Diversity Boutique shows off to students

Students were able to get a sneak preview of the new styles of summer featured on a runway under bright lights, accompained with remixed old-school funk, hip-hop and rock tunes.

The new summer styles of Diversity Boutique were modeled during “Remix the Runway,” featuring remixed tunes by DJ Diamond Lee.

The fashion show, held last night in Olscamp by Diversity Boutique and Fad Watch, gave audience members a glimpse at the variety of styles available at the clothing store located on Main Street.

This is the fifth fashion show Diversity Boutique has put on at the University since it opened in August 2003.

Erin Norman, owner of Diversity Boutique, said she wanted to put on these fashion shows as something entertaining for students.

“When we started doing it, there weren’t any going on here. I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” Norman said. Norman wanted students in Ohio to have the chance to experience a fashion show like the ones put on in Los Angeles, she said.

Jatoya Talley, junior, was a model at the show last night and previous shows after attending one of the shows her freshman year.

“After I saw it, and since modeling is really my passion, I went into Diversity Boutique and asked Erin if I could be in it the next semester,” Talley said. She likes the fact that both the styles and models in the show represent diversity.

Hannah Duling, a University graduate, returned for her third year as a model in the Diversity Boutique fashion show.

“I think they’re a lot of fun. I’ve also done a couple of fashion shows for other companies,” Duling said of her experience as a model. Duling earned her degree in fashion merchandising last May.

Five different themes presented the variety of styles available at Diversity boutique. The first set, Diver- “City,” showed models in a variety of trends of club fashion, picked by Norman and the models to fit their favorite style.

Unique alterations from classic styles, such as a halter-top hooded sweatshirt, were shown off to a remixed version of “Get Your Freak On” by Missy Elliot. New styles of the late 1960s Gaucho pants were presented in many of the outfits.

The second set, titled “Tee Time,” featured the models in the new variations of vintage T-shirts as casual and comfortable styles to the Britney Spears song, “Do Somethin’.”

New styles of knee-length shorts, form fitting jeans, skirts and pants were shown during the “Bottoms-Up” set which featured a remixed version of Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit.”

The variety of dresses ranging from casual to semi-formal styles was presented during the “Dressed for Gold” set which featured DJ Diamond Lee’s remix of “Gold Digger” by Kanye West.

The finale, “Black and White,” featured models in new variations of classic black and white styles to remixed “Black or White” by Michael Jackson.

All the fashions displayed are available at the Diversity Boutique.