Experts talk fashion industry


ON DISPLAY: Mannequins display trends in fashion. PHOTO BY EVELYN PALACIO
ON DISPLAY: Mannequins display trends in fashion. PHOTO BY EVELYN PALACIO

The red carpet was rolled out on Thursday, Sept. 29 for the third annual San Joaquin Delta College “Meet the Fashion Industry Insiders” event.

The event, which was free and open to the public, was an opportunity for people interested in the fashion industry to personally meet, hear stories and get advice from a panel of fashion insider experts.

There was a panel of five fashion insiders.

Michael Palladino, who has been in the fashion business for more than 30 years and is an adjunct professor at LIM College in New York, and former celebrity stylist and Client Services Director for Henri Bendels.

Also on the panel were Billy Hutchinson, a calligrapher/stationer who is also the current assistant manager at Gump’s in San Francisco and a former student at Delta College; Uduak Odouk, model, journalist, and fashion and entertainment attorney; and Renata Campion, also a former model, fashion designer and founder of Trooyu, LLC, a company that specializes in hand-made leather boots and artisan knits.

Special guest for the event was Caren Templet, a fashion designer based in Sacramento.

The panel of fashion leaders shared their stories on how they got started in fashion and offered their perspective and advice on the fashion industry.

The panelists all agreed the business was a lifestyle and students really interested in the fashion industry should take advantage of the opportunities around them.

“You are where you need to be,” Palladino told the audience.