Colors of Fashion’ party benefits a kaleidoscope of causes

You can get a cool calendar, see a colorful fashion show and contribute to fifteen great causes at the Colors of Fashion party from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at The Temple Downtown, located at 351 S. Francis St.

The event, which also includes appetizers from local restaurants, music from Pensacola-based party band The Rumor Mill, swag bags and a photo booth, is presented byExalte Magazine, a Mobile-based online fashion and philanthropy publication.

The Colors of Fashion Awareness Calendar, which will be on sale for $10 at the event and can also be pre-ordered by calling 251-421-2259, pairs each cause with a color. Every month of the calendar corresponds to one of the causes and features a high fashion photo highlighting its hue.

“I decide the causes in the local area that we can help bring awareness to and use whatever their awareness ribbon color is,” said Exalte publisher Kymberly Soule. “Some don’t have awareness colors and we give them one if they don’t. They all love it because they feel connected by having a color to represent their cause.”

The regional charities and nonprofit organizations represented this year include Penelope House, which provides shelter and services for victims of domestic abuse, The City of Mobile Animal Shelter, Spina Bifida Association of Alabama, The Alabama Coastal Foundation, the Alabama Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and The Mulherin Home, a residence for the developmentally disabled.

This year’s calendar photographers are Tish Ellenberg, Heather Horne, Andy Johnson and Roland Moriarty. The makeup artists are Eman Saad with Love Makeup Artistry and Doria Grace Artistry.

“The photographers are absolutely amazing and they know that I love avant-garde art,” Soule said. “The images this year blow me away. I can’t wait to share them.”

The evening’s fashion show will be like a live version of the calendar.

“It will be more about the color than the fashion. We will have models in solid black with tank tops in the color of the cause with matching makeup and accessories,” Soule said. “Each model is walking for something dear to their heart.”

Soule said statistics relating to each cause will be shared, and all the causes will have information tables set up at the party.

“Having all the causes under one roof gives people a tremendous opportunity to see how they can get involved,”  Soule said.

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