Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fashionistas to hit the runway at nexStage

Benefit fashion show will feature Cameron Silver

Patti Wells, owner of A:nu boutique for recycled and reconstructed cashmere and veteran hair stylist at Tru Spa in Ketchum, chairs The Advocatesí Attic Fashion Redesign Contest. Photo by David N. Seelig

Wood River Valley fashion designers are ready for the catwalk as their cutting-edge fashion designs entered in the Advocates' Attic Fashion Redesign Contest are brought to life with the Advocates Fashion Show. As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for October, the benefit fashion contest and show was created to build awareness of youth education programs on healthy relationships and the prevention of domestic and dating violence.

The high-style runway event will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Tickets for front row seating are $150, reserved seating is $50, general admission seating is $30 and student tickets are $20. An exclusive VIP reception with guest judge and commentator Cameron Silver of Decades boutique of Los Angeles and London, which specializes in vintage couture, will take place at the Cornerstone Bar & Grill in Ketchum. The reception is $50. The fashion show event will include drinks and appetizers.

Fashion show Chair Pattie Wells uses recycled clothing to recreate clothing as a new design, which she sells in her store A:nu in Ketchum. Gathering worn and old cashmere sweaters and similar items, Wells will sew them together to create new and fashion-forward looks. Wells said the fashion show is a great opportunity for her to show her creative side.

"I was asked by the Advocates to chair the event, which has become a great way for me to be involved in a good cause I believe in," Wells said. "It's important to bring awareness to teens about domestic violence, and it's never too early to talk to them about it."

Silver will commentate and judge the entries on the runaway. Participants in the fashion show have created new styles from items found at the Advocates' Attic store in Hailey.

Silver is coming to Ketchum via Beijing, China, where his friend Phillip Lim was having a historic fashion show at the Dong Bian Men Watchtower to celebrate his fifth anniversary in business.

"Fashion is important because in addition to being a tool of self-expression, fashion provides a visual history of our past," Silver said. "It's another means to learn about ourselves by what we wore, as well as what we discard."

Silver said that since 1997, he has encouraged fashion lovers to add vintage couture clothing and accessories to create a more individual style. The Advocates' event will celebrate the art of "thrift."

"I find a lot of memories in the clothing I personally collect, and I love that when I brush past an Alexander McQueen tux from 2004, I remember the last time I wore it and how I felt fantastic in it," he said. "Similarly, when I help a client find a beautiful vintage garment from Decades to add to her wardrobe, it's a little like magic—the right dress on the right woman even if the dress is nearly 70 years old."

For details, call 788-4191 or e-mail jan@theadvocates

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