Couture for a Cure 2017

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Couture for a Cure 2017

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Attention fashionistas! Couture for a Cure will put guests right next to the fashion runway on Thursday, October 12. This unique evening features an exclusive preview of Creature of the Wind’s fall 2017 collection. Designer Shane Gabier will be making a personal appearance at the show! Following the runway fashion presentation, AB will kick-off the after party with live entertainment. All proceeds from the event benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute.
Cocktail attire is suggested. Complimentary valet parking available.

Designer – Creatures of the Wind

Chance Auction Items




Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters

Creatures of the Wind was founded in 2008, by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters. Both are graduates of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Fashion Design. Upon graduation, Gabier moved to Antwerp, Belgium, where he worked first for menswear designer Dirk Schonberger, and later worked for womenswear designer Jurgi Persoons. Peters spent two years doing specialty handwork as a studio assistant to the artist and designer Nick Cave.

The collection was born in Chicago. In June 2008, the first collection was featured on the cover of WWD, with a feature in W Magazine following shortly after. Barney’s New York picked up a selection from Fall 2010, the first season that the collection was shown in New York City. Spring 2011 marked the first full collection, which was shown in September 2010.

Creatures of the Wind has received critical acclaim from international press and media; the collection has been featured in Vogue, Vogue UK, Vogue China, Vogue Japan, Vogue Italia, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, W, Lula, Dazed & Confused, WWD Collections, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair Italia, Flaunt, Elle China, among others.

In 2013, Creatures of the Wind was named on of WWD’s Top Ten New American Fashion Brands to watch, as well as being listed as one the best up-and-coming labels in Business of Fashion’s BoF 500.

In 2011, Gabier and Peters were named runners-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. They were honored as Fashion Group International’s Rising Stars in 2011. They were finalists in the International Woolmark Prize for 2013, and were one of 30 international brands to be shortlisted for the 2014 LVMH Prize. In 2014, they won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear after previously being nominated in both 2012 and 2013.

The collection is driven by concept and narrative; inspiration is drawn from subcultures, mythological themes, and youth culture. Creatures of the Wind regularly collaborate with artists and designers from other disciplines. Past and current collaborators include Tabitha Simmons, Aline Cautis, Pamela Love, Selima Optique, Erickson Beamon, and Matteah Baim.

Amway Grand Plaza Package
The Pamper Yourself Spa Package includes one overnight stay, a $50 food and beverage gift card and a $200 spa gift card. Value $500

Experience Artistry™ innovation with a collection of specialized skincare products and on-trend cosmetics featuring an Artistry Flora Chic gift basket. Value $1,569

Cheeky Strut
Take home $500 worth of products, bags and brushes, along with a $500 gift certificate for fluid hair painting and a haircut with KL Christoffersen. Exclusions apply, cannot be combined with other offers, limit 1 person. Value $1,000

Cowan and Tout Pillow
Two Devani pillows in pivoine and one Daya pillow in fuchsia (image). Value $495

Creatures of the Wind
Josse fur coat, 100% brown rex rabbit with 100% viscose lining. Value $8,995

Leigh’s Experience
Leigh’s will treat you and three friends to an exclusive in-store experience. First, Leigh’s makeup artists will pamper you with a skincare consultation and makeup application as you enjoy lovely refreshments. Next, you will meet with Leigh’s Creative & Visual Director, Patrick Plank, for a private overview of the season’s hottest fashion trends and how they can be interpreted into your own personal style. Leigh’s has included four $100 gift cards in this package for your shopping enjoyment. To complete the experience, enjoy dinner at any Gilmore Collection restaurant with a $100 gift card! Date to be mutually agreed upon. Value $1,200

M.C.L. Design by Matthew Campbell Laurenza 
Add more sparkle to your life with these absolutely stunning M.C.L. drop earrings from the brand’s Manhattan Collection. The earrings feature natural zircon gems and blue topaz pavé set in sterling silver with white rhodium platting. Value $750

Modern Day Floral
An ultimate home dinner experience: Certificate for fresh floral, rental linens, rental chairs, rental tablescape and candlelight, etc. included. Value $1,500

Renewal Skin Spa 
Enhance the health and appearance of your skin with a non-invasive resurfacing HydraFacial MD. This multi-step treatment cleanses, peels, exfoliates, and extracts while removing impurities and replenishing vital nutrients to skin. The HydraFacial® even targets specific skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. It is perfect for all skin types and provides immediate results in as little as 30 minutes, that will leave your skin feeling refreshed, renewed and invigorated. Each package also includes a hand parrafin. Four packages available. Value $600 ($150×4)

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Event begins
Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres available
Chance auction tickets on sale, photo booth and Artistry beauty bar open

8:00 PM
Remarks by Candace Matthews, Amway Regional President – The Americas; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation; and Rebecca Wierda, Leigh’s owner

Fashion presentation by Leigh’s and preview of Creature of the Wind’s fall 2017 collection

9:00 – 11:00 PM
After party with AB
Cocktails and desserts available

11:00 PM
Event Ends

City Flats
Duck confit and queso blanco quesadillas with smoked yellow tomato salsa

General Tso chicken over rice
Asian stir fry with fresh vegetables and noodles
Sweet and sour chicken with brown rice

Faux gras torchon: Brioce, sweet and sour conserve, petite greens

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.


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October 12, 2017
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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