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CHIC fashion show, Michael De Paulo shows bold beautiful couture

One of the models wearing Michael De Paulo's navy cocktail dress with black satin lapel.
Photo courtesy of Jan “Archee” Bloch.
One of the models wearing Michael De Paulo's navy cocktail dress with black satin lapel. Photo courtesy of Jan “Archee” Bloch.

What do you get when you combine couture gowns and cocktail dresses with Boston's who's who at one of the city's most luxurious hotels? Fashion, the flash of photographers cameras, complimentary cocktails, and the mingling of Boston's fashion elite: yet another not-to-be-missed CHIC (Cure Her in Couture) event from Ovations for the Cure!

CHIC guests look on as one of the evening's model showcases one of Michael De Paulo's couture gowns.
CHIC guests look on as one of the evening's model showcases one of Michael De Paulo's couture gowns.
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On April 29th, guests poured into the lobby of the Back Bay Hotel in anticipation of a fashion show from one of Boston's most talented designers, Michael De Paulo. Before the show, attendees mingled among the two rooms set aside for the evening's event; complimentary martinis and champagne flowed through the halls as guests snacked on a selection of hors d'oeuvres in between posing for pictures from the event's many photographers. Notable guests of the evening included Boston doyenne Marilyn Riseman along with her usual group, granddaughter Joanna Prager and fashion designer Sam Mendoza. Also in attendance was up-and-coming shoe designer Zack Lo, fashion designer Nirva Derbekyan, Channel 7 news anchor Frances Rivera, as well as celebrity stylist Gerard Vallecello who traveled from New York to see the esteemed designer's fashion show.

Guests took their seats in plush club chairs as the lights dimmed and the music geared up. The models walked through the rooms, hoisted onto risers to showcase their gowns by statuesque men, each clad in fashionable black suits from Terrida Boston. Displaying a selection of show-stopping gowns and high-end cocktail dresses, the models wore three looks each, many of which were straight off the line of De Paulo's Fall 2010 collection. The combination of looks expertly showcased the designer's talent and gave guests a breadth of options which they could purchase from Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston for their next wedding, charity, or red carpet event.

One model posed in a short navy silk wool cocktail dress with black satin lapel detail. Fitting for a black tie event, this short frock was one of De Paulo's Fall 2010 dresses. The open lapel detail framed the face and collarbone of the model, a flattering design on any woman.

The red duchess dress achieved a notably positive reaction from the event's guests; the red cocktail number featured black satin overlay with a peekaboo lace insert. The dramatic shoulder and draped bow added a level of runway couture to the garment as the model played with the shoulder drape like a cape.

In terms of long gowns, the room fawned over a long flowing rose-copper gown which featured a brown bodice and champagne colored rosette detailing; the rosettes grew from the waist, up the bust, and over the shoulder creating a femininely flirty neckline. Straight from De Paulo's Fall 2010 line, this couture number is sure to make a statement this fall, mirroring the the color changes of a New England Autumn.

America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 contestant, Fatima Siad, modeled a black and white gown complete with black leaf beaded bodice and sleeves. The gown appears as though a black and white floral strapless gown was covered by a chic black wrap tied at the waist with a satin bow instead of a one piece ensemble. The sleeves made this design fitting for a mature woman while the off-the-shoulder neckline created a sensual appeal worthy of any young professional.

The end of the show neared as the room held their breath in anticipation of the finale dress; the model emerged wearing a runway style wedding gown to close the processional as Michael De Paulo escorted her through the crowd. Accessorized by a billowing veil and delicate bouquet, the sophisticated ivory gown was the envy of every wedded fashionista.

After the show, Ovation's for the Cure President Paul Flaherty as well as CHIC Event Director Lisa Tocci greeted guests and thanked them for their participation. CHIC raises money for ovarian cancer as well as showcases various fashions from local and world renowned designers. Whether you are a philanthropist, fashion lover, or just looking for a fabulous evening on the town, CHIC events offer something for everyone. Be sure to check out their website to keep track of their upcoming shows.

Please join us on June 17th where CHIC hosts their next installment at Splash in Boston. Fashions from Nirva will strut by the pool as guests look on in cabanas and Miami-style lounge chairs; purchase your tickets today to be among the fashionable cure supporters and spend an evening enjoying the sunset and stars at the most fashionably charitable event the city has to offer.

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