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Lake Oswego Women's Club makes charity fashionable

Lake Oswego Women's Club has raised $1,833,575 since 1991


Model Alla Folsom wearing clothing from Consigning Women. Her make-up is by Vera Savin and hairstyle by Jeneice Berry.Backstage was a flurry of long legs, blonde tussled hair and the clickety clack of high heels on hardwood floor. A wall of mirrors reflected beauticians busy at work with makeup pallets like painters.

Models were primped and painted with smoky cat-like eyes. Hairdressers blow-dried and styled a male model’s hair in the image of the legendary Don Draper from the television show “Mad Men.”

Nearby, inside the Oswego Lake County Club, several silver-haired women from the ladies’ card room peeked curiously at the beautiful chaos unfolding outside their deck of cards. The Lake Oswego Women’s Club held its 12th annual fashion show Sept. 20.

“The fashion show is the kickoff to our new fundraising year,” said Deanne Phillips, public relations chairwoman with the Lake Oswego Women’s Club.

Phillips herself was in the fashion show. She wore a slinky blue dress patterned with gold chains and feathers. Her teased blond hair was pulled back in a sophisticated bun.”This was our biggest fashion show to date.”

The Lake Oswego Women’s Club has brought style and grace to the area since 1974 when it was founded. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to bring women together to promote the civic, cultural, educational and social welfare of the community.

Model Elaina DeCosta wearing clothing by Silkwood. Her makeup is by Marina Melnikova and hairstyle by Natalia Redman.

The club raises money through the Holiday Home Tour in December and the Lake Run and Family Fun Festival in May. Since 1991, the club has donated $1,833,575 in grants and scholarships to organizations like the Clackamas Women’s Services, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Human Solutions. The group emphasizes work done for local women and children.

“This is the first year the fashion show has also served as a fundraiser,” Phillips said. “We just wanted to invite other women in the community to come and enjoy a day with us and get know to know us.”

The fashion show featured raffle items the likes of golf clubs, pink Nike baseball caps, bottles of merlot and beauty products to support the club’s charities. Near the raffle items, carrot cake cupcakes were decadently displayed on pretty silver trays alongside Silpada jewelry.

“Today we celebrate what we have done and what we set out to do,” said Denise Smith, club president. She addressed a rapt audience of club members and community fashionistas. “The unity harnessed from this group is very powerful ... smart, educated and good-looking women have done a great deal to help others in this community.”

Model Alyssa Fast is wearing clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue. Her makeup is done by Tracy Frenzel.

The room was a flurry of polka dots, cheetah prints, floral dresses, bohemian blouses, pencil skirts and sky-high black velvet pumps. Ten male and female models — some professional, some aspiring, some volunteers — strutted down the little black runway set up in the middle of the banquet room.

In previous years, the fashion show partnered with Nordstrom. Models strictly wore Nordstrom designs. This year, boutiques and designers were represented from all over the world.

Models carried red clutches from the Spanish designer Xavier Simorra, sleeveless knit dresses from Kerisma, wool military jackets from Ciao Milano and the latest fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue.

The fashion show was a celebration of clothing, culture and charity. The Lake Oswego Women’s Club president said it best when she spoke to roomful of women: “Never underestimate the work of a woman.”

For more information about the Lake Oswego Women’s Club, visit lowomensclub.org.

REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTOS BY VERN UYETAKE

Model Lisa Smith is wearing clothing by Silkwood.

Model Nate Francois wearing clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Model Erinn Lowrie wearing clothing by Silkwood. Her makeup is by Marina Melnokova.

Model Sasha Folsom wearing clothing from Alpina Outfitters.