Fashion tips, models, converge on catwalk at Tallgrass Creek

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[caption id="attachment_13517" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The evening of fashion ended with several residents modeling red, white, and blue to a patriotic medley. From left to right are Bob Van Landingham, Katie Bohannan, Jack Dritley, Joyce Gaddis, Norma Schonwetter, Bill Shurtleff, and Sandy Daigneaux. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13516" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Esther Dritley shows off a stylish turquoise jacket that pops with black slacks and a white blouse. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13515" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Katie Bohannan and Mary Lou Vest modeled brightly colored jackets that coordinate with a variety of slacks or capris."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13512" align="alignright" width="280" caption="People who live at Tallgrass Creek modeled fashions for the golf course, fitness center, and the ballpark. Left to right are Esther and Jack Dritley, Norma Schonwetter, Bill Shurtleff, Julia Oleson, and Bob Van Landingham."][/caption] One of the most celebrated and influential designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent was fond of saying, Fashion fades; style is eternal. His statement rings true as many of Saint Laurent s fashions from the 1950s remain popular today. Kirsten Keith, supervisor of the women s, misses, and juniors departments at the new Overland Park JCPenney, thinks that today s stylish older customer is living proof of Saint Laurent s belief. We find the more mature woman knows what s appropriate, knows what looks good on her, and is confident wearing it, says Keith. Contemporary fashions are less likely to pigeonhole senior customers into a predictable image. Many of our older customers shop all over the store, even in the juniors department, saysKeith. Adding a sparkly or colorful tank beneath a jacket or blouse you already own can really rejuvenate a look. Color is a great way to energize and update a wardrobe. Remember that fashion for seniors isn t just about safe colors like tan, brown, or white. It s good to look at different palettes of a color to determine whether a pastel or brighter one works best with your skin tone, says Keith. Unusual colors like coral and turquoise can really pop when tied together with a great piece of bold, chunky jewelry or a scarf.

Man-to-man style

JCPenney s set execution designer Anthony Funk who is responsible for the store s visual displays and mannequins ( basically anything with pizzazz factor, he says) encourages men to think about fit when it comes to creating a polished look. Try on several pairs of pants in the same size, says Funk. Different designers and manufacturers size things differently so depending on your body shape, one usually looks better than another. Funk advises men to know where their waist is for maximum well-fitting pants and says basics like khakis and polo shirts look great on men of all ages. Don t underestimate the power of a great-looking shoe, either. There are some great casual shoes available for men of all ages, says Funk. A Docksider or something similar can really make a casual outfit.

Style embodied

Several Tallgrass Creek residents demonstrated Keith and Funk s tips recently as they paraded down the runway during the community s first ever fashion show. Dressed in the latest styles from JCPenney, the 13 women and 4 men modeled everything from golf outfits to evening wear. An audience of more than 150 enthusiastic Tallgrass Creek residents watched the group strut the catwalk to lively tunes such as Roy Orbison s Pretty Woman, Bobby Darin s Mack the Knife, and Benny Goodman s Moonlight Serenade. The evening s final presentation was provided by residents modeling red, white, and blue outfits while stepping to the rousing medley of You re a Grand Old Flag and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Esther Dritley, who modeled several looks for the fashion show along with husband, Jack, is always careful about the colors she wears. I love the blues, pinks, reds, and greens, she says. But I don t wear beige, orange, or mustard. I know what looks good with my skin tone and stick to it. Bob Van Landingham, who modeled several outfits throughout the evening with wife, Wilma, claims to have one fashion tip that rarely backfires. I usually take Wilma with me, he says. She has a good sense of color, and I rely on her taste. In addition to the Van Landinghams and Dritleys, models included Pat Belden, Katie Bohannan, Adela Dagerman, Sandy Daigneaux, Dorcas and Paul Doering, Joyce Gaddis, Mary Lou Vest, Liz Norton, Julia Oleson, Joan Olsen, Norma Schonwetter, and Bill Shurtleff.

Model citizens

Participants and attendees made donations to the Student Scholars Fund, raising more than $500 for the cause that helps servers in Tallgrass Creek s restaurants pursue higher education. The last piece of the evening s fashion advice came from resident Mary Lou Vest, who modeled a colorful jacket and casual slacks combination as well as a black jacket with sparkly tank and white capris. I walk almost every morning and eat sensibly, says Vest. Everyone looks better when they re healthy and in good shape.

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