Maria Droste only hosts one fundraiser a year - but they do it in style. At the counseling center’s 10th annual fundraising fashion show on Thursday night, Waltham-based designer David Josef’s creations were the main event as attendees dined and participated in live and silent auctions.
“Without the fashion show we couldn’t keep our doors open, this event literally keeps our doors open and makes it possible to do what we do,” Executive Director Michael Shanahan said. “To do the services we provide we do get some money, but the fees we charge are very low... this is key for us.”
Almost 400 people gathered at the Lantanta in Randolph on April 23 to support the three full-time staff members and team of volunteers that make up Quincy-based Maria Droste Counseling Services at the annual Darlene Sheehan Fashion Gala. Local officials, including Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, joined donors and local residents for a sit-down dinner, fashion show, auctions and raffle with over 60 gift baskets up for grabs. Shanahan estimates the event pulls in nearly $100,000 annually.
The nonprofit organization, founded in 1982 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, provides counseling services to the mentally ill and people with substance abuse problems.
“It’s a great time and it’s certainly an organization that deserves this,” three-time attendee Rosemarie Pages said.
Maria Droste has 10 to 15 volunteers with a range of therapy specialties, from drug therapy to holistic services like massage therapy and Reiki.
Many of the center’s clients are people who would have otherwise lacked the means to seek therapy. Services are provided to people with or without health insurance and the group tries to find help for everyone regardless of their ability to pay.
“Absolutely not,” Board Member Geraldine Good said when asked if Maria Droste could survive without the annual Fashion Gala.
A 15-year member of the board, who previously served as president, Good remembers talks of potentially having to dissolve the agency due to lack of funding before the annual fundraiser got the group back on its feet.
“What an amazing event, this has grown so tremendously,” she said. “We’ve had a great benefactors but it’s really because of everyone who pulls together this event that we’ve been able to keep going.”Read more here:year 12 formal dresses | formal dresses for women
A showcase for the booming Pakistan fashion industry, the eighth Pakistan Fashion Design Council Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW), will feature eight high-street brands, 16 luxury/pret designers, six textile brands and four emerging designers.
The four-day fashion event, running April 18-21, has three distinct platforms: Day one will be dedicated to showcases by luxury/pret designers, while day two and four will start with early evening high-street brand shows, followed by late evening luxury/pret shows. The third day will feature platform creations by textile houses to highlight Pakistan’s textile prowess and high-street fashion, which are of significance to national and international fashion markets.
Saad Ali, CEO of the Pakistan Fashion Design Council, the organising body of the fashion gala, says he is excited to further their “commitment to holistic fashion in Pakistan” with this edition.
“All participating brands are Pakistani. We are also giving three dedicated platforms and categories within PSFW to three distinct fashion tiers: high-street brands, textile mills and both mainstream/emerging luxury/pret designers,” he said.
“Ultimately, our vision is the promotion of the business of fashion in Pakistan, which is why we have worked hard to include, project and retail these three distinct categories,” he added.
The event began on Saturday with Fahad Hussayn’s range Democrats Midsummer 2015, an effort to represent the freedom to dress as one desires.
From adding sheer fabric to some of the designs to using sleeveless tops, short dresses and dramatically printed skirts, the designer, adept in bridal couture, presented a range of separates in design variations for the festive season.
Some of the high points included five standalone prints from the Fahad Hussayn Print Museum in silk and chiffon. It also featured four luxury lawn editions with exquisite textures, floral designs derived from the Renaissance aesthetics and 16th century French garden layouts.
There were also five exclusive novelty editions in signature Fahad Hussayn hand embroidered couture.
The collection featured Hussayn’s signature drapes, embroidered surfaces, statement accessories and exclusive embroideries.
The Faisalabad-born designer, who turned 30 on Saturday, received birthday wishes from fans when he took the final bow after the show.
Other designers showcasing at the event are HSY, Huma & Amir Adnan, Misha Lakhani, Muse, Nickie Nina, Nida Azwer Atelier, Republic by Omar Farooq, Saira*Shakira, Sana Safinaz, Sania Maskatiya, Teena by Hina Butt, Zara Shahjahan and Zonia Anwaar.
The PFDC will also introduce debut solo ramp showcases for designers Natasha Kamal and Syeda Amera with their luxury/pret collections, along with a focus on young names, who will present their creations under the Bank Alfalah Emerging Talent Showcase.
The high-street shows will feature Hassan Riaz, BeechTree, Chinyere, Erum Khan, Generation, House of Arsalan Iqbal, Rayya Gilani and Shirin Hassan, highlighting affordable ready-to-wear apparel. The textile day will feature shows by Alkaram Studio, Gul Ahmad, Harmony, House of Ittehad, Shubinak and Warda Prints.
The overall attempt is to “benefit the very trade and business of fashion”, says Sehyr Saigol, PFDC chairperson.
“With the 12th iteration of our critically acclaimed fashion weeks, the PFDC is always working to streamline our pret-a-porter platform to make the PSFW experience more beneficial for all stakeholders in terms of show experience, exposure and, ultimately, retail value. To that end, each year we look inward to find the best possible formats and categories,” she said.
When it comes to buyers, the forthcoming fashion week will focus more on “strengthening the capacity building and operational efficiency of the Pakistani retail fashion industry”.
“As in past fashion weeks, we focus on national stockists, regional buyers and local clientele. However, it is important to state that at this burgeoning period of fashion in Pakistan, our immediate focus is to be introspective and to first strengthen the capacity building and operational efficiency of the Pakistani retail fashion industry and instil seasonal collection discipline before reaching out again to international buyers,” Ali said.Read more here:formal dress shops
The Caspian fashion week will be held for the first time in the South Russian and Caspian area on April 20-27.
The international fashion week is a professional event in the fashion world which aims to develop cooperation in between Russian regions, as well as the Caspian and CIS countries. The show also is set to attract more tourists to the Russian Astrakhan region.
The Caspian fashion week stands as a platform for many designers as all can exhibit their latest designs, collections and exchange professional experience, education and potential training opportunities.
The organizers hope the event will help boost trade and lead to the signature of several lucrative contracts in between designers, manufacturers and sellers. They hope it will become a driver for development in the regional market.
Many famous fashion bloggers, designers from various Russian cities, as well as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Germany and Armenia are waiting with anticipation to attend the event. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, Moscow Fashion Week and European Fashion Show designers are also expected to attend.
About 30 men, women and kid’s fashion shows will be included in the event’s program.
Alongside several interesting events including master classes, and round tables, the organizers have also prepared show rooms for their guests, where they will have a chance to try on or buy designers’ clothes and accessories. In addition guests will get the opportunity to relax in beauty salons as well as get acquainted with the program of Berlin Fashion Film Festival.
All the shows will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on April 22-26 in the Astrakhan Kremlin.
The business and training programs will be held in the Grand Hotel and at the media room “Kaspiy” publishing house.
The event is jointly organized by Economic Development Ministry, Agency for Youth Affairs, Agency for Press and Mass Communications, Culture and Tourism Ministry, the Government of Astrakhan oblast and Astrakhan City Administration.Read more here:formal dresses online australia