Local Fashion Fights Against Domestic Violence

Runway to Freedom set to rock the Pink Ultra Lounge tonight.

Mark Twain once said that “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” In 2010, Lauryn Grinnell, a hairstylist at Intermezzo Salon and Spa came up with the perfect response: Runway to Freedom. Grinnell created this charity fashion show to raise money and generate awareness about New Beginnings, a Seattle-based nonprofit that offers support to victims of domestic violence.

For more than 30 years, this Seattle-based non-profit has implemented programs to support victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. The goal of New Beginnings is to be a committed resource for battered women and children, while proactively educating the public about abuse in order to end the perpetuation of violence.

After a wildly successful, sold-out inaugural event in 2010, the Runway to Freedom is back and bigger than ever.  On Thursday, Oct. 20, local designers, retailers, DJs and dance groups will rock out at Pink Ultra Lounge — located on the fourth floor of Pacific Place — for the second annual, action-packed show.

The runway will feature quirky fashions designed and styled by rising Seattle-based designers Justin Zachary Bartle, Cami Funk, Katie Kinkle, and Rene Ropas, as well as those from retailers such as The Powder Room, Reconstructed Clothing, and Zebra Club.

Seattle-based break-dancing group Massive Monkees — known for their bumpin’, high-energy performances on America’s Best Dance Crew — will also be on hand to bust a move.  DJ Miguel Rockwell will spin the beats for guests as they peruse silent auction items — and when the time comes to fist-pump the night away.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit New Beginnings. VIP tickets ($50) for the event will provide front-row seating, complimentary appetizers, feather extensions and champagne, as well as a swag bag filled with fashion-forward goodies. Tickets are available online.

2nd Annual Runway to Freedom Fashion Show  |  600 Pine St., Seattle  |  Thursday, Oct. 20