Dress For Success Hosts Annual Capital Catwalk

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dressfor55There were the usual big names at the Dress for Success 9th annual Capital Catwalk fundraising fashion show at Hartford Stage Monday.

But it was the youngest participant who stole the runway.

The nearly seven-month-old William “LB” Petit III, son of Christine Paluf Petit and Dr. Bill Petit was the clear star, curls and all.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” said Windsor resident Mavis Langley, part of the sold-out crowd who oohed and ahhed over the baby decked out in a summer madras outfit and hat for the show that also featured his mom as one of the models.  “I am so happy for all of them.”

Dr. Petit lost his wife and two daughters in a deadly home invasion in 2007. He married Paluf Petit in 2012.

There were other well-knowns on the  runway including Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, WFSB personalitiesdressfor22 including Mark Dixon, Klarn DePalma, Dennis House, Scot Haney, Kara Sundlun, and Denise D’Ascenzo , Hartford leaders including Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Deputy Police Chiefs Neville Brooks and Brian Foley, and radio celebs including Chaz and AJ from WPLR and WTIC’s Christine Lee.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” said the not-usually fashion-forward Chaz, who was decked  out in summer Bermuda shorts with a martini shaker pattern and lime green pullover. “Same for me, first time,” said on-air sidekick AJ, who was done up in a coral summer outfit.

dressfor10Another star of the show was Dress for Success client, Nancy Guerard, who credited the organization that provides support and clothes for women seeking jobs, with helping her get back on her professional feet.

“The help was priceless,” said Guerard who lives in Wethersfield and now works for Lincoln Financial Group. “I lost my job after 18 years and Dress for Success provided me with the skills and support I needed to find a new job.”


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