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Fabulous '50s fabulous frocks

WSO hosting exclusive fashion show featuring local designed, manufactured brands

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I have always loved '50s fashion. Whether it's the sleek and sophisticated well-tailored skirt suits, the luxurious fur capelets and stoles or the fun and flirtatious curve-hugging dresses -- the '50s were definitely one stylish decade.

It was a decade when women took the time to ensure they always looked immaculately put together from head to toe. No detail was too small and nothing as it related to style was overlooked. It was also an era in fashion when emphasis was placed on celebrating a woman's natural curves -- feminine and voluptuous was in vogue and the clothing of the day reflected that.

Well next weekend, the sounds and styles of the '50s are making a comeback at the Sin-phony of '50s Fashion show--- an exclusive event hosted by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

This cool fashion-meets-music event features the latest collections from locally designed and manufactured brands Rockabetty and Vintage Betty, as well as accessories created by designer Sherri Glitter.

"Though classified as rockabilly, with inspiration drawn from the '50s era, both lines cater to women who love the sexy and glamorous appeal of classic looks with modern twists," says Susana Schanel, WSO marketing and communications project manager.

Think high-waisted, form-hugging pencil skirts, dropping sweetheart necklines, sexy, off-the-shoulder tops and, of course, playful swing skirts in classic '50s-inspired prints such as leopard, cherries, polka dots and other retro graphics.

And while these vintage-inspired frocks may be retro -- they use modern designs to make them ideal for any diva looking for something that defies convention and modern-day trends.

"The dresses and separates cover casual entertaining, office-appropriate work wear and glamorous evening dresses. Style elements are pulled from vintage looks, but fabrications allow for stretch and comfort, some with added tummy control," Schanel says.

The Sin-phony of '50s Fashion show will swing into action following the WSO's performance of Belioz's Symphonie Fantastique and while admission to this hep-cat event may be free, it is exclusive to Soundcheck members.

To sign-up for Soundcheck or to learn more about the event, visit www.wso.ca/this-season-tickets/2012-2013-season/soundcheck-program. You can also check out the Rockabetty and Vintage Betty collections at the Rockabetty boutique located at 121-B Osborne St., on the lower level, or online at www.rockabetty.ca.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following?

Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 E10

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