Hat Parade Strengthens Bond between Old and Young Says Organiser

The Port Zante Arrival Hall housed the event which brought together women – and some men – of all ages and featured elegant hats of all shapes, sizes and colours.

The event began with a tribute to mother, where the contestants of the 2010/2011National Queen Pageant made an appearance in purple (the colour of women) dresses and matching headpieces and flowed into the opening segment which featured clothing from Island Hopper and hats donated by Isilma Davis and others.

As the models strutted their way to and fro along the runway, outbursts of applause would fill the hall as the audience cast their eyes on not only the models – but the captivating clothing and the equally captivating hats.

Two segments which seem to have especially wowed the audience were the Reign of Elegance Bridal collection and the Richard Collection. The Brown Sugar Clothing segment – which showcased designer Judith Rawlins’ work for the past decade – was another segment of interest.

The former saw designs from Holly D’Forest who owns a bridal house in Canada with the Richard Collection featuring exquisite and elaborate prom dresses which hairdresser ‘Richard’ has collected over the past years. Of course, each ensemble was not complete without an adorning hat, which each model wore with poise and elegance.hats1

Telca Wallace, organiser of the event, said it was a success noting that one of the main objectives was to honour mothers on their special day while endeavouring to bridge the gap between the older and the young generations.

She explained that far too often, younger ladies think wearing hats is old fashioned and that it is only for those who have attained a specific age. Following this experience, Wallace noted, the models especially would have a greater appreciation for hats and the way they “complete an outfit”. She also explained that the event provided mothers with an opportunity for the older generation to enjoy seeing the younger generation engaging in a practice which a view to continuing the tradition.

Patrons of the event were treated to scrumptious refreshments prepared by Chef Kelly, special presentations including a dance, poem and the opportunity to win prizes for the Best Hat, the Worst Hat and the Oldest Hat.

Another highlight of the event was the presentation of an award to Cayon’s Louisa Isaac (97) who was named Reign of Elegance Mother of the Decade, in commemoration of the organisation’s 10th year of existence.

Wallace said the event was a success and thanked the sponsors for their contribution to it.


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