by Mika Belle
More than 12 dozen ladies turned the tables to hoot and holler at some half-naked, hot beefcake in downtown Boise on June 30.
Azure Hair Studio, ironically located across the street from Spearmint-Rhino Gentlemen's Club, hosted a music- and fun-filled fashion show featuring more than 30 young-stud models.
"I came to get some images for when I go home to my husband tonight," laughed Annie McMurtrey, who licked her lips while waiting in anticipation before the show.
She came with friends, who said they were curious to see the "energy and ambiance" of Boise fashion at Azure.
The salon is about to celebrate just one year in business but has already gained a lot of local attention for being a hotbed of fashion for the Treasure Valley. Owner Desiree Warrell said the year has flown by.
"I can't believe it's been a year," she said. "This is only our second fashion show, but we have a lot of parties, so it seems like there's always something going on around here. We're on the cutting edge, get it?"
Hairstylist Timothy Carey said Warrell makes a supportive environment, where, he was proud to say, the staff has a combined total of around 250 years of experience. For this event, Carey said he and Tod Alan crafted or altered all the clothing and hair for the show "made through Tod's vision." Although that vision was brash and bold, the show was not its usual standing-room only.
"It's kind of disappointing there weren't more people, because artistic edge of the show was amazing," said Candis Standridge, who has modeled at Azure before.
Alan has plenty of experience hosting fashion shows, with over 20 featuring women behind him. Some speculated that Friday's night's show was the valley's first major all-male fashion show. When asked to compare working with men vs. women for organizing the event, he admitted some advantages.
"It was a lot easier working with male models," he quipped.
He also said once again that he is ready to retire from putting on his trademark elegant fashion shows.
Regardless, Boise Weekly asked him when he expects to throw the next one.
"Never!" he said.
"Well, actually, on July 19," he remembered.
Click here to see a slideshow of the event.