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Friday, September 3, 2010

Everything looks better at the Jeffrey Fashion Cares After-party

Fire hazard
  • Ming Han Chung / Follow My Story Photography / Runway Newswire
  • Fire hazard
Don't let their fancy cocktail dresses or perfectly pressed suits fool you: Fashion people do care about more than just their looks. In fact, they care a whole lot as seen at Monday's Jeffrey Fashion Cares. The annual event in its 18th year, Fashion Cares raises money for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and the Susan G. Komen fund for breast cancer. This year, in addition to its usual shmancy fashion show, Jeffreys held its first after-party open to the public at Opera. Sure, Opera can be a little douchey, but if ever there was a time to revel in my delusions of grandeur, this was it.

The lavish circus-themed party had the gloATL dancers in ballerina tutus lit by Christmas lights, aerialists hanging from swings, fire performers and, well, drag queens cause this is Atlanta after all. Tickets were a steep $150, but proceeds went to the good cause. I knew it was a fancy event, but I have a personal style philosophy of being the best dressed person at a grungy place (CL staff meetings one might say), or the grungiest person at a fancy event. So it was my first instinct to wear my typical jorts (that's jean rolled-up shorts for you high-fashion types) and black high-top converse to the event. Thank God my friend talked me out of it. The guests at Opera were impeccably dressed.

Fred Schneider of the B-52s was spinning oldie disco hits for the chic established crowd. Older gay men sure look good underneath dim club lights, right? In fact, Schneider refused to be photographed without wearing sunglasses, despite it being 11 pm in a nightclub. Still, he rules. There wasn't much dancing at first, more posing and shmoozing, but when Michael Jackson's classic "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" came on, the crowd went wild. With the glotATL girls "interpretively" dancing around me, I was pretty tempted to breaking out some of my own "interpretive" spasms.

Drag queens eating cotton candy. Cant escape Atlanta.
  • Ming Han Chung / Follow My Story Photography / Runway Newswire
  • Drag queens eating cotton candy. Can't escape Atlanta.
Cutey designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler from New York were the special guests at the fashion show and sitting in the VIP area of Opera. I was determined to meet them because I'm sure they would fall in love with me if they just got to know me one night in an Atlanta nightclub. My friend and I needed a little liquid confidence before jumping on Lazaro's face I mean chatting with Lazaro, so with a couple of shots in us, we made it to VIP, but he was already gone! Jeffreys Fashion may care about my feelings, but Proenza Schouler does not!

Sunglass-wearing Fred Schneider, of the B-52s, with DJ Vicki Powell
  • Ming Han Chung / Follow My Story Photography / Runway Newswire
  • Sunglass-wearing Fred Schneider, of the B-52s, with DJ Vicki Powell
Even with the over-the-top opulence surrounding the event, Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffreys, the high-market store in Atlanta and New York, has really proved his dedication to these charities by raising approximately $9 million since its inception. He's also helped Atlanta stay on the fashion map with his excellently-curated store. So with or without a hangover the next morning, and with or without the love of one Lazaro Hernandez, we at least drank for a good cause the night before and looked damn good doing it.

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