MENTONE — Mentone second-grader Karley Hallstrom’s fashion career has taken off and several of her designs are going to benefit homeless pets in the South Bend area.
Hallstrom, 7, was accepted into the Tails for Fashion event to benefit Pet Refuge, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in the South Bend area. Tails for Fashion is set to take place Saturday, May 28, at Notre Dame.
Hallstrom has had an interest in fashion and drawing ideas for new outfits. When a friend, Louisa Vick, told her about Tails for Fashion, she decided to go for it. So far, Hallstrom has created seven or eight outfits to be showcased on the runway during the show. A different model will wear each of her designs, including Tippecanoe Valley Middle School student, Jade Collins, who will walk for several designers that day. Hallstrom will sport one of her own fashions, as well.
“She’s really excited and we’re really proud of her,” Hallstrom’s mom, Jennifer Hallstrom, said.
The theme of the fashion show is the 1970s. Hallstrom’s designs are all casual wear. As a cat owner, she looks forward to using her talent to benefit Pet Refuge.
“I actually sat down and discussed with her what a charity event was and I’m actually thrilled that her first fashion show is a charity event so she understands the concept of a charity,” Jennifer said.
Besides Tails for Fashion, Karley has been invited to design another collection for an upcoming show in Chicago.