Photos by Zach Le
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Last Friday night, Pepperdine students really stepped up their fashion game for the seventh annual Reelstories Film Festival. Everyone was excited about the fancy evening and dressed for the ocassion.
On Friday night, once finished with check-in, each student started down the steps from Mullin Town Square and was taken aback by the entire scene: black chandeliers, a mocktail bar, suits and cocktail dresses. Ladies donned everything from short colorful dresses to long black jumpsuits; guys rocked suits with ties (Here’s an ego boost: I heard several ladies mention how stellar the guys looked in suits. Killin’ it).
These fellows are perfect examples of suit styles at the event. If you ever want to shake up your look, take some inspiration from these guys and try a gray suit with a bow tie instead of a simple black tie and suit jacket. Another alternative is to pair a colored tie with an otherwise all-black look, really making the tie stand out. Think ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man,” and you will get a vivid picture of the evening.
There was an overwhelming amount of black on the red carpet. Black took the form of various A-line dresses, rompers, bodycon skirts, blazers and ties. The classic look never fails to make a statement; it is effortlessly classy and elegant. These students epitomized high class in their dresses and suit. Black never goes out of style, and will always be a great fallback for anyone at any event.
In addition to all-black attire, bold prints made an appearance at the event. Below are perfect examples of some of the trendy combinations that rocked the red carpet. Not limited to button-ups and rompers, prints radiated the individuals’ personalities under the massive tent and glittering chandeliers.
Ladies sashayed around in heels and booties, taking pictures with the uber-trendy ice sculpture and Reelstories background. Bella Issa contrasted her black ensemble with a white blazer to achieve a polished look. Ladies curled, straightened and tied-up their hair to look especially nice for the camera at the event.
Both the filmmakers’ talents and the student body style blew everyone away. It felt like a true black tie event that Malibu locals would attend with their Hollywood friends. Cheers to everyone who dressed up for the evening and added to the sparkle and glamour of Reelstories.
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