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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Summer's End Fashion Show

This past Saturday (Aug. 15), we were invited to attend The Summer’s End Fashion Show to benefit the Alachua County Humane Society. The event began at 8pm poolside at Gateway at Gainesville. The event brought together 26 local businesses and 100 attendees, who munched on finger food from Pizza Vito and Gelato Company.

Event planner and long-time humane society volunteer Natasha Bull combined her love of fashion, animals and the community to put on the event. Her friends (style by Beauty Loft, Maude’s Hair Salon and Scissors) modeled clothing from local boutiques to the cool South Beach techno styles of D.J. Jarad Bowens. Prizes from places like Gainesville Health & Fitness Center, Leonardo’s 706, Melting Pot, dog grooming services and hair care salons hit the raffle circuit.

Calzatura showed a collection of spaghetti strap dresses with flowing hemlines, strapless pocket dresses and fitted dresses with asymmetrical necklines. Blush Boutique showed sweet cocktail dresses, and the Exchange made the casual campus look easy with quirky T-shirts, dark skinny jeans, trendy hats and kung fu slides for men and women.

University Avenue boutique Wolfgang featured a collection of designers such as Charlotte Ronson, Roberta Oaks, French Connection, Hype and Jacksonville’s Love Brigade.

“We carry a lot of brands from overseas, from LA, from NY,” said Wolfgang owner Matthew Turner. “I want to keep fashion [at Wolfgang] that you can’t find at the mall. It’s about keeping fashion fresh.”

Finally, Denise’s Pieces Lingerie finished off the night with girls in 4-inch heels modeling bodices, corsets, and more (or is it less?). —Attiyya Anthony

Photos by Sarah Hsu

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