Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fashion & Beauty Week Runway Gala Recap

 
Last September, I posted about my obsession with the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show (Can Elvis Cure Cancer?). Well, last night, I had a crazy fan dream come true. At the fabulous Fashion & Beauty Week's Runway Gala to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the cast of the program was in attendance, with Danielle Monaro emceeing the event. And it gets better... my new friend Stella, who invited me to the event, had preferred seating for the runway show, and those seats just so happened to be directly behind the cast!
 
After the runway show, Danielle came over to her husband and colleagues, and I nervously told her that listening to her every morning has been a wonderful distraction from thinking about cancer and my treatments. And that I love her laugh; it lifts my spirits every time. We both got a little emotional, and we hugged! And Stella snapped this pic. Seriously, when I was young and saw clips of the Beatles' fans going crazy, I thought the girls were ridiculous. Now I'm just as bad. I don't care. It makes me happy.
 
Shelley with Danielle Monaro of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
The runway show was fantasic, and at least 60% of the outfits I wished I could take home with me. The designers who presented were: Monique Lhuillier, THEIA, BCBG, Jay Godfrey, Melissa Odabash, Naven, Sue Wong, Adrian Alicea and JS Collections.

I had a great time with Stella. We met through her husband, Razmik. They own Magique Studios, a wedding and fashion photograper, and they're working on a project with me about my self-image issues while bald, specifically showcasing my hat collection. The story will first appear in the June edition of (201) Health, a special publication of 201 Magazine. The genesis of the project is to help other women who are now going through the self-image issues associated with cancer and chemo. Razmik and Stella's positive outlook on life has been inspirational for me.