On Monday, December 13th, 2010, six designers and 18 fashion/lifestyle bloggers took to the catwalk to support Bottomless Closet NYC in a fashion runway charity fundraiser!  Check out some pictures from the night in our gallery below, or on Red Rover Style’s Facebook album!

Hosted by Desiree Frieson, RedRoverStyle.com and supporting partner Her Journey Magazine, the Fashion is Never Bottomless charity benefit raised over $1,300 for Bottomless Closet NYC!  The mission of Bottomless Closet is to help disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that begins with business attire and interview preparation and continues with professional development, financial management and personal enrichment.

 

The runway showcased beautiful garments and accessories by Gwen Beloti, Viva Aviva, Astrophel + Stella, Caycee Black, Hare + Hart and sample loans by Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, and Dr. Jays.  Before the runway show, there was a fantastic belly dance show by Decotach, and a soulful performance by Alexis Foxe, and music b  DJ/Designer Haleh NematzadehAnd of course, no charity event would be complete with an open bar for all guests!

Bottomless Closet NYC also had an accessories drive with scarves, handbags, shoes, hats, watches, earrings, rings, and necklaces, all to be donated.  Gift bag products were donated by Sacred Space Acupuncture, Avon, Sephora, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Arbonne International, Arganica, Salon DP Lorana, products from Carol’s Daughter, Pooka Pure and Simple products, and lipsticks by Lauren Luke

Other sponsors of the night included TouchOfFabulous.com, Social Exposure Media, Girls in Tech, MySkin Inc, Urban Pearl Public Relations, The Independent Handbag Designer Awards, GoodGirlPR and Social Fashion.

 

I can’t even imagine how much time and effort it takes to put together such an event, but Desiree Frieson did just that!  From securing the venue to getting performers lined up for entertainment, to getting sponsors and coordinating all the bloggers/models with the designers, there is so much advanced preparation required to make it all come together.

Then comes the actual night of the event.  We all arrived a few hours earlier to get ready, and even so there was still a mad dash to get it all together.  You know how everyone complains how it takes women so long to get ready to go out, especially for fancy events?  Well, multiply that by nearly 30 people to get hair and make-up done by MUD (Make-up Designory School), last minute fittings and ironing, and practice struts and posing. 

 

All of the other lovely ladies seemed completely natural on the runway, and it was great talking to everyone and hearing about their passion for fashion and their respetive sites.  Bloggers hitting the runway include: 

It was a whirlwind getting it all together, but in the end it was a lot of fun and a terrific experience!  Don’t hold your breath in anticipation for my next runway appearance – this may have been both my premiere and retirement show.

Yours,
Von

See more photos by Hazel Sy of Tasty Pursuits and on Red Rover Style‘s Facebook album!