Fashion and hip-hop combine for successful Infusion Show

Omarion, MTV's Gilson Lubin add to night

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Models on the runway

Jon Purdy

INFUSION TODAY, BOND GIRL TOMORROW. Models strutted the runway at London Convention Centre this past Saturday in support of cancer research.

The fifth annual Infusion Fashion Show rocked London Convention Centre this past Saturday, creating an unforgettable show and aiding young cancer survivors.

This year’s theme, the Class, The Culture and The Cause fits the goals of the not-for-profit organization. Its aim to increase cancer awareness among all ages and cultures while raising funds was a success.

“I’m just really excited about the show, to look and see everything coming together,” fourth-year management and organizational studies student and Infusion’s public relations manager Vikram Nair said. “It’s my first year here, but I love it. There’s a lot of people to thank who helped us on the way.”

The backstage was alive with energy as the show was set to start. Many of the models and dancers were dressed and anxious to begin and designers hurried to complete last minute alterations.

“I’m super excited about the show, not nervous at all ... We get to help out cancer survivors and I can’t wait for the show to start,” second-year management and organizational studies student and model Jenna McKenzie said.

“It’s really great, [there’s] a lot of exposure and experience, and you get to meet people, like models, who you can work with again in the future,” second-year fashion design student at Fanshawe College Heidi Frank said. “It’s really competitive and tough [at Fanshawe], as there is an end-of-the-year fashion show hosted by third-years in the fashion design program ... The top three from the show get to go do the [L’Oréal] Fashion Week in Toronto.”

Despite the high ticket prices, which ranged from $41 to $65, the show was worth the cost, especially considering the cause. Even with a few mishaps at the beginning, nothing could dampen the show’s energy. The night went on with fashionable scenes, sexy dances, funny transitions provided by MTV personality Gilson Lubin and a multitude of songs from R&B crooner Omarion.

The fashion portion of the show was divided by genres, with scenes like Students, where casual attire and summer dresses were displayed; Punk, where leather, red and black were predominant; and Celebrities, where swimsuit-clad models strutted the runway.

Including Omarion in the show’s lineup created a mass of girls around the runway as he sang and danced his way through his sets, with songs like “Entourage,” “Ice Box” and “Girlfriend.”

The dances in the show were well done, featuring hip-hop, ballet and exotic dancing. As well, the Rhythm of Life Dance Competition, back for its second year, was integrated into the show.

Three dance crews competed for the grand prize of $700, between fashion scenes. Jo Read School of Dance provided a touching lyrical dance performance, while Hip-Hop Western and HEAT Dance team stuck to hip-hop and b-boy moves to wow the crowd.

Over 200 volunteers, models, dancers and staff helped make this year’s Infusion a success. Creative director Shawna Eisenstat looks forward to next year’s show.

“The show was ridiculously amazing ... next year will be bigger and better!”

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