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Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show 2013 ‘Moroccan Holiday’ Recap

Simply put: participating in the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show this year was an absolute thrill. It’s rare when an event goes exactly as planned, but thankfully for me and my models, everything was as smooth as we had hoped it would be.

 

{Katie looks beautiful in this vintage maxi dress with gold accessories and a headpiece}

The fashion show featured the all thrifted runway style collections of nine area bloggers and benefited the programs and services of Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio, Inc. 

I styled my all thrift collection, Moroccan Holiday, with Moroccan colors and textures in mind. I didn’t want it to be completely traditional, so instead I stayed true to my own personal style by mixing modern and vintage pieces with bright colors, henna, and plenty of accessories.

{I used a necklace as a headpiece to go with Katie’s maxi dress}

For about $100, I styled 10 looks including nine female models and one male model, all of whom are my good friends. They did an outstanding job and walked the runway with total confidence to the beat of Didi and Abdel Kader. 

{Bridgette wore a vintage gold pleated maxi skirt with an Ann Taylor one shoulder top and a mix of vintage, traditional and modern accessories}

I kept the hair and makeup simple with loose waves, natural face with a bright lip, and headpieces in a few looks. My models did their own makeup and a personal friend, mother of one of my models, Bridgette (in the gold skirt), the amazing April accompanied us backstage and did all of the hair styling, while my awesome sister, Nora helped with the headscarves and hairpieces. April is a hair stylist at Damino’s in Fairlawn.

{It was hard to see from the runway, but the models wore temporary henna on their hands}

My collection was the second set to hit the runway following Lyndsey’s Every Day, Every Wear collection which included an adorable military inspired look. Luckily for us, being second meant we got to relax and watch the rest of the show. I felt like I saw all of the local blogs I know come to life on the runway because each and every collection represented their own personal style, including Christina’s 1960s French Riviera, Rachel’s soft and charming Stripes and Florals, Jessica’s all pink collection, Stacia’s Audrey Hepburn inspired pieces, and Abby & Elle Upstairs’ Land of Oz collection, while Shalida Ann fully captured the 1990s with her grown up Grunge collection.

{Camille, Katie, and Ashley in bright colors}

Amid the chaos backstage, I met reporter Leah from TV20 Cleveland.  Stay tuned for the interview!

{bright lights from the cameras backstage during an interview with Leah from TV20 Cleveland}

It was only fitting that I wore a thrifted pastel maxi dress as seen in this post to the show. It was comfortable and kept me cool from the heat backstage! I was able to snap a few pictures of my models on the runway at the end of the show.

Friend, blogger, and model Jaclyn wore a vintage burnt orange sheer sleeve dress with gold accessories while David accompanied her down the runway in a mustard shirt and an embroidered tie.
{photo via The Pumpkin Spot. With Jaclyn & Kimberly}

 

{Photo via The Pumpkin Spot. Jaclyn’s red dress with gold accents. We added a flower brooch in her hair too}
{Although more Indian than Moroccan, we used a non-thrifted hand harness in Jaclyn’s look for a traditional feel}
I don’t think I know anyone who can rock high waisted pants like my beautiful friend Camille. She modeled for me last year and looked equally beautiful in a pair of similar pants.
I took it back to 1980s prom with this incredible fuchsia sequin ruffle dress on Rima. I modernized it by adding nude pumps, a headscarf and sequin earrings to match.

 

Ashley rocked this purple beaded and sequin bra top with a vintage skirt. This thrifted find was truly a gem!
I found this fitted skirt on a quick thrift run one day assuming it wouldn’t work out for the show. It ended up being one of the most popular and wearable pieces of the collection.
{A close up of Lorena’s thrifted scarf, necklace, top and high waisted skirt}

 

This burgundy maxi dress fit my good friend Layali like a glove. We piled on the gold thrifted accessories and added a non-thrifted headpiece that belongs to her to complete the ‘ethinc’ look.

 

I started to breathe heavily when I found this dress at the thrift store and I knew it was perfect for Sahar. We used a necklace as a headpiece and added an orange clutch.

 

{a few of the accessories featured in the show}
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the show, including Kimberly, Becky, Katie, Megan, Lauren, Juniper, and Joanna, and many more. A special thank you to Crista and the entire Goodwill staff for their professionalism, kindness, and epic organizational skills. I’m so thankful to be a part of this event. Thrifting has always been an enjoyable hobby for me, so being able to style an entire collection is a wonderful opportunity. I encourage you to visit the participating blogs listed in this post for recaps and photos, as well as the Goodwill & Dina’s Days Facebook page for additional photos. Click here to see my Pinterest board that inspired this collection.

 

 

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