Fashion Uncorked: An Impressive and Stylish Affair
February 19, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) – ELECTRIC! The only possible way to describe the night… Models, designers, stylists, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and executives – all commingling for a single, worthy cause.
FASHION UNCORKED is an artistic collaboration between Artist Trifecta and A Clothes Encounter to directly benefit Easter Seals Atlanta. The event’s organizers decided to integrate several fashion and art oriented ideas into a central theme based on the popular show Project Runway.
Our night began on the 3rd level of a condo development – adjacent to the evening’s venue – located in the Castleberry Point Development. Within the makeshift “headquarters”, the contestants (and their support staff) work at a frenzied pace to be ready for their call to the stage area. Clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, models and stylists are literally all over the two preparation rooms.
As we descend to the main venue to prepare for interviews and the competition, we encounter boutique style shops, water works, dazzling architecture, silent auctions, appetizers and, oh yes, WINE– all within the confines of the development. Once in the main area, we are amazed to find that the entire show area is housed within an undeveloped area of the complex. Rocks, bare cement walls, exposed piping all give the event a very raw, edgy and urban feel. Additionally, the runway in is composed of artificial turf, laid directly over the loose rock foundation – apparently the models are being evaluate also. The edgy, yet simplistic, setting was apropos given some of the edgy and simplistic styles we were about to encounter.
En route to their seats, our host and panel of judges stop to speak with us and take advantage of the photo opportunity. Atlanta’s own Monica Kaufman-Pearson, the emcee, is elegant as usual. Our host of judges are no less stunning – Jessica Black (Miss United States 2010), Holly Firfer (CNN Anchor), David Goodrowe (Assoc. Dean SCAD) and Mary Jo Miller (Dept. Chair Fashion and Retail Art Institute of Atlanta). The evening was underway once our host opened with comments and introductions. Additionally, we were greeted by one of the founding partners, Actress Kaira Akita (of Tyler Perry film fame). Shortly thereafter, the show was off and running, as the beautiful models seemed to gracefully traverse the rough terrain set before them. In the end, Designer Angelica Cuervo outpaced the competition and left with the Grand Prize – with Shenelle Evans taking home the People’s Choice Award.
Check out the Spring/Summer Edition of “THE IMPRINT” for the full feature on FASHION UNCORKED.
– Jay Young