Fashion Goes from Fab to Collab

This Thursday, April 7, renowned fashion designers will gather in support of the Children's Hospital of Richmond to work with young patients and design custom handbags.

New looks are arriving just in time for the third annual RVA Fashion Week. But those looks don’t just involve bright color patterns and in-season trends; they involve readily available accessories too. And what better accessory to have handmade than a handbag?

This Thursday, April 7, renowned fashion designers will gather in support of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond to work with young patients and design custom handbags. This "Creative Collaborative" will not only make patients feel loved; it will also make them feel like young fashionistas.

Designers serving up their handheld style will include Amy Smilovic, Tibi designer; red carpet accessory designer Mary Norton; and designer and fashion expert Tinsley Mortimer. Joining them will be volunteers and entertainers, such as Susan Greenbaum and Zak Resnick, Broadway star and former "American Idol" contestant.

Local celebrities will include Melissa Chase, 103.7 the River personality; Amanda Meadows, CBS6 Traffic Reporter; and Jessica Noll, CBS6 "Virginia this Morning" producer. Chase’s handbag will be auctioned off during the Catwalk for Kids live auction, held the next day.

Mary Norton, designer and Catwalk for Kids founder, has shipped two large trunks filled with purse frames and decorative materials in preparation for the handbag extravaganza. She’s more than ready to work with the children. 

"For me it’s all about the kids. I am inspired by the courage and optimism that the children possess," Norton said. "I truly enjoy the time I spend with them and feel as though they are giving me a gift by sharing a few hours of their time with me."

Amy Smilovic, who will attend the Tibi fashion show during Catwalk for Kids, has also sent in materials and fabrics for handbag designers.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the "Catwalk for Kids Richmond" benefit, visit www.catwalkforkids.com, or call (804) 320-6960, ext. 5328.

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