By Nicole A. West
Blue lights and colorful laser beams brightened the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center while music blasted as student models walked down the runway Wednesday for the seventh annual fashion show.
The theme of the fashion show was “San Antonio SAC in the City,” which Carrie Hernandez, student life event coordinator, said was a reference to the television series, “Sex in the City.”
The fashion show was sponsored by the office of student life and funded by the Student Activity Fee Committee.
Hernandez helped students organize and stage the show.
Student Government Association President Jacob Wong, psychology sophomore, and SGA commissioner Laura Belalcazar, criminal justice sophomore, emceed the show. SGA Vice President Mike Martinez, anthropology sophomore, served as the DJ.
Belalcazar was the coordinator for the event, which featured 14 student models, 10 females and four males who auditioned in October.
Before the show, the female models fixed their hair and makeup in the Fiesta Room, and the male models got ready behind black drapes.
Some of the female models had makeup applied by cosmetologist Cynthia Garza who volunteered to help.
Biology sophomore Kim-Briana Lorine, who is the Phi Theta Kappa president, was a model in the show.
“It’s a fun event. I watched it last year and thought I’d try out this year,” she said.
Most of the models had two business outfits and two eveningwear outfits.
The first part of the fashion show was dedicated to a contest hosted by Generations Federal Credit Union.
The bank donated $20 to each model to spend at Goodwill.
The models had to assemble an outfit suitable for business attire with the $20 budget, and the winner would receive a free iPad from Generations Federal Credit Union.
“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dress nice,” Kimberley Blohm, student brand ambassador from the credit union, said.
As each model came out from the black drapes and struck a pose, noise of the crowd increased.
Business freshman Terrell Stewart walked the runway in a black suit with a black and red tie. The audience reacted with whistles as he posed.
To choose the winner, Blohm asked for the audience to applaud for the outfit they liked best.
The models lined up on the stage, and Belalcazar asked each one to step forward.
The audience replied with whistles and applause for all models, but one model, early childhood sophomore Michelle Negrón, received more applause than the others.
Negrón won the contest for business attire she bought from Goodwill. She said many of her family members told her that she should be a model, and that’s why she decided to participate in the show.
Negrón wore a white blazer, black blouse and white pants for her business attire.
Graduate Lizzie McDonald, who participated as a model in last fall’s fashion show, came to show her support as a spectator.
“I had the most fun with the other girls, and we rehearsed a lot,” she said.
McDonald described this year’s fashion show atmosphere as glamorous, sassy and exciting because of the decorations, music and lasers.
Before the models came out in eveningwear, students continued to line up outside the Fiesta Room to gain entrance. Each student had to sign a sign-up sheet for the student life office.
Many stopped at the refreshments table for free lemonade and popcorn.
For the eveningwear portion of the show, the female models wore dresses and the male models wore suits.
The eveningwear was either the model’s own clothing or borrowed from Arden B in North Star Mall, Wong said.
The store manager of Arden B, Amadilia Galindo, also attended the fashion show.
The female models took turns sitting on a cube chair behind the drapes waiting for their turn to walk.
When it was their turn, two male models opened the drapes, and one held out his hand and led the model to the runaway where she showed off her dressy attire.
Three of the female models designed their own dresses.
Education freshman Sierra Rose Solano and liberal arts freshman Susan Maghami designed black dresses, and business sophomore Sonya Love created a mustard halter-top dress.
Each model posed with the four male models who served as a backdrop, and Belalcazar playfully described them as the “girls’ accessories.”
As the show ended, the models posed for photos by audience members.
Behind the black drapes, cookies cut as martini glasses, heels, shoulder bags, and shirts that read “San Antonio SAC in the City” were provided for the models by the office of student life.
Wong referred questions about the cost of the production to Hernandez, who could not be reached Thursday.