Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Native American Contemporary Fashion Shows its Thunder For Benefit Runway Event

(Photo: Design by Patricia Michaels)

When you think of the Southwest and its fashion, concho belts, cowboy hats and boots, Pendleton coats and textile clothing come to mind. What you might not know is that New Mexico is also home to some top designers who are taking the Native American spirit and infusing it into contemporary fashion.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week...Fug-geh-uh-bow-it!  This coming weekend, Santa Fe will play host to a very special fashion show, Thunder Run, which will be just as much fun and benefit a very special charity.

The evening also celebrates the publication of the second edition of Thunder Magazine, Fashion!, Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino’s print property, which is published by the Pueblo of Pojoaque and its Governor George Rivera. The magazine showcases the best of Native fashion and art, and celebrates the triumphs of Native Americans from tribes all over New Mexico.

Chic Native threads by Michelle Tapia Browning, Patricia Michaels, Penny Singer, Pilar Agoyo and Jerry Ingram meet complimentary delish hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for a night of fashionista frolic. Be sure to bring your checkbook, though, since guests will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win great fashion and accessories from participating designers, as well as concert tickets, accommodations and spa treatments at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.  Most importantly, you can help kids by making a donation that will benefit the Northern New Mexico Boys and Girls Clubs.

If you're like me, and your middle name is "free, comp, discount," don't be fashionably late!  The first 100 people to arrive will receive a goodie bag filled with copies of the Thunder Magazine Fashion! and Medicine Mountain body lotion, a signature offering of Buffalo Thunder Resort’s luxurious Wo’P’in Spa.

Come see why the perfect mix of contemporary and traditional design is making the Native fashion scene explode.  The catwalk action takes place on Saturday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tewa Grand Ballroom at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM. Highway 84/285). This event is free to the public, but reservations are highly recommended. Call 877-THUNDER / 877-848-6337. Ask for "Thunder Run."

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