The fashionistas descend


Choral music lovers and Alexandria fashionistas got a heavy dosage of style Sunday at a fashion show at the Belle Haven Country Club benefiting the Alexandria Choral Society. There was more Wednesday night, when the Belle Haven Womens Club threw its annual fashion show, sponsored by Herms Paris.

Herms? You mean, the Herms? The one recognized by its legendary duc carriage with horse logo?

its legendary duc carriage with horse logo? The French high fashion house, established in 1837, specializes in leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories and perfumery luxury goods. Highly renowned in the fashion world, its recognized clientele include Nicole Kidman, Elle McPherson, Elizabeth Hurley and Madonna.

And now, a few fashionistas from Alexandria.

There will be more on May 14, when the Campagna Center hosts its Toast to Fashion marketplace and fashion show as part of the Toast to Alexandria Weekend, also to be held at Belle Haven, located at 6023 Fort Hunt Road. That event, featuring Bobbi Brown makeup artists, is sponsored in part by Serenity Day Spa, Queen Bee Design, The Sugar Cube, an American in Paris, Fornash, Dash, Hysteria, Tickled Pink and Georgetown Hattery.

Sundays Alexandria Choral Society event, held in Belle Havens main ballroom, featured the latest in spring designs from Alexandria boutiques.

It was the first year the benefit featured a fashion show with models. We really wanted to up the ante by having a fashion show in addition to a silent auction and trunk show, said Mary Miran Miller, the development director of the Alexandria Choral Society.

Things were slowing down, said Lisa Phinney, the Choral Societys fundraising chair. We needed something different this year that would reach a new audience.

Phinney reached out to some of the citys top retailers, who were more than happy to oblige her request and donate fashions for the models. Del Rays Kiskadee (2205 Mount Vernon Avenue) provided womens apparel; the West Ends Robcyns (3660 King Street) pitched in childrens clothing; and Stephanie Fornash of Georgetown provided jewelry.

When Phinney and Miller needed models, they turned to their own ranks to strut up and down the country clubs catwalk. I was a little nervous about falling down, but I am doing this because its for a good cause and the clothes are pretty, said Donna Kamm, who modeled a flirty silk green number by Skirting Around and pearl accessories by Old Towns Meg Carter Designs. Kamm sings soprano and serves on the board of the Choral Society.

Annie Epstein sings Alto for the Choral Society and showed off a brown linen mini-dress by Linea O. I tried on several things, and everyone said this one looked the best on me, she said.

Proving its never too early to hone your style quotient were seven year olds Mary Soutoyo and Juliana Beck who modeled pink summer dresses for school or play from CR Kids. Little Mary in her daintiest frocks said she turned to the man in her life to help decide which look was best for her. My dad liked this dress, said the pint-sized fashionista.

What really got tongues wagging was the trunk show highlighting Alexandrias eye for style. Ive got my eye on the handmade jewelry…I cant wait to get over there aft er the fashion show, said Sherry Davis who attended the event with a few friends and about 75 other Alexandria doyennes.

Old Towns Queen Bee Designs (; Th e Sugar Cube Sweet Shop (210 N. Lee); Vintage Mirage Jewelry ( 210 N. Lee); Beijo Bags (; Seahorse Designs (; and Little Follies for Kids ( all had merchandise displays at event. Fift een percent of the proceeds went to the Choral Society.

Th ats why Allison Priebe Brooks, the jewelry designer behind Queen Bee, was there. We always like to come out and support the Alexandria community, she said. We small businesses here are like that.