ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO CREDIT: GISELLE GONZALEZ THE FASHION SHOW ARE YOU NERVOUS FOR TONIGHT? REPORTER: Brittney Garcia “I’m in a state of bitter sweetness actually. I’m very excited to be able to be a part of this show tonight, but at the same time, I’m realizing that this is my last fashion show. My last opportunity to walk the runway. So bittersweet.”, said senior Alexandra Gutierrez minutes before escaping into the wonderland that is the 3rd Annual St. Brendan Fashion Show: Escape to Wonderland. Minutes before the show, the scene backstage was as bonkers as the Mad Hatter. Girls sweeping blush across their cheeks, adjusting their styled locks, trying to decide on whether or not that necklace goes with that top, or if those pumps match that dress. At one point, I even found myself helping senior Lucia Alvarez, practice her walk just before stepping on to the runway. Like with any good fashion show, there are always slight wardrobe faux pas. Model Carolina Cardona had to resort to taping the hem of her dress in order to prevent a tumble. Fortunately, no one tumbled as Alice did down the rabbit hole. Lucia, Carolina, and the rest of the models flawlessly strutted down the chess-board runway. The event “began at the beginning” with a walk which included Sabres from class of ‘81 to the future class of 2025. Sabres of the past, present, and future strutted down the runway alongside fathers, mothers, brothers, and even their 3-year old sister, like senior Nicole Dennis. From there, the show catapulted guests into the whimsical world of Wonderland. Models sported floppy hats fit for a tea party, gowns worthy of the queens approval, and flawless florals that would make even the “talking roses” in the enchanted garden jealous. The big trends of the night were knee-high gladiator sandals, black paired with neon accents, flash tattoos, structured silhouettes, ankle strap-pumps, bright and bold tribal prints, and lime (the color not the citrus), just to name a few. For the men, buttoned-down shirts paired with a color completing pant and/or jacket was a popular choice. As the models reached the end of the runway, many opted for whimsical gestures and poses ranging from selfies to revealing denim under the tulle of a ball gown, just as model Jessica O’Neil did. Needless to say, it was night filled with style, art, spirit, and wonder. This very important date was one for which you definitely did not want to be late.