For one glamorous night, designers descend on Newport, Rhode Island for the biggest fashion event of the season: AU COURANT!
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 Northeast, Au Courant celebrates and promotes the extraordinary creative talents of six of the finest designers in the Northeast. It provides a sneak preview of designer fashions which will officially debut later in the summer and fall. 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 Northeast delivers a runway show on the majestic lawn of Ochre Court 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 Northeast’s selection 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 & Eventsthat includes an open bar, several specialty bars, delicious hors d’oeuvres and exquisite desserts. While sipping their drinks amid the backdrop of the sea, 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!
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. Guest leave the event thrilled to add beautiful and unique pieces to their wardrobe.