By Yuwa Vosper
Last week, LSU student fashion organization Hemline held its annual trunk show. With vendors setting up in the Human Ecology building lobby, the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising had displays from Jess Leigh Jewels, Time Warp, Mimosa, and Wanderlust by Abby to name a few. Students attracted by the merchandise were coming in from the cold weather and browsing the clothing and accessories before class.
“I saw interesting pieces,” said Chastity Williams, a Fashion Merchandising junior, “If I see something I like I will buy it, but for now I am just browsing.”
However, the clothing specials – offered by some vendors exclusive to the trunk show − were too enticing not to purchase. Amber Nguyen, an apparel design sophomore, was surrendering to temptation. “I just wanted to shop,” she said.
For some vendors such as Time Warp, it was their third year at the event. With a mix of retail and vintage clothing and accessories, owner Josh Holder told how he enjoyed meeting new students and people through the event. Directly across was a display featuring Wanderlust by Abby Bullock. She explained that she has an online website but can travel to people’s houses as a stylist.
“I can bring merchandise to the customer one-on-one,” she said, “and soon on my website I will have a new feature that allows a customer to bring all the items to their shopping cart without purchase so it holds the clothing and I can see what you want and bring it over to you in your home.” Bullock also expressed excitement about her newly acquired purchase – a fashion truck, which will be arriving in January. The truck will allow her to do more ‘pop-ups’ and bring more new merchandise to her customers.
Many students were also attracted to Jess Leigh Jewels. She had repurposed vintage and raw stone jewelry on display and was offering 15 percent off on the day of the trunk show. Mimosa by artist/designer Madeline Ellis was another vendor featuring handcrafted jewelry that she offers online and for wholesale purchase.
Hemline merchandising representative and Trunk Show chair, Taylor Vaughn, said that the event was “a great break from the mall plus it is a fundraiser for our end of the year fashion show.” Dr. Delisia Matthews, Hemline faculty supervisor and assistant professor, elaborated: “Our Hemline annual trunk show is our organization’s way to connect with local, independent vendors and designers. This is important to our organization because it helps us connect with the community, while giving exposure to the talented vendors and designers in our region.”
Vaughn also stated that many of the vendors are LSU alumni who graduated from the program. “It is a great way to show students in the Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising program what we can do with our majors.”
The Hemline Trunk show was held from November 11 to November 13. A portion of the sales from the trunk show helps to fund the end-of-the year fashion show that features student designs.