This year’s biggest fashion names are saying they were heavily influenced by the looks they saw at Hope College when they visited.
“I absolutely love the vibes I get from Hope; everyone dresses so effortlessly,” said Kendall Jenner, one of the industry’s hottest names.
Just a week ago, Jenner sported an ensemble very popular on Hope’s campus – a windbreaker, worn jeans and tennis shoes.
She has also been seen wearing similar combinations that include the ever popular Hope college staple: black leggings.
While much of the fashion industry has been inspired by 80s looks, Hope college students have been wearing similar looks for the past few years.
A few examples of how Hope fashion has inspired the fashion industry includes the “socks and sandals” trend and the “fanny pack crossbody” trend.
The “socks and sandals” trend started back in 2016, though it had been popular at Hope for a few years prior to that.
While the trend has taken on a new stage (socks worn with high heels), it started here when students wanted to wear sandals in April but it was still too cold.
“Oh yeah, last year it was just too cold to wear my Chacos near the end of the year, but I saw other people rocking socks with theirs so I thought I’d give it a try,” said one student.
The “fanny pack crossbody” trend is actually a combination of two Hope staples – the fanny pack and the crossbody Patagonia bag.
The Patagonia bag trend started with female students who wanted a combination of a backpack and a purse, but eventually spread to all. These same ladies loved to whip out their fanny packs not just for 80s night, but for parties and events too.
Now it’s inspired a whole new easy-to-carry trend in high- fashion brands worldwide, both on and off the runway.
“We wanted to take both of these incredible looks and fuse them into something even great- er, and here we are now,” said Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s CEO.
Perhaps in the future, we will see more popular Hope trends like messy bedhead buns and thrifted looks.