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Stepping out in style

Eagle’s Trace residents model Stein Mart fashions

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January 22nd, 2013

Fashion Week in New York City won t kick off until February 7, but that s not keeping a group of well-dressed seniors from stepping out in style. Residents and staff at Eagle s Trace, an Erickson Living community in West Houston, recently took to the catwalk to model clothing from a nearby Stein Mart store. It s always fun to dress up, says Marilyn Black, chairman of the resident life committee, which planned the event. We ve had a fashion show on our agenda for a number of months, and it all came together beautifully. The resident life committee considered several stores before approaching Stein Mart. We wanted to partner with a store that carries men s and women s fashions, says Marilyn. Stein Mart offers both, and they were excited to work with us.

Benefiting everyone

Kim Warner, manager of the Stein Mart store on Highway 6, says she was thrilled when the resident life committee approached her with the idea of collaborating on a fashion show. This is a great opportunity for Stein Mart and Eagle s Trace, says Warner, who emceed the event. The fashion show allowed us to showcase a variety of merchandise everything from business casual to formal evening wear.

Pre-show prep

Fourteen models, eight women and six men, visited the store the week before the fashion show. A stylist helped them select outfits, including shoes and accessories. Jan Willson modeled a formal outfit, one she had seen in a Stein Mart advertisement. I took the ad with me when I went for my appointment, says Jan. I asked if they had that outfit, and they did. After the show, Stein Mart offered us a discount on the clothes we modeled, so I bought the whole ensemble. Lois Roddy wore a pair of purple jeans she already owned, paired with a complimentary sweater from Stein Mart. Once I bought those jeans, I couldn t find anything to wear with them, says Lois. I took them with me to Stein Mart. The stylist picked out a sweater I wouldn t have chosen myself, but I loved it when I put it on.

Popular event

Tickets for the fashion show went quickly, selling out in three days. We had a luncheon before the fashion show, so we were limited to the number of people we could fit in the Garden Room Restaurant, says Marilyn. I had a long waiting list for tickets. The excitement was palpable on the morning of the fashion show. Cindy Wilson, a Mary Kay consultant and daughter of resident Charlene Springgate, offered to do makeup for the female models. When Warner arrived with the clothes and accessories from Stein Mart, the models experienced the bustle of getting ready for a fashion show. As each model took a turn on the fashion runway, the audience responded with enthusiastic applause. Everyone looked fantastic, says Marilyn. I think the models had fun with it, and they were all well-received. Proceeds from the luncheon and fashion show benefitted the community s Benevolent Care Fund. Eagle s Trace is dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in financial situation. Should a resident s finances change for reasons beyond their control, Eagle s Trace sHome for Life Commitment provides several options to protect their future. (Ask to see the Residence and Care Agreement for details.)