Local Fashion Designers Showcase Women’s Apparel at Grand Harbor on May 20


On Monday, May 20, the spring collections of four local designers will debut at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach with a fashion show benefiting mental health services at New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee.

Presented by Mixon Properties, Jazz, Art and Fashion features 30 area women wearing custom couture by Mochachino NY LA, Vivre Couture, Starwear US, and Annalise Bean.

“This event is like no other in Vero Beach,” said Jodi Harvey, the fashion show coordinator and owner of Fashion Addict. “We are not showcasing boutique apparel — only original designs by four amazing fashion designers who are living and working in this area.”

The evening begins with a complimentary Champagne reception, silent auction and music by the Indian River Charter High School Jazz Quartet, followed by vocalist Dana Ashton, speaker Veronica Kolibab, and a fashion extravaganza.

Sabre Mochachino is a New York designer who has shown at New York Fashion Week and is now based out of Fort Pierce. His couture designs have been part of the annual New Horizons show since its inception two years ago. His line of luxurious women’s apparel ranges from chic day wear to sleek evening gowns.

Vivre Couture is the brainchild of Kristen Alyce, a resident of Jensen Beach who has also shown at New York Fashion Week. Her high-end collection combines contemporary style with wearable art. The apparel is actually made of art canvas, which is painted by artists from around the globe.

Mary Angel has been operating her national swimwear company, Starwear US, out of a studio in Vero Beach for nearly two decades. Her conventional-to-outrageous designs can be found in swimwear catalogues and online boutiques. Thornton also offers custom pieces, such as bridal bikinis for beach weddings and physique competition wear.

Annalise Bean is a 17-year-old designer from Okeechobee whose delightfully whimsical collection is inspired by her rural roots.

Among this year’s models are Bonnie Mixon, Diamond Litty, Laura Guttridge, Sheri Altic, Lauralie Sammons, Christine Hughes, Nadja Ricci, Marianna Greer, Dana Hagood, Jerrica and Ali Knowles, Lewana Dupree, Paula Bushell, Stacie Evans, Nithchel Marcelin-Joyce, Christina Appadoo, Crystal Appadoo, Samantha Bucci, Yvette Jones Pryor, Erin Ferber, and Jasmine Murray.

“These women are active in the community and, along with all of the participants, are creating an engaging platform to discuss mental health issues,” said George Shopland, CEO, New Horizons.

Funds raised at the event, which is also sponsored by Butterfly Pharmacy among many other businesses and individuals, will help cover mental health services to the homeless and low-income residents of Indian River County.

New Horizons is the largest mental health and substance abuse recovery agency in the region, with nine offices across four counties serving 14,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay.

To learn more, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call (772)696-2729.

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