EAST GRAND FORKS – The annual Fashion Affair, which showcases hundreds of styles from local boutiques and businesses, was held in Molly Yeh’s restaurant, Bernie’s , on Thursday night.
Anne Zimmer, the owner of Avant Hair & Skin Care Studio, and Rachael Eider, the owner of RH Standard, are both organizers of the event. Zimmer and Eider said the annual fashion walk encourages people to shop locally.
“From the very beginning the first show was all about and it still is showing this community that there is a lot of shopping available right here if you just get out and walk in the stores,” Zimmer said.
Fifteen local businesses participated this year, each having 20 models to show off various styles. Of those 15 businesses, 13 are woman-owned.
Planning starts months in advance and a lot of work goes into the event, though Zimmer said it is fun seeing it all come together along with having the business owners and guests enjoy it.
“We love seeing everybody gather here,” Zimmer said.
This year is the eighth year the fashion walk has taken place. Some of the previous locations The Fashion Affair has been held include the Alley of Love, on the top floor of the Corporate Parking Ramp and in Sky’s Fine Dining.
Zimmer and Eider said they were very excited to have this year’s event in Bernie’s and to be among the first events held in the newly renovated space.
In addition to the fashion walk, guests enjoyed food provided by Bernie’s, drinks and live music played by Town and Country.
Every year proceeds from a portion of the ticket sales go to a local organization or nonprofit. This year’s proceeds will benefit BIO Girls, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the self-esteem in adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others.