Although designed to perfectly display stylish duds from top designers, mannequins are less than ideal candidates for sashaying down catwalks, due mostly to their un-photogenic smiles. Witness the next-best way to display savvy chic with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to "Passion for Fashion" at La Encantada shopping center on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance wraps fashion and community values together in one big glamorous package while raising money for local arts programs with "Passion for Fashion." Nosh on included offerings from swanky local restaurants and imbibe a complimentary glass of wine, as stylish vibes sink into your skin and live music sates your ear thirsts. At 7 p.m., a cadre of local news anchors, entertainers, and caped crusaders masquerading as celebrity guest models commence the stuff-strutting, exhibiting new summer and fall clothing lines from retailers such as Aveda, Bebe, Brooks Brothers, Gymboree, and Sunglass Hut.
Meanwhile, mimes can rehearse soundless ecstatic screaming while browsing the silent auction, with prizes such as a vacation in Napa, a family getaway to Disney World, a surfboard and surfing lessons, and season subscriptions to Arizona Theatre Company and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. At the end of the evening, attendees can walk away with goodie bags full of coupons and giveaways from local businesses.