Runway 2001: A Celebration of Fashion, Photography, and Art - A Fundraiser for City of Hope

The Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel was transformed into a fashion lover's dream, complete with a catwalk that cascaded down the middle of the ballroom, a laser and light show, photography, art, models, make-up and hair -- leaving no doubt you were in the midst of all things chic! Thirty Reinhard Models showed off 2001 couture collections by designers including Donatella Versace: La Dolce Vita presented by Versace, King of Prussia; the perennial provocateur of French fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier and the master of understated cerebral glamour, Yohji Yamamoto, presented by Joan Shepp Boutique; the unpretentious savior of American fashion, Hugo Boss, presented by Hugo Boss, King of Prussia; the decadently divine duo of Italian design, Dolce & Gabbana, presented by Vzion; provocative Prada Men by Wayne Edwards Boutique; designer decadence at its most extravagantly stylish, New York City's Onyx Noir and his femme fatale collection of goddess dresses; and collections by locals Danielle Scott and Pileggi's Boutique. Hair designers included Pierre and Carlo, Ettore, Salon Norman Dee, Giovanni and Pileggi, Cutting Times, Pileggi on the Square, Tabu Salon and Spa and Raya Haig. Nicole Wood Cosmetics provided makeup. Installations by fashion photographers Tony Ward, Jessica Pursley, Milton Perry, Stephen Hutchens and Darryl Matthews encircled the Ritz Carlton lobby during the VIP Reception that was sponsored by the House of Tanqueray, Miller Lite and Pure Pride. DJ Robbie Tronco provided the music for this avant-garde approach to Philadelphia fashion and Philadelphia City Paper 'DJ of the Year', Cosmic Cat, finished the night with a dance party. Attended by 700 fashionistas, no small feat following the 911 tragedies that had just occurred in New York City, this event was a fundraising benefit for City of Hope.
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