Lakeland College’s Business Club is partnering with university transfer (UT) students to show people how to look sharp on the cheap.
The Fashion on a Budget show, taking place on Feb. 26 at the college, is going into its second year and will be raising money and clothing, this time around for the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter and Interval Home.
“We kind of wanted to show people, especially students, that they can buy a professional outfit on a low budget,” said Jared Borzel, a UT student also involved with the Business Club. “So they get $32.50 to buy their whole get-up excluding shoes.”
Participants are allowed to wear whichever shoes and accessories they want, but when it comes to the main get-up they have to stick to the show’s budget. This means inexpensive outlets like thrift stores will likely be where the bulk of the shopping gets done.
The event is admission by donation, so people who attend can give cash to the Men’s Shelter and/or Interval Home or just bring an article of clothing they can part with and drop that off as an entry fee.
“We didn’t just want it to be about ourselves and putting on the event,” said Borzel. “We wanted to donate and give back to society, so we decided that because this was a fashion show it would be a good idea to get some clothing for people less fortunate who couldn’t afford clothing.”
The purpose of the Business Club, run by professor Ben Acquaye, is to put on a single event each year so members can learn how to develop a wide range of skills from leadership, timemanagement to personal skills.
“He (Acquaye) kind of facilitates and we have to get everything together, all the finances and plan everything ourselves,” said Borzel. “It’s kind of just giving students the opportunity to create a large scale event.”
The show started last year with the involvement of 10 students at the Lloydminster campus and expanded this year with both campuses taking part. There will be a live webcasting to a big screen in Vermilion, so students from that campus who can’t attend in person will be able to catch the show.
According to a press release, the event will have the longest red carpet in Western Canada (pending verification), the best looking bouncers ever, it is Lloydminster’s glitziest and most glamorous event of the year – just before the Oscars – and will have a major surprise lined up.
The Lakeland Fashion on a Budget fashion show will take place on Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.