Modeling in Lionshead
VAIL, Colorado – A small room was crowded with frantic men and women waiting for the weather to clear up. Outside, the mariachi music flowed through Lionshead in Vail, Colorado. The thunder rumbled throughout the sky – the only hiccup that delayed the fashion show during the South of the Border Fiesta in Lionshead Village on Saturday. Cabal Yarne, president and CEO of Arriesgado clothing, put on the fashion show with the help of local clothing stores to showcase their products. “I want to let people know about more fashion that is here and realize that Vail is a fashion destination along with a skiing destination,” Yarne said.Emily Oatis, a writer for Arriesgado’s blog, came up with the idea of hosting a fashion show when the Arriesgado staff was preparing for its Great Sale in April. “We want to showcase the athletic wear of the local stores for the local people – showing the local culture – and show that the fashions here are for locals also, not just tourists,” Oatis said.Oatis and Yarne started preparing for the fashion show at the beginning of May. First, they collected retailers for their show; then, they found companies that wanted to be involved. After they found companies to join in, they put out a casting call for models to display their products. Then, they contacted local hairstylists and makeup artists to help prepare the models’ looks.Three hairstylists from Bliss Studio donated their time to prepare the girls’ hair: Nick Mahaffey, Karlie Cummings and Katie Shay. “We are going for a look that is very synonymous to the daily life in the valley – with a little twist of runway,” Mahaffey said. “This includes natural looks – undone, center parts, natural waves, elaborated looks and enhanced natural waves with feelings of femininity.” Two makeup artists, Jill Burlingame and Krissi Barnes, helped perfect the models’ summery looks through the models’ makeup. Burlingame, 30, works at Sweet Cheeks and was going for a “bronzey glow” for the models by using Mac makeup.Out of 18 to 20 models who showed up for the casting, nine were chosen to sport local brands such as Arriesgado, Vail T-Shirt Co., Rack & Roll and SSV. These nine models were all competing to win a $100 gift certificate to Arriesgado, located near the Arrabelle in the Lionshead Village, and a chance to become a model for Arriesgado clothing. The models were judged on their performance, how photogenic they were, how easy it was for their hair and makeup to be done, their ability to interview, their energy and their flexibility. While the models walked down the runway, DJ Wild Bill played the music, and Oatis talked about what the models were wearing. The judges stood near the end of the runway, taking notes on each model’s performance. All the models were Vail Valley residents who ranged in age from their teens to their late 20s. The Arriesgado models were Sydney Miller, Robyn Kennedy, Breanne Penrod, Jordan Query and Wendy Regaldo. The Vail T-Shirt Co. models were Carla Dallman, Breanne Penrod and Brittany Pearson. The Rack & Roll models were Maureen Burks and Amy Heeler. The winners were announced after the show. Miller, 18, and Query, 21, tied for first place. Miller graduated from Battle Mountain High School this spring and is attending San Diego State University next fall. Query graduated from BMHS in 2007 and is attending the University of Denver. Regaldo, 23, won second place. Regaldo has been living in the Vail Valley for 10 years – she used to attend Berry Creek Middle School and BMHS. Dallman, 12, came in third. Dallman is a student at Minturn Middle School.
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