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Style + Sustainability Gala 2016

Young, innovative and inspiring, these Cincinnati entrepreneurs are on the forefront of style and sustainability! Urban Blooms and Modern Makers collaborated to create the event that launched Cincinnati into the fall fashion season.

From the moment you walked in, it felt as if you were transported to New York’s trendiest neighborhood. This team took an otherwise empty warehouse and converted it into a venue worthy of hosting an upscale event, the 2016 Style + Sustainability Gala. Complete with living walls full of flowers and foliage, vibrant purple and blue lighting, a DJ mixing the latest music and lots of amazing shopping, this gala had something for everyone. Did I mention that the runway for the fashion show was made of live plants? It was an event unlike one this city had ever seen before. Check it out for yourself…

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Behind the scenes was a sharp contrast to the main event, but just as fabulous. I was fortunate enough to make it there before the fashion show began with Urban Bloom’s co-founder, Lily Turner. We entered through what seemed like a secret door that opened into a room buzzing with energy and excitement and filled with models. As I was following Lily at a clipped pace through the chaos of backstage, we managed to sneak in a conversation. “What you see, in here and out there, this is a culmination of eight months of hard work,” she said.

She also said that Urban Blooms had been collaborating with Modern Makers for the past two years because they [Modern Makers] first took a chance on the company’s vision of sustainability and featured a living wall. I lost Lily in the crowd of models and designers as I was snapping the following photos.

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The crowd grew quiet as Master of Ceremonies, Pam Kravetz, ascended to the stage and signaled the start of the show. As the first look entered the runway, everyone erupted into applause. Model after model strutted barefoot down the catwalk in clothing created from reused and recycled materials as well as living plants. According to this show, flowers, moss and vines are this season’s hottest accessories. Below are the most iconic looks of the show.

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It wasn’t just about the runway. At the heart of this event was the desire to create a more connected, eco-friendly community in Cincinnati. Several local vendors provided food, drinks and shopping to enhance the gala experience as well as promote their businesses. The scent of Gomez Salsa was wafting throughout the hall making your mouth water all evening. You could enjoy a draft beer from Taft Ale House, one of Cincinnati’s most popular breweries. Taft’s partner, Kevin Moreland said, “We got involved with this event because of its vision of revitalization in Cincinnati.” If you were looking for a stylish outfit that is also sustainable, you could wander over to where Asia Lindsay, co-founder of Those Girls Vintage and Custom Clothing, was set up under a huge wall of warehouse windows. “Our brand is all about having fun, being who you are, and wearing bright, vibrant colors,” Lindsay said. “Because we sell second hand clothing, our brand is promoting sustainability and recycling while being luxurious and affordable.”

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The best moment of the evening had to be when I found out that the Style + Sustainability Gala was not coming to an end- it was just the beginning. “We hope to make this an annual event,” said Turner. That, coupled with Urban Bloom’s co-founder Tyler Wolf’s goal to make Cincinnati the most sustainable city in the world, gives us hope that this time next year we will be attending the 2017 Style + Sustainability Gala!

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New Year, New You Fashion Show Sneak Peek

Our first event of 2016 is going to be here in two short Fridays! We’re starting out with a bang, too. Our “New Year, New You” event fashion show sponsor is Frameri (you may recognize the name from them being on Shark Tank recently) and it’s our first eyewear fashion show ever! They put together this cool event with some of their staffers to showcase some of the frames they’ll be featuring on the runway. I love it! Hope to see you there! (Check out all the event details below!)

New Year, New You!
When: Friday Jan. 22 6-9pm (VIP cocktail reception 5-6pm)
Where: Union Hall 1311 Vine St Cincinnati, OH 45202
RSVP: www.NYNY15.eventbrite.com
What: Check out OTR’s newest venue as you shop with some of the best local businesses and enjoy refreshments, light bites, swag bag and fashion show presented by Frameri, Clothes Mentor, and Zephyr Blowout Salon.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 VIP (includes front row seat along runway and exclusive VIP cocktail reception) Bring a gently used formal dress for Kenzie’s Closet and get 10 chances to win $5,000 in prizes, including a diamond necklace! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)

Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FrameriClothes Mentor

Hair Sponsor: zephyr blowout salon

Official After Party: Japp’s

Booth Sponsors: It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Purposeful Painting, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, SpringCreek Fertility, Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, Transformational Coach Missy Kirkpatrick, Lipstick Factory, The Plastic Surgery Group, Gild Collective, 9RoundEmerge Hair Studio & SpaDoTerra Essential Oils by Elyse JarardPark Lane with Kimberly SmithPet WantsFluorescent PalaceMichelle B Fitness & Nutrition CoachJamberry with Sarah & Nicole Nelson, SOTO – Salon On The Ohio, Stella & Dot with Liz Urso, CoCo Creative Wellness, Cincinnati Art UndergroundTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- Cincinnati

Makeup Provided by: Let’s Get Pretty, Glam Gal

Light Bites Sponsor: Paleolicious

Floral Sponsor: Wimberg Landscaping

Photobooth Sponsor: Studio One Photography

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Models provided by: Heyman Talent

 

Dress for Success presents A Fashionable Affair

Dress for Success Cincinnati is hosting a fashion show next Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency! The event begins with a reception and raffle, followed by a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show featuring the latest fall trends as guests enjoy a yummy luncheon. Dress for Success Cincinnati clients will also be given the chance to model and share their stories! The elegant afternoon will conclude with a champagne reception at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown. 10% of the event’s sales — up to $10,000! — will benefit Dress for Success Cincinnati, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

When: 11:00 a.m. Reception & Raffle; 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon, Program, & Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show

Where: Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 151 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Click here to reserve seats and participate in the raffle! Or contact Lisa Brown at 513-651-3372 to register by phone.

 

Thanks to my intern Eric Cepela for his help putting this blog post together!