Fashion Forward YYC + HomeFront 2018

Lone Star Mercedes – Benz transformed their showroom into a fashion venue, Friday September 21st. While leaving a few strategically placed vehicles inside to lust over, the space was filled with designer pop up shops, food stations offering savoury and sweet treats and other services. While waiting for the show, you could get a shoe shine, have a fashion portrait done, or get a tarot card reading. Artist Tresa Gibson worked live, completing a spectacular painting that sold at auction for over $4000.

Fashion Forward began in 2014 with a group of philanthropic women who share a love of fashion and the drive to change the world. Using fashion as a tool to inspire families and build awareness, this is the fourth year for the charity fashion show. Homefront is the chosen agency for support once again.

Homefront is a non-profit organization in Calgary that works with victims of domestic abuse, ensuring they have the support, information and resources needed to break the cycle of abuse and move their lives into  positive and healthy direction. 

The evening, hosted hey Michelle Morgan of Heartland, kicked off with a live auction raising over $20,000 on only four items. Bidding was brisk and the crowd cheered at each higher bid coaxed out by auctioneer John Copithorn. When the four items were sold, he reminded guests that this was all in support of Homefront and asked who wanted to donate $1000. Cheers and applause accompanied each $1000 that came in and they came fast totalling over $20,000 on top off the auction. 

A passionate speech given by judge Tyndall who works court-room 508, the domestic violence court, made quite an impact, and people were generous. This specialized court was formed in 2000 and works closely with HomeFront, who has helped 1800 adults and 96 children this year.

With a reduced wait time for court dates and the immediate engagement of victims and children with resources, the opportunity for effective safety planning is increased.

On the runway fashion by Kate Hewko featured faux fur, chiffon, tulle plastic and of course, bling. Lennard Taylor showed in denim, tulle, with rich coloured wool coats and of course, his signature hand painted garments. Paul Hardy never disappoints and his collection of luscious wraps, shrugs and fur lined jackets and vests were outstanding. Also, showing was Saks fifth Avenue with a line-up of celebrity models including Jill Belland, Brett Wilson, Mark Tewksbury and more. 

For more information about HomeFront, click here.

Written by Catherine Tkach and Photography by PhotoArt4U.

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