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Au Courant 2015: The Hottest Ticket in Town

Golden Age of HollywoodIn 2007, family services provider Child & Family asked how they could merge fashion and philanthropy, unveiling Ophelia’s Wardrobe, an upscale designer sale with music and cocktails, all for a good cause. The event has morphed into Au Courant, what many call the biggest fashion event of the season and the best $125 ticket in town.

This year the event falls on the night of Friday, June 26, and through the collaborative efforts of Child & Family and img_2363StyleWeek Northeast, Au Courant will showcase extraordinary creative talents of six of the finest designers in the region. It all unfolds to ultimately make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Rhode Island.

I’m delighted to serve on the event committee for this year’s Au Courant which will kick off with a lavish cocktail party catered by Pranzi Catering & Events that includes an open bar, specialty bars and hors d’oeuvres. There’s also an amazing live and silent auction (we’re talking extraordinary experiences, like the lunch with Tim Gunn I let slip through my fingers!). Guests will then be called to the runway tent and be treated to an awe-inspiring runway show by:

Jonathan Joseph Peters / Jessica Abernathy / Artiss Akarra / Antwan Byrd / Robert Merton / Amy Stetkiewicz

Apres fashion fun: more cocktails, music and dancing–plus shopping designer fashion. Most importantly, the entire elegant evening benefits Child & Family, the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.

Fashion, philanthropy, fabulous fashion, fine wine? Sure sounds like the hottest ticket in town to me~

For additional info and tickets:

June 1, 2015 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

StyleWeek Begins!

ImageTickets are still available for the awesome StyleWeek Northeast shows this week, and all the fabulousness unfolds at the Providence Biltmore. Monday’s opening night shows included PINI presented by Flaunt Boutique, Chances R Designs by Toni Lyn Spaziano and GREGORY PAUL— all to rave reviews. The excitement continues through Friday–here’s the exciting line up:

Tuesday, August 27th

7pm Stephanie Kolanko
8pm NoMy Style
9pm Amy Stetkiewicz

Wednesday, August 28th

7pm kelly Zogheb
8pm Evan Michael Industry
9pm Alistair Archer

Thursday, August 29th

7pm Jillian Banta – Apparel Designer
8pm Karla Marie
9pm Susan Troy Designs

Friday, August 30th

6:30 pm installation by Phil Shaw
7pm Sarah Prost
8pm Jess Abernethy
9pm Jonathan Joseph Peters

For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE. Stay plugged in on Newport Stylephile’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @newportSTYLE.

August 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Sew Fabulous! Au Courant Returns

ImageIt’s always a treat when the stars of StyleWeek head to the City-by-the-Sea—especially for an extraordinary cause” Child & Family. On Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6-11 p.m., StyleWeek returns to Ochre Court with a runway show featuring debut pieces (read: wearable art) by:

Jonathan Joseph PetersImage

Jess Abernethy

World of JAS

Susan Troy

Chances R Designs

Yellow Clover

Luke Aaron

Attendees will also have the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind designs. A live and silent auction includes enviable experiences like lunch with the lovable dandy doyenne of fashion himself, Tim Gunn.

Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, killer ocean views and fabulous fashionable friends. Tickets start at $100 and can be bought by clicking here.


June 11, 2013 at 12:18 am 1 comment

StyleWeek Northeast is Here!

It’s a thrilling time in the capital city as StyleWeek Northeast unfolds on the top floors of the historic Biltmore, showcasing the fresh talent of more than 14 designers. Avant-garde to elegant, daring to drop-jaw, the excitement is palpable as over 100 looks grace the Alex and Ani Runway Room (the hotel’s renamed Grand Ballroom) every night, Aug. 26 through Aug. 31. Each evening opens with an Accessory Showcase featuring the talent of local artisans, jewelry makers and fab finds from local boutiques, plus a cocktail hour—all before the fashion frenzy begins—and most nights are fêted with a chic after-party. Check out photo from opening night in the ProJo by CLICKING HERE.

For more information, schedules and to buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

Top look by Jessica Abernethy, photo Newport Stylephile

August 27, 2012 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words

What is being dubbed Newport’s fashion event of the summer is coming this Saturday and fashionistas across the region are anxiously awaiting the chance to don their best duds the oceanside fete. Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words, unfolds at Ochre Court and will feature eight of New England’s top fashion designers, including Jonathan Joseph Peters, Avni Trviedi, Jessica Abernethy sending their head-turning Resort Collections looks down the runway. While sipping cocktail amid the backdrop of the sea, attendees will be able to see the looks up close and buy directly from the designers. The event, organized by the stellar team behind StyleWeek (Providence/Northeast and Miami), benefits Child & Family. “StyleWeek is thrilled to partner once again with Child & Family for Au Courant,” says StyleWeek founder (and all around amazing gal!) Rosanna Ortiz Sinel.  “Newport can expect to see progressive, creative and talented collections on the runway as well as have a personal experience with the designers who have so perfectly made StyleWeek what it is today. We are elated to share this experience with Newport, where art and culture is part of its foundation.”

Child & Family’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Keith Tavares, agrees, adding, “Whenever you put the City of Newport together with fashion and style in order to create a social event to benefit families in need, the outcome is bound to be a big success.” For tickets and information, call 401-848-4150 or visit

Local retailers are toasting the event by hosting Style Night Newport on Friday, June 29th (5-8pm) along Bellevue Avenue. Shoppers check in at International Tennis Hall of Fame for a map and get the 411 on special offers (many boutiques will be offering discounts/promotions and refreshments!). The Hotel Viking is the last stop on the fashion trek where shoppers can unwind with refreshments and enter to win Au Courant tickets. Click MORE below for a list of participating retailers and designers.

Photo, top left: Hilary B. Photography


June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am 1 comment

StyleWeek Providence Runway Inspiration as Seen on The Rhode Show

From Nicole Lebreux

The runways are alive at the Providence Biltmore as the show-stopping fashions seen at StyleWeek are the talk of the town, and I went to The Rhode Show this morning with some StyleWeek-inspired shoes and accessories. (There was much hometown pride in the house when Tiverton’s own Nicole Lebreux, an FIT grad, unveiled a collection last night that showcased vintage-inspired prints in a modern take of classic silhouettes.)  Though designers spend months sketching and constructing garments, the final look goes far beyond the clothing. Hair, make-up, shoes and accessories are all part of the style equation and we have seen some extraordinary pieces sashay down the runway (you can practically hear fashion guru Tim Gunn advising, “Use the accessories wall thoughtfully!”).

Arguably Rhode Island’s best known designer, Jonathan Joseph Peters crafted a collection that earned explosive applause during his opening night show with looks he described as a “wandering warrior gypsy” and “post-apocalyptic”  which included feathers, chains, medallions and tribal influences (accessories by House of Cach). I brought chandelier earrings, bib necklaces and chunky cuffs from Newport’s Sequin, and a bamboo clutch and double-roped belt from J. McLaughlin,  to capture an inspired look by Peters.

Whether you call them shooties or booties, the chunky shoe was all over the runway this StyleWeek (like these ones by Sam Edelman from Active Sole in Newport). For a more understated approach, designers paired looks with a subtle nude stiletto—always sexy and a handy wardrobe staple—with ensembles, like the pair I brought this morning also by Sam Edelman.

On opening night, Selahdor by David Chum juxtaposed ultra-feminine frocks with decidedly masculine-inspired footwear for women. I found the exact same look with this Lola Brogue Oxford for women from Rockport in Newport–amazing!

Stylist extraordinaire Christina K. Pierce gave me the scoop the common thread woven throughout many of the shows she’s working with (which includes Nicole Lebreux, Candice Wu, Chances R Designs by Toni Lyn Spaziano, Harpy by Jen Greeke and Yellow Clover by Sarah Prost): crystal embellishments! From edgier interpretations with gun metal gray and rich bronze to rich jewel tones, designers brought the bling.

Click the pic below to watch the clip!

Find out more about the StyleWeek Providence designers by clicking here, and see more of design Nicole Lebreux’s collection on our Facebook page!

January 26, 2012 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

Ophelia’s Wardrobe Partners With StyleWeek Providence for a Fashion Forward Fête

Since Child & Family unveiled the inaugural Ophelia’s Wardrobe fundraiser in 2007, fashionistas throughout Newport, Boston and beyond have marked the chic event on their must-do calendar. The social service agency, which earns the distinction of being the oldest in Newport County, reaches out every other year to stylish socialites throughout the area asking them to open their closet doors and donate from their personal wardrobe for a two-day sale in one of Newport’s mansions. Racks stocked with names including Gucci, Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent, Chanel, Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch and more form a fashionable store with amazing prices—all to benefit the amazing work and programs for girls and young women by Child & Family. Case in point: in 2009, I picked up a stunning, floor-length Armani coat for $90. Oh, and did I mention the rows and rows of shoes and handbags?!?

This year’s Ophelia’s Wardrobe is right around the corner, June 10-11, 2011. In addition to the stylish pieces, select clothing from the personal collection of late heiress Doris Duke (Guy Laroche, Valentino, YSL, Bill Blass, etc.) will be featured.

For the first time ever, Ophelia’s Wardrobe has partnered with the talented team behind StyleWeek Providence. At the Opening Night Preview and Cocktail Party, gala-goers will take in a runway show and be able to custom order original pieces from StyleWeek designers Andrea Valentini, Avni Trivedi, Jessica Abernethy, Jennifer Greeke, Jonathan Joseph Peters and Samuel Vartan while dining on hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails from the open bar. Tickets start at $100, click here for details.

The public is invited to shop on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ophelia’s Wardrobe will unfold at Ochre Court on the Salve Regina University campus in Newport, located at 100 Ochre Point Avenue. For more information, visit Child & Family by clicking here.

June 3, 2011 at 9:48 am 1 comment

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