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WBTV dresses up for fashion show to benefit Autism Speaks

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Local fashion designers teamed up with WBTV talent for the Simon Fashion Now at SouthPark Mall, to benefit Autism Speaks.

The evening of fashion included a trip down the catwalk for WBTV talent. Each anchor or reporter was paired with a local fashion designer. The designers met with children involved in the Charlotte Chapter of Autism Speaks. They discussed favorite hobbies, activities, and dreams. The designers then used incorporated those conversations into the outfits work by WBTV's team. Each outfit included the color blue, which is the trademark color of Autism Speaks.

Maureen O'Boyle wore the winning design by Tara Davis – inspired by Reagan Brielle Smith. The three-year-old loves the ocean and playing Little Einstein on her iPad. Davis said she created the design around the theme "Holiday Bliss". She said she was inspired by Reagan's blue eyes and joyful smile.

Christine Nelson wore an ensemble by designers Emily Kramer and Amanda Gaskins – the trio snagged first runner-up. The design was modeled after five-year-old Brielle Stone's love of the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".

Katie Garner wore a dress by designer Caleb Clark and won second runner-up. The design was inspired by five-year-old Morgan Watson. Morgan loves trains, so Clark designed the dress around a 1940s train conductor uniform.

Astrid Martinez wore a dress designed by Mikelle Fowler, of MiikelleDeFo. The dress was inspired by first-grader Breanna Wormuth, who loves sports, fashion, and staging her own fashion shows. Breanna and Mikelle shopped for the dress fabric together.

Tonya Rivens wore Candace Frieden as she walked the runway. The design was inspired by Lacie Ostrander, a four-year-old who loves teddy bears. Lacie is especially fond of Starry Bear.

Kristen Miranda closed out the runway show, with a design by Amanda Wagner. The look was inspired by a three-year-old Mia Walters, and her two-year-old brother Sammy. Mia is a "girly girl" who loves puzzles, and her brother likes toys with lights that spin. The design incorporates pieces of what both children love.

Judges for the night were Autism Speaks board member Loree Elswick, 107.9 FM personality Kelly McKay, and Charlotte's most well-known reality star, Emily Maynard from the Bachelorette.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, click here.

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