Richmond’s Fashion Week has just begun, and it’s already next level. Last night at Vagabond, they kicked off the week with a Funhouse-themed party, trippy and circus-like, but 100% glam. I was surrounded by models who towered over me, their bodies studded with gems and glittering under dramatic lights.
This week is not to be missed. Local designers, exclusive boutique opportunities and endless inspiration abound. Check their website HERE for a list of events, and enjoy a week less ordinary.
No, this isn’t an article about how this season’s white boots can elevate your office ensemble. I’m being literal.
The world of beauty and fashion are joining forces to tackle one of the most prevalent problems in the world; mental illness. Modern society is just waking up to the previously taboo subject, and sweeping it under the rug has produced devastating effects. The suicide rate in the US is growing, and sharply.
Runway 2 Life is tackling this issue head on. At the iconic Main Street Station, models will take to the runway wearing this season’s hottest looks, and the proceeds will go to Runway 2 Life. This innovative charity focuses on grassroots therapy, training unofficial therapists, such as hair stylists and bartenders, to listen for signs that someone’s in trouble. Runway 2 Life provides resources and training to those with boots on the ground, so they know how to respond, guide the conversation and get these people help. After all, the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are still fresh wounds, and a wake-up call to everyone.
“Our mission is to start conversations, provide resources and educate our community about mental illness,” says Founder and Director Alicia Amsler. “We want people to start asking one important question, ‘Tell me more.'”
Expect a dazzling show, where you can even purchase the clothing worn by the models, Moda Operandi style! There will be refreshments, a silent auction, music, a kickin’ after party, even a chance to win a pool! All proceeds will benefit Runway 2 Life.
RVA, don’t miss your chance to give back, and glamorously. The event is Friday October 12th at 7p. Buy your tickets today!
PS) To be fair though, this season’s white boots can elevate your style.
While some designers are known for one signature look, Yves Saint Laurent was a chameleon. From couture gowns worn by Capote’s swans to his “Beat” collection favored by the Haight Ashbury crowd, he was on the front lines mastering every look as if he had invented it. Perhaps he did spearhead a global look with his International collections. He was clearly influenced by his childhood in Algiers and his dream home in Morocco.
His fashions are being showcased by one of the finest museums on the East Coast – the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Get yourself tickets before this first-time couture show vanishes on August 27th.