Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

KINGSTON–The Runway Experience was anything but your typical fashion show. The Saturday event was a community day meant to celebrate togetherness, creative spirit and waterfront businesses.

Of course, there also was a whole lot of bling, individuality and style during the afternoon show hosted by Trends Hair Design and Next Boutique.

The fashion show

T.R. Gallo Park Lights Up With Poise, Panache, Personality

Models at Saturday’s fashion show, The Runway Experience. Photo by Joe Faulkner of Rolling Photos.

along Kingston’s historic waterfront district spotlighted designer fashions from Next, hair by Trends and makeup by Social Aesthetics.

It also was all about those peepers. Dr. Milton Chasin’s designer sunglasses graced the faces of all 20 models, from every age range and were available to the public for purchase under the gazebo.

It all added up to a fundraiser for the Center for Creative Education, a Midtown arts program for youth with a focus on dance, fitness, theater and visual arts. The event raised $820 for the organization.

“It just kind of happened six weeks ago,” said Denise Glass, owner of Trends. “Dr. Chasin and I conspired to maybe do a little show with sunglasses, some hair, some clothes, and as I invited everybody to be a part of it, everybody wanted to bring more to it, and the fundraiser for CCE felt like it was a perfect fit.

“Designing people with their clothes and hair and bringing in yoga–it all felt like a bunch of tools to help people

T.R. Gallo Park Lights Up With Poise, Panache, Personality

Models at The Runway Experience at T.R. Gallo Park on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Joe Faulkner of Rolling Photos.

feel comfortable in their own skin, to be themselves and be empowered by expressing who they are.”

Glass said the event coincided with her salon’s 13th anniversary. The business at 29 West Strand St. sits across from T.R. Gallo Park. One of Glass’ aims was to give waterfront businesses a boost throughout the afternoon. Several specialty shops and restaurants like Enchanted Cakes, Ship to Shore, Social Aesthetics and Mariner’s Harbor stood to gain from the influx of people heading down to the waterfront to catch the fashion show and live performances, including one from CCE dancers.

A runway parallel to the Rondout Creek, complete with a runner, gave the event a professional flair. Models represented all walks of life, including teachers, a former Miss Ulster County, a news reporter, county government workers and even an appearance from retired Ulster County Undersheriff Frank Faluotico.

The event also featured raffles with prizes like gift certificates to area restaurants and Levon Helm Ramble tickets. A burlesque show capped off the event, which Glass aims to hold annually.


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