The Women's Closet Exchange Grand Opening was 'Bag' to the Bone

By Rikki Byrd
In Style
The WCE "Bag to the Bone" Runway Show featured designer bags by Chanel, Gucci and more. Photo by Amber JoIvon.

The WCE “Bag to the Bone” Runway Show featured designer bags by Chanel, Gucci and more. Photo by Amber JoIvon.

Guests sipped complimentary wine and snacked on pastel macarons last night at Women Closet Exchange’s (WCE) “Bag to the Bone” fashion show. The event celebrated the designer resale boutique’s newest location in Brentwood, called The Vault – a spacious and exquisite extension of its flagship store in South County.

WCE has always been known for curating top designer finds for its shoppers, so the fabulous finds available last night came as no surprise. J Brand jeans and Chanel capris hung on a rack at unbeatable prices. Nearby, guests crowded a wall filled with discounted Kate Spade and Coach pumps, while others peered through an illuminated glass case that displayed Gucci purses and shoes. Even the decor carried an air of haute couture as Fendi, Hermes and Louboutin shopping bags sat atop shelves around the store.

As guests began to take their seats for the runway show, WCE’s founder Sue McCarthy spoke about the journey to opening The Vault. “Whenever I dream, I dream big,” said McCarthy. The owner spent three years looking for a second location, which is intended to go beyond WCE’s signature designer resale. “It’s going to be the place where friends come to meet.” In the works are lecture series, children’s yoga and more. Last night, however, was all about the runway show.

Shortly after McCarthy’s introduction, DJ London Calling turned on George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone,” and models stomped the runway in bandage dresses, donning devastatingly chic bags. From Jimmy Choo to Valentino, Givenchy to Céline, guests ogled over clutches, backpacks and totes. There was even something special for the guys, with a 1950s vintage Louis Vuitton briefcase closing the show.

After the finale, guests were invited to shop both the bags that had hit the runway, as well as the many designer apparel and accessories offerings. Women’s Closet Exchange donated a portion of the sales from the night to Stray Rescue, a heartwarming and fashionable way to end a successful evening.

The Gravois and Brentwood locations are currently buying gently used designer items. Visit Women’s Closet Exchange online for hours, addresses and to shop.

Mary Kaye Fort, Lauren Fisher and Mary Ellen Klostermeyer Photo by Amber Joivon

Mary Kaye Fort, Lauren Fisher and Mary Ellen Klostermeyer
Photo by Amber Joivon

Keisha Haynes and Allyson Artis Photo by Amber Joivon

Keisha Haynes and Allyson Artis
Photo by Amber Joivon

Sheila and Marla Bostic Photo by Amber Joivon

Sheila and Marla Bostic
Photo by Amber Joivon

Lisa Woods, Ethan Woods and Melissa Smith  Photo by Amber Joivon

Lisa Woods, Ethan Woods and Melissa Smith
Photo by Amber Joivon

Photo by Amber Joivon

Photo by Amber Joivon

Photo by Amber Joivon

Photo by Amber Joivon

Allison Young and Acasia Dowell.  Photo by Amber Joivon.

Allison Young and Acasia Dowell.
Photo by Amber Joivon.

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Guests shopped top designers at unbeatable prices at last night’s event. Photo by Amber JoIvon.

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Photo by Amber JoIvon.

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Guests were able to shop the bags from the runway. Photo by Amber JoIvon.

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Photo by Amber JoIvon.

 

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Photo by Amber JoIvon.

 

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