Taking Their Turn on the Catwalk

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WARREN, Pa. – Three Warren County clothing designers will have their lines featured in a fashion show at the Struthers Library Theatre Saturday night.

(Graphic courtesy Struthers Library Theatre.)

The three designers Allison Chuzie of Faded Floral, Salsa Sokolski of Salsa Soliel, and Alisa Wagner of Amalfi Blue will have their wares displayed as local models take to the modified catwalk on the Library Theatre stage. It will be the first fashion show at the Theatre in nearly a century.

“It’s the first (fashion show) since the 1920s,” Struthers Library Theatre Marketing Director Eric Morelli said. “Our executive director (Wendy McCain) noticed a few women were starting clothing and wanted to support them.”

Chuzie moved back to Warren in 2019 and recently transitioned Faded Floral from an online-only operation to a brick-and-mortar store.

“We are grateful for the opportunity of opening a clothing store in Warren and very excited for new relationships along the way,” Chuzie told the Library Theatre.

Salsa Soliel will soon be opening a boutique at the Jefferson House.

“I look forward to helping you find The Color of Expression through my Asian clothing,” Sokolski told the Library Theatre.

Amalfi Blue is a literal dream come true for Wagner.

“Owning a boutique has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” Wagner told the Library Theatre. “What makes me even happier, is sharing my love of fashion with so many women around me.”

The Library Theatre will be modifying the stage to give the presentation the feel of a traditional fashion show catwalk.

” We’re mostly using the existing stage, but then we’ve put a set of steps leading down to aisle and that’s how models will exit,” Morelli said. “It gives that catwalk effect as well.”

Warren City Councilman John Wortman will serve as emcee for the event.

“John’s been really involved in the Theatre,” Morelli said. “He was on the board for friends of the Library Theatre and has a great stage presence. And, according to him, he won best dressed in high school.”

The event is set to begin with Happy Hour at 5 p.m., followed by the Fashion show at 6 p.m. and shopping beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available now online. COVID protocols will be followed so tickets are limited. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Library Theatre box office.

“We’re pretty close to selling out,” Morelli said. “I recommend people get them online prior to the event.”

Ticket price includes a meal from Total Evolution Café, the opportunity to enter to win raffle baskets and a complimentary Polaroid photo in front of a step-and-repeat backdrop.