Byline: Jennifer Chisolm

Talk about a jam-packed evening. The 11th annual Fashion Cares 2001 benefit, sponsored by the Jil Sander and Jeffrey boutiques as well as Bob Ellis Shoes, offered loads of entertainment: cocktails, two auctions and a runway show. The event, which was held recently at the Woodruff Arts Center Galleria here, was attended by 700 people, and proceeds went to both Project Open Hand and St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services.
Before the runway show, T-shirts created by several local designers were featured in a silent auction. The catch was that each shirt had to include the name “Jeffrey” on it. The result was a variety of unusual looks, which were modeled informally during the cocktail hour. In addition to that, Vicki Locke of radio station Star 94, emceed a live auction for travel packages to three locations: Atlanta, New York, and Paris — one of which included dinner with Jeffrey Kalinski, owner of the Jeffrey boutiques.
As the lights dimmed before the show, Kalinski, who’s a familiar figure on the fashion scene in both Atlanta and New York City, created a stir as he made his grand entrance riding a moped down the runway. As for the clothes, the show’s strongest fall trends included equestrian, military and country chic looks. Fishnet stockings, stiletto heels and boots of all types were among the biggest looks in accessories.