Written by Jamie
October 7, 2009
Photographs courtesy of Judah Avenue Photography.
The beautiful Renaissance Mayflower Hotel was the perfect setting for last month's Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP) 5th Annual Benefit, one of DC's original and most important fashion fundraisers. Not only was FFP celebrating its 5th year, but also its recent status as a tax-exempt charitable organization. This year's benefit, "Refashion: The Main Event," supported and highlighted FFP's ongoing commitment to global and local projects that promote social responsibility, such as microfinancing opportunities in developing countries and local education programs like the Woodrow Wilson High School Clothing and Textile program (the only public school clothing and textile program in DC). Students in the program were even backstage gaining invaluable practical experience from the FFP production and design extraordinaries themselves!
The fashion extravaganza featured a spectacular runway show hosted by model/host of Discovery Network's "Planet Green," Summer Rayne Oakes, and Fox 5 News Anchor and three-time FFP host, Will Thomas. But before the show kicked off, attendees perused an elaborate silent auction, sipped cocktails, and met sponsors like Fresh of Georgetown (we're big fans of their fashion events!), Phyto Haircare, Alberto Parada, and Relaxed Spa and Tans, who provided mini-reflexology massages to the very appreciative stiletto-wearing attendees!
When it was time for the runway show to begin, FFP delivered by featuring national and local designers who share their commitment to eco-friendly and ethical fashion. Fashion lines Renee Q Bespoke and Rene Geneva Designs had models strutting down the lengthy runway in unique African-inspired tee shirts and corseted dresses, while Nudie Jeans showcased its line of men's eco-friendly denim. Local designers Mirza Mperial, Studio D-Maxsi, and Aidah Collection also showed their lines of women's cocktail and evening wear. Studio D-Maxsi featured beautifully constructed train dresses and Aidah Collection's Spring '10 line showed lots of flowy white and turquoise. After the show, the party moved on to Midtown Loft with an after party hosted by Paul Wharton, host of the CW’s TrenDC, who you can also catch at this Saturday's DC 50 Fashion Beauty and Lifestyle Expo at the Grand Hyatt.
Many thanks and kudos to FFP and the incredible team of generous and talented volunteers for putting together such an amazing event! To learn about FFP's projects and events throughout the year, be sure to check out their website. And for all you GLDC trick or treaters who ALSO want to do good this Halloween, find out how with Global Exchange's 2009 Reverse Trick or Treating Program!
For more fabulous pics of Refashion: The Main Event (courtesy of Judah Avenue Photography), please visit our Photo Gallery.