For the past 4 years, I’ve been helping my friend Matt Monson to put on the Fashion Stroll two times per year. This is the lowest brow fashion show around, and is a great chance for emerging fashion designers to see and be seen.
On October 29th, we are all going to dress up as vikings, ghouls, zombies, goblins, Twilight characters and aerobics instructors, and go out on the street and – Monster Mash the shit out of the SLC. Todd’s the viking – or maybe the fox in the party – and I’m the modestly-dressed aerobics instructor from the 1980s KBYU program Hooked on Aerobics.
My friends from Transfusion Hype Dance Company are going to rock the night complete with handmade costumes, baby powder and home-mixed music. And the bands the Suicycles and the Black Arrows will also perform.
But best of all 3 young people from the Youth City Ottinger Hall program are going to make their debut as fashion designers, with 3 of their friends as models. Miriam, Paige and Onnie were all my dance students when I taught at Ottinger Hall in the Youth City Artways program. They are growing up and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m going to get mushy for a moment, and admit that teaching these kids for 2 years has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I’m so grateful I get to continue to work with them. I’m amazed by their creativity and potential and I love them very much.
On Thursday afternoon, you’ll find me at Ottinger Hall with the kids and the modeling instructor for our favorite talent agency, Wilhelmina UTG. Wilhelmina will teach the youth to strut their groove thang and project confidence on a runway, then we will stick around to discuss body image and the fact that anyone with poise and confidence can make a wonderful model.
So please come out and support “my kids” in their fashion debut on Friday night. And now a shout out to our partners in crime who make Fashion Stroll possible– the Ottinger Hall teachers Dallas Russell and Scottie, and their administrators back at the home office. My main man Toddy, who puts together our website and helps us with marketing and design. Of course, the Fashion Stroll Big Cheese and one of my very bestest friends, Fashion Stroll Director, Matt Monson. Thanks to Ashlee Prentice and her dancers from Transfusion Hype. SL Citizen and Lindsay and Bob Frendt for being our official boutique. Marcela and Kate for runway coordination. Highlife Salon for hair and make up. Wilhelmina UTG – thank you for the modeling support. And the rest of our wonderful sponsors – Henries Dry Cleaners, Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute, Downtown Alliance, Xmission, SLUG, In Magazine, City Weekly, Heidi Gress/Aperture Gallery/Marketing, Marinellos and the shops on Broadway, including Retro Rose.