Recap from Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

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Monday evening, August 29th, the very classy Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016 was hosted inside the decorated corridors of Atlanta's Phipps Plaza. Celebrating its 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the crowd gradually began to fill up the venue dressed in their best; fitting for the occasion. Last year, Jeffrey Fashion Cares (JFC) raised 700K for the benefit of the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen. The timeless tagline for JFC, "Where fashion and fundraising unite," is more than just a saying, but has historically proven to work with this event! The financial support that comes in for this cause, makes it possible to render necessary services to fellow Atlantans affected by either of these illnesses and toward for the purpose of research.

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Prior to the date of the event, the press release provided us with a glimpse of the items that would be featured for the silent and LIVE auctions that night. Although we had insight, there is nothing like seeing the items in living color! The auctions included gifts such as a small Marc Jacobs handbag ($950 Value), a Roger Vivier Clutch ($1,150 Value), Original Art Work from Carre D'Artistes Atlanta ($385 Value), 18K recycled rose gold Monique Péan Earrings, a Vogue Dream Trip for two to NY Fashion Week and much more! And in addition to these auction items, prior to the show kicking off, guests had the opportunity to sow monetarily into these two charities being represented. These guests include not only fans of the event, but also celebrities, individuals whose lives have been both directly or indirectly affected by these diseases, and also, professionals who work with these patients on a daily basis.

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One of these professionals that we met who works with breast cancer patients was Crystal Champion. Crystal, a doctor of physical therapy and certified lymphedema therapist, works with women who are recovering from chronic swelling as a result of breast cancer surgery. When asked why tonight was such an important cause for both the community and these patients, she shares, "...a lot of women have access to health care, but there are a lot of out-the- pocket expenses and things than aren't covered by insurance. So it's so important that we raise money not only to find a cure, but to also help for other medical expenses that are not covered."  Crystal also goes on to tell us just how prominent this issue with breast cancer is all around the nation and that her job is to help these women with getting back to the quality of life. In fact, both Susan G. Komen and the Atlanta AIDS Fund work tirelessly throughout the year to collaborate with notable organizations such as JFC so that further fundraising can happen to care for the countless people that are in need. 

This, being my second year covering JFC, I am repeatedly amazed and touched by the amount of genuine support that turns up at the event. And of course, the fashion runway show closing out the evening just gets better and better! This year, with fall fashion just around the corner, we got the opportunity to view some very stunning ensembles including vibrant velours, fringed styles, furs, capes, knickers and more. Designers showcased on the runway were:

Lanvin

Celine

Christian Dior

Givenchy

Gucci

Valentino

Dries van Noten

Saint Laurent Paris

Balenciaga

Christian Louboutin

and

    Manolo Blahnik

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Be sure to check out these great  images of the event captured by Lindsay Abarca Photography. And save the date for Jeffrey's 25th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for 8/28/17.

For more information, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares Just One Week Away!

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

Finally, the time for the 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares is here and will take place just one week from today inside of the elegantly transformed Phipps Plaza! Monday, August 29th at 7PM, this philanthropic fashion charity event will commence with a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a high-energy live auction and to top it off, the highly anticipated runway show. Jeffrey Fashion Cares founded by renown Fashion Retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, will again focus its fundraising efforts for the benefit of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). As one of the nation's largest combined breast cancer and AIDS benefits, last year's sold out show raised $700,000 toward this end.

Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza Photography.

Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza Photography.

This year's executive board is facilitated by co-chairs, Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams. The 2016 designer showcase will include: 

Lanvin

Celine

Christian Dior

Givenchy

Gucci

Valentino

Dries van Noten

Saint Laurent Paris

Balenciaga

Christian Louboutin

and

Manolo Blahnik

Auction lovers can expect items such as a Vogue Fantasy Trip for Two to NYC, a Private Jet Experience + an Atlanta Falcons Game, MONIQUE PÉAN Earrings and more, all awaiting the best bidder. Jeffrey Fashion Cares is absolutely an experience you do not want to skip!

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography  

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography  

For more details and to join this amazing event, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com .

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The 9th Annual #DoggiesOnTheCatwalk in Review

Erika Sutton, a 2011 graduate of Canine Assistants, shares a little about her experience with me just before #DoggiesOnTheCatwalk kicked off. She and her 7-year old service dog "Paisley" were fashionably poised outside at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta when I arrived. Ericka says, "It's just been an awesome journey to have a disability, but that's not the highlight when we're in public. The highlight is her (Paisley) changing the conversation. We talk about her, then we talk about my independence and everything I have accomplished in life." In fact, it's people like Ericka and stories like these which are exactly why Vincent Martinez and his team work so tirelessly to host the highly anticipated fashion fundraiser every year!

Celebrating nine wonderful years of #DoggiesOnTheCatwalk bliss, the event was held again at the beautiful Shops Buckhead Atlanta. With just one year to a decade anniversary of this event, guests gradually starting flooding out the scene to network, browse the silent auction and gaze at these two 2017 Porsche vehicles parked out front including this a stunning 2017 lava orange Boxer S. There was just so much class about the whole event, that you couldn't help but be entertained from start to finish! The silent auction was lined up with over 20 items to pick from, including a custom 30 X 60 wooden mural portrait of a single pet by Kent, a matching necklace and earring pair by Kendra Scott Jewelry, an exclusive Porsche Driving Experience where the recipient would ride with one of the country's most accomplished race car drivers and many other signature items that were being auctioned out. Vincent Martinez does not hesitate to tell you that pulling off such a grand event requires a solid team and hard work, like that of Theo Tyson, Grace Murphy, Laura Williams, Jacqueline Childers and Denae Hutchinson.

Grace Murphy, the Director of Development for Canine Assistants, shares with us that her organization trains service dogs and places them at no cost with their recipients. With that being said, the foundation has to continuously raise funds to house and train these dogs from birth totaling over 25K per service team. Canine Assistants offers service dogs for epilepsy patients, diabetic patients, those in need of assistance with their general mobility. Likewise, they currently have 11 service dogs in rotations with the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Grace says the need is so great that they have a 5 year waiting list to-date. With this very pertinent information about what all Canine Assistants does, I found myself even more intrigued with these adorable dogs at the event. But alas, amidst all of the activities, the time for the runway show arrived as these amazing doggies strutted down the runway along with their models!

This year, #DoggiesOnTheCatwalk was fortunate to have designs featured on the models by Alice + Olivia, Akris, Planet Blue, Therory, Christian Louboutin, COS, Les Copains and Tod's. The lovely Monica Pearson was emcee of the runway show and introduce the looks and the K9 models as they walked. We also got a chance to view 3 stunning looks designed by individual Art Institute of Atlanta students. The culmination of a classy event with stellar designers all for an absolutely worthy cause, is one that I'd recommend you be a part of next year for the 10 year anniversary!

For more information and coverage of #DoggiesOnTheCatwalk, please visit www.fashionado.net and to support Canine Assistants, please visit www.canineassistants.org.

Photos Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

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Alliance Française's Africa Belle Soirée Tonight!

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Tonight May 22, 2016, Alliance Française hosts their annual Africa Belle Soirée at Colony Square in Atlanta. The 6th Annual Africa Belle event will be the finale event to a week long celebration where the francophone, francophile and general admirers of the African diaspora have attended dialogues, women's entrepreneurial activities and more. This year's theme Héroïnes d'Afriques (Female African Heroes) focuses on strong women in the diaspora who have amazing stories to share and extremely influential to their generation in both business and day-to-day affaires. The soirée this year will allow local contemporary African vendors to sell at the event, have great western/central-African dishes served to its guests, music, dancing and end with a highly anticipated runway show. This event is a must-see and will be held at the Alliance Française d'Atlanta's office located at Colony Square in Atlanta, Georgia. 

For more information about Africa Belle, please visit www.afatl.com.

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Meet Karoo Eyewear

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Atlanta's Ponce City Market is now the host to a classy new eyewear brand known as Karoo. And let's just say, with all of the amazing stores and foodie spots in Ponce City Market (PCM), it seems like each place has to either meet the standard or exceed it. Karoo definitely exceeds it! Karoo first opened its flagship boutique in August of 2015. The store layout from the time you walk through the door is absolutely enthralling! With walls completely covered in reclaimed wood and vintage outback furniture and novelties throughout, you'll feel like you've stepped into some high-end, Safari-style store where you want to do more than just check out frames, but just chill out a while.

The brains behind Karoo, Mark Meyberg (owner of Reflections Eyecare in Brookhaven) and Dr. Gavin Cohen, both designed and manufactured the Karoo brand with over 100 styles to date and growing. The Karoo brand stands out among the others by its fashionably bold and robust aesthetic. Each frame is named after an animal of the region, giving each design character and personality. The designs embody lifestyle and that which is both modern and sophisticated. Interesting to know, Karoo comes from the name of a small desert region in South Africa with its beautifully rugged, wide-opened spaces and big blue skies. Hence, Karoo's tagline; "Life Wide Open". Additionally, the Karoo store combines eyewear design, a full-scale optical selection and an in-house Optometrist for the ultimate customer experience and convenience.

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Dress Like A Gent ™ recently got the opportunity to visit this store and speak to two of the store reps who have been there since the opening as well as Curators Mark and Gavin. They shared with us that not only do people love the look and quality of the frames, but they also intentionally created Karoo frames to be affordable even for people who may not have eye insurance. With package deals that include anti-reflective coating, UV Protection, Scratch Resistant lenses and the frames itself, you surely won't be disappointed in the outcome. Both the frames and lenses without prescription start out comprehensively as low as $149 and a mere $69 extra for the eye exam (if expired). And for members with vision insurance, Karoo accepts a wide variety of different vision plans including VSP, Eye Med, Spectera and VCP. The warranty also speaks for the faith they have in the brand; a 3-month warranty on the frame and 1 year warranty on lenses.

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Karoo is a thoughtful brand for people who want quality, the look and the right price point. They say it best by the statement; "Your glasses are the world's window to you; your unique personality and style".

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For the Karoo experience and to pick up your next pair of unforgettable eyewear, please visit the store at PCM (650 North Ave, NE, Suite 103, Atlanta GA 30308) or online at www.gokaroo.com.

Photos Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

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The 2016 Balmain Homme Fall/Winter Footwear Preview

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Be dazzled by Balmain's Fall/Winter 2016 equestrian-style men's riding boots. This collection of footwear will blow you away with it's strategic infusion of bold tassels, royal crests, quilted patterns engaged with velvety velour colors and gold hardware. 

Kudos again to Mr. Olivier Rousteing for another fine design execution!  

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