by Mika Belle
Dance music, duct tape and bridal veils were just a few of the components at the Vogue11 Party/Fashion show on Nov. 11.
Over 150 people attended the colorful event at the Azure Hair Studio in the Linen District. Local artist Tod Alan spearheaded this fashion show, which was sponsored by Revolution Vodka, Fusion Magazine and China Blue nightclub. It was bold, brash and big, with around 40 models participating.
"I'll be doing everything," he said, the day before the event. "I'll be bouncing off the walls and shit. It's going to be awesome."
Alan's vision for the performance was a kind of post-modern, eclectic fusion of fairytale, Americana and psilocybin.
"He's so creative," said Candis Standridge, a model in the show. "It's amazing for someone to have talent the way he does in Boise."
Alan said this was his 19th fashion show, and each one gets bigger and bolder than before. Although the event lasted only an hour, he was correct about bouncing off the walls.
"I started at 4:30 a.m. this morning," he said at 8 p.m., putting the finishing touches on dozens of models. "My feet hurt, and I'm feeling nauseous."
A dozen or so other people played a part in getting the location and models prepped for the cat walk in stage makeup and high heels.
"Once you get in the groove, it's go, go, go!" said Delila Gutierrez, a make up artist and fashion director of Fusion Magazine.
Gutierrez and three assistants applied a "face" to almost 40 models for the event.
"Luckily, using runway makeup is more artistic than traditional makeup, so that makes this faster," she said.
Timothy P. Carey, another hair artist and stylist for the show, said he started preparing at 10 a.m., but he seemed to take it all in stride.
"The show must go on," he said.