Fashion Racquet for Vineyard Youth Tennis

Scott Smith, VYT director, opened the show at the Shephard Artspace last Friday in Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Susan Safford

Stina Sayre’s considerable fashion designing skills were on the runway at a benefit cocktail party and fashion show for Vineyard Youth Tennis (VYT) last Friday evening, July 29, at the Shephard Fine ArtSpace in Oak Bluffs.

Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Herring Run Kitchens. The gallery’s walls were hung with the majestic paintings of New Bedford fishing boat prows by Rez Williams, a stunning backdrop for the introduction of The Stina Sayre Design 2011 Collection.

The clothes were modeled by local women, mostly tennis players, friends, and relatives of most of the attendees. The models’ panache and bravado and not inconsiderable strutting skills made the event in the packed gallery an exuberant and entertaining evening.

The colorful collection of clothes ranged from sophisticated evening wear to tennis outfits. There was a brief but moving musical interlude with a song sung by the accomplished Timmya Allen-Wright. VYT director Scott Smith said the event was a “spectacular success.”

Stina Sayre works from her studio in Vineyard Haven at 43 Main Street. VYT provides free tennis instruction and court time for Island children at its own facility in Oak Bluffs, near the intersection of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven and Barnes roads.