RUNWAY: Perspectives 2015 will take the audience for a spin through the world of style, fashion, and fitness with three distinct segments presented in a talk-show format.
Long Beach resident Bonnie McCarthy, a nationally-recognized design enthusiast, writer and photographer, will serve as the talk show host for the evening. A former fashion editor for Teen Magazine and California Apparel News and a contributor to the Los Angeles Times fashion coverage, she has worked in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo and has also been a style anthropologist.
Jennifer Cohen, a leading fitness authority, TV personality, and author of the best-selling Strong is the New Skinny, will share her views on health and fitness. Jennifer and Bonnie will discuss the dichotomy of fashion presented on super thin, waif-like women and the reality that “90% of us will never, can never, no matter what we do, achieve that.” Her take is that “more women are after something else: health–and sleek toned muscles”. This segment will redefine the perfect body for today’s woman.
Long Beach resident Kim VanNatta, a long-time retail guru including many years as store manager of Bloomingdale’s Fashion Island, will discuss “Fashion @ Retail” with Bonnie. Inside scoop on the inner workings of a department store, fashion’s path from the magazines to the selling floor, how discounts are determined and the effect of internet sales on a store’s profitability will all be included in their discussion.
Wendy Manasse, swimsuit and fashion designer and the Chief Event Visionary of RUNWAY, will lead a segment featuring professional models who will take “The 10 Must-Haves for Your Wardrobe” and by adding today’s trending accessories, make them work for you and your life style. The clothing will be provided by Macy’s Los Cerritos Center.
JFCS Executive Director Kathryn Miles will chat with Bonnie about the importance ofmental health to one’s overall well-being, the mission of JFCS, and the positive impact of the agency on the Long Beach community and 22 surrounding cities as it provides professional, affordable counseling and support for all who need help, regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or disability.