Style Events, News & Gossip from Around the City

Can it be true? Are we really already in September 2014?? While it may seem hard to believe, summer’s officially over and fall has swiftly come upon us. This year has flown by faster than a turkey in November, but as kids flock back to school and stores stock shelves with the latest Halloween decorations, let’s take this moment to acknowledge the past months of July and August. A lot has happened since Orlando Style’s Summer Double Issue and we want to make sure you’re on top of it all, just in case you missed it!

On July 11th, Mrs. Windermere 2014 hosted a private showing for Carmen Steffens in the Mall at Millenia. Attendees of the intimate event enjoyed a relaxing evening of savory hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, specialty drinks and an exclusive viewing of Carmen Steffens’ High Summer Fashions. The store was closed to the public to allow for maximum relaxation and enjoyment of the evening. Attendees also got to preview the store’s fall/winter fashions and shop through their collection of everything from minimalist apparel to extravagant designs. 20% of all the evening’s sales benefited the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. From educational and arts programs to health programs focused on preventing childhood obesity, the beloved foundation is dedicated to nourishing the minds and bodies of children that need it most.

On Tuesday, July 15, OMEGA held an exclusive two-part event celebrating the launch of the landmark timepiece, the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition. The afternoon started with a media reception at the OMEGA Boutique at the Mall at Millenia and was followed by a private dinner at the Kennedy Space Center. The event—held in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the legendary moon landing—featured none other than famous astronaut and OMEGA brand ambassador Dr. Buzz Aldrin. For more than 45 years, Dr. Aldrin has been in partnership with the luxury Swiss watchmaker. The legendary astronaut wore the OMEGA Speedmaster on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 during the landmark Apollo 11 space mission, thus making the OMEGA Speedmaster the first watch to be worn on the moon. Guest had a fabulous time meeting the legend and a few lucky fans even got their pictures taken too.

The Stella & Dot Fall Collection Preview and Fashion Show is a beloved annual event looked forward to by many. On Thursday, July 17th, the 2014 show took place at the Marriott World Center. Media and VIP guest joined Stella & Dot CEO and Founder Jessica Herrin and Chief Creative Officer Blythe Harris for a fashion show of their latest designs in bags, jewelry and charming accessories. The special guest at the event was supermodel Christy Turlington Burns who was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014. In addition to having a fantastic time previewing the gorgeous collection, attendees also went home with fabulous gifts from the boutique-style social selling company.

Christy Turlington Burns proved to be quite the busy girl on July 17th! Immediately following the Stella & Dot’s show, she was on the move again and making her way to Mingos to host a VIP fundraiser dinner. Held in their private dining room, Turlington Burns came together in co-operation with Every Mother Counts Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Turlington Burns. As host of the exclusive dinner, Turlington Burns spoke with attendees about overcoming barriers to maternal health worldwide. The sold out event benefited Orlando’s local charity, Commonsense Childbirth, Inc.

It would seem July was the month of charitable events in Orlando! The philanthropic organization Guys With Ties returns to our In Case You Missed It list for the third time this year with their ninth annual “White Party” event. Held at Vanity, an impressive turnout of select guest arrived in their most stylish white attire and proceeded to have the time of their lives. The group was high energy and all smiles throughout the evening as they enjoyed great company and musical entertainment by renowned special guest DJ Magic Mike. Guys With Ties seek to raise money with local charities that focus on special needs of the Central Florida community. The proceeds raised from this successful evening were no exception. This year’s White Party proceeds benefited the Jobs Partnership of Florida.

You may have heard of the Bad Girl’s Club, but even Oxygen’s hit TV show can’t hold a flame to Orlando’s charitable organization, Mel’s Bad Girls Club (MBGC). On August 9th, MBGC held their 8th annual “Prom” at the newly remodeled Orchid Garden in Downtown Orlando. Whether you loved your prom, hated it or missed it all together, MBGC gave adults the chance to do it all over again and make “new” prom memories with a twist! Themed “A Night in the Roaring 20’s,” this year’s prom included over 100 silent auction items, the crowing of a 2014 Prom King and Queen, and of course a live band and DJ to keep the dancing going all night long! The 2014 MBGC Prom benefited B.A.S.E Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

On August 22nd, the Orlando Urban Music Festival took over the CFE Arena and brought with it a fantastic line-up of musical performances that were enjoyed by all. The event was headlined by Grammy Award Winning R&B superstar Anthony Hamilton. The festival also featured the likes of R&B stars Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mali Music. Hilarious comedian Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson hosted the packed event and kept the laughs coming all night long as several of urban music’s most beloved performers took stage at this highly anticipated show.

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