Some people might find this hard to believe but fashion can change lives.
On February 25, 2016, at Philly's incredible Stratus Rooftop Lounge I had the opportunity to experience this first hand at Fashion for a Cause, a public fashion show event hosted by Philadelphia Event Producers on behalf of the Carol Galvin Women's Cancer Foundation. Founded by New York City firefighter and music manager Rick Galvin in honor of his mother who passed away of cancer when he was 11 years old, The Carol Galvin Women's Cancer Foundation raises money for mothers with cancer in NYC and now in the Philadelphia area.
This incredibly humbling event was in honor of Kathryn Marie Robinson who passed away from cancer on December 4, 2015. Kathryn left behind three children and her husband Michael who decided to donate the proceeds to other families in need. 100% of thse proceeds was split between a local Philadelphia in need (who wished to remain anonymous) and Nikki Powers, a mother battling cancer in NYC.
Overlooking the skyline of Philadelphia, I strapped my VIP pass onto my wrist and bobbed in and out of Strauss to give you a behind the scenes look at this event. After poking my head in the hectic backstage to take a closer look at the hair and makeup that would be seen on the runway, I joined my fellow photographers, bloggers, and guests in welcoming teen pop star Meredith O'Connor; a singer who's anti-bullying message have sold out venues across the country. Wearing a beautiful white dress, white fur shawl, and a stunning crown performed her hit singles Stronger and Just The Thing.
Then, with the help of Michelle Lee, of Michelle Lee Entertainment, the event's DJ and MC the fashion show kicked off featuring lines by top designers, Elizabeth Delgado of Elizabeth Delgado Designs, Bill McCall of Utopia Armoury, and Dartanya. Sadly, after a long day of shooting my camera picked the perfect/not at all perfect time to crap out on me but feel free to visit all of these lovely designers pages for details on their incredible designs.
But there are still lots of pictures from this event below so scroll through and see first hand how fashion can change lives.