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August 30, 2011

Fashion Cares Part One

Fashion + Fundraising = A Stylish Soiree

  • Photos by Ben Rose

Ladylike-chic fashions by Jason Wu (courtesy of Jeffrey boutique), three charismatic hosts, two worthy causes, a sleek high-rise setting in Midtown and Atlantans dressed to kill in Jason Wu and other designer labels, made the kick-off to the fall social season a sizzling successs

Jeffrey Kalinsky, Lila Hertz, Jason Wu, Louise Sams, Jeffrey McQuithy Jeffrey Kalinsky, Lila Hertz, Jason Wu, Louise Sams, Jeffrey McQuithy























The VIPs

Co-Chairs Lila Hertz (this is Hertz’s ninth year as co-chair and she also sits on the national board of the Susan G. Komen for the cure Advocacy Alliance), Jeffrey McQuithy (owner of Vis-à-Vis Salon, which provided the gorgeous hair and makeup for the runway show) and Louise Sams (executive VP of Turner Broadcasting System and president of TBS International); special guest designer Jason Wu who jetted in from NYC, Honorary chair Dennis Dean, After Party Chair Cathleen Smith-Bresciani, and Jeffrey Fashion Cares founder Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffrey Boutique New York and Atlanta

The Venue:

High atop 12th and Midtown and Loews Atlanta hotel

The Scene Makers:

Don Purcell, Caren West, Holli Hines Easton, Jada and Tom Loveless, Burch Hanson, Christine and Bill Ragland, Sabina Carr, Meg Arnold, Laura Turner Seydel, Kwanza Hall,  Mary Louise Fitzgibbon, Suzanne and Bob Salmon, Cyndae Arrendale, Barron Segar, Charlene and Earnest Ingram, Vicky and Howard Palefsky, Conn Jackson, Paige Smith, Denise Cohen, Mary Portman, Harrison Rohr, Ginny and Dan Rather, Marjorie Harvey, Nancy Rollins, Todd Tautfest.

Geoff Green, Todd Tautfest Geoff Green, Todd Tautfest

The Highlights

VIP’s gathered in the Presidential Suite of Loews Atlanta hotel for a special sampling of Casa Dragones luxe sipping tequila. This was followed by cocktails and couture bites courtesy of Dennis Dean in the panoramic event space of 12th and Midtown with stunning city views and event design by April Trigg of Eventologie. The highlight of the evening: the New York-caliber runway presentation courtesy of Jeffrey boutique and featuring the gorgeous embellished, feathered, black lace and jewel-tone silk cocktail creations of designer Jeffrey Wu. Other runway hits: pieces by Lanvin, Celine, Balenciaga, Louboutin, Prada, Gucci,  Givenchy, YSL and more. Following the fashion fandango, revelers headed across the street to the festive after party at Opera with entertainer Fred Schneider of the B-52s holding court.



The Cause

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Susan G. Komen for the cure and the Atlanta AIDS Fund. Fashion Cares was founded by Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffrey boutique Atlanta and New York City, and last year the Atlanta event raised $650,000 for the twin causes.

The Patrons

Elton John AIDS Foundation, AirTran, Nordstrom’s, Opera, Mercedes-Benz, Dennis Dean and 12th and Midtown were among the evening’s major patrons.

The Showstoppers

Ginny Brewer in a red halter chiffon gown by Jason Wu paired with black python Jimmy Choos; Michelle Crosland in a fetching nude-colored cocktail confection by Wu, and Lila Hertz in a refined ivory cocktail dress embellished with dramatic black lace by Wu. The precocious designer, age 28, rocketed to fame when First Lady Michelle Obama wore his ivory gown to the Inaugeral Ball (the dress is now displayed at the Smithsonian Museum) and Wu was the recepient of the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2010. 


The Fashion Cares runway The Fashion Cares runway

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