Grab some big sunglasses and a folding fan if you have one. Then put on your best Anna-Wintour-sphinx face and take a seat up front for Flow at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ($30, $25, $20 students).
Eleven students, some in team and some solo, from the Arcata Arts Institute's Fashion Design program have been sketching, cutting, draping, pinning and stitching their designs for this runway moment. It's like Project Runway, but without all the crying. Well, unless you really nail that Anna Wintour face. Each designer has whipped up three to six ensembles, all of which will come down the catwalk on the backs of more than 40 fellow-students-turned-models. Expect everything from handmade to high-tech, including custom fabrics, laser cutting, masks and even some pieces aglow with LED lights.
The event is a fundraiser for the program within Arcata High School, and it's your chance to see what the young designers are up to over there. Once the models have made their last turns, they'll mingle with the audience so you can see the workmanship up close and make notes for your blog.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill