Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jammin' in the pink

Though the Pink Fashion Rocks fashion event held in DC's Longview Gallery may have had issues called out by other media (if you can call crowd overflow at a charity event a "flaw"), too much press (that would include Women's Wear Daily) and live music that took up precious floor space, none of those problems would have existed had the event not been such a huge success. The fashion show drew crowds who helped raise nearly $20,000 in support of breast cancer research, according to Christa Floresca, who started Pink Jams! when her friend succumbed to the disease. Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce was co-host of the event that featured 14 local designers touting a lineup of pink fashions strutted down the hot pink runway by local "real" people. Baltimore's Charm City Devils donated live rocking tunes that lent all that pink some edgy thump. The grand finale was Betsey Johnson's display of bustles, street glam and lace. As for me, I got to meet and bump elbows with a slew of editors, photographers, writers and fashion designers angling for a good view. Special shout-out to Bethesda's Meena Tharmaratnam of Ibhana whose model wore a high-feathered head piece and hot pink structured dress that perfectly captured the spirit of the evening.

Pre-show snippets:

Meena Tharmaratnam of Ibhana

Designer Stella Bonds

Perfection in pink ruffles

Fab suit worn by Howard Nelson Cromwell Jr.
editor in chief of DC's Most Fabulous magazine

Fabulous braised duck on endive
catered by The Daily Dish and served by
the fabulous Maddie Watkins

Excerpts from the Runway:

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