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Colors of summer
Sunny fashions highlight Hospice show

By Patrice Stewart
DAILY Staff Writer

pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

Princesses in sunny prints and bright colors and their older counterparts in jazzed-up sundresses, capris and designer jeans stole the show.

Young models for Eloise & Henry wait their turn. From left are Adaline Lawson, Bo Claborn, LouLou Brown, Elizabeth Buzbee, Sophie Leavitt and, behind her, Sam Clay.
DAILY Photos by John Godbey
Young models for Eloise & Henry wait their turn. From left are Adaline Lawson, Bo Claborn, LouLou Brown, Elizabeth Buzbee, Sophie Leavitt and, behind her, Sam Clay.
Young princes and even a few babes in arms also modeled dress-up and play clothes at Hospice of the Valley's first Summer Fun fashion show and luncheon Thursday, a benefit for Decatur's Healing House Community Bereavement Center.

Models from Frankie's, LaBella, Eloise & Henry, Chick Pea and Tammy Eddy's paraded between tables centered with sand pails holding fashionably striped candle torches and whirligigs that captured the children's attention.

LaBella, a new shop at 212 Johnston St. S.E., featured models in everything from polka-dot suits and bright green dresses to fun halter styles and designer jeans worn with cropped blazers.

"Metallic accessories — purses, shoes, belts — are in," said Sarita Harp-Gillespie, owner of LaBella. Halter tops and sundresses, especially in bright colors such as orange, pink and green, are popular, along with prints, which can be mixed and matched, she said. Designer jeans go with everything.

Frankie's on Fourth Avenue Southeast showed how to dress up white crop pants, denim and capris with metallic sequined sandals and tank tops and other items trimmed with rhinestones. Bright combinations of orange and denim, pink and black, and green and white ruled, along with a fuchsia slacks and print top, a striped sarong skirt with fuchsia rhinestone-trim tank top, and floral trumpet skirt with orange rhinestone-trim tank and orange sandals.

"Rhinestones are very, very popular and often are an added detail on pockets or cuffs. They're for every day, not just formal wear, and you'll see that trend continue into the fall," said Patti Newsome of Frankie's. Tie tops are popular, too.

Frankie's included in the show some of its new "Tummy Tuck" jeans with a patented feature to flatten the tummy. The labels say NYDJ (Not Your Daughter's Jeans) and "Made for real women with real curves."

Eloise & Henry, a children's shop on Bank Street Northwest, showed ideas for girls headed to a picnic in the park or to a summer tea, including a two-piece capri outfit trimmed with rosebuds and ruffles, blue-and-white gingham sundress with lady bug smocking, and appliquéd shorts set with lime green pique trim. Boys dressed up in a two-piece short set with octopus smocking or a red and white gingham "John-John" shortall with sailboat appliqué or looked casual in Jet Ski T-shirt and white dock shorts.

Owner Rebecca Bibb included some accessories "any girl would love," such as lime green hair bows with matching flowered thong sandal and clear jelly shoes, as well as baseball belts for boys.

Models for Chick Peas on Second Avenue Southeast dressed up in Bognar Piccolini cream linen shirt and brown linen romper, off-white linen shirt with navy linen shorts, striped shirt with light blue linen shorts, and cream knit dress paired with cream silk and copper silk and polka dots.

"The one-piece linen John-John with a separate shirt is real popular for the toddler boy," said Chick Pea owner Renee Sandifer, who should know, since she has three boys to dress. For girls, the casual capri pants take on a dressier look with ruffles and fancy trims.

For other outings, her models showed hippo rompers in pink or blue stripes, a lime green linen romper with side buttons, an embroidered linen dress in hot fuchsia and a pink pique dress with embroidery. Pink linen Capri pants with ruffles and bows grabbed the limelight, along with blue check shorts and matching blue race car T-shirt. A family duo modeled the classic white Thea gowns popular for mother-daughter portraits.

Young models for Tammy Eddy's on Bank Street Northeast showed off heirloom dresses and christening gowns with touches such as handmade Brazilian embroidery, a delicate necklace of pink and blue rosettes on a pink hand-smocked bishop gown, and hand-smocked blue rosettes on yellow.

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