On Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington. The Purple Runway held the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! From the very beginning the buzz surrounding The Purple Runway was highly anticipated and once the guest began to arrive the excitement was electric! If you missed it you missed an experience that can only be achieved by the chic duo Gigi McMillan and Jeannie Keras.

When Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. fused fashion with Domestic Violence Awareness, ta-da, The Purple Runway was born! Through fashion, Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. delicately began much needed conversations by bringing domestic violence awareness to the forefront. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Arlington and The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Purple Runway indeed raised the fashion bar once again.

The PURPOSE Behind The Purple Handbag

What’s all the buzz about “the purple handbag”? Actually, the purple handbag has much more purpose than the buzz.

98% of all domestic violence cases include financial abuse and financial abuse is the number one reason women remain or return to an abusive relationship.

More than ever women need financial empowerment and freedom in order to live the life they deserve. Free of abuse. A woman’s purse is not only her financial domain but in many of cases it represents who she is.

Jeannie Keras, the Director Of Service for The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue,  is responsible for designing The 2016 Purple Runway Handbag, as a symbol to educate the public about domestic violence, financial abuse and financial freedom.

The 2016 Purple Runway Handbag is not only a one of a kind custom design, it was beautifully crafted in purple dyed chinchilla, trimmed in black alligator and values over $9,000. As one of the Purple Runway Silent Auction items the purse was filled with designer fragrances and gifts, bringing the grand total value to $10, 200. 

Take a look at what JEANNIE KERAS has to say.

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The Purple Runway Team chose The National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Change In Action, LLC. and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise awareness, money and collect in-kind donations for in the entire month of October. During the VIP Cocktail party representatives from each organization got an opportunity to speak to the work they do and why awareness and support is vital. To get involved or to receive resources please connect with the organizations directly.

#ThePurpleRunway2016 was remarkable!

The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue showcased over sixty stunning furs in all. So many fur wraps, capes, shawls and coats! The beauty of furs were everywhere!

Applause, cheers and standing ovation goes to The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue for showcasing not only astounding and luxurious style but for providing an experience of a fashion lifetime!

To top off the evening The Purple Runway experience ending with three ravishing Saks Fifth Avenue evening gowns. One word. Gorgeous! What a finale!  As you may be able to imagine a standing ovation from the guest, with whistle and cheers were instinctive and infectious!


written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief


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