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"The Good Life...In Color"

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky hosted its first-ever fashion show Saturday, August 27 at Lexington’s New Circle location. “The Good Life…In Color” featured a runway cast of eight local Goodwill shoppers and their colorful trendy finds. Lauren Gawthrop, WTVQ news anchor and Goodwill supporter, emceed the event.

The show consisted of three segments: warm, cool, and neutral colors. Within each segment, models highlighted personal merchandise that they purchased from local Goodwill stores. Clothing styles varied from casual to business to formal, while outfits were well accessorized. Models shared their favorite finds for a Saturday night out and Monday morning in the office.

The cast of models ranged from students to local fashion bloggers, all who are Goodwill enthusiasts that support the nonprofit’s mission: Tori Abbott, Laney Bailey, Melody Westerfield, Erica Rhodes, Samantha Hughes, Lacy Taylor, Kayla Clark, Kaylee Taylor, and Christian Taylor.

Following the fashion show, photos of each model in their outfits were uploaded to Goodwill’s Facebook page, and followers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite by “liking” the pictures during the five-day contest. Tori Abbott was declared the winner after receiving 790 votes. She won $100 to shop at Goodwill!

“The Good Life…In Color” was an overall success! Stay tuned for related events and participation opportunities in coming months.

The models…in color:

Tori sported a chic green and white striped Jessica Howard top with crisp Banana Republic black capris and Attention black flats. To accessorize, she added gold earrings and bracelets and a Louis Vuitton purse! This look is perfect for the office, and cost Tori only $21!

Christian wore trendy, red skinny jeans with a classic plaid button-up. He paired his outfit with red and gray Nike sneakers for a more casual look, perfect for school. Christian’s looks rang up for approximately $7 at the register.

Kaylee modeled an adorable black and white mini-dress in a bold polka-dot pattern. She paired her look with a denim vest, chevron hair bow, and gold sparkly boots. In all, Kaylee paid less than $9 for her ensemble.

Melody rocked a vintage Goldworm multi-colored stripped turtleneck sweater dress that fell below the knee, with wooden buttons to add embellishment to the neck and sleeves. This trendy Goodwill purchase is a comfortable look and perfect for the upcoming Autumn months. Melody’s dress was only $4.99!

Laney walked the runway in her $13 Goodwill ensemble. Her look consisted of a Merona tan dress with a flowered neckline. Her colorful patterned Lane Bryant wedges matched perfectly with her pristine Sak purse.

Erica wore a warm-colored quarter length sleeve shirt that coordinated perfectly with a pair of black Aeropostale skinny jeans. This look is great for an Autumn Saturday afternoon, and only cost Erica $9!

Kayla modeled a lavender lace shell paired with a white Express cardigan. She is accessorizing with a navy-colored multi-necklace that complements her navy and tan flats. To complete the look, she added a vintage Dooney and Bourke cross-body handbag. In total, Kayla purchased her look for approximately $16.

For a girl on the go, Samantha’s outfit screams comfort and style! She paired a Forever 21 denim shirt with white, distressed jeans. For a pop of color, she added a pair of brand new, electric-pink, high-top Converse, purchased at Goodwill for less than $10!

our history

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Louisville since 1923. Goodwill gives people up—not a handout—so they can experience the dignity and independence that comes from earning a paycheck.


our mission

We help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.

what we do

Goodwill collects and sells donated items to fund programs for Kentuckians who have disabilities or other challenges in finding and maintaining traditional employment. On-the-job training, job preparation skills, and employment counseling are just a few of Goodwill's services that benefit thousands of adults each year and strengthen families in Kentucky's communities.


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