By Abby and Elle
Wow. What a show! Before we even get to the fashions (photos below!), can we just tell you how elegant the entire evening was? This was the second year for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show, and they know how to host a party.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden was a lovely setting for a fashion show. Guests — and our guess is there were a couple hundred — feasted on a seemingly endless supply of heavy hors d’ouvres (risotto cakes, grilled veggies, dried fruit, cheese and crackers — there was meat stuff, too, but we’re vegetarians, so we didn’t care) and dark-chocolate covered strawberries, perfectly paired for us with a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio. We resisted bidding on any of the jewelry and other items in the silent auction, but not for lack of interest or appeal.
First up for the runway show was the Ursuline College “Merchandised” Goodwill Garments, where students in the college’s fashion design program bought items from Goodwill and matched them with items they already had or purchased elsewhere. Next on the catwalk were the inspirations from three Cleveland-area fashion bloggers, each of whom were given $100 to spend at Goodwill and challenged to come up with as many outfits as they could. Finally, the Ursuline fashion students showed off their “redesigned” Goodwill garments, items they bought and then turned into something else — sometimes completely different.
We not only had a terrific night out, but we also learned that Goodwill is all about helping thousands of people in the community develop employment and life skills. Through its retail stores, the organization diverted more than 22 million pounds of clothing from landfills and gave $100,000 worth of merchandise to needy families through its voucher program in 2011. Dang stylish, if we don’t say so ourselves.
We were so inspired by the show and the array of frugal fashions that we’ve challenged ourselves to find at least two complete outfits for less than $40 at Goodwill in the coming month. What a great way to support a great organization. Be sure to check back to our blog to see what fashion ideas we come up with. Oh, and enjoy our picks from the show: