Bringing sexy back- to SIU

By Gus Bode

Simple, undecorated jeans and a plain, white T-shirt might have been worn last week, but students showing they’re “grown and sexy” in suits and skirts is predicted to be in fashion’s future.

The Vanity Fashion Fair Models attempted to innovate boring fashions by walking the runway in various styles at its fashion show Friday night in the Student Center.

Vanity was established in 1983 and has made it a tradition to put on a fall and spring modeling show each year. The biannual shows are put on by the modeling group in association with the Black Affairs Council.


Felicia Hill, Vanity’s financial adviser and member since 1992, said the group tries to come up with a theme and creative scenes to present innovative fashions and to explain different styles.

“We try to give the community a sense of fashion versus the basic jeans and T-shirt, ” Hill said. “We give a sense of how you can take stuff in your closet and jazz it up and wear it doing different stuff with it.”

The show began with models taking “stunna shades” from co-hosts Candace Bell and Jamie Hogue as they came to the stage dressed in black and white. The business-like outfits were simple in color while having a business and club look at the same time.

Each set brought different clothing ideas to the crowd. The scene “Wild Things” gave a sophisticated look while the models wore animal-printed outfits. “Sweet November” featured calm, fall colors such as orange and brown as the models walked to relaxing R’B songs.

In the scene “Frost,” the clothing label Frost was featured with bright red, orange and yellow hoodies, fitted caps and polo shirts.

Ashley Davis, a junior from Chicago studying business management and a Vanity model, said each scene involved themes from movies. One of the movie scenes Davis spoke about was a “Matrix” theme and included slow movements from the models as disc jockey Novacane played a slow track.

Simone McCrary, a senior studying health care management and a Vanity model, said they were trying to show people how to make clothes they already own look good.


“You don’t always need money, you can (put) raw paint on your clothing and do other, different things,” McCrary said. “Just use what you got.”

Brandon LaChance can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 252 or [email protected]