Couture for a Cure takes it to the Nth Degree

May 11, 2009

The fashion scene in Washington is slowly changing as more and more emerging designers get the chance to showcase their collections in fashion shows around the city. Last Thursday, three emerging designers and a few boutiques came together to raise money for charity and to show some of the latest trends Washingtonians will be wearing this spring and summer. The fashion show was part of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year candidate Nadine Namoff’s mission to raise $100,000 to fight blood cancers. She brought together DC United soccer players, television personalities and local models all for Couture for a Cure. Above, DC United player Devon McTavish and me during the reception portion of the evening.

Perhaps what made the event even more stellar was the our fabulous Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Paul Wharton, who entertained the crowd with fashion commentary and direction. Paul, whose modeling agency Evolution Look has been promoting some of the area’s top talent, and a television personality on CW, has been aiding in the growth of DC fashion scene and philanthropy by partnering with organizations like LLS and America’s Polo Cup to fuse fashion and charity seemlessly. Stay tuned for video from this event later this week.

Designers including Aidah Collection, Tsyndyma and Evelyn Brookes outfitted models in some impressive threads that had the audience on the feet. The night also honored cancer survivors who have kept up their fight and know first hand the benefits of cutting edge research and drugs that have kept them in tip top shape. We got the chance to meet a lot of these extraordinary men and women and it made the event even more special. Pic: Meredith Gramann, Kristen Murdock, myself (in my Betsey Johnson polka dot bow dress) and Charles Rockefeller.

The campaign is only beginning for Nadine, who will be hosting more events from now until June 13 to reach her goal. She’s assembled a strong team to help her make her goal a reality but needs all of our help with this campaign. Nadine is an extraordinary woman, she’s been able to keep her head up, despite losing her father to non-Hodkins lymphoma in 1995. Here the woman of the hour, smiles proudly with her mom, Honey, after the event.

Wes McAdams, DC United’s Devon McTavish and Bryan Namoff before the event. The guys look pretty good for just getting off their plane from Kansas City. They are the defending champions of the US Open Cup. If you haven’t been to a game yet, I urge you to go because you will become a huge fan. Go to for their schedule.


WUSA Traffic Anchor Angie Goff struts her stuff in a Tsyndyma creation, which reminds me a bit of a Commes des Garcons. The DC United guys rocked the runway in menswear from Georgetown boutique Lost Boys. For the guys looking to up their style quotient, I suggest you head to Lost Boys, where some of the best contemporary designers are stocked and ready for you. I love their selection of Theory menswear, so go and check them out.

Tsyndyma, right, takes a bow after her show. Click on the smaller thumbnails for larger versions of the pictures. Visit: to donate to Nadine’s campaign. She also said she is looking for corporate sponsorships so please reach out to her if you can help with that.


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