Rockin’ on the Runway

By Karina Brown

There will be no hors d’oeuvres nor wine, no crowd of photographers and probably no celebrities.

The runway will be the stage and aisles of the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., and instead of being sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent or Dolce & Gabbana, Deb and Duckies will provide the clothing. Even though this year’s Asian American Association fashion show looks different from the Paris or New York shows, it is expected to be just as entertaining.

To captivate its audience, the association relies primarily on dancing, live music, drama and a fun theme.

This year’s theme is popular movie sequels, such as “He’s All That” for formal wear or “10 More Things I Hate About You” for punk wear. Other clothing displayed will be urban, business, casual, cultural, sport, club and sleep wear.

Even though the performance will showcase the latest styles, fashion is not the show’s main focus.

“Our show is completely different from the runway,” said Richard Bernardo, a senior communication major and one of the show’s coordinators.

And the dancing is taken very seriously. Nikko Belano, a sophomore technical engineering major and a choreographer for the show, doesn’t even focus on the fashion.

“People come here to see different kinds of dancing and flavors — the clothes are an afterthought,” said Belano, who is in charge of punk wear. He described his dance as a “crazy ‘Oh, my God, what are you doing?’ dance.”

And “Oh, my God, what are you doing?” also is the phrase used by Mar Dionela, a sophomore marketing major and another coordinator, throughout preparation for the show.

“When we’re actually practicing, it looks crazy, but the day of the performance we pull everything together and it’s amazing,” she said.

All 75 performers (who began practicing in February) barely fit in the lobby, concession area or the stage to practice. It’s easy to see why the word “crazy” is used frequently.

Shalom Mascarinas, a senior OMIS major and vice president of AAA, has concerns that go beyond worrying if everyone will get a seat (last year, people had to stand in the aisles).

“People are intimidated by the label we are trying to break that,” Mascarinas said.

Mascarinas said that because the show is put together by the Asian American Association, some people assume it’s only an “Asian thing.” Mascarinas said she hopes to bring unity and diversity to the show.

Confident the show will be a success, Marilen Magtibay, a freshman undecided liberal arts major, only has one concern: “I just hope I can dance in my dress.”