'Glamming up' for SOTA
"Golden threaded-coral denim," "radical free draping," "amethyst-dyed mink vest," all exotic phrases to describe the fabulous couture clothes designed by Pamela Ptak that draped beautiful models at a lunch-time show at the Hotel Bethlehem. The spring show was the Society of the Arts' (SOTA) first fashion show to raise money for the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
Society of the Arts officers joined forces with well-known Lehigh Valley clothing designer Pamela Ptak, jewelry designer Roy Rover, and Maximilian at Bloomingdales to outfit over 20 models to show potential clients a great array of Ptak's couture collection for 2014.
Several local celebrities modeled the clothes, furs and jewelry, but they could not be easily distinguished from the professional models.Among the well-known personalities contributing their time and talents were WFMZ-TV (Channel 69) broadcast journalist Eve Tannery.
Fitness expert, actress and model Stacie Redfield, a Bethlehem business woman, attended as a model. Redfield owns Physical Methods Pilates at 653 East Broad St. in Bethlehem.Repertory Dance Theatre board member Tamantha Yanders was one of the models. Yanders also volunteers for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Not modeling but helping the models "glam-up" for the event was Perla López Baray of Fountain Hill, who provided her line of perfume, "Perla," for the women. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist, currently with WFMZ-TV (Channel 69) where she is a member of the Spanish language broadcast.
The celebrity models showed their fashions to some other local luminaries such as Allentown Art Museum supporters Dolly Butz, Yvonne Kuklis and Erica Spontak.Tracie Springer, a former board member of the Bethlehem YWCA, attended with her friend Kimberly Murray of Allentown.
Zina Hamati of Allentown attended with her friend Bloomsburg University student Angela McCavera who is developing a career in fashion photography.
Models included Nicole Meyer of Bethlehem Township, N.J., Kelsey Graham of Bethlehem, Pa., and Monae Mallory, a 2005 Parkland HS graduate.Quakertown model and actress Christine Stauffer attended. Bethlehem resident and Kutztown University student and model Jacinth Sutphin attended.
Betty Moran and Jill Stevens of SOTA attended the gala affair. Stevens said she has been with the service organization for 14 years.
SOTA is a non-profit women's service organization that supports and provides volunteers for the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.