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!

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Style Battle Fun!

Leigh’s was part of Spotlight616 Style Battle which took place last week at 40 Monroe.  This event SOLD OUT!  What an absolute blast!  Eight locally owned retailers competed over a four hours span of time  to complete an entire look, including makeup, hair, fashion and final photo for 5 models.  The Leigh’s team consisted of makeup artist, Rachel Williams – from Leigh’s own cosmetic team, hair stylist, Stacy Curaso – from Capelli’s Salon, photographer, Adam Bird – from Adam Bird Photography, Leigh’s creative director, Patrick Plank and merchandise manager, Deb Clark and models:  Anna Oostema, Brealyn Beals, Samantha Clark, Taylor Roe and Victoria Keller.  Patrick, of course, came up with a clever story to weave all of our looks together.  I have to share it with you…it’s too good not to!!  He handed this out at the event: 

 Meet the Leigh’s:  5 sisters, all unique in their personal pursuits yet united in their love of fashion and expression of individual style.  The sisters Leigh have been re-united, some unwillingly, at “Shambles”, the family’s 200 year old country estate this weekend for family portraits at the request of their sickly, yet still unusually wealthy, Aunt Bitter Leigh.  Meet the girls:  Blythe Leigh (model Anna Oostema): Like her name, Blythe is light in spirit and heart, but heavy on drama when it comes to fashion.  Unusual combinations that actually work, because she prefers not to.  Blythe is Aunt Bitter’s chosen caretaker (bartender) and spends her days plotting her escape from Shambles and meeting Mr. Right (Or, atleast, Mr. Right Now).  Meryl Leigh (model Brealyn Beals): Investment banker, corporate raider and internet entrepreneur.  Her sleek sophisticated style echoes her heroines:  Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren.  Both Hitchcock beauties with hidden agendas.  Coincidence?  We think not.  Candide Leigh (model Samantha Clark):  Horse-y but in a good way. Candide spends her days in equestrian pursuits and the stylish togs of the sporty set.  It’s a shame she lives in Midtown Manhattan (it is near a Ralph Lauren boutique, however).  Ginger Leigh (model Taylor Roe):  Educated at Brown, but spends most nights downtown, artsy Ginger is a study in contrasts.  Just look at her:  Leather and lace and a drink at your place, especially if you are a new client at the family financed SoHo gallery called “@$!$% ART”.  Party girl and published art historian…how surrealist movement!  Suddan Leigh (model Victoria Keller):  Suddan has always been drawn to adventure on terra firma and in the air, hence her Amelia Earhardt meets Angelina Jolie style.  She only visits friends who have enough acreage to safely accommodate a landing strip for her vintage Ford Tri-motor aircraft. This lady likes nice things.  Forget about your tray-table…your bank account will never be “returned to its upright position”.

Ok, hopefully you had a little giggle with Patrick’s fabricated bios….clever, clever, clever!  The hair, makeup and fashion were fabulous – thanks Rachel, Stacy, Patrick and Deb!  And the photos were fantastic – thanks Adam!(adam@adambirdphoto.com www.adambirdphoto.comt 616-634-1139). I am so proud of our team!  Kudos to them!

What a Party!

Pic 1:  Our model, Anna.   Pic 2:  It’s the little Lilly girl, Holly…adorable!  Pic 3: Pre-party team photo opt! Back row l-r: Katie Oostema, Tammi Smits, Kati Drew, Carol Slomp, Mandi Lehman, Deb Clark Front row l- r: Carol Turner, Pat Klimas-Reinhardt, Rebecca Wierda Pic 4: Lilly shop Pic 5: Gracie and Erin check out the Chinchilla Pic 5: Rebecca Wierda & Patrick Plank in their Lilly best!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Pre-Spring Break Party yesterday!  We had so much fun celebrating the opening of our Lilly Pulitzer shop within Leigh’s.  Patrick had our store looking spectacular!  The John Ball Zoo had  visiting animals that the kids loved.  We had live music, yummy food and tax-free shopping!  It was a great day!

We Won! Thank You!

The January Best of Grand Rapids Readers 2009-2010 Readers Poll was just published in Grand Rapids Magazine and Leigh’s was selected as The Best Women’s Boutique!  We are thrilled!  Thank you to everyone who voted for us.  It is such an honor!  Grand Rapids Magazine sent photographer, Michael Buck, to our store for a photo shoot.  Above is the published picture with our beautiful model, Anna Oostema…great photograph Michael!  The caption reads, ” The lines are blurred between finding what you need and finding what you want at Leigh’s, because you literally must have everything you see.”