looks from RVA's favorite consignment and vintage boutiques. Of course my girl LaDainta Vintage was showcasing her exclusive vintage finds, and vending as well along with consignment shop Ashby which I jus discovered and will be visiting soon in Carytown. The show was set at Hardywood Craft Brewery which drew a crowd in its own, and also featured food trucks with great food. The stage was set where they held their Kegs, and the vendors where set up around the runway. The audience was allowed to shop until showtime where they cleared the runway for the models the strut through. Being backstage we were in our own world enjoying each other's company and the music, but we were not expecting the audience to be that close, but loved the energy of the runway. There was a lot of positive energy and dancing behind stage, lot of laughs and a lot of waiting as well, patiently I may add. The staff was apart of the entertainment and added to the fun backstage. It was also my 25th birthday that day, and also my first time wearing make up.
Angelia Couture by Angelia Cooper, Tough Cookie by Corlette, Mogiia Designers by Monique Blackwood, Saide by Stuart King, Mickey Roxx Brand by Michael Fletcher, WildWoman by Brittany Covington, Bathhouse Swimwear by Bernard Moore, and PLV by Markie Colden. Being that I'm an independent designer myself I made it a goal to network with the other designs to link up for future endeavors. The Fashion Show was held outside under a tent while backstage was inside, in a fair sized room, but with over a dozen models, hairstylist, designers, staff, and of course clothes the room got a little steamy. Hair and makeup started at 2 and the show started at 8, which is a large window with nothing to do. The staff was organizing the show and in between hair and makeup there was practice, a little exploring of the park, and fun times and good jokes, time flew. Most of the models where students, or belonged to se sort of modeling group or agency, I had some friends from Vsu modeling as well so there were no strangers in the room. The positive energy backstage increased the closer it got to showtime, seeing the venue set up and the DJ running through music can really amp you up. The show ran smoothly even with the rain the show was a success, and I had a great time.
Where's there a difference between this year and last year? Veterans
How was your first Experience with RVA Fashion Week?
"This year was better as far as publicity and venues it was a lot better this year and practice didn't take all your time..." Gabe (Veteran Model)
"It was fine, it has been a good time and I enjoyed it......Modeled years ago first show in 5 years, a lot of sitting around for guys, fun to meet network and get to know people," Logan
"Always fabulous never a dull moment it's exciting to see new people and talent..we have better looking models and talent.." Erico. (5 year veteran)
" It was amazing fun and energetic unlike anything I've ever done.. It wasn't hard I do this and I adapt," Ariel
What was the difficult part about doing RVA Fashion week?
"Being on time with my busy schedule.." Erico Jordan (5 year Veteran)
"Time management with real life and the show.." Casey (3 year Veteran)
Any advice for models?
"Try it cause they take a diverse group of ppl and it's a great experience.." Casey
"Go for it and do it big and fuck it up.. " Ariel
"Stay focused and follow your dreams.." Erico
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