Waterfront Fashion Week 2012

Louisville is hitting the big time!

The red carpet is coming to Louisville this fall for four days of fun, fashion and festivities. The inaugural Waterfront Fashion Week runs Oct. 17-20 and will feature a series of fashion-focused events and fundraisers benefiting Louisville’s Waterfront Development Corporation.

Event planner Lisa Cofer and creative director Jo Ross are basing the event on the nationally-known Charleston and New York Fashion Weeks. National models and designers will be in Louisville for four days of fashion shows, competitions, and parties. The events are open to the public with the purchase of tickets.

“With the full support and attendance of Mayor Greg Fischer, the beautiful event location of Waterfront park and the vast pool of talent in models and designers we have available to us, we are confident that we’re going to give our area’s most fashion-forward citizens a fabulous week that will become a tradition for years to come” said Clinton Deckard, Waterfront Fashion Week Executive Director.

Each evening of the event there will be a fashion show where attendees will be treated to the region’s best models wearing fashions from regional boutiques and the country’s top designers.

Each evening after the fashion shows, Kentuckiana fashionistas will be able to celebrate long into the night at a series of after-parties.

This project will financially benefit the Waterfront while putting the spotlight on it and the fashion.

For more info, visit WFW’s website, www.waterfrontfashionweek.com, for event schedules and to purchase tickets. You’ll also find applications for the 2012 WFW Emerging  Designer Competition. WFW will select up to six finalists and two alternates to compete in 2012 WFW.

There will also be a Model Competition for all female residents currently living in the continental US.

The announcement of this fabulous event was made last week at a press conference and luncheon at the Kentucky Center and attended by Madeline Abramson, Marlene Grissom, Summer Eliason, Mark  Eliason, Julia Carstanjen, Heather French Henry and nationally known hat designer Gabriel Amar for Frank Olive Hats along with other local luminaries.

After the press conference, everyone adjourned to the third floor balcony for a hat lunch. That is what you call a box lunch served in a Frank Olive hat! Each place had a wool Frank Olive hat – each in a different color and design with a plastic liner – filled with a delicious lunch. The ladies had a ball trying on different hats, trying to make up their minds which one looked the best on them!

It was typical of Gabriel Amar to be so generous. He is a charming, unassuming man who can make a plain woman look elegant.


At Theater Square Marketplace on 4th Street they have been celebrating the recent dinner their Chef Dallas McGarity cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC. What an honor! Congratulations!

By the way, The Voice-Tribune will host its monthly Third Thursday party at the venue 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. All are invited for the free event.


I had a senior moment last week in the article about the “Salute to the Fillies.” Patsy Allen is the president of the Fillies. Betty Moberly is in charge of publicity. Jo Graves is the ball chair with Lou Ellen Williams as the co-chair.

Everyone is so curious about the spectacular favors this year that the word is out. Louisville Stoneware is making specialized decanters for each couple with horses racing around them for the 54th Fillies Ball, at the Galt House. They are being underwritten by Allied Ready Mix and Louisville Stoneware.

St. Francis High School

Friday evening St. Francis, “the school of thought,” held it’s IMAGINE 2012 auction at the Henry Clay. Chairs of the event were Terri Bass and Scott Gregor. Buffalo Construction was the Platinum Sponsor.

It was a wonderful evening of fun to raise funds for the progressive school. During cocktails guests perused the items on the silent auction and chatted up a storm. Then they sat down to a delicious dinner of short ribs, wasabi mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and carrots.

They are so clever. They used an electronic bidding system that allows you to follow bidding, up or place bids, and use your credit card at check out time and avoid long lines at the end. WAVE-3’s Chief Meteorologist Kevin Harned and Lite 106 midday host Vicki Rogers emceed the event and Harned was also the auctioneer.

Artist-in-Residence, Gaela Erwin, created a special work of art for the school’s scholarship fundraiser. Gaela did a pastel portrait of St. Francis sophomore, Kinsey Morrison. Kinsey is a motivational speaker after surviving three life threatening illnesses, including cancer and heart failure.

The Gold Sponsors were Brook and Pam Smith, Brown-Forman, Holt Equipment, Terri and Steve Bass, the Johnson Family and Wehr Contractors.

Silver Sponsors were DMA Attorney and Counselor of Law, First Capital Bank of Kentucky, Kindred Healthcare, Miller Family Foundation, MPI, OB/GYN Associates of Southern Indiana, The Stratford Society of Kentucky Shakespeare and Yum!Brands, Inc.

All proceeds of the evening benefitted the St. Francis High School Scholarship Fund.