If there were any lingering doubts about the positive impact and creative contribution that the young people from the former teen grid would make when they recently migrated to main grid, the ‘Teen Talent Fashion Show’ held on Saturday afternoon must surely have dispelled them. Acting as a showcase for some of the very best teenage fashion designers, the event attracted a huge crowd to the Patch Thibaud Auditorium which was packed to full capacity with a supportive and enthusiastic crowd. Over the course of nearly two hours, the audience were treated to a collection of some dazzling, fresh and fun fashion that proved teenage designers are not only incredibly talented-but also have their eyes fixed firmly on RL fashion trends for 2011.
As the curtain rolled back, a funky, multi-coloured stage was revealed and teen models sashayed down the catwalk to a mix of popular dance tracks provided by DJ Annemarie Valentine. Wearing skins kindly donated by Lion Jonesford at ‘LionSkins’ the models looked supremely confident and effortlessly stylish as they showed off a range of casualwear that are sure to become wardrobe staples of any fashion lover regardless of age.
Cute cut off pants, cropped tees destroyed denim and dance wear all epitomised the urban street style that these designers excel at. More sophisticated pieces included prom dress inspired gowns in jewel tones and heavily textured jackets and pantsuits as worn by guest model, the beautiful Serene Faith, Miss Virtual World 2011 who joined the teens on stage in the grande finale. Serene was obviously overjoyed to be part of this event and has already started supporting the teen grid community in other ways. “I am confident we will see lots of exciting changes, new trends, and amazing skills” she said smiling. “2011 will definitely be a year to be remembered! It is with great pleasure and pride that we share in this memorable and significant event today. I’d like to take this opportunity to announce to you a new group that was founded by Shae Sixpence and myself, to support these amazing young men and women: The Teen Development Headquarters! The group was created solely from the wish to support these young, talented people and to welcome them to the Adult Grid. We hope to be able to guide them, to make the transition as smooth as possible, and to support them in their future endeavours. Welcome Teens! We are excited to have you with us!”
Jointly produced by Eros Foehammer, a former teen grid resident and owner of ‘The Eros Project’ and Lacie Beningborough, the whole show was an exhilarating glimpse of the work and creativity of young designers and Lacie was full of praise for the dedication and professionalism that the teens had showed in the run up to the event. “In the month I have been working with these teens I have been so impressed by their maturity, strength, creativity and dedication to everything that they do” she confirmed. “They are some of the most brilliant intelligent people I have ever had the honour to work with. The main grid is that much greater to have them here with us at last and I am certain that they will have nothing but success here in all that they do.”
At the after show party, Eros admitted that he had been nervous all day about how the show would be received, but his fears were unfounded as both the audience and models relished every moment. With attendees including Eshi Otawara, Terrence Linden, Frolic Mills, Rissa Friller, Carilynn OHare and other key fashion industry people, this was a show that will go down in SL history for its imagination and optimistic approach to Second Life fashion.