By Katie Peters– Arts Editor
Seven students volunteered back- stage at Boston Fashion Week’s “Prophecy” show on Sept. 28 at Arlington Street Church where they became the show’s finale. Students were given the opportunity to walk in the show due to a shortage of models.
Students had mixed experiences after being thrown into a frenzy of hair, makeup and fittings. Sophomore fashion retail merchandising major Julia Ricco described the event as being unorganized. She showed up to the venue early Saturday morning with many other Lasell students to help set up the event and make sure the day ran smoothly.
When it became evident many models weren’t going to show up, Ricco suggested to a volunteer coordinator Lasell students with prior modeling experience may be able to walk in the show. She was told no. About 10 minutes later, the same volunteer coordinator asked Ricco to gather up the Lasell volunteers to see who would be fit to walk. She had to take a detour to Newbury Street to buy a new pair of shoes because they couldn’t provide her with any to match her designer’s vision in her size.
Senior fashion communications major Mattias Voltmer recounts the day a bit differently. He was recruited by Lasell graduate Ammy Thach (’19) who presented her new designs at the show. “The managers were well organized but it’s always hard to keep track of so many designers and models,” says Voltmer. “There were a lot of people working in one room which gets hectic so I was trying my best to alleviate some of that stress from whoever I could.”
Along with Ricco and Voltmer, other Lasell models included Chloe McAuliffe, Kim Potter, Ava Aguilar, Jacquie Minasian, and Lauryn Turner. None of them planned to model in this show. Lasell graduate Caitlyn Flannery (‘19), also presented her ‘CF Designed’ knitwear.
Just over 100 attendees were in for some surprises as well. Boston Fashion Week’s website said doors were to open at 5 p.m. and the show to start promptly an hour after. Doors to the church did not open for general admission until 6:20 p.m. for the show to begin at 7:10 p.m. Ricco says they started doing run-throughs of the show moments before the doors were scheduled to open.
Intermission featured music, cocktails, shopping and the flashing lights of a fire alarm. Guests were encouraged to stay calm and seated as they investigate the cause of the alarm. Once Boston Fire Department showed up, attendees were evacuated for about five minutes. “No fire, just hot style and flat ironed hair,” said one organizer. The actual show ended at 9:30 p.m., followed by an after party at the Bijou.
This show was presented by GASP Industries, a fashion networking service. Boston Fashion Week’s website states this event is supposed to be a “beautiful fashion showcase of designs.” They were contacted for a comment but were unresponsive.