Photos by Elite One Earth Photography
The Jon Gheri Couturier Theatrical show on October 12, 2013 brought together some of the most talented designers, singers and fashion models for a memorable evening that was one of the most entertaining fashion events that I have ever attended. The show consisted of stunning retro style fashions from the 20’s, 40’ and 60’s eras where models twirled about in a flowing dresses while musical artists performed classical tunes. Trisha Mann Grant MC’d the event.
The evening, which was held at the Hilton LAX started with an eclectic fusion of cuisine consisting of fruit designs, Thai dishes, soup creations coupled with sandwiches and chicken wings.
At the show start, models in 20’s era style drop waist dresses sauntered down the runway as the “Charleston” tune played in keeping with the Jazz age identity.
Moving to the 40’s portion of the Show, Kesha Ealy belted out Billie Holiday’s ”God Bless the Child” dressed in a white full length V necked gown with long cuffed sleeves and a flared skirt that is flattering for full figured women.
Judy Garland’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow” was performed by Amber Sauer wearing a front draped Goddess Style gown with a rhinestone vintage brooch fastened at the side.
Marcellina Hawthorne performed ”Summertime” in a Gold Lamé floor length, form fitting shimmer dress.
Gheri designed Christian Dior hour glass style dresses which outraged the public in 1947 since the 40’s was a war-time period where simplicity in all things was necessary due to the lack of available materials and male-female equality was the common mind-set. Dior’s flattery of the female form and ample use of fabric went against the ideology of the day.
Giving a nod to men’s upscale 40’s fashion, Marlo Wells sported a modern day version of the Zoot Suit as he crooned “Unforgettable” by Jazz giant Nat King Cole.
The 60’s portion of the show began with Sam Cooke’s “Change is Gonna Come” which was performed by Tony Grant. The song brought tears to the audience as many rekindled the emotions of that social moments of that era. It reminds us all of how far we have come yet how far as a society we still have to go. (Photo above)
Lightening the mood, Britt Prentice performance of “New York, New York.” was so fun and sexy that female members of the audience started throwing dollars at him. He in kind, gave a fake lap dance to an embarrassed admirer. From that moment on, the spirit of the 60’s and the free spirit was fully captured.
Other portrayals of the night were Diana Ross and the Supremes performed by Trenora Parker, Marcia Hawkins and Tricia Mann Grant (photo) and lastly Aretha Franklin’s “Respect which was performed by Kesha Ealy.” Models reflected the anything goes styles of the 60’s with bold patterns, and black bell bottoms.
The Evening was the kick off and fundraiser for Gheri Legree’s foundation “Nourishing Minds of Our Youth.” The foundation is a nonprofit agency that is dedicated to mentoring programs for middle and high school women in the Pasadena area that need alternative education. Introducing the program, 12 year old kiddie-fashionista and designer Dena Yoba debuted her casual sportswear designs. T-Mazz rounded out the evening with a rap about Real Eyes, Real Talk, dedicated to strong women everywhere.
This year’s hairstylist were Melanie at Pure Pleasure Salon, Getting Pretty with Nicci, TorrieBee and Virginia Lewis. Makeup designs were created by Teresa Rolston, TJ Felts, Shirley Vasquez Sanchez and Ramona Duran. The event was sponsored by Jane Carter Solution, Nouritress and Higher Scents.