There was something quite different going on this weekend at the Wyatt Pavilion than the usual Studio 301 or Shakespeare performances. Last Saturday’s sold-out crowd was instead waiting in line for something a little more … stylish.
UC Davis’ Student Fashion Association hosted their annual charity fashion show last Saturday, picking the theme “Fashion Je t’aime.” Like the theme, it was clear in both the designs and the audience’s enthusiasm that everyone indeed loved fashion.
The show’s major strength was the pure versatility in the types of fashions that were featured. It is this variation, said SFA co-president Rachel Aquino, which made the show so fun for everyone.
“The designers were all very unique and talented and displayed a wide range of fashion interests, from garments made from blue jeans to graphic t-shirts, dresses and children’s clothing,” she said.
The show never had a dull moment, thanks not only to the clothing variety, but also to the original way in which the clothes were presented. From garments inspired by the movie Black Swan presented by the theatre and dance department’s “Enchanted Cellar,” to a beat-boxing group of designers who threw out t-shirts to a screaming crowd after their line went down the runway, the audience was never sure what to expect. In fact, the designer “The Imaginary Zebra” had his models break dance instead of walking down the runway. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, he threw in a dancing Chinese dragon.
Along with the SFA members, models, designers, photographers and stylists, all of whom were students that helped put together the show, another major star of Saturday night was the children. Five-year-old Tyrell and 9-year-old Jerome had the audience on their feet when they showed off their breakdance and dougie moves during a dance competition. The final collection, designed by Ely Estoesta, featured adorable kid models who stole the show.
After more than a quarter of planning, SFA was able to pull off another fun and innovative fashion show, the proceeds of which will benefit the charities 1,000 Wells and Dress for Success San Francisco.
ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.