MADISON, NJ - Continuing with their March "Madison-ness" Challenge, The Bar Method is very much about bringing the outside in and a highlight this year is the Spring Fashion Show.
All proceeds of the show benefited Dress For Success a not-for-profit organization who believes "every woman has the right to realize her full potential and achieve financial independence in a more egalitarian world. We believe that with the proper education, tools and action this world is possible."
On Sunday, 25 models showcased the spring fashion lines and accessories, from Stitch, Quartet, W by Worth, Bar Method, Stella & Dot, dj crater and Forty4 all local clothiers and entrepreneurs.
"Hands down one of the best days I have had in a while," said Gretchen Coviello, who also served as a model for the show. "I was a bit insecure and that disappeared instantly when WE, as a
Community, The Bar Method of Madison, gathered and "strutted our best BAR bodies" and laughed, hugged and sweated together on the runway. I have known from the beginning that Striffler was creating something very special within those four walls and to be a part of this show, surrounded by faces I see each day. They became names and friends and a connection I will always have. I walked out today on a cloud."
"This fashion show was a perfect example of what the Bar Method is all about. Bringing people together to support and give back to the community. Gina Striffler, the owner has a special knack for making everything seem magical and for bringing the best out of all of us everyday. I am grateful to have been a part of the show and grateful to be a part of this special community," said Katie Soeder show model and Madison Bar community member.
All the models who walked the catwalk, a makeshift, yet very effective red carpet runway down the middle of the Madison Bar studio located at 122 Main Street are a part of the Bar Method community. “Wow – Madison sure knows how to put the FUN in fundraiser! With 100+ attendees and one heck of a show Director, Jennifer Cosgrove, the crowd who gathered for the cause was outstanding. My 25 Bar Method models were beaming with the poise, posture and confidence that they refine each class they take. To think that these empowered women will now empower even more women to obtain safer and better futures is the reason we did this and will do it again and again." said Striffler.
"I was such an honor to be included in this amazing day supporting Dress for Success! Bar Method of Madison is truly a most special place for bringing us all together as a community to empower women, shop local and be the good we all want to be," said Lisa Gotsch of dj crater of Chatham. "A million thanks for a most memorable day."
"It was our pleasure to collaborate with Gina and other entrepreneurial women in our community for this very worthy cause. Great day, great women, great fun," said Vicky Anello Owner of Quartet in neighboring Chatham.
Karen Javello, W by Worth Consultant added, "I am so fortunate that Worth and I were able to be a part of this exciting show. What a great way to bring the community together in so many ways and benefit Dress for Success. The vendors, the clients, the models and the audience were smiling from start to finish.
And what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon."