Fashion show tackles politics

Red, white and blue was the main color scheme for Monday night’s Florida A&M University homecoming fashion show. The colors undersored the evening’s theme, the presidential inauguration.

During the pre-show, FAMCAST held a live telecast to allow students to voice their opinions about fashion as they waited in line outside of Jake Gaither Gymnasium. The audience inside of the gym viewed the coverage on two projection screens.

Some individuals liked the addition to the show because it allowed students from diverse backgrounds to voice their opinions.

“It was good to ask people (questions) because they come from different places,” said Manny Mill, 19, a freshman engineering student from Plainfield, N.J. “It was good to hear where they was coming from.”

Before each scene, the audience viewed commentators on screens. The female reporter, known as Ms. Peaches, had the audience laughing throughout the show.

Laughter was not the only thing present among students at the event, cheers were there as well. The audience hooted and hollered as the opening scene revealed a model posing as “Lady Liberty” in a silk red, white and blue outfit. After she was presented with a rolled document, the show began.

Many fall colors and fabrics were shown in the show’s beginning. Mustard, brown and black were showcased, and plaid wool was the main fabric.

The color theme of the show switched up to the main theme of red, white and blue. There were stripes everywhere.

Female models fiercely trotted down the runway in various styles of tights and leggings.

Antonio Newell, a Florida State student featured in the show, is a member of Faces modeling troupe. Newell said the show allowed the audience to appreciate the troupes’ hard work.

“I think the fashion show did pretty well. I think it showed creativity,” said Newell, 19, a sophomore family and child sciences student from Tampa. “It displays the concepts of modeling-stride, presence and attitude.”

The show not only made a fashion statement, but a political one as well. The three show commentators constantly voiced the importance of voting. Male models in bandannas and T-shirts flashed signs promoting presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black” played in the background.

Terrance Washington, 18, a freshman biology student from Miami, said the presidential theme was very prevalent.

“It is based on stuff happening right now,” Washington said. “[The show] updated me on the newest styles and taught me how to dress to be successful.”

Despite crowds of students leaving the fashion show, some students stayed for Johnathan Sellers fashion line, Freedom Theory, that was modeled by students. A model graced the stage as Lady Liberty in a green free-flowing dress and a torch as the song “Fight the Power” played. Students then modeled Sellers clothing while holding their fists in the air.