UAA Spring fashion show blooms with success

High fashion has been working its way into Anchorage, and has now even found its way to UAA.
On the night of Friday, March 27, UAA sold out its first fashion show ever, showing off clothes from Anchorage boutique Lulu E. Bebe.
The show packed the cafeteria area of the Student Union. People were turned away at the entrance and were told to watch from the balcony above. Photographers dotted the area, surrounding the runway; their flashbulbs bursting with light, similar to a fashion show in New York or Milan.
“I’m not going to lie. I was extremely stressed out. I had a nightmare once where only thirty people showed up and stuff was falling over. But to see it come together like this is just [great],” Jessica Kazmierczak said who proposed the idea of a fashion show and provided the general direction and leadership for it.
This event was the result of around five months of hard labor for all who were involved, Kazmierczak said. When model auditions were held at UAA, dozens showed up. Most of the models at the show were UAA students with a few professionals who had worked with Lulu, the designer and owner of Lulu E. Bebe, in previous shows.
“[The fashion show] is just a fun opportunity to look nice because usually in Alaska, you’re in your Carharts and Grundens and stuff, so it’s different,” Janna Christen, a model for the show and UAA student, said. “It’s just really fun and really feminine. It’s bold and really emphasizes being a woman,” she said in reference to the new spring clothes.
Lulu’s spring line-up features many bold colored clothes that ranged from cocktail dresses to sheer pants and tops hanging delicately from the models.
The theme of the line-up seemed to be bright and bold colored cloth that shimmers slightly. Most of it is sheer, and when it does not cling to a woman’s form, it hangs off in all the right places. There are only a couple complaints to lodge against it. One is that some of the pieces had frills on them that closely resembled the lacey shirts from the age of Austin Powers. Another is that some of the dresses are dangerously short, but to each their own.
All models featured a wild looking bun-type creation that almost looked like a rose in bloom growing on the side of their head. One girl had all of her hair cut short around it, and another had wild patterns tied into stubs out of her surrounding hair.
One last thing to be mentioned is that the models were all well trained in their work and behaved very professionally on stage. There was the occasional model who did not step right in tempo or did not pose the correct number of times (two, as I was told by one of the fashion show coordinators).