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High fashion at Bows and Arrows

Hooded cape by Shane Bellmer. JD Villanueva | [email protected]

Bows and Arrows hosted a hooded cape fashion show Feb. 17, where the designers showcased polished styles similar to high fashion runways.
In the heat of spring fashion shows around the world, the designers presented pieces with light fabrics to fit the Sacramento weather.  Each designer was able to present at least two pieces.

“A lot of the fabrics in this show are spring oriented, especially since Sacramento is mild all the time,” said Trisha Jeanne Rhomberg, one of the designers for the show and owner and operator of Bows and Arrows, a midtown clothing boutique, art gallery and restaurant.

In addition to Rhomberg, the featured designers were: Liz Donner, Amanda Carroll, Lindsay Rickman, Daniel White, Kara Perez, Nicole Honeyeater, Shane Bellmer and Zara Hayes.
The fashion show began with technical difficulties when the music unexpectedly stopped, but that did not interfere with the show and it definitely did not stop the energy of a very large crowd.

The youthful confidence showcased by Shane Bellmer was impressive, with chic-androgynous hooded capes that conjured the class felt in high fashion magazines. His pieces contained the full flare expected in a cape, but neatly fitted the models to create a slick, tailored look.
Liz Donner amazed spectators with intricate bold and colorful crocheted pieces. Her hooded capes proved that a hooded cape can be a good clothing accessory for spring.

Rhomberg seduced the audience with a luxurious collection with a romantic pallet of simple shades and fur; she cemented her great seamstress skills presented on her Pretty Trashy clothing line. Most of all, it is important to remark that her clothes were very wearable and not over the top.
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But judging by the comments of hooded cape enthusiasts present at the show, the star of the night was Zara Hayes, who presented a spectacular collection featuring a variety of fabric, flare, texture and sparkle.
“I loved Zara’s work,” said attendee Desiree Morrison. “It was fun, simply amazing and I loved all the beaded sparkles in one of the pieces.”

Hayes’ pieces were a great example of “do-it-yourself” fashion, highly represented by the venue. One of her pieces also included recycled fabric extracted from clothing part of Hayes’ childhood and family.
“Why store it in a box in the attic?” Hayes asked. “Instead, why not make them part of something someone will enjoy?”

What started as a back patio conversation between Rhomberg and Donner, evolved into a fantastic fashion show that unveiled the great talent of the designers featured in the show. Despite the fact that a hooded cape is not in the closet of most people, Trisha is confident that it is an item that can definitely be part of more people’s wardrobes.

“Maybe next fall people will really start wearing them,” Rhomberg said. “Our goal was to create things people will be inspired by.”

For more information on the Hooded Capes Show or future shows at Bows and Arrows, visit

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