The fashion industry can be an incredibly creative (and sometimes chaotic) space, but it can also give birth to an extremely supportive community. The Kris Owens Fundraiser Benefit Fashion and Art Showcase was a shining example of such a community. Banding together alongside Kris Owens during his battle against cancer, several Seattle fashion designers, a team of hair and makeup artists, a troupe of models, and photographer put together a touching and fierce event. I was lucky enough to witness the event from behind the scenes as both a model and a journalist.
The backstage area possessed the usual atmosphere of chaos as the team clamors to be ready by show time, but this was tinged with something refreshing: organization. Between clipboards and cleanly separated stations for each design member, there was a definitive method to the madness.
Jersey Virago had the largest collection of the evening and a stunning rotation of models were there to display her visions. From pastels to florals to sheer fabrics adorned with chains, her swimsuits and dresses intrigued the crowd. Her models were impeccably coordinated, with not a detail left missing.
Another eye catching collection was Boring Sidney Hats and Headresses. The milliner beyond these masterpieces finds her fashion inspiration from the creatures of the deep-sea. The piece that crowned my look was modeled after the underside of a vampire squid. The hats were all paired with dresses from Kimmi Designs, gowns made of repurposed fabrics.
Though it started a bit after its published time (what entertainment event starts right on the dot), the audience was appeased and satisfied with the aesthetic feast the benefit provided for their eyes.