Fashion show gets back to the basics

Now walk it out: Models strap on their pumps and stilettos and rip the runway for a last run.

The fourth annual Back to Basics Fashion Show was held on Thursday, March 1. The event was hosted by Phillip Wade and Endira Hawkins, with DJ No Tables providing the musical entertainment throughout the evening. There were several scenes with models showcasing different styles, from urban wear to workplace fashion and formal wear. Also, two up-and-coming fashion designers revealed their latest creations.

The show opened up with models sporting Prairie View gear provided by the bookstore. Next Sir James, CEO of Hater-Pruuf Urban Wear, showcased his urban line that he called "a symbol of universal love."

Next was the equestrian scene, with a unique mixture of colors and styles.

The swimsuit scene, displaying a fine troupe of shimmering skin and stylish bathing suits, followed immediately after. The crowd was ecstatic as men and women in their finest beachwear took the stage.

The Panther Dolls entertained the crowd during a brief intermission, and there was a fashionably dedicated segment that showed that business is more than just "black and white" in the office. Uniqkua Johnson, a Prairie View student, showed her clothing line from UJ Fashions, which drew a positive reaction from the crowd, followed by a formal wear segment.

Students had a very positive reaction to the show. Adrienne Quickley thought that it was "quite an interesting show that showcased a mixture of talent and high fashion."

The show featured items that can be seen in many places, including on campus, television, and just about anywhere else. Freshman Divon Edwards thought, "It was a very interesting show, with a lot of different styles."

Some of this year's most memorable moments included the Coming to America segment and PV alumnus "Chanel," who made the crowd explode and cheer. Also, the hosts and DJ did a good job of keeping the crowd entertained between scenes.

Attire for the event was provided by a host of sponsors, including the bookstore, JC Penney, K&G Superstore, UJ Fashions, and Hater Pruuf Urban Wear.

When asked if the show inspired her to start her own clothing line, freshman Tylisa Thomas replied "No, but it might inspire others to chase their dreams."


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