Loyola Style Show Runway Ready
From sports wear to evening wear and all in-between
Loyola College Prep is set to travel the Pelican State from the top of the boot to the “soul” with an evening of food, music and fashion. The theme of this year’s 67th Loyola Style Show is “Born on the Bayou,” and it’s set to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Style Show Chair Marci Moore says the show will feature all that is Louisiana. Loyola seniors will strut the runway to model fashions from primarily local clothing stores and boutiques, including John Pickens Clothiers, Patton’s, L.E. & Chalk, M., Isadora’s, Pretenses and Dillard’s. “If there’s a boutique in Shreveport, we’ve hit it,” said Moore.
What to wear for a range of events, from hunting and tailgating to rush and Cotillion, will be on display. “We’re going to hit our sportsmen – that will be camo and hunting gear. We will talk about Cotillion, so you’re going to see guys in tuxedos. Sports – you’ll see kids dressed for tailgating,” said Moore. “We’ll feature the Saints, Tech, LSU, the Pelicans, and obviously, the Flyers. Our guys and our girls will be dressed from very casually all the way to very dressy.”
Moore says, many times, the students modeling in the style show love their outfit so much that they buy it. Audience members are also likely to go out and purchase an ensemble they observed on the runway.
“All the stores that are in our style show are going to put the kids in their finest fashions,” said Moore.
According to Moore, the event draws a healthy-sized crowd, with a typical average attendance of 1,000 -1,200 people. The style show is also a popular and muchanticipated event for Loyola students.
“This year we do have the entire senior class participating – nobody has opted not to. We will have 115 seniors in the style show this year,” said Moore.
This year’s show is sure to be a feast for more than just the fashion-forward eye. There will be plenty of music to fill ears and food to fill bellies as well. Both music about the state and music by Louisiana natives will be played. Taste buds will be entertained with jambalaya provided by local eatery Shaver’s and finished off with a sweet treat dessert of pecan pralines made by local confectionary Bonnie Jean’s Pralines.
“Our decorations are absolutely precious. We have alligators, pelicans, and we have, of course, a ton of our Snoopys. We’ll have pirogues and a shack with a fishing dock, a lot of moss, and our big centerpiece that’s going to hang from the ceiling of the Convention Center – it’s going to be fabulous,” said Moore.
Moore and her co-chairs, Ashley Elston and Christy Poole, have served as volunteers for the event many times. All three ladies say their favorite thing about the show is watching the kids bloom and have fun. “The neat thing is, in the years that I have been involved, you see so many kids say, ‘I don’t wanna do it’ – kids with major anxiety. But they will get on that stage and become somebody totally different,” said Moore. “It’s fun to see those super-smart or super-shy kids – who you think are always so serious – get up there and have a whole lot of fun. I love that.”
The event is the largest fundraiser for the Loyola Parent’s Association each year. Moore says the show has a dual purpose: to honor seniors and to raise funds for any needs the school has such building funds or scholarships.
The style show will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at https://loyolastyleshow2019.eventbrite.com.
Don’t want to wait? Catch an advance look at the Preview Party on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Vincent’s Hall on the Loyola campus from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and silent and live auctions. Tickets can be found at 2019lcppreviewparty.eventbrite.com.