Today is the first day of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We at M.I.S.S. feel it is our responsibility as the segment of society most likely to be stricken with this terrible disease (Yes, men get it too!) to do our part in increasing awareness for the fight against this unfortunately common disease, and although it’s something we should all be fighting year round, there is also no better time than now. During Fashion Week I had the opportunity to attend an event, The Pink Dress Collection to benefit the global leader of the breast cancer movement, one of the most well known foundations providing support to women who have been diagnosed, their friends and families, and aiding the fight against Breast Cancer is Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
One of the days that Gabriella and I were in the HauteLook lounge during New York Fashion week, we had the pleasure of meeting some of the people from Clarisonic, creators and manufacturers of the Clarisonic Skin System brushes. They were packing up for the day, but due to my excitement about their product, they were kind enough to take the time to show us the latest products in their lineup. One of the items was their Limited Edition Clarisonic PLUS brush which has both facial cleansing and body cleansing sonic brushes, and whose sales benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. We were asked if we’d like to attend a Style360 fashion show that they were sponsoring which also benefited Susan G. Komen For The Cure, featuring some well known celebrities, and coincidentally we already had plans to attend.
The following day, we met down at the Metropolitan Pavilion, but due to a schedule conflict, Gabriella had to head uptown to another event, so I was left all by my lonesome. But all was well. The Pink Dress Collection was created to celebrate the pink dress as the symbol of breast cancer awareness, and is made up of a three-city tour stopping in New York, Miami and Los Angeles at ROCK Fashion Week. After the three events, the Pink Dresses will be auctioned off at an elaborate event, and proceeds from the sale of the dresses will go to Susan G. Komen For The Cure for breast cancer research and awareness.
Upon entering, I paid a visit to the sponsor areas, and spun the Kipling wheel of fortune and won a key chain before I took my seat. Set to take stage on the runway were a collection of pink dresses from designers such as breast cancer survivor Betsey Johnson, Nanette Lepore, Luca Luca, Nicole Miller, Pamella Roland, Guess by Marciano, Juicy Couture, Lily Pulitzer, Venexiana and many more. As the Ford models traipsed down the runway to Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” the crowed that was made up of fashionistas, and regular women of varying ages, just like Susan G. Komen For The Cure supports cheered for every pink dress that came down the runway whether it was on a celebrity or not. In time, model Carmen Dell’Orefice who rose to fame on covers of Vogue magazine in the 1940’s made an appearance with more pizazz than her age might have you think! Check her out at the end of the Finale Walk video below.
80’s Supermodel Carol Alt, celebrity gossip monger Perez Hilton, actress and TV host Brooke Burke also took to the runway in support of the cause. While I wished I’d known which dresses came from which designers while the show went on (it was hard to keep track with the program, while I tried to simultaneously take photos and video!) the show was fun, and a nice change from the hustle, bustle, and what was probably an eating disorder fueled batch of bitchyness that was going on in the tents. But more importantly, The Pink Dress collection is geared to remind women about the dangers of breast cancer, and to educate younger women about the latest facts and figures about early detection and breast health, which will hopefully encourage them to have annual check ups. So remember, ladies (and Gents! Actor Richard Roundtree, star of Shaft was diagnosed with breast cancer) check your breasts!
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