On Thursday, July 28th, 2011, a crowd gathered at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion to attend Runway for a Cause 2011 benefitting the American Diabetes Association. Initiated by up-and-coming designer Stephanie Grant, Runway for a Cause is an annual charity event that helps nonprofits bring awareness to and raise money for their efforts, using the emerging fashion community as a platform.
Gina R. Murdoch and Antonio Coppola of the American Diabetes Association were on hand to shed light on the perils of diabetes; a disease that impacts approximately 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. and disproportionately affects black Americans.
The evening kicked off with a swanky silent auction. Of course the first thing I spotted was frisky feather masquerade ball mask from Victoria’s Secret with a starting bid of $350. Also up for grabs was an autographed photo of the Giants’ offensive lineman Chris Snee; an Oscar de la Renta bauble necklace; an Invicta wristwatch; and a three-month membership to Equinox.
DJ Schoolboy kept the room dancing (in their seats) throughout the night and during the fashion show. Maybe it was the limitations of the venue, but there were no drinks (I asked several times). In Manhattan, when a bar is alcohol free, one would usually take notice (and scoff!) The bartenders made up for it by serving ice cream at the end of the night. However, there was lemon and lime flavored water, fruit juice, and San Pellegrino available.
The highlight of the night was the fashion show, which featured designs from Quoise, Gwen Beloti, and Stephanie Grant’s clothing line, Dinpuru. Quoise took the runway first with a mixed collection of black, white, and orange summer wear.
Gwen Beloti showed structured fall pieces with plenty of glitter and ruffle embellishments.
Dinpuru mixed things up with a men’s and women’s line. The show went off without a hitch despite a few (possibly intentional and one definitely unintentional) wardrobe slips.
A final surprise for the audience: an all-red collection dedicated to the American Diabetes Association.
We celebrated the event curator’s birthday, Stephanie Grant, who was amazingly friendly to everyone ! After the show she brought out a cake, which I am assuming was Baked by Melissa, one of the event’s sponsors.
Betty B. generously filled the guests’ swag bag with her rose scented body butter; other gift bag goodies included a copy of Harper’s Bazaar June/July issue, more body butter from Nature’s Naturally Products, a paisley Dinpuru pocket square for the guys and a pair of black and gold Maylani earrings for the ladies.
At the end of the night, Chas (don’t call him “DJ” Chas) took over the turntables.
The event’s lovely and stylish emcee, Sharon Divine.
Other sponsors of Runway for a Cause included: L’Oreal, Avridor Photography, Marine Florist, Briarcliffe College, Kenneth Cole, Marcolin, Painted by Bret, Rumba Time, State Farm Insurance, Tease Group, Big Brokerage Firm, TimeFrozen Photography, Accessories We Love, Artful Dodger, Image Within, and Cousin & Co.