Fashion, Say Hello to Art Exhibit Ambush: The First Multi-Sensory Fashion Show • August 22, 2011 • Horton Plaza, San Diego, Ca If you die for fashion, the Exhibit Ambush is where you would want to be buried. With no shortage of statement pieces and drag queens to boot, Antoinette Ransom outdid herself with this fashion and art showcase that’s been in the making for the last two years. Hosted by Yara Sofia, from RuPaul’s “Drag Race”, the fashion show was probably one of the longest I have ever seen. The show opened with Andre Soriano from Project Runway whose line was inspired by old Hollywood and glamour. He was a ball of nerves and tears backstage, but the intentions of his line were fluid, clear, and concise. People expected a show and his kick-off was explosive, setting the performance meter all the way up to FABULOUS! Most designers were not announced but a few fashion lines stood out. Attention grabbers included: Antoinette Love Ransom’s collection made of recycled fabrics and a portion of her line reintroduced corduroy in a sexy corporate kind of way. Crivette Clothing was intriguing, well put together, and stood out during the show, taking us to Japan for a futuristic anime experience. AnnaLynn Luu delivered a healthy dose of fashion with her avant garde statement pieces: Captivating and impractical yet somehow functional. Plastic never looked so sexy and ‘being in a bubble’ never seemed so appealing. Each of the aforementioned lines told an interesting story, showcased pieces that were unique, fashion-forward, and in some cases, still wearable. They made the show worthwhile. The headliner: Haus of Estrada had a strong fashion showcase and closed the show with a hand-stitched rose petal gown worn by Yara Sofia, herself. From the seveninch heels, all the way to the winged out eye make-up and braided faux-hawks, there couldn’t have been a better way to bookend the Exhibit Ambush Fashion showcase. Dot Magazine representatives spoke with Haus of Estrada’s make-up team, Glam Squad City while they enhanced their model’s heights to New York skyscraper status, in preparation for their moment on the runway. “This evening’s theme is fierceness,” stated Glam Squad City’s founder and CEO, Chastity Cordova. “It’s all about being fabulous and I’m really excited to be a part of this event. My team and I are dedicated to one designer and it hasn’t been stressful. It’s just about being fabulous,” she concluded. Ms. Cordova’s cohort Jasmin G. glanced up and added, “Go big or go home! I love to do high fashion that’s bold and colorful.” She pointed to her model with her chin and dried lashes in one hand while holding a blush brush in the other, “and I plan to make the world beautiful one smoky eye at a time.” Between putting the final touches on the rose petal dress or pinning and tucking the final garments on the models, Dot Magazine reps spoke to the 23-year-old twins, Jesus and Antonio Estrada backstage. Both seemed to revel in their element and were ready to rock it out. “The line was inspired by birds,” Antonio gushed and our previous line was inspired by mermaids.” He bubbled over with excitement for
the show. He was happy to participate in his brother’s company for the last two years as a self taught fashion designer. “Wait till you hear the music, it’s going to be a party,” he added. You may remember Jesus Estrada from Project Runway. After his elimination from the contest, he persevered and continued his pursuits in the fashion world. “With a show like Project Runway, you take advantage of [it] and all [the] doors that open as a result. It gave me a lot of confidence in my designing. And it’s just crazy how my designs come to me. It could be in a dream, from a fight [with my brother], from everywhere.” The quiet composure exuded by these two brothers as they worked quickly to put final touches on their line was impressive. “Our designs are for the woman who can admire talent and afford designs. When you’re unique and different, it shows in your designs,” he finished off as he completed an ensemble for six-foot model Traelee C. who only had one week notice but jumped at the chance to walk in the show. Sensory overload all in the name of fashion! Gaze to y our left or gaze to your right and FASHION will be by your side. The event was well done with only a few minor snags here and there. Some of the art displays were a little crowded and the DJ did not pull it together at times. Many attendees agreed the fashion show should have been a little shorter or included an intermission. But overall the show was a hit. The lines truly exuded the essence of fashion and the comedic hostess was fantastic and the creator’s passion and dedication shined throughout. It was impossible to not feel her excitement when her eyes pridefully glistened above a constant smile that stretched from ear to ear. Kudos and a hand-clap to Antoinette Ransom, the long sleepless nights paid off and the event was a success. We look forward to the next multi-sensory fashion show scheduled for 2013.
A review of the first multi-sensory fashion show in San Diego California