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The meaning behind the masquerade

On Oct. 24 pumpkins dotted the cloth covered runway. Models motioned smoothly behind the scenes to begin their preparations for a night that would hopefully be remembered.

The Masquerade Fashion Show certainly looked promising, but Michelle Zattoni, a certified project manager, was frantically working to put the last pieces of the puzzle together just moments before it was to begin.

“If we’re going to talk, you’re going to have to walk with me,” said a frantic Zattoni.

We walked in tandem as she patiently answered questions on the fly.

“I came up with the idea because most students don’t know how to dress themselves. I was bothered by the bellies and butts I saw around campus. That’s not to say that you’re a bad person if you dress that way but it can misrepresent you,” she explained.

Zattoni went on to explain that she knew what it was like to make bad choices regarding business attire. The Masquerade’s goal was to introduce classy clothing “in a fun way”. The justification being that, though you may have to put on a masque at work, that does not mean you can’t be yourself.

In Zattoni’s words, “You can be professional and have fun too.”

The Masquerade Fashion Show featured styles, in no particular order, from the well-known like Men’s Wearhouse and White House|Black Market to local designers like Shu-Diva, Cat’s Meow and Jeanine & Company.

The Masque was honored to have Brian Anthony, Master of Ceremonies, host the event. Anthony is a graduate of NCC currently doing work around the Lehigh Valley. The night went along smoothly with Anthony’s professional leadership tactics.

Gregory Davis, manager of the Men’s Wearhouse located at the Lehigh Valley Mall, was in attendance and had picked out the night’s featured styles. He had started by working blind and finished by tailoring the looks to each model at the show.

“My idea was to pick outfits that were on the dressier side of casual,” said David.

Davis’ models layered colorful dress shirts under silk vests and suits in blue, gray, and black. The pants ranged from a slim fit to a stockier build in the legs. Each suit was finished off with patent leather shoes and every man wore his suit like a second skin proving Davis’ eye for lines.

The ladies’ looks were more diverse. The shoes being modeled were from Yashira Davis’ Shu-Diva, specializing in urban footwear. The shoes were outfitted in shattered mirrors near the bottom and took on an unusual but fascinating shape. Besides her regular line of shoes, Davis donates 20% of her proceeds from her breast cancer shoe line to breast cancer research in honor of her late mother. Davis also has a line of men’s  shoes called Shu-Dons that were not featured in the show.

The ladies’ clothing that White House|Black Market featured were from their working woman’s collection. The looks were oxblood, gray, black and white. The material was heavy for fall and winter. Most were for slimmer builds but larger builds were accommodated as well.

The looks that frequented the catwalk were Jeanine & Company’s Curvy Collection and Cat’s Meow. This line celebrates the curvier woman. The ripped t-shirts and coupled irreverent styles created a ripple across the stage. The models gave off a vibe of fierceness.