Welcome to my Friday Fashion.
Silicon Valley is home to computer chips and the most innovative minds in the world. It’s a place where life takes a super fast pace and “time is money”. Silicon Valley also bustles with associations organized by volunteers, mostly women, who work tirelessly towards various causes helping people in needs. I was invited to a fashion show luncheon for the 48th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance, organized by Valle Monte League, an association working for Family & Children Services, Alzheimer, Services For Brain Injury and many more causes. Students in the design field and other willing women decorated all the Christmas trees to be ruffled off during the event. They all did a beautiful work creating this year’s theme “Magnolias & Mistletoe”.
Southern charm and gentility of a bygone era was the subject of the event. It wanted to capture the essence of Southern femininity, Kentucky Derby hats and horses, the calming beauty of Plantation Architecture and the craziness of New Orléans Mardi Gras. On the notes of “Gone With The Wind” a stunning formal red dress closed the show.
Local stores highlighted their best fashion pieces on the runway. I have attended many fashion shows in Europe. This one was upbeat, both men and women models smiled, winked and acted funny crazy on the runway. I was told that in past years men models showed their naked chests to stir emotions among the female audience. I can believe it, they were well built and very handsome. I found it refreshing not to see the typical androgynous models on the European runways with zero smiles on their faces, empty looks and transparent skinny to the bones. I guess this is a fashion show for charitable causes and the intent is to raise as much money as possible for the causes those women work for. The models could not be dry and distant, they were the show.
Black and grey colors dominated the scene, as I expected, those colors seem to be the preferred colors in this part of the world, with the entry of occasional minimalist patterns and flower designs for spring collections. I know a lot of mileage divide the South-East of USA and California, however for one day we could have all played the part, instead in the audience I saw one woman dressed with a hat beside myself.
I choose to wear azure and green with a splash of red accent color in the accessories.
The fast pace of the models and my seat being under a few reflectors lights didn’t help making my photos acceptable. I will think of something better next time. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on