FSA: It's So Hot Right Now

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The Spectrum

They walk around campus as if it's a runway, striking a pose and stealing attention. Head to toe, they're dressed to kill. They set the foundation for fashion.

The Fashion Club has arrived and is ready to heat up the last few chilly weeks of classes at UB, turning heads with all the latest trends and must-haves for spring fashion.

Fashion SA (FSA) is currently a temporary club. It is brand new and will seek permanent approval from the SA Senate for next semester. Even though there are currently approximately 30 temporary clubs in the SA, Fashion SA hopes to stand out by hosting the most exciting and unique events. The members are always seeking out hip new trends to take over the UB community.

Drawn together by a common interest - style - FSA's mission is to create a sense of community and opportunity for the UB students who are interested in developing their own style and learning about the fashion trends around the world. The goal is driven by a desire to empower and inspire students to go outside of their comfort zone and experience new trends, styles, and cultures.

"FSA does not follow trends; we set them," said Desiree Hill, a junior English and art history major and the club's president. "FSA is a culmination of every style from every corner of the world. We are a multicultural, unified body of stylish students, looking to impact our community and school."

Hill, whose Facebook picture shows her posing at the end of a runway, is excited to bring something to UB that she believes was missing.

Fashion is a part of almost every college community, and the lack of a fashion program here, along with the lack of a fashion club, has left Hill and her fellow fashionistas looking for an outlet.

"Walking around campus over the past year, I have noticed so many different styles," Hill said. "For UB to not have a fashion program I was shocked. I felt the school needed a fashion community, a place where we can all get together and share creative ideas. Ironically, I learned there had already been a Fashion Student Association before I transferred here, so I decided to resurrect the club."

Hill said that working with the SA has been a pleasurable experience, and the members of SA have been a great help with resurrecting the club. She described the process of developing a club as "fairly easy," but said that writing a constitution for a new club can be lengthy and difficult due to the many revisions that are needed before the senate approves temporary status.

Hill and her cohorts plan to work hard over the summer to ensure that FSA reaches permanent status so they start receiving funds for events. As a temporary club, FSA receives no funding from the SA, and the members are forced to fundraise for their budget.

Future plans, according to Hill, include: "Fashion in the Union" (a fashion and culture show), community outreach, and general meetings.

Hill explained that members of FSA make fashion a priority at UB with their own unique tastes and styles. FSA hopes to appeal to students of all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations in its effort to embrace the diversity of the fashion world.

"It promotes individuality and freedom of expression for students on campus," said Alexandria Kornfield, a freshman occupational therapy major. "There already seems to be a lot of trendy people walking around, but this club will give them the chance to share new ideas and meet people that have the same interests."

Those looking to join the club in the near future can expect to spend time creating events, blogging, designing clothing, and producing fashion shows.

Looking ahead, FSA is already preparing this summer for next year's events, and the club encourages all students to check out what it is about by contacting the e-board or stopping at the SA office for more information.

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