On Friday, September 9th, 2011, fashion met philanthropy at The New York FAME all day fashion extravaganza with multiple designers showcasing their Spring 2012 collections and a silent auction to benefit the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
The New York FAME is the brainchild of CEO Melisa Brown who sought to highlight haute style for a good cause during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It is all too fitting on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks part of the proceeds from this event is benefitting children who lost one or both parents on that fateful day. The collaboration between The New York FAME and the Twin Towers Orphan Fund aims to provide as many $20,000 educational scholarships for children as possible with the proceeds from the event ticket sales and silent auction.
While the event showcased various emerging designers throughout the day, only the most hardy fashion enthusiasts stayed the entire time despite plenty of Monster energy drinks and open bar. The majority of attendees arrived around 6pm when the Red Carpet Gala Reception began receiving VIPs like Trina, multiple Project Runway alumni, and contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race who were modeling for Haus of Estrada.
With America’s Next Top Model cycle 9 contestant Bianca Golden hosting, designers from various seasons of Project Runway seemingly dominated the event; including Nicholas D’Aurizio, Haus of Estrada, Gordana Gehlhausen, and Korto Momolu.
Reco Chapple from Bravo TV’s The Fashion Show also showcased his collection prior to guest speakers Jacquelyn Aluotto and Donnella Tilery taking the stage. A live performance by the musical duo Nutting But Stringz rounded out the evening and got the crowd moving with their unique blend of classical violin with Pop, R&B and Hip Hop influences.
Overall, the night was a success and the fashion debuted was fresh and inspiring, even if at times over the top. We did not spot Tim Gunn anywhere and it seems his editing eye was well-needed by some of the designers. Undoubtedly, these more outrageous designs made the night far more interesting than if all the collections had been more wearable and commercial.
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