The night before Club Day, Kenna LaFitte (‘22) made a Snapchat story post jokingly asking people to “Come join Fashion Club”. The response was better than she could have possibly imagined. “We really wanted to create a welcoming community for anyone who is interested and wants to learn more about fashion,” the senior says. “And […]
The night before Club Day, Kenna LaFitte (‘22) made a Snapchat story post jokingly asking people to “Come join Fashion Club”. The response was better than she could have possibly imagined.
“We really wanted to create a welcoming community for anyone who is interested and wants to learn more about fashion,” the senior says. “And it turns out a lot of people do”.
Kenna and Fashion Club Co-President Charlie Turner’s (‘22) sign up sheet was blank when first put down in front of their poster covered with photos of famous designers and brands. But soon there was not enough room for the amount of signatures. The first sign up sheet was replaced by a second one, which quickly filled up as well.
“I am so excited to see everyone’s different takes on fashion” says Charlie with a huge smile, “I want to help them explore their own styles”.
Over this past summer, Kenna and Charlie took a Zoom class from Savannah College of Art and Design, where they designed and created a leather accessory. After this class, Kenna and Charlie knew they wanted to bring their passion for fashion to CB.
“One of our goals is to share our knowledge of design and creation as well as create a place where students can participate in conversations about trends, ideas, schools, and anything fashion related,” Charlie says.
Fashion has always been a large part of Charlie’s life, and she decided to pursue it about a year and a half ago when she apprenticed under a seamstress and learned how to sew her own clothes. “Once I started, everything else fell away — it was all I wanted to do”. Charlie looks forward to the future where she will pursue fashion design at one of the top programs in the country, Belmont University. “I am so excited to dive deeper into the fashion industry next year”.
Kenna does not plan on pursuing fashion in college. However, she has an ongoing fascination with modern styles and trends.
“I’ve always been interested in fashion. I used to go through my mom’s magazines and read the style columns, but I think I definitely started to take fashion a little bit more seriously in eighth grade and freshman year”.
Kenna and Charlie hope their love for fashion will make their new club members feel comfortable in expressing themselves through their clothes. Club member Carmen Lloyd (‘22) is looking forward to seeing the inspiration behind her classmates’ clothing choices and who influences them. “My sister definitely influences me. Although, I think this club can open my eyes to different perspectives, and I am curious to see how the club changes my style”.
Kenna’s style is most influenced by fashion icons Emma Chamberlain and Devon Lee Carlson. “My style definitely changes from time to time, but I feel like those two are the constants”.
Charlie does not pay attention to celebrities or influencers. She attributes her style to the woman she apprenticed under who taught her to create clothing. “I owe my fashion sense to [her]. She taught me everything I know about sewing, and has encouraged me to grow”.
Kenna hopes that her club members’ fashion taste shows itself in the events they have planned for the year. “We hope to have some speakers come in and talk about either product design or their personal style. We really want to have some clothing swaps in the future”.
Many members, such as Carmen, were attracted to the club because of the clothing swaps where everyone thrifts an outfit for someone and then they get an outfit in return. Thrifting has become very popular amongst teens and has easily found its way into the CB dress code, especially for Kenna, who believes that thrifting adds flavor to her school outfits. “I like to look for colorful and interesting college sweatshirts. I found that thrifting is a really good way to find good clothes, especially in the dress code”.
Whether it is thrifting or accessorizing, the way Kenna and Charlie have incorporated their fun and funky style into the CB dress code is another reason people were attracted to Fashion Club. “They are fitted all the time,” says Carmen with a giggle. “Both of them always look good”.