- Ross School students in grades eight through 12 presented a student-organized Holiday Fashion Show in collaboration with Intermix
in East Hampton on Saturday, Dec. 13.
According to teacher Christopher Engel
, "The evening was really spearheaded and made possible by the efforts of students Grace Gill, Caroline Lasersohn and Taylor Cohen, as well as Greg Grossman." Enlisting the assistance of their parents, teachers and fellow students an idea grew into reality and an entertaining evening was enjoyed by all in attendance. The students also collaborated with Ali Wojtusiak of Intermix East Hampton, who graciously assisted with the event.
The atmosphere was set with subdued lighting as each model emerged from behind a large black curtain to hit the runway. These poised, pretty, and professional young ladies took to the runway with confidence and style.
Strutting to a hip soundtrack with a large screen displaying the Intermix logo behind them each model made her way down the runway from front to back and side to side modeling outfits spanning all occasions from casual cool to elegant evening wear - with accessories from beaded bags to silk scarves. It appeared that stripes and black are still "in" as shown in these age-appropriate outfits.
With cameras flashing and parents beaming, these young ladies exhibited agility and skill traversing a rather long runway - some wearing heels high enough to topple the most sure-footed. Gathered together for a final walk at the end of the show, the girls wisely opted to go bare-footed.
Executive Chef Greg Grossman.
In the rear of the theater, large round tables were set up offering the delicious culinary talents of seventh grader Greg Grossman and his "GastroBar." A quick chat with Greg's father revealed that Greg has been pursuing his love of cooking since age seven, and, "Now at 13 he is doing a lot of parties and catering and is really great at it, and people love the food."
The spring rolls and duck confit were big hits, and as the crowd was enjoying the tasty offerings elegantly presented on clear glass trays, a confident Greg relayed that, "I really like doing this, but I can't really talk now as I have to get back to the kitchen." Known for his "big flavors and small portions," Greg relinquished one of his business cards indicating his 'Executive Chef' status (having catered numerous events including gallery openings, and large family parties) this talented entrepreneur was seen dashing back to the kitchen "to check on the duck."
Immediately following the fashion show, Mark Fichandler, Director of Development for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
, Inc. (ARF) took to the runway to extend thanks to the students, school, faculty and parents that made the evening possible. A slide-show then followed his remarks showing many of the dogs and cats that have been adopted through ARF with their happy owners - eliciting numerous oohs and aahs.
Equally as valuable as the funds raised by this evening's event is the impact that the meaningful and coordinated humanitarian efforts of a group of community-conscious young students can make on the well-being of others.
Ross School sixth graders Selena Moberly, Sabrina McMenamin, Jackie Lasersohn, Brittany Pape and Olivian Cohen wait to cheer on their upper classmates.
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.