Here's a great way to support the American Diabetes Association while having a good time: The second annual ADA Rock the Runway fashion show, set for March 29, has the theme "Flower Bomb: Reawaken Your Senses."
"The entire winter season was so harsh," says creative director Kevin Cartee of Cartee Image Consultants. "You live in Savannah for a reason - the nice weather.
"We were having a meeting about the theme. I was thinking, 'I'm so tired of this freezing weather; I'm ready for an explosion of spring.'
"Then I thought, 'What if the was like a flower bomb - a couture who had a flower bomb?'" he says. "For those of you so sick and tired of this cold winter, let us escort you to the smells, tastes and sights of spring."
There's an addition to this year's fashion show.
"There's a new portion with a band outside," Cartee says. "We start earlier this year with an event called 'ADA Walk the Red Carpet.'
"We'll take photos of everyone in their spring couture and finery," he says. "We'll serve light refreshments before everyone is allowed into the venue."
Last year's fashion show had a zombie theme.
"We had Roberto Leoci serving food out of a funeral scene with a coffin," Cartee says.
This year's theme also offers opportunity for the unusual.
"At 6:30 p.m., the doors will open and we get to go into a cold, chilled tundra of winter gardens," Cartee says.
"In the front room, it's still winter. Everything is cold and blue and white. "We'll serve roasted coffee and warm beverages in the cold winter room," he says. "Also, we'll have a harpist done up in white lace and furs, playing a harp in winter."
The main event space features spring gardens.
"We are putting in Japanese tulip trees and red buds and cherry blossoms in the spring garden, where we're having local Savannah artists showing their own private collections," Cartee says.
"Then the show starts. It's almost like a black box theater presentation.
"At 7:30 p.m., the runway show will begin with a short presentation," he says. "My company gives away the High Style Award to someone who is known around the community for being wholly stylish."
The show itself will feature lights and sounds that all are choreographed.
"We'll start with classical pieces with a short ballet that ushers in all fashions," Cartee says.
"We'll also have air cannons and pyrotechnics. The after party will go until 10 p.m.
"This is a major, major undertaking," he says. "This type of show typically takes about a few months. I started working on it at the beginning of February."
A portion of every ticket purchased is tax-deductible. Regular admission is $45, of which $30 is deductible, while $10 of the $25 student admission is deductible.
Admission includes the red carpet pre-party, open bar, hors d'oeuvres and handmade burlap swag bags. The pre-party begins at 5:30 p.m., then cocktails and hors d'oeuvers will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the runway show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are already on sale and Cartee advises advance purchase.
"A lot of people wait until the last minute and they probably shouldn't," he says.
"Last year, the British consulate and his whole office came. It was standing-room only.
"Since it was the first time, I thought if we could get 100 people here, it would be my goal," Cartee says. "At the time, we didn't have online ticket sales, so a lot of people came to the door and the line went around the building."