This past month has been a reminder that clothes are not only a way to express ourselves, but a way to protect ourselves. This past January, we’ve grappled with the reality of the “Polar Vortex” and record snowfalls. Instead of focusing on how we look every morning, we are focusing more on how we stay warm from the piercing winds and sub-zero temperatures. Of course, if we can look good and stay warm, that’s the best of both worlds. All of this reminds me, that fashion, or simply clothing, is something that the human race depends on for a multiplicity of reasons and covers (pun intended) just about every level of Maslow’s hier-achy of needs. That’s pretty powerful when you think about it! But what does that mean for fashion students? Simply put, it means that while fashion continues to morph and change on the runways and the store racks, we can rely on the fact that something will always be there. And that means there will always be opportunities in fashion for the creative and the business-minded. Just keep that in mind, when it seems too cold to bundle up and go to class…it is worth it!