Fashion rules the runway in Vail |

Fashion rules the runway in Vail

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyDaska Chobotova models a dress from Luca Bruno clothing store for the Vail Vailley Medical Center Volunteer Corps Passion for Fashion fashion show Wednesday at the Marriot in Vail.

VAIL, Colorado — With a breath of fresh air and faces, the 23rd annual Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps Spring Fashion Show showed off some local flavor on Wednesday at the Marriott Mountain Resort.

Sure we all love the slopes and winter sports and apparel, but at some point you cannot look at – let alone wear – another piece of polypropylene, pile, wool, down or Gore-Tex. The day started out cool, but, like many moody spring days it turned warm and sunny, making the fashion feel fun and appropriate.

After many months of preparation, the ladies of fashion were able to pull together a spectacular show that felt professional, yet, almost grassroots. Only because many of us knew models personally did it seem like a locally produced show. On par, I feel like it was better than anything Neiman Marcus has produced here in Vail.

The models were gorgeous and looked like they were enjoying themselves. Event chair Anna-Maria Ray worked innumerable hours orchestrating this monster of an event and she and her co-chair, Sandy Jacaruso, should be proud of the models and their entourage.

Hair was done by stylists from Bliss Studios and Anthony Linden Salon, cosmetics by Merle Norman and fashion was handled by Luca Bruno Due and Lacy’s. We saw designs from Trina Turk, Milly, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Vincent and Dianne Von Furstenberg.

This year two outstanding members of the community were honored – Brenda Himelfarb and Laura Garbe. These two lovely ladies have dedicated endless hours of volunteer time and have shown their devotion and commitment to the community for well over a decade. They truly inspire and motivate us to give back to the Vail Valley.

Garbe encouraged everyone to visit her pride and joy, the Vail Valley Medical Center giftshop, as she has worked diligently at making it a special place. Himelfarb is a force to be reckoned with and I want to be a hiking guide on her next celebrity excursion.

Proceeds from thefashion show will help cover the costs of the PET/CT scanner and 10 new chemo-infusion chairs for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, which brings us back to what is most important about an event like this – at its root, this sassy event is all about volunteerism and carrying the torch of giving back.

A special thank you goes out to presenting sponsor US Bank, couture sponsors Slifer, Smith and Frampton and East West Partners, and all the other generous sponsors who made the 2010 Spring Fashion Show such a success.

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