Cameras flashed as young models walked the runway donning the latest in summer styles from local boutiques during Angels’ Closet Charities annual spring fundraising fashion show May 9.
More than 100 guests filled Redlands East Valley High’s Wildcat Cafe for the nonprofit’s second show aimed at raising awareness that for youth, fashion really does make a difference.
From crop tops to mismatched socks, the newest in Bohemian and festival-style wear —all of which happen to be the season’s hottest trends—students rocked the show in head-to-toe collections from DenM, Nectar and Seed, all located in downtown Redlands. Formal fashion wear, perfect for prom season, from Angel’s Closet was also debuted.
At the end of the show, three outfits complete with shoes and accessories, were auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the nonprofit. Those with the winning bids were offered the opportunity to keep the outfits or donate the clothing to Angels’ Closet.
“Whether you admit it or not, fashion helps build confidence,” said Pat Williams, the organization’s founder and president.
And behind that very reason is why she began the “closet” seven years ago out of her living room.
“A new pair of jeans, a new top, shoes, sneakers, even just perfume or body spray,” she said. “The need is there, and believe me, the smallest things make teens feel so good about themselves, especially when their families can’t provide.”
Now, the organization runs out of five portable classrooms at REV and has helped support more than 2,000 area students.
Angels’ Closet accepts new and gently-used clothing and accessory donations year round. To learn more about the organization or to donate, visit www.angels-closet.org. Check can be mailed to Angels’ Closet Charities, P.O. Box 648, Mentone 92359.