Tribute is an annual runway show on par with some of the top fashion events throughout the world.
Usually held in St. Louis, Tribute (created by Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management) changed its location to Cedar Rapids this year, to honor the city where it all began twenty years ago, when Mary Clarke launched the agency with her “discovery” of Ashton Kutcher.
On July 30, the Clarkes brought top-caliber models who have walked the runway for Versace, Victoria’s Secret and Gucci to the Veterans Memorial Building. Many of the models were Iowa natives who have traveled the globe with Mother Model, making the show something of a homecoming.
With styles blending the vibrant colors of the ’80s with the more muted tones of a Quaker look, Tribute stylist Tia Reagan crafted an array of outfits for over 30 models, who walked the runway with spunk and grace.
Among these behind-the-scenes exclusives is Oribe educator and hairstylist Nathan Nguyen. Nathan flew in from San Jose, California to teach his techniques to Iowa hairstylists at Tribute. Nguyen’s attention to detail and respect for the craft showed, as he sculpted hair with delicate precision while teaching new techniques to local stylists.