Ludlowe kids are 'model' students, this time on the runway

The latest spring fashions, from casual khakis to elegant prom wear, were introduced to a full house Sunday by student models from Fairfield Ludlowe High School's Class of 2011, and a handful of teachers.

The 4th annual Project Runway Falcon Edition, which takes its name from a popular Lifetime television show, kicked off with a cappella singing, reminiscent of another wildly popular TV show, "Glee." The event was staged at the Fairfield Theatre Company.

Some of the members of Close Harmony A Capella Vocals doubled as models including Reid Andren, 18, who joked backstage that he planned to major in modeling in college. Humor was a large part of the afternoon in the descriptions of each model, read by emcee, social studies teacher and head lacrosse coach Chris Parisi, ass well as the way students presented themselves on stage.

"This is my all-time favorite event ... What has made this group so special is that they are all about fun," said Pat Perazzini, one of three co-chairmen.

Ryan Murphy, 18, in an outfit from Mitchells/Richards in Westport, and Chris Stern, 18, wearing apparel from the Gap, joined hands and danced down the runway. Others shared high fives and pointed fingers at each other. One couple danced down the runway and the male of the two dipped his female counterpart.

"You should have done more shimmying and less golf," Murphy teased Andren, referring to the latter student's solo stage moment when he did some dance moves and then mimed teeing off.

There were serious moments too. "It was a fun thing to do and helped out a good cause. It helped the seniors and gave a shout out to local vendors. Gap hooked me up," Stern said.

All proceeds will go to Post Prom activities and to the Ludlowe PTA for other activities and scholarships. Last year's event raised more than $6,000. Perazzini said organizers do not know yet how much was raised at this year's Project Runway.

"Getting hair and make-up is always fun, and seeing possible prom dresses," said Kendall Quinn, 18.

"I've never modeled before so it was a fun thing to do. You got to try on all the clothes," said Kara Donahue, 18.

Students wore fashions from eight local clothing merchants. "I got to choose it and fortunately it fit," said Elise Perazzini, 17, who wore an upscale green and black gown by Jennifer Butler, a Fairfield clothing designer, which was nearly a show-stopper. So was the gown worn by Elizabeth Searight that Parisi said resembled "liquid metal" Jamie Palazzo, 18, got raucous applause from the audience and fellow models for his stint on the catwalk. Even some of the teachers got into the act. Frank Tatto, Fred Vitale, Kate Dawson, Joe Blake, Dave Schulz, Sarah Huntington and Amanda Parrish modeled sportswear bearing the school's name and falcon's logo.

Project Runway Falcon Edition was an interactive event for Ludlowe students. In addition to the models and singers, the school's culinary arts students made and served savory and sweet treats during intermission.