By Rachel Leigh email
BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - What can you do in an hour? If you are students from the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute, well, a lot!
Rachel asks, "How long do we have to put together an outfit out of these fabrics?"
Sheila Rodriguez, Ft. Lauderdale Arts Institute student, replies, "Only an hour by hand."
It's the Simon Fashion Now 'Style Wars' at Town Center in Boca Raton. Six students along with celebrity guest divide into three teams. Each time has scrap fabric, scissors, needle, thread and one hour to complete an outfit ready for the catwalk.
My team, consisting of Sheila Rodriguez and Maria Anzalone, lucked out with some beautiful fabric. "Our game plan is to make a little bubble skirt with a cute little matching top. It's going to be fabulous. We're going for a holiday theme," describes Sheila.
With people tightening their budgets, Town Center is making sure your holiday dresses isn't made from scrap fabrics.
Rachel asks, "Tell me with the economy the way it is, what you're doing to prepare for the holiday season."
Joe Cilia, Town Center of Boca Raton manager, replies, "Because of the economy, this year more than ever, we're going to make Town Center and Simon Malls the place to shop. We have a whole bunch of new programs starting on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. We're going to be on our Web site, all the bargains the stores are offering."
These bargains are attracting lots of people who are now starring at my sewing abilities, and I'm started to get flustered; however, Sheila and Maria are just ho-humming away on our outfit.
We are now down to the last wire, and I learn I'll actually be the one modeling our creation. No cutting corners like I did back in home economics class.
The hour flies by, and it's time for myself and the other two models to get into wardrobe.
It was team #2 who won the competition.
In case you ever find yourself entered in a Style War, remember this advice for one Art Institute Alumnus. "You got to make sure you come focus, ready and prepared. And that's exactly what we were ready to do. And you're a beautiful model, so it was very easy," says Chaquita Collie, alumnus.
(I didn't even bribe her to say that!)
If you do find yourself heading out to the Town Center Mall, make sure to take advantage of their shuttle service.
Joe Cilia, Town Center of Boca Raton manager, explains, "When our lots start to get full, these shuttles will be going around the entire parking lot, picking you up at your car, dropping you off at any entrance you want. And they'll be until after the mall opens to closing."
There's also parking spaces set aside for mothers with small children, and Santa will be there taking pictures with your kids and pets!
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