By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The weather still felt like winter Friday afternoon in Tarboro, but the forecast for spring fashion was bright at a fashion show at The Fountains at The Albemarle.
“There’s no reason to be depressed this year. Lots of color,” said Sarah Glover, manager at Talbots, a women’s clothing store in Rocky Mount. Glover introduced the models, residents and staff at the retirement community, as they made their way down the center aisle of the room dressed in every color of the rainbow — sunshine yellow, sherbet orange, lime green, lapis blue and hot pink.
The 6th annual Spring for Nora fashion show was in honor of the memory of Nora Mears, a former employee at The Albemarle.
“Nora was a bright spot in the Tarboro community,” said Rhonda Langley, sales/ marketing director at The Albemarle. “She was very instrumental in putting together this fashion show … She’s here in spirit. I just know it.”
Mears died from cancer in November 2007 and all proceeds from the raffle at the fashion show went to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
“We raised $275,” said Langley. Local businesses donated the items in the raffle.
Like Mears, who was known for always dressing fashionably, the models at Friday afternoon’s show donned the latest spring styles. Albemarle employee Cherry Bass Brooks did a twirl in a blue, orange and green striped “lifesaver” suit, while resident Ruby Parker displayed a more casual spring look in a royal blue jacket, striped shirt and turquoise pants. Another resident, Patty Duff, strutted down the aisle in a green and white “windowpane” jacket with a navy blue top and white pants, as well as a classic Easter outfit – a yellow jacket paired with a black-and-white top and black pants.
Albemarle employee Beth Parrisher made her appearance in a sherbet orange jacket paired with a colorful striped shirt and white pants, as well as a classic black dress featuring white trim paired with a hot pink cardigan. Other models were residents Anna Brown, dressed in a colorful floral jacket with a yellow shirt and green pants, and Mildred Tippette, dressed in a hot pink shirt and necklace with a fitted jacket and black pants.
“It’s all about color. Color and classic,” said Glover. She said Talbots is returning to a more classic line of merchandise but that wearing “multiple colors, like orange and lapis” together is the style this season, as well. Some of the models get nervous at first, said Glover, but by the day of the show, they’re eager to show off the latest fashions.
“I just consider it an honor to be a part of this,” Glover said. “It’s just really special to get to work with the residents. It’s one of my favorite things.”