A Stylish "Au Courant" Fashion Parade Aids Child & Family Services

Fort Adams was the setting for an Au Courant runway show, this year possible entitled "Bottoms Up", as StyleWeek founder Rosanne Ortiz introduced the latest in beachwear, including bathing suits that were both lovely (and somewhat skimpy!) on the runway in StyleWeek/SWIM,  a recent benefit for Child & Family Services called (appropriately) "Fashion at the Fort".

World renowned designer and philanthropist Derek Warburton charmed with his tales of overcoming childhood homelessness  He spoke of fashion and philanthropy, and of being a good will ambassador for the homeless, particularly in Nicaragua.  The Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards, Rector of Newport’s historic Trinity Church, took to the runway to conduct a live auction of only three items: dinner for 10 from Pranzi catering, which went for $1,800, a Bespoke suit from Marc Allen Fine Clothier (owner Marc Streisand was in attendance) went for $4,000 — twice! — once to the dapper Gary Garabedian, who asked that a vest be included.  A catered party for 24 was donated by Stoneacre Brasserie and good will was everywhere.

CEO & President Marty Sinnott spoke on Child & Family’s extensive
services to both children and low income seniors, thanking both Joe Dias, Executive Director of Fort Adams and Reverend Richards for the assistance with the event.

An extensive silent auction

Derek Warburton is known for styling stars like Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, and Heather Graham , and he chose Au Courant to debut his new fine jewelry line.  OPTK of Johnston gave each attendee a free pair of stylish sunglasses, needed for the dazzling runway show. Hors d’oeuvres were served within the Fort’s vaulted rooms.  Cocktails, fashion, music and dancing ensued on a lovely night.

Au Courant is Child & Family Services'  signature benefit event following its 150th Anniversary, in conjunction with Styleweek, which promotes designers in the Northeast. This year, the fashion show contained  Gypsetgirl, with a swim collection by Melissa Hillas, Karo Swimwear by Kasia Roginska, and Kalika Swimwear by Lauren Rose.

Friend & designer Jess Abernethy


Proceeds of Au Courant support the extensive programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services.




Shopping the Gypsetgirl booth


Hors d'oeuvres in the  Fort


Gary & Mary Garabedian


Marty Sinnott, Ed & Lauren Kammerer



Cynthia Quinlan, Beth Dias & Janine Atamian


Andrew & Pamela Considine


At the OPTX booth inside the Fort


Derek Warburton talks with patrons


Mr. Warburton describes his works abroad, fashion & philanthropy


Reverend Anne Marie Richards conducts the auction


Marc Streisand of Marc Allen Clothier


Au Courant event co-chairs, Sara Hiebner and Rosanna Ortiz         














Resortwear by designer Jess Abernethy


Designer Lauren Rose of KaliKa Swimwear with model

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