Fashion Gives Back

Have you ever seen a red carpet in the middle of a mall? Or a room completely covered in pink lights? I had the pleasure of attending a great event for a wonderful cause known as Fashion Gives Back which was held at South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts.

The special night was hosted by Jenny Johnson (former television news producer, founder of Champy ). Aside from all the great food and fashion, the fundraising event proceeds benefitted the Friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute to work towards a cure for cancer.

The night included a fashion show with current fall looks from Nordstrom, Bebe, Banana Republic, Miltons, and other South Shore retailers. The cocktail hour featured Champy, mixed drinks from J.Lohr, and many yummy bites from Davio’s such as Philly cheesesteak eggrolls, perfectly saucy meatballs, and tomato mozzarella skewers to name a few. The silent auction included many handbags from Nordstrom including the most spectacular Coach purses for the Fall/Winter 2016 season.

Side Note: I had a few drinks but my favorite was the Champy- 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. It was graced with hints of citrus flower, sweet red raspberry, strawberry, green apple, and stone fruit. Also, it was created in Massachusetts and continues to only be available for purchase there.

Now, on with the show! Check out the first slideshow with pictures from the Banana Republic FW16 show featuring their current items for fall- available in stores now. My favorite trends include the bright violet color, timeless black and white, thigh-high boots, houndstooth, and classic looks.

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Next up- Men’s fashion! Not sure if I’m getting blown a kiss or not, but I am a huge fan of all the layering action on the runway. My favorite look for a man is a button up shirt and these guys show so many different ways to make it work! It is important to know how to wear your favorite shirt for many different occasions.

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Here is a quick clip of my favorite male model of the night strutting his business casual:


After the men took the stage, it was time for fall pieces and holiday looks from Bebe Who needs a costume when you can add a great headpiece to something you already have? I love the edgy nature of the collection and am a huge fan of the black and red combination. Leather jackets can be worn with almost anything. Accessorize with faux fur or try something new with a fringe trim. Can you guys spot the fanny pack? How about that nude glittery dress?

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Here’s a quick video featuring my favorite item from the Bebe collection: Yes, we are bejeweling again ! Check out the swing on this top.


Last but definitely not least, Nordstrom ended the night! My favorite parts of this section of the show were the leather gloves paired with the poncho, the Great Gatsby look with the fur shawl and glittered bodice dress, the nude colored dress that sparkles in every angle, the dark sequin dress perfect for celebrating the new year, and the pale pink high-low extravagant skirt with the bow. Can you spot one of the floral Coach purses that was auctioned off? I also love the idea of wearing tights under a romper- why haven’t we tried this before?!


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Here is the finale- I hope you enjoyed the show! My swag bag included a reusable Starbucks cup filled with new coffees to try, a ticket for skiing, a package of Godiva chocolates, a Moscow mule mug, utensils and coupons from Sur la Table, a giftcard for California Pizza Kitchen, a pouch and free voucher for Pandora, and a makeup bag full of trial-sized perfumes, skincare, and facial products.

What a night! I love taking part in events that work towards a great cause. It is truly amazing to see how many people come together to support one another, especially when so many people are affected by cancer. One of the models from the night is also receiving care from Friends of Dana Farber and is currently in remission for Leukemia. True strength and courage walked the runway and the power was felt.