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Old fashioned! Ditmas Park seniors strut their stuff on the runway

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Risky business: Super model Beverly Gordon salsa danced down the runway of the Caton Park Nursing Home’s annual fashion show wearing a shimmering, off-purple ball gown — a bold move, which ultimately won the day.
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Welcome to the show: Lane John served as master of ceremonies at the event.
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Assisted grace: Runway model Hazel Wells sashays down Caton Park Nuring Home’s runway with a little help from caretaker Carter Fuentebaja.
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Brown is the new black: Male fashion model Llyod Pinnock sported a classic three-buttoned brown blazer, slacks, and fedora at the Caton Park Nursing Home Fashion Show.
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Fashion royalty: Beverly Gordon and Norman Lovell choke back tears after being crowned King and Queen of the Caton Nursing Home Fashion Show. Lovell would later describe the fashion show as “good.”
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Break dance: Staff and the event’s disc jockey cut a rug amid a break in the fashion show.

Geriatric fashionistas strutted and rolled down the Caton Park Nursing Home’s runway during the Ditmas Park elder care facility’s annual fashion show on June 16.

The event has given Brooklyn’s most venerable an opportunity to let loose and have fun for more than 20 years, and is a perennial favorite amongst the residency’s chic seniors, according to one of the show’s main organizers.

“The residents love it,” said Caton Nursing Home recreational aide Marilyn Antoine. “They feel like they’re somebody. It lifts up their esteem, and it makes them happy.”

During Ditmas Park’s premier fashion event, the wizened runway models sported snappy looks from bygone days, usually with items either donated by staff or family members to ensure the residents appeared even more trendy than usual on the big day.

“We look for clothes like if you’re going to a wedding,” said Antoine. “Fancy clothes.”

Organizers judged the snazzy seniors, many of whom are in their 90s, on criteria including style, natural beauty, and charisma, and at the end of the day, they selected models Beverly Gordon and Norman Lovell respectively as Queen and King of the show.

Lovell, who described himself as “25 or 26 years old,” said he was “not really excited” about receiving the honorific title, but that the show was “good” nonetheless.

For his prize, Lovell received a number of useful items, including soaps and hand creams, according to Antoine.

When asked why he believed the nursing home awarded him the prestigious title, Lovell — who took to the catwalk in a purple shirt, purple tie, and a cream-colored suit — professed uncertainty.

“It’s hard to say,” he said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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serious theorist says:
I hate to take anything away from the Queen and King but I think the winners were selected because their outfits matched the lavender and gold decorations of the event space, making for color coordinated post-coronation photographs. Next year's entrants might take a lesson from this.
June 21, 2016, 1:44 pm

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