The JW Marriott ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids was full of people dressed to the nines for the “An Enchanted Evening” fashion show that designer and Grand Rapids Community College grad, RC Caylan, hosted Friday night.
Caylan graduated from GRCC with a degree in fashion merchandising and design in 2015 and has a studio located in downtown Grand Rapids.
The event was a big-ticket benefit for both the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, with VIP attendees paying more than $150 to attend.
A representative from the American Cancer Society, Susan Brogger, stepped forward to say a few words before the show began.
“We are all here to support the same cause, so thank you all for being here tonight,” Brogger said. “One in eight men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, so again a very big thank you to RC, our sponsors, and every one of you for being here.”
Before the models took to the runway, Caylan addressed the audience.
“I want to thank everyone for their support of the wonderful organizations that we are working with and for supporting my vision,” Caylan said. “All of you are helping me make my vision come true.”
The show featured mostly women’s fashion, but included menswear, too. The gowns featured were from Caylan’s most recent 2017 collection as well as a few from previous collections.
Both the first and last model to walk the runway wore very elegant, elaborate gowns to start and end the show leaving some audience members in awe.
The models strutted down the runway in elegant, flowy gowns. Many of the gowns were made of very lightweight, lace fabric that trailed behind the models.
Most of the gowns featured light colors, including pastel pinks and creams with the occasional black gown. The theme “An Enchanted Evening” definitely fit the look of the formal evening gowns.
After the show concluded, Caylan and the models entered the crowd to meet with friends and chat.
“The show went even better than I could have ever imagined,” Caylan said. “I’m just so thankful to everyone for coming.”
Members of the audience shared the same views as Caylan.
“I absolutely loved the clothes,” said Ari Grant of Grand Rapids. “The gowns were so elegant and flowy and the money goes to such a great cause.”