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Local models showcase fashion for charity event

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A mix of styles from the past and present marked The Cole County Historical Society’s Finishing Touch Fashion and Vintage Accessory Show on Monday.

The annual event and fundraiser drew a crowd of 215 women to the Jefferson City Country Club and featured a Vintage Hat Show and the latest spring and summer fashions from Saffees, the venerable house of style for Mid-Missouri women that’s celebrating 90 years of business in Jefferson City.

Judy Howard and her daughter, Michelle Hataway, the third- and fourth-generation owners of Saffees, coordinated the fashion show, which featured six local models: Carrie Carroll, owner of Hallmark and 4th Ward councilwoman; Marilyn DeFeo, volunteer executive director at Samaritan Center; Joan Firley, fundraiser and philanthropist; Barb Kalberloh, a retired real estate agent; and returning models Trish Braun and Linda Sampson.

Each model wore four different outfits from designers such as Michael Kors, a New York-based designer known for classic American sportswear, and Canadian Frank Lyman. Their ensembles were complimented by footwear from American Shoe, and hairstyle and makeup application by Joy Bax, Nicole Means, Macie Rustemeyer and Brittany Berhorst, all stylists at Super Hair.

After the guests dined on a tasty Mediterranean salad with grilled chicken garnished with roasted orange peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, the models visited the tables adorned with centerpieces of vintage hats and shoes. Longtime Saffees’ staffers Wanda McCampbell and Becky Rhodes donated their own collection of hats, shoes and gloves and jewelry respectively for the centerpieces as well as the displays in the bar area.

Chris Carr presented a Vintage Hat Show with models wearing hats from her late mother’s collection, which spanned the years from when Grover Cleveland was president and Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn to those that were the fashion and similar to the ones worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland.

Sherrie Brant, Susie Barrett, Howard, Judy Naught and Kalberloh served on the committee for the event, which raised $4,000 to benefit the CCHS. Guests left with goodie bags, which included scarves and earrings from Saffees.

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