Fashion is about more than the clothes we’re wearing. It’s very little to do with labels. The oft quoted Rachel Zoe-ism goes: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” And it’s true, in a way. But more than style even speaks to who we are (or who we want the world to think of us as at that particular moment), style and fashion are an escape. It’s something you’d believe if you were at Espirit de Coeur recently when the kids from Dreams Come True took to the runway.
The group of children each facing a life-threatening illness enjoy a runway show every year (along with their siblings) thanks to the nonprofit whose sole purpose it is to grant wishes for children in Louisiana. This year the fashion show came to Lafayette for the first time, and boutiques like Melodi’s, Paperdoll Studio, Vanessa V. and Maven Menswear jumped on board, while be. Salon styled their hair and makeup. It was a magical kind of day. The kind of day it’s easy to forget anyone is sick. Or hurting. For just a moment.
It was a Sunday and it poured. Nobody seemed to mind. The naturals like Daniella Latil (in remission from an A.L.L. diagnosis), 9, practiced backstage in the mirror and posed easily at the end of the runway. Others took some coaxing but caught on quickly thanks to pros on hand to guide them — models Shaquana Lewis, Katherine Gordon and Tyler Wilson.
There’s something about the royal treatment that makes a kid feel, well, royal. And there’s something about a new dress for just about any girl. In the wise words of Gordon as she watched the mini models with hands on hips backstage await the runway: “You put a girl in a cute dress and some lipstick and she just knows what to do.” That certainly seemed the case on this Sunday afternoon as they faced a roomful of parents and cameras with no fear.
Fearless was the hashtag of the day. Bright smiles, a pep in their step. As their modeling coaches discussed in jest just how “fierce” they should teach these kids to walk, my mind went to just how fierce these little fighters must be. Just this January little Kylie Cuhon had a liver and kidney transplant. And on Sunday she walked with hands on hips about as fierce as it gets — for an 8-year-old wearing a pink dress with turquoise ruffled skirt, that is.
And while the joy in the room emanated from the faces of those children, the real joy was found easily in the eyes of their parents.
Poised with cameras, beaming, grown and fully aware of how precious these moments truly must be. And how very much moments like these come and go so quickly they need neither words nor photographs to document them. They are the sort of snapshots the mind’s eye takes and keeps. A way to remember there are moments of joy without having to speak.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
The House labor committee rejected bills Thursday that would have set the state minimum wage higher than the hourly federal rate of $7.25 and would have allowed local governments to set their own minimum wage.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,101 from the previous week's total of 1,985. There were 2,444 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.