Barker explained it would be a treat for industry contacts to see Regency students' skill first-hand. Adding to the excitement for students, this will be the first time they get to style working fashion models. Between 30 and 40 Regency Beauty Institute students will participate in the fashion-fest.
"They're doing hair and makeup for 11 of the designers," Micah Nichols, Performance Floor Manager at Regency Beauty Institute Little Rock Campus, said. "It's a great learning experience for the students, and I hope they'll gain this knowledge and experience to use on their journeys as cosmetologists."
Some designers allowed students to create the hair and makeup designs for models based on inspiration photos. Others gave the students detailed instructions. Students customized the instructions to individual models, bringing the designers' visions into reality. Campbell describes the looks requested by LRFW designers as "edgy," "extreme," and "couture."
Students participating in events like fashion shows and hair competitions often find their skill and confidence increases dramatically. For Regency Beauty Institute students, participating in LRFW will be a huge resume-booster upon entering the world of high fashion.
"We were excited when they asked us who wanted to volunteer to help," Regency student Chandler Williams said. Williams has been attending Regency Beauty Institute's Little Rock campus since February for the full cosmetology program, and plans to graduate in mid-November.
Fashion lines and model appearance will be rated by executives from E! Entertainment, MTV, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Denis Antoine, international menswear designer, will be a key evaluator. The stakes for designers and student artists are high.
"The designers sent in pictures of how they'd like the makeup to look for their clothing lines," Williams said. "[There is some pressure] because we want the overall product to look good."
The "2013 Clothing Line of the Year" winner receives an automatic invitation to the Washington DC Fashion Week in September. Designers want their models encased in their iconic images from head to toe, and the beauty school students will be critical to their success.
Williams said that many of the students will be adding photos of the work to their portfolios for when they graduate and hit the pavement to find jobs in the beauty business.