The Fusion de Filantropia & Fashion Show was recently held in the outside corridor of Georgetown’s Fitness Together Central venue, which is owned and operated by Washington, D.C. business leader and philanthropist, Stacey Adams. Two major fashion brands were represented the event, which included Chicago’s very own Mark Roscoe’s couture gowns and men’s neckwear along with Karen Millen, a UK based designer. The goal of the evening was to spread national awareness regarding the prevention of diabetes. Designer Mark Roscoe generously donated 50% of all neckwear purchases to the American Diabetes Association’s, National Capital Area Step Out to Stop Diabetes Campaign. At the event, Roscoe remarked, “For me, designing is more than creating beautiful garments, it’s about creating a better world free of disease and conditions like diabetes”.
Mark Roscoe is gaining national notoriety as a fashion designer and has showcased his line in various celebrity-gifting suites during the Oscars and during Grammy events. With well over 30 years in the fashion industry, Roscoe’s designs are impeccably made with trademarks of quality featuring hand-beaded embellishments, the utmost high quality fabrics, and one of kind pieces that are made for the uniqueness of each individual. For more information on Roscoe’s couture visit Marc Roscoe's website.
Many movers and shakers of DC were present which included celebrity host, Paul Wharton of Paul Wharton Style who is gaining national recognition for his show on the CW, which airs Sundays at noon. For more on Paul visit the Paul Wharton Style's website . Carl Ray, celebrity makeup artist to First Lady, Michelle Obama was also present at the event and has over 15 years of experience with makeup application who’s work has been featured in Vogue and on the runways of Dolce & Gabanna shows, to highlight just a few of his accolades. For more on makeup artist, Carl Ray visit Carl Ray's website . John Fitzgerald Booty, former defensive back for the New York Jets also stopped in for some conversation and to watch the spectacular fashion shows featuring the work of Mark Roscoe and Karen Millen.
Other notables from the event were Nathan Atlas, former White House employee. Atlas explained, "I have always been a strong advocate for public service and giving back to the community. It was a true honor to serve in the White House and Executive Office of the President and it is an experience that has helped me to cultivate my philanthropic involvement in event’s like tonight.” Also singer and songwriter L’illon made an appearance donating album proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. Various media outlets including writer, Jordan Heelmuth of the Georgetowner attended the event. Cadillac was one of the main sponsors for the event, be sure to visit Cadillac at Cadillac's website. Mr. District of Columbia, Hirsh Singh summed up the night well by saying “When you mix good people, fashion and charity with a little fun, everyone wins”. Be sure to checkout Fusion de Filantropia & Fashion Show in 2014!
Photos by Elizabeth Fraley and Marcus G. Bennett, DC Hot Spot