Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beats For Boobs

The first annual Beats for Boobs Breast Cancer Emergency Fundraiser (BCEF) premiered in Seattle on October 14th at the Little Red Studio.  The event originated in San Francisco but thanks to event director Ashley Hamilton and her phenomenal team, the event has graced the Emerald City and we ain’t mad at it!  The night was more than eventful with assorted entertainment from Aerial Bandits a group of independent aerialists from the Seattle area, belly dancing performance by Troupe Hipnotica, a fully stocked bar, hors doeuvres, and of course a fashion show featuring local Seattle designers.  Emcee Anna Banana of Pretty Parlor kept the crowd energized with her charismatic personality, while the She-Jays DJ Eva, Kristina Childs, Darnell Sue, and Brianna Carmada, kept our feet moving and our fists pumping (well not exactly, but something was pumping) with techno beats remixed with touches of classic 60s and 70s songs.  The crowd wined, dined, and danced all in the name of breast cancer research, and raised a whapping $11,500 while doing so. 

The fashion show included local designers Jamie Von Stratton, Rene Ropas, Chrissy Wai Ching, Lina Zeineddine, and Christine Chaney

Below are designs from local designer Jamie Von Stratton.  Ms. J Von Stratton specializes in custom costume designs and bridal wear.  Her designs are very eclectic, as you can see below, and vary in assortment, designs, and fit.
Ms Jamie Von Stratton in an aqua marine mermaid inspired halter mini dress with matching aqua marine hair


I think I found my Halloween costume, (pictured above) although I don’t know what I’m going to be, I do know I can rock the hell out of gold lame!

Below are designs from designer Rene Ropas.  All of her pieces are made out of 100% recycled material.  Her pieces are sleek, feminine, and fun. 

Sorry about the fuzzy pic

Ms. Rene Ropas in denim dress and striped tee with her models, love that verte colored head scarf

One of my favorite local designers of the night was Chrissy Wai Ching posted below.  Her specialty are gowns – very piercing statement pieces that read one thing, I have arrived!  Her pieces have a tribal undertone to them, most likely originating from the designers Puerto Rican and Asian background.

Designer Chrissy Wai Ching wearing one of her designs

Designs by Chrissy Wai Ching

Local designer Lina Zeineddine was also featured at the event.  Her looks had tasteful sex appeal, and utilized classic feminine looks such as the cocktail dress, sweetheart necklines, pencil skirts, and halter tops.  Her designs also included intricate detailing such as hand beading and stitching. 
Designs by Lina Zeineddine

Last but certainly not least is designer Christine Chaney.  Ms. Chaney reconstructed silk scarves and turned them into amazing blouses, she also had amazing crochet pieces.  This designer was particularly unique seeing as she used breast cancer survivors as her models, and titled her line warrior women in honor of the women which is a more than appropriate title for breast cancer survivors.

The models held bow n arrows to go with the warrior women theme

 Warrior women model in Christine Chaney crocheted original

I adored her shoes, had to get a close up

Warrior women in Christine Chaney designs

Designer Christine Chaney on the left wearing one of her scarf designs

After the fashion show the real get down began!

Me dancing with one of the featured belly dancers, get it                          

 Me dancing with one of the guests at the event

My older sister/date working it

The Beats for Boobs production team, congratulations ladies you put together a fabulous event – I’ll be back next year. 

Make sure you all support this amazing organization, Beats for Boobs.  Check them out on their website to receive more information about the organization and their impact on breast cancer fund raising.  I hope to see you all at the next event!

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