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.
Walk, Walk Fashion Baby!
A fabulous third-place winner, Monique Anderson, paid tribute to St. George Theater with her show-stopping gown worn by Sheena Colette.
Below are the highlights from Fashion Island shot by Dmitriy M.
Fashion Island’s Night Out was a success! Full story and pictures coming soon.
Fashion Island’s runway show and live auction is tonight. And we’re not going to lie , we’re super excited! Join us on Fashion’s Night Out to celebrate the young and emerging fashion designers that push the boundaries with their creativity. The full collection that was inspired by Staten Island sites, highlighting the beauty of the borough, will be presented to the public for the first time at Snug Harbor. It’s going to be the most spectacular event Staten Island has ever seen, including a private cocktail party, a fierce runway show and a live auction where you can snap up a special design. Mingle with models and designers themselves, it will be an unforgettable night of fashion and style.
Get your tickets to this fabulous event here : http://www.fashionislandsi.com/tickets.html
Take it one step further and participate online from home, vote for your top three favorite designs here http://wouldyourockthis.com/blog/
We look forward to celebrating our love of fashion with you!
Here are some of the designs that will be presented at the runway show
Start counting down the days, because Fashion Island is coming to town. The three day fashion extravaganza is marking the beginning of a Fashion Week in NY. It promises to be a sophisticated and stylish affair, featuring a launch party at Casa Belvedere, then a display of the designs at the Staten Island Mall, and finally a runway show and a live auction of one-of-a-kind designs that were inspired by the Staten Island’s attractions. Oh and did I mention, you can vote for you favorite design and have a chance to win tickets to NY Fashion Week? Check out an exclusive sneak peak of some of the designs that will be presented at Fashion Island.
Can’t you just picture this yellow number on Kate Hudson, rocking it at a movie premiere?
This gown was inspired by the Silk Halter Dress with an original print
Tuscan Gardens at Snug Harbor. created by the designer.
Time to get ready and spice up Staten Island! There will be models, cocktails and good times, a perfect way to say goodbye to summer.
Visit http://www.fashionislandsi.com/ to stay informed on all the festivities and to get your tickets to this stylish event.