Without question, Neiman Marcus was the It! place to be for Fashion’s Night Out in Palm Beach on Friday, Sept. 10. More than 500 of the island’s beloved fashionistas flocked to the Worth Avenue store as part of VOGUE magazine’s nationwide fashion industry celebration.
Beth Pine, Vice President and General Manager of Neiman Marcus Palm Beach, was on hand to dish on the season’s hottest trends, noting fur, feathers, structured handbags, pantsuits, military chic and hues of green are a few must-haves for fall.
“Fashion’s Night Out was celebrated at the most glamorous locations around the world, officially marking the start of Fall fashion season,” said Pine. “It was such an honor to host the biggest event in town. Palm Beach was ready to party!”
A focal point of the evening was a live demonstration a la “Project Runway,” when three celebrity It! Boys selected by It! Weddings & Events for their creative vision showcased their interpretations of the latest fall trends using live models and raw materials like bubble wrap, butcher block paper, doilies and feathers. Wedding and event designer Jeff Fowler, artist and Center for Creative Education Assistant Director Kevin Murray, and interior designer Reginald Dunlap of Gray Perez Design Group had the crowd cheering and begging for more as they added the finishing touches to their inventive ensembles, respectively titled “Road Warrior,” “Rock & Lace,” and “The Bubble.”
Also selected by It! Weddings & Events, four celebrity It! Girls brought fashion trends to the table with glamorous fall tabletop designs. Neiman Marcus Palm Beach donated $250 toward the organizations represented by It! Girls Angela Culveyhouse, auction chair of the 2011 Heart Ball to benefit American Heart Association on Feb. 14; Aime Dunstan, chair of the “Feather Wars” opening exhibition to benefit the Pat and Richard Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum and Historical Society of Palm Beach County on Nov. 30; Hilary Jordan, Ladies Committee co-chair of Devil’s Night to benefit Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on Oct. 20; and Diana Perry, chair of Over the Big Top to benefit Center for Creative Education on Nov. 6.
The evening also included a live runway presentation featuring the latest in ready-to-wear and couture, as well as cuisine by Pistache French Bistro, Michelle Bernstein’s at The Omphoy Ocean Resort and Christafaro’s Catering. It! Weddings & Events served up verdant candies from two designer dessert bars, and The Sugar Monkey turned out more than 500 customized cupcakes from the It! Cupcake Bar.
Guests joined in a live fashion shoot in the CaptureSET pop-up studio while music by Elan Artists and DJ Nick Flash kept up the tempo. Echo mixologist Charles Steadman poured signature cocktails including Blue Feather Vodka, and Bulletproof Wine & Spirits offered a white wine tasting to round out the evening’s menu of events.
It Weddings & Events specializes in the discerning taste of Palm Beach, Nantucket, the Hamptons and beyond, ensuring the elegance and extravagance of your wedding, fund-raiser or special event. For more information, call 561.801.0767 or log on to www.itweddingsandevents.com.
W. PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2010) — Nearly 300 highly acclaimed interior and landscape designers, philanthropists and community and social leaders attended the private Preview Party for the 2010 Red Cross Designers’ Show House on January 20 at CityPlace South Tower. Opening night was the first opportunity for design aficionados to preview nearly 20 inspired interior and exterior spaces in the luxury residential tower, artfully transformed by the 15 participating designers of this year’s Show House that runs through
After touring the inspired rooms in four models on the middle penthouse level, guests were welcomed to the ninth-floor pool deck for canapés prepared by two-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee Chef Zach Bell and music by DJ Nick Flash. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails courtesy of Blue Martini and Bacardi USA, Inc., which showcased its GREY GOOSE La Poire vodka paired with fresh fruit juices. Preview Party chairman Aime Dunstan added some sultry sizzle to the poolside event with a live fashion presentation featuring Spring 2010 swimwear by tibi and Palm Beach’s own Jordann Jewelry, as well as a trunk show from which 15 percent of Jordann Jewelry sales was donated to the Red Cross. Sponsors included Lamborghini Palm Beach and Miami-based Bacardi USA, Inc., which has supported the preview event for the past five years.
“The preview event is always high energy and sets a glamorous stage for the rest of the four-week duration of the Show House,” said Bill Kopp, general chairman of the 2010 Red Cross Designers’ Show House. “The caliber of this year?s designers, coupled with the high-profile location, positions the 2010 Show House to break all previous attendance records.”
Notable guests included Honorary Chairman Michael Smith, who recently added the First Family to his long list of celebrity clients; Mario Nievera; Cristina and Desmond Keogh; Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons; Mark Foley; Dr. Layne Nisenbaum; Steven Stolman; Ann Beha; Wally and Betsy Turner; Annie Falk; Ross Meltzer; Terri Mersentes; Chad Renfro; Chip and M.A. Quinn; Brandie and Todd Herbst; Nancy and Jeff Smith; Tom and Carol Kirchhoff; and Melanie and Chris Hill.
Students of The Dreyfoos School of the Arts played music upstairs, while Show House designers welcomed guests into their own spaces and had fun describing their design approach. These included Bill Kopp, Design Chairman Stephen Mooney, Boutique Chairman Frank J. Maguire, Jennifer Garrigues, Joseph Pubillones, Lon Morris, Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell of HomeLife Interiors, Virginia Courtenay, Christopher Dunstan, Scotty Rawley and Melissa Ziober of RZ Design Group, Keith Williams, Veronica Volani Inza, Rachel Sawyer Clements, Michael Powers, and Mimi Masri.
Now in its 34th season, the 2010 Red Cross Designers’ Show House features more than 15 interior and exterior spaces on the middle penthouse level of CityPlace South Tower, the 20-story luxury residential tower on Okeechobee Boulevard in Downtown West Palm Beach. The Show House is open to the public through February 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, please contact Maura Nelson at 561.650.9131, email@example.com or visit www.redcrossshowhouse.org.
All proceeds from the design event will benefit the array of programs and services offered by the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, including providing relief to victims of disasters and helping residents prevent and prepare for emergencies. For more than 90 years, the chapter has been serving residents in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.
About the American Red Cross
For more than 90 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties, has provided relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, taught life-saving skills, and supported military members and their families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time and money to perform its humanitarian mission. To learn more about the work of the Red Cross or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711 or visit