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Recap: Eric Daman Hosts VIP Runway Show for All Access: Fashion At Tysons Galleria

Friday night the fashionistas, the media, and models gathered Friday night for the VIP ALL ACCESS: Fashion and reception presented by Tysons Galleria.  Emmy Award winning costume designer and stylist Eric Daman of Gossip Girl and the Carrie Diaries hosted the Fall/Winter 2012 designer runway show presented by INTERMIX, fashion’s leading multi-brand specialty retailer.  The main event though was honoring a 14 year old girl who is a leukemia survivor and Make-A-Wish Foundation honoree.  Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish to go to ComicCon and she got to meet the cast of Dr. Who!  She asked the crowd to please bid on the amazing items at the Silent Auction to benefit other kids working with Make-A-Wish Foundation.  She sort of stole the show I think.

Eric Daman (photo credit: 1.bp.blogspot.com )

Mr. Daman gave a quick, but rousing speech praising the event, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the leukemia survivor.  He has an amazing, put together look, and a great strut as he walked to his seat.  I scrambled up to him and snag a picture on the runway. INTERMIX unveiled their newest 1700 square-foot boutique this fall on level 1 at Tysons Galleria, where they combined established, must-have designers with emerging talent.The runway show featured of-the-moment, crave-worthy styles from the most sought-after designers including rag & bone, ALC, Helmut Lang, Mason, Diane von Furstenberg, J Brand, Chloé, Yves Saint Lauren, Phillip Lim, Alexis Bittar, Sergio Rossi, Mulberry, Fendi, Herve Leger, Theyskens, Jimmy Choo and Proenza Schouler.

ALL ACCESS: Fashion is a signature three-day fashion and trend event designed to allow guests to witness the excitement and energy of the international collections at Tysons Galleria, shop the best of the Fall 2012 season, meet style icons and experience the frenzy usually reserved for fashion insiders during international fashion weeks. Guests were invited to individual designer runway shows, personal appearances, glam stations, branded lounges, an assortment of in-store events and more.

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(Photo Credit: ALL ACCESS: Fashion)

The 2012 charity beneficiary of ALL ACCESS: Fashion was Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  After the VIP runway show there was a silent auction benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation.  A donor from Saudi Arabia also donated a huge sum Friday night and the VIP attendees were encouraged to make a matching donation.The dynamic 2012 Host Committee was chaired by Mary-Frances Wain included Angie Marriott, Susie Ellwood, Pamela Sorensen, Aureta Thomollari, Andre Wells, Jason Kampf, Svetlana Legetic, Nycci Nellis, Elaine Mensah, Maria Trabocchi, Deborah Kalkstein, Lynda Erkeletian, Amanda Polk, Abby Fenton, Arash Shirazi, Allison Priebe Brooks, Leigh Macdonald, Lauren Rothman, Cary Melnyk, Tara Engel, Marissa Schneider, Angie Goff and Elizabeth Fassbender.

all access vip fashion show tysons galleria

(Photo Credit: ALL ACCESS: Fashion)

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