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Vintage Runway Show Highlights Glamour From The Past

A Runway Recap For Facon Magazine

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What’s better to shop for than for a cause?! Held at The Manor DC, Baille Gelwick’s “Be My Vintage Valentine” was a charity fashion show to benefit the Polaris Project. This event enlisted a popular women’s vintage store, Amalgamated of Alexandria, who provided all of the fashion. Bonus, they also offered these items for sale to guests after the event. A portion of the proceeds was given to the Polaris Project.

The Polaris Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to abolishing human trafficking and slavery around the world. There are hundreds of thousands of lives being forced into a life of servitude and abuse. Guests were also introduced to the NO MORE movement against sexual violence, domestic abuse, and slavery.

Upon arriving at the event, I was startled by a drone flying around the room taking pictures of the guests. However, by the end of the night I was taking selfies with it! I mingled and tried the delicious cocktails offered that night. DJ Alchemist spun tracks for the fashion show. Hair & Makeup Specialists were also on hand to make sure all the ladies felt like supermodels for the night.

Finally, the lights dimmed and the cat-walking commenced. I noted that the majority of the featured looks came from the 1960’s. The pieces were very feminine, which I liked. It was such a lovely experience to take in a showcase of romantic fashion options from the past right in time for Valentine’s Day. The show kicked off with it’s first look which seemed to be inspired by the The Black Dahlia. It took me back to 1940’s Los Angeles.

One of the standout looks was a 1970’s “Jefferson Starship meets Bohemian” long coat. It was paired with a black swing skirt and crop top which gave it a more contemporary style, or ‘relaxed chic.’ The outfit was topped off with a large Russian fur hat which offset the elongated lines of the coat in such a intuitive way. Such a great touch by the event’s stylist. The last look was my favorite of the night. The model wore the absolute chicest high-waisted pant in the most beautiful shade of yellow. It had a sailor pant cut and was tied smartly with a bow at the front waist. I have always adored a high-waisted pant. It’s just made for a good Diva Strut Walk.

It was a unique showcase of well-styled fashion and I liked the vintage concept. One problem with trying to put on a show with a lot of vintage clothes is that you have no control over the size of the pieces. You just have to make it all work in spite of it. The looks were pieced together in such a thoughtful way. Each piece radiated an effortless glamour which influenced the mood of the whole event. If there is anything in the world that should be effortless and intuitive, it’s style.

What’s your favorite vintage style?

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