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Image 1 Former Neiman Marcus model and Presbyterian Village North resident, Pat Tharp, models a “casual chic” look while being escorted to the runway by George Bernier, director of dining services, at the senior living community’s recent style show.

Dallas is known for its shopping and fashion culture, and the residents at Presbyterian Village North have proven that the desire to remain fashionable and trendy is not something that diminishes with age. The senior living community partnered with Dillard’s to hosta Style Show, presenting the summer trends from Casual Chic to Sunday’s Best to Country Club Couture. The outfits were modeled by twenty residents—many of whom have fashion or modeling experience—to show the residents and their friends how to stay on top of this season’s latest trends.

“I have modeled off and on since I was a teenager,” said Pat Tharp, resident at Presbyterian Village North. “I started out modeling in high school for Neiman Marcus and then modeled some for J.C. Penny’s as well. I have always enjoyed fashion, so I really had fun participating and seeing all of the styles for the season.”

This is Tharp’s seventh year to be a part of the Style Show at Presbyterian Village North. In the past, she was a reading specialist for Dallas Independent School District and Richland Junior College, while modeling for various companies on the side as a hobby. She modeled for ten years at the Apparel Mart, now known as Dallas Market Center, for St. John Knits. She went in four times a year—once every season—to model clothes for different store buyers. Now that she is retired, she still enjoys strutting on the runway every year at the Style Show.

“Our part of the show is picking several outfits that fit into the three themes provided to us by Presbyterian Village North,” said Micah Lynch, assistant store manager for Dillard’s at the Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth. “We combine the three themes along with specific information about each resident model’s color, brand and clothing preferences, and we choose outfits and accessories for them to model. This is Dillard’s third year to be a part of this particular Style Show, and we always have so much fun sharing in our love of fashion with these residents.”

The resident models went to Dillard’s to meet with Lynch a couple of weeks ago and hand selected the outfit choices they wanted to model. They then participated in a dress rehearsal of the show before recently walking the runway to show off Dillard’s summer styles. These twenty residents liked being part of the show and it helps them keep up with the ever-evolving trends that change each year.

“We have several avid shoppers and trend followers in our midst,” said Lisa Englander, independent living life enrichment manager at Presbyterian Village North. “Our ladies go shopping all the time and have a huge interest in fashion. We relish in bringing different activities to our campus that our residents enjoy—whether that is a golf class for our men or a style show for our ladies. Every day is a bit of a fashion show around here, so I’m very happy we were able to have these ladies share their passion with the other residents and their friends.”