Thursday, April 3, 2014

'Style Under the Stars' Charlotte

Want to to mix fashion and philanthropy with a sneak peek of one of uptown Charlotte’s newest rooftop venues? On Friday night, the inaugural “Style Under the Stars” runway show to benefit the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage promises to roll it all together at Rooftop 210.

Effie Loukas, owner of Lotus and mastermind behind the annual Style Night Out fashion show, is producing “Style Under the Stars.” In addition to raising funds, Friday’s show is meant to be a simple, but fun, showcase of spring.

“We want to get people excited to come out and support a really great cause,” Loukas said.

Jamie Kimble, 31, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend on Labor Day 2012. Her parents - Charlotte’s deputy city manager, Ron Kimble and wife, Jan - established her namesake foundation to raise awareness of domestic violence issues, to help other victims of abuse and fund programs that curb the spread of domestic violence.

Local boutiques Fab’rikKK BloomThe Cheeky BeanDollVestiqueBlank CanvasSloan BoutiqueSaks off 5th and Lotus will each showcase about five of their favorite looks for spring on the runway. Allison Latos from WSOC will host.

The majority of participating models are professionals, Loukas said, but there will be a number of community leaders on the runway as well.

Ron and Jan Kimble, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Chief Executive Officer Tom Murray, Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance President Mohammad Jenatian and a number of other Kimble family friends will be guest models, Loukas said.

Though there won’t be post-show pop-up shops, there will be a number of silent auctions with items such as tickets to the U.S. Open, she said.

Organizers hope to make the show an annual event. Mike Stephens, director of Full House Productions, said “Style Under the Stars” is part of a series of high-profile events leading up to Rooftip 210’s public grand opening weekend April 11-12.

Ticket sales for Friday night have been brisk so far, Stephens said. While Rooftop 210 can accommodate between 1,200 and 1,500 people, Stephens said, organizers expect between 600 and 700 guests Friday night.

In the event of rain, the show will likely move to another EpiCentre venue, such as Whiskey River, Stephens said.

General admission tickets (i.e. standing room) are $20 and prime-seating VIP tickets are $40.

VIP tables are also available by contacting contact Shane McKee: 704 - 526 -5845 or

Event attire is cocktail/fashion forward, doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will likely get started around 9:30 p.m. Rooftop 210 is on the third floor of the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.