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Students get risqué for Love & Lust

by Katherine Fernandez - Copy Editor
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 11:00 am
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 Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and for many, the holiday only serves as a reminder they haven’t yet found that special somebody. Rather than stay at home and sulk, many Brockport students put on their best outfits and went to Walk Your Way: Fashion Club’s (WYW) “Love and Lust” event on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Seymour Student Union Ballroom radiated romance, with dim mood lighting and red rose petals scattered across each table. The tables were set up on either side of the runway, ensuring all eyes would be on the performers. Gold balloons spelling out “WYW” framed the stage at the end of the runway. Attendees were dressed to the nines, decked out in form-fitting dresses and towering high heels. 

WYW President Sade Bartley introduced the show, briefly explained the concept, building the crowd’s anticipation. Models strutted down the runway to a slew of romantic R&B songs, giving off a sultry aura as they sauntered. Senior Bridgette Babb was the next act in the show, performing a rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me” as the crowd sang along.

The next part of the show included a silent performance piece that depicted a troubled relationship. The couple, played by WYW Secretary Imani Coaxum and her boyfriend McArthur Mentor, acted out an argument. Coaxum stormed off to consult her friend, played by Event Coordinator Sarah Powell, about the argument. Powell proceeded to call Mentor, presumably to chastise him. After the conversation, he strutted down the runway to where his partner and her friend were standing and presented her with a teddy bear. With this gift and an apology, the couple embraced one another and resolved their argument. 

A 45-minute intermission followed, complete with cultural food served to performers and attendees. The dinner options included yellow rice, stew chicken, stew beef and beef samosas. The food was a hit and after the event organizers clarified that the guests could return for seconds, a long line quickly formed. 

After the intermission, the next part of the show was set to begin. Powell made sure to announce that the crowd was in for a “lusty” performance. Six women in oversized white button downs came down the runway, each of them stopped to grab a member of the audience and sat them in two rows of chairs that were placed across from each other. 

The next act, organized by WYW Vice President Destiny Washington, was dedicated to girls night out. Models came out one after another, clad in black leather, denim and lace. Cardi B’s song “Money” came on as the models all took their final walk together. Washington came out last wearing trendy black tinted square sunglasses, a long sleeve black catsuit with neon green accents, with her hair styled in a sleek shoulder length bob. As they walked down the runway, the crowd erupted into thunderous applause, loud cheers and a sea of camera flashes. 

Powell made her way to the stage, proudly announcing that the next section of the show, Nightcap, was masterminded by Bartley. The models came out in romantic pairs, sporting matching sleepwear. The women wore sultry negligees, mostly satin with lace accents, whereas the men opted for shorts and no shirts. The couples walked down the runway together, playfully flirting as they went, with some couples performing more risqué acts before making their departures. Crowd favorites Coaxum and Mentor came out in matching red satin ensembles. 

“I love getting to do these events with him,” Coaxum said. “We’ve been in a relationship for two years so we’re really comfortable being affectionate during the show.”

The final act of the night touched on domestic violence, an issue that people don’t usually think about during the Valentine’s Day season. “Love Is Blind” by Eve played as two models silently argued. The male acted as a clear aggressor and snatched his girlfriend’s phone. The song drove the point home even further, emphasizing the anger one would feel after watching her friend suffer at the hands of an abusive lover. Erykah Hicks, the model playing the battered girlfriend, wore a purple dress as a subtle nod at the official color that represents domestic violence. At the end, three women in purple dresses came out to the stage and Bartley presented the website for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 

“To be completely honest, teamwork was the highlight of putting this show together,” Bartley said. “From the models in the show, to the e-board and our members, everyone pitched in when needed. We hit more bumps in the road as the day approached for this event, and even the day of, but everyone played a huge part in making this show what it was — amazing.”

For more information on domestic violence and access to resources for survivors please visit www.thehotline.org.

 

kfern1@brockport.edu