The Fashion Bugz start ‘em young.
Rockville Centre’s fashion club believe that it’s never too early to dress to impress. Such was the case Friday night when the Bugz held their second annual Easter Fashion Extravaganza.
The group caters to kids aged two to 17, according to Director Melody Mone.
“We learn about fashion — the business aspect of it, as well as the fun side of it,” Mone said. (We concentrate on) dressing nice and freedom of expression.”
That individuality is a big part of Mone’s program goals.
“We counsel, encourage, and help to inspire the children,” she said. “We try to teach them that beauty comes from within.”
The Friday fashion show served as a chance for the 19 participants to showcase unique styles and attitudes as each received multiple opportunities to prance up and down the runway.
The shows theme, ‘Fashion by Decades,’ allowed the group to not only show off multiple pieces, but incorporate the educational portion of their meetings.
“In the beginning of the program, we did a little history about fashion and where it came from,” Mone said. “We started from the 1900’s (and went) all the way to 2012. The funny thing we learned is that history repeats itself. A lot of the things that you saw in the ’70’s, we see now.”
In tune with the time of year, bright colors, prints, and florals dominated the clothes that donned the young models.
The evening was broken up into three sections. T.J Maxx sponsored the first runway jaunt, showcasing summer t-shirts, tank tops, and skirts.
The second section was a model-favorite, according to program organizers. Estelle’s Dressy Dresses donated formal gowns, giving the middle portion a prom-like feel.
Marshalls sponsored the third segment, donating an array of summer dresses.
The program also featured multiple raffle drawings, a display of hor d’oeuvres, and a performance by the MLK Center’s Diamond Steppers.
But through it all, the evening remained about the kids.
“They get to have fun (and) embrace who they are,” Mone said of her models. “They get to express their originality. They just love it. Everyone in the program is happy.”