This Runway Needs No Project

The Ebony Fashion Fair always makes it work.

Some think of it as nothing more than a glorified strut down an empty walkway, but a closer look reveals that fashion shows are pure theatrics. From the perfectly sculptured figures — also known as “models” — down to the clock which times each entrance and every wardrobe change, it’s all a delicate dance to achieve the perfect venue for the display of wearable art. The lighting must be perfect, highlighting the fashions while hiding the crowd. The music sets the mood, up-tempo for bright, flowy fabrics or melancholy for a collection of greys.

The Ebony Fashion Fair has toured the country for over 50 years, showing a collection of the season’s top looks from the world’s top designers. Wednesday at 8 p.m., the show stops at the War Memorial Auditorium, bringing with it a trunk full of goodies for this year’s theme “The Runway Report: What’s Hip. What’s Hot. What’s Now!” Expect to see bold designs worn by beautiful people and prepare to gush.

Find War Memorial at 800 NE 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Kappa Alpha’s scholarship programs. Visit ebonyfashionfair.com.
Wed., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., 2009

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