Retrofittings Sneak Peek, Decades of Divas

Retrofittings was the first fashion show event I attended in Cincinnati before starting my business. It was the first event that said to me “wow, Cincinnati LOVES fashion!” and truly inspired me to move forward with my idea to launch Cincy Chic.

I’ve faithfully attended each Retrofittings event ever since, and watched in awe as it’s grown. From a cozy crowd at the 21st Century Theater… to the last year there when it was absolutely bursting at the seams and I sat on someone’s arm rest to see the show… to the Hall of Mirrors downtown, which they outgrew… And now Music Hall with more than 800 in attendance! It’s grown so much and it’s been really neat to see it get bigger and better every year.

So imagine my elation when I get a call from Retrofittings asking me to be a co-host this year! AHHHH! Completely honored and humbled, I of course accepted!

One of my responsibilities of being co-host is to tell everyone how awesome Retrofittings is and encourage them to come (duh… I already do that…). They also give me awesome sneak peeks, like the “Decades of Divas” Gift Gathering Party (release/pics below)! I can’t wait to see it all in person! Hope to see you there too!



Cincinnati, OH – September 2014 –St. Vincent de Paul’s Decades of Divas Gift Gathering Party officially kicked-off the 12th annual RetroFittings event! The party was held on September 21, 2014 at the home of Becky Catino, St. Vincent de Paul Board Chair and Partner of 625 Investments. The event previewed some of this year’s fashion show designs and was attended by St. Vincent de Paul board members, RetroFittings sponsors, committee members and special guests.

RetroFittings is an innovative event that spotlights the fashion designs of students from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). Each student was given a $10 voucher to shop at one of St. Vincent de Paul’s seven Thrift Store and Donation Centers to redesign and create an ensemble inspired by a diva who influenced a decade. Each design will be modeled by in a New York style fashion show. The event will also feature boutique shopping, cocktails and h’ors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, and a live auction.

Proceeds from the event benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s efforts to bring hope to the front line of poverty, with more than 900 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide innovative, practical emergency assistance throughout Greater Cincinnati.

“Each year, the talented DAAP students re-invent fashion and inspire giving by representing the true potential of items donated to our thrift stores,” said St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Liz Carter. “Like their RetroFittings runway designs, donations to the thrift stores are re-invented and transformed into something beautiful – a coat for a growing child, a kitchen table for a family that was eating dinner on the floor, a bed for an elderly neighbor in need.”

This year’s sponsors include The Thomas J. and Linda Mueller Family Fund, Niehaus Financial Services, Protective Life Insurance, US Bank, The Catino Family Foundation, Krombholz, Macy’s, Dan and Deb Meyer, Paul and Meg Tarvin.

Taren Kinebrew, owner of Sweet Petit Desserts, is chairing this year’s event.

“RetroFittings is a dynamic event that has evolved from a small fundraiser in a bar in Northern Kentucky to a truly fabulous event at historic Music Hall in Cincinnati thanks to our dedicated committee members, the prestigious University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture Art and Planning, and the support of our community,” said RetroFittings Committee Chair Taren Kinebrew.

Kinebrew leads a committee including Creative Director Joe Rigotti, UC Liaison Ann Firestone, and committee members Dianne Brown, Christina Christian, Crystal Grace, Elizabeth Hardin-Klink, Tina Hawking, Nikki Jenkins, Laura Koehler, Yolanda McGee, Peggy Mossbarger, Hengameh Nassef, Kelsey Nihiser, Carmen Sanders, Tammy Snyder, Kathleen Stenger, Lori Stenger, Meg Tarvin, Jaime Thompson, Jayne Watkins, and Natalie Wenstrup.

The event begins at 6:00 pm with refreshments, a live auction, a raffle and a boutique sale preceding the fashion show. The event after-party will be held at Kaze OTR. Tickets are on sale now at, $100 for VIP, $60 for general admission and $20 for students. Follow #RetroFittings at and

About St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been providing innovative, practical emergency assistance to Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County residents in need for more than140 years. The organization works personally with those in need, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in their lives through home visits provided by neighborhood-based volunteer groups, and groundbreaking initiatives like the Charitable Pharmacy as well as a network of nine food pantries and seven thrift stores and donation centers across Cincinnati. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to be a leading community service organization, recently recognized as a Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics winner, a One Award Finalist by The Better Business Bureau (BBB), and as Non-Profit of the Year by The CincinnatiUSA Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information in Cincinnati visit


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