Sacramento Fashion Week: 10 Years of Talent

To help celebrate a decade’s worth of fashion, Sacramento Fashion Week‘s Blog Manager Bridgett Rex highlights some of the brightest stars to come out of the annual fashion affair.

As we at Sacramento Fashion Week (SACFW) celebrate our 10 year anniversary this week, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic. Throughout the years, our volunteer effort has achieved innumerable successes, but what we are most proud of seeing is the professional growth of those who have dedicated their time to make SACFW the dazzling event that it is today.

Below we recognize current and former SACFW contributors who have made a name for themselves in the fashion and entertainment worlds.

Duane Ram1. Duane Mykha Ram, who started off his career as a model, is now the Executive Director of SACFW.

2. Formalwear designer Mimi Tran showcased in New York Fashion Week for the second time this year. She first premiered her stunning gowns during Sacramento Fashion Week.

Richard Hallmarq3. SACFW designers Richard Hallmarq and Cindy Vo went on to showcase their collections at San Francisco Week. Fun Fact: Hallmarq, a Sacramento-based designer and panelist in this year’s Fashion Forum, also competed in the 11th season of Project Runway.

4. Designer Sacha Laurin took her unique Kombucha Couture creations to Paris Fashion Week last year. Laurin’s clothing is not just extraordinary, it’s alive! The former professional cheesemaker has gone from fermenting milk to fermenting green tea with SCOBYs (Symbiotic Colony of Yeast and Bacteria) to create “living” clothing and fashion accessories.

UFC5. Ryan Douglas’s menswear has ended up on a variety of interesting people. The local designer has dressed a red carpet winner, UFC Champion TJ Dillashaw, and the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band, Royal Tailor.

6. After gracing our local runway, Andy Allo became a recording artist and even toured with Prince.

Teen Vogue7. SACFW 2007 model Elaine Welteroth is now the Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue.  “I always tell young people who want to work in this industry to work tirelessly with a smile, be kind to everyone you encounter, and seek out opportunities to add value beyond the call of duty. It’s what has laid the groundwork for every job I’ve had in the industry.” (via Bullseyeview)

8. Designer Saul Latvanen took his larger-than-life couture to New York Fashion Week this year.

GQ UK9. SACFW model Andrey Ivanov went on to become a top male model, walking the runways of New York and Paris fashion weeks. Ivanov’s chiseled good looks helped him land an editorial in GQ Style UK.

What memories will be made this year? Learn more about SACFW events on And catch all of the SACFW fun on social media by following the hashtags #SACFW and #atTENtion.

***This blog post was written by contributor Bridgett Rex.


A Good Feeling to Know

You can get that old-time feelin’ this Friday, August 21, and hear one of the greatest voices of rock and roll/country rock, singer-songwriter Richie Furay at Harlow’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1997, is known for his groundbreaking work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed in 1966 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin; and Poco, formed with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner. Each band has left an indelible mark on the rock and roll landscape: Short-lived Buffalo Springfield is best known for ushering in the folksy California Rock sound and Poco was part of the first wave of West Coast country rock.

Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman” for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know” with Poco. With two books under his belt, For What It’s Worth, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and Pickin’ Up The Pieces, his own life journey — Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in eight years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers,” was written about the formation of Poco.

The quirky The Empty Pockets will open the show.

Don’t miss your chance to get nostalgic with one of rock’s greatest storytellers. Concert begins Friday, August 21 at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $37.50 ($40 at the door). For more information, visit the concert’s event page here.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator Jamila B. Khan.

Music Circus Ends on a High Note with Hair


Oliver Thornton as Claude (center) and the company of Hair. Photo by Charr Crail.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! But to be fair, my silly pun works. This week Music Circus closes out its 65th season with Hair, and the iconic anti-war musical soars higher than the simulated pot smoke that wafts through the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

Like the hippie generation it depicts, the production is less than conventional: filled with social commentary, paisley prints, and hair, the show breaks musical standards and skips the dialogue. Instead, it takes the audience on the melodic trip, complete with 38 songs. The back-to-back musical numbers weaves the story of Claude (Oliver Thorton), a flower child from Flushing, New York (or Manchester, England, as he wants the audience to believe) as he is drafted into the Vietnam war. You’ll rediscover ‘60s pop culture through hits like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” and of course, “Hair.”

Complementing the psychedelic score is the beautiful set design. The pavilion transforms into a hippie den with a beautiful array of hanging lanterns, (you will undoubtedly be snapping pictures of them before the show like I did), graphic projections, and oscillating floor. These staging elements combined will have you believing that you too are “tripping out” with the tribe.

Other show highlights include the Claude’s deliriously wacky hallucination in the second act, and one lucky audience member’s chance to disrobe Berger, the “psychedelic teddy bear.”

If you’re feeling a little rebellious, put on your flower crown on and end your summer with Hair. Performances run through Sunday, August 23, with evening performances at 7:30pm. Matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $40. For more information, visit the show’s event page.

Disclaimer: The musical’s depiction of free love, pot smoking, and its infamous nude scene makes the production inappropriate for younger audiences.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator Jamila B. Khan.

Take a Trip to Neverland with Music Circus

Jenn Colella will cast a spell on you as Peter Pan. Photo by Kevin Graft.

Where under one Sacramento roof can you find a slithering crocodile, a faithful fairy, and a ship full of pirates? Easy! Just “think of lovely things” and make your way over to the Wells Fargo Pavilion stage where Peter Pan flies into town for this week only. In this production, Music Circus takes you, Michael, John, and Wendy from the nursery to a grand adventure in Neverland. Under the direction of Glenn Casale, the incredibly talented cast of actors will help you live out your childhood dreams throughout the show.

Peter Pan, played by Jenn Colella, has quite a vocal gift for a Lost Boy and quickly convinces the crowd to never grow up. With vocal talent soaring in “I’m Flying,” and exceptional rooster crowing in “I Gotta Crow,” Peter Pan delivers a powerful lyrical performance on land and in flight. Children, of all ages, will gasp and giggle as theatrical magic allows Peter to play with his shadow and coach the children how to fly.

The production’s many set changes and intense choreography will also steal your attention. With excellent props and lighting the stage transforms into the Lost Boys’ underground home, Marooner’s Rock, to the Pirate Ship, and other Neverland landmarks. During set changes, dazzling choreography charms the audience. Tiger Lily, played passionately by Desiree Davar, The Indians, and Lost Boys perform intense tribal dance numbers, complete with synchronized beating drums and impressive aerial flips. The pirates, led by the creepiest creep Captain Hook, played by Paul Schoeffler, deliver a comical display of dance moves and sword fights, made most memorable during the “Tango,” and the “Pirate Waltz.”

Paul Schoeffler as Captain Hook and Michael Nostrand as Smee with the Pirates in Peter Pan. Photo by Charr Crail.

Throughout the show be sure to keep your eyes open for the bouncing light of Tinker Bell — Peter Pan just might need your help to help save the fairy. One cannot leave Neverland without the famous tick-tock that signals the Croc to crawl around and haunt Captain Hook — be sure to enter the Pavilion with caution!

Peter Pan flies through the Wells Fargo Pavilion until Sunday, July 26. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

Disclaimer: Though content is appropriate for all ages, Tinker Bell calls Captain Hook a naughty word that maybe considered inappropriate for small children.

This blog post was written by contributor, Sarah Stephenson.

Be A Total Knockout at the Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle

12 teams. 2 prizes. 1 very haute night.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, July 18, for one of the most fashionable events of the year! A Berry Special Event’s Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle and Expo continues its legacy of showing off Sacramento’s most avant garde creations at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center. Part expo, part runway show, the Battle brings together Sacramento’s top salons, designers, and stylists for a healthy dose of friendly (and fierce) competition. After using up hundreds of cans of hairspray and reams of fabric, two local creatives will earn top honors as the “Best Fashion Designer” and “Best Salon and Make-Up Artists,” all in the name of raising money for the after-school program, Designing for a Difference.

Complementing the model showcase will be an interactive vendor expo, allowing guests to shop ‘till they drop and learn more about the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry. Hosting this night of glitz and glam is Project Runway Season 11 contestant Daniel Esquivel.

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Ready to bring out your inner fashionista/o? Dress to impress and make your way to the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center Saturday night from 6:30pm-10pm. To learn more about this fashionable fete, visit the Battle’s event page. Note: An exclusive VIP cocktail reception will be held at 5pm.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Not Your “Normal” Musical

Photo courtesy of Runaway Stage Productions.

Starting this Friday, grief, suburbia, and the field of psychiatry get the musical treatment in Runaway Stage ProductionsNext to Normal. Leaving its 24th Street Theatre home base to the West Sacramento Community Center Black Box Theatre, the company sets off to tackle the not-so-typical musical on a grander stage  — a move that makes sense given the show’s storied Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning history.

With provocative lyrics and a thrilling pop/rock score, Next To Normal follows a family’s struggle to cope with its matriarch’s bipolar disorder. The result? A deeply moving piece of theatre.

Andrea Thorpe, Darryl Strohl-de Herrera, Michael Roivas, Kristina Dizon, Taylor Presnall, and Tylen Einweck star in this Runaway Stage Productions show.

Next to Normal takes the West Sacramento Black Box Theatre stage July 10 through August 16. Friday and Saturday shows will be held at 8pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm. For more information, visit its event page.

Because of its dark subject matter, this show is recommended for Ages 16+.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Bye Bye Birdie: A Rock-and-Roll Delight

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Photo by Kevin Graft.

Before the Beibs, girls were in a tizzy over the crooning, hip-shaking Conrad Birdie. Hot on the heels of the Antebellum musical, Big River, Music Circus lightens its mood with the nostalgic musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Set in the early sixties, the delightful pastel colored rock-and-roll show follows the crackpot scheme — devised by mama’s boy music manager Albert Peterson (played by Larry Raben) and his secretary/lover Rosie Alvarez (perfectly portrayed by Janine DiVita) — to bring a little publicity to the struggling Almaelou record company. The plan: Have teen heartthrob and Elvis doppelganger, Conrad Birdie give a lucky fan “One Last Kiss” before he joins the Army. A pelvis is thrusted; girls faint; parents call to arms; and tongue-in-cheek hilarity ensues.

Despite what the title implies, the pompadour-coiffed singer is not the main point of interest of the musical, but merely the glue to the plot line’s antics. Truly, the female characters take center stage in Bye Bye Birdie. Anytime Rosie “The Spanish Rose” Alvarez takes the stage it is pure magic. DiVita’s drunken Shriner’s Ballet was easily the show’s highlight. Her nagging future mother-in-law, Mae Peterson (Mary-Pat Green), adds a comic relief with biting put-downs and one liners. And of course, the lucky kiss recipient, Kim MacAfee (Amanda Jane Cooper) is a perfect blend of cheer and teen angst.

Audience members will easily sing along to hits “Put On A Happy Face,” “How Lovely to Be a Woman,” “Kids,” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

The California Musical Theatre Academy’s Junior Company adds energy (and fan girl excitement) to Bye Bye Birdie. Photo by Charr Crail.

Another feel-good moment: Peppered into the cast are members of the California Musical Theatre Academy’s Junior Company, a program that trains young performers to participate in a Music Circus production alongside actors and crew.

Bye Bye Birdie bounces through the Wells Fargo Pavilion through Sunday, July 12. Evening performances are Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.