The cold and gloomy days are almost behind us, so pack up your heavy sweaters and UGG boots and make room in your closet for new delicacies in bright colors.
Boyd Thomas Clothing and Razberries, two local boutiques that offer up hip and trendy apparel for the young and young at heart, will showcase what’s new and hot for this season at the Swing into Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12.
The fourth annual event, a fund-raiser for The Hearing and Speech Foundation, draws a regular crowd who want to see the latest in fashion trends while supporting a good cause.
Amanda Womac, executive director of the foundation, said the money raised will support the hearing aid assistance program that caters to more than 700 clients in East Tennessee. Citizens who are below the poverty level receive free hearing aids and batteries, and the rest of the clientele pays on a sliding scale fee.
“We have tables of ladies who come to our fashion show,” she said, adding that the spring event is something they have come to anticipate. The fundraiser will be held at the R.T. Lodge, located beside the Maryville College woods.
“This is our annual event that kind of kicks off our community fundraisers,” said Womac.
Marti Womac, who owns Boyd Thomas with her husband Bill, and Raina Kant, who owns Razberries, with her husband, Kyle, are gearing up for the big day. It is a chance for them to showcase their fashionable ensembles and provide support for an important need in the community, the pair say.
Both storeowners shared a preview of what patrons can expect to see at the show and in stores this spring.
The biggest trend in color this season is shades of melon and corals, and some pinks, Marti Womac said.
Orange will be a hit, and “works well with us being in Tennessee,” Raina Kant said with a laugh. Variations of blue from cobalt to lighter colors and teal are also popular this year, she said.
Skinny leggings, denim and knits will be paired and layered with loose tunics of prints and patterns, Marti Womac said, pointing to examples now on display in her store. Pants will be slim, but the younger generation will be drawn toward flare-legs and high-waisted pants and jeans.
Free flowing tunics and vests and soft dresses are in while structured jackets are out, Marti Womac said.
Layering will not be restricted to clothing but will extend to jewelry as well. Raina Kant said jewelry will be big and bulky with the option of combining one or more necklaces and wearing multiple bangles. High heels are back in this season, she added.
Both women agreed that dresses will be a fixture on the fashion scene.
In addition to the fashion show, participants will have the first opportunity to view a recently produced DVD that highlights the foundation.
“We’re looking forward to folks learning more about all of our programs and not just the hearing aid assistance program,” Amanda Womac said.
This DVD will be used to promote and provide public awareness for the foundation at other community events and speaking engagements.
The fashion show’s format has changed this year. Amanda Womac said the show will be held before lunch at 11:30 a.m. instead of afterwards, but the doors will open at 11 a.m. Vallie Collins, a survivor of the Hudson River airplane crash and a 2011 Leadership Blount classmate of Amanda Womac’s, will be the guest host.
Tickets are $45, and reservations should be made by 2 p.m. Monday.
Besides finding new gems to update the wardrobe, guests will be able to purchase plants to dress up their yards. Stuart Row Landscaping will hold a live plant auction, and Trillium Cove Home & Garden owner Sara Berry will have plants and bulbs for sell. Both sales will benefit the foundation.
For more information, visit the website at www.hsfweb.org or call 865-977-0981.