Stylishly charitable

Fashion is not always about the glitz and the glam. Sometimes it can be a guiding light for something much greater. 

On Friday, May 27, 2011, The Homewood Residence in Richmond Heights hosted the Runway For The Cure fashion show. The show was created to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure which will be held in July. 

The event raised money by offering a 50/50 raffle, in which participants could win breast cancer awareness merchandise as well as gift cards from surrounding salons and retailers like Mona Lisa Salon & Spa and World Market, as well as many other wonderful items.

The fashion show featured garments from fashion designer Diane Linston, whose N.G.U. collections are just as fashionable and inspirational as Diane herself. The name of Linston's collection N.G.U. is short for “Never Give Up,” a phrase she uses to empower herself and all who wear her garments. She is a Virginia Marti College of Art & Design graduate and a long time resident of Cleveland. 

Garments featured by N.G.U. came in a variety of styles and silhouettes. Jackets in zebra prints, black jackets with rhinestones or studs, and denim jackets with embellishments were some of the show-stoppers that graced the runway. Some of these jackets were also paired with matching pants or skirts that were created with the same fabrics and embellishments. 

N.G.U. also featured an orange metallic kimono-style dress which was also one of the main highlights during the show. It was fitted throughout the bodice and then moved into a very wide fringed bottom, giving it a very eye-catching, feminine look.

Kathryn Johnson, the business development manager at Homewood Residence, also presented a few pieces from her gorgeous collection. Johnson’s stunning orange and yellow dress was adorned with gold metallic thread and cultural faces on the sides. Johnson also sent a beautiful cranberry red and gold traditional dress down the runway. This piece had a very intricate design and was elegant in movement. 

Also in the show were garments that select residents had fashioned together with perfection. Garments from the residents ranged from detailed jackets to a bridal veil that one woman had designed for her daughter's wedding. 

The show also opened the runway for a very special guest, Gypsy the toy poodle who strutted her stuff and modeled a very fashionable pink tutu dress down the runway. Gypsy is no stranger to this type of attention, she has been living in the spotlight since she was a very young fashionista pup.

The show ended with applause, and there were many happy Homewood residents and guests who learned that even more money was earned to help support the Susan G. Komen fund. Events like Runway For The Cure truly show how the power of fashion can bring so many people together in one spot for such an amazing cause.

Monday, June 13, 2011