It was a whirlwind of light and color at the Annual Hair and Fashion Battle. The Scottish Rite Center pulsated with music as arriving guests posed on the red carpet for descending photographers. Was this still our sleepy city? With the growing arts scene in the Midtown area and ever more creative types setting down roots in the Sacramento area. Talent is booming in the Capital City.
This year’s Hair & Fashion battle was a brilliant display of our local talent. Hill Tribe Fusion, Tyniece Hall, Latiya Gholar, Raul Designs, Shazaam Studios, Zarah’Nized Wear, J’aime Deorosan’s Fashions, Evolution Salon, Beauty Intoxication, Hair Gon Wild, Marinello School of Beauty, Sacramento City College Beauty School, Federico School of Beauty and special guest Daniel Esquivel from Project Runway.
Esquivel opened the event and showcased modern and conceptual looks that wowed and impressed the crowd. He also acting as the show’s lively host, kept things upbeat facilitating a spirit of camaraderie among designers. The room went reverently silent as Esquivel’s first model entered strutting fiercely to the heavy beat in a black-feathered A-line dress. The breathtaking collection with its dark conceptual drama and wearable separates and gowns looked like it would be just as breathtaking in a boardroom or gala as on the catwalk. The Project Runway designer delivered on his sophisticated signature style.
The designs of Tyniece Hall followed. Her collection set the precedent for what would be a fantasy driven show. Opened by a guardian-like forest nymph who stood ceremoniously overseeing the show scepter in hand as models sashayed past, Hall’s designs were urban-ethereal. With looks such as gauzy bell-sleeved gowns, dark hooded street-wear type cloaks and a two-piece maxi dress with fabric like the sky, fairytale met modernity in an effortless way.
Hill Tribe followed suit with the magical vibe this time including mythical creatures. The designs were expertly crafted out of paper boasting ringleted saloon girls and origami unicorns pausing to dance the robot at the end of the runway. Zarah’Nized Wear showed several gold and black looks inspired by flamenco dancers and Brazilian carnival. Latin music piped the soundtrack as two male models carried a goddess in rainbow tulle down the catwalk on a throne.
Moving past fantasy, designers explored other fictionalized realms such as Shazam Studios’ reincarnation of the Wild West. With bronze and silver cowboys and girls flashing faux-firearms to match models strutted to the song of the same name. J’aime Deorosan presented a whimsical line for adults and children modeling looks speckled with harlequin ruffles and racing checkers. The final collection presented was by Latiya Gholar took home the who created a stunning line of otherworldly burkas, some highly modern with 1960’s floral prints and others hearkening back to Shahrazad with alluring gold and black metalwork.
This year’s battle was an inspiring display of elegance and whimsy. Who knew Sacramento’s fashion scene was so fantastically inspired? With creativity to spare and serious design chops, the capital city’s fashion scene will not remain fable for long. Designer Latiya Gholar took best desinger and Hair Gone Wild took best Hair. Hair and Fashion Battle producer Marlett Berry also has a brand new event coming up April 16th with America’s Next Top Model Cycle 17 winner Lisa D’Amato hosting. The event titled “Ultimate Ladies Day Out” will feature not only a Shopping Expo and Fashion Shows but all the pampering and product giveaways just for the ladies.