By Donna O'Neil, Managing Editor
A Vintage Affair’s sixth annual A Fashion Affair features international fashion with a local connection. This year’s featured designer is Jeff Garner and his Princess Grace Tribute Collection: “A Dress to Change the World.” The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 2.
Organizer and A Vintage Affair Managing Director Ashley Roberts is excited about this year’s event. “The collection was launched in Monaco under the high patronage of His Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco – a man and a country known for their fashion. This past September was the 30th anniversary of the passing of Princess Grace and we are very pleased to be able to honor her in this way. The fashions in this collection will take our guests back to a time of classic Hollywood – in the ear of the princess.”
Garner has embraced the sustainability and eco-friendliness and is offering cutting-edge fashions through his company – Prophetik. He has dressed many celebrities including: Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon among others.
This collection was inspired upon meeting the prince, Garner said. “I met the prince through the Princess Grace Foundation and Ladies of the City – both nonprofits which benefited from a show in Monaco.”
The meeting was as a result of Garner’s work on an independent film that was showing at the Monaco Film Festival. The Prince discovered Garner’s designs and liked his vision. Prince Albert requested that Garner design the collection in honor of the anniversary of the death of the princess on Sept. 14, 1982.
Patrons at A Fashion Affair this year will be viewing the collection that has been shown at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. as part of a 40 under 40 show. Forty-two fashions, all sustainable and influenced by Princess Grace’s classic style will be shown.
“I look forward to showing this collection in Franklin,” Garner said. It is such an honor to travel the world engaging others in sustainable fashion and being a part of such an event and coming home to love and support as an artist.”
This year’s event is sponsored by CIGNA Healthcare and will be held at a new venue – The Franklin Theatre. The runway, explains Roberts, will come out from the stage into the second or third row of fixed seats. Café tables will be located on either side of the runway.
Roberts explained, “A Fashion Affair is a runway and wine event raising funds for women’s and children’s charities in Williamson County.”
Wine will be provided by Robledo Family Winery and Harvest Beverage Company. Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the cocktail hour. The Goats of Kudzo, featuring Franklin resident Eric Heatherly, will be the evening’s musical entertainment. The runaway show will feature DAN Talent Group models and hair/makeup to be done by Studio BBC.
Doors open Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The runway show begins at 8 p.m.
VIP Tables of four are at a cost of $500 per table or $125 per seat. VIP tickets must be purchased by calling 615-351-8165.
To purchase VIP balcony seats at $100 per seat or general admission seats at $50 and $75, visit www.avintageaffair.org/events.
The mission of A Vintage Affair is to provide significant financial contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations in Williamson County whose services benefit the community at large. All funds contributed to the nonprofit organizations are designated for programs to support the well-being of women and children in need. To date A Vintage Affair has contributed just more than $1 million. For information about the organization, visit www.avintageaffair.org.
Posted on: 1/23/2013