Spring and summer clothing trends will be on display later this month when Middletown kicks off its first-ever Fashion on Main extravaganza.
"We have some amazing clothing stores and boutiques in our downtown area," said Tracy Skrobot, the program manager of Middletown Main Street, which is coordinating the Saturday, April 27 event. "So our main goal is to bring people into town to see them, and then to entertain those people when they get here."
Fashion on Main will combine the excitement of a Hollywood red carpet gala and the glamour of a high-end fashion show with the shopping experience of a spring bazaar.
The 2:30 p.m. fashion show at Connection Community Church on West Green Street will feature runway models wearing the latest clothing and accessories for women, teens and children on sale at a trio of locally-owned shops, including First & Little, Nichole J Boutique and Femme Fatale Boutique.
The Elayne James and Tracey Roberts salons also will be doing hair and makeup for all the models, while Miss Delaware USA Rachel Baiocco, Miss Delaware Teen Hailey Lawler and Nick Manerchia from the Premier Centre for the Arts will emcee the fashion show.
Manerchia also will be conducting on-camera interviews with the attendees and models during a 1 p.m. red carpet event outside the church. All the interviews will be live streamed on the Premier Centre's website, www.pcade.org.
"We want people to feel like this is something really special when they arrive, and what's more special than a red carpet," asked Amber Shader, the owner of First & Little and Amber Shader Photography.
Skrobot said the $10 advance tickets are quickly selling out for the fashion show, which is limited to 220 seats.
"We sold more than 50 in the first week," she said. "The community support has been great so far, but I'm getting the feeling people better act quickly if they want to get one."
While seating will be limited for the fashion show, an unlimited number of local residents and out-of-town visitors will be able to enjoy the open air market being held in parking lot of Forest Presbyterian Church at 44 W. Main St. the same day.
The market, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase about 15 local vendors, whose businesses are focused on beauty, style and fashion, including Mae Movement Bracelets, antique décor and furniture from Chictiques by Sherry Hinton and handmade children's wear created by Lina Bean.
The Elayne James Salon also will be offering mini-makeovers and skin analysis tests, while Half Baked Patisserie and Dog Town Hot Dogs will be offering their tasty treats at the market.
Husbands, boyfriends and other less-fashionably inclined also will be provided with an easy out at Sully's Irish Pub, which will be showing the Philadelphia Phillies take on the New York Mets, starting at 1:05 p.m.
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"It's going to be a lot of fun," Skrobot said. "Hopefully, if it's as successful as we think it's going to be, we'll be able make this into an annual event."
Parking for Fashion on Main will be available at the Middletown Town Hall municipal lot or on South Scott Street.
For more information, visit www.middletownmainstreet.com, check out the event's Facebook profile, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.