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Fair Lawn High School students model evening wear (Photo by Nick Messina)
Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2012, 3:30 PM
By Tracey Putrino of Community News

Just in time for prom season the Fair Lawn High School Fashion Club presented some of the latest in formal attire on the runway at its annual fashion show fund-raiser on April 3.

The event at Fair Lawn High School benefitted the Born This Way Foundation by Lady Gaga.

"The event was a huge success," said Nicole Mattina, the fashion club's advisor.

Mattina said more than 300 people attended the show and $1,900 was raised for the Born This Way Foundation.

The show was entitled "Fashions Change, but Bullying Will Always Be Ugly." The Born This Way Foundation, which was created in 2011 by singer Lady Gaga and her mother, is dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring bravery.

"The foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world," according to the organization's website.

In September 2011, schools throughout New Jersey had to begin following the state's new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.

"The kids had a lot of fun in hosting the fashion show and we feel as though the cause of anti-bullying was well received by the school and local communities," said Mattina.

In addition to formal attire, the latest styles in athletic wear as well as casual chic and trendy wear was displayed on the runway. Modeling the styles were male and female students from grades nine through 12 as well as some Fair Lawn High School teachers strutting their stuff on the runway.

The clothing and accessories were provided by various area businesses. Athletic wear was provided by Ridgewood Running Company and Golftini. Gypsy Warrior and Polo clothing were displayed for casual clothes. Men's Wearhouse and Gattinolli dresses provided the formal wear.

Posh Hair Salon provided services at the show to do the hair and makeup of the models. John's Barber Cut and Shave, Studio 107, Sugar and Plumm, Modern Bagel, Dunkin' Donuts and CVS also assisted with the event.

Mattina said the fashion club would like to thank Ridgewood Running Company, Golftini, Gypsy Warrior, Society Men and Men's Wearhouse for outfitting the models and for showing their support for this cause.

Email: putrino@northjersey.com

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