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Fall fashion hits Kilgore's runway

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THE fellowship hall at First Christian Church once again became the runway showcasing the latest in fashion designs chosen from the world’s largest fashion market held in Las Vegas recently.

The annual Fall Fashion Benefit style show was hosted by Mable Streets of MLS Boutique who stepped up to kick off the season for other boutiques in the community and to fill her heart’s desire of helping those in need.

Pastor Earl Dean Sibley of Longview and Reginald Bell served as emcee and the benefit offered an hour long entertainment in music and song prior to the fashion show. Highly entertaining, the show consisted of soloists Charles Anderson, Ricky Pegues, Billy Lawson from Lubbock; Rachel Ramsey (with a voice of an angel) from Nacogdoches and Carolyn Lewis from the Tyler area.

Musicians included Robert Dickey on the keyboard, bass guitarist Alan Pollard, lead guitarist Ricky Pegues and guitarist Odis Austin.

The largest style show in the history of the benefit provided by Mable, extra chairs were “borrowed” from offices and other areas of the church building to squeeze-in around the tables and walls and leave room for the runway.

Eighteen models from California, Arizona, Chicago, Mississippi, Lubbock, Dallas and East Texas ranging from 3 to 92 years of age sashayed to the beat of music down the runway. Stealing hearts at the beginning of the fashion show were three-year-old Armani Kimble from Dallas and four-year-old Armani Kibble from Dallas. They were “styling” new fashions from Tots R Us a new Kilgore children’s store located in the same building as MLS Boutique.

Casual wear, dresses and suits for men and women were featured during the show. Highlighting the show and setting the runway on fire was Laquna Williams and Temeka Samples in their introduction of two butterfly dresses one in solid black and the other in an array of butterfly colors designed by Frederick Neelam. The western swing dance down the runway concluded the show with model 92-year-old Elsie Whiteside and dance partner.

Birthday song and cake were given to four-year-old Diamond Fay Anthony with a buffet-style meal provided by Austin Addition Housing Complex and served by owners Ida and Odis Austin completomg the afternoon.

“This event was different than any community-wide show put together,” said Mable. “Seeing the children mingling and walking the runway was so heart-filling and there was so much love in the atmosphere. I felt such a closeness to our community and something I have desired to see happen. All donations received were to go to three non-profit organizations but we had enough to cover four this time…just so much love there.”

IF YOU THINK there is no place to shop for clothing, take a look at the uniqueness Kilgore has to offer. Jen’s Kids Boutique will host a style show at the Kilgore City Park amphitheater on Saturday, September 15. Photographer Shawn Hodges will be on hand for a photo shoot of her models prior to the show. Please take time to watch her models cross the amphitheater stage. The show will start at 3:30 p.m.

Lighting up Kilgore with glitz and glitter and other fashions is Everything That Blings. Jacque and staff will be shooting a video downtown on September 23rd and she is busy lining up models, vintage cars and – she hopes – a fire truck.

Offering high fashions in women’s attire in the downtown area is Still Collum’s De Rigueur located in the heart of Main Street with MLS Boutique’s TOT’S-R-US on the east end of Main Street. On Kilgore Street just south of the Texan Theater is Calamity Jane’s War Bag owned by Patsy Davis and offering casual wear to lounge wear, jeans and Texan durability in boots and clothing. Gypsy Belles owned by Heather Peterson offers styles for the gypsy inside every woman and is located inside Tanline. Unique for the Overton area with exclusive fashions is Sandra’s Boutique. All are looking forward to the holiday season and are receiving merchandise on a weekly basis.

SHE TURNED HER PHONE OFF! Debbie and Rex McCubbin spent vacation time recently in Richmond, Virginia visiting daughters Rexanna and Kate.

“I did nothing but relax and have a good time,” said Debbie. “I turned that phone off and forgot the rest of the world,” she laughed. Debbie’s sister Marlene Hlavsa and nephew Darren flew in from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to join them in Richmond. Rexanna and Darren went hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and they all went to Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello.

“Richmond is such a wonderful historical town and boy, did I enjoy Virginia Beach,” she added. She’s is adding Poplar Forest to her next visit to Virginia. I hope reserves a spot for me!

MAY HIS LOVE AND LAUGHTER Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or 903-984-2593.

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