by Lauren Blake
What’s one trend that’s fashion forward in all seasons? Paying it forward to charities in need. Saturday night, Jordanos boutique in Ballantyne hosted “Project Reover,” a fashion event for three great causes.
Store owner, Karen Mangeney spoke up during the evening about her reason behind hosting the event. “Reover is a do-over. Sometimes in life, we get a second chance to start over, make things right, or do something better.” Mangeney and her team at Jordanos joined forces to raise money for a number of causes that do just that.
Proceeds raised from the evening will give a second chance to people who are in real need of a do-over. Charities included Same Sky, a project which provides employment to HIV positive women in Rwanda as well as Regional Aids Interfaith Network. The event was also held in honor of the missing Charlotte philanthropist and CEO, Donald Nicholas, who was last seen in Fiji on July 15th. Some proceeds will aid in the search to bring Nicholas home.
The party, held in a lush climate control tent at the Ballantyne Quad, included two special guest appearances, silent and live auctions, and a fashion show. Singer Andy Grammer, who was named “One of 11 artists to watch in 2011” by the New York Post, swooned the ladies with his sweet lyrics and guitar skills. Another guest star was the YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill, who truly exemplifies the idea of second chances in life. Cahill, a teenager born with a rare genetic disease, had a rough start but after his lip syncing videos went viral online, he hit it big and now performs alongside huge stars such as 50 Cent, Katy Perry and more.
But the main attraction of the evening was the fashion. The runway gave attendees the chance to envision their own “do-over” in the newest clothing offered by Jordanos. The glam boutique, which has been the hot spot for contemporary designer clothing in Charlotte since 1999, proved it still has the low down on what's in style today. Looks included a slew of trendy outfits for guys and gals, suitable for everyday wear or a night out in the city. Judging from the runway, Jordanos is apparently the destination for jeans with a huge selection of awesome denim, including brands like Hudson, Rock & Republic, and William Rast. But denim aside, the store carries a stylish array of shoes, accessories, tops and dresses.
For the ladies, dresses were fun and flirty with very mod-esque cuts and prints, a popular look this fall as seen on Elle’s Fall 2011 Trend Guide. There was also an assortment of pretty fall sweater dresses paired with very unique patterned tights in not only cotton but edgy pairs of leather, too. Guys were outfitted in casual yet cool V-necks, plaid button-downs, and zip sweaters. Also popular on the runway were the fall staples — boots and outerwear. There was a huge collection of ultra chic trench coats for men and women. Particularly cool was a winter white women’s trench coat and an edgy men’s bomber jacket.
If you didn’t have the chance to attend Project Reover, be assured that you should head over to Jordanos for a mid fall closet re-do. And, stay tuned for another charity event for Autism Awareness in the spring of 2012.