Giving In Style

Behind the scene with the Leigh's team, l-r:     Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel
Behind the scenes with the Leigh’s team, l-r: Chris Trezciak, Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel, Billi Sue Potter back: Jane Hall
Our beautiful models reading to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex
Our beautiful models ready to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex Rozema, Abbie Strange ,Blair Badge , Emma Hall
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh's!
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh’s!

Leigh’s partnered with the Babies Welfare Guild for their Giving In Style fashion show to raise funds for Camp Blodgett. Camp Blodgett provides educational and camping opportunities to children that might not otherwise have these special summer experiences. It always warms my heart when we can do fashion shows to shine the spotlight on some of our community’s worthwhile organizations that support programs for women and children. Once again, my Leigh’s team put together an outstanding show for our guests. As I watch the different looks come down the runway and the ease of the show, I am reminded how talented our team is! Thanks to The Guild for inviting us to be a part of your event, to our beautiful models, to my team and everyone who attended….what a success the night was and what fun the kids will have this summer at camp!

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8th Annual Couture For A Cure Bigger Than Ever!

How do you fit 535 people....here it is!
How do you fit 535 people….here it is!
Dynamic Duo Deb Clark and Patrick Plank
Dynamic Duo Deb Clark and Patrick Plank
Carol Van Andel gives an update on science education at VAI.
Carol Van Andel gives an update on science education at VAI.
Rebecca Wierda....let's talk trends!
Rebecca Wierda….let’s talk trends!
Jasmine Jones shows us a little Pretty in Punk!
Jasmine Jones shows us a little Pretty in Punk!
Emily Rankin, Brinslee Dykstra and Ashley Cole...wow!
Emily Rankin, Brinslee Dykstra and Ashley Cole…wow!
What a great pic of Chereita Smith!
What a great pic of Chereita Smith!
Captivated audience!
Captivated audience!
A little cat walk!
A little cat walk!
The beautiful Jordan Carson and Ashley Cole behind the scenes.
The beautiful Jordan Carson and Ashley Cole behind the scenes.
Rebecca and Gabrielle Wierda
Rebecca and Gabrielle Wierda..of course I have to post a picture of my daughter…it was her 15th birthday that day!
All eyes were on Anna DeBoer in this stunning Carolina Herrera.
All eyes were on Anna DeBoer in this stunning Carolina Herrera.
Molly Ma in Cynthia Rose.
Molly Ma in Cynthia Rose.
Jessica Hilzey in Cynthia Rose
Jessica Hilzey in Cynthia Rose
Sydney Van Till in spring '14 Cynthia Rose
Sydney Van Till in spring ’14 Cynthia Rose
Anna DeBoer and Jasmine Jones in Cynthia Rose
Anna DeBoer and Jasmine Jones in Cynthia Rose
Cynthia Rose takes the runway for a standing ovation.
Cynthia Rose takes the runway for a standing ovation.

Last year I thought it was the best that it could be and then….I watched this year’s Couture for a Cure in amazement as it once again surpassed last year’s bar (which was set very high)!  We had a record crowd of 500+.  We raised more money than ever before (stay tuned for exact numbers) for the cutting edge research and science education that occurs at the Van Andel Institute.  And, the energy and buzz in the room was extraordinary as our models took the runway with fall fashion that we have in store (styled to perfection thanks to our runway stylist extraordinaire, Patrick Plank).  The applause, the pictures being snapped (by professional photographers as well as those attending), the complete engagement of our audience made for an event that was….phenomenal!  I am so very proud of my team and each person’s contributions.  To put together a show of that caliber is definitely a collaboration of many talented individuals.  A special shout out to our creative genius Patrick Plank…wow, Patrick, you did it again!  Cynthia Rose…kudos to you for being our guest designer and showcasing your holiday ’13 and spring ’14 collections for the second part of our runway show.  Thanks to the team at the Van Andel Institute; you are wonderful to partner with and always committed to excellence.  Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended….we are appreciative of the support you show to our event.  We are honored that we can provide the “fun” that inspires you to give to such a worthwhile organization as VAI.  We look forward to seeing you next year for our 9th annual Couture for a Cure!

Couture For A Cure 2012

Pic 1:  Behind the scences with our amazing Leigh’s team and our beautiful models.  Pic 2:  What a runway!  Pic 3:  Leigh’s team and runway event specialists: Katie Oostema, Lesley Goebel, Patrick Plank  Pic 4:  Daniel Vosovic with Katie Oostema  Pic 5:  Carol VanAndel with Brooke Hester, 5, of Chapman Ranch Texas.  Brooke Hester has stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, and has made improvements working with the Van Andel Institute. Pic 6:  Anna DeBoer  Pic 7:  Aziza Hines Pic 8:  Ashley Cole  Pic 9:  Just like NYC!  Pic 10:  What a fabulous picture of our models in Daniel Vosovic’s spring ’13 collection. Pic 11:  Love the rich color that is on its way for spring from Daniel!

What an amazing evening! The seventh annual Couture for a Cure in which Leigh’s partners with the Van Andel Institute to raise funds for important cancer research and science education was another success! Our New York style runway presentation at VAI made our 400 guests (Yes, the largest attendance ever!) feel like they were at Fashion Week in Lincoln Center! Due to such a high demand for tickets last year, the runway was lengthened another 55 feet this year to accommodate more guests….and the event still sold out! We opened with showing the best of fall fashion that is currently in store at Leigh’s. The four different segments included: Bond Bombshells, Colorful Characters, Rock-Her and After Dark Divas. Then it was time to take a sneak peek at spring 2013. Leigh’s invited New York designer Daniel Vosovic (Project Runway All-Star Challenge winner) to showcase his spring collection on the runway; stunning color and silhouettes!  Thank you to everyone who attended!  And kudos to my team at Leigh’s; you are all so very talented and I appreciate each of your efforts in making this a fabulous event!

Couture For A Cure…What A Success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an amazing night we had last Thursday at Couture for a Cure! This is Leigh’s 6th year partnering with the VanAndel Institute to raise funds for important research and educational opportunities at VAI. The doors opened at 6pm and guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Suggested attire was cocktail….and there was some fabulous fashion going on with the guests….Grand Rapids stepped it up for this fashion event! Everyone looked amazing! The VanAndel Institute was transformed into a New York style runway – just as you would see during Fashion Week.  We even had to extend the runway because of how many tickets were sold!  This was our most successful Couture for a Cure….most tickets sold and most money raised! The show started off with great fall fashion from Leigh’s. Our models looked fantastic!! Then everyone was treated to a sneak peek of spring. We flew in New York Designer Douglas Hannant to show his spring 2012 collection….love it!!  Thank you to the entire Leigh’s team, our fabulous models (yes, they are all from the area…Grand Rapids has incredible modeling talent), Blue Water Technology, Douglas Hannant, the VanAndel Institute and their team and all of our guests!  Pic 1: Behind the scenes – Ashley Cole, Kelly Millikin, Jacalyn Wood, Patrick Plank.  Pic 2:  Jacalyn Wood and Emma Hall get the nod to pose with Douglas Hannant for the many photographers present.  They looked beautiful in his spring pieces.  Pic 3:  Rebecca Wierda, Douglas Hannant and Carol VanAndel…strike a pose!  Pic 4:  Sam Clark – yes she is a “Ye Ye Girl” (one of the segments for the best of fall at Leigh’s) Pic 5:  Jordan Carson owns the runway. Pic 6:  We love Anna DeBoer modeling all of this rich color!  Pic 7:  Gloria Goya…elegant and gorgeous!  Pic 8:  Ashely Cole shows some great Yigal Azrouel! Pic 9:  Jessica Hilzey…breath-taking in Douglas Hannant.  Pic 10:  Alex Rush…love this look from Douglas!  Pic 11:  Kelly Millikin looked right on trend with this great red tuxedo!

Couture For The Cure Preview

Thanks to WZZM 13 for having Leigh’s on Take 5 today!  We are looking forward to this Thursday – Leigh’s will be on location at Van Andel Institute for Couture for a Cure!  Tickets are still available at www.vai.org.  This is a New York style fashion show featuring the best of fall fashion from Leigh’s and a very special treat….New York Designer Douglas Hannant will be showing his spring ’12 collection on the runway.  This is my favorite event!  Take 5 helped us promote the event today and we brought our beautiful models, Anna, Sam and Kelly to give a sneak peek of what you might see Thursday night.  Here is the link if you would like to check it out! http://www.wzzm13.com/life/local/programming/take_five/182773/42/VAIs-Couture-for-a-Cure

Fashion Event 2010 Big Success!

Pic 1: Guests arriving.  Pic 2: Patrick Plank puts the finishing touches on Jessica Hilsey’s runway look. Pic 3: Our models and the Leigh’s team. Front row:  Anna DeBoer, Diane Teall Back row: Kelly Faran, Jordan Carson, Emma Hall, Sam Clark, Jessica Hilsey, Jane Hall, Lesley Goebel, Megan Knape, Patrick Plank Pic 4: Jordan Carson  Pic 5: Samantha Clark Pic 6: Kelly Faran  Pic 7:  Jessica Hilsey Pic 8: Design 1 model showing Avande Garde hair

We had a great night on Tuesday partnering with Design 1 for Fashion Event 2010 to benefit the DeVos Children’s Hospital.  Leigh’s took the runway showing fabulous fall & winter fashion.  Design 1’s team put together an amazing runway presentation of Rock, Classic, Men, Vintage Glamour & Avant Garde hair styles with fashion from B. Vain Couture out of Saugatuck.  The event raised $25k for the Children’s Hospital!  It was such a fun and festive event!  Thank you to everyone who attended and thanks to my team and the Design 1 team for all the hard work you invested to make this year’s event another success!

5th Annual Couture For A Cure

Pic 1:  Rebecca Wierda, Douglas Hannant, Carol Van Andel Pic 2: Jacalyn Wood Pic 3: Anna DeBoer Pic 4: Jordan Carsaw Pic 5: Ashley Cole Pic 6: Jessica Hilsey Pic 7: Kelly Ferran Pic 8: Kelsey Mouw Pic 9: Designer, Douglas Hannant with models Emma Hall & Samantha Clark Pic 10:  Patrick Plank and Deb Clark – the fashion show experts!  Pic 11: Behind the scenes with makeup and hair  Pic 12:  l-r Kelly Ferran, Jessica Hilsey, Alex Rush, Kelsey Mouw, Ashley Cole, Emma Hall, Jacalyn Wood, Jordan Carsaw, Samantha Clark             The 5th annual Couture for a Cure was a HUGE success!  Partnering with the Van Andel Institute last Thursday night, Leigh’s showed the best of fall fashion from Leigh’s and flew in New York based designer Douglas Hannant for a sneak peak at spring with Hannant’s spring 2011 collection.  VAI was transformed  into a chic venue for a New York style runway show that entertained over 250 guests in helping to raise funds for important science research and education at VAI.  I’ve posted as many pictures as possible – it was such an amazing evening!!  Thank you to the Leigh’s team for all of your hardwork!  Thank you to the team at VAI and to Rachael Ruiz from eightWest for your commitment to the event.  Thank you to Douglas Hannant for coming to Grand Rapids to treat us to something very special!  Thanks to our fabulous models – great job!  And thank you to everyone who attended – you made the night a success!!!