By Valerie Langlais
On January 17th, Ego in Providence hosted “Sissy That Walk.” A fashion show to raise funds and awareness for RI Pride and Youth Pride initiatives. Among the beautiful clientele were Miss Pride Rhode Island, Amara Berry; Mr. Gay Rhode Island, Anthony Maselli; the Kappa Psi Kappa fraternity and Providence’s own Miss Kitty Litter.
RISD Designer, Chaz Aracil opened the show with crisp, futuristic looks. Models with long slick hair and dramatic eye make-up took to the runway displaying garments with space-age architecture such as an oversized, arched, hand muff. Leaping from charcoal grey to acid green and purple, the designer showed his talent by combining his great tailoring with body-con fabrics. Textural mixes kept the looks fresh and interesting.
Fellow RISD senior, Adam Dalton Blake described his inspiration as “Peter Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland go to a garden party.” Vivid yellow accented sweet pastels in this athletic wear influenced collection. The male models wore whimsical coveralls and shorts and accessorized with visors: one with attached bunny ears and another made with astro-turf! Shorts and button-down shirts were made more fun in childlike prints such as large polka dots, duck and flamingo silhouettes. Collared shirts and ties kept things proper.
Dominique Bones-Lark of Ikaika Designs came in from NYC to show his support. Meaning “strong” in Hawaiian, the Ikaika collection can be described as ‘wearable avant-garde.’ Multi-textured, colorful garments took on abstract yet relaxed shapes. A vibrant pink duster coat with Pucci inspired trim was a crowd favorite (including that of Miss Kitty Litter). Chic, edgy and unapologetic were three words to describe this collection.
The event was capped off by a visit from the beautiful Shangela Laquifa. Known best for her participation on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, she has appeared on TV many times in shows including Glee, Dance Moms, The Mentalist and more.
If you wish to support Rhode Island Pride and Youth Pride, please visit their web sites.