It’s all about the girls at W3 What Women Want Fest

From left, Smyrna residents Bettilou Wagner, Ruth Bower and Regina Brown enjoy last year’s W3 What Women Want Fest. (Delaware State News file photo)

DOVER — Grizel Muniz and her daughter, Alexis, have a knack for making outfits work. They’re going to share that fashion expertise Saturday, along with other women representing various sectors, from decorators to financial planners and fitness trainers, who will spread their knowledge to other women.

The second annual W3 What Women Want Fest is, as the name implies, for females only.

“I love the name. It’s put together by women and I think that’s just an amazing thing. They are great at putting together a great group of business owners that are showcasing their products or their services. It’s really about things that would serve women. I love that. I love anything that empowers women,” Ms. Muniz said.

The festival, presented by the Delaware State News, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Maple Dale Country Club and feature vendors, food, demonstrations, door prizes, giveaways and a fashion show.

With Mother’s Day approaching, Ms. Muniz said she thought a mother-daughter theme would be appropriate for the fashion show. Models participating, which don’t just include mothers and daughters, but also grandmothers, will feature outfits styled by Style Encore of Dover, which Ms. Muniz opened with her daughter in late 2013. As a sponsor of the fashion show, they will show off some of the outfits that have been put together with gently used items and brands — Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson and more — available at Style Encore.

“We’re really super excited to show that — how mothers and daughters can both shop at our store,” she said. “Sometimes it’s really good to see what someone else can do for you because we get so stuck in a rut and we don’t realize, ‘Oh, this new style can really work on us,’ but someone else can see it on your easily.”

That includes considering colors outside one’s normal palette and styles, for instance working in trendy cut-outs that are fashionable but also age appropriate and flattering.

“I bring to the table things that might appeal to my demographic,” said Ms. Muniz, who is in her 50s. “My daughter, who is 20 years younger than me, she definitely brings in a different take on it. What I have learned through the years is the youth is what guides fashion. I want to look young. I don’t want to look foolishly young, but I want to be stylish.”

The Charitable Dames of Delaware will host an accessories boutique that will feature new and gently used purses, hats, scarves and jewelry for sale, plus Charitable Dames of Delaware merchandise.

The Charitable Dames group is among the W3 sponsors, along with YMCA Dover, Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and Dover Federal Credit Union.

In addition to the fashion show, Style Encore will showcase some of the its top-selling brands, such as Coach, Dooney and Burke and Michael Kors. While they will bring mostly handbags, sunglasses, and accessories to the show, the store features a full line of gently used clothing.

They are just one of roughly two dozen vendors showcasing merchandise and services Saturday. Demonstrations will be held by Decorating Den, the YMCA of Dover and Jen-Mor Florist. Dover Federal Credit Union is hosting a game show and the cash bar will serve a signature cocktail.

A buffet will be available throughout the day so attendees can snack while they shop, watch the demonstrations and visit with the vendors.

Tickets for the event are on sale at www.W3Fest.com. They are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the event. For information, visit www.W3Fest.com or www.facebook.com/w3fest.

Ashley Dawson is managing editor of the Delaware State News. Email adawson@newszap.com.

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