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This jumpsuit with decollete neckline and fox swing coat is from the French couture house of Jean Louis Scherrer.
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This jumpsuit with decollete neckline and fox swing coat is from the French couture house of Jean Louis Scherrer.

‘Stylishly Hot!’
Ebony Fashion Fair bringing sizzling styles by world-famous designers to Valley

By Danielle Komis
danielle.komis@decaturdaily.com· 340-2447

Bright colors and wild designs in the 49th annual Ebony Fashion Fair are “Stylishly Hot!”

Missoni of Milan brings back the 1960s with an empire waist baby doll slip dress with a bejeweled spaghetti strap bodice and a mod art print atop layers of circular cut silk chiffon.
Missoni of Milan brings back the 1960s with an empire waist baby doll slip dress with a bejeweled spaghetti strap bodice and a mod art print atop layers of circular cut silk chiffon.
In fact, that’s the theme of Jan. 17-18 shows in Huntsville and Florence. Thirteen models — including one plus-size model and two men — will don casualwear, swimwear, business suits and formalwear by well-known designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood and Carolina Herrera.

While some of the fashions are over-the-top and might cause a stir if worn locally, others are more wearable and appeal to a broader audience, said Penny Koger-Thomas of Huntsville Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Huntsville show sponsor.

In keeping with the “Stylishly Hot!” theme, you’ll see a sizzling flame-embellished trumpet gown with matching flame ombre fox cape by Italian designer Angelo Marani. Then there’s a red-hot decollete neckline jumpsuit with a plush fox swing coat by the French couture house of Jean Louis Scherrer. Westwood and Herrera’s voluminous ballgowns in duchess satins and floral brocades and Zang Toi’s black velvet collection, many pieces of which are draped in white-hot crystal gems, provide elegance.

“Everyone will find a piece they like,” Koger-Thomas said. “It’s a fabulous event.”

And everyone, regardless of skin color, will enjoy the show, she promised.

“It’s not just an African-American event. It’s for everybody. Fashion has no color.”

Angelo Marani’s lace, ruffles and indigo blue dyed fox create a shawl collar fur coat that complements a faded pair of crystal studded denim jeans and a lace and animal print corset bustier.
Angelo Marani’s lace, ruffles and indigo blue dyed fox create a shawl collar fur coat that complements a faded pair of crystal studded denim jeans and a lace and animal print corset bustier.
Huntsville Alumnae Chapter donates ticket sales and sponsor donations to programs such as the Children’s Story Hour at Books-A-Million, HIV/AIDS awareness, and Girls Empowered to Maximize Self-Esteem. It also provides scholarships for area high school seniors.

Muscle Shoals Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., sponsor of the Florence show, uses proceeds for its Delta Book Giveaway and for student scholarships.

Included with ticket purchase is a one-year subscription to Ebony magazine or six-month subscription to Jet, an opportunity to win round-trip transportation for two to any destination served by American Airlines or American Eagle Airlines in the continental United States, a 2007 Ford Edge, and a one-year supply of haircare products from SoftSheen-Carson and selected items from Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

In Huntsville, reserved seat ticketholders can attend a 5:45 p.m. reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a chance to meet the models.

If you go

What: 49th annual Ebony Fashion Fair “Stylishly Hot!”

When, where: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Von Braun Center, Huntsville; Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Florence High School, 1201 Bradshaw Drive.

Tickets: For the Huntsville show, $25 general admission, $30 reserved and $21 students. Call (256) 289-7445. For the Florence show, $25. Call (256) 383-1394 or (256) 381-1476.

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