“High fashion. Fierce performances. One unforgettable night.” That really sums it up. It’s cliché, but I honestly had the time of my life at Glamorama, which was held at the Orpheum Theatre downtown on the night of September 23. I mean, fashion shows by nine established brands, performances by none other than Far East Movement and Cee Lo Green plus various dance routines – what more could I ask for? It’s one of the biggest events I’ve been to so far with the hottest celebrities and it’s all for a good cause! There really is no better way to use entertainment as a way to give back to such an important cause such as AIDS and HIV services, prevention, education and research.
Standing nearby the red carpet, it was hard not to get starstruck. These were all A-list celebrities, from Jennifer Love Hewitt and Johnny Weir to Miss California – Katie Blair and Ross Matthews. We even spotted Twilight cutie Booboo Stewart and, of course, Far East Movement rocking their shades. The night got even better when we bumped into Sonya Tayeh, choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), since we’re a big fan of her work.
Speaking of dance, the dancers that night were all really talented. There was ballet, hip-hop, break dancing and even ballroom. They were able to smoothly incorporate and transition from one form of art to the next – the show started off with slides of artwork, but when it stopped at Degas’ painting of a ballerina, the ballerinas came out as if they were making the painting come to life and the show officially started. It was refreshing to see little kids participate as well and they were so cute!
I was at first skeptical as to how they could possibly pull off a fashion show without an actual runway and just an ordinary stage, but I was blown away by their creativity. Nine different brands – Tommy Girl, Macy’s Impulse, Armani Jeans, Bar III, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Rachel Roy, Calvin Klein, Tracy Reese and Papi – all had their own way of showcasing their collection. From the varying backdrops to the way the models moved around the stage, it truly was impressive and enjoyable. I also loved the styling and garments of everything that was presented and seriously wished all men could dress as nicely as those who were on the stage. The fashion show of Papi was a perfect way to end the fashion portion of the night as it was hilarious and entertaining while showing off those male models’ hot bodies!
Far East Movement and Cee Lo Green were equally as impressive. They kept the audience on their feet and grooving to their beats. It was obvious the crowd loved them as people were singing along to their music. The show ended on a high with confetti sprayed towards the audience and everyone cheering.
But we mustn’t forget the true purpose of this event, which is to raise money to help those suffering from AIDS and HIV. The tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor was really touching and we were all reminded of the amazing things she has done for the AIDS community as well as what a remarkable woman she was. Proceeds from this night will benefit the AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food. If you ever have the chance, I truly recommend you attending the next Glamorama event! Thank you Macy’s Passport for having us!