Fashion show to help youths

Sep. 29—HIGH POINT — Two of the young women who were selected as models to

Sep. 29—HIGH POINT — Two of the young women who were selected as models to walk the 50-foot red carpet runway Friday night for the first High Point Fashion’s Night Out at the Sherrod say it’s a step toward their dream job.

Natalie Lucas, 23, a graduate of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts and High Point University, has been signed with modeling agency Directions USA while also working as an AmeriCorps VISTA to help both the Community Writing Center and after-school programs for a local youth agency.

Lauren Skerlak, an HPU senior and head of its fashion club, has been working at Monkee’s since November 2019.

Lucas currently is in Belk department stores’ online catalogs. In August, she modeled in Twin City Fashion Week in Winston-Salem, and earlier in a Greensboro Fashion Week. She’s also a freelance designer.

“I’ve been trying to balance that and school for years, but I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere,” Lucas said. “I believe this will definitely give me some publicity and some things to add to my portfolio, which is always welcomed for being seen by different professionals who may want to cast me for one of their product shoots.”

Skerlak’s experience includes promotional modeling with Marilyn’s Model & Talent Agency in Greensboro. She and Lucas were selected as models for a commercial promoting High Point Fashion’s Night Out and featuring Allen & James, Monkee’s and Simon Jewelers.

“I wanted to be a part of it to help promote the cause,” Skerlak said. “Also with being a part of the store, I’ve had the opportunity to help pick out some of the outfits and recruit some of the girls (as models). I’m a Kappa Delta at High Point University, and one of our local beneficiaries is Family Service (of the Piedmont, which Friday’s event benefits), so I encouraged a lot of my sorority sisters to get involved and be a part of this.”

Tickets are still available for Friday night’s fashion show to benefit the new High Point Center for Child Wellness — a Family Service of the Piedmont center that opened in 2020 at 208 Boulevard St. as the first psychiatric services center of its kind in the Piedmont. Tickets are $75 for the evening, which includes food, beverage and the fashion show. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

The fashion show is the first of what is planned to be an annual event in memory of noted furniture designer Michael Delgaudio, according to Stephanie James, designer and co-owner of Allen & James Interior Design.

Delgaudio had envisioned fashion shows descending the Sherrod’s steps during a visit to James’ store the day before he died of a heart attack on Nov. 10, 2018. With that inspiration, James enlisted the help of Katy Erikson, owner of chic boutique Monkee’s of High Point clothing, and Gary Simon of Simon Jewelers’ jewelry.

“It’s an evening of being outside to do something fun, fresh and new,” James said. “We’re tying in fashion with the furniture industry — not to mention that we’re celebrating someone who was instrumental in the growth of our furniture and textiles industries, and seeing how he connected fashion to our furniture industry. I think it’s progressive, pretty spicy and trendy, which is good for High Point.”

A raffle will be held during the event for a chance to win original art from Windy O’Connor, jewelry from Simon Jewelers and a leather bag from Monkee’s. Raffle tickets can be purchased at either Allen & James’ or Monkee’s retail spaces, websites or instagram links.

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