Fashion Focus: Couture for a Cause

October 25, 2009 at 1:05 am (Fashion Focus)

What do you get when you have sixteen designers, three judges, and a challenge to create an outfit that best captures the essence of a local charity? No, this isn’t Project Runway. This is ME3’s first annual Couture for a Cause fashion show.

Jenny Le with Model Blakeley Pritchard

Jenny Le with Model Blakeley Pritchard

Sixteen designers were paired with sixteen Wake County nonprofits. The designers had to create an outfit  that embodied the missions of each organization. North Carolina State Student Jenny Le was assigned to Artspace. Two weeks ago, Jenny visited Artspace and took photographs for her Artspace inspired design. Not knowing what the dress looked like, I offered to loan Jenny the Artspace talisman I designed last year. The end result worn by model Blakeley Pritchard was inspired creative energy.

Blakely Pritchard wearing the Artspace talisman

Blakely Pritchard wearing the Artspace talisman

The designs were judged by Banana Republic’s Tara Konya, Handbag Designer Holly Aiken, and ME3 President Amber Smith. The winning designer, Tyger Alexis, who was paired with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, won $250.

Model Meredith Morrison wearing Tyger Alexis' winning design

Model Meredith Morrison wearing Tyger Alexis' winning design

But it wasn’t all about the clothes. The purpose of the event was to  showcase local nonprofits, raise awareness about ME3,  and raise funds to support ME3’s ongoing efforts to promote volunteerism in Wake County. “Our goal is to help create a permanent culture of caring and community involvement in North Carolina and beyond.”

Jessica Domino's design for The American Diabetes Association

Jessica Domino's design for The American Diabetes Association

Designer Kat Schamens with her design for Adopt-A-School

Designer Kat Schamens with her design for Adopt-A-School

Lauren Boynton's design for Literacy Council of Wake County

Lauren Boynton's design for Literacy Council of Wake County

 

Cherihan Lusk's design for Trees Across Raleigh

Cherihan Lusk's design for Trees Across Raleigh Keely Cansler's design for the Neuse River Foundation

 

Keely Cansler's design for the Neuse River Foundation

Keely Cansler's design for the Neuse River Foundation

Laura Maruzzella's design for Boys & Girls Club

Laura Maruzzella's design for Boys & Girls Club

Jamella Murray's design for the Guatemalan Student Support Group

Jamella Murray's design for the Guatemalan Student Support Group

Karen Huskins design for Strike for Survival

Karen Huskins design for Strike for Survival

 

Shelley Wei's design for International Free Computer Training & Charitable Center

Shelley Wei's design for International Free Computer Training & Charitable Center

 

Jenny Le's design for Artspace

Jenny Le's design for Artspace

 

I have received so much positive feedback from this post, especially from the nonprofit agencies involved, that  I wanted to include links to all of the nonprofits represented during this event.

[ I would like to welcome Funky Finds’ visitors. This Wednesday Funky Finds is featuring my jewelry and giving away a pair of luggage label earrings to a lucky reader. Good luck, and thanks for visiting.]

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4 Comments

  1. FoodShuttle said,

    Great write-up! Can we link to you from our blog? Thanks, Jason

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    • onlylauren said,

      Thanks for the positive feedback. Link away (and I have edited the post to include links to all of the nonprofit agencies)

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  2. Who won Couture for a Cause? « Inter-Faith Food Shuttle said,

    […] It was a great night all around. You can read more about it from Lauren Van Hermert, who wrote up a great blog post (with pictures!) of the event. Check it out here.   […]

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  3. Sylvia said,

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