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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 Page 7 00ocially Scene by j4lngela Cornacchio iiii!ii!ii!i BOSTON FASHION WEEK ... Beginning Thursday, Sep- tember 27 th and continuing through Thursday, October 6 th, the spotlight will shine on local designers as the most fashionable Boston- ians celebrate "The Tent" at Boston Fashion Week. Dur- ing an Opening Nigtlt Gala, attendees will be sipping themed cocktails, basking in canapds and food stations from Executive Chef Rachel Klein of Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Guests can also en- joy a special appearance from Fern Mallis, widely credited as the creator of New York Fashion Week. The program will honor Fern Mallis' role as an industry icon as well as the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay for their contributions to the incred- ible work of mentoring local youths. The tent will be lo- cated outside the Mandarin Oriental Boston just off Newbury Street. To pur- chase tickets, travel direc- tions and show times visit http: / / thetent, event There will be mul- tiple events daily around the city and you can go to to see the full listing, but here are a few highlights sched- uled: College Fashion Week ... Saturday, September 29 at 6:00 pm at The Estate, 1 Boylston Place (The Alley), Boston MA. It will be spon- sored by and U by Kotex. This high-impact show focuses on student styled designs modeled by actual students, featuring unique looks that define their vision in the class- room, the gym, for the week- end and in formal attire, in- cluding student designers from local colleges and uni- versities. For more info:, i This event is free. The Launch ,,, Sunday, September 30 th in the Tent at 2:00 pm. Fashion Group International of Boston in partnership with Boston Fashion Week is the power behind THE LAUNCH, an event that puts the force of established industry profes- Karen Kaplan of Hill HolUday will be a celebrity model for the Denise Hajjar Show. (Photo from Denise Hajjar website) sionals alongside five new designers to watch. Each de- signer chosen is a recent graduate from one of the many well-known fashion design programs in the re- gion and will show a capsule collection as part of this group presentation. To learn more about this production visit http://thetent.event War and Female Dress ... Now through October 10, 2012, produced by the Lasell Fashion Collection. During WWll rationing was a seri- ous issue and fashions evolved around this concept. Patriotism and austerity were two of the most impor- tant aspects of dress. Re- strictions were considered supportive of the war effort and one could use cloth- ing to show devoted patrio- tism. Featuring British style and American 1940's dress. Hours: Monday through Fri- day, 9:00 am-5:00 pm at Lasell College, 1844 Com- monwealth Ave. For more in- fo[Tnat!o th_.pey Catwalk ... Monday, t0bei:: i at 6:00 pm the door will open at Copley Place, Center Court, 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. At 6:15 pm things will get underway with the Student Show: School of Fashion Design, a retail fashion show high- lighting this season's latest Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 trends! Copley Place hosts back to back fashion shows featuring high-end retailers and special student design runway presentations by lo- cal fashion design schools. This is open to the public. The Art of Dressing Well: Denise Hajjar ... Tuesday, October 2 nd at the Fairmont Copley Plaza's Oval Room, 138 St. James Avenue, Bos- ton, MA. The show will start at 6:00 pm. A VIP reception is scheduled for 5:45 pm to prepare for the fantastic un- veiling of Denise's cre- ations. Her 2012 Fall Fash- ion Show to benefit Dress for Success is sponsored by Cunard Liner and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The mission of Dress for Suc- cess is to promote the eco- nomic independence of dis- advantaged women by pro- viding professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To help celebrate this occasion, the event will have some celebrity faces. Hosting will be Shayna Seymour of WCVB-TV 5's "Chronicle." Proceeds from the show to benefit the Dress for Success organization. There is also a chance for guests to walk away with more than just the newest trends. A raffle drawing will take place to win the GRAND PRIZE provided by Cunard Ocean Liners, A SEVEN-DAY TRANSATLANTIC CROSS- ING ABOARD QUEEN MARY 2. Additional raffle prizes will also be drawn. The prizes are top of the line so make sure to buy your tickets for a chance to win. You can pur- chase tickets online to save time, or they will be avail- able at registration the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased at http:/ /dfsbfashionshow Student tickets are standing room only and free with a valid student ID. BROADWAY IN BOSTON ... Good People, playing through October 14 th at the Huntington Theatre is a pro- duction based right here in Boston on our well-known neighborhood of "Southie." This new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay- Abaire provides a fascinat- ing look at the divide be- tween working-class people living a hand-to-mouth ex- istence and those who man- age to "move up" to a more financially secure life. The i DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 . On stage with plot to the story is a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo ... where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills ... and where Margie Walsh was just let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and Scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling that's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has to find out what life can offer her." David Lindsay-Abaire a born and bred South Boston native has made quite a pro- duction from his childhood. With the play also on Broad- way in New York, he made sure his interviews were clear with the NYC press about his back home Bostonians. "I had wanted to mature as a person and as a writer. If I was going to write about Southie I would do it responsibly and respectfully. These are my friends and relatives after all. But in terms of "why now," I kept hearing about English play- wrights who were writing about class and people kept asking why American play- wrights don't. I knew I didn't want to write some didactic play preaching about class in America. But then I went back to Southie and thought, "If I write about the old neighborhood, the subject of class will inevitably bubble to the surface because it's so present to the community." Also, the economy is in a really crappy place right now, "Good People." (Photo by broadway.corn) and I thought if I was going to write about class, this was the time to do it. What's most interesting to me is that, before I wrote the play, I thought, "Why would you do this? It's going to be irrel- evant in three years." But the play has actually become more relevant and hums in a way that it didn't when it was on Broadway two years ago. I've found there are sev- eral different ideas of South Boston, depending on whom you ask. I think it gets even harder to define every day because the neighborhood is so much in transition. The play hints at the changes in the neighborhood, but mostly what's onstage is the ver- sion of South Boston that I remember, and that I know still exists in at least pock- ets of the neighborhood. I grew up in the Lower End, which was mostly comprised of regular, working class people who were trying to make good lives for them- selves and for their families. They were salt of the earth people, and lots of us were struggling, but no one I knew really fit the Southie stereo- types that people seem to have." It's not every day you have the opportunity to see a per- formance from the eyes of a kid who can tell the story best. Good People looks to be a very honest, educational performance and with its already mega-hit ratings is sure to be a must see. You can go to www.huntingtont or call 617-266- 0800 for show times, tickets and directions. 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