Fashion Plate for Dec. 5, 2013

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The American Cancer Society has partnered with local and national fashion designers for the inaugural Cure by Design Charleston Gala at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. The event features a fashion show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Designer fashions will be modeled by nearly 40 local cancer survivors, including men, women and children, each with their own unique cancer survival story.

National and local fashion designers will outfit the models whose hair and makeup will be done by local stylists from Vanity Salon. The Cure by Design national designers include Rafael Cox, Rafael Cox Designs; Gordana Gehlhausen, Goga; and Luis Machicao, Machicao Couture from Charlotte, recent winner of Paris Fashion Week's Best Designer award.

Local designers and retailers include Rachel Gordon, One Love; Cali Artiues, Ria Grace; Swoon of Charleston; Berlin’s for Men; Berlin’s for Women; Grady Ervin, Cynthia Rowley; Southern Belle’s; and Talbot’s.

Tickets and tables for the gala are $175 each or $2,500 for a table. For information and tickets, visit .

Designers Gordana Gehlhausen from Project Runway season six and Rachel Gordon of One Love Design will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday at One Love Design House where guests can meet the designers, view the collection up close and personal, and shop right off the runway.

Shop for a cause on Saturday as part of the 10th annual Shopping with Friends benefiting Lowcountry AIDS Services. More than 75 red ribbon retailers and restaurants in the Charleston area are participating in Shopping with Friends. Those businesses will donate 10% of every dollar spent to Lowcountry AIDS Services to help men, women and children living with HIV or AIDS in the Charleston region.

In its 10 years, Shopping with Friends has raised more than $725,000 to provide support groups, education, counseling, legal services, housing assistance, nutrition counseling; HIV testing, prevention education and more. For a list of participating local and national red ribbon restaurants and retailers, visit

The Rolling Rack Mobile Boutique is available for private events, office parties, fundraisers and more. As the holiday season approaches, individuals, businesses and other groups can book Rolling Rack for a girls’ night shopping event, an employee holiday perk or just a way to do some Christmas shopping without trudging from store to store. For more information or to book the truck, visit

Cypress Gardens is hosting shopping and Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Enjoy live music and shop vendors with handcrafted gifts. Santa will arrive by boat on the blackwater swamp at 11 a.m. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy seven craft beers paired with artisan chocolate from Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier at Westbrook Brewing Co.’s tasting room in Mount Pleasant at 6:30 p.m., Monday. Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited; call 843-297-8674 for reservations.

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