Behind The Scenes of Pennies for the Homeless High Tea Runway

This past weekend bespoke dress designer Lana Gerimovich from Scottsdale, Arizona was the featured designer at the 18th annual Pennies for the Homeless Fashion Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pennies for the Homeless is a large local non-profit organization that donates proceeds from this charity fashions show to dozens of local homeless shelters in the Albuquerque.

Lana left on Saturday evening with a team of models and the fashion coordinator for the show. The evening began with a long beautiful French dinner at Le Troquet hosted by the committee. It was a relaxing night with all of the models and some of the organization’s members, including Joseph Saavedra and other committee member Jen and show coordinator Tanya Barnes.

Pennies for the Homeless Charity Fashion Show preparation Lana Gerimovich
models for Pennies for the Homeless fashion show at French dinner at Le Troquet

The entire event took place on Sunday, November 8th at beautiful Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Before the show, the dresses were lined up from resort style, casual, to cocktail to evening wear.

Alis Fashion Design collections of bespoke garments prepared for the fashion show
Assistant Jasmine preparing the line up of collection behind the stage
Alis Fashion Design collections of couture pieces prepared for the fashion show
Model Tanya is fitted by Lana Gerimovich at the backstage
Alis Fashion Design collections of oneofakind clothing prepared for the runway
Sound Check in the backstage of fashion show
Beautiful table setup for high tea fashion show at Hotel Albuquerque

Calm before the Storm!

It began at about 11:30, with several vendors selling wonderful local and handmade items. Once the event began around 12:30, the high tea has started along with a beautiful tribute to co-founder, Diane Dal Santo.

Pennies for the Homeless High Tea and Fashion extravaganza 2015
tribute to the co-founder of Pennies for the Homeless Diane Dal Santo
High Tea afternoon tea party at Pennies for the Homeless 2015 at Hotel Albuquerque
High Tea afternoon tea at Pennies for the Homeless 2015
runway at Pennies for the Homeless 2015 for Alis Fashion Design

As a surprise, her youngest son came in with his wife from Denver, Colorado to see her show. It definitely made her day.

Lana Gerimovich family visited Pennies for the Homeless fashion show

The MC Carla Aragon, who wore a custom made gown by bespoke designer Lana Gerimovich, introduced the event and had a touching on-stage interview with Lana.

MC Carla Aragon in bespoke couture evening wear by Alis Fashion Design on the stage

The story Lana told on the stage was very moving; the reason why she was here in the United States after she decided to move from Ukraine where she was the head designer of her successful manufacturing company. It was simply for her children’s better future. This story made all the guests relates to Lana and touched their hearts by the motherfood.
Also, she explained why her business shifted into bespoke from mass-manufacturing. Instead of dresses wearing women followed by a season’s fashion trend, she wanted women to wear the dress which compliments each individual’s beauty and reflects their personality and body type through bespoke fashion.

At 1 pm it was showtime! Followed by gorgeous opera singer’s live song, Lana’s extensive collection was featured and was finalized by a beautiful standing ovation.

Opera singer sing a song for Arias Elegance theme at fashion show
Alis Fashion Design runway at Pennies for the Homeless
Alis Fashion Design collection designed by Lana Gerimovich on runway
Standing ovation at the finale of fashion show at Pennies for the Homeless

Following the runway show was the private auction, which began with another interview with the designer Lana Gerimovich, who introduced the first auction piece- Carla Aragon’s bespoke gown handcrafted by Lana herself. This evening wear was specially designed for Carla Aragon. Top is made of fluttering black lace sleeve with hand embellished neckline and structured shoulders. Contour maxi skirt is high waisted with pleats on the hips slightly flared with a small train in the back.

Bespoke evening wear designed by Alis Fashion Design auctioned off at Pennies for the Homeless
One of a kind couture evening wear by Lana Gerimovich auction for the charity

The piece sold immediately! It is so wonderful that the sale of Lana’s auction piece is able to benefit charity!

Lana’s truck show was a also a great success, with many women swarming the backstage to get a hold of Lana’s one-of-a-kind garments. Lana truly brought something unique to this event, which is bespoke fashion.

It was such an honor for her to be able to be not only the featured designer for this year, but to contribute to something so beautiful as giving back to the community through charity!

This fashion show couldn’t be successful without all the supporters who have worked all the way along with us.

Volunteer for Pennies for the Homeless High Tea and Fashion Show

Fun and hardworking volunteers! Thank you!

Assistant Jasmine for Lana Gerimovich with Alis Fashion Design backstage

Jasmine, assistant of Lana Gerimovich, Alis fashion Design.

Once again, we really appreciate the founder of Pennies for the Homeless, Joseph Saavedra, for letting Alis Fashion Design by Lana Gerimoivch be this year’s fashion designer to showcase our bespoke fashion with their theme Arias & Elegance. Lana Gerimovich was honored to be a part of this special event and great cause.

Joseph Saavedra founder of Pennies for the Homeless with Lana Gerimovich from Alis Fashion Design

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