photos by Parker
August 22nd: It was a chic, high profile event at the
Ice Palace, as patrons paid top dollar to “show up and show off” at the benefit
for Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids), a New
York City arts education organization created by Rosie O’Donnell and Lori
Klinger to enrich the lives of children through the arts, a “Fashion of Fire”
dance party and runway show.
The runway show was a
phantasmagoria of fashion as top fashion models melded with Rosie’s theater
kids whizzing by in costumes from the Broadway musical "Taboo," which Rosie
produced with Boy George), along with showstoppers from 20 of the runway’s hottest and most
iconic fashion designers including Christian Siriano, Michael Kors, Comme
De Garcons and John Bartlett, among others propelled by music by DJ Johnny
“Joan Rivers” greeted the crowd.
The host was Chi Chi Valenti, a well known producer/performer and
journalist in the NYC party scene for over thirty years as she auctioned off
the creations for $1000 each.
The show opened with a high spirited performance from a group of
young people, Rosie’s Kids, in tribal-sequel fashions who were plainly
delighted to be there.
The biggest applause of the evening came when local drag queen
Busted walked out in an orange dress.
It concluded with a big finale with all the models onstage
exploding confetti into the audience, followed by an up tempo dance party on
the famed floor of the Ice Palace.