Draped up and dripped out is one way to describe the fabulous models in the Designer's Palace Valentine's Show produced by one of Cleveland's legendary designers, Dee Dee Tufts-Carter. The show, held at the Ken Ferguson Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on February 12, 2017, was one of many shows produced by Ms. Dee Dee in the past forty two years and let me tell you- Ms. Dee Dee knows exactly how to entertain!
This was a formal, but laid back affair- perfect for the after church, greens in the pot on the stove, Gerald Levert/Charlie Wilson listening crowd. Women and men were dressed to express and impress in their Sunday's finest exotic skins, furs, leathers, big jewels and bright colors- the audience was just as lit as the models! Who not to be outdone, mingled and sparkled like expensive jewelry in their outfits from Ms. Dee Dee's collection and from Charlesie's Apparel and Accessories located in Columbus, Ohio.
Emceed by Patrick Washington, the hilarious fashion show commentator- the show was non stop entertainment! Models of every shape, size, color and age came out looking and feeling like money in designs that were made to be shown off. I mean from the time the first model strutted out til the last one danced off the stage- we were served haute high drama fashion on a platter and the audience ate up every drop!
Gold, glitter, and sequins, sexy fringe and tassels, stretch fabrics and liquid metallics, bursts of hot pink, reds, oranges and grape... Shimmer, sparkle and shine- asymmetrical, tea length, slits up to there, front out, back out...we were privy to one of a kind pieces shown by models that made those clothes SING ok?
The clothes were perfect and based around Ms. Dee Dee's signature, no zipper, no button, no wrinkle design theme and it was funny to hear Mr. Washington's good hearted shade (watch the videos below lol!) and suggestions on how, when and where to wear the garments being modeled. The show was lengthy with about four or five scenes including a hot and saucy lingerie scene and a sensual/awakening red scene- but every minute was thoroughly entertaining with food, singers and a special surprise appearance by Diane Linston- another Cleveland design legend - who presented Ms. Dee Dee with a cake and balloons during one of the intermissions.
It was such a moving moment to witness, especially for me for personally because I have known and looked up to both ladies for years (and I mean YEARS, they both came to my very first fashion show when I was still just a student back in 2010) and both have always looked out for me, checked up on me, always inquiring about how my business is going and just showing love and support at every moment.
It was also so inspiring to see those two up there together because people always speak about jealousy and competition among women, and truthfully it is always there- especially in a small concentrated fashion industry here in Cleveland. But these two support each other, congratulate and understand that there is room for everybody in this game. And it was just a beautiful thing to see.
Overall the show was great, showcasing exciting wearable one of a kind fashions that could work for anybody type, and ya'll know I'm always down for that. Ms. Dee Dee has these shows often, so when you hear about the next one- I definitely think you should go! Get in touch with Dee Dee Tufts-Carter via Facebook for more information.
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