Thursday, August 29, 2013

Markoos Modern Design for Tiny Hands International - Omaha Fashion Week Benefit Auction

FINALLY!!  We have arrived at our final destination..  the auction for TINY HANDS INTERNATIONAL.  I am so very happy that I was able to work with such a fantastic group of people on this project.  It touched my heart to see some many people respond to the kids in need.

I first learned about Tiny Hands International on Easter while I was visiting my parents' home.  My cousin, Spencer Steffen, had sent them a letter regarding his plans for the summer.  My parents suggested that I give the letter a look.  I sat down and began reading about how he was planning to spend his summer in Nepal helping an organization that aims to assist children in danger of ending up on the dangerous streets of Nepal, and young girls and women who are in danger of becoming victims of human trafficking and/or the sex trade.

He wrote with such passion and humility.  He, who is pre-med at Creighton, was taking his summer off, and spending his time and money to help the most needy of all.  It touched my heart to see the level of responsibility and love from such a young man.  I knew that I wanted to help, and I knew that I could do more than send him a check to cover travel expenses.

I emailed him, and the LOVE CONQUERS ALL line for August 2013 Omaha Fashion Week slowly became a reality.  When Spencer left for Nepal, he left with fabric and paints in hand.  While he visited some of the children who had been fortunate enough to be saved by the Tiny Hands Mission, he had them paint on the fabrics.  They painted scenes of their beautiful country, messages of thanks, hearts, animals, and lots and lots of tiny handprints :)

I was so thrilled to see the colorful designs when he delivered them to me!  To have these little pieces of art from across the world was an incredible feeling.  To know that I was going to use them to help these kids, and more like them, was very rewarding.  I aimed to create a line that was beautiful, flowing, and easy to wear.  Each ensemble in our show featured hand painted appliqués or panels from one of the sweet kiddos in Nepal.

I also wanted to spread more awareness to the audience in attendance, as well as my fans in the online world.  So I created a video ..  watch it here.

The line was shown on August 19th, 2013.  My models were amazing.  The audience was great.  And the response was heartwarming.  I know how generous and giving the people of Omaha are, but I have been astonished with their support and giving attitudes.  It makes me feel great to be a part of such a great community.  I would like to thank everyone who made the evening so fantastic, incuding Tom Sena and his team at T'eez Salon, Greg Higgins from G Thompson Higgins Gallery, Nick and Brooke Hudson, producers of Omaha Fashion Week, Alyssa Dilts from Develp Model Management, all of the models, and their parents, and of course Spencer Steffen and the entire Tiny Hands International Organization.

Many of you have been waiting patiently, as I have been...  we finally have some great pictures to share with you, and offer the items for sale.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go back to TINY HANDS INTERNATIONAL and their mission.

-comment beneath the photo with your bid
-bids must increase in $2 increments or more
-no fighting (this is for charity, be nice!)
-any bids that do not follow the $2 increment rule will be erased
-all winners will be notified and invoiced via paypal
-all invoices must be paid within 48 hours
-shipping is available for a $3 additional charge, local bidders may arrange a pickup
-all sales are final


Thank you SO MUCH to Greg Higgins from G Thompson Higgins Gallery for the amazing runway photography
visit him here

Size 5/6 - Bid HERE

Size 6/7 - Bid HERE

size 7 and 6 slim - Bid HERE

size 12 - Bid HERE

size 4/5 - Bid HERE
size 6/7 - Bid HERE
size 7/8 - Bid HERE

size 4/5 and ONS - Bid HERE

size 10 - Bid HERE

size 8 - Bid HERE

size 3/4t - Bid HERE

size 5 - Bid HERE

size 5/6 - Bid HERE

Thank you ALL so much for your support!  Working with everyone at Omaha Fashion Week, the producers, the volunteers, and the other designers is always an amazing experience.  Stay tuned for more auctions with items donated from other designers.  

Thanks again!

<3 Aubrey

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