Vanessa Williams honored as “Icon of Style”

Last night I attended a reunion of several of my Syracuse University classmates at the College of Visual and Performing Arts Gala 2011 to honor Vanessa Williams as this year’s “Icon of Style.”

The fantastic event featured a fashion show of the top collections from the fashion design program’s Class of 2011: Hannah Slocum, Syreeta Chantal Herbert, Torrey Hancock, LaTimberly Simone Johnson, Marteal Boniello, Sara Louise Coccioletti, Naomi S. Tilewick, Andrea McInnes, Jocelyn Tratta, Leilani Maldonado, Morgan Julia Bisignano and Dayna Shay Teitelbaum. I tried to take some photos of the terrific designs but a runway photog I’m not.

This was the first time since I left college I had seen a group of my classmates and we had an amazing time catching up over the evening. It was fantastic to see Gary, Tim, Mandy, Meri, Diane and Vanessa all together again.  Thanks to Vanessa for reaching out and getting us together. Let’s do it again next year!

With Vanessa 
Vanessa’s fabulous Jimmy Choo’s

Classmates: me, Meridith Struhl Nasjletti, Gary Jaffe, Vanessa Williams, Tim Thayer, Madeline Zeiberg and Diane Sims

The group!

Vanessa Williams accepting her “Icon of Style Award”

At the end of the evening – one more hug before we go