By MIKE CHAIKEN
When you say WCCC 106.9 FM, The Rock, you don’t necessarily equate the Hartford radion station with New York Fashion Week-style fashion.
This was a point made by the station’s morning jock Raven at a WCCC-sponsored event at The Hard Rock Café at Foxwoods on Nov. 9.
If you think of the hard rocking sound played at WCCC, if you think fashion, you think rock fashion. You know, the kind of fashion that made Nirvana or Aerosmith rock and roll style icons.
In other words, when you say, The Rock, you think fashion consisting of leather jackets, t-shirts, jeans, and mudkicking boots.
But, all the same, The Rock mounted its first ever Rock the Runway event at the casino. The event brought together a slew of Connecticut designers and local models in a fund raiser for MOvember (Changing The Face of Men’s Health).
And for those who were worried The Rock was going to trounce out a lot of chiffon and lace… this was a decidedly rock and roll fashion show with t-shirts and jeans… and models with piercings and tattoos.
There was a decidedly local, central Connecticut flavor to the evening. One of the sponsors of the event was Onyx Moonshine. Sitting at the VIP table at the Hard Rock were Onyx’s founders, Bristol’s own Adam von Gootkin, and Peter Kowalczyk. The Hard Rock also served up special Onyx-laced cocktails. On top of that, Onyx had its own line of t-shirts walk the runway.
Also, the models’ hair and makeup were handled by Plantsville’s owned Salon Zurell.
The designers for the evening were: Little Shop of Haute By Katey Cusack; Keytar Shreds By Karen Spencer; GMI Clothing By Jon Silva; Vudog By Keith Blondin With Amethyst Jeans; Asa Gleek By Ebony Amber Parish (a recent winner of the Raw Natural Artists of Hartford’s Rawards); MOTO Fashion By Alyssa Mezger and Rebeca Imperano; Jasmia’s Creations By Mariely Pratts; Gina Sais Quoi By Gina Sais Quoi; Free Bird By Lena Negron; Elant Design Connection By Elaine James; Young and Spiffy Couture By Kahlil Johnson; Amethyst Jeans based in West Hartford; Hatewear Inc. by Jamey Jasta of the band Hatebreed, which started in Connecticut; and Onyx Moonshine Wear with Amethyst Jeans.
By MIKE CHAIKEN