It was May 8th, Mother’s Day 2011 and business as usual for Panache Images Modeling Troupe.
This date marked the 18th annual Mother’s Day Fashion Drama performed by the troupe, and the theme, “Circus of Fashion”, had the audience buzzing in anticipation of what was to come.
Following last year’s outstanding production of “The Heist”, many came believing that they had already seen the best the troupe could offer, but they left in awe, amazed that Panache had found another rung on the ladder, and taken their production to yet, another level.
“Circus of Fashion” was all it promised to be and more. From the moment the audience began arriving at the beautiful Torrance Marriott Hotel, they knew that they were about to experience something special. They were greeted in the lobby by a cast of performers that included stilt-walkers, mimes, clowns, acrobats and more. And once they entered the Grand Ballroom, it was obvious that Panache had more in store than “just a fashion show”. True to the theme, the ballroom was resplendent with the colorful draping of a big top circus and a center stage!
Once Yolanda Taylor, The Taylor-Made Commentator, took to the stage, she introduced a witty story-line that wove together a frustrated designer, convincingly played by Larry “Bobcat” Jeffries, and a conniving Ringmaster, played by Taylor herself. The audience found much to laugh about as they witnessed the antics of Circus Madame Ezmiralda and Monica the design assistant, played by Triana Hill and Doretta Quarles. In true Circus fashion, the audience was intermittently entertained with juggling, acrobats, a unicyclist, and sizzling dance numbers by Babylon Mood. But by all accounts, the Human Carousel of fashion was the hit of the afternoon, brilliantly choreographed by Producer-Director, Eric “E-Jay” Lindsey.
The “fashion drama” was not without fashion, as the designs of Petro Montegos and Francisco Saray punctuated the performance, effectively rolling Circus and Fashion into one! Special recognition also goes to Honee Dipp Collection, Dicker & Dicker of Beverly Hills, Ashley Stewart, Windsor Fashions, and The Costume Connection for their very “special affects”.
“We held true to our fashion drama objective,” commented Lindsey. “This time we truly pushed the drama envelope, but by the audience response, it was well received.
Without a doubt, this show set the bar at a level that will make next year’s show a challenge, but one that we are definitely up for!” With their 18th annual Mother’s Day performance behind them, the troupe will round out the year fulfilling obligations to organizations that hire the group as entertainment for various functions.
When asked about next year’s show, Yolanda Taylor, writer and commentator for the troupe, was reluctant to reveal the theme, but with 17 years under their belt, if they continue to hold true to their unique display of fashion and their flair for the dramatic, once again the result will be creative genius.