When I signed up this year to be my friend Nadine Namoff's partner in crime to plan the Second Annual Couture for a Cure Runway Show
, I did not anticipate it becoming the phenomenal event that took place on Tuesday night at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Initially we had planned on assembling a list of three avant garde designers with little noteriety and a select group of local designers including Crooked Monkey and Dar be Dar swimwear. We even reached out to Saks Fifth Avenue but had no luck in that department. Desperate and ready to throw in the towel, I figured I had nothing to lose asking DKNY if they would show their spring collection in Washington. A few email exchanges later, DKNY was on board and excited to show their collection including the menswear line at Couture for a Cure.
My friend Nadine lost her father to non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was 13 years of age, a battle that lasted 12 years before his passing. As part of her commitment to ensuring a cure is found for blood cancers, Nadine ran for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year campaign in 2009. Couture for a Cure
was born during her campaign, becoming her most successful fundraiser. I signed on towards the later part of the first fashion show but vowed to be fully vested in the second one. After weeks of planning and promoting, model castings, e-mails and phone calls at 3am in the morning and the countless coffee runs, the Couture for a Cure Runway Show with DKNY as headline designer was an A+ event. I feel comfortable saying that it raised the bar on fashion shows in Washington, DC.
The clothes were fabulous, but then again why wouldn't they be? It was DKNY bringing a slice of the Big Apple to our nation's capital with a "City in Bloom." Guests ooh'd and aah'd as models in peony prints, relaxed pants, sequined jumpsuits and tailored suits walked the grey runway in the Kogod Lobby of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. The mood was electric and as the first model walked out, I felt tears welling up because the vision that Nadine and I had for this show was finally coming true.
A big thank you goes out to all the fabulous sponsors who made this event possible. Woolly Mammoth, Microsoft, Capitol File, John Farr Lighting, Toasted Head Wine, Ultimat Vodka, Vitamin Water, Glaceau, Bloomingdale's, PR at Partners and James Cornwell, Magic Hat Brewery, Crooked Monkey, T.H.E Artist Agency, Peacock Cafe, Sweetgreen and DJ Manifesto. We hope to have them all on board next year.
The highlight of the VIP admission, aside from the exclusive lounge, were the swanky DKNY gift bags which included: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Hanky Panky
panties, $100 Yummie Tummie
Gift Certificate, DKNY
Handbag Silk Scarf, DKNY Smoothies (which were worn by the models in the show), Queen Bee Designs jewelry gift certificate, Cafe Bustelo Coffee
, Vitamin Water Zero
, Capitol File magazine, PR at Partners
lip gloss, Sebastian
hair products, Grooming Lounge
men's after shave and shaving cream as well as Grooming Bucks, Muscle Milk
, Luxxery Medical Boutique & Spa
facial gift card, Georgetown Cupcakes and Saks Fifth Avenue
bags filled with beauty products.
A special thanks to all that came out to support this wonderful cause. Thanks to:
Lynda Erkiletian, Mary Amons, Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson, Bianca Chardei, Ebong Eka, Tonya Klause, Chris Pontius, Daniel Stratford, Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, John Thornley and Randy Siegel.