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Deck the Halls on the runway in East Aurora

Photo Courtesy of Leo Chan

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For those who opted to avoid the crowds and lines on Black Friday, here’s your chance to get started or finish up your holiday shopping.

The East Aurora community will hold its second annual “Deck the Halls for Main Street Runway” fashion show at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Knox Estate Mansion, 437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora.

Photo Courtesy of Leo Chan

The event created by Crista Botticello, owner of Ooo la la Boutique, offers local boutiques the chance to showcase their fashions for a great cause.

Botticello thought East Aurora—also home to Ooo la la—was the perfect community for an event like this. “I knew we needed an event that promoted our fashion district in a positive way,” she said.

This year the holiday event will benefit Hunter’s Hope Foundation, the charity of Jim Kelly’s family after his son, Hunter, died from Krabbe Disease in 2005. The foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and fund research to beat all forms of Leukodystrophy.

“We choose a different cause each year in order to support as many people as we can,” Botticello said. “The Hunter’s Hope foundation was created right here in Buffalo by Jim Kelly and is a foundation that is close to all Buffalonians’ hearts.”

There will be local vendors to shop from, local restaurants will provide hors d’oeurves and local boutiques—by no means isolated to East Aurora or the Southtowns—showcasing their holiday collections.

This year’s participants include Ooo la la Boutique, Cameleon, The Dress Shop, The Walk in Closet, Ragamuffinz and Abalie Lingerie.

East Aurora’s Head Over Heels will showcase its shoe collection, while Medici House will offer a cash bar.

There will also be a wearable art section by fashion students from Villa Maria College, a presentation inspired by two Buffalo fashion icons, Erin Habes (Mass Appeal) and Lauren Byrd (Buffalo Fashion Week).

Botticello has witnessed the wearable art from fashion events produced by the aforementioned pair of organizers and thinks it’s a great way to integrate art and fashion on the runway.

There will be outfits strictly made from recycled materials such as water bottles, paper, and cardboard.

Lauren Hall from Winging It! Buffalo Style and Botticello—pictured left—will be the emcees for the night.

Presale tickets are $20 and are available at all participating boutiques or can be purchased for $25 at the door.

For more information about the fashion show, check out the Facebook event. 

Header photo courtesy of Leo Chan, view the full gallery from last year’s event.

TAGGED: crista botticello, deck the halls, east aurora, fashion shows, hunter's hope foundation, knox estate mansion, ooo la la boutique, villa maria college

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