By Yemi Sekoni | Photos by Valencio SmallSpring Colors poster

It opened with a very catchy number by Janet Internacional to loud cheers and applause, as she danced, sang and gyrated on the 80 foot long elevated runway.  Dressed to the nines, and with no shortage of sparkles, Rhode Island’s Spanish community, came out in huge support.

And that’s how the Spring Colors 2015 Fashion Show began.  Produced by Orlando Genao and Martha Villar, the show is in it’s fourth year and has been held at the Providence Marriott Downtown every year.

After a quick welcome address by Orlando, the show started with a tall figure cloaked in a black hooded robe, and his face hidden, guarded the runway’s entrance as six similarly clad models, also in robes of different bright colors, measuredly walked down the runway. As the music reached a crescendo, they each whisked open their capes to show their beautifully bikini-clad bodies.   Heading back to the top of the runway, they disrobed the tall figure to show a well-muscled, glistening body in a pair of teeny-tiny swimming briefs, to thundering applause and cheers.

In quick succession a “Pink Parade” featured looks from go Gennesis Boutique and Copa Boutique.  The looks consisted of a colorful and varied spring collection that included florals, sports wear, one-piece jumpsuits and some swimwear. One formal dress featured was a fitted electric blue, mini dress with a woven cutout that swept around from the back and bore sheer sleeves.  There was a beautiful peacock feather-inspired dress, an animal print black and white sleeveless jump suit that would be suitable, both for work and an evening out, as well as another sleeveless jumpsuit that included sheer pants with a pair of boy shorts underneath.

The men’s wear from new order lyrics Copa Boutique included an interesting array of colorful blazers paired with various denim shorts and ripped jeans.  One of the male models donned a dark brown blazer, coral shirt, white dress pants and a pocket square to finish off the look. Also in the lineup were a beautifully fitted baby blue suit and a bright green blazer over orange pants.

Copa’s choices of color were definitely not to the faint of heart, as the audience was treated to such combinations as grey suits paired with a purple bow tie on one look, and a pink shirt in another.  Adding some edge to the lineup, was a model in a beige blazer, with his dress pants tucked, at the knee, into a pair of multi-colored striped socks.

The second showing of the evening, featured pieces by Giannina Azar – a stunning ensemble that featured bright neon colored swim wear, coverups and dresses with intricate luminous beading. Accessorized by pieces from Rosa de Cristal, the models wore large beaded drop earrings that added an extra element of elegance, and they looked resplendent as they sauntered down the catwalk.  While some of the cover ups included geometric patterns and sheer flowing fabrics, there were a series of short onesies, bejewelled around the waist, that were reminiscent of Arabian nights.  The final piece, worn by Miss Rhode Island USA 2015, Anea Garcia, was a sheer orange and white floor length gown that flowed and twirled around her long legs as she walked.
The last designer for the night was New Jersey based designer, Palferez Couture.  Opening with two all white net-mesh dresses, constructed over a full bathing suit in one and boy shorts in the other, it quickly transitioned to an array of very elegant dresses, each more spectacular than the one before.  Many of the dresses, cut to hug every inch of the body, tapered in a pencil skirt around the knee, and compelling the models to move at a very sedate pace.  One of the showstoppers was an all black ensemble that consisted of a fitted lace top and a full floor length skirt that demanded attention.  Another was a lovely sequin gown in white with a train that trailed deliciously.  Overall, this is a very flattering line for any woman’s curves, making her feel sleek and sexy all at once.

In all, there was a lot to see, and this fascinating evening had the audience thoroughly entertained.

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