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Siriano shares the runway with 14 DC designers, resulting 30,000.00 raised

26 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On October 21, Pink Jams! hosted “Pink rocks the runway” to raise awareness and funds to help women under 40 beat breast cancer.

Atrium in Ronald Reagan Building was filled with colorful lights, dressed up crowd and live music by “Charm City Devils”. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were all around to heat up the anticipation.

Fourteen young survivors “strut their stuff” on the runway, rocking pink outfits specifically made for this event by DC local designers. After each model in pink owned it, “Pink tie guy” took the shift diluting femininity with masculinity.  Finally, so anxiously awaited Christian Siriano‘s collection hit the runway. Fourth season “Project runway” winner Siriano brought to his hometown his whole Spring-Summer 2012 collection (over 30 outfits!). He wowed the crowd with polished corals and lime greens, as well as ruffled neutrals. His lavished, never restrained or modest looks are now recognizable and loved throughout the country.

As a conclusion of the event, Pink Jams!’ President Christa Floresca, flanked by Siriano and Doughty, presented a check for 30 thousand dollars to former First Lady of Washington, DC, Michelle Cross Fenty, for the Capital Breast Care Center.

Guests completed themselves with generously filled swags and lanced to official afterparty  at Hard Rock Cafe.

Pink Jams! intrigued everybody by promising not less exciting program for 2012, and there is no reason not to believe them!

Local designers represented (in order of appearance):

Dennya

Aidah

Booshie Designs

Maven, LLC

Chez Kevito

Tsyndyma

Estella Couture

Elizabeth St.John

Natalia Sanz

Walish Gooshe

Tashia Senn

Studio D’Maxsi

Punk Rock Bride

Kenny “KAS” Flanagan

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Finale walk

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Kick off for a kick off in Saks

15 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase hosted a kick-off event “Shop and champagne” on October 12. Getting ready for the main event, 13th annual “Key to the cure”,  Saks Fifth Avenue made sure all four stories of gigantic store are prepared to welcome hundreds of guests coming in a week. Champagne and light snacks were provided to help you relax and enjoy shopping even more.

Key to the cure is invented for raising both funds and awareness to fight breast cancer for Suburban Hospital.

T-shirts designed by Elie Tahari

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Pink Jams! is bringing Siriano in October

09 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Annapolis native and “Project Runway Season 4” winner Christian Siriano is coming to DC on October 21. Pink Jams!‘ special project Pink Rocks The Runway an annual breast cancer awareness fashion show, is making it happen. Young breast cancer survivors will wear pink couture by local DC designers, – dresses,  they have collaborated on for months, and Christian is bringing his whole Spring 2012 collection for an exclusive show. If you never had a chance to visit the tents during New York Fashion Week, this is your opportunity, and you don’t even have to leave DC! In addition, as it always happens on Pink Jams! events, you’ll hear live music, this time  by Charm City Devils. Needless to say, the event will sell out well in advance, so don’t postpone buying your tickets! There are still some front row seats available, for which you have to contact Pink Jams! directly, second row sells for $250 per seat and price decreases to $125 for seat at the stadium. General admission (standing) is $90 and includes hors d’oeuvres with full 4-hour open bar and access to after-party, not to mention the show itself. Buy tickets HERE.

What: Pink Rocks the Runway

When: October 21, 2011

7-10 p.m.

Where:

Ronald Reagan Bldg And International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
 

Giving is always in fashion by “W” of Worth in L2

30 Aug

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

As a side event to support 5th Annual fall fashion show in Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, Eileen Nelson (of Worth) and yours truly (of DressHopper) hosted a benefit trunk show in L2 on August 25. Beautiful models showcased fall and winter pieces of W by Worth line, and several local photographers had their art displayed on the walls. 100% of door proceeds, 10% of sales and selected percentage of photography sales benefited St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Models Tiffany Henschel, Sasha Hailey, Audrey Layendecker

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EmPower Ball to empower and support – Tigerlily

01 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

For the third time, The Tigerlily Foundation had its annual Gala – EmPower Ball – to raise funds and awareness to fight and prevent breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer gets younger and stronger, and therefore, The Tigerlily has more and more work. Fortunately, the organization has more followers and supporters, too. The same ballroom in Willard Intercontinental Hotel they had last year for Gala was packed from doors to the stage. Educating, advocating, empowering and supporting young women affected by breast cancer is the essential objective of the organization.

After the foyer reception with cocktails and tempting silent auction items, guests streamed into the ballroom, where Mistress of Ceremony, Natasha Barrett, welcomed everybody, and Rabbi Bonny gave a blessing and even performed a song!

Special guest, singer and harpist Rashida Jolley, “touched the strings” of everybody’s hearts with her marvelous performance (see the fragment of it in a video provided).

Maimah Karmo, Founder and President of Tigerlily, highlighted once again the importance of  early prognosis of the disease. Surprisingly, still, in XXI century, women have to fight to get their mammograms taken, even though there are cases of breast cancer known in women at the age of 25 and even younger. “Be your own advocate” is the mantra we all should repeat to ourselves.

Daughters of breast cancer survivors – Noelle Karmo (8), Molly Kaufman (13) and Kimberly O’Neil (38) shared their experiences in speeches on stage, what brought first tears of the evening…

This year, three awards have been presented. Jennifer Griffin, FOX News correspondent, received The Transformation Award (presented by Surae Chinn of W*USA 9). KM Warrior Award (named after Kristen Martinez, who passed away due to BC last June) was presented by Angela Kegler to loving husband and son of Michelle Bynum – who passed the torch earlier this year. Moving and genuinely heartfelt speech of 6 years old Reid had everybody in tears (and laughter at the same time). Inspire Award went to Doctor Michael Schultz, Director of the Breast Center Cancer Institute at St.Joseph Medical Center (presend by Tony Perkins of FOX 5 Morning News). One more title and recognition was awarded to Tigerlily 2011-2012 Ambassador of the year, who raised the most money – Jewel Green – she even got crowned!

Tigerlily offers education, help and support to young women before, during and after breast cancer. Distributing brochures to raise awareness, paying bills, providing meals etc. to those who are sick and feel alone and helpless – just to name a very few of what they do. The organization is founded and contented of women – BC survivors, so they know better than anyone, what’s needed to be helped through the fight. For more information about the organization, as well as how you can help, please visit their website HERE.

This year Gala was produced by The Posh Planner.

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Tigerlily Vice President Donna Guinn Kaufman (far left) and her daughter Molly (center), Tigerlily Founder and President Maimah Karmo (right) and her daughter Noelle (left)

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Mary Amons housed a benefit for Cancer Schmancer once again

27 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Mary Amons of Labels for Love (a.k.a. one of DC housewives) opened the doors of her private residence in McLean, Virginia, to benefit Cancer Schmancer. Numerous vendors presented their products and services to donate percentage of sales, there was silent auction as well, and of course, lots of mingling, spiced by cocktails and fingerfoods. “Pure” donations without claiming any of the goods were, of course, also accepted. The event went way past after the posted finish time, and attracted hundreds of philanthropic and artistic people from around the area.

By the way, the house, where Mary and her family spent last 17 years in, is now for sale!

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Mary AMons and guests

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24th Annual Bark Ball – more bark equals more love

07 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Saturday, June 4, Washington Hilton Ballroom filled with both two- and four-legged attendees for 24th Annual Bark Ball, benefiting Washington Humane Society. Each year, event attracts more and more animal lovers, willing to support their favorite charity – the one that protects underprivileged dogs, cats and others. Bark Ball, the largest annual event of WHS, is also the only black-tie gala in the Nation’s Capital where you can bring your dog as your date!

Along with reception, guests could roam around shopping at the silent auction, which took a lot of “floorage” and contented delightful items from donors. Furry friends (some of them also dressed up for a Ball) enjoyed Doggie Bar (courtesy of Barkley Square Gourmet Bakery and Boutique). As guests with their companions were filling up the tables in spacious Ballroom, some gorgeous ladies were sharing their remarks. Mistress of Ceremonies Allison Seymour of WTTG-TV presented her “not furry child” who was met by genuine laughter and ovations. Gala Committee Chair Beth Viola highlighted the importance of the WHS mission – giving the voice to animals who can’t speak for themselves. WHS Chief Executive Officer Lisa LaFontaine thanked everybody for continuous support through the years. Also took their spotlights on stage  Honorary Committee Co-Chairs, Honorable Ed Whitfield and Connie Harriman-Whitfield, and WHS Board Chairman Steve Bralove.

Evening continued with video presentation and Celebrity Parade, featuring dogs offered for adoption, as well as Live Auction and the most fun part – dancing! Nobody would ask “Who let the dog(s) out” as it was their official  night out!

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step® litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.

WHS shelters are located at 1201 New York Ave. NE (open during the District Dept. of  Transportation New York Avenue construction project) and 7319 Georgia Ave. NW. In addition, WHS operates a low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter facility at 1001 L St. NE, in the heart of Capitol Hill. The National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center also hosts a weekly vaccine clinic every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, WHS has an animal training facility, the Behavior and Learning Center, located at 7315 Georgia Ave. NW, offering lessons, group classes and behavioral workshops.

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Art and Fashion show in Aaron gallery

26 May

by Shaun Sargen

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s D.C. chapter teamed up with the Aaron Gallery, renowned designer Tsyndyma Kroujilov, and exceptional abstract expressionist Abol Bahadori to raise funds to continue the fight against one of the world’s most prolific diseases. The society’s man of the year Gaston Boisson was there to lend his support along with Art Soiree’s Sandro Kereselidze and a host of D.C.’s most charitable citizens. DJ Tom “from Prague” Cvinger kept the crowd jumping and set the sounds for an inspiring evening of superlative art, fabulous designs, and the spirit of giving. The night was topped off by a top flight fashion show by Julia Bella and a host of the city’s most beautiful models.

Tsyndyma designs

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Heels and paws on the runway raise $520K!!!

14 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk


For the fifth time annual “Fashion for paws” rocked the runway. National Building Museum seemed to be full, having about 1800 fashion and animal lovers under its roof. The_show of the year presented fund raising models and celebrities, dressed in outfits from Tyson’s Galleria’s Saks Fifth Avenue, Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, Karen Miller, 7 for All Mankind, Aram, Anne Fontaine, Stuart Weitzman. Syzygy Event Productions transformed the space into spring castle with cherry trees, blooming and glowing, soft white runway with real (at least very real-looking) fire hydrant, and gorgeously decorated VIP tables. Mistress of ceremonies Pamela Sorensen and host Lawrence Zarian, who specifically flew from LA for this event, made sure that spectators had a blast watching from the very beginning. Thanks to DJ Seyhan Duru the whole show was very dynamic and dance-provoking. About 70 fabulous women and men graced the runway with their four-legged friends, and got photographed and recorded by about the same quantity of photographers and videographers. Five over-the-top couture dresses by FIDM’s alumni Clay Sadler opened the show. Pieces were inspired by VitaminWater Zero – one of the sponsors of the event.

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One of the dresses by Clay Sadler

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5th Annual Pink Tie party

25 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Eat, drink and be CHERRY – that was the official motto for the 5th Annual Pink Tie Party – fundraiser and kick-off to the “season of the blossoms”. This year it was held on March 23 in The Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, and featured metro-DC’s top chefs’ delicious cherry- and blossom- inspired cuisine and cocktails. Celebrated Chef Host was Richard Sandoval. Guests were offered variety of fingerfoods, desserts and drinks, along with marvelous entertainment. Proceeds benefited the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

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cherry flowers projections on the ceiling

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