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LRFW gives local cosmetology students national exposure
LRFW gives local cosmetology students national exposure


For the first time since Little Rock Fashion Week was founded in 2009, work by Regency Beauty Institute students will be showcased on the national platform alongside industry veterans at the fastest growing fashion week in the country.

The local cosmetology students will help designers realize their visions for hair and makeup throughout Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) including prepping models for the runway show on the final night.

“These students are literally going to get a firsthand experience into the world of fashion through Little Rock Fashion Week,” said LRFW founder Brandon D. Campbell.

The six-day, must-see fashion event from July 15-20 features VIP parties, musical performances and showcases participating designers’ fall and winter fashion collections. Campbell is always pushing LRFW to new heights of creativity and craft including the caliber of hair and makeup at featured events.

“I think that partnering and working with Regency just adds to our vision of where we’re trying to go with fashion week,” Campbell said.
The students will be working with designers from across the country including Jessiica Howell, Love R.O.C.S. and Kelvin Haydon, who claimed Little Rock Fashion Week’s coveted Clothing Line of the Year award in 2012.

“There is tremendous opportunity for the students through this event,” said Candace Barker, campus manager for the Regency Beauty Institute Little Rock campus. “They’ll get a lot of exposure both locally and on a national level as well.”

Participation in the fifth Little Rock Fashion Week represents an unprecedented opportunity for future names in the beauty industry. Many of the students aspire to work in high fashion, Barker said. During fashion week, the students will have the opportunity to network with both local and national designers.

“People are going to really see the talent that the students have throughout Little Rock Fashion Week, and we look forward to being a platform for Regency Beauty Institute students,” Campbell said.

Fashion Week will be the first time the students will interact with working models. In total, between 30-40 Regency Beauty Institute students will participate in prepping models for Little Rock Fashion Week. The students were divided into teams to simulate work completed in a collaborative industry that moves at breakneck speed.

“We really want them to experience an atmosphere of teamwork just the same as they would in a professional setting for a similar event,” Barker said.

Some designers gave the students photos for inspiration and let the students create the hair and makeup.

“It’s been really amazing seeing how the students translate those looks and customize it to the individual model,” Barker said.
Other designers gave the students detailed specifications.

“We want the students to flex their creative muscle and be able to interpret certain looks, but at the same time we want them to be able to work within parameters,” Barker said.

Barker describes most of the looks LRFW designers asked for as “edgy,” “extreme” and “couture.” To create one designer’s vision of splattered paint, the students will coat models’ faces, necks and shoulders with eye shadow.

For the students, such extreme looks allow their creativity to run wild, Barker said.

Regency Beauty Institute students will complete looks for models at seven events during LRFW.

“The experience that they’re earning is absolutely invaluable,” Barker said. “The diversity that they’re able to experience through this is really going to help increase their confidence and their skill level as well.”

About Regency Beauty Institute: Founded more than 50 years ago, Regency Beauty Institute helps cosmetology students fulfill their dreams by delivering a strong technical platform and providing creative freedom. With 89 campuses in the United States, and campuses locally in Little Rock and Fayetteville, the company is headquartered in the Minneapolis area where it also maintains a state-of-the-art training facility for its educators and campus managers.

For more information about Regency Beauty Institute, visit www.regencybeauty.com.