saving the planet” is the By Emily Driscoll motto that the creators of company, Green 2. Goods 2 Give and 2 Get (GG2G), live by. This As the “green” movement spreads across 3. company uses only recycled, vintage and/or the nation, designers are embracing it refurbished fabrics to create wearable art. in their lines by creating pieces that are It’s dedicated to not only making eco-friendly not only attractive, but also help save the 4. accessories, but also to making its products environment. Because of this, accessorizing unique and stylish for female consumers. For your favorite outfit this spring doesn’t have example, GG2G creates every bag imaginable, to be at the expense of the environment. As including handbags, makeup bags, swimsuit going green becomes more popular, showing 6. bags, wristlets and so many more. GG2G also your support for the environment will be easy, 5. makes eye-catching headbands and belts. especially by wearing eco-friendly jewelry. A fashionable GG2G wristlet made from Eco-friendly jewelry looks just like any recycled billboard, vinyl and organic fabrics other piece of jewelry; what makes it green costs about $40. Although somewhat pricey, is how it’s made. For example, gold mining is GG2G fashions are one of a kind. Investing one of the most destructive forms of mining in this company’s eco-friendly accessories is currently practiced, as it produces toxic definitely worth the extra money, since each 7. pollution, especially in water sources. If gold purchase helps save the environment! is your favorite metal, don’t worry; instead, An eco-friendly company that focuses on choose renewed or recycled gold, which is an men’s accessories is Hempy’s. By selling eco-friendly alternative that looks the same only what’s “in” right now, its items are as pure gold. very trendy, and prices very reasonable. Other materials that eco-friendly jewelry The company’s popular men’s beanies, for designers are using in their fashions are wood, example, are made of hemp and recycled bamboo and hemp, which are very stylish PolyEthylene Therephthalate (polyester used when used in necklaces, bangle bracelets 8. for packaging material), cotton and acrylic, or simple rings. Some environmentally and cost under $19! Hempy’s also sells a friendly earring options—sure to spice up fashionable wallet made of 100-percent any outfit—may include bright feathers, like hemp canvas for under $20! those of a peacock; amber; shells; glass and Photos: Many different eco-friendly accessories do renewed gold. 1. Peacock Earrings, www.rhinestoneairplane.com exist. It’s up to you to decide whether you Online companies that carry eco-friendly 2. Red Bird Wallet, www.bestamericanarts.com want to spend a lot or a little on these items; jewelry are pristineplanet.com, brillantearth. 3. Yellow Bamboo Bracelet, www.seenonlogo.com but, either way, there’s a retailer ready to com and elementsilver.com. As one of the 4. Hemp Wallets, www.goodhumans.com dress you for the green movement. biggest trends this spring, environmentally 5. Yellow Bird Wallet, www.bestamericanarts.com conscious jewelry is simple to buy or make. 6. Belt, www.goodhumans.com So accessorize, but remember, keep it green! 7. Men’s Beanies, www.goodhumans.com 8. Tote Bag, www.bestamericanarts.com . . . Beauty to rejuvenate your hair, leaving it silky It’s long been known that you’re only as smooth. healthy as what you put in your body, so Focus on Fluffy hair can be combated using Lush’s Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze before you can rest easy when using these natural hair products. Organic Hair Products shampooing, to calm, shine, moisturize, detangle and stop static in your wild tresses. 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For are cultivated without the use of growth example, Weavers Way Co-op, located on 559 hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. Cur- Carpenter Ln. in Philadelphia, Pa., is seven rently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture minutes away from Philadelphia University. In today’s health-conscious world, we (USDA) doesn’t state whether organic food If you can’t get there, fear not, because you carefully watch what types of food we put is a healthier choice. Despite this, eating can order online and, for a $10 fee, have in our bodies. We all know how to count organically ensures that harmful chemicals Weavers Way deliver your groceries. Only a calories, fat and carbohydrates, however; it’s don’t find their way into our bodies. short drive and a few clicks away, this mar- equally important to keep track of how the When looking for organic food, be sure to ket will put you on your organic way! foods we eat are produced or grown. take note of the USDA label, ensuring that Photo: www.weaversway.coop 6 . . .Campus Events Design X He participated in Earth Pledge Futurefashion; an organization that promotes sustainable Focus on fabrics and responsible fashion, contributing By Kaitlyn Usher Eco-Couture a smart, chic, camel pantsuit and matching trench coat comprised of bamboo fabrics. Costa Fashion Design students took a “flight of By Laura Kessler and Lisa Bonomo showed his support for this reality” earlier this semester with the Fash- movement by stating, “I ion Industries Association’s (FIA) annual De- This year’s annual FIA fashion show will think it represents the sign X Fashion Show. The event, held Jan. 29 display various collections from our very house of Calvin Klein to in Downs Hall Auditorium, highlighted the own Philadelphia University’s fashion design create such awareness.” creativity and hard work of designers in a students. Each year focuses on a theme FIA is looking forward to fashion design problem-solving class. for the show and this year is no different. this monumental event, Reuse, reinvention and reconstruction As the fashion industry has moved toward and exposing our creative were the themes of the day, with garments creating eco-friendly and socially responsible students to the fashion made from a wide range of materials. Inspi- designs, FIA decided to do the same. This c o m m u n i t y. T h r o u g h ration for these garments included every- year’s theme follows in the fashion industry’s creating a sustainable and thing from melon-ball salad to the shape footsteps with Eco-Couture, which shows earth-friendly fashion show, a raindrop takes when falling. While the how sustainable garments can still be high- FIA is proving that sustainable inspirations for these fashions were broad, fashion. Models will hit the runway at 7:30 fashion is not just a trend but the materials used to create them were p.m. at the Academy of Music on Wednesday, the future of fashion. even broader and Styrofoam, Bubble Wrap, April 30. Francisco Costa, Creative Director, pipe cleaners, spoons, wires and straws Calvin Klein Collection will be presented were just a few of the things seen on the with the Spirit of Design Award. Costa is no models as they walked down the runway. stranger to eco-friendly garments. With such a variety of styles, you may wonder what the requirements are for entry into a show like this. It turns out, all you Runway Challenge 2008 certain time and spending limit specific cri- terion for each weekly challenge. At the end need is a lot of creativity. “The clothes just of each show, one contestant is eliminated need to make it down the runway,” said FIA By Carly Murrell from the competition. The final episode will President Jessica Murphy ’08. “Design X isn’t about being as sophisticated, elegant or have the three remaining contestants to battle it out for the ultimate prize of a fully grand as the end-of-year fashion show. It’s paid trip to Paris! just about using your creativity to make it The first challenge of the season was to work.” construct a creative and wearable garment At the end of this year’s 40-minute show, solely out of materials from Staples. Each one thing was certain, these designers contestant was given $100 to spend and definitely made it work! half an hour in the store. Some designers used materials ranging from cork, wood and paper clips to Bubble Wrap and duct tape. Designer Andjela Vukancic commented, “This challenge for me was a lot of fun just because we could show a more creative side, and didn’t have to work with fabrics like usual.” Senior Fashion Design student Karen Bloomfield came out the winner of this first Ready, set, sew! That’s right, PhilaU fash- challenge constructing a fabulous, paper ion design students are back at it again for party dress and industrial-rubber-mat jack- a second season. The annual Runway Chal- et duo. A few other challenges this season lenge is in full motion with now only three include the “Go Red for Women” American contestants remaining. NBC10 and Philadel- Heart Association Red Dress, Pea in the Pod phia University have collaborated for the celebrity maternity wear, Lane Bryant’s plus- second year of this exciting reality series size little black dress and Spiegel. being televised on NBC10’s The 10! Show. With only one episode left, and with the Ten PhilaU senior Fashion design students finalists remaining, who will be the next win- were chosen for a competition of creativity, ner of this season’s Runway Challenge? Tune dedication, and ability to deliver under pres- into NBC10’s The 10! Show every Monday at sure. Similar to last year’s first season, there 2 p.m. to see who will make it to Paris. are eight design challenges presented by the This article was written prior to the final, live show panel of judges including PhilaU’s Fashion April 28 when the winner of Runway Challenge was chosen. The grand prize is a trip for two to Paris. Log Design Director, Clara Henry, NBC10’s hosts on to www.PhilaU.edu/fashiondesign to watch Run- Photo: Left: Emily O’Neill Right: A Tulip Lori Wilson and Bill Henley, and many guest way Challenge episodes, including the finale. Garden by Regina Amato. industry judges. All contestants are given 7 generously made this publication accessible From the Editor Professional Communications major this fall, I feel I am exactly where I want to be, here at a school full of opportunity and ultimate to students here at Philadelphia University. And finally, special thanks to the wonderful Coming to Philadel- success. Styleline has been a gateway for and dedicated assistant editor Lauren Hosey, phia University as a me to express my ideas and creativity, while and all the contributing writers for their freshman was quite also working along side talented writers, hard work and commitment to StyleLine. an adjustment from directors, and graphic designers. By tak- life at home 1200 ing the place of an exceptional previous Best, miles away in Texas. StyleLine editor, I am greatly honored to With such a reputable have this opportunity, and feel extremely fashion program, privileged to have found such a position so right outside the big early in my college career. So here’s to my city, the school was first issue of StyleLine, and hopefully many Carly Murrell Carly Murrell beyond ideal, and more to come. I’d like to thank the fantastic too perfect to pass up. Now, as editor of professors, Clara Henry and Meriem Chida, StyleLine, with plans to study in the new as well as Public Relations, who have all so Spring 2008 A publication written by Philadelphia Nicole Enterline University Fashion Design, Fashion Sandi Gigantino Merchandising and Fashion Apparel Caroline Hagerty Management students for fellow Alyssa Imprevento students, faculty, staff, alumni and Betsy Joyce friends of the University. 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