Seventeen designers took to the runway at the Beauty is Skin Deep Fashion Benefit taking place at the fashionable French Embassy.
By Sheila Mulhern
The Beauty is Skin Deep Fashion Benefit was held at the French Embassy and raised over $30,000 which benefited The Skin Cancer Foundation. The event featured a fully-loaded fashion show of seventeen designers, which was hosted by Miss Sinergy and emceed by WTTG news anchor, Will Thomas with help from Miss Synergy 2011 Megan McConville.
Models worked the runway to the music of DJ Raad with stylings by Alexa Winner and covered all fashion sectors including elaborate evening wear, swim suits, ready to wear and menswear. Featured designers included lead designer Maggie Norris for Maggie Norris Couture along with Stephen Mikhail, Daniella Kallmeyer, Malan Breton, Vincent Licari, Tsyndyma, La Casa Hermosa by Robin Fleming, Elizabeth St. John, Dar De Dar by Tala Raasi, Union of Angels by Cynthia Bapst, Se Sens Serene by Saureen Naik, Timo Weiland, Gemma Kahng, Rolando Santana, House of Berardi by Alexander Berardi, Alex Teih and Digitalebas by Sofia Samrad.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with many of the risk factors being avertable. Speakers at the event promoted the importance of education to aid in preventing the disease, including Miss Sinergy COO, John Paul Hamilton.
Special guests who attended the event included former Marie Claire Fashion Director, Lucy Sykes Rellie, Princess Margaret-Anne Mazzi of Uganda, Hilary Rhoda, supermodel and face of Estée Lauder cosmetics and Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Carson Kressley and Real Housewives of DC Cat Ommanney.