Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
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Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
BerkChique! Fun And Funding With Fashion
Lisa Green reports from Stockbridge. Did the shoes at left get your attention? Never fails; they also called out to plenty of guests at the third annual BerkChique! Preview Night Party on Friday, May 2 at the Stockbridge Town Offices. After waiting in line to enter the gym-turned-fashion emporium, many of the shoppers made a beeline for the rows of shoes, boots, slippers and bags, while others started at Vicki Bonnington’s personal boutique items priced from $10 to “priceless” (over $200). The pop-up shop and gently used clothing sale (with donated items coming from some of the best closets in the area) is for the benefit of Berkshire Creative, a nonprofit that sparks collaborations between artists, cultural institutions and businesses. The sale is supported by The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Money Management and a hardworking BerkChicque! Committee. Guests shopped to the music provided by DJ RothFitz, and tore themselves away from the hunt for the fashion show featuring models courtesy of Berkshire Beauty, a model agency. They sported a variety of looks from the boutique, curated by Lisa Betkoski, a personal shopper and stylist in the Berkshires. The sale continued through the weekend, and many of the leftover items were donated to local nonprofit organizations and agencies.
Vicki Bonnington, the clothing collector and fashionista extraordinaire in front of her personal boutique (racks of designer wear from her own collection); Lucy Holland and Kelly Dolan snag some good deals.
Jenny Benson, Val Whaling and Berkshire Creative Board Member Cathy Deely inspect the merchandise; Lisa Nappo of Housatonic and Carol Reife of Otis.
Brittany Carlo, a model in the fashion show.
Brittany Bochette and Elizabeth Bocchino pause from some intense shopping for a quick photo; Fred Eustis, Sarah Eustis, BerkChique! committee chair, Rural Intelligence owner Mark Williams and Alison Larkin, comedienne, audiobook narrator and author.
The BerkChique! models line up for the grand finale; Danielle Steinmann of the Trustees of Reservations with Elena Fernandez.
Yuki Cohen, a Berkshire Bank vice president, was a model for the event, with Janet Crawford, an equine portrait artist; Veronica Martin of Great Barrington.