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Fashion Week focuses on the environment

March 15, 2011 12:00AM

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We thought we should focus the week on something we all care about. "
~ James Smith, organizer of PSU Fashion Week
nts concerned with two very important things - looking good and caring for the planet - will be in the spotlight next week as the Fashion Merchandising Association recognizes Fashion Week at Pittsburg State University.

With events running March 29-April 1, the theme for the week is "Green is the New Black." James Smith, a sophomore fashion merchandising major who organized the week's events, said that with designers making more eco-conscious decisions about their pieces, the theme seemed appropriate. "We thought we should focus the week on something we all care about," he said.

Fashion week events include a Q&A with fashion professionals, prizes on the Oval, and a runway fashion show featuring vintage and organic clothing.

In addition to Fashion Week, the group will continue the theme of green on Thursday, April 8, when they participate in One Day Without Shoes, a national movement to raise awareness for children in developing countries who are in need of shoes. Organized by Tom's Shoes (, a footwear company that donates one pair of shoes to a child for every pair sold, the day encourages individuals to go barefoot in order to experience the difficulty firsthand. Most of the company's shoes are made from eco-friendly materials.

Events for "Green is the New Black" Fashion Week include:

Monday, March 29: Oval Time - FMA members will be on the Oval with information about local clothing companies and a chance to win prizes.

Wednesday, March 31: 11:30 a.m. - Live merchandising exhibit. Students will give a fashion presentation in the lobby of the Family and Consumer Science building. 6 p.m. - a Q&A with professionals who work in the fashion industry will be held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom.

Thursday, April 1: 6 p.m. - Mocktails and socializing in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom before a 7 p.m. fashion show featuring student models. Several local clothing companies and designers will participate in the show.

For more information, contact Smith at 913-963-9341, or become a fan of Pitt State Fashion Week on Facebook.

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