Last Thursday night, the biggest charity fashion event at McMaster took place and I had a front row seat! The clothes were trendy and fabulous, the models were on point and the music was bumping…making for a pretty awesome night! If you’re inspired by fashion, trends and even creating your own clothing brands, websites such as gblabels.co.uk can be really helpful in making items of clothing look professional and high quality. If you’re not a designer yourself but still love fashion, read on and enjoy!
On Monday, I gave you the full run down of the madness that was backstage prior to the show and at intermission, but today I want to give you a recap on runway walks, the designers, the musical guests and the awesome charity that made #SamAirlines take off!
Ronald McDonald House Charities
This year, Style at Mac chose Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money and awareness for. This program was designed to assist families who have had the misfortune of their child being ill and hospitalized. Often, children’s hospitals are located a distance away from a family’s home, so with the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities, they are able to stay at a house in order to stay connected with their children while they undergo treatment or a stay in the hospital.
“Helping families stay close to their child through a network of local chapters” – Ronald McDonald House Charities Mission Statement
The Hamilton House
The McMaster Children’s Hospital is steps away from the Hamilton House run by Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton. The Hamilton House was built in 1933 and houses 40 families. Not always being such a large house, the Hamilton house underwent a major renovation and reopened in the Spring of 2012, serving more families who were in need, than ever before. Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton aims to provide a “home away from home” for these families in need.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities, please click here.
#SamAirlines Takes Off
I was pretty excited sitting in my seat while I waited for the night to take off. The lights were dimmed, the music was beginning and everyone was anxiously waiting to visit the first location.As you can probably assume, I am not the most skilled runway photographer, and probably could have got up to position myself a little better, but nevertheless, I will tell you all about it. #SamAirlines took us to several locations including Paris, Japan and Miami (to name a few), the fashion showcased for each location was marvelous.
We went everywhere on Thursday night – Miami, Brooklyn…even the Hamptons! It was perfect. The models were coordinated, the fashion was on point and the vibe in the room was great! I think my favourite part about fashion overall is the fact that you want wear and be whoever you want. Everyone has their own style, so no matter how you decide to put an outfit together, no one can judge you for it. Your style may not be everyone’s taste, but that shouldn’t be a problem, especially not for you anyway. Whether you buy your accessories from a company such as Jacobs the jeweller or from Primark, this shouldn’t make a difference as to how you decide to pull it off.
Check out some of the photos below:
Left: The Gap / Right: Mendocino
Left: Designs by Mallory / Right: The Eye of Faith
Designs by Mallory
I wish I could have captured every single piece that walked down that runway, but fortunately, I can tell you all about it! Every designer at Sam En Route showcased their trendy style and the crowd was loving every bit of it!! Fierce. That’s all I have to say.
Getting on the plane, models showcased several looks styled by the Gap. Clothing was kept cool and casual and totally in style this season, complete with a lot of jeans, cardigans and cute totes.
Our first stop with #SamAirlines was in Miami – the land of the sun. Models showcased cute swimsuits and beautiful beach accessories styled by Shop Josette. Shop Josette is a unique line based in Hamilton, Ontario. Each item is hand made and custom to fit your style needs. Coming up to summer, I was really loving the cute bikinis and one pieces that SAM styled.
Parlez de Nous
Next stop – Brooklyn! PDN brings cool, trendy and unique into one clothing line easily. Based in Hamilton, the line serves for the fashion forward individuals. I loved seeing the male models strut the runway in this line – chic, risk taking and trendy.
The Hamptons brought white two pieces, flirty dresses and fun styles by Mendocino. Mendocino is a Toronto-based boutique that exercises the full right to “6” style. Looks at the fashion show were airy, light and totally chic. My favourite was a two piece white set that was modeled. The line was definitely wearable fashion that anyone could pick out and look great in!
Designs by Mallory
One of the student designers supplied the fashion for our next stop on #SamAirlines to Versailles. This designer’s name is Mallory and she did not disappoint. The line that was modeled on the runway was a mashup of great patterns, fabrics, textures and which overall, came quite nicely. My favourite piece in the show that I wish I had captured properly was a beautiful lilac textured dress with dragon flies on it.
Johnston & Murphy
It was off to Washington DC and who better to dress the men than Johnston & Murphy. All I can say is this is the most classic style that I personally love on men. The male models were certainly dressed to impress, and looked great.
In keeping with the timeless, classic theme, we headed to Paris to view some of White Elephant’s best pieces. White Elephant is a boutique located in Hamilton, run by two ladies – Jane & Holly. Complete with colourful clothing, summery pieces and beautiful prints, we felt right in Paris with these gorgeous styles!
Time to head to Japan! In an instant climate change, we saw drastic lines, shapes and angles in the styles sported down the runway by Angelou. Although the initial reaction to the styles were outlandish, I found that as more pieces came down the runway, I found myself taking a stronger liking to the trendy styles that were showcased.
The Eye of Faith
Last stop on aboard #SamAirlines was Milan. Vintage style and chic trends by The Eye of Faith were brought down the runway in Milan and was everyone loving it? Yes! I was certainly loving all the unique looks and definitely could see myself strutting down a runway in one of the looks myself. I personally loved all the texture and fabrics that were used in this line. Definitely was feeling the cool vibe of Milan here.
There were so many great acts at Sam En Route this year, and I was fortunate enough to hang backstage with the starting act, The Juicy Boys. Michael, Zack, Erik and Brian are all second year engineering students at McMaster. With similar interests in jazz funk style, the boys bonded over their love for the music and formed a band just two months ago.
The Juicy Boys prepping pre-show
The Juicy Boys: Zack, Erik, Michael and Brian
“How we got our name is my last name is Jobity, so we called [our band] ‘Jobity and the…’ and then we wondered what adjective starts with J. So we went on the internet and we saw ‘juicy’ and we just kind of went with it…” – Michael, The Juicy Boys
“We’ve been juicy ever since…” – Brian, The Juicy Boys
On stage, the boys killed it, keeping the vibe fun and jazzy to start off the night. Definitely a great start to the amazing entertainment that accompanied us en route.
I could go on and on about the entertainment that we saw last Thursday night – it was enjoyable, entertaining and kept the night so upbeat! It was truly a night to remember. We raised some great money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and saw some excellent fashion forward pieces. More importantly, we traveled around the globe in two hours flat!
A big thank you to Style at Mac, the Juicy Boys, and all the lovely people who put up with me scrambling around interviewing and photographing backstage all night! It was truly an amazing evening!