By Yemi Sekoni | Photos by Mark Oullet

see url It was a night of “Hidden Emotions” at the runway show, put on by local designer, Maria del Carmen Mercado, one Friday night in June. Held at Providence’s Tantric Night Club on North Main Street, the venue featured some light fare donated by Edible Arrangements and Chipotle Grill

source url As guests arrived, a drum ensemble provided background percussion setting the tone for the evening ahead.

Just before the runway show started, Master of Ceremonies, Lauren Clemente welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the collection.

The show opened with a green evening gown that was quickly followed by a mix of swimwear and beach over ups. Mercado also incorporated a splash of bright neon colored pieces, flowy skirts, which were fun elegant and playful. During the intermission, the guests were treated to a rousing performance by another percussion group from the coast of Puerto Rico – Lydia, Dorothy & Yidell – a mother-daughter trio – call PRIAA Yoruba2. It was a high energy, intense performance that included audience participation with a chanted chorus. The mother, Lydia, leads the troup and is the founder of PRIAA – a local non-profit organization that advocates for Latino artists with a particular focus on Puerto Ricans. The second part of the fashion show started with an all-white one piece swin suit and matching sheer cover up, quickly moving to long flowing dresses that billowed as they walked, looking ethereal yet whinsical. The lineup ranged from a black multi layered lace dress, to a green floor length skirt, to an emerald green floor length one shoulder dress embellished with rhinestones at the shoulder and around the waist.

Overall, it was a beautiful collection, elegant, feminine, bold and daring.11694773_10205682652519783_4413460112070661653_n            11221534_10205682671080247_4416673215179212123_n 11698480_10205682677040396_6598638515880908537_n

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