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Mothers, daughters prepare for quinceañeras

By KBell
Feb. 27, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.

Young ladies walk the runway for Christine's Hair and Tanning at the quinceanera fashion show in Victoria Mall.

ABOUT THE EVENT

WHAT: Fourth annual Quinceañera Extravaganza

WHO: Hosted by Annette Franco, with 19 vendors featuring dj's, food, decorations, photos, hairstyles and dresses

WHERE: Victoria Mall

ATTRACTIONS: Hairystyle and dress fashion shows, door prizes, music, coupons, party ideas

FOR MORE: Contact Annette Franco at 361-652-1801

Alyssa Ortega and Loryn Rojas each caught a bouquet of flowers after a runway fashion show Sunday afternoon.

They'd been dreaming of this day since they were little girls, they said.

But the Travis Middle Schoolers weren't talking about their weddings; they were giddy about their upcoming quinceañera.

"Because a wedding you have to share with someone else," Loryn, who turns 15 in August, joked.

"You get to own the night. It's your party," added Alyssa, whose 15th birthday is next May.

The friends were at the fourth annual Quinceañera Extravaganza at the Victoria Mall, hosted by Annette Franco.

Franco, who owns Accent Designs by Annette, said she's been involved with planning quinceañeras for years, and has noticed a clear trend in the past few years.

In the past, quinceañera gowns were mostly all white, she said.

"Now it's going into all colors, ball gowns, even masquerade," Franco said. "It's really going into fun styles."

Alyssa and Loryn were on board with that idea, and the duo already had an idea of their ideal dresses after watching the runway shows Sunday.

Loryn's will be red, Alyssa's white with pops of purple or zebra print.

But they both agreed on one thing they would ideally sport on their big days: "diamonds," they said in unison.

While the girls got caught up in planning their modern parties, they also acknowledged the tradition behind the celebration.

"It's showing that you're becoming a woman," Loryn said.

Alyssa was on the same page: "I'm ready to be grown and not seen as someone who's little."

The girls' mothers, who sat at the runway show while their daughters looked through the 19 vendor booths, weren't so ready.

"You still see them as your baby, but you're planning for their 15th," Loryn's mom, Christine Amador said.

Alyssa's mom, Mel Delgado, said she thinks she'll be most emotional when it's time for the father-daughter dance at the celebration.

"Water-proof mascara," Delgado joked.

Amador didn't credit herself with that much restraint.

"I think I'm going to be a wreck all night," Amador said.

Allure of Port Lavaca provided the fashions for the Quinceanera Extravaganza. The models for the fashion show were members of the Calhoun High School girls basketball team. Hair Solutions by Jane of Victoria provided the hair services for the models.

Corrected March 9, 2011.

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