UGA Fashion Design Student Association to host virtual fashion show | Culture

On Friday, Nov. 20, the Fashion Design Student Association at the University of Georgia will premiere its fall runway show, featuring looks designed from its very own members and executive team.

The show will be filmed on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the UGA intramural fields parking deck and will be edited by a team of videographers. The final product will debut on the UGA Fashion Design Student Association’s YouTube channel on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

This year’s fall show will showcase the theme “The Unconventional Met Gala,” which will feature designs constructed of unconventional and upcycled materials. In addition, each model will also sport a coordinating face mask that goes with their look.

Senior and president of FDSA Parker Sylvester said inspiration for this theme came from the organization’s collective love for the show Project Runway. Each season, Project Runway often showcases an episode in which contestants are tasked with creating a look completely out of unconventional materials, Sylvester said.

“[This year’s show] is a fun way for designers to get really creative, and we’ve never done anything like it before,” Sylvester, a marketing and fashion merchandising double major, said.

Sylvester said that the idea for the show’s theme originally was going to be used in the club’s spring 2020 fashion show. However, this event was canceled halfway through the semester due to COVID-19. Since many of their members had already started designing looks, FDSA decided to keep the theme for the fall show.

Over the summer, Sylvester said she was hopeful that she and her team would get to host a live show come fall. However, when it was determined that it would still no longer be safe to hold an in-person event, Sylvester said FSDA went straight into plan B.

“A lot of actual high-end fashion brands have done virtual runway shows for fashion shows this year,” Sylvester said. “So, we thought it would be a cool idea for us to try and do, and that’s where we came to the idea for the video.”

Though the planning process for this show has differed from years past, Sylvester said prepping for the virtual event went smoother than expected. At first, Sylvester was concerned there would be a shortage of designers due to drop-offs in club meeting attendance. But to her surprise, FSDA received 26 designs — a perfect amount for a full show, Sylvester said.

Another positive with the show’s virtual format was a huge turnout in models, Sylvester said. She accounts this increase to the lack of pressure associated with keeping a straight face on the runway, as each model will wear a face covering, and presence of a live audience.

Senior and vice president of FSDA, Morgan Young, has served as the show’s model coordinator for the past two years. She said that one aspect of the virtual show she is excited about is that viewers will get to see the models runway walks and outfits from various angles.

In addition to the video editing,

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Secret gives $1M to women’s hockey players association

TORONTO — The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association is receiving a $1 million boost from Secret Deodorant to continue its barnstorming Dream Gap Tour of games and relieve any financial uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commitment is considered the largest for professional women’s hockey in North America, the PWHPA announced Thursday.

The cash influx led to the PWHPA announcing its renamed Secret Dream Gap Tour will feature six events this winter, with players also competing for cash prizes. That’s a switch from last year, when PWHPA players only had their travel, lodging and meal costs covered for participating in the weekend tournaments.

PWHPA operations consultant and Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford said thanks to this donation and others, “players are given access to the necessary training facilities and resources and opportunities to compete that professional sport demands.”

“COVID-19 affected our positive momentum and threatened our upcoming season,” Hefford said. “The PWHPA is made up of the best hockey players in the world, the fans deserve a chance to watch these women play and our players deserve to be treated equitably. This is a pivotal moment to create real change in women’s professional sports.”

The PWHPA already had a commitment to cover the cost of practice time and facilities at their five hub locations.

This comes at a time when the National Women’s Hockey League is restructuring by re-assigning longtime commissioner Dani Rylan Kearney and naming Tyler Tumminia interim commissioner. The NWHL, which five years ago became North America’s first women’s hockey league to pay its players salaries, is expanding into Toronto as its sixth franchise.

Despite the presence of the NWHL, a vast majority of U.S. and Canadian national team players and some of women’s hockey’s best have chosen to stick with the PWHPA to push for what they believe is a sustainable, long-term professional league. Olympians Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker of the U.S. and Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner and Sarah Nurse of Canada are among the 125 players who will play Dream Gap Tour games in Minnesota, New Hampshire, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.

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FAKE TOYS – REAL PROBLEM: Toy Association Urges Gift-Givers to Shop Safely Online this Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The upcoming holidays should be a time to relax after a long year, but parents need to be vigilant about ensuring counterfeit and imitation toys – which have the potential to be unsafe – do not end up under the tree.

A shocking 83 percent of parents say their kids receive toys from grandparents and other gift-givers which they suspect are not purchased from verified sellers, including 48 percent who say it happens “frequently,” according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. parents conducted by Wakefield Research for The Toy Association.

What’s more, 2 in 5 parents (45 percent) say they would keep a toy even if they suspected it was counterfeit and potentially unsafe – more than double the 19 percent who said the same in 2019. This is troubling since these toys may not have been tested for safety. In contrast, legitimate toys sold by verified sellers and known brands are tested for compliance with more than 100 strict U.S. safety standards.

“Products sold at retail by legitimate U.S. toy companies, whether in brick-and-mortar stores or online, are rigorously tested for compliance as part of our nation’s world-class safety system,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association.  “Yet consumers must be vigilant as illicit sellers of counterfeit and dangerous imitation products have infiltrated online marketplaces, deceiving shoppers and gift-givers while posing a serious safety threat to children. The Toy Association works year-round with government agencies and leading e-commerce platforms to combat this menace and to educate shoppers on how to avoid unintentionally bringing unsafe fakes into the home.”

Nearly a fifth of parents (19 percent) say their child has already received a counterfeit or knock-off toy purchased online, and the likelihood of a child receiving a counterfeit toy may increase with the age of the gift-giver: among those whose children receive gifts from grandparents and/or great aunts and uncles who shop online, a concerning 71 percent of parents have doubts that those gift-givers know how to ensure the toys they purchase online are coming from verified sellers.

With parents planning to do 58 percent of their holiday toy shopping online this year, it’s critical that they follow The Toy Association’s top tips for avoiding counterfeits. Parents are urged to share this advice with family members and other gift-givers – and to visit for more safety advice.

  • TIP #1 – AVOID SHADY SELLERS: Dig deep into a lesser-known seller’s online presence and reviews to be sure the toy under consideration is authentic – and therefore, safe. Can’t find a website for the manufacturer or seller? That’s one red flag. Multiple grammatical errors in a product description or poorly photoshopped pictures are also red flags. A great alternative is to visit the toy brand’s website and either purchase directly from the site or follow links to an official retailer to purchase. And remember: if a deal seems too good to be true, the product might be a counterfeit
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