Kelly Garrity and Amy Wood had heard of many virtual events over the last year including 5Ks, walks and trivia nights–yet they hadn’t heard of anyone in the area hosting an online fashion show. So the executive director of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation and the Raymond A. Wood Foundation, respectively, decided to collaborate on a fun event during the cold winter months to share the latest fashions in a safe way while benefiting their charities.
The result is Sip and Style, a virtual fashion show that will be held on Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. with boutiques in Fairfax’s Mosaic District participating. Boutiques and shops specializing in clothing, home decor and jewelry will showcase and model their products. Participating shops so far include To the Moon, Scout & Molly, Lemoncello, Crazy Ladyz, Kendra Scott, Undeniable Boutique, Kamaria, Everards, Pacers and Lily Pulitzer, each of which will highlight at least three products, whose links will be shared via email and chat during the event and on social media after the event. The show will be hosted by Elizabethany of Hot 99.5 and IHeartRadio, an admitted shopping addict known to tag her fashion IG posts with #EBbeWearin.
“We will have a wide range of items including jewelry, loungewear, kids’ clothing and workout gear and a unique presentation from an outdoor shop on camping in your backyard,” Garrity says. “The presentation will vary depending on the shop with some presenting runway style, some holding items up and others presenting in a more tutorial style.” One segment during the show will review different ways to style a scarf–especially timely right now in the era of endless Zoom meetings and events. There are also raffle tickets available for purchase for $5 each or $20 for 5, with a winner announced at the end of the show who will receive more than $1,000 in gift cards to reboot their wardrobe in 2021, and a silent auction with items to bid on including a week vacation in Turks & Caicos, a weekend getaway to Ocean City, Maryland, jewelry, accessories, clothing and gear from the participating shops.
Tickets for Sip and Style are $35 each and can be purchased online; attendees also have the chance to give an additional donation towards the organizations. Garrity and Wood met one year at the annual D.C. Dancing with the Stars Gala, a major fundraiser for both of them, which had to be canceled in 2020. The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to maternal and pediatric health care and support. The Raymond A. Wood Foundation empowers hypothalamic-pituitary brain tumor survivors for improved quality of life by providing access to education, technology and evolving treatments.
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