“Everyone doing hair and makeup, please! We gotta keep it moving,” calls Setutsi Dennis, who is at the helm of the Florida Atlantic University Black Student Union’s Hair and Fashion show for the second consecutive year, with urgency. “It’s 6:37 and doors aren’t opening.”
But, with a show in it’s fifth year running that drew nearly 300 students and guests, every minute of preparation counts. And even after opening the doors 40 minutes late (guests finally made their way into the Boca campus’ Grand Palm room at 7:10 p.m.), the men and women of the BSU and Fashion Forward did not disappoint.
Inspired by black characters on television shows ranging from Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal” to Adult Swim’s “The Boondocks,” the looks were mix of street style and effortlessly chic.
GERALD from HEY ARNOLD
While “Hey Arnold” might have been a favorite when we were all kids, these outfits definitely aren’t childish. Gerald typically wore a red and white shirt with jeans, so can get the look by styling a pair of light wash, distressed jeans with your favorite sports jersey.
Keep it casual with sneakers – Jordans or Nike preferably – or clean it up a little with a pair of lace-up, combat boots or heels. Ladies, if you go with the heels, try a cropped or tapered pair of jeans. This will accentuate the ankle and shoe. Guys, don’t be afraid to accessorize with a large-faced watch or necklaces.
OLIVIA POPE from SCANDAL
While her actions are why the show is called “Scandal,” it’s her style that really makes our jaws drop. Olivia Pope, whether casual or fancy, always takes the simplest of ensembles to the next level.
To get her look, opt for staple pieces, colors and cuts. This includes oversized jackets, pant suits with a cropped leg, a curve-hugging dress and a pair of comfortable pumps. Her go-to colors remain pretty neutral – tans, blacks and white – but she does love to add a subtle pop with navy and burgundy. Guys, for the ultimate “Scandal” look, stick to a fitted suit with a bowtie or skinny tie.
You can’t replicate “Empire” without a little bit of attitude. And taking style-inspo from any of the hit show’s characters will have everyone singing your praises.
If it is bold, regal and somewhat over-the-top, it will most likely work. Try incorporating colors that’ll stand out like red on top of a black and white base. Also, don’t be afraid to try bold patterns. Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix materials and accessorize. Denim and leather can give a more roughed up looked, and fur always makes a statement.
Now, “The Boondocks” is the complete opposite of “Empire.” This look requires an edgier street style that makes it look like you aren’t trying too hard.
The key pieces needed to get this look are bomber jackets, distressed jeans and patches. Be sure to mix different fits too. A pair of skinny jeans with an oversized jacket is the ideal balance. Lastly, don’t be afraid to toss in some bright patterns.