“Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right…” David Bowie’s famed words will take over Scooter’s Roller Rink come Thursday, May 12. Models donning throwback looks will be perfecting their turns during “That 70’s (FASHION) Show,” hosted by Style Girl Jess James.
Inspired by Gucci’s runway looks from spring 2016, macrame wedges, high-waisted wide-legged pants and suede will be part of the season’s latest looks. Local boutiques will be showing off their wares as James and styling partner Shannon Dunne put together a variety of looks indicative of the decade.
“As soon as I saw designer Alessandro Michele’s spring/summer collection for Gucci, I was mesmerized by the lace, lurex knits, brocade, satin bomber jackets, geek-chic accessories, and an overall celebration of vintage, all wrapped up in a grosgrain bow,” James tells.
The ladies have pulled from the eclectic quirk of the ‘70s disco era and added in a bit of nerdy demure (think sexy librarians). Hosting the show on Wilmington’s own vintage rink, Scooters, located off Shipyard Boulevard—which literally still looks the same as it did 50 years ago—James is enlisting the help of many locals to help make the show happen.
“Legare of A Ribbon Runs Through It is creating an amazing 12-foot Gucci floral and gold light-up ‘wall’ as the backdrop to our runway,” James notes. The runway will be positioned in the middle of the roller rink, which only will be open to models taking a few twirls and turns on vintage skates.
The first and last hour of the show will have a pop-up market for folks to shop through items of featured boutiques that have dressed the 20-plus models in the show. They’ll wear a slew of threads, including a denim overall dress fromBeanie + Cecil, printed jumpsuit from Aqua Fedora, ruffled blouses from Oliver, bomber jackets from Bloke, ruffled rompers from Hallelu, bright shoulder-baring dresses from Lula Balou, Gucci sunglasses fromFront Street Opto Care, and more. Guests will relax on lucite vintage furniture, provided by Urbage out of Raleigh, NC. Dunne and James will pull the looks 48 hours before the event.
“Styling is very instinctual to us,” James says. “That’s why we have so much fun working together. Even though we have similar tastes, we are able to challenge and inspire each other to take the look to the next level. For this event, we will keep the Gucci inspiration and some of our favorite ‘70s-style icons in mind—David Bowie, Ali McGraw, Jane Birkin, Blondie. I think the magic happens in the details; we’ve got some surprises in store.”
Many featured models have worked with James and Dunne before (Kelly Tada, Logan Brantley, Josh Robinson), though the ladies discover newbies at unexpected places. “I found Lauren Pietrzykowski waiting tables at the CAM before one of my Spring Fashion Preview events,” James says. “Carolina Simpson is the current WILMA cover girl, who recently modeled with The Avett Brothers for Garden and Gun. She was recommended by Hannah [Lynne], her cousin and the owner of our hair/makeup sponsor, Beauty Bar.”
James held a fashion shoot with Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography last month in downtown Wilmington and headquartered the shoot out of her retail shop, Style Girl Vintage (21 Market St.), from where many of the looks, including Gucci accessories, have come.
At Thursday’s show, the threads may be the star, but light bites and sips will not disappoint from Little Pond Catering either. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine, courtesy of One Hope Wine, which donates partial proceeds from its sales to causes year-round. To date they’ve donate over $1.8 million.
As well “That 70’s (FASHION) Show” will donate 10 percent of ticket proceeds to local no-kill shelters. James is looking to donate to PAWS Place and Saving Grace, the latter whom she worked with in adopting her own pup, Dakota. DJ Brian Hood will spin tunes throughout the night, indicative of the ‘70s era. He’ll also throw in tributes to David Bowie and Prince for good measure.
“What other place holds more ‘70s nostalgia than your childhood roller rink, right?” James asks. “Pretty positive this is the first time Wilmington has ever seen a fashion show at a roller rink. It’s sure to be a memorable night!”
The show is presented by Simply Noelle. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.stylegirljessjames.com or $35 at the door. First 10 tickets sold get VIP seating, front row, and a glass of Prosecco.
That 70’s (FASHION) Show
Thursday May 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Scooter’s Roller Rink, 341 Shipyard Blvd