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June 5-- Fashion capitals like Milan, New York, and Paris are a long way from Southeastern Technical College, but every spring, their runways stretch into Anna Kate Willoughby’s classroom.

The STC cosmetology instructor’s spring project for her students asks that they research and apply designs fresh from the world’s trendiest fashion houses.

{mosimage}“I wanted students to enhance their own skills by using current as well as up-and-coming trends in our industry,” said Willoughby. “It’s really important for students to step out of the box and tap into their creative side.”

Creative is the key word. Though some looks may rely on the subtlety of shifting shades of color, others have sea shells wound into hair or elaborate sequin designs contoured around a model’s eyes.

“Not many people would actually go out in public with sequins attached to their face, but sequins as a ‘texture’ are a trend for spring,” said Willoughby. “And through styling, makeup applications, hair color, chemical textures, and so on, these students are building new skills and enhancing the ones they have learned.”

Trends from New York Fashion Week and Harper’s Bazaar may seem out of reach for southeast Georgia, but Willoughby knows that staying state-of-the-art is not just necessary—it’s attainable.

“Students need to understand that these looks are achievable even in rural areas,” said Willoughby. “In such an evolving industry where trends are constantly changing, changes need to be embraced.”