‘Men of style’ to flaunt in show


Indiana University of Pennsylvania students will have the opportunity to watch their male peers strut their stuff in the Men of Style Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Saturday in Sutton Hall’s Gorell Recital Hall.

The Fashion Visual Merchandising Club (FVMC) will host the event, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.

Half of the proceeds will go to the Indiana County Humane Society.

Katie Waite, (senior, fashion merchandising) FVMC president, explained the reasoning behind donating to the Humane Society.

“Our club loves to give back to the community,” Waite said. “This year, we voted as a club to donate to them because we knew that they needed some financial assistance. Plus we all love animals, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

Last year, the FVMC successfully hosted the event for the first time and raised $800, half of those proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society, which was its foundation of choice.

Waite explained how she got the men to participate in the event.

“I got a lot of my friends and our members’ friends,” she said. “We contacted the service chairs from fraternities and just pretty much asked almost every guy we saw.”

Waite said 20 IUP men will be modeling outfits for the show.

Brandon Spangler, (senior, sociology and psychology) explained how he got  to be a part of the event and previewed what he’ll be sporting.

“I’m friends with the president of the FVMC, so when she asked me to help out, I gladly agreed,” he said. “I’ll be wearing fall attire, dress clothing and a gym outfit.”

The men will be showing off several trends that the members of the club have decided upon.

The scenes will be as follows: “Fall in Love with Me,” featuring fall trends; “Netflix and Chill,” featuring stylish sweatpants and comfy clothes; “Suit and Tie,” which will be dress attire; gym tan, letters and fraternity wear; and the show will conclude with “Bae-Watch,” featuring men in swimsuits and beach clothing.

While the clothing will come out of the models’ own closets, the members and officers of the club will style the guys to match their respective categories.

“Our club is the first and only club at IUP to host a fashion show for males,” Waite said. “I have planned and directed many shows here during my time at IUP, but this one is special because it touches an area of fashion that is sometimes forgotten.

“We focus on the latest trends, but more importantly, how to make males comfortable dressing nice on a college campus.”