Alice Whitaker loves classic clothing, such as plaids and circle skirts. So when the 11-year-old girl from Skamakowa was asked to model in a smart evening dress for the upcoming Midwinter Montage, a benefit for the River Theater, she knew she would be charting some new fashion territory. Still, after a practice session with student stylists at Paul Mitchell - The School and with some dress alteration courtesy of her mom, Shannon Meeker, the homeschooled youngster reminded at least one viewer at a recent fashion shoot of a young Audrey Hepburn.

"This makes me feel grownup and sophisticated," Alice said.