03 Oct 2013
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Models – including various Memphis notables – styled in wraps from The Fur Vault at Macy's during the 2013 Fall Fur Fashions for Women of Distinction red-carpet event last Sunday (Sept. 29).
The invitation-only affair was held at the Macy's Oak Court store on Poplar Ave.
Approximately 300 women from the Mid-South area previewed the new line-up of 2014 fur coats from around the globe.
"This year's inaugural fashion show raised the fashion bar in Memphis, and hopefully will set the stage – going forward – for an annual fund-raising event to benefit a local Mid-South charity," said Sherrye Jones Donald, a member of the event's host committee.
"Mrs. Vivian Berryhill, who was the brain child and originator of this event, and our entire blue-ribbon committee, have put Memphis on the national and international map when it comes to furs, fun and fashions."
The Fall Fur Fashions' host committee, chaired by D. Elizabeth Wooten, was comprised of Memphis-area volunteers, including Mable Crump, Vicki Easley, Susanne Farber (Fur Vault manager), Linda Johnson, Karon Jean Phillips, Jetta Turner, Jacqueline Wallace, and Caron Dean Watkins.
"This event was equal to any runway event hosted in New York or any other major fashion-oriented city," said Jones, who is CEO of F.A.C.E.S., a local modeling agency. "But the highlight of the evening was the give-away of two fur pieces, which were donated by Iyanla Vanzant."
Walking the runway were: April Hudson; Magan Porch; Tierra Richman; Karon Jean Phillips; Darrien T. Key; Estella M. Greer; Kimberly Evans; Barbie Johnson; Donna Richmond; Norma and Jimmie Meadows; Sheila Bradley; Ashley Davis; Eddye Shackleford; Zaniesha Davis; Kathy Newson; Aryen Moore-Alston; Morgan Curle; Nariah Fields; Nicole Devould; Fran Mosley; Sharika Hollingsworth; Micah Maughmer; Raven Cox; Jay Marion and Pastor Ralph White.
Music was provided by Anson Bryant.
Among the attendees were: Judge Deborah Henderson, V. Lynn Evans, First Lady Angela Kneeland, Judge Jayne Chandler-Levin, Charlotte Bergman, Mrs. Willie Brooks, Pastor Bessie Gilyard and Dr. Bettye Alston.
(Photos: Tyrone P. Easley)