All-male fashion show meets rap and dance

Donald Jones (graduate, sports management) modeled in the Sports Category for the Men of Style Fashion Show hosted by the Fashion Visual Merchandising Club. (Photos by Brittany Pearsun/ The Penn)

The Fashion Visual Merchandising Club held an all-male fashion show for the first time on Wednesday.

Proceeds from the show benefited the American Cancer Society, a decision reached by all members of the club.

Five primary showcases were featured within the show: preppy, sporty, urban, suit and tie and Serenity for Mankind, a set completely designed by student Jay Tremble.

However, rap and dance performances between sets was a twist that set this show apart from similar displays.

The collection primarily consisted of khakis with a blue button-down, but there were variations occasionally. As shown by the collection, button-downs are in, and bow ties are vogue.

This set was immediately followed by a dance performance by the fraternity Lambda Sigma Upsilon. The steps, stomps and claps that comprised their show had the audience cheering by the end as the music sped up, and the act became more intricate.

Sporty models followed, featuring sweatsuits and casual clothing.

Shortly after, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s own Zach Morris and his off-campus friend Jake Newman covered Kanye West’s “Mercy.”  Their rendition rocked the stage, and their performance was well-received overall.

An urban clothing line featured after Morris and Newman excited the stage. Bleached denim shirts, slightly
baggy pants and contemporary skate shoes prominently featured in this grouping.  Models in this particular group enjoyed strutting across the stage, comfortable in their everyday outfits.

Three members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity followed with a dance, then some remarkably violent “hamboning” and finally a stomping dance with a cane.

Visual Fashion Merchandising President Ashley Zuchelli (senior, fashion merchandising, business and marketing) explained a pause in the show.

“It’s different with girls,” she said, “because a lot of the girls who’ve modeled in fashion shows know what’s going on – we’ve never had a male fashion show, and they don’t know what to expect.”

Disc jockey Leron Tooles (junior, marketing) – stage name LGT – had a different perspective.

“I’ve been DJ-ing fashion shows for three years,” Tooles said.  “Usually we have run-throughs, but today we didn’t have one.  So, I’m real proud of all these guys.”

Despite the delay, Master of Ceremonies Faheem Sims (sophomore, communications media) didn’t miss a beat.

From the stage, he teased the models about their slow outfit changes, then proceeded to prove to the audience that he did indeed have what it took to stride down the runway.

After a small conversation with DJ LGT, the models were ready for their next set, Serenity for Mankind.

The primary focus of this set could be described as “flowered and urban.”

A clothing item on each model – typically a hoodie –  had a floral design in the shape of a man’s head inscribed on it.

Another performance by Morris and Newman followed, with suit-and-tie models directly after.