"Au Courant" Fashion Hits the "Strollway" for Child & Family Services

A dramatic, draped entryway and a highlighted strollway at Newport's Ochre Court mansion served as the venue for the designers of Style Week Providence to display their latest creations and fashion concoctions, all for the benefit of the programs of Child & Family Services. This was the second annual style event in Newport, and titled "Too Marvelous for Words."


A cocktail party and silent auction tables preceded the design presentation.

Mary Ambrogi and Colleen Medeiros, co-Chairwomen of the event, welcomed the audience, and Keith Tavares, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, spoke with enthusiasm about C&F's programs.


And the trendy, often outrageous, fashion stroll began.


The tradition of couturiers' Paris and New York shows is a 13-minute presentation, with models stepping briskly, stopping to pose, then passing the next model entering. This was not the case as the models – made up to look like extras in "The Twilight Saga" films, took their time on a hot night. One model was absolutely zombie-esque in pose and pace.

Rosana Ortiz Sinel, the head of Style Week Providence, and designer Jonathan Joseph Peters, who was featured on TV's Project Runway (season 7) spoke after the show, and ABC6's Steve Cascione was auctioneer for several of the designers' creations, each of which brought many hundreds of dollars for the agency.


The highlight of the live auction was a back-fastened pumpkin-colored silk top, decorated with real Swarovski crystals, a bit of a show-stopper.


Special patrons received gorgeous gift bags from Swarovski Elements containing a Child & Family "Taste of Newport" cookbook, a travel essentials kit for men and DryShine Hairstyle and Colour Stylist from Pureology donated by Farmaesthetics, Captain Morgan Black spiced rum, a Cross pen, a CD of the show, and a special subscription offer from Newport Life magazine, a sponsor.


Seen were the "Ladies of Lila" Geer Messinger, Kim Doherty, and Robin Nicholson. Lila Delman Real Estate was a sponsor of the "Au Courant" show.

Don and Jana Jagoe, Peter and Diana DiBari, Ruth Orthwein, Jack Ambrogi, designer Ally Coulter, Eric and Cric Offenberg, Lisa Oliver, and Peter and Ann Damon watched the show with great interest. Handbag designer Marcela Calvet presided over a tempting table of baggagerie.


Peter & Diana Dibari, center, with friends


The presentation was a preview of designs that will appear at the StyleweekNortheast in Providence in August. Designers represented were Avni Trivedi, Denise Hajjar, Jessica Abernnethy, Sarah Prost, Kent Stetson, Johnathan Joseph Peters, Joseph Aaron Segal and Marcel Calvet.




For information on Providence Style Week, go to www.StyleWeekNortheast.com



Stylish dress on the patio

Serving outside

Keith Tavares welcomes guests

Co-chairs Mary Ambrogi &  Colleen Medeiros

The "Ladies of Lila" Geer Messinger, Kim Doherty, Robin Nicholson

& friend critiquing the fashions

Keith Tavares & Newport Stylephile Andrea McHugh talk

Jonathan Peters & Rosana Ortiz Sinel introducing auctioneer,

ABC6's Steve Cascione


The Swarovski Elements top fetched hundreds

Pastrami wears one of her stylish chapeaux


Ruth Orthwein & Elizabeth Lewis shop the silent auction


Jonathan Baggo Stafford


Ally Coulter & Lisa Oliver


Shoes by Valentino


Peter & Anne Damon with David Ford


Three stylish young ladies


Jean DiBona & Mikki Micarelli


Another silent auction table


V.P. and Director of Institutional Advancement for

Child & Family Services Keith Tavares



Steve Cascione soliciting bids


The auction tables were laden



Post show discussions


Don & Jana Jagoe


Marcela Calvet with her handbag collection

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