An evening that includes fashion, craft beer, an excuse to play dress-up and give back to a worthy cause? Heck yes!
When Dee Wilkie invited me to attend Transition- a fashion show showcasing 10 local designers and a magazine launch in Fredericton all while fundraising for Transition House, a secure home for women and children fleeing abuse, I KNEW I had to be there.
Transition was held at The Picaroons Roundhouse which I have to begin by saying that this would be a fabulous location for any of your wedding events. While hotel ballrooms and rustic barns are all the rage in The Maritimes right now, neither option offers quite the same blank canvas appeal that industrial spaces like the Roundhouse have.
With details like exposed brick and pipes, an open concept industrial space like this can be dressed up for a sophisticated engagement or dress rehearsal party or minimally decorated for a more modern reception.
Speaking of décor. Can we talk about how Chantilly Lace Events did a killer job on the décor for the event? For a fun and elegant juxtaposition, Chantilly Lace Events added feminine pieces such as beautiful, white drapery and highly coveted Chiavari chairs to the urban industrial space.
Photo Credit: Kelsey Schroeder
After taking time to admire this gorgeous new space I quickly grabbed a glass of some delicious beer and settled in for the fashion show. This was my first (and hopefully not last!) fashion show I’ve attended and I was blown away by the local talent. Some of the designers showcasing were Dee Silkie, Tucy, Lunar Offerings, Adrienne Goodine, Alexandra Keely, Michelle Duncan, and Modern Maternity Boutique.
Photo Credit: Holly Bear Photography
All of the pieces showcased that evening were fantastic but the one collection that really caught my attention was from the collection by Dee Silke and Adrienne Goodine. This dress had me gasping in my chair. It was absolutely stunning. As the model walked down the runway, the fabric moved so beautifully and the cut looked so good. For the first time, I realized that as Maritime brides or bridesmaids, we don’t have to look outside of our region for our gowns. We have crazy talented artists right here in our region that can design the gowns that we envision for our big days.
This event certainly opened my eyes to the incredible talent we have right here in our own backyard. I’m honored that I was able to celebrate and support local designers that evening and support such a wonderful cause.