Rowan College of South Jersey’s ‘Suit a Student’ tailor-made for the internet

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Rowan College of South Jersey and Brooks Brothers’ fourth annual “Suit A Student” career readiness fashion show, originally planned as a live event in April, has reemerged well-tailored for social distancing requirements.

This year, 14 student participants and 1 RCSJ employee and member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges will walk the virtual runway during an online presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Traditionally held in the college’s Fine Arts Center, changes were put in place to ensure the safety of students, staff and other participants. The web show will blend live components such as messages from college president Frederick Keating and dean of business studies Patricia Claghorn with prerecorded runway segments filmed individually with each student, using minimal staff and under strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. Runway fashion commentary will be provided by Gloucester Premium Outlets Brooks Brothers store manager Fernando Arroyo and the evening will conclude

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on August 1

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding Hurricane Isaias in South Florida and around the state and Caribbean. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Hurricane Isaias more likely to scrape Florida coast instead of hitting it, NHC says

11:40 a.m.: Odds of a Florida landfall for Hurricane Isaias appear to be decreasing as the storm made landfall on Andros Island in the Bahamas Saturday morning.

Saturday morning updates from the National Hurricane Center showed the predictions for worst impacts have inched north and later, leaving Miami-Dade and Broward comfortably out of the cone. Despite that, Isaias’ windfield is large enough that tropical-storm-force winds could be felt as far as Homestead, although the chances of that keep getting lower with each update.

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One county’s test-run for managing a hurricane during a pandemic

11:30 a.m.: Isaias brought a test-run for Miami-Dade’s plans to manage a hurricane

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South African women are forging new fashion frontiers by embracing their heritage

Zulu beaded necklaces, suit jackets with African print trimming on the lapel and sleeves—these are just some of the offerings from Earth Nut, a fashion label and Johannesburg-based shop that proudly celebrates Africa with workplace-ready attire. Its founder, Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt, knew first-hand that there were women in high-flying corporate jobs who needed meticulously-tailored outfits that had colors and accents reflecting a beautiful heritage.

Though the pandemic has meant that most people are working from home, enterprising designers such as Earth Nut have innovated, selling face masks that both protect their wearers and promote their culture. On Instagram and across websites and online storefronts, masks tell the story of a colorful culture. They come in the bright red and blue of East Africa’s signature Maasai Shuka fabric, in the earthy yellow, green and orange tones of Ghana’s Kente cloth, and in the kaleidoscopic hues of South African Shweshwe print.

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