Monday, July 27, 2015

Angela Moore's 16th Annual Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch

Lisa Nula channeling Jackie O in a vintage Tracey Negoshian dress

Style connoisseurs and social tastemakers from the Ocean State and beyond flocked to the lush and manicured grounds of Newport's Rosecliff mansion on July 9 for an elegant morning with Angela Moore. As a nationally renowned fashion curator and designer for nearly two decades, Moore takes a sophisticated approach to coastal style. This purveyor of premier resort wear plucks ├ęclat labels and exclusive designers for her tony Bellevue Avenue boutique. Moore’s style affords a modern feel, but also gives way to a savoir-faire from decades past when dressing was revered as fine art…even when running to the grocery store. 

My mom and I were invited to this year’s event which paid homage to the 70th anniversary of the Preservation Society of Newport. Upon entering the stately manor that was commissioned in 1899 by
heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs, we were greeted by local media eager to capture the bevy of well-dressed arrivals (present company included). Next, we digested an exhibit from the Preservation Society’s costume archives as effervescent mimosas refreshed our palate. After a mingle on the terrace with some like-minded ladies, we sat for a delightful brunch of savory quiche, fresh fruit and free-flowing Champagne. 


Moore designed her "Fashion through the Decades" theme as a tribute to American legends such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and my personal favorites Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly. The show highlighted pieces these style icons wore in their heyday and included modern elements that depicted a trendy version for today’s woman. 


I almost jumped out of my chiavari chair when I spotted a snappy sea creature dress from B The Collection swimming down the runway. The red, white and blue shift-style was a nod to Jackie O and certainly one of my favorites. Coming in at a sultry second, two to-die-for looks inspired (again) by the former first lady -- a stunning seahorse-print maxi from Escapada Living paired with a beaded coral reef handbag from Moyna and a dark blue palm-print jumpsuit by Escapada Living paired with a beaded sailboat handbag from Moyna.

The crowd was awed by a Maggie Norris gown worn by Leah Cann during the finale. The dress was inspired by a Givenchy number Jackie O wore during a state dinner at the Palace of Versailles. Cann, well-known among Newport society, commissioned her dress in 2002 and it will now become part of the Preservation Society’s costume archives.

My mom and I had one of the best days in our long history of day-tripping as a mother-daughter duo -- the perks of being an only child with a fabulous mom, I tell you. And after years of chatting via social media with Andrea McHugh (the brains and beauty behind
Newport Stylephile), we finally met in real life. She is a doll and we've vowed to trade secrets soon. We were even featured in the style section of Sunday's Providence Journal. See you next year!

Rosecliff Garden

Tablescape

Kathryn Farrington channeling Jackie O in a snappy dress by B The Collection 
and Brianna Ralto showcasing a modern-day Jackie O style

Ashley Bickford Krager (Miss Rhode Island 2009) channeling Jackie O 
in an Escapada Living maxi and Moyna handbag

Alexandra Curtis (Miss Rhode Island 2015) channeling Jackie O 
in an Escapada Living jumpsuit and Moyna handbag

Ashley Bickford Krager (Miss Rhode Island 2009) channeling 
Brigitte Bardot in Manuel Canovas

Alexandra Curtis (Miss Rhode Island 2015) channeling Brigitte Bardot  
in Manuel Canovas

Kent Russell showcasing an Adurey Hepburn inspired look for men

Carolyn Van Petten channeling Grace Kelly in a 
garden party dress from Trinity Repertory Company

A Twiggy inspired look from Trinity Repertory Company 

Kent Russell pairing his dapper date night look with striking Louboutins

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit 

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit 

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit

Rosecliff Salon

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit 

Preservation Society of Newport Costume Archives Exhibit

Givenchy

Leah Cann showcasing her commissioned piece by Maggie Norris Couture

Angela and Gary Moore

Rue Le Chat and her mom

Newport Stylephile and Rue Le Chat

Photos // John Corbett

3 comments:

  1. All of these looks are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Alexa. It was such a beautiful afternoon

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  2. I will definitely come check this place again with some other awesome friends of mine! It's one of best places for having a good time with a joyous feeling. And New York city party fascinates me with its great style and vibrant atmosphere.

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