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Strutting their best budget-friendly formal wear, contestants had judges mesmerized from the moment they stepped on the catwalk. Answering job interview style questions from a panel of six local judges, 10 contestants from Lakeland College’s Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses fit the bill at the fifth annual fashion show presented by the college’s Business Club on March 1.
This year, students were tasked with dressing their best with a budget of only $33.33. This included the purchase of a dress or skirt, shirt or blouse, and pants or trousers, perfectly tailored for a job interview. However, some contestants took it one step further and purchased their accessories within the approved budget as well.
“I was surprised when they announced me as the winner,” says Varun Mehandru, a second-year business student majoring in marketing. Mehandru says building confidence was his main reason for participating. At the end of the night, the only male contestant may have had the upper hand as he admitted to previously watching a Miami, FL, fashion show. "They tell men to keep their facial expressions to a minimum so when the model is walking, they’re forcing the viewers to look at your dress wear, which is precisely what I did.
“I think that is what led to my success.”
Of course, Mehandru wasn't the only winner of the evening. The remaining nine contestants were recognized for their various attributes (see list below). Plus, the Business Club was collecting cash donations and non-perishable food times for the Lloydminster Interval Home Society.
“As the Business Club, we chose the Interval Home because we believe in the importance of supporting local organizations,” says Kimberly Steirer, vice president, Business Club. “We also encouraged the contestants to purchase their attire locally to both highlight locally-owned businesses and to shine a light on the many resources available within the community.”
This year’s Fashion on a Budget fashion show winners are:
• Most charming - Jasvir Kaur
• Most graceful - Megha Tiwari
• Most sophisticated - Jhuvin Sigua
• Most cheerful personality - Tenielle Heitt
• Best first impression - Shayla Clough
• Most courageous - Ummehany Shaikh
• Most exciting to watch - Tinisha Young
• Most likely to succeed at every job interview - Hailey Alexander
• Most Innovative - Jacey Funk
A message from the 2018 Business Club president.
“Working together to present a successful Fashion on a Budget has helped us understand how we can plan a real event, while working within a budget, plus develop strong relationships with different members of the community,” says Krupa Shah. “This process challenged our skillsets, and helped us explore various aspect of working within a team. I am proud of what myself and the team have accomplished. It was a fulfilling experience.”
To view a photo gallery of the event, please visit our Lakeland College Flickr page.
Photo: Varun Mehandru, a second-year business student majoring in marketing, was named "best interview and performance" during the fifth annual Fashion on a Budget fashion show, which took place at Lakeland College's Servus Credit Union Hospitality Centre in Lloydminster, Alta., on Thursday, March 1, 2018.