Maurices runway fashion show set for Saturday |

Maurices runway fashion show set for Saturday

Collin Smith

Fashion isn’t always about fabrics and stitching.

For Alyssa Fineran, a 26-year-old mother of two with four cats and two dogs, her first shot at being a model is more about helping animals than showing off clothes.

“I’m here for the Humane Society,” she said while wearing her outfit for this Saturday’s runway show: a shimmering black top with a skirt and jacket ensemble.

“I’m a big supporter of what they do. Pets have uncommon love for you,” she said.

Maurices, in Centennial Mall at 1111 W. Victory Way, will host its first runway fashion show at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Titled Rescues & Runways, the show is a partnership with and benefit for the local Humane Society chapter and Craig Animal Shelter.

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Both organizations will be present at the show. Pets available for adoption will be on hand, and Maurices will sell special charm tokens for $5.

Half of the profits will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In addition, anyone who brings a donation to the store this month will receive a 20 percent off coupon for one regular priced item.

“I want the animals to find good homes,” Fineran said. “It hurts to see so many animals that can’t find homes.”

Fineran, by her own words, is no model.

She is an avid shopper at Maurices, but she hasn’t spent any time in front of her mirror at home practicing her runway walk – or the important stop, look and pose.

None of the show’s 17 models are professionals, Maurices store manager Rose Lindquist said.

All of them were plucked from the racks while shopping.

“Yes, I spend most of my time here,” said Daniela Villa, 19, who will model the store’s Studio Y collection, a line of dressy going-out wear.

“I have this skirt at home, actually,” she added, looking down at her runway attire in the Maurices dressing room. “I love the top.”

Not everyone is taking the show with a grain of salt, however.

“I’ve always watched ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and wanted to be a model,” said Jessica Forquer, 19.

“I never thought I’d get this opportunity,” she added.

Unlike some of the other models, Forquer hopes to have mastered her walk before taking the runway.

She said she’s been practicing at home, but may need a little more time to work out the kinks.

“I didn’t know what kind of heels I’d have,” Forquer said, looking down at a pair of black platforms about four or five inches high at the back. “That’s what I’m a little nervous about.”

She’ll have some help preparing, though.

“I’ll probably just watch a lot of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ before,” Forquer said.

“I’ll probably just listen to J.,” referring to J. Alexander, one of the show’s head judges.

Forquer seems to have a kindred spirit with another of the runway models.

Maria Zaragoza, 17, has wanted to model since she was 10, and like Forquer, she isn’t new to practicing her walk at home.

“I watch ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ so it’s always been something I really wanted to do,” Zaragoza said.

Maurices staff hopes the runway show will become an annual event to support animals or other causes.

Lindquist said the project originated at the company’s headquarters in Duluth, Minn., but is a company-wide event for the chain’s more than 700 stores this fall.

“What started all this was the economy,” she said. “People couldn’t take care of their pets and had to give them up, so we’re trying to find those animals homes. We also need toys, snacks, pet food, those things. Anyone that can bring that stuff should come on down.”

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If you go

What: Rescues & Runways fashion show

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

For more

The event is a benefit for the Humane Society of Moffat County and the Craig Animal Shelter. Pets will be available for adoption at the show, and anyone who brings a donation for either nonprofit – money or pet supplies, such as dry and canned food, collars, kitty litter, snacks or toys – will receive a 20 percent off coupon for one regular priced item at Maurices.