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Wednesday, 1 October, 2008 10:51 PM

Haute Couture Meets Home Decor When Interior Designers Switch Hats in the Name of Charity

Catwalk: Couture for a Cause to feature more than 25 women's and children's one-of-a-kind outfits created Michigan Design Center Fabrics to Benefit Karmanos, Partners

Photos courtesy of Marx Layne & Co.

Interior Designers Jane Wit and Heidi Parris.

 

TROY, Mich. -- Michigan Design Center (MDC) presents Catwalk: Couture for a Cause, from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, October 16. In its second year, the celebration of style and design talent will be held in the MDC's Mid-America Room located at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy. All proceeds from the event will benefit Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI), Partners.

Catwalk guests will enjoy a pre-runway silent auction during a welcome reception and cocktail party beginning at 6:00 p.m. An exclusive runway fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed with auction featuring one-of-a-kind couture garments.

Fashions have been created with fabrics from MDC showrooms and designed by some of the area's most respected interior designers. More than 20 women's and children's outfits, featuring the finest fabrics in the industry will be auctioned off after the fashion show.

"Michigan Design Center is proud to once again bring together some of the region's very best interior design talents for such a truly important cause," said Susan Zinger, Michigan Design Center vice president and general manager. "Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on sophisticated, elegant and playful designs, all created using the most exquisite fabrics available. The results are sure to surprise and delight."

Catwalk's featured designers will be Bette Appel; Wendy Baker; Cazzie Belenky; Michael Coyne; Karen Crorey; Emily DeAngelis; Jackie DiSante; Amanda Fuller; Sarah Jason; Marlene Jaworski Warnke; Josie Kassab; Ken Laubert; Patty MacEachern; Jan McCollum; David McGowen; Kevin McManamon; Michele Mio; Allison Parris; Heidi Parris; Ann Marie Paonessa; Shannon Progar; Jill Schumacher; Carmen Segasser; Christine Seno; Linda Shears; Kathryn Souphis; Amy Weinstein; Jane Wi.

Featured Showrooms include B. Berger; Brunschwig & Fils; Callard & Associates; F. Schumacher & Company; Henredon Interior Design Showroom; Kravet Fabrics/Lee Jofa Fabrics; Marie-Howard Showroom; Pindler & Pindler, Inc.; RJ Thomas, Ltd.; Robert Allen | Beacon Hill; Rozmallin; Stark Fabrics; Tennant & Associates; Thybony.

KCI, Partners is a group of "hands-on" volunteers who have pooled their ideas and resources for the sole purpose of raising funds for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

In the past 14 years, the Partners have raised nearly $7 million for the Karmanos Cancer Institute from their two annual fundraising events: the Partners Night and its sister event, the Partners Golf Classic. Their events
have become exciting and popular Metro-Detroit traditions, and the attendance has grown exponentially with each passing year - with 900 attending the 14th Annual Partners Night.

Highlights from 2007 Catwalk: Couture for a Cure can be found by visiting http://www.michigandesign.com/video.html.

Space is limited. Tickets are $150 each for Fashionista Level with priority seating during fashion show and auction and a special gift, or $75 each for Enthusiast Level, with open seating during the fashion show and auction. Festive cocktail attire is suggested.

All tickets include silent auction, runway show and live auction, wine and hors d1oeuvres. Space is limited. To purchase your tickets, visit www.michigandesigncenter.com, or call 248.649.4772.

Based in Troy, Michigan Design Center (MDC) is the premier resource for interior furnishings and design talent. Serving design professionals and their clients for more than 30 years, MDC features more than 30 showrooms that are filled with the finest names in furniture, fabrics, flooring, wallcovering, tile, rugs, lighting, kitchens, artwork, accessories and more.

Source: Marx Layne & Co.

 

Photo courtesy of Marx Layne & Co.

Jill Schumacher

 

 

 

 

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