As model after model took to the runway to exhibit an array of colorful party dresses and gowns, 90 women from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were provided with a glimpse of what the best dressed will be wearing to formal affairs throughout the fall and winter seasons.
Organized by the synagogue's Sisterhood, the fashion show and dinner took place at the trendy shop called Suky, a retail clothing store in Ardmore.
Jill Kleeman, vice president of the Sisterhood, said that tickets to the event sold out quickly — partly, she felt, because women generally plan what they wear to a wedding or a special gathering far in advance.
"I have a wedding this Saturday, and another coming up in a couple of months," she stated, "and, of course, it's nice to get a new cocktail dress.
"Everybody likes something new."
As the show progressed, the styles on Suky's models became more and more formal, moving from cocktail dresses — which are perfect for a daytime wedding — to long gowns appropriate for a black-tie event.
The women in the audience covered a multitude of age ranges, as did the models.
"I wanted to show that you don't have to be so young. My models were a little bit older," explained Suky owner Mary Helen Ranieri. "I also had a plus model in there, so I think the audience could relate to it better."
'Do It With Color'
Ranieri said that styles for the upcoming seasons feature more simple designs than in years past.
It's all about color, she said. "Instead of being some way-out, crazy outfit that has things all over it, you can just do it with color."
After watching the show, Main Line Reform congregant Anita Beckett believed it was "well-balanced."
"They showed dresses that people can actually wear," she noted, "and you don't always see that in a fashion show."
As the evening wound to a close, Beckett felt encouraged that so many women were able to get together to enjoy what she calls the "fluff" in life.
"Life is so serious these days," she said, "and with so many awful things happening all over the world, to get away from that a little bit and away from the cares of the day is a good thing.