Sophomore to show off new clothing line

An SVSU student’s clothing designs will walk down the runway at the Strike A Pose fashion show 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Cardinal Gym.

BreAna Allen, business management sophomore, spent much time promoting her clothing line, Beaute Marc.

“Beaute Marc has been going on since I was 16, but this is my first fashion show,” Allen said.

Allen was inspired to create fashion designs after her mother discouraged her from wearing Gothic-styled clothing.

Her mother had made her wear only dresses in response to her style.

“In 10th grade I told her I was going to start my own fashion line,” Allen said.

Three years in the making, she has created clothing items including trousers, blouses, polos and furs.

The clothing for the show will arrive two weeks before the fashion show from the manufacturers.

Her designs are manufactured in the Philippines and China, and are available online for purchase on her website,

Allen said she is inspired by designers such as the Simmons sisters.

“It’s rare to see a clothing line by a 19-year-old woman, not only in Saginaw, but in Michigan,” she said.

The show will be divided into different segments with clothing pertaining to those themes.

Themes include a “Glitz and Glamour” and “Business: Simple Gets Classy” portion.

Funds raised from ticket sales will go back into reimbursement for putting on the program.

Allen said the cost for putting on the fashion show is very expensive.

Plus, the show has about 50 volunteers including some for hair stylists and models.

Live music will play as the models strike their poses on the runway.

“All music is focused on women’s beauty. You won’t find anything degrading to women at all,” Allen said.

Music will be from artists EST, NdotJay, Will Griden, Young Tee & T-Rex, and KH & Miko.

“The music shows the youth of the clothing line,” said Kristian Patterson, a social work junior and president of  the Organization of Black Unity.

The event is sponsored by the Organization of Black Unity, Lamar Advertising, William T. Lichon D.D.S., and Valley OB-GYN Clinic.

A worker at the clinic decided to sponsor the event because it was an opportunity to have positive examples for young girls that were pregnant coming in to the clinic.

Fashion varies and good fashion is up to the person’s taste, according to Allen.

“When you have a good representation of yourself, fashion should enhance you,” Allen said. “It should not make you.”

Tickets are $10 for presale outside Marketplace at Doan and the Zahnow Library until Dec. 1 and will be available for purchase at the door for $15.

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