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In 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 StyleWeek 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: http://childandfamilyri.com/get-involved/special-events/au-courant
Tickets 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
Wednesday, August 28th
Thursday, August 29th
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.
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
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 www.childandfamilyri.com.
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
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!