I’m taking 2015 to reflect on the work I’ve done in 2014, and I can still honestly say that I’m really proud of the fashion show I ran, showcased and modeled in last summer. SacAnime is an anime convention that is dear to my heart, and it’s fashion show is really important to me so it was an honor to have run it. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to coordinating the fashion show—my heart is with designing, not event managing. However, I don’t think that someone shouldn’t try coordinating it; it’d be a shame to have the event not exist at the con.
The J-Fashion Runway is a great event for those who style their own outfits as well as designers. The self-styling portion, the ‘coordinate’ portion, is great because you should be able to walk the runway even if you’re not a designer or a model. Styling is still an important factor in fashion, and when individuals such as Evangelina Ray take the runway in their self-styled outfits you get to see your already-established favorite j-fashion brands like Baby, The Stars Shine Bright on the catwalk.
SacAnime’s runway was the second runway I’ve presented my designs on, so it was a honor to be part of the show! I hope to have my designs take the catwalk again someday in the future!
Designers that also took the runway astounded the crowd with their creativity. Lissa & Leigh has a great mix of classic and sweet looks that appeared as if they jumped right out of a fairy tale and onto the runway. Second place winner Hilltribefusion showcased some avant-garde twists to j-fashion on the catwalk that illustrated the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. Intoxique brought together Greek mythology and Lolita fashion in a beautiful way that captured the essence of the female goddesses in which the designs were named after. Third place winner Lacey Taylor showed cased a creepy-cute fairy kei mini-collection that presented functional yet fashionable streetwear that all girls would adore wearing. First place winner Scarlett Rose presented a traditional Japanese apparel collection full of crimson kimonos that won the crowd over with her craftsmanship. Crowd-favorite Carlyfornia took the catwalk with a fun and eclectic mix of designs that captured many different j-fashion styles.
Although designer Cyril Lumboy couldn’t make it to the show, she sent a handful of Dolldelight designs to have showcased for the event. Dolldelight always draws in a crowd due to its popularity and this event was no exception!
The show couldn’t have been what it was if it wasn’t for the staff and volunteers. Former Sacramento Fashion Week editor-in-chief and blogger Bridgett Rex and fashion model and cosplayer Synthia Sumlin judged the show. The lovely MC was the ever-stylish Cimone and the event was photographed by the talented Ivan Aburto. Stephanie Hymiller did an amazing job with Hilltribefushion’s hair and she is a gifted hair and makeup artist. And last but not least, magazine Pretty in Petticoats was kind enough to have an article of our show in their Winter 2014 issue for the world to see!
For those who didn’t get to see the event live, here’s the video recording of it– thank you, Dragon Anime’s Movies for posting it!