The Great Hall at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center served as a beautiful backdrop for this lavish affair. Fashion Island celebrated its first ever runway show with a bash and a cool crowd of over 200 attendees. People everywhere were mingling and praising the extravagant designs from the "Sketch Your Style" competition while sipping on champagne and savoring appetizers at the cocktail reception.
Alexandra Porto, director of membership and outreach for the SIEDC, did an amazing job organizing and planning this event and making every last little detail a bit special. Looking around the room the atmosphere was that of an elegant fashion party with stimulating energy and amazing talent. Aside from the one-of-a-kind designs, there were many items donated to the auction by such glamorous designers as Roberto Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta.
As the lights dimmed, statement-making styles inspired by Staten Island's landmarks along with other fall- inspired looks, hit the runway. It was very exciting to watch these fashions come to live. The crowd was cheering and gushing over every piece. Drawing from the diverse range of inspirations, the designers put together a tremendous show that any Staten Islander would be proud of. It was a beautiful event and I left feeling honored to have been a part of it.
Designer and an FIT student, Tara Ricci, won the first prize for her children's wear design inspired by the Staten Island Ferry.
Rosemarie Paone, a truly inspiring spirit at just 16 years old, took home a second-place for her Staten Island Zoo inspired gown.
Below are the highlights from Fashion Island shot by Dmitriy M.