Fashion at Pink Tie Ball

Presenting my own Red Carpet retrospective which is all things PINK! Pink, that is, for our annual Susan G. Komen – Philadelphia Affiliate Pink Tie Ball breast cancer gala which was held on Saturday, October 15th at the amazing and elegant Vie in Philadelphia. The chic soiree was a resounding success, an elegant fete to raise funds for breast cancer research. Our “must-be-seen at” benefit raised more than $10 million this night alone for the cause. The main mission this year – to cut the mortality rate in half over the next few years.

Men and women alike were dressed to the nines showcasing the theme of the evening, a Parisian Moulin Rouge extravaganza, highlighted by the color scheme of black with hints of ruby reds and burgundy wines. The men scored pink bow ties as a memento of the special occasion while the ladies were treated to a gift of Parisian soap in a lovely keepsake delicate dish. Vendors strolled through the ballroom with luscious red roses to be given to that special someone. The romantic rhythm of Paris was astounding!

Pretty in pink…or black, or red or gold..anything our lovely ladies chose for this special evening was carried off beautifully with style and grace..and a true display of purpose.

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I chose the timeless “little black dress,” which was anything but, with a few stunning details that set it off from the crowd…simply take a Rose Taft nude silk bodice with black lace overlay gown and beaded accents. My accessories of the even included a silk woven Bottega Veneta clutch with crystal closure and tassel detail. On my feet: black patent Christian Louboutin heels (with the requisite red underpinnings, of course!) Such fun getting dressed for the ball…I felt like a modern day Cinderella and I even made it home by midnight! How’s that for keeping it “real”?

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Catch this sweet photo of me posing with CBS3 medical reporter Stephanie Stahl who is dressed in a gorgeous navy mermaid-style chiffon and velvet gown, accented with off- the-shoulder detail by Chiara Boni. Ah-mazing!

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Stage left..You can’t go wrong with red, red, red! Take a good look at Susan Ashner dressed in this saucy red, couture Michael Kors gown then pan over to stage right …Shakespeare may have phrased it that “all that glitters isn’t gold,” but I think he would do a double take and change his mind pretty quickly if he got even one glimpse of Jessica Ashner in couture Donna Karan! They are the daughter and granddaughter of this year’s Life Time Legacy award winner, Peggy Ashner. Both incredibly special ladies, both, joining us to continue a strong and deeply meaningful family legacy.

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Allison Paris had lots of eyes peeled on her, dressed in a black tulle ballerina inspired strapless gown by Cassandra McBride. Timeless simplicity says it all, especially when you have such a lovely young lady representing our efforts and supporting the Komen Foundation with the depth of feeling for how it deeply touches us all.

A great time was had by all for a wonderful cause…such an enjoyable evening for an important reason. What a smashing success! Thanks to all of you who contributed and helped make this happen..it was a pleasure to work with all of you to keep our message alive and keep our eyes on the prize…making great strides against breast cancer every day. Let’s keep the momentum going until next year this time. More and more needs to be done and we will keep rallying until we get to the finish line and find the cures that must be out there.

With love and much appreciation and, most importantly, continued hope. Mindie xxx

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