FRESH take on prom dresses
The Valerie Joseph boutique presented its annual FRESH Fashion Event fund-raiser, "Cirque de Couture," Saturday at M Nightclub, with fashion enthusiasts pitching in via ticket sales and silent auction to raise funds for Community Helping Schools.
The masquerade ball-themed event featured an encore fashion show by newly graduated designer Asia Joan Mateo, along with about 40 upcycled prom dresses, thanks to an anonynous benefactor who donated them to Valerie Joseph boutique owner and FRESH founder Valerie Ragaza-Miao, in hope that they would be used in one of her fashion shows.
The donated prom dresses, remade with the help of stylist Rebecca Janette, were numbered and auctioned off after the show to help provide classroom supplies to cash-strapped public schools.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.