Scene in Edmonds: Making a fashion statement in support of veterans

Edmonds clothing and jewelry store C’est la Vie joined forces with Operation Military Family Cares Thursday to present Operation Fashion Forward — with members of military families modeling the latest fashions over champagne and dessert. Larry Vogel was there to capture highlights of the event, which raised over $2,500 to aid veterans in need of employment and emergency services, according to Operation Military Family’s Michael Schindler.

Most of the models have a military connection, with many being active or retired military themselves.

Most of the models had a military connection, with many being active or retired military themselves.

Mike Schindler, organizer of Operation Military Families and one of the main organizers of the Fashion Forward event is flanked by communications consultant Carolyn Douglas and David Jaffe, Swedish/Edmonds CEO.

Mike Schindler of Operation Military Families and one of the main organizers of the Fashion Forward event is flanked by communications consultant Carolyn Douglas and David Jaffe, Swedish/Edmonds CEO.

Many of the clothing articles and ensembles featured at the show are available at C'est la Vie.

Many of the clothing articles and ensembles featured at the show are available at C’est la Vie. MC’ing the event, in the background, is C’est la Vie owner Colleen Bowman.

Arista Wine Cellars provided a variety of select wines for the occasion.

Arista Wine Cellars provided a variety of select wines for the occasion.

The second half of the show featured instructors from Twist Yoga modeling yoga wear.

The second half of the show featured instructors from Twist Yoga modeling yoga wear.

Keri Schindler, spouse of Michael Schindler, also took a turn on the runway.

Keri Schindler, spouse of Michael Schindler, also took a turn on the runway.

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2 Comments

  1. A huge shout-out to all the participating restaurants, volunteers, models, and 90 plus attendees who helped make this event a great success. Thank you!

  2. It was a windy, very rainy early afternoon but the dampened attendees were in dry high spirits once inside the door of the Edmond’s Yacht Club to attend and support the benefit fashion show that C’est la Vie put on to benefit returning veterans. I was amazed at the models who did so well not only on the runway but quite a few are along with a few now retired members of the armed forces as well. When you heard that they were in highly technical positions off the fashion runway in the armed services
    I was astounded at their accomplishments. I was told about the event by Leslie Storey manager of C’est la Vie just the day before as I stopped in the store.
    That is one of the things I love about Edmonds we connect in so many ways. Let’s keep supporting each other !

    Ingrid Wolsk

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