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Men get makeovers, too

The Wichita Eagle

It was time for a change. After five years of giving head-to-toe makeovers to women who had won The Eagle's Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover contest, we decided a fresh approach was in order.

So we invited men to enter the contest, too.

Readers wrote in nominating someone they thought deserved and needed the makeover. In some cases, they nominated themselves.

All six winners — three men and three women — were presented June 26 at the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover Luncheon, a benefit for Dress for Success.

We revealed the makeover results for the women last week in this section. Today, we present the men. Their transformations won oohs and ahs from the audience of about 400 people — mostly women — who attended the makeover luncheon.

Clinton Brown, 33

Brown owns a construction company, F&S Inc., with his father. He's married with two sons and one daughter.

He told us he was stuck in a rut with his casual style and thought a makeover would fix that.

Salon: Trudy Brown (no relation to Clinton) from Salon Knotty, 1447 N. Rock Road, was Brown's stylist.

Hair: She shortened his hair, then "shattered" the ends to add movement. Before she cut his hair, she worked on the color, adding subtle highlights that enhanced his natural dark brown color.

Clothing: Men's Wearhouse, 7700 E. Kellogg in Towne East Mall.

William Say helped Brown transition from a casual look to a dressed-up one, putting him in a charcoal gray Pronto Uomo Suit, lavender shirt, black leather belt and lavender and gray paisley tie with black Johnston and Murphy dress shoes.

"This is a modern take on a classic suit," Say said. "The two-button, side-vented coat with the flat front pant fit him well. It's a dressy but youthful look."

Final comments: "I like my hair, it's nice and no gray hair now," Brown said. "And it's great that I have a nice suit in my closet. This has been fun, but my wife has enjoyed it the most."

Skyler Saunders, 20

Saunders is a college student who works at the Starbucks at 21st Street and Maize Road.

His signature look, at work and at school, includes suspenders and bow ties, which he wears even with summer shorts. His co-workers, especially Margie Belluomo, thought it was time for a professional wardrobe intervention.

Salon: Planet Hair, 504 E. Douglas

Co-owner Tod Ernst added some light but subtle highlights to Saunders' hair to give it texture before giving him a haircut that changed his appearance dramatically. "The pompadour look is hot now and will be even more popular going into fall," Ernst said.

Ernst also waxed Saunders' eyebrows to tidy them up and give them a nice shape.

Clothing: Section 37, 12111 E. 21st St., provided the clothing and accessories. Leah Doshier updated Saunders' look with a dark olive long-sleeve shirt with zipper detail, by popular designer William Rast, and dark-wash, slim-fit jeans by Joe's Jeans. Contemporary high-top boots by Mark Nason completed the modern look and provided a base for the outfit, she said.

"Skyler is very creative and has an appreciation for the current trends," Doshier said. "He isn't conservative and likes to express himself through his appearance."

Final comment: "My hair is very different, which is fun, but what's great is it will look good as it grows out," Saunders said. "The outfit is hip and unique and definitely my style. I feel like a rock star!"

Steve Korte, 57

Korte is married with two sons, a stepson and a stepdaughter. He is a real estate broker, auctioneer and musician in his band High Rise.

"I might be the last guy with a mullet so I guess I need to bring myself up to date and present myself well to my clients," he said.

Salon: Charisma West, 7721 W. 21st St.

Korte had been coloring and cutting his own hair for years, so stylist Colleen Beason had her work cut out for her.

Beason said she lightened Korte's hair to almost a platinum blond because he needed a bold color to go with his bold personality.

"He needed to lose the mullet for sure and I gave him a style that is more current and it will be easy for him to do," Beason said.

She also bleached his eyebrows.

Eyeglasses: Specs, in the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road, provided eyewear.

Jason Bell of Specs wanted to put Korte in a bold frame. "But he said he wore that style in the eighth grade and he just couldn't do it again," Bell said.

So the boldness came with the deep red color on the frames by Ogi with stainless steel front and flexible plastic temples. "The shape is somewhat rectangular. It's a sleek shape that is very slimming," Bell said.

Clothing: Dillard's Towne East, Rock Road and Kellogg

Mickey DeHook, business manager for the men's suit department, believes that every man needs a suit that fits properly. Korte's suit by Hart Schaffner Marx was accessorized with a white, French cuff shirt, diagonally striped tie, suspenders and black dress shoes by Johnston & Murphy.

Final comment: "I've needed a makeover for a long time," Korte said. "The mullet is gone, Mickey has me decked out and he had some good ideas for a professional look. I love my new glasses. I would have never gone the complete mile to have everything done, so thanks!"

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