Fashion is fierce at Kelley Marie show – Citizentribune

Drew Ogle, executive director of the Rose Center, said it best when he opened for the Kelley Marie Chic Boutique Spring Fashion Show at the Rose Center by saying the fashion show celebrated all women during Women’s History Month.

The show took place on Tuesday night in Prater Hall. The doors opened at 6 p.m. as people filed into the building and talked to the various sponsors of the event. A collection of different hor d’oeuvres were served and wine was provided courtesy of Chucks Package Store.

“I was very pleased with the outpouring support shown in attendance,” Kelley Simpson, owner of the boutique, said. “The weather made for a comfortable outing. It was a pleasure to walk into Prater Hall and see the many efforts in planning come to fruition. The volunteer spirit showed up at this event. It takes so many people to make it all happen. The Rose Center Service Guild had a beautiful buffet of finger foods that greeted us upon arrival, surrounded by sponsors sharing their information, and models gleefully mingling to hit the runway.”

The room was set up like a runway with the backstage lined with decorations and apparel from Kelley Marie. The models in the fashion show were local women of all age ranges and body types. The women ranged from mature ages to a young girl who showed off some of the casual wear.

The women who participated this year were Kathy Litz, Wanda Neal, Brandi Rich, Jennifer Taylor, Ann Harville, Alice Westmoreland, Sharon Oats, Debra Williams, Judy Yates, Amy Eversole, Karmen Knight, Donna Shampine, Devin Ferguson, Alison Whittle, Wendy Houseright, Tyra Johnson, Cindi Husk, Whitney Finley, Tonia Hale, Taylor Ramsey, Laura Evon, Allison Giles, Amy Fullington, Jordan Leach, Allison McKenna, Aleighia Helderman, Julia Gibson, Carly McKenna, Kristina Viet, Alisha Rickard and Paige Munroe-Mattocks.

The women walked down the runway to upbeat music, showing off Simpson’s spring fashion line. The women all modeled two outfits each, mixing and matching articles of clothing to show off the versatility of the line.

“The atmosphere was flourishing with activity,” Simpson said. “The theme was ‘flocked with flamingos.’ We had a record number of 31 models, ranging in ages from 12 to nearly 80, that showed two outfits each, one dressy and one casual. They wore everything from casual knits for weekend, including our new Artist line of paintings on clothing and scarves, business attire for the workplace to after 5 p.m. and dresses perfect for events, Sunday and Easter.

“Each model dressed complete head-to-toe in outfits that offered styles, size ranges and different ages a variety they could see themselves in.”

Some of the key characteristics of the spring line were flowy tops, dresses and bottoms. Many of the women modeled white pants with light blue blouses. One of the popular accessories shown off was a belt to cinch the waist. Several of the outfits were paired with clutches, sandals and heels.

“It is a fantastic way to kick off the spring with lots of fun and friends. I am so appreciative to Kelley and all of the volunteers that made it a successful night and for their support of the Rose Center,” Ogle said.

“I can’t wait to sit back and review pictures of the evening and memories that were created among friends and new friends for an overall successful fundraiser for Rose Center,” Simpson added. “Just walking through the halls of Rose Center, one could see that the funds are going to be put to use immediately to continue enhancing the beauty of preserving a place that artists of all talents can feel proud about and that the public can gather to see their works. I am happy that I can give back just a small part to offer to our community through the Kelley Marie Fashion Show fundraisers.”

People who attended the event and held on to their tickets can stop by Kelley Marie’s Fashion Boutique and receive a discount by presenting their ticket until Friday.


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