On Saturday, October 24th, I had the privilege of attending the Beauty En Noir Charity Event and Fashion Show hosted by Fashion Facez Artistry. The event was spent honoring Philadelphia’s most influential women and raising awareness while benefitting Women Against Abuse.
The night began with cocktails and light refreshments. During this time, I was able to converse with some of the other attendees, photographers, media, models, guests, and the women being honored. The event was held in the penthouse at the Bourse in Philadelphia. When exiting the elevator, I was greeted by some of the wonderful staff and handed a glass of wine. I felt as if I was royalty and I was being treated with so much respect.
After the cocktail hour ended, it was time for the fashion show. The Beauty En Noir Fashion show featured three designers: Paula Hain, Retania Drain, and Karon Woodland.
Retania Drain began the show with her line ‘Ann Luchade’ which featured purple designs inspired and in recognition to the night’s cause – domestic violence. At a young age she learned to hand sew which sparked her desire for fashion. She designs outfits that are inspired by the natural shape of the “real woman’s body”.
Karon Woodland also showed off her custom designed lines KW Couture. Karon is the head designer of a suburban Philadelphia fashion house and specializes in designing custom outfits for the individual. She does not make pieces that repeat per person. When you work with her, she is making an outfit just for you.
Paula Hian featured her self titled line that took everything to the next level. She wears outfits from her own line which means that each item is going to be the best piece that it cane be. She designs for the independent minded woman who thinks on her own and has her own sense of style.
The night ended with testimony from survivors of domestic violence and an awards ceremony honoring Philadelphia’s Most Influential Women of 2015: Mary Daugherty of Nicole Miller; Jenice Armstrong of Philadelphia Daily News; Terry Matthews of Jaden’s Voice; and Sheila Armstrong a survivor and advocate for Women Against Abuse.
It was such a great night and I was so happy to attend the event to listen to the testimonies and to see the wonderful designs during the fashion show.