Once upon a time, there was an acclaimed fashion designer named David Josef. One day, he saw a picture of Petunia the Pig on Facebook and fell in love with the animal. He contacted Petunia’s owner, Aimee Takaha of Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary and announced that he wanted to help. The sanctuary, located in Gilbert, Arizona, specializes in the rescue of farm animals from abuse, neglect and slaughter. Despite the number and diversity of the animals, it is run entirely with private funding and the help of volunteers. With a large heart and a desire to make a difference, David set to work organizing a special evening to raise money for his new friends.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, the beautiful ladies of Boston were quick to support their friend and favorite designer. Politician and talk show host, Marjorie Clapprood agreed to MC the event. She wore a beautiful, off the shoulder top and flowing trousers by David Josef. Along with the impressive list of influential women and veteran models, Trade Secrets Editor, Yemi Sekoni graced the runway for this cause, and modeled a fun graphic patterned skirt with a wrap style top and adorable hat. Susan Menino-Fenton, daughter of the late, beloved Mayor Thomas Menino graced the runway in a sparkling sequinned skirt with her mother Angela Menino in a gorgeous, black and gold David Josef dress.
Other great women who also volunteered as models inclided reality TV star, Traci Bingham, model and designer Amber Lu, designer Denise Hajjar, and veteran David Josef model, Kirsten Hede-Brierley. The audience favored an elegant, blue lace pant & top look that flattered Linda Coel Petronia, daughter of renown fashion icon Yolanda Celluci, while another veteran model, Jane Conway Caspe, donned a menswear-inspired, white shirt with high-waist, embroidered pants and an adorable bow on the back of the waistline.
Having a large bridal clientele, David couldn’t resist dressing models Munjeet Geyer and Elsa Rocha in head-to-toe ivory.
Angela Cornacchio closed the show in a dramatic, chartreuse gown with matching cape.
All of the incredible looks were enhanced by the jewelry designs of Emily Kuvin. Shoes were provided by Luigi & Lola Shoes and the delightful hats were by Marie Galvin.
And so The Beehive Restaurant on Tremont Street was filled to capacity on March 31st. In addition to supporting a worthy cause, all in attendance enjoyed fine food and drink, wonderful camaraderie, and the amazing designs of David Josef. By the end of the night an impressive total of $15,000 had been raised.
*If you would like to learn more about and support Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary, please visit the website at http://aimeesfarmanimalsanctuary.com