Don't tell Kristy Sauder that the Rim country is hopelessly unfashionable.
"Payson is absolutely not behind the times," Sauder, a hair stylist at Backstreet Salon, said. She is one of the organizers of a charitable fashion show that will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, on the patio of the Mogollon Grille.
"I think we're right with it every step of the way, and this fashion show will prove that," she said. "It will show people there are stores and shops in town besides Wal-Mart where people can find things that are fashionable and trendy."
In the world of hair, Sauder said the trend is toward bold colors for both men and women.
"We're doing a lot of red and a lot of blonde two-toned with maybe red bangs and the rest black, and a lot of chunks, bobs and spikey hair" she said. "We're having more fun with hair color than I've had in 18 years, and we'll be showing that at the fashion show. We'll be getting as much bold color in our models' hair as we can."
Another fashion statement that will be apparent at the show will reflect the trend away from extremely baggy clothes, Brian Schroth, co-owner of Extreme Boardwalk, said. Extreme Boardwalk is a clothing and skateboard store next door to Backstreet on Bonita Street.
"Guys are getting away from the baggier stuff the Beatle thing where you could get in your pants upside down, where one of the legs would fit around your waist," he said. "That's way out. Now it's maybe 20 inches at the bottom of a pant leg instead of 40 or 60 inches."
The Fall Splendor Fashion and Beauty Show, co-sponsored by a group of fashion-related Rim country businesses, is being held to collect food for the Lioness Payson Food Drive and to raise money for the Santa's List Payson Toy Drive.
"We wanted to help the kids, and toys are the way to touch a child's heart," Sauder said. "Then somebody said, 'Why don't we charge a can of food for admission, and then we can help them out, too.' Everybody is donating their time and everything else, and this has just gotten bigger and bigger."
All donations and proceeds from a raffle which will be held during the show will go to the toy drive. Items to be raffled include gift certificates from the participating businesses, dinner for two at the Mogollon Grille, and the 27 floral centerpieces made by Flowers by June that will be on the patio tables during the show.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and can be purchased at participating businesses and at the show.
In addition to Backstreet, Extreme Boardwalk, the Mogollon Grille and Flowers by June, co-sponsors providing fashions and accessories include Andrea's Clothing, Manzanita Cyclery and Payson Jewelers. The Mogollon Grille will serve complimentary cold appetizers and beverages, including tea and lemonade.