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The showcase, hosted by KCRA reporter Kristin Marshall, started at 8 p.m., featuring work from established designers. The fashion show ended at 10 p.m.
The Elks Tower Ballroom turned into a high-profile fashion event, with screens set up in front of black curtains, visually useful for the audience to admire a designer’s work. Many photographers snapped pictures of the models strutting down the brightly lit runway.
A.M.P.E.D. Entertainment group kicked off the show with lyrical ballet and energetic hip-hop dance performances.
The audience of around 250 people included supporters of the designers and models and locals interested in fashion and couture. Spectators cheered and applauded their favorite designers and kept high energy throughout the show.
The collections ranged from nautical chic to dramatic and sexy. Glamorous models donned bright sequins, sheer fabrics and deep hues.
Edlynn Cardenas heard about the fashion show from her cousin Janelle Cardenas, one of the finale designers.
“It’s different for Sacramento, which is great,” she said. “The venue is awesome. The designs are great. Overall, the production is great.”
Janelle Cardenas’ line, LOVE by Janelle Cardenas, featured bright blue and creamy white fabrics with a touch of nautical inspiration. The collection also included lots of short dresses, skirts and floral patterns.
Ceazer Cabreros, a fashion design student at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, paired Adele’s new hit song “Rolling in the Deep” with his collection. Cabreros constructed beautifully moving garments made of rich tones and pastel colors.
Designer Eshonna Trice had brilliant short dresses and full-length gowns, with shades of blue, emerald and purple.
Students Ruchi Shah and Helen Nguyen from American River College noted the garment fitting on Melissa Kay’s collection.
“The clothes fit on the model well,” Shah said.
“The last one had the fitting down,” Nguyen said.
Rachel and Lindsay Smith’s Linzel Couture collection had a variety of pieces with colorful fabrics and layered dresses. The details were beautiful and unique.
Tiana Vega, a Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising alumni, had a strong construction of garments while combining different fabric types.
Designer Nelly Salogub used darker tones and furs in her collection and included several men’s designs.
The Finale Designer Showcase debuted local fashion designers and brought exposure for their collections. Sacramento Fashion Week events are bringing glitz and glamour to the community, stylishly.