Falling for Fashion: The "Mujer Latina"
by Erin Salona
posted September 1, 2004
On Saturday, August 28, 2004, the fashion conscious and clothes curious
crowded the Athletic Club Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis for the
first annual "Mujer Latina" Fashion show, benefiting the Association
of Mexican Women and hosted by BELLA Magazine and Fiesta Indianapolis,
Inc. For first time models, such as Alondra León and Arely Fuentes,
the day was a dream realized-more than just a display of the latest
fall fashions, it was their chance to strut the cat-walk in 4-inch heels
to the vibrant rhythms of Enrique Iglesias and J-Lo and to be admired
by photographers, fashion critics, and, most importantly, men.
in a variety of vivid hues and materials, including black fishnet, are
all the rage this season. The audience cheered as one model presented
an off-the-shoulder, black fish-net, fringed poncho with a hot-pink
camisole beneath; paired with lean, black trousers, this ensemble is
sure to please the most discerning night-club frequenters. Newsboy and
Herringbone hats proved that they can be worn with nearly any outfit,
and simple lines were flavored with daring belted trench coats. For
those of you who are not ready to part with your flared-leg jeans or
your knee-high boots, you're in luck. Match them with a frilly camisole
and blazer or a short pleated skirt, and you're INto Style!
about fuchsia for fall? This shade of pink not only appeared in the
casual collection but segued into the formal arena as the bell of the
ball in a Jones New York gown, featuring a knee-length skirt in the
front flowing into a long train in the back. Spaghetti straps and a
tapered waist flattered the most slender figures and accentuated the
curves in others. More than any other dress, however, women imagined
themselves wearing the black cocktail dress similar in cut to the fuchsia
but adorned with a black, sparkling, tassel, shimmering down the length
of the back. Lastly, scarves, wraps, and jewels are a must for the lady
who desires to complete her look before heading out for an evening of
wining and dining.
Where does one find these fabulous fashions? You don't have to travel
far if you live in the metro area. Old Navy, Shoe Carnival, and Dots
carry the casual collection. If you are in the market for dressy and
professional wear, take your pocketbook to Banana Republic, Jones New
York, Nine West, or Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall. And if Yang and Erin
finally do throw that elegant ball, you may want to check out the Gilma
Boutique on West Washington Street for your prom dress and tiara.
Due to the promotion of an after-fashion show party equipped with models,
music, and martinis, the Blue Cactus had its hottest night ever. DJ
TaZ kept the party going for a good six hours while salseros and salseras
demonstrated their fervent love of dancing and socializing. If you haven't
been to the Blue Cactus yet, block out this Saturday in your date book;
take your dates, your friends, your politicians, and your teachers.
This just may be the night you will never forget, and as always, please