Attention Media

Please plan to attend the STRUT 08 News Conference on Friday, April 18, 2 p.m. at Samuel Cole Salon, 240 Newton Road, Suite 100, Raleigh. The STRUT 08 fashion designers will be on-hand for interviews, Oprah’s Little Black Dress will be modeled, press credentials for the May 3 show will be issued and more. An official invitation will be forthcoming this week.


STRUT ’08 Silent Auction Benefits Local Non-profit

Triangle Fashion Community Rallies to Support Interact

Raleigh, N.C. (April 7, 2008) – When seven nationally acclaimed fashion designers return home to the Triangle on May 3 for the STRUT 08 fashion show, they’ll be raising awareness and supporting an important cause beyond their latest lines of clothing and accessories. Each of the designers, along with several of the show’s sponsors, have donated items for a silent auction to be held prior to the show to raise money for Interact, the Raleigh-based non-profit dedicated to providing safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Wake County.

The STRUT 08 Silent Auction will begin online at on April 18. A final bidding party with all items on display, including Oprah’s ‘little black dress’, will be held as the kickoff to the STRUT 08 fashion show on May 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the storefront space at 4361 Lassiter in North Hills.

"STRUT 08 is a celebration of acclaimed designers who all share personal ties to the Triangle," says Brian Williams, producer and originator of STRUT 08. "Hosting the silent auction in support of Interact is a chance for each of us to give back to the community that has been an important inspiration and a place everyone involved in the show has been able to call home."


Brian Williams


Among the items up for auction are designer jeans from the Amy Stephenson Denim Finery collection, a custom-tailored ensemble by Bleighm designer Miranda Laughlin, a set of ten colorful bangles from the Elizabeth Yarborough jewelry collection, stylish bags (including a diaper bag) from renowned designer Holly Aiken, Verses jeans handmade by Victor Lytvinenko, two custom corsets from Meschantes Couture, packages from Samuel Cole Salon that include a Bumble & bumble hair products basket and a full year of custom hair styling, shaping and color, a two-week Christmas in Hawaii condominium package donated by Brian Williams Television and STRUT 08 t-shirts signed by the designers.

Brian Williams

 Oprah's Badgley Mischka "little black
 dress" is part of the STRUT 08 Silent
 Auction to benefit Interact.


One of the highlights of the STRUT 08 silent auction will be the Badgley Mischka "little black dress" initially owned and made famous by Oprah Winfrey. It was first auctioned during a Clean Out Your Closet show in 2004 and won by high-bidder Sandra Carringer from Apex, N.C.

The Oprah dress has since been auctioned off by Carringer and others in the name of charity several more times, fetching bids as high as $13,000 while changing hands and traveling across several state lines. Modeling the dress during the May 3 bidding party will be Othaey Fisher, an Interact spokesperson, volunteer and Raleigh mom who benefited from the services of the non-profit when she was a teenager.

"Thanks to First Citizens Bank and other donors, Oprah’s ‘little black dress’ is coming back to North Carolina and will be part of the STRUT 08 runway show as well as the silent auction in support of our organization," says Linda Turner, director of development for Interact. "Interact and First Citizens Bank are happy to offer the dress for this auction and continue its incredible fund-raising journey." The famous dress will be on display prior to the event at North Hills beginning April 14.

Interact will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the STRUT 08 silent auction and winning bidders will be announced during an after-party at Mura Japanese Restaurant. Food and cocktails from Mura will be available for purchase during the May 3 bidding party.

For more information about the STRUT 08 silent auction, visit the auction page at Additional information about Interact can be found at or by calling the organization at 919-828-7501.

About STRUT 08

STRUT 08 Fashion, Music and Dance show, a production of Brian Williams Television, will take place Thursday, May 3, 2008, 9 pm at 4380 Lassiter and North Hills Avenue in the North Hills shopping complex. The featured fashion designers are Amy Stephenson/Stephenson Denim Finery, Miranda Laughlin/Bleighm, Elizabeth Yarborough/Jewelry, Victor Lytvinenkno/Verses Jeans, Holly Aiken/Stitch, Chuck Stewart/Tumbling Colors and Bruce Wilson/ Meschantes Couture. A number of local clothiers and boutiques will also feature their designs. Betzi Heckman serves as fashion director for the show. Entertainment will include performances by local alternative rock band Morrison Poe, North Carolina Dance Institute and Sweet Tease. For more information and online ticket purchases visit

Media Contact    Angela Bendorf Jamison
Communicopia Marketing Services, Inc.
135 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27687
(919) 827-1689