Burlesque style for a cause

A night of burlesque-inspired style showcased at the Ashland Springs Hotel on Thursday created an air of swank Madison Avenue of old.

At the hotel's Larks restaurant, two dolls named Heather Goodwin and Erica Sanders ordered Gibsons to get their motors running. Upstairs, Jeni Dillon of EarthAngelic Clothing worked her magic on flapper-like silhouettes and gams galore. Thanks to Janice Moon Hair and Makeup Artistry and Hair by Summur Garrett, makeup featured doe eyes and bow lips, and hair was all rolls, tucks and waves capturing the smooth elegance of the 1940s.

The event, presented by Ooh La La Brazilian Beauty Spa and Urban Minx in the Rogue Valley Mall, benefited Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Others participating were Avant Garb, a consignment shop on 397 E. Main St., and SpeakEasy, a new boutique at 297 E. Main St. specializing in vintage couture.

During the opening social hour, the Rogue Suspects performed in the ballroom to a crowd that warmed to the theme dressing. Next time, dim the lights after the fashion show and start pouring cocktails sooner so Ashland can juke it up.

— Troy Brown

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