Local boutiques featured at show

By Brittany Clements | @KyKernel


UK’s Merchandising Apparel and Textiles club (MAT) and Hospitality Management Association (HMA) will host the annual Color Me Spring Fashion Show at Good Barn on Friday at 7 p.m.

The fashion show will showcase new spring lines from local Lexington boutiques including Bella Rose, Bluetique, Twirl, The Black Market, AJ’s Casuals, Calypso, Cotton Patch, Ann Sawyer Fabulous, Miss Priss and Peppermint Palm.

Spring lines from Target will also be featured.

The show will have a garden party theme, MAT publicity chair Tori Nourse said.

This show also helps local boutiques gain awareness from students along with members of the Lexington communit, Nourse said.

The MAT club is thrilled about the impact that the show has had on the local boutiques and its spread to extend their cliental, Nourse said.

Members of both MAT and HMA have been planning this annual fashion show since January, MAT president Meredith Gross.

“I’m most excited, yet nervous, for how the show will turn out. It’s my baby since I’ve planned a lot of it. So, I hope it runs smoothly,” Gross said.

All ticket proceeds raised from the show benefit both MAT and HMA clubs. It helps fund their educational trips.

For MAT, the money is used to go on a trip to the Atlanta Apparel Mart.  This is a trip members get to take every year, Gross said.

“It also goes towards meetings that bring in guest speakers to our meetings giving members networking opportunities,” Nourse said.

“The proceeds the HMA club gets from the fashion show are going towards club expenses and professional development trips we are hoping to take next year,” said Jessica Smith, HMA president.

HMA has helped with the fashion show in the past. However, the leadership of HMA has changed a lot this year.

“It’s the first time myself and the other officers have worked on this event … I personally am most excited to see how everything decorative comes together,” Smith said.

Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for adults, which includes a beverage and hors d’oeuvres. Gross and Smith have organized raffles along with bidding on the auction items.