When personal stylist Jenna Doughton started planning her annual Style With A Cause event, the soiree that will mix fashion and philanthropy at the Fashion Show Mall on September 17, she knew there would be the requisite cocktail party and runway show. What she didn’t know was that Project Runway stars Joshua J. Christensen and Carlos Casanova would help her create a fabric with Spoonflower, the show’s sponsor, or that she’d turn five designers loose to create one-of-a-kind garments for the first-ever Style With a Cause collection.
Style With A Cause is much more than a fun night out. Doughton’s mission is to empower women and support causes in the Vegas community, like Opportunity Village, who will benefit from this year’s event. Lisa Hanchett, one of Opportunity Village’s own OVIPs, will also take part in the event’s annual beauty transformation that gives one deserving woman a day of pampering and styling.
“To me, Style With A Cause is a burgeoning women’s movement,” says Doughton. “Every year, something happens that touches me to work with a different charity. When I went to volunteer with Opportunity Village this spring, they taught me something instead of the other way around.”
In addition to cocktails and bites from Maggiano’s, Saks Fifth Avenue will show a presentation of fall fashions and Mercedes from Mix 94.1 and Rachel Smith from FOX 5 will host.
After the runway show, there’ll be a silent auction of the one-of-a-kind styles created by the designers for the collection including Christensen, Casanova, Penn & Teller’s head of wardrobe Christina Rudigier, the Junior League of Las Vegas 2015 Fashion Forward winner Ilian Angulo, as well as alternative material couture from Jennifer Henry, who works with cellophane and tissue paper. While the other participants received fabric featuring the Style With A Cause butterfly logo, Henry got the same design printed on high-quality wrapping paper.
“Fashion is all about transformation,” says Henry. “I love taking something you see every day, like a business card or bag, and creating something totally unrecognizable. My design shows that through the symbolism of blooming roses that represent that you can transform into the person you’re supposed to be.”
Single tickets are for sale, but if you’d like to go all in to support the cause, buy a table for 10. Doughton hopes attendees will keep coming back to Style With A Cause to celebrate women and empowerment.