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HIGH Fashion: I Got My Jason Wu!

My Jason Wu Dress!

Last Sunday, women woke early in the morning to shop online or head to a nearby Target store in an attempt to purchase items from the Jason Wu for Target line. I will be the first to tell you, if you were not one of the first ones in the store when it opened, you could hang it up in terms of obtaining ANYTHING. Target has announced that they will periodically have items on the website for sale but will not ship more items to brick and mortar stores. Or, if you really must have an item, you can search eBay but consider yourself warned. People are reselling Jason Wu for Target pieces for much higher prices than they were originally sold for. It’s funny to me how the collection is sold out online and in the stores, but at the time of this article, there are 10,077 Jason Wu for Target items actually for sell.

Now, about a week ago, I wrote a post in which I stated that I was going to attempt to purchase one of the Jason Wu dresses, in particular, the navy a-line dress with red and tan stripes. So, upon waking on Sunday morning (after staying up late refreshing my browser on Target’s website), I checked the site and noticed EVERYTHING was sold out so I trekked to Target on Cobb Parkway outside of Atlanta. Upon arriving 10 minutes before the store opened, there was a crowd of about 20 women. When the doors opened, we quickly hightailed it to the clothes and all I heard were hangers clicking together and clothes shuffling! Within 5 minutes, all of the popular sizes and items were gone and all of us were in dressing rooms trying on our designer finds.

The highlight – I was able to get what I came for (SCORE!) and it seemed that everyone who came in that particular crowd did too! I did see some latecomers who looked simultaneously disappointed and ready to pounce on everyone who had a Jason Wu item. The early bird gets the worm, right?

I’m very pleased with the dress. Its very “Audrey Hepburn-esque” and American girl in Paris because of the fitted bodice and the full skirt. The fit was a bit off for me in the shoulders but nothing a tailor can’t fix. The navy frock is versatile as it can be worn in cooler weather with tights and a blazer, or in warmer weather with a variety of shoes such as sandals, open toe heels, pumps, or wedges and a thin belt. Thank you, Jason Wu! 🙂

Karissa J. Parker for The HIGH UP. Follow @CurlyRissa on Twitter for the latest in beauty, style and fashion trends!

Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 Couples High Fashion and Affluence for a Great Cause

Colorful Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 display in main reception area

Jeffrey Fashion Cares…and, apparently, so does Atlanta! The event, now in its’ 19th year of service, was an incredible fusion of Fashion, Celebrity and Giving. The fashion fundraiser, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Greater Atlanta Affiliate) and the  Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), was a complete sell out – even at the donation level of $500.00 per ticket. That, in itself, highlights both the loyal following of the JEFFREY brand and the willingness of people to give – in spite of the current economy.

(From R to L) Designer Randolph Duke, Cynthia Bailey (RHOA), April Triggs & Mara Maddox (Lenox Bloomingdales PR Manager)

Creator, Jeffrey Kalinsky, is both a fashion and retail guru. His wildly popular and successful boutiques, located in Atlanta and Manhattan, had a majority interest purchased by Nordstrom’s back in 2005 and soon Kalinsky was brought onboard to ensure the luxury retail chain stayed ahead of the proverbial fashion curve. Those relationships, developed over the years, have helped to make the Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser a major success. Last year’s donations exceeded $600,000.00 and they look to exceed that this year.

Oversized print of the famed Christian Louboutin 8 inch Ballet Fetish Heel which received a winning donation/bid of $2500

The event included looks from the 28 year old design phenom, Jason Wu. Among his many accomplishments, you might remember that he designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball gown. Additionally, the event included a number of celebrities, to include: Laura Turner-Seydel (philanthropist and daughter of media mogul Ted Turner), Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes from The Real Houswives of Atlanta, Fred Schneider (of the B52’s), Atlanta’s own Rashan Ali and more.

Rashan Ali (NBA TV Social Media Liaison)

Preceding the fashion show was an auction that included everything from trips to international destinations to local luxury spa treatments to fine jewelry. The one departure from the aforementioned actually started the line up of great items to bid on – an oversized framed print of the famed Christian Louboutin 8 inch Ballet Fetish Heel. “Wow!” & “Ouch!” at the same time! The fashion line up included AMAZING styles of short, long, sequined, feathered, see-through, formal, after6 and slightly abstract. There was something for everyone there…

The event was a virtual whirlwind, given within a two hour period this was your schedule:

  • Get through rush hour traffic in Atlanta to be at Midtown and 12th by 7:00 pm – hair, wardrobe, makeup all in check
  • Navigate through the impromptu reception area on the main level of the building
  • Stand in line to take the elevator up 32 floors to the event space
  • Navigate through the misting machine, red carpet area – only to enter the main reception area filled with fellow patrons
  • Find someone to get you a cocktail (the easiest task of all really)
  • Pull yourself away from incredible conversation and networking to find your seat
  • Once in your seat, trying to settle down because the room is electric
  • Once settled, fall in love with all of the fabulous auction items
  • Spill over with excitement as the Jason Wu designs endlessly pour onto the runway – everything is AMAZING
  • Find the right line for an elevator to the main level (min. 10 min wait) so you can make it to the after party at OPERA
  • And the night had merely just begun. You may not see any pictures from the after party here, but I’ll will share that it was a Hawaiian Luau themed party. All I can say is, on that night, whatever happened at Opera, stayed at Opera.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 Event Chair Lila Hertz (2nd from right) and Jeffrey Kalinsky (creator of JFC)

For more information about Jeffrey Fashion Cares click HERE. To see more photos from the event visit Aspire Online Magazine.

-Article and photos by Jay Young for AOM and The “HIGH UP”.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta Announces Dennis Dean as 2011 Honorary Chair

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is pleased to announce that Dennis Dean, the creative force behind one of Atlanta’s top catering and events companies, as the Honorary Chair for the 19th annual fashion show and charity event. Once again benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta will be hosted by acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky and held on Monday, August 29 beginning at 7 p.m. in a stunning high-rise in the 12th & Midtown development located at Peachtree and 12th Street.

Fashion Cares Co-Chair, Lila Hertz says, “We are thrilled to present Dennis Dean with this honor.  Over the years, he has given to Fashion Cares generously and graciously!  He was our unanimous choice!”

Dennis Dean, the president and CEO of Dennis Dean: A Catering Company, developed his love of food as a young boy in his grandmother’s kitchen in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  He spent his summers on the family farm, learning how produce, meats and grains were cultivated and harvested. Dean developed a deep-seated respect for the earth and everything it yields, and learned that there is no greater reward at the end of a hard day’s work than sitting around the dinner table with family and friends enjoying the very fruits of one’s labor.  Today, it’s the driving force behind his company. Using only the finest ingredients, Dean’s culinary team creates inspired dishes, artfully prepared for the enjoyment of family and friends in surroundings both elegant and casual. Through his creative vision and business acumen, Dean’s company has enjoyed tremendous growth and success during one of the worst economic downturns of the century. Opening his doors in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11, Dean’s drive and determination mirrored that of a nation determined to succeed. A decade later, Dennis Dean boasts a client list of Atlanta’s top corporate, retail, social and non-profit entities. Dean is frequently called upon for entertaining segments on local news and morning shows and is often quoted in business and social publications on catering and hospitality industry trends.  And while his company has enjoyed solid and steady annual growth, Dean is adamant about quality over quantity. “I don’t want to be the biggest, just the best,” he maintains. And it’s that very philosophy that has allowed Dean to maintain a reputation for culinary excellence. Not only has Dean earned a stellar reputation within the culinary community, but he has also become well known for the causes he supports. In addition to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Atlanta AIDS Fund, Dean has donated in excess of $500,000 over the past decade to various organizations that assist women, children and animals in need.

The 19th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta previously announced Jason Wu as its special guest designer and will once again be co-chaired by

Jason Wu

Lila Hertz, Louise Sams, and Jeffrey McQuithy. Over the past 18 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country, having raised approximately $9 million.  Last year, 93 cents of every dollar raised went directly to the beneficiaries, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). This year, a small donation will also be made to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Inflammation and Fibrosis Research Center of Excellence.

The annual event includes a pre-show reception, fashion show, silent auction, and after party. For more information on Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta, including patron and corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 404.420.2997.