With the exception of a rude heckler and his cronies from the Bay Area, the "Imagine" fashion show Friday night at the Crest Theatre was, by all accounts, a sell-out success.
Kudos to the International Academy of Design & Technology in Sacramento, whose students put on the show, either working backstage, manning the guest tables or, for nine special students, showing their first fashion collections.
The theater was packed for a show that was nothing short of ambitious. Local designer Richard Hallmarq, whose incredible (natch) collection closed the show and featured supermodel Nyabel Lual, was the event's ringleader. He masterminded getting an array of musical guests to perform, including Armstrong Jr. and the outrageously entertaining Carmen Xtravaganza
But it was the school's fashion design students who sparkled - literally. I've never seen such a proud group, and that includes all the friends and family attending who cheered each collection.
The audience was also treated to local fashion stars Dee Aguilar, Tomicko Abella and Steven Willey's latest runway designs.
I don't want to give everything away today, so come back here - to 21Q - on Monday for a complete wrap-up plus Bee photographer Florence Low's amazing slideshow presentation.
As for the heckler, he didn't make it past the first intermission. The "locals" took care of him.