Glamorama brings out the fashionistas

Glamorama brings out the fashionistas
Macy’s Glamorama extravaganza has style & stars



Girls love to play dress up! And so do the smart-looking guys who showed up at the Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama. It was an extravaganza that is called the largest HIV/AIDS benefit fashion show in the country, and lots of well-dressed celebrities were on hand to support the worthy cause.

The fashion show was held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of the city’s fashion district. As models strutted their stuff, Fall/Winter collections from Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Tracy Reese, Hugo Boss, INC, Just Cavalli, Marc by Marc Jacobs, lingerie by Felina/Jezebel, and men’s underwear from 2(x)ist were presented.

There was something for everyone’s style preference. Calvin Klein was classic, of course, with the old preppy look refreshed for a new generation. And the Just Cavalli had an old hippie/flower child influence that was turned into a sensational high fashion look.

Plus there was a wild debut for the Material Girl collection, a youthful clothing line exclusive to Macy’s designed by Madonna and her teenage daughter Lola. Model-dancers wore the trendy urban styles with a dash of edginess and did a dynamic dance segment choreographed by Brian Friedman, choreographer-judge on So You Think You Can Dance?

Another highlight of the show was Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray, who concluded the show with a powerful performance, as all of the models came back on the stage to show off their gorgeous garments. Gray’s new single “Beauty in the World” seemed to be the right theme song for the night.

Chart-topping recording star Eric Hutchinson also performed and delighted the crowd with a preview of the songs from his new album out this Fall.

Earlier in the evening excitement was in the air as the fashionistas arrived and showed off their personal style on the red carpet.

The celebrities who deserve a best dressed award included Eric McCormack (of Will & Grace fame) who looked like a classic cover of GQ. And one of the stars of Huge, Harvey Guillen showed that he is a big young guy who knows how to look sharp.

Harvey Guillen & Eric McCormack

Energetic Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) contestant Kyle Massey (Cory In the House), along with his handsome brother Chris (Zoey 101), has a more casual flair to their outfits. “I’m all about being comfortable and having fun,” Kyle told me. And he vowed to impress everyone with his style on the DWTS dance floor each week. “I’m in it to win it,” Kyle insists.

Kyle & Chris Massey

Brandy, another DWTS hopeful, was on hand wearing an elegant black dress with a full skirt that would look great in a waltz number.

The most unique dress spotted was worn by super-sweet Raina Hein from America’s Next Top Model. She had the very special Office Max (a Glamorama sponsor) dress accented by various office supplies. Raina could make anything look good, even a dress with a paper clip belt.

Raina Hein

More highlights from the red carpet included LaToya Jackson wearing a flamboyant red gown, and Serena Williams in a tight red dress.

In addition to flashing her engagement ring, Sara Rue was showing off her new slim Jenny Craig figure in a black and purple dress that could be for day or evening wear.

Sara Rue

And the best dazzling dress was worn by Mad Men’s leggy actress Alexandra Ella, who says her best fashion tip is to make sure fit well. If it doesn’t hang right, don’t wear it.

Alexandra Ella

Other well-dressed celebs on hand were Glee’s Mark Salling (who really should be on the cover of GQ), Nestor Serrano (Secretariat), Omari Hardwick (Dark Blue), Dee Wallace (ET), Michael Learned (General Hospital), Ross Mathews (The Tonight Show), Robbie Amell (True Jackson VP), Jasmine Dustin, Italia Ricci, Joe Slaughter, and Twilight’s Justin Chon.

The Glamorama show this year had a new look, venue and vibe. The show opened with a theatrical fantasy created by designer Chris March, a finalist on Bravo’s Project Runway season four.

“The show is a magical experience of high fashion set against a multidimensional theatrical production with surprises at every turn, introducing 3-D holographic effects, elements of flight, visual vistas and the newest technology by Kinect ™ by Xbox 360 ®, all set against a larger-than-life LED video wall,” said producer of the show, Mike Gansmoe, Macy’s v.p. of special productions.

It was a special event, benefiting two LA County HIV/AIDS charities, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food. And everyone who helped the charities looked good doing it.

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.