The pizza wasn't the only thing "hot" at Hot Italian on Saturday night. The restaurant hosted the Art of the Game fashion show featuring 10 local designers who whipped up 10 amazing outfits on the eve of the World Cup soccer final.
Kudos to Lorena Beightler, who blogs on www.saccyclechic.com, and organized the show. It was a lot of fun to watch (and judge), and the crowd was as energized as if they had been in South Africa, not midtown. Also kudos to Hot Italian's owners, staff, etc., who kept the drinks and pizza and salad on tables even as models pranced around in designer soccer fashions.
Here are the 10 designers and the countries their jerseys represented: Brenda Holts (South Africa), Marianna Ratto (Brazil), Kara Perez (Portugal), Lindsay Rickman (Germany), Adrienne Cheng (Greece), Anastasia Clemons (France), Mila Anatiychuk (Argentina), Lindsey Bee (Spain), Victor Louis (USA) and Kabra Moss (Italy).
The goal was to design an outfit that represented the originality and spirit of the country, show the emblem, maintain the colors and kick it with great soccer props. They were awarded points from the judges and the top three vote-getters are pictured above: from left, Argentina (third), France (second) and Spain (first).
It's hard to top that Spain then took the World Cup title match on Sunday!
And a shout out to dancers from the Sacramento Ballet for modeling "swimsuits" as well!
We need more shows like this. Creative and fun and perfect for Second Saturday.