Taking place on February 10th, at the Mediterranean Party Center, "44 Years of Flair Fashion Show" was a packed crowd of stylish guests, friends and family who came to be entertained for several reasons: The signature fly and flashy designs, the models who stroll with rhythm and confidence and make you want to buy the garments straight off the runway, the dancers that mesmerize and tell a story through movement. For the cute kid models who may or may not love to walk in front of crowds of cheering adults, but build self esteem by doing so, and then of course for the hilarious fashion commentator Mr. Patrick Washington and his outrageous ad-libs throughout the show! Oh and there is always a plate of food, cause Ms. DeeDee understands that all that visual excitement can work up an appetite!
Ms. DeeDee is known for her signature ready to wear designs that allow you to ball up a fabulous dress or tunic, throw it in your suitcase, change in a cramped bathroom after your flight lands in Vegas and emerge sans wrinkles and ready for a night of fun. You can wear a figure hugging gold two piece number to stunt on the former crush that ignored you back in the day at your 30 year class reunion, or step out in a cape with a full train to divorce court and then replace it with a flowy kimono top to runoff to Puerto Vallarta with ya new boo lol. These clothes ain't for everybody, but they are made to flatter every body type, since Ms. DeeDee uses fabrics that stretch, drape and skim the body, featuring loose cuts without the use of zippers, buttons or any other restrictions.
And strut they did. You won't see any of that stiff, model as a hanger, New York Fashion Week type of modeling here. No, these models walked with a sturdy mix of soul, rhythm and pride that you felt in every bounce, twirl and spin and you know they couldn't help it with a crowd of aunties and elders throwing out encouraging phrases and compliments like hand grenades: "Come on HIPS!!" "Look at them shoulders!" "Gone girl don't hurt nobody in them heels!"
You can be anywhere in the world on any cold Sunday evening, by why not be surrounded in a crowded space of love, encouragement and fashions at a Designer's Palace show?
I loved the show and I especially appreciated the body positive models because seeing how the clothes move on the body is a very real dilemma that most designers ignore, but it's not cool when potential clients can't imagine how they would look in a garment they like. There were tall slender models, models with pudgy stomachs, ones with large hips and thighs, skinny legs, broad shouldered, plus sizes in various shapes, petite models with big breasts and some with barely A-cups and Designer's Palace fabulously dressed them all!