• Officer Highlights 2019-20

    Armando Montalvo

    Assistant Director of PR, Assistant to Director of Communications

    Major and Year: RTF, Junior

    When did you join UFG? Sophomore year 1st semester  

    Why did you decide to become an officer for UFG? The end of my sophomore year after experiencing fashion week!

    What’s your favorite part about UFG? The community of creatives, the shared love of fashion, and the friendships it can make. 

    Favorite Fashion Icon?  Victoria Beckham, Diane Keaton, Moria Rose

    Are you going to NYFW? If so, what are you looking forward to? Yes! I’m looking forward to working some shows and exploring the city.

    Hobbies outside of UFG? Writing, eating out, and going to SoulCycle.

    Favorite Musician/Band? Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Bad Bunny, and Future.

    Career interest/goals? I want to write and star on Saturday Night Live.

    Have you had any internships? Unique Jobs? If so, where? I worked retail one summer and will probably not go back into the workforce for a while after that.

    What’s a fun fact about yourself? I auditioned and got a job as a cycling instructor but quit when they told me I had to teach 5am classes.

    Most interesting fashion moment/memory? I got stopped constantly at ACL for what I was wearing. Another time I was eating dinner with a friend and this lady at another table approached me and said she would pay for my meal if I tell her what I use for my hair.  I don’t use any product, it’s all natural. I just blow dry it. I’m pretty sure she got kind of annoyed but she still paid for my meal.  

    Ashley Taylor

    Executive Assistant to the President

    Major and Year: Economics and American Studies Major, 3rd Year

    When did you join UFG?  Fall 2019

    Why did you decide to become an officer for UFG? I wanted to expand my knowledge of fashion and to be around creative people. 

    What’s your favorite part about UFG? How creative everyone is! Everyone has so many ideas and dresses so well.

    Favorite Fashion Icon?  Honestly… Claire Underwood.

    Hobbies outside of UFG? I like to do yoga, write poetry, write think pieces, and listen to music. 

    Favorite Musician/Band? I have been listening to a lot of Alexandra Savior and Faye Webster lately, but my all time favorite musician is Amy Winehouse.

    Career interest/goals?  I’ve considered everything under the sun. Right now, I think I just want to stay in corporate compliance, but honestly that could change tomorrow.

    Have you had any internships? Unique Jobs? If so, where? I’m interning at Morgan Stanley this summer!

    What’s a fun fact about yourself? I am obsessed with the enneagram and myers briggs personality tests (I am a 4w5 sp, INFP).

    Most interesting fashion moment/memory? I don’t have a clear one that comes to mind, but I am constantly told I dress in business casual. I’ll take it as a compliment!



    The Tippler menu + the entrance to The Tippler

    Day 1: THURSDAY, FEB 6

    I flew with my three friends Kemi, Alyssa, and JJ, from Austin to Queens, NY. After four flight delays, we checked into our hotel in Chelsea and had dinner near Times Square. We spontaneously decided to go out for drinks afterward. Many texts and recommendations from New York City locals later, we ended up in a quaint, low-profile bar named “The Tippler.” Of course, we had to try “My Girlfriend Lives in Queens.”

    Billionaire Boys Club

    Day 2: FRIDAY, FEB 7

    The really cool thing about going to New York with UFG was that I was able to help out with fashion week and tour some potential law schools, two birds with one stone. Friday morning, Alyssa and I woke up, got on the subway to Tribeca, and began looking at law schools. Afterward, we spent hours and hours shopping in SoCo at stores like Uniqlo, Billionaire Boys Club, and numerous thrift stores and ate a cute sushi shop for lunch called Blue Ribbon Sushi, where I totally spent $50 on 3 rolls. However, at some point throughout the trip, I was going to have pasta, so we went to Little Italy and had dinner at a place called Aunt Jake’s. We ended the night visiting childhood friends in Brooklyn.

    Day 3: SATURDAY, FEB 8

    On Saturday, I had another free day that I chose to spend eating more food, visiting museums, and doing karaoke with my friends. For lunch, I waited an hour to eat a prosciutto grilled cheese sandwich at a restaurant called Citizens of Chelsea. I’m not embarrassed to say that the wait was worth it. Afterward, we visited a new museum called Fotografiska, where we saw the Thinking Like A Mountain, Inheritance, and FotografiskaForLifeXTIME exhibits. On the way to the museum, Alyssa and I bumped into Instagram influences Qjin and Qwon! After Malaysian cuisine, we headed to a karaoke bar in Brooklyn called Alligator Lounge.

    Nicole Miller Show

    Day 4: SUNDAY, FEB 9

    While other students’ schedule for fashion week was more sporadic, all of the shows I worked fell on the last two days of my trip. The first show I worked, Nicole Miller, was unlike anything I had ever done before. I was assigned to the back of house, meaning I was in charge of dressing models. Initially, I was nervous; I had no experience in fashion and didn’t want to do anything wrong to mess up the look the stylist had in mind for the models. But lo and behold, the models were angels. I apologized in advance to one of the models I dressed, Thais, explaining that I had never worked a show, but she kindly told me that everything would be perfectly fine. For most of the models, it was their first season, and for some, Nicole Miller was the biggest show they had been a part of. 

    Just In XX Show

    Immediately after Nicole Miller ended at 5, I rushed to my next show, Chromat, that I needed to be at by 5:30. For Chromat, I guided guests to the performative show that showcased their models in athletic clothing, completing various workouts from squat exercises to dance routines. Luckily, workers were allowed to check all-inclusive show, which featured all different body types- a huge relief to see at something like New York Fashion Week. 

    Day 5: MONDAY, FEB 10

    The last day! I had to arrive at Just In XX, my last show, at 8AM. For this show, I worked in the front of house, guiding guests to their seats, setting up the show, organizing seating, making goodie bags, and was eventually allowed to sit in the audience once the show started (huge plus!). The set-up was a little hectic as we rushed to finish setting up before all of the guests arrived, but I think that added more to my experience. Immediately after we were done with the show, we went to the hotel to grab our things and headed for the airport. 

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