A touch of pink

Nick and Eddie hosts fashion for the cure this weekend.

Sally Hedberg

 

WHAT: âÄúA Touch of Pink Fashion ShowâÄù

WHEN: 8:00 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Nick and Eddie restaurant, 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

COST: $15

For an industry thatâÄôs so scrutinized and oftentimes written off as excessive or vapid, itâÄôs important to acknowledge the many positive contributions that fashion is capable of making to society.

While a little runway glamour may not be able to cure breast cancer, what it can do is raise awareness and funding. Nothing fights the good fight quite like some sexy, haute couture, and this Saturday, fashion lovers have the opportunity to support both at âÄúA Touch of Pink Fashion Show,âÄù a benefit production for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Produced by Natasha Kimbrough, âÄúA Touch of PinkâÄù not only seeks to gain money for the Susan G. Komen foundation but also to raise awareness about womenâÄôs health and to celebrate the courage of those who have suffered or are currently combating one of the most deadly ailments that women can face.

âÄúThe only way towards a cure is research,âÄù Kimbrough said. âÄúI think a fashion show is an especially fitting means to the end because itâÄôs celebrating the beauty of women.âÄù

The show itself will present a combination of New York runway style and live music from local R&B siren Chantel. Every realm of production will project the quality of a prestigious, trendy affair but with one major difference: the models.

âÄúThe women that will walk in this runway show are real women,âÄù co-host Christine Tulgren said. âÄúThey will be all colors, sizes, shapes and ethnicities. That was especially important to us because breast cancer can affect anyone. We want to represent everyone.âÄù

All proceeds will benefit the Minnesota affiliation of the Susan G. Komen foundation, including items available for a silent auction, the $15 ticket price and the eveningâÄôs themed drink: the pink martini.

While the show will present viewers with up-to-date trends, this approach can be perceived as less formal than traditional local fashion shows. Fashion is the vehicle to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Conceived as a means to do good in the simplest sense, Kimbrough eagerly anticipates the response from the local environment.

âÄúThis project was created out of a desire to give a little back to the community,âÄù Kimbrough said âÄúItâÄôs a win-win. Regardless of turnout, weâÄôre doing work thatâÄôs very rewarding.âÄù

As a grave, but preventable threat to womenâÄôs health across the world, itâÄôs through efforts such as âÄúA Touch of PinkâÄù that hope can be fostered, research continually pursued and the tangible reality of a cure can become that much more reachable.