We are undoubtedly enduring some trying times as a community. When events as serious as what we’ve experienced over the past week are fresh in our minds, it might seem like an event such as Paris Fashion Week is the furthest thing from importance.
But this weekend, there’s a way experience a taste of high fashion like what’s currently underway in the City of Lights while also giving back to some of Charlotte’s most vulnerable citizens. A world-renowned fashion designer who happens to call the Charlotte area home is featuring one of his collections in an event dubbed “Metamorphosis” to benefit Runningworks, and oh man is this unlike any fashion show you’ve ever been to/seen/heard of.
Metamorphosis will showcase the Fall/Winter collection of world-renowned fashion designer Luis Machicao at LaCa Projects near Uptown. In 2014 Luis was awarded the “Best Designer” award in Paris at Tiffany Fashion Week and he has dressed socialites, celebrities and dignitaries around the world. Luis’ style and taste also led to his commissioning by the President of Peru (his home country) to serve as “style ambassador” for the Peruvian First Lady. And oh yeah his work was also featured in The Hunger Games. That’s quite the resume. As if having a world-class fashion designer in our city isn’t enough, he is also a swell enough guy to roll out his collection at an event that benefits one of Charlotte’s most colorful non-profits.
If you somehow haven’t seen their tent at local running events, RunningWorks is a local non-profit that focuses on sports as a way to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness. It’s a fantastic organization and the change their programming enables in the community is nothing short of remarkable.
The event itself is more than just a charity fashion show. The theme of “metamorphosis” has clear parallels to the mission of Runningworks. “We chose the name Metamorphosis because it is so symbolic of the change being made in the lives of the homeless individuals and families we work with each day,” said RunningWorks Founder and Executive Director Meredith Dolhare. “We see them each go through their own metamorphosis as they transition out of homelessness or negative circumstances and get their lives on the right track.”
If you’re interested in learning more about their programming and what they do to enable the metamorphosis of their participants, Meredith Dolhare was recently on the Charlotte Podcast and elaborated on the details of the program, as well as her own (very intense) workout habits.
Not only will RunningWorks benefit from the proceeds of the event, but the professional models walking at the event will share the runway with many of the homeless men and women who participate in the RunningWorks program. These participants will themselves wear items from Luis Machiacao’s professional collection. If you don’t get chills picturing the vibe in the room when those folks hit the runway, then check your pulse, muchacho.
What: Metamorphosis: a fashion event by Luis Machicao, an internationally known fashion designer in support of RunningWorks, a nonprofit helping families and individuals transition out of homelessness and poverty
How: Tickets are available on EventBrite
When: September 30, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Where: LaCa Projects, 1429 Bryant Street
Why: Proceeds from the event will go towards helping RunningWorks further its mission of using sport and education to empower individuals and families of the Carolinas to break cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness and poverty one stride at a time. And also, fashion!!!!!
All images via RunningWorks