Word gets around. Especially if someone has a good experience or a really bad experience. Fortunately, Zoe's involvement in the Hayfield High School Fashion Show in December was born from a good experience by Edison High School earlier in the year!
On a field trip this fall, the Fashion Marketing teachers from Edison and Hayfield were talking about Hayfield's Winter Fashion Show. The teacher from Edison shared the good experience they had working with Zoe for their Spring Fashion Show. I was delighted to help Hayfield High School in the same way. Both schools are not far from my home and I always love being involved in my community.
The Hayfield team came to Zoe a couple of days in advance to select clothing and perform the fittings. Janice worked with them that afternoon and raved about how polite and well-behaved the students were during their time at Zoe. All total, we sent 18 pieces of clothing and 7 accessories with them!
The day of the fashion show was a busy, intense day for me. It is always important for me to attend events where Zoe's clothing is on display but I felt especially tired on this day. As I stood in line to get into the auditorium for the show, I looked around me and thought "What on earth is a 40-something woman doing at a high school fashion show?" But I quickly remembered it was because Zoe was involved!
I tried to get a seat close to the stage so that I could take pictures! The students had a slideshow projected on the stage as we waited for the event to begin.
Their theme was "Falling Into Winter" and the show was made up of 4 acts as they transitioned from the fall to winter clothing with changing colors and fabric weights. In addition to Zoe, the students would also be modeling clothing from Men's Wearhouse (for the young men in the show) and Select Seconds, the thrift shop associated with Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital.
Once the show started, I was not sorry at all that I had made the time to attend! The young ladies looked stunning in Zoe's clothing and strutted with runway with just the right amount of sass, style, and attitude! I felt my grin getting bigger with each model who emerged from the wings!
Even more impressive was how they had combined the Thrift Shop items with Zoe's pieces. The looks were seamless and they never appeared mismatched or forced. The saddest note? That the lighting (and my iPhone camera) did not combine well for good pictures.
After the show, I made sure to introduce myself to the teacher and let her know how much I enjoyed it and what a good job they had done with the whole production. She was charming and you could tell she really appreciated Zoe's willingness to work with them.
And the next day, all of the items were returned without a single issue. If only all relationships could be like this one! We actually ended up getting an extra scarf in the return and when I contacted the teacher to let her know, she told me that the girls were still talking about the store! Those comments can make you glow for hours!
This is one forty-something who isn't at all sorry she spent her Wednesday evening before Christmas at a High School Fashion Show!
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