Fashion for a Cause: Project NACE

You may have seen Luxe Salon and Spa’s Facebook and Twitter accounts “blowing up” with the amazing work we’ve been doing on Fox 10 Arizona Morning and Arizona Midday/Channel 12. Many amazing special occasion styles and makeup applications later, (including working with Fox 10’s Kristin Anderson, who was the evening’s star emcee — see photo) we sit and reflect on a fruitful couple of days putting our talents to work with other to make a difference in some special children’s lives.

We were lucky enough to partner with the National Association of Catering & Events (NACE) for a an amazing special event at The Venue of Scottsdale. NACE you say? It is the “Who’s Who” in events and weddings in the valley. It’s President, Kristina Celik of Arizona Weddings Magazine and its Special Events Chair, Jessica Barry of J Barry Designs were kind enough to invite us to help with one of the most imaginative and exciting events we’ve seen in a long time: Project NACE: Fashion for a cause, “where everyday elements come to life on the runway.”

Name sound familiar?  Just like Project Runway, designers were tasked with building a wedding gown from everyday materials. Photographers used photos printed on canvas, LED lights and recycled hotel keys became headpieces in updos, magazine editors made flowers from their pages into bouquets, florists made gowns from leaves and flowers, while caterers put their flatware and table clothes to work in a unique, whimsical way. Not only were the gowns creative, but they reflected in large part trends popping up on true bridal runways for fall. (Click on the photos to show entire image larger.)

Twenty-one “gowns” went down the runway, each inspired and so, SO creative, that the word “creative” doesn’t even do justice to the jaw-dropping ensembles that wowed the capacity crowd. And just like the designers, our team of talented Luxe Salon and Spa Professionals was up to the challenge of pulling the looks together with amazing hair and makeup.

All this magic comes together to raise money for the Starlight Foundation of Phoenix and to help sick children. Starlight brings together experts from pediatric health care, technology and entertainment to create programs that help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families. The programs help children and families cope with the challenges they face daily.

For more information on the Starlight Foundation of Phoenix, click here:

For more information on NACE and its Members, click here:

To see some of the amazing professional photos from the night click here:

For more information on Arizona Weddings Magazine and Website, click here:

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