Media for March, 2015

Fashion Heals

In Blog / March 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

By Michael J. Palladino

grace-manaloThrough an annual event helping survivors of domestic violence, Reveal NYC uses the power of beauty to help these courageous women who are moving their lives forward. Reveal is a New York City-based organization that aims to foster uplifting experiences for women survivors of domestic violence. Created in 2007, the group partners with corporations and professionals in the beauty, health and fashion industries to restore dignity, reinforce love and celebrate beauty through monthly workshops and an Annual Makeover. Reveal has two major components. The first is a series of monthly workshops hosted through a prominent partner shelter in the city. The second part is an Annual Makeover event which gathers some 100 volunteers and has served over 75 women from four partner shelters in years past. The women arrive at a confidential location where they are pampered – nails painted, hair styled, makeup – as well as receive style advice from a number of professionals in the fashion industry. The aim of the Makeover Event is to instill confidence and celebrate the inherent beauty of the women – no strings attached.

Grace Manalo, UCOF Manager of Education shared this opportunity with our team and I was quick to volunteer. Domestic violence is a concern for us all as statistically 1:4 women have experienced domestic violence first hand. For those of you who don’t know Grace, she is passionate member of the UCOF team and along with Ji In Lee, a vital part of our Department of Education. Grace is a first generation Filipino-American born and raised in New York. She attended the University of Delaware where she graduated a dual major with a BS in Apparel Design and a BS in Merchandising. She has had professional experience in Product Development and Design in NYC. Her goal in life is to continue her path of self-discovery and self-expression through helping others. It is through fashion that Grace is helping to impact the lives of others. This event allowed us both to bring our fashion and styling abilities to Reveal NYC while also promoting the work we do at UCOF.

The event was held at an undisclosed location for the privacy and safety of the guests who attended. The women are currently in the NYC shelter system and were escorted to the event and given a day to make them feel special and reclaim their beauty. The event had several area stations to include a “RTW” area which offered the women clothing and advice from trained staff complete with fitting rooms and personal stylists, hair, makeup, skin care and even a private area for neck and back messages. Lunch was also offered, a personal photo shoot, large goodie bag and a single red rose. To see these women smiling and laughing and happy was the best way for us to spend our Saturday.

It is so important for us as UCOF to insert ourselves in the community and at events like this. It allows us to reinforce our commitment to fashion education by sharing our knowledge and talents beyond our students.   It also shows the power of fashion to help change the trajectory of someone who is reaching for a fresh start, reaching to find her place in the world and ultimately to feel good about herself and to reclaim her inner and outer beauty.

I applaud Grace Manalo for her commitment to UCOF and her passion to find many different ways to use fashion to help make a difference. Grace and I are looking forward to work closely with Reveal NYC and potentially to find points of collaboration with them as we share a respect for fashion and its power to empower.

Our Intern: Renzo Orellana

In Blog / March 10, 2015 / 0 Comments


The Conglomerate

By Ada Onuegbe

Our Social Media intern, Renzo Orellana, was born and raised in Fuji-Shi, Japan, where he lived for 9 years before settling in the United States with his family. His love for design brought him to United Colors of Fashion (UCOF). “What I enjoy most about fashion is the creativity of many and the innovation behind it,” he said. Renzo is well-rounded and has many interests besides fashion. Soccer, cooking, volunteering, and running are just a few of his many  hobbies. Outside of UCOF, Renzo is also a Brand Ambassador for Uber and a Marketing Coordinator for Bash Records. Renzo’s goal is to become a successful investor and international business professional. We believe he is well on his way.

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Student Profile: Wilanda Nicholas

In Blog / March 3, 2015 / 0 Comments


Wilanda, The First

By Ada Onuegbe

The United States, affectionately nicknamed the “land of opportunity”, has long held a reputation for generating stories of success despite obstacles. Some routes to success are very straightforward while others are considerably more meandering. Like many journeys, the one that Wilanda Nicolas began was intended to be bit more direct. She decided to take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic route.

She began on her journey by changing majors a few times during college in an effort to find a fit for her creative mind. The choice was made more difficult by being a first-generation American. “There’s a lot of things that me going to college, I didn’t know. I had to kind of figure out everything on my own…I went from Nursing to Teaching and I finally ended up in Psychology when I graduated,” she said. Wilanda had never been exposed to the idea of a career in a creative field of study. Although she eventually found a major she loved, she still felt the need to explore her passion for fashion design more deeply.

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Look Du Jour: Matthew Adams

In Look Du Jour / March 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

Name: Matthew Adams
Age: 19
City/Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Occupation: student at Wheaton College; Marketing Manager for TRU-Colour Products LLC

How would you describe your personal style? I am a minimalist so I like for my style to reflect that I don’t like anything that draws too much attention to one place.

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