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Spectrum Style Guide: Vol. 1

On-campus fashion watch as Buffalo Fashion Week gets underway

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Meet the columnists:

Allison Deutschman

Fashion Writer

Year: Junior

Hometown: Youngstown, N.Y.

Major: English, minor in education, AAS in fashion merchandising

What she's wearing: Steve Madden boots, LOFT jeans, Charlotte Russe crop tunic

Go-to pieces: Pearls, ponte leggings, a-line silhouette dresses

Inspiration: Carly Heitlinger from, Jackie O, Blair Waldorf, Kate Spade

Favorite trends: Riding boots, cat eyeglasses, maxis

Worst trends: Bodycon dresses, velvet, Hollister/Abercrombie graphic tees

Keeping it classy: "I firmly believe in the words, 'Dress for success.' Figure out what your style is and never apologize for it."

Victoria Benitez

Fashion Writer

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Major: English, minor in Spanish

What she's wearing: Steve Madden sandals, Mossimo skirt, ISSI graphic shirt, Mango sweater

Go-to pieces: Hats, statement jewelry, thigh-high socks, ankle boots

Inspiration: "I pull my style from everything and everyone. I have a very bohemian and laidback sense of style. My fashion icons are the Olsen twins, Vanessa Hudgens and Nicole Richie."

Favorite trends: Thigh-high boots, racer back dresses, minimalism and scarfs

Worst trends:"Anything neon, yikes."

Naturally cool:"One quote I've always admired was, 'Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.' This quote simply speaks for itself."

Student spotlight:

Mustafa Hussain

Originally, finding our first fashionisto on campus was a bit of a challenge, but we had no hesitation once we spotted Mustafa.

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.; born in London

Major: Psychology

What he's wearing: Zara buckle strapped shoes, Uniqlo (Japanese brand) shirt and jeans

Go-to pieces: Chino pants, hiking boots, but most importantly, his brown leather strap bag, which he bought from Staples in the sixth grade.

Inspiration: "None. I'm usually the person behind the lens. I dress for myself, but my style portrays my personality."

Words of advice: "Dress as if you are going to meet the woman of your life."

Check out his work:

Buffalo Fashion Week Events:

Mercedes Benz Buffalo Fashion Week started Thursday with a Niagara Square photo shoot and press conference, and it runs until next Thursday. Here's a rundown of the week's remaining events:

Saturday, Sept. 21: Walden Galleria Mall Show from noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22: Beauty Expo at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: The Boutique Show (Mansion of Delaware) at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26: The Main Runway Show doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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