Take a masquerade ball, mix it with a midnight fashion show, add a cause to support and you’ve taken Halloween to the next level.
Thursday, October 31st I had the opportunity to attend a Masquerade Art Gala presented by The Set NYC at the Holy Apostle Ballroom in Chelsea. The purpose of the night was to help raise money and awareness for Freedom Ladder whose mission is to stop child sex trafficking by interrupting a culture that sexualizes children and regards the human body as a commodity.
Freedom Ladder’s current project, Abolitionista!, is a comic book to educate children about the dangers of child sex trafficking. They believe it’s important for children to learn the dangers to not only empower them to protect themselves but also to live a life full of courage, power, and inspiration. With each small donation, a comic book is able to be placed into the hands of an at-risk child and hopefully help shape their future into brighter life.
Music was provided by DJ J Hooks throughout the night as philanthropist and award winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani kept the attendees alive.
The night included a fashion show by celebrity designer Jason Christopher Peters featuring Swarovski studded swimwear for men and women. The ladies were covered in glitz and glamour from head to toe as they showcased a variety of one pieces and bikinis perfect for making a statement. Men were not forgotten in this sparkling swimwear moment that featured a pair of men’s shorts also adorned with Swarovski crystals. These dazzling designs are made with premiere and high quality fabrics. The crystals capture the attention of every wandering eye and are sure to make you feel like one in million.
Yesterdaynight, a Vogue and Inside New York designer, presented a costume fashion show complete with a metal robot that lit up. Other costumes included a dress with snowflake designs and an outfit covered with different brightly colored flowers. Each costume brought its own theme down the runway and had the models looking flawless with make-up that helped complete each look. Costumes likes these were perfect inspiration for anyone ready to start planning for next year’s Halloween!
The midnight show and grand finale was done by designer Phil Harris and was called “A Walking Piece of Art – For Your Eyes Only.” This show featured men dressed in bold patterns and eccentric accessories.
In between shows guests had the opportunity to purchase beverage tickets at a minimal cost. Tickets could be used for your basic mixed drinks, beer, or wine by Grapevine Wine Distributors Inc. Food was also available for purchase catered by Noel’s Kitchen.
Fashion and lifestyle magazine Elucid Magazine was also part of the collaboration and a played a big part in supporting the cause. Artwork by Tobin Eason was shown throughout the ballroom and available for purchase.
The night was full of surprises and all the guests put on their best costumes for the event. It was a fashionable way to spend Halloween!