By Marianne Salza
The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) is thrilled to be presenting the 2023 Charles Street Couture fashion show for the first time since 2019 on Tuesday, May 9, 6-9pm at the Hampshire House.
“I’m excited for my first fashion show,” said Gracey Wilson, Chair. “Guests can expect to see beautiful ladies in the finest fashion of Beacon Hill.”
Seven boutiques have registered to join Charles Street Couture; and more are anticipated to partake. Wilson will continue introducing herself to shop owners this spring, with the hope of encouraging more businesses to participate.
“I think it’s going to be an amazing community event where you get to see local boutique owners and their hard work coming together. You get an idea of what’s in their stores this season,” shared Wilson, whose nametag read, “Talk to me about the fashion show,” during an April 11 BHWF meeting.
Charles Street Couture is the final event of the BHWF 2022-2023 season, and Wilson feels that it is a fantastic way to become more involved in the Beacon Hill community.
“I’m excited to have a lot of boutiques this year, some of which are participating for the first time,” Wilson noted.
Phoebe Jon, established in 2022, will be a new participant to the fashion show. The chic and understated clothing store features a collection of modern, professional women’s trousers and blouses.
Organizers are especially excited for the return of Charles Street Couture, as many merchants have opened on Charles Street since the BHWF’s last fashion show before the pandemic.
“We’re going to be able to capture a whole new audience and reinvigorate the fashion show,” affirmed Programs Co-Director Cindy Sullivan, who co-chaired the 2019 Charles Street Couture with Melanie Bertani. “Who doesn’t love clothes, fashion, and accessories?”
Sullivan has modeled in previous Charles Street Couture fashion shows with her daughter, Holly, who wore interchangeable swimwear. She believes that women of all ages are eager for springtime and the opportunity to gather together again.
“You can see shoes and clothing in one location,” added Programs Co-Director, Bertani, who also modeled in a previous BHWF fashion show. “This is the year to refresh your wardrobe.”
Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Friends and family are welcome, with a $60 guest fee for non-BHWF members.
The BHWF is seeking member volunteers to create a 2023 Charles Street Couture program with information about the boutiques, walk as models, arrange the event space, and coordinate with boutiques as well as Townhouse Beauty Bar, which will be providing hair and makeup services for the models.
Contact Gracey Wilson at [email protected] or visit tinyurl.com/FashionShowVolunteers to learn more about contributing to the 2023 Charles Street Couture.