ACS ‘Passion for Fashion’ show raises $8,000


By Joel Charron


The Verdi Club was fashion central as models took to the runway to benefit Amherstburg Community Services (ACS), Thursday evening.

After last years success of the “Passion for Fashion” show, ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said it was a “no-brainer” to bring back the fashion show, which showcases vintage and modern fashions.

“We were really pleased with last year’s show,” said DiBartolomeo. “We had a lot of people that said they really liked the retro feeling and wanted us to do it again.”

DiBartolomeo estimates roughly 200 people attended the dinner and show, which is up from last year.

DiBartolomeo noted that the family of Irene Zeiter-Smith donated a number of vintage outfits to ACS. She also picked up a few outfits from Penny Jane in Windsor. The modern clothes were provided by Our Place. The hair designs were done by POP & Marvel Beauty School, while St. Clair College Esthetics program students provided the makeup.

DiBartolomeo said ACS provided something a bit different this year. Along with the vintage look, they invited local fashion designer Dee-Dee Shkrell, to show off her Dilly Daisy spring line.

Shkrell has debuted collections at Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week and The Clothing Store. She has graced the pages of magazines and has been interviewed on CTV Windsor and Fashion Television.

Models ruled the runway at the Verdi Club Thursday evening.

Models ruled the runway at the Verdi Club Thursday evening.

She has been invited to London, England to debut her fall collection on the first day of the London Fashion Week in 2010.

“We wanted something different,” said DiBartolomeo. “Everything we do we try to keep everything local. We liked her clothes; they have a retro feeling to them also. We thought it was a great way to incorporate with us.”

Once the fashion show was complete, the vintage clothes were auctioned off to the audience.

DiBartolomeo said all the proceeds from the “Passion for Fashion” show would go towards purchasing a new handi-accessible bus to increase their transportation fleet.

Currently, ACS has two buses and a van that provide transportation for seniors around the area.

“Our buses are aging and the need is increasing so the time to purchase another vehicle is now,” she said.

According to DiBartolomeo, the vehicle will cost approximately $85,000.

“Between the fashion show and our 50/50 ticket sales, we feel we are off to a good start,” said DiBartolomeo.


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