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Kathy Littrell with dog Bubba at the Howell home in Decatur. Her Doncaster white notched-collar lapel jacket and flat-front pants are paired with a gold and white necklace that complements the novelty broach buttons on her jacket.
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Kathy Littrell with dog Bubba at the Howell home in Decatur. Her Doncaster white notched-collar lapel jacket and flat-front pants are paired with a gold and white necklace that complements the novelty broach buttons on her jacket.

STYLES & STATEMENTS 2007
Making a statement
Fashion show to benefit
Community Free Clinic

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

It's more than a fashion show.

"Styles & Statements 2007" is the kind of event that creates a buzz around town long before it starts and well after it's over.

"This is what we call our production," said Marella Adams of Carriage House, who provides half of the 24 models for the show. "This is far more than a show with a few models walking between tables in a church fellowship hall. It includes costumes and decorations by deLoain — and we couldn't do it without him."

Janet South models a coral-printed bustier with sash at waist and matching head wrap with flat-front cocktail pants from Carriage House.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Janet South models a coral-printed bustier with sash at waist and matching head wrap with flat-front cocktail pants from Carriage House.
He is planning Carnival-theme decorations with bright orange, purple, hot pink and lime colors this year.

June Odom of Doncaster said the fashion show provides about 20 percent of the operating budget for the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County. Odom and Vivian Pylant will pick out outfits for the other half of the models from Doncaster styles from trunk shows.

She often gets Alabama first lady Patsy Riley to model in the show. This year, because Riley had a schedule conflict, Marsha Folsom, wife of Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, will be one of the Doncaster models.

Kathy Littrell, who has modeled in all three annual events so far, will participate again.

"The others do all the work; we just show up and put on pretty clothes," she said. "It's nice to be part of something that supports such a good cause."

One of her outfits to model this year will be a Doncaster white notched-collar lapel jacket and flat-front pants, both in a stretch canvas fabric. With this nautical look, she wears a gold and white necklace that complements the novelty broach buttons on her jacket, plus white sandals with cork heels.

Lisa Gilmore is another Doncaster model who wanted to help because her husband is a doctor who has volunteered at the free clinic. In contrast to Littrell's white outfit, she will wear a basic black dress in an easy-to-wear stretch silk georgette fabric. The sleeveless style is fitted below the empire waist, which features knotted tie detailing, and is accessorized with gold bangles and loop earrings.

Hilary Blakely will model black and white for The Carriage House. Her metallic black boatneck tee features a "V" back and is paired with a black-and-white pleated skirt with ribbon and eyelet detailing at the hem. She also wears a ribbon belt and clear Lucite bangles.

Janet South will add a splash of color in her Carriage House outfit. The coral-printed bustier with sash at waist and matching head wrap is worn with ivory flat-front cocktail pants and accented with gold wire dangle earrings with white droplet accents.

Adams said those black-and-white looks and the touch of coral, along with other styles to be modeled in the show, reflect current trends. "Spring arrived with shine — with a little glitz and metallic accents."

Dresses are very important for this spring and summer, in lengths from mini to maxi, she said. And some looks this season have "a little pop of color, bright or light," while many are black and white.

Crop jackets and short floral shirts are in, Adams said. "And shorts are all going to the greatest lengths — above and below the knee and mid-calf."

"To update your look, try trousers, a new take on men's classics worn with a blousy top, either tucked in or worn out," she said.

Other trends you'll see in the fashion show include white tees, the little white dress, a crop jacket with a shirt hanging out at the bottom, the feminine shirt, and full or slim-cut trousers.

"We'll put a lot of different things together," Adams said, so everyone attending will spot something they'll like.

Adams, who is Episcopalian, noted that the free clinic is part of the Episcopal outreach in Decatur "and is such an asset to the community" that she wants to help do her part with the show.

Odom said it takes a lot of volunteers to put on such a show, "and they are the ones who make it happen. We're just so glad to be a part of this cause and able to help support the free clinic."

Doncaster's parent firm, the Tanner Co., also supports the project.

If you go

What: “Styles & Statements 2007” fashion show and box lunch benefit for the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County

When: April 26, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Point Mallard covered pavilion next to ice rink

Tickets: $50 per person or $480 for a preferred seating table for 8; call Decatur General Hospital Foundation office, 341-2187, for reservations

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