The Saratoga glitterati descended upon Universal Preservation Hall earlier this month for Electric City Couture, a 3-day fashion extravaganza. The event was a sea of local talent, with a cocktail reception on Friday night, followed by two days of fashion shows featuring original works by emerging designers. Lead by an incredible team including the unstoppable Teddy Foster, Corey Aldrich and Honorary Chairwoman Julie Bonacio, UPH was transformed into a couture masterpiece, with themes of ‘Shattered’ and ‘Repose’ for Saturday and Sunday’s shows.
The building was awash in spotlights upon arrival for the first night of fashion, with shiny Mercedes from headline sponsor Keeler Motor Car parked in front. Hundreds of guests flowed in, mingling and sipping cocktails before the show started. Spotted in the crowd was Nancy and Gary Dicresce, Katie and Josh Nemer, Jason and Heather Ward, Sylvia and Bob Phillips and the glamorous team from Lifestyles, including Heidi West and Lyndsey Lowe. Teddy Foster kicked off the evening, dazzling in a floor length blue gown and jewelry from deJonghe Originals, thanking the headline sponsors Ianniello Anderson, Julie and Co, Makers 46 , SAVI and Lacy Thaler Reilly Wilson. She was joined on stage by Julie Bonacio who looked gorgeous in a classic black and white gown by Don O’Neill and Theia and together the ladies thanked the audience for their tremendous support as well as acknowledging all the people who were helping backstage to pull off the weekend’s shows. Saturday’s show featured the theme ‘Shattered’ with designs from knitwear to gowns working the catwalk, from designers Marjolaine’s Touch in Chestertown, Khymanyo Studio in Saratoga, Eenvoud and Gamakache Black from Brooklyn and some incredible edible jewelry from Claudia Crisan of Albany.
Fashion from Saturday Night's Show, from Lisa Miller and Studio Di Luce
Taking in the action were Dr. Amy Knoeller, Jacob Hopper, Tina Nigro, Ryen Van Hall, Michele Madigan, Brendan Flanigan and gorgeous husband and wife attorneys Scott Peterson and Giovanna D’orazio. The show was beautifully produced with visual interludes from VJ V Owen Bush of Glowing Pictures and music from Nate da Great. Sunday’s matinee featured the ‘Repose’ theme and was set with the hanging gardens of Babylon, with a softer and more organic look following the sharp edges from Saturday’s Shattered show. On the runway were designs from Vilma Mare’s Baltic Style of Copake, Frittelli & Lockwood from Saratoga, The Last Gentleman Co of Schenectady, Marjolaine’s Touch of Chestertown, Toshiki and Maryszka of Lake Grove and Snider from New York, NY. After the shows guests descended to the first floor of UPH which was a sophisticated and elegant pop-up shop where attendees were able to shop the designs they just seen on the runway, the perfect setup for some instant gratification, post-show shopping. Congratulations to Wendy Lawrence whose newly launched Wendy Lawrence Weddings & Events designed the space, along with Samantha Nass Floral Designs and Rain or Shine Tent Company. We caught up with Teddy Foster after the shows, who was happy to report the weekend raised $30,000 for UPH, telling us “ELECTRIC CITY COUTURE Fashion weekend was a wonderful success! The two shows were sold out, the designers were very happy with their sales from the Pop Up Shop, and the public loved it! The lighting and set design showcased the historic architecture of the building like never before! UPH would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support, as well as the hair and makeup teams, volunteers, and especially Corey Aldrich and his core team for a spectacular weekend of events.” Proceeds from Electric City Couture Fashion weekend benefit the ongoing restoration and development of UPH as a year-round cultural center in downtown Saratoga Springs."