Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Helping Women Doing It for Themselves

A dress from the Aysha Saeed collection. Photo by Karoline Barwinski.

WHEN a favorite charity is still counting the proceeds from the fund-raiser a couple of weeks or so after the fact, that has to be (or better be) a good thing.

Aysha Saeed has no doubt that is the case for Bpeace (www.bpeace.org). The New York designer (www.ayshasaeed.com/) known and loved by a select few for her facility at combining femininity and elegance with accessible price points staged a fashion and beauty event in late June at Nikki Beach to raise funds and awareness for her cause.

During the evening, guests availed themselves of discounted spa services, musical entertainment and, of course, food/booze. The highlight, however, was AS’s charming collection of pert, sleeveless dresses (some with fanciful hats) in optimistic hues like lime, lemon, fuchsia and coral, with splashes of black and white – sometimes together, sometimes apart.

So how much did AS raise for Bpeace? Some thousands and still counting ...

Bpeace is a business network with a passion for helping female entrepreneurs in countries wracked by war and strife (think usual suspects, Afghanistan and Rwanda) expand their business and create jobs, and in the process jumpstart devastated economies.

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