There are clothes that make you look fabulous. Then there are clothes that make you feel that way.
Fashion Obsession at Miromar Design Center is an opportunity to discover both. As part of the third annual event, almost 20 designers at Southwest Florida’s only design center will stitch and sew one-of-a-kind apparel for men, women and children.
Then, on Friday, Feb. 4., their creations will be center stage as part of a fashion show and available for purchase during a live auction. The Third Annual Fashion Obsession benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, an initiative dedicated to the fight against the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease.
The event is a way to showcase the talents of Miromar Design Center’s interior designers, as well as support the Go Red For Women effort, explained Candace Sebring-Kelber, an independent designer at the center and fashion director for the Fashion Obsession production. She has a degree in fashion design as well as a degree in interior design.
“I love fashion,” Sebring-Kelber said. “Fashion’s my first love, fashion’s my passion.”
Part of the fun — and the challenge — of the event is that only materials from the Miromar Design Center may be used. Some of these materials may be mainstream, such as fabric, but designers don’t hesitate to let their imaginations inspire them, either.
“We’ve had people make accessories from tile,” Sebring-Kelber said.
She is creating three dresses for the Fashion Obsession event, including a girl’s party dress that will be modeled by her 8-year-old daughter Cameron Kelber. Made of a blush-colored Ralph Lauren linen stripe print fabric, it has a tulle sash and is gathered at the hem.
“I call it the ‘mini-Marie,’ because it kind of went on a Marie Antoinette period costume,” Sebring-Kelber said.
She has also created two women’s dresses for the event. The first, an evening gown based on a 1940s design, is made of custard and ivory silk taffeta from fabric maker Kravet. The second is an ivory off-the-shoulder Duralee silk cocktail dress with jewel embellishments. These are fabrics that might typically be used for making window treatments, Sebring-Kelber noted.
“That’s why I love doing window treatments,” Sebring-Kelber said, smiling. “They’re the dresses I never get to do.”
While Sebring-Kelber is designing women’s apparel for the auction, other designers are also creating menswear and children’s clothing. There are designs for all ages and activities, Sebring-Kelber said, from ball gowns to sportswear. In all, there will be about 25 different looks and sizes ranging from two to 12.
“We’ve got a broad range,” Sebring-Kelber said. “We have a little bit of everything.”
The third annual Fashion Obsession will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by visiting www.miromardesigncenter.com or calling 390-8207. For more information, contact Monica Seif at 390-8213 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.