Every year Marymount University in Arlington sponsors a fashion show called Portfolio in Motion. The designers are carefully chosen from current students, as well as, including brilliant designers from past years to participate in three evenings of cocktails, conversation and fashion.
There has been a "Designer of the Year" selected every year since 1990 and this year the beautiful and talented designer was Reem Acra seen here with fashion designer Kendra McCullough
I was invited to attend this year by Lydia Russo of Lydia Real Estate, one of the sponsors of the event. Lydia graduated from Marymount in 2010 :) The cocktail party was delightful as there was live music, delicious food provided by Ridgewells Catering, and yes, I tried everything....from the gazpacho in a glass, the salmon, the chocolate balls on a stick, the lobster pot stickers, and tiny potatoes. Alright, it's true, I actually ate more than just those few items but I felt it was necessary to try all the tasty treats that were offered, some more than once.
On the tables and walls there were inspiration boards and sketches on display so I snapped a few pictures so you could see how the design concepts start.
The variety of designs and details was so much fun. I particularly enjoyed this floral collection, especially the man's suit - he just owns it and looks great!
There was a definite "awwww" factor that was created by the adorable young models that graced the stage. This sassy little redhead had so much attitude, she made everyone smile.
I had the pleasure of meeting, Vesna Kustudic, of Mint Lola, designer of bridal headdresses and special event accessories. Her designs were feminine, graceful and charming.
Marymount alumni Ashley Arias of TAA PR and Jeffrey Wilkins of Louis Vuitton attended and looked FABULOUS!!! I wish I could wear red lipstick and look so good.
The silver sequin gown provided by Kendra McCullough produced some audible gasps of delight. Coming or going each of Kendra's designs was red carpet worthy.
I often hear people say that the Metropolitan area lacks style and verve but from my experience there are an abundance of men and women that display a unique blend of chic-style, creativity, whimsy and glamour that we hope to see more and more of out and about.