By Yuwa Vosper
A Christmas tree illuminated the Anthropologie store located in Perkins Rowe at their Holiday show last week. White chairs were placed centered around two rows of candles to set the stage, and as music played, models walked the showroom floor. However, these models were not the traditional mannequin-type models seen on Fashion Week runways. Anthropologie featured models that resembled the everyday woman. Store manager Lauren Graham explained that the staff wanted a diverse group of women represented in the show. From customers to sales associates and even former sales associates, these women walked the runway with personality and charisma. “It was fun to get dressed up,” said model Casey Parker. “I felt pretty.”
In planning for the show, Anthropologie show stylist Lindsay Bryant Zimmerman explained that the home office sends a free range of looks for her to style creatively. Therefore, the show was segmented into three categories: tonal looks, casual looks, and party dresses. Fabrics were rich and luxurious featuring furs and burnout velvets. Models wore cocktail and maxi dresses, midi skirts, winter white denim, and coats with fur detail and elaborate trim. Graham described the looks as versatile because the different garments could be easily mixed and matched to create effortless looks. “The texture and all the details like the fur and velvet add a little something special,” she said.
Bryant Zimmerman said models often buy their featured look worn down the runway immediately after the show ends. Meredith LaBorde was one of the models that purchased her ensemble worn in the show. “I love the idea of a jumpsuit, but with my height it has always been difficult for me to find one that fits just right,” LaBorde said. “Anthropologie’s jumpsuit was the perfect mix of length and comfort.” She added that the compliments received throughout the night were an added incentive, which influenced her purchase.
The Anthropologie Holiday Show is held only once yearly. Each year the crowd and turnout grows. This year Miss Meow Makeup owner Vanessa Rivas was the makeup artist who gave the models runway makeovers. Still, it was the models that drew the crowd and enlivened the audience.