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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 iiiiiiiiiiiii ii I/iillii B iiii!i!ii!ii!! i by qngela Cornacchio iiiiiiiiiiii Boston Fashion Week is Back and BENURUS will take the runway at the Liberty Hotel on October 1"t. (Photo by Socially Scene Preview ... The time of year has come when the leaves begin to fall and fashion takes priority in the social schedule. Boston Fashion Week will take place September 27th through October 3rd, and the lineup of shows throughout the city's top venues is not to be missed. A Socially Scene favor- ite, Designer Denise Hajjar, starts the week off. Hajjar will be hosting her annual Dress for Success Foun- dation's charity Fall Fashion show, which focuses on "Powerful women empower- ing women" on Tuesday, Sep- tember 29 6:00 pm at Club Royal, 279 Tremont Street, Boston. The evening will begin with a cocktail recep- tion, followed by a fashion show and live auction. A shopping event, dessert, and dancing will follow. The night will be swimming with local celebrities, like the event's host, WCVB Anchor Heather Unruh. Celebrity models will include Adrianna Cohen from the Boston Her- ald, Tracey Noonan and Dani Valagie from Wicked Good Cupcakes, Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Presley, and many more. Last year's entertainment will return with the dancing duo from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Dedham. Hajjar is a staple in the Boston fashion scene and is always sure to bring a show. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 29th. Head to www.denisehajjar. com to purchase your tickets or to get a look at some of the stunning designs Denise brings to the runway each year. Another must-see show will be from a Boston best, Kathy Benharris. The stylist and owner of K.B. Produc- tions will be producing Bos- ton Fashion Week's most attended show, "Fashionably Late." The free presentation, also featuring BENRUS, will take place at The Liberty Hotel, located at 215 Charles Street, Boston, on Thursday, October ISt, with models hit- ting the runway at 10:00 pm. In addition to the fashion show, BENRUS will also be hosting a VIP party that will start before the fashion show and conclude at its end. Kathy Benharris has built a reputation of class and perfec- tion when it comes to producing shows. Excellence is in all aspects of her event execution. Her obses- sion with styling is a vehicle to tell her client's unique fash- ion story. When Benhartis is in charge, there is a purpose to every fashion show and a business goal that it must serve. BENRUS is mostly known for their military watch collection. With the new edition of Giovanni Feroce, the company is re- branding into a full line of clothing that has a military feel. Feroce is a former mili- tary officer, state senator and entrepreneur who left Alex and Ani in March 2014 after increasing sales from $2.2 million to north of $230 million in a 36-month pe- riod. (Visit for more info.) Camille Kostek, former Patriots cheerleader (and current girlfriend of Rob Gronkowski), is their brand ambassador and spokes model. She will appear in the Liberty Boston Fashion Week Show. The Patriots are on a bye week, making it highly likely that Gron- kowski and other players may make an appearance. This show should be a high- light of Boston Fashion Week. Jump into the "athleisure" side of fashion with a no-cost look at the brand new David Barton Gym (located at 50 Park Plaza in Boston) for a "Fashion + Fitness Fix." MLR Artists and Kathy Ben_harris will be bringing you the com- fort styles of Michi New York and G Star RAW. Models with the physique to show off the athleisure look will hit the weights at 6:00 pm sharpl You may visit www. fashion and for more in- formation on the show. Take a look into the dark side of fashion with "A Mask of Death." Boston-based cou- ture designer Ashley Rose will debut her new Fall/ Winter Collection at Boston Fashion Week on Saturday, October 3rd at the Cure Lounge, located at 246 Tremont Street Boston. This event is free to the public, with models hitting the run- way at 11:00 pm. Her new- est collection is inspired by a recent road trip through the Midwest, during which she explored abandoned asylums and cathedrals that nature had taken over. Rose's pre- vious gown designs have been featured in Paper Magazine and Vogue Italia. Her artistic vision has caught the eye of Kelly Osbourne, who promoted Rose for her exquisite crafts- manship and love of art in her column at www. westfield, com. Gorgeous pieces by Burial Ground will be paired with Rose's Collection. Burial Ground is the collective vision of long-time best friends Jamie Mooers and Bill Crisafi. The pair met in 2004 while working part time at a coffee shop near their hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts. They forged a lasting friendship over their mutual fascinations with occultism, magic, spiri- tuality, and a deep nostalgia for old New England. You may view more at www. burialground, org. This year there is a new addition to fashion week: Platform Downtown. In the spirit of Boston Fashion Week 3.0 -- which is all about changing how to define the role of fashion through- out the city and in our lives -- Terri Mahn and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) team have spent the past several months building re- lationships and developing events that challenge every- one to think outside the box. Socially Scene was able to catch up with local fashion- ista Terri Mahn and get some insight into this new "platform" for Boston fashion. *I have coordinated and produced events for Bos- ton Fashion Week since 2009 through my business, thestylistcloset. This year I thought it would be great to show fashion outside-of-the- box -- llft the curtain a little bit into how it works," said Mahn. "I wanted to mix upcoming and established designers and give a forum for local photographers and filmmakers to express them- selves about fashion. Down- town Crossing was the per- fect location due to it being the transportatio] hub of Boston and an intersection of culture, arts, fashion, technology and lifestyles." When asked how this addition to Boston Fashion Week would benefit design- ers and attendees, Mahn said, "Fashion is an impor- tant part of the Boston life- style and history of Down- town Crossing. That being said, we want to shake up the landscape and introduce new ideas of a fashion presenta- tion. We are hopeful this will yield innovative and alterna- tive methods for how fashion will be showcased in the future." Boston Fashion Week is on the horizonl This is just a glimpse of all the great new fashion that will be show- cased in Boston for 2015. For a full list of Bostoz Fashion Week calendar events, visit Celebrate the Season ... Nothing says autumn like a good old-fashioned harvest celebration, and the Second Annual Fall Festival at his- toric Gore Place has every- thing you could want to wel- come the season of cozy sweaters and crisp airl One of the highlights of the festi- val is sure to be the pump- kin drop, where the gourd will be lifted into the air atop a ladder truck and then come crashing to the ground. There will also be food ven- dors, a beer tent, live music, crafters selling their wares, classic cars, wagon rides and more. There will be a little something sure to please everyone in the family. So pick out that new fall Sun- day outfit and head on over to Gore Place, located at 52 Gore Street in Waltham, on Sunday, October 4th from 11am to 4pm for a full'day of festive fun. For more infor- mation and directions, go to www.goreplace, org, Entertainment Series Re- turns ... The Celebrity Series of Boston is a one-of-a-kind ongoing entertainment pro- gram that gets going this season with Lang Lang on Sunday, October 25th, 3:00 pm at Symphony Hall. Lang Lang is one of the world's most prolific and highest-profile classical re- cording artists. Featured so- loist on the Golden Globe- winning score for the film The Painted Veil, composed by Alexandre Desplat, he can also be heard on the soundtracks of The Banquet (composed by Tan Dun) and on My Week with Marilyn. All of his albums have entered the top classical charts as well as many pop charts around the globe. His album of the First and Fourth Beethoven Piano concertos with L'Orchestre de Paris and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach debuted at num- ber one on the Classical Bill- board Chart. Lang Lang also appeared on Billboard's New Artist chart at the highest- ever position for a classical artist. In 2007, he was nomi- nated for a Grammy Award, becoming the first Chinese artist to be nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist. He has recently recorded the movie soundtrack for the Japanese blockbuster film Nodame Cantabile, Chopin's 24 Etudes for "Project Chopin," "Nuit De Mai" with Placido Domingo and, of course, that opening se- quence for Gran Thrismo, the most successful videogame to date. Lang Lang will perform an exciting program of J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin at his October 25th concert at Symphony Hall, located at 301 Massachu- setts Ave in Boston. To pur- chase tickets, please visit, or for more on this esteemed pianist, you may visit www. ng ng.con