Annual show provides local designers their moment in spotlight
SCHENECTADY This redhead had the look.
Dressed in a bright red dress decorated with white, lacy flowers, the smiling young woman presented her colors proudly Friday night at the GE Theatre at Proctors. And just for fun, she offered a little wave for friends of fashion as she completed her spicy, 45-second routine.
There were waves, a few kisses, hands on hips, sultry strolls, perfect hairstyles and knockout outfits during the fourth annual Electric City Couture, which showcases local designers and models. About 450 people filled the theater and were happy to wait as the free show started 40 minutes late.
Donna Cole of Niskayuna was first in line at 5 p.m., with her three daughters for company. “It’s just the thrill of it, it’s just an exciting night,” she said. “Just the fashions that people are wearing out here are fun.”
“It’s like a form of art,” added daughter Melissa, 19.
People came for different reasons. “I’m really excited,” said Kira Curley, 12, a seventh-grader at Ballston Spa Middle School and aspiring fashion designer who expects to work in purple some day. “It seems very professional, it seems very organized.”
Jeff Evans, 57, of Colonie, was on his feet for the spectacle and hoped for something avant-garde. “If it isn’t avant-garde, it’s not a show, is it?” he asked.
Avant-garde was all over the place. Big bass and drum sounds from DJ Nate Da Great set the mood, and designer Margaret Persaud’s women in black were the first to take their marks on the runway and make their marks with the audience. Tight skirts and short skirts were in the mix, with models swinging their arms slowly as they looked straight ahead, looked right, looked left, straight ahead once more and then began returns to the main stage and exit house right.
Fall wedding fashions from Sarah Roberts and Kristin Marshall also made impressions. All the models received approval — especially the woman in a black, low-cut strapless dress decorated with cobalt blue stones that glimmered under the runway lights.
There were V-necks and long-sleeved blouses, lacy and sheer tops, stripes and multi-colored combos. Mint green gowns, black corsets, white slacks all came with cocked heads, quick smiles and occasional come hither looks from both female and male stars for the night.
Danielle Breitenbach, Nicole Munson and Kim Vanyo were among the other designers who put the models in motion.
Producer Corey Aldrich was enthusiastic about the show, and the prospects for a fashion boom in the Capital Region. He likes fabric creations locals have been producing and said representatives from several boutiques were in the theater.
“I’ll be shocked if at least two lines aren’t bought off the runway tonight,” he said, “because this stuff is amazing.”