Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thursday: Made in Italy Fashion Show, Circle of Light

Posted by Erica Jackson on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM

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FASHION | La Dolce Vida

Fashionistas, it’s go time. Get ready to see and be seen at the third annual Made in Italy Fashion Show presented by U-Topia Events. Charleston magazine Style Editor Ayoka Lucas will host the event, which features the latest looks from local boutiques like Hampden Clothing, V2V, Cose Belle, and Luxe Boutique, as well as shoes from Susan Michelle Shoes. Guest designer Mehera Blum for Blumera will be visiting from L.A. So maybe the clothes aren’t authentically Italian, but the rest of the party leans more in that direction. Guests will enjoy an open bar of classic cocktails and Italian favorites, passed hors d’oeuvres from Il Cortile del Re, and prosecco from Earth Fare. DJ Duwayne Motley will be spinning, accompanied by live instruments, and DanceFX will provide additional entertainment. Spring for the VIP tix and get a prime viewing location and glasses of prosecco. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of the Trident Area. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. (843) 513-8055, www.u-topiaevents.com, Made in Italy Fashion Show. Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St., Downtown.

EVENT | Lighting up Marion Square

Philanthropy Week recently wrapped up, and we can only hope that numerous worthy organizations are basking in the glow of Charleston’s generosity. Close on its heels comes the city’s most opulent annual fund-raising event, Darkness to Light’s Circle of Light Gala. Despite the economic downturn, organizers say that donations have remained steady enough to produce one of the biggest parties of the year. Over the last seven years, the event has raised over $2 million for Darkness to Light, which spreads awareness about child sexual abuse. The New York-themed affair will be spread out in giant tents in Marion Square, beginning with a SoHo cocktail party with a silent auction (we’re told there will be some “incredible surprises”) and entertainment from street performers. Dinner will be prepared by 15 of Charleston’s most talented and generous chefs, and accompanied by music from the Joe Clarke Orchestra and a special guest. D2L will then present the Voice of Courage award to Olympic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer for her efforts to bring awareness to sexual abuse, then the tents will be transformed into a Studio 54-inspired club for the remainder of the night. One lucky guest will end the night right by driving off in a brand new Volvo. Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. (843) 965-5444. Marion Square, Calhoun and King, Downtown.

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