Ebony Fashion Fair brings its show to town
by Loretta Robinson | The Muskegon Chronicle
Sunday November 09, 2008, 12:46 AM
Chronicle illustration/Yana Foltice
Hot fashions, high-stepping models and top entertainment will dazzle the Muskegon area when the Ebony Fashion Fair returns this week.
Angel Community Church will host the 51st annual Ebony Fashion Fair Thursday at Muskegon Heights High School.
The professional touring group returns to Muskegon after a 19-year hiatus with an evening show that promises "haute couture and ready-to-wear" fashion.
The presentation of upcoming styles and accessories is designed not only for fashion lovers, but for folks just looking for "positive" entertainment, said Barbara Jones, the local show's chairperson and an Angel church administrator. "It's for anybody," Jones said. "It's a night out ... Let us treat you to an evening of fashion. Who knows, you might see something you like."
The event, "The Runway Report: What's Hip. What's Hot. What's Now!", has been tagged the "world's largest traveling fashion show." It's also a family-oriented affair, said the touring production's commentator and spokesmodel, Jada Collins. A host of school-aged children recently attended the show in Flint and "I mean they had a blast," Collins said.
Jones said she's received a number of calls from young people inquiring about participating in the show.
"We want to encourage them to come to the show, even though they can't participate," Jones said of the pre-set and staged production. "Ebony won't let us do that, they can come and see what opportunities there are for them because Ebony is always accepting application for models. For further information they can go to (Ebony's) Web site."
Working the catwalk will be 13 male and female models in clothing by the best designers in the world, including Christian Lacroix, Sarli, b. michael, Carolina Herrera, Ruben Singer and Jean-Louis Scherrer.