The Ridgefield Playhouse will turn into a design house on Friday, May 16, when "Women That Rock", women who give back to their communities, will model the “inner rock star” duds of designer Lauren DiNardo at her Rock and Roll Couture Fashion show. Wine and food tastings, fashion, The Cake Box custom cupcakes inspired by Lauren DiNardo’s designs, rock & roll make-up tips from Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, auction items, massages from Hands That Rock, Pole Fitness with FormFitting Fitness and more will be available in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. fashion spectacular. Guest speaker is Donna Palomba, who founded Jane Doe No More, Inc., a non-profit that helps victims of sexual assault after her experiences with the system as a victim herself. Her story was featured on Dateline NBC, and she has written a book about her 15-year struggle to find her identity. Ms. Palomba’s inspirational story will be followed by the Lauren DiNardo rock and roll couture fashion show, starring celebrity models. This event is part of Hamlet Hub’s "A Whole New You" Series?and is underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa and FormFitting Fitness of Brookfield, CT. with media sponsor WPLR 99.1fm/The Fox 95.5fm.
“To rock is to leave a positive impact on your community,” Dinardo said of the theme of her rock ‘n’ roll couture. ?“It celebrates women who do that.” Lauren DiNardo has developed a cult following in musicians’ circles and in the Manhattan nightclub scene. She is launching an exclusive ready-to-wear collection called Live Music Couture available to the public. Through her clothing, Lauren captures her love of music and movement in an electrifying collection, which represents a fusion of sophistication and rock and roll.
Donna Palomba, a nationally recognized speaker, author and advocate for sexual assault survivors, founded Jane Doe No More, a nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault survivors, in 2007. Her story was featured on Dateline NBC that same year and is chronicled in her book, Jane Doe No More (2012). Joining Donna on the runway are Kara Sundlun, host of Better CT and WFSB on air personality; Grace Linhard, Executive Director and Vice President Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation and President of the Board of Directors for Jane Doe No More; Allison Stockel, Executive Director of The Ridgefield Playhouse and tri-marathoner; Allyson Spellman, author, coach and motivational speaker; Jessica Lynn, country music singer; Pam Roxbury, morning show personality for WPLR/The Fox’s Chaz and AJ in the morning; Anna Zap, host of The Big Jim and Anna Show on Star 99.9; Jill Brooke, author of The Need to Say No: How to be Bullish and Not Bullied; Doreen Gigante, President of Styles Kid, Inc. in Bedford Hills, NY; Kim Charlton, former supermodel and spokesperson for I Am Waters Foundation and licensed Real Estate broker in Bedford, NY; Kaysa Cruse, fitness competitor and owner of Form Fitting Fitness in Brookfield, CT; one lucky winner from The Women’s Center of Danbury’s live auction, and two lucky radio listeners who were nominated in the WPLR and Starr 99.9 “Why I Rock” contest.
For tickets ($25 with all proceeds going to Jane Doe No More, Inc.), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.