Art & Fashion, Charity, Events
Jun 9, 2013


Photo Credit, Marcus C. Bennett/ Marvelous Pix/ Elizabeth Fraley

The Fusion de Filantropia & Fashion Show charity event was recently held in outside corridor of Fitness Together Central in Georgetown showcasing two major fashion brands which included Chicago’s very own Mark Roscoe’s couture gowns and men’s neckwear along with Karen Millen, a UK based designer. The goal of the evening was to spread national awareness regarding the prevention of diabetes.

Designer Mark Roscoe generously donated 50% of all neckwear purchases to the American Diabetes Association’s, National Capital Area Step Out to Stop Diabetes Campaign. At the event, Roscoe remarked, “For me, designing is more than creating beautiful garments, it’s about creating a better world free of disease and conditions like diabetes”. Mark Roscoe is gaining national notoriety as a fashion designer and has showcased his line in various celebrity-gifting suites during the Oscars and during Grammy events. With well over 30 years in the fashion industry, Roscoe’s designs are impeccably made with trademarks of quality featuring hand-beaded embellishments, the utmost high quality fabrics, and one of kind pieces that are made for the uniqueness of the individual. For more information on Roscoe’s couture visit Mark Roscoe Design.

Many movers and shakers of D.C. were present which included celebrity host, Paul Wharton of Paul Wharton Style who is gaining recognition for his show on the CW, which airs Sundays at noon. For more on Paul visit Paul Wharton Style.

Carl Ray, celebrity makeup artist to First Lady, Michelle Obama was also present at the event and has over 15 years of experience with makeup application who’s work has been featured in Vogue and on the runways of Dolce & Gabanna shows, to highlight just a few of his accolades. For more info, visit Carl Ray Makeup Artist.  I caught up with Carl Ray and he remarked, “This is a great event and such a great cause.”

John Fitzgerald Booty, former defensive back for the New York Jets also stopped in for some conversation and to watch the spectacular fashion shows featuring the work of Mark Roscoe and Karen Millen. Other notables from the event were DC’s “Men of Distinction” which featured Mark Roscoe ties in a fashion show at the event. These individuals represent the prominent men from the business sector, Capitol Hill, the White House, media/sports figures, medical doctors, and philanthropists. A “Man of Distinction” Nathan Atlas, former White House employee explained, “I have always been a strong advocate for public service and giving back to the community. It was a true honor to serve in the White House and in the Executive Office of the President and this experience helped me cultivate my philanthropic involvement- for events like tonight.”

Philanthropist and Founder of EnVest and 40 under 40, Joshua Humbert, attended the event. While founder of Girls Health Ed- Changing Girls Lives, Sarah Hillware made an appearance. Kristen Berset, local DC anchor, sported a silk, crimson gown by the featured designer, Mark Roscoe. Scott Thuman of ABC 7 News also made an appearance at the event. While honored guest, Raquel Riley Thomas, producer, reality-show star, and pageant queen made a speaking engagement at the event. Singer and songwriter L’illon made an appearance as the first woman to wear Roscoe’s ties, while donating album proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. Cadillac was one of the main sponsors for the event, be sure to visit Cadillac for the best in luxury cars.

Mr. District of Columbia, Hirsh Singh summed up the night well by saying “When you mix good people, fashion and charity with a little fun, everyone wins”. Be sure to tune in for Fusion de Filantropia & Fashion Show in 2014! For more information or to support, please visit the American Diabetes Association.