Loyola a la Mode is a pupil group based with the intention to fill a distinct segment that the varsity had no outlet for earlier than— style.
Zyon Barbosa, president of Loyola A La Mode and psychology senior, stated she helped co-found the group her sophomore yr after noticing a spot within the arts scene at Loyola.
“I’m one of many three founders of the membership, truly. Future Martin, Reward Tillman, and myself created the membership as a result of it’s a liberal arts college with so many retailers for folks to be themselves, so why not a style membership?” stated Barbosa.
Reward Tillman, music industries senior, stated the membership goals to advertise physique positivity by being open to folks of all totally different styles and sizes.
“We began Loyola a la Mode as a result of we felt like we would have liked a spot on campus the place one, you could be modern, but additionally you could be physique constructive. There wasn’t quite a lot of physique positivity on Loyola’s campus at the moment, and there simply wasn’t an actual place the place you would be inventive and actually like get into style in the event you have been into it,” Tillman defined.
The group the final couple years has been host to an annual style present and hopes to proceed the yearly occasion.
Loyola a la Mode has used their Instagram web page to showcase college students’ outfits. College students would ship of their favourite outfits or traits for the week they felt must be shared and showcased on the account.
The scholar group additionally options pupil style in annual style reveals.
The collection of Lolah Couture, a student-owned style label by senior Biology pupil Tomi Lolah, made this yr’s featured designer on the style present an precise Loyola pupil. Final yr’s showcase was an unaffiliated designer not with the varsity.
“We have to outsource, we have to get native expertise, final yr we didn’t get to make use of a pupil for our visitor designer, so I used to be excited that Tomi is a Loyola pupil, and we have been supporting a Loyola model,” Tillman stated.
Lolah Couture facilities round intricate and colourful patterns and supplies straight from Lolah’s residence nation in Nigeria.
“Tomi’s line is gorgeous and tremendous colourful which match our theme completely, so it was simply nice timing,” Barbosa stated.
The return of Loyola’s Homecoming final yr might begin a brand new Homecoming custom. College students participated in each style reveals organized by Loyola A La Mode in 2020 and 2021.
This yr, the principle theme for the present was “Kaleidoscope,” the place they targeted extra on patterns and monochromatic appears primarily based round major colours. Final yr’s theme was “Retrospect,” the place the group took you thru the many years of style from the ’70s, ’80s, and all the best way to the current.
Based on Barbosa, this yr’s theme Kaleidoscope was pitched by Director of Programming Mauricia McKinney.
“She’s good and tremendous inventive”, Barbosa stated. “A kaleidoscope is a continuing altering sample or sequence of objects and parts, so Mauricia thought it could be good to showcase the first colours in monochromatic appears. I liked the concept when she advised me and so did everybody else,” stated Barbosa.
“The style present appears to provide everybody an opportunity to only get pleasure from themselves. So I’d hope it simply turns into an annual homecoming occasion or simply typically” stated Barbosa. “Every thing turned out higher than we anticipated, and it was an excellent expertise.”
Tillman additional defined that Kaleidoscope wasn’t solely in regards to the visible factor, but additionally in regards to the present state of how issues are.
“Kaleidoscopes, they modify, they mirror, they transfer they usually change with the time, and we thought it could actually go nice with the time and the social local weather the place your identical to ‘Okay! issues are altering issues are transferring, colours are shifting however we’re nonetheless right here.’ So we have been simply attempting to consider one thing constructive that we might form of mess around with,” Tillman stated.
The group hopes to proceed this yearly tempo of internet hosting style reveals as an occasion for the varsity, to provide college students the prospect to “costume up and step out of the traditional, nerve-racking pupil function.”