Fort Smith graduates take Arkansas attire to New York Fashion Week

What primarily looked like a random email prisoner a eye of Turner Grace Edwards and helped her achieve one of her life-long goals. 

The 19-year-old Fort Smith internal and 2017 Southside High School connoisseur was skimming by her emails when a steer of one email’s theme line caused her fingers to solidify and her heart rate to increase.

“In a theme line, it said, ‘Would you like to attend New York Fashion Week?'” pronounced Edwards, who usually finished her beginner year during a University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is a daughter of Mika Beth and Matthew Edwards of Fort Smith. “Once we knew that a email was real, we got unequivocally excited.”

Edwards and her 21-year-old sister, Addison, were among 20 college students from opposite a nation who were invited to attend in New York Fashion Week. The siblings were a usually students from Arkansas invited to participate in a trip, that was concurrent by a University of Arkansas and a Atlanta-based IMG College Licensing and had a students attend in conform print shoots and attend a Dion Lee and Son Jung Wan conform shows.

“It was amazing, and it was a initial time that Arkansas participated,” Turner Grace Edwards said. “They flew us out to New York and a students met any other, and we stayed together. It was unequivocally cool, and my mom got to go with us, as well. It was smashing that we were means to knowledge this together.”

Addison Edwards agreed.

“I had creatively told my sister that, by a propagandize email, we infrequently get a garland of spam,” pronounced a 2015 Southside High School graduate, who will start her comparison year during a University of Arkansas in a fall. “The approach that strange email was lined out, we said, ‘Turner, that can’t be real.’ we told her to omit a email during first, though she replied to a email, and it was true.”

The Edwards sisters wore Arkansas Razorback-themed hats and shirts, among other styles of wardrobe for a event’s print shoots in a streets of New York. It was Mika Beth Edwards’ camera that prisoner “many great” moments during a print shoot.

“My mom is a internal photographer here in Fort Smith, and she got to take a photos,” pronounced Turner Grace Edwards, an zealous fan of Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Coco Chanel and Ralph Lauren. “Taking photos in a streets of New York, that was so neat, and we desired carrying a mom there.”

The Razorback wardrobe came from a Fayetteville-based Hog Heaven. The sisters both felt a clever clarity of state honour as New York residents and visitors glanced during their clothing.

“We were means to attend dual conform shows, go backstage and accommodate a people who put on New York Fashion Week — a organizers, a bloggers, a designers, everyone,” Turner Grace Edwards said. “It done me wish to do conform even more.

“I would adore to live in New York or during slightest somewhere in a large city, and be presumably a customer in a attention or a conform blogger,” she added. “I’d adore to go on trips like that one to Fashion Week again.”

Addison Turner also is anticipating to find a career in fashion. She is still vacant that she, her sister and a other participating students were handed VIP-style diagnosis during Fashion Week.

“At Fashion Week, we were means to see where a models get ready, and we saw a designers doing last-minute touch-ups,” Addison Turner said. “I would figure that us being students, we wouldn’t get that front-of-stage presence.

“But our seats were 3 rows behind from a front, and we got to see celebrities — Miss J from ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and a mom off ‘Gossip Girl,’ she added. “It was crazy and awesome.”

The sisters and other participating students were comparison formed on their educational performance, fashion blogging, amicable media participation and other criteria, according to a press recover from a University of Arkansas.

“The idea of this knowledge is for a students to learn as most as they can from both a career and educational standpoint, as good as to be means to confederate their learnings into the ways we character Arkansas rigging on campus and in your bland lifestyle,” settled IMG’s Rachel Lusby, who accompanied a students in New York, in a press release. “We wish to inspire a tie between protected collegiate attire and high fashion, showcasing that collegiate attire need not usually be ragged for diversion days or to a gym.”

Turner Grace Edwards certified that her passion for conform stretches behind many years. She and her sister both are majoring in attire merchandising and product growth during a University of Arkansas.

“I’ve worked during a integrate boutiques, and we indication for Riff Raff, a internal boutique in Fayetteville,” pronounced Turner Grace Edwards, who also creates time for personification tennis and babysitting. “I do that during Riff Raff one or dual times a week.”

According to Turner Grace Edwards, a “best” forms of wardrobe to indication are Arkansas Razorback wardrobe and fall-clothing lines.

“I desired carrying a event to paint a University of Arkansas by wearing those garments during Fashion Week,” she said. “I’ve been in Hog Heaven, and we were means to uncover that wardrobe off in New York, and we also represented other brands.

“And we adore tumble fashion,” Turner Grace Edwards added. “There’s such a accumulation and opposite things we can do with tumble fashion. There are many opposite colors with tumble fashion. It’s usually some-more fun and some-more engaging to get into tumble fashion.”

Addison Edwards also harbors a soothing mark for tumble clothing, nonetheless she also likes winter wardrobe since of a layering options.

“Before we went to Fashion Week, we wanted to be a buyer, though going to New York has non-stop my mind to see that there are so many aspects to a industry,” she said. “I feel my trail could go anywhere now.”

Both sisters pronounced they were open to presumably going into business together someday.

“I would adore that opportunity,” Addison Edwards said. “We have such identical aspects and interests in flattering most everything. We are opposite in a lot of ways, though we are identical in a lot of ways.”

Turner Grace Edwards offering identical comments.

“We can’t tell now what all will be, though we would adore to do that,” she said. “Maybe this will take us to a same place.”

“Yes, and we have a 16-year-old sister, Sophie, and she is looking adult to us right now,” combined Addison Edwards. “I feel like we are removing to uncover her all of a opportunities, and in a integrate of years, hopefully she can join us.”

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