Saturday, February 11, 2012

Spotlight: Jason Wu, Loomis '01, Fashion Designer

Taiwan-born fashion designer Jason Wu is making waves in the fashion industry. He is a among the few whom went to prep school (Loomis '01) and the even fewer who attended a boarding school at the age of nine (Eaglebrook '98). Inspired by 1950's designers like Jacques Fath, he combines the old with the new, the ying with the yang, and now, the luxurious with the economical.

This past week, Feb. 5, Jason released a 53-piece line for Target with a price range of $19.99-$59.99. "My goal was not to duplicate anything from my main collection," Wu explains. "Instead I designed completely new clothes and accessories that reflect my taste and have a voice of their own."

The young designer has already won numerous awards including: Fashion Group International's Rising Star award in 2008, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist 2008, CFDA/Swarvoski Award Finalist 2009, CFDA/Swarvoski Award Winner 2010, etc.
See Jason Wu for Target

The First Lady wearing one of Wu's dresses to the Inaugural Ball.
The dress is embroidered in Swarvoski crystals.

via Loomis

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dance To The Music: Exeter Faculty

Ever chaperone a high school dance?
Neither have I, but I think it would look something like this.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Trending: Public Boarding Schools

We are typically used to high-tuition, exclusive, and a very niche community when we are talking about boarding schools. However, a new concept for public boarding schools is sweeping across the nation.

The troubled Roosevelt Middle School in Erie, PA has been closed for over 5 years due to mishaps within the school and dangerous conditions in the classroom. Now, the Erie School Board has put Bishop Dwayne Brock in charge of revitalizing the school and turning it into the first urban-environment public boarding school. With a unanimous vote by the Board to initiate the plan, Brock has set the bar high and has his work cut out for him. The school will allow boarders from year K through 6 and aims to place these children in an academic environment and keep them off the streets of Erie.

Brock has one year to raise funds and renovate the school.

"We'll make it happen. I'm very much confident that we'll do that," Brock said.

via web