Twenty-five geeks-turned-models walked the runway at Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase for the Geek 2 Chic fashion show Tuesday night.
The men, who included Andrew Noyes of Facebook and Vince
Menzione of Microsoft, donned designer duds before thrilling audiences with their best struts and poses on the impromptu catwalk. And although most of the models expressed a sincere hesitation about their new-found occupations for the evening, the show was anything but stiff.
Johnny Kissko, an award-winning, tech-savvy teacher, impressed attendees with the running man; Brian Chambers of Blue Advertising demonstrated his vocal abilities; and Pat Yonpradit, an educator from Springbook High in Maryland, received huge cheers from the crowd for his runway moon-walk.
Fashion highlights included a Ralph Lauren motorcycle jacket and bow-tie combination seen on Andrew Noyes, fitted grey suit by Hugo Boss on Leo Schmid, and an Armani Collezioni tuxedo worn by Blake Hall.
Hall, a veteran and co-founder of the e-commerce platform Troopswap, became one of the undeniable stars of the evening, along with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship graduate Jabious Williams. Williams founded Williams Art & Photography with the help of the program, which provides instruction for teens from low-income communities to prepare for futures as business and tech professionals.
All ticket proceeds from the evening will benefit NFTE.