Following a year of celebration for its 150th Anniversary, Child & Family is pleased to announce that its signature benefit event, Au Courant, will return to the runway on Friday, July 14th at 7:00pm at historic Fort Adams in Newport. Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services.
Embraced by fashion professionals, enthusiasts, and the media alike, this unbelievable night has become the most anticipated event of the summer! Through the collaborative efforts of Child & Family and StyleWeek, Au Courant celebrates and promotes the extraordinary creative talents of the finest designers in the Northeast. It provides a sneak preview of designer fashions which will officially debut later in the summer. While guests experience the alluring energy of a major runway show they are also aware that their generosity is supporting one of the oldest & largest social service providers in the state of RI. The funds raised at Au Courant help make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout the state.
StyleWeek will deliver a runway show on the beautiful parade grounds inside historic Fort Adams that is designed to rival those seen in Paris and New York City. They scour the Northeast to find cutting edge designers with creative and inspiring ideas to showcase on the runway. Both up-and-coming and well established designers are chosen to partake in this incredible show. Previous designers featured at Au Courant include Project Runway “alumni”Jonathan Joseph Peters and Joseph Aaron Segal. This year, StyleWeek is partnering with Child & Family to bring SWIM to Au Courant. It will be a showcase of current resort and swim collections from designers all over the northeast. We know the selections will not disappoint. The crowd will once again be dazzled by the work of these creative geniuses!
While the runway show alone is enough to impress, the event doesn’t stop there. Cocktails flow all night as guests enjoy a lavish cocktail party catered by Pranzi Catering & Events that includes an open bar featuring branded spirits, fine wines and assortment of domestic and imported beer; Chef’s choice of six delicious passed hors d’oeuvres; crudite & tapas tables; and exquisite selection of mini desserts & coffee. While sipping their drinks amid the backdrop of Fort Adams and Newport Harbor, attendees are able to bid on both silent and live auction items. Previous auction items have included lunch in New York City with fashion guru Tim Gunn, weekend long spa retreats and gorgeous jewelry from Swarovski. It’s no wonder Au Courant has become one of the hottest parties of the summer in Newport!
The evening also features a designer sale where attendees have the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind fashions directly from the featured designers. Tables of accessories, handbags and clothing showcase a variety of one-of-a kind collections. Guests leave the event thrilled to add beautiful and unique pieces to their wardrobe, while benefiting Child & Family.