Sydney Harris models a dress

Sydney Harris models a dress in the metallic group during the VCU STRUT Fashion Show 2011 at the Seigel Center Sunday, April 3, 2011.

RVA Fashion Week

Other events this week include:

Uncorked, a free

fashion and jewelry show at The Wine Loft at Short Pump Town Center, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Runway at

CenterStage, with a model competition ($10), Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Catwalk for Kids of Richmond luncheon and fashion show ($125) at Rockett's Landing, Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Grand Finale fashion show ($10) at Rockett's Landing, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Fashion Week in Richmond began with a STRUT on Sunday at the VCU student fashion show at the Siegel Center.

Flippy leather fringes, denim rosettes, metallic petals, knit flowers and billowing sheers embellished about 60 outfits at the third annual STRUT VCU Fashion Show. The show was delayed a day so students would watch the men's basketball team compete in the Final Four.

The audience sat in darkened rows of seats on the floor of the arena as the show began with ballerina Eleanor Getz dancing around the U-shared runway. The musical pace quickened for Scene 1, a parade of lace and chiffon, such as a spaghetti-strap sheath, tiered with rows of ruffles.

Scene 2 was leather, from the classic jacket to a black halter dress with olive-colored insets on the sides; Scene 3, denim and knit; Scene 4, metallics; Scene 5, velvet; and Scene 6, fur. Each group ended with the student designers taking a bow.

Between and sometimes during scenes, other students performed. Singer Seva Omar, violinist Eric Stanley and pianist James Gibson set the tone for lace and chiffon. A rendition of "Love Shack" by the a capella Notochords introduced denim and knits. CL8 THE GR8 rapped for metallics.

"It's fabulous," said Pam Reynolds, a fashion icon in her own right as well as a supporter of the arts. "There's so much talent, particularly with the wonderful knits (which had just exited the runway as she spoke). It's fun to see it. It's different than the juried show. It kicks off fashion week. It's so exciting."

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