Photos by Jenna Aguilera
As Pepperdine students wait in the ridiculously long line descending the stairs to Adamson Plaza, anticipation builds for a night filled with food, art, music and storytelling Friday, Jan. 30.
An event that garners this much excitement is known as the REELSTORIES Film Festival: a collection of both student-made and professional documentaries, according to their website.
Pepperdine students tell a story of their own through their red carpet fashion at REELSTORIES.
Deepak Adhikary, director of the student film “Fractures” wore a fitted grey suit with a crisp white button-down shirt to the festival.
“I am wearing a suit tailored for me in the mountains of Nepal,” Adhikary said jokingly.
“I feel like everyone wears black, I wanted to pop a little bit with a little bit of grey.”
To keep within the theme of a polished look, Adhikary rocked a slick side part.
The director’s coworkers accompanied him on the red carpet.
“We tried to look dapper,” Dakota Dickerson, protagonist of the student film, “Fractures” said.
Dickerson worked a mix and match look for the evening with a royal blue blazer and khaki trousers. To pull the whole look together, he wore a light blue collared shirt and paisley tie.
“Really, I try to find what I have, you know?” Dickerson said, “I just put on what I had, tried to look fancy, and I’m here.”
The regal red carpet fashion wasn’t confined to the nominees, however.
Junior, Jenna Pautsch wore an American Apparel ensemble.
“I think it’s fun to dress up every once in a while, but if that’s the kind of effort you put into your look on a daily basis, I don’t think it makes a difference when you get to dress up for a special event,” Pautsch said. “So I like having a differentiation.”
Another student, freshman Lyle Nelson, wore a Joseph & Feiss suit with some Banana Republic gear and Allen Edmonds shoes.
“I went through a couple outfits. I was trying things out and I chose this one after a while,” Nelson said.
When asked about his thoughts on fashion, Nelson responded with, “I like it, I love it.”
Freshman Caroline Busch was also a showstopper at the festival.
“I love fashion. I think fashion is a huge part of my life because I can so easily express who I am through what I wear,” Busch said.
Busch wore a heart print romper from Zara with black tights and ankle boots.
“I went through a couple of outfits. That is always the case for me when I go to big events like this,” Busch said.
Junior Celina Jones worked a green and black lace dress from Macy’s with black tights and jeweled earrings.
“I’m not the most fashion wise person, but it [what I wear] has to be affordable and cute,” Jones said. “These [earrings] are actually from the dollar store.”
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