- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 25, 2006

Paying $125 for a ticket to see a fashion show doesn’t seem like much when many of the clothes on view cost $1,000 or more.

But so eager were the 300 patrons of Nordstrom’s annual road show of designer collections that the show, which benefits Charity Works, had sold out long before Tuesday evening’s powerhouse event in the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The museum’s atrium was the setting for 30 tall, skinny, somber-looking professional models to strut a 62-foot-runway under pulsing multicolored lights to the accompaniment of ear-splitting music while wearing the latest fashions for fall.

The nonprofit group expected to earn $36,000 for its cause — supporting underprivileged students and families — and that of a partner, the Higher Achievement Program, which is helping 500 low-income children attend prestigious middle schools around the Washington area.

Less than 30 minutes later, the scene changed yet again, as audience members rushed to try on styles crafted by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Lanvin, Missoni and Michael Kors with Nordstrom personnel eagerly standing by to help with sales. It sure beats driving to stores on busy, hot highways.

— Ann Geracimos

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