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Fashion forward at Eagle’s Trace

Residents model hottest trends, colors

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November 20th, 2014
residents modeling the season's hottest trends in a group photo

Trace residents Jim and Jerry Lax don’t have any professional modeling experience, but they certainly looked the part at the community’s fall fashion show.

The twin brothers cut impressive figures on the catwalk, as Jim looked dapper in a light gray suit with a lavender tie. Jerry followed in a navy pinstripe suit accented with a rich purple tie.

“Purple isn’t just for women anymore,” says Cefe Flores, executive associate with Jos. A. Bank. “It’s a bold choice for men this season.”

Store partnerships

The fall fashion show and luncheon, organized by the community’s resident life committee, highlighted the season’s hottest trends. 

Eight female residents modeled fashions from Draper’s & Damon’s, a women’s boutique with 29 stores across the nation.

Six male residents, along with Steve Aigner, associate executive director at Eagle’s Trace, sported apparel from Jos. A. Bank.

“Several women from Eagle’s Trace shop at the Draper’s & Damon’s store in West Houston,” says Ann Hinkley, who chaired the fashion show subcommittee. “The store caters to mature women, so it was a natural fit to provide women’s fashions for our show. One of the store associates at Draper’s & Damon’s had a contact at the Jos. A. Bank store in Stafford. He agreed to provide the men’s clothing.”

Models visited the stores in the weeks leading up to the fashion show to select one casual outfit and one formal outfit.

“The store associates made suggestions, but they let us choose outfits we liked,” says model JoAnn Power. “It’s always fun to try on new clothes.”

Parade of fall fashions

On the day of the fashion show, models were up early with preparations. Mary Kay Consultant Melissa Ashley applied makeup, while stylists from J. Dall Hair Salon styled hair.

Residents Bob Crawford and Pat Welbourn emceed the parade of fall fashions.

The season’s hottest hues include several shades of purple, green, gray, and burgundy. For men, pocket squares tucked in a jacket pocket add a touch of class.

“We want to look our best at every age,” says Ann. “The fashion show gave us new ideas of what to wear.”

Sold-out event

This wasn’t the community’s first foray into the world of fashion. Eagle’s Trace hosted a fashion show in 2012, with residents modeling clothes from Stein Mart on Highway 6.

“The fashion show two years ago was a big hit with residents, and so was this one,” says model Marilyn Black. “This year, we sold all the tickets in a day and a half.”

Proceeds from the fashion show benefitted the community’s resident care fund. Eagle’s Trace is a not-for-profit company dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control. The Residence and Care Agreement has all the details.

“We raised $636.50 for the resident care fund through fashion show ticket sales,” says Ann. “I think residents felt it was a win-win. They got to enjoy a nice lunch and fashion show and do a little good in the process.”