MOUNT VERNON — A gray and dreary Saturday was considerably brightened when spring fashions — in colors from bright blue to cheery yellow to hot pink and everything in between — blossomed at the 2012 Step into Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon held in the Dan Emmett Conference Center.
Luncheon guests got a close up and personal look at the featured fashions before the fashion show officially started, as many of the models strolled among the tables to show off their outfits. The guests seemed to appreciate the chance to more closely inspect the latest in styles and fabrics, and more than one commented, “I wouldn’t wear that, but it sure looks good on her.”
There really was something for every taste and body type at the show.
The layered look was a main attraction, with no-closure shrugs and jackets paired with camisoles, sleeveless blouses and tank tops — worn over capris pants, boot-cut jeans, shorts or tights.
Skirt lengths ranged from mini to maxi and many had scalloped or flowing handkerchief hemlines.
Finishing touches on the clothes included shimmering rhinestones, embroidery, pleats, smocking, ruffles, and crinkles, appliques, decorated buttons and bows.
The models accessorized their attire with wide belts, printed scarves, matching handbags, complementary jewelry and stylish footwear such as updated flip flops, wedges sandals and high heels.
Shawn Frazee of Lewis Center was one of only a few men in attendance. He seemed to be enjoying himself nevertheless, perhaps because two of his children were models for the occasion.
His four-year-old daughter Reagan Frazee, had fun being in the fashion show. She said she liked trying on different shows and was not at all intimidated by walking on a runway in front of the nearly 200 people in the audience. Reagan’s favorite outfit was the one with polka dots on it. Her favorite colors are pink and purple.
Her brother Blake Frazee, 5, although a little hesitant to participate at first, said he felt “good” about being in the show.
Vicky Hicks of Pataskala and Sue Wykle of Columbus and others from the Columbus Soroptimist Chapter were also enjoying the show. They traveled to Mount Vernon to show support their sister Soroptimists.
Wykle said she had a good time at the show. She liked the pretty clothes and the people.
“We try to come and support the group every year,” said Hicks. “All the money goes to help women and children.”
Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County, the fashion show is the group’s major fundraiser for its work with organizations such as Interchurch Social Services, New Directions and the Children’s Connection. The Soroptimists also sponsor the Helen Zelkowitz Women’s Opportunity Award, the Violet Richardson Award and the Dr. Virginia M. Wagner Grant.
Saturday’s event raised approximately $4,800, including proceeds from ticket sales, a basket raffle, silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.