By Larisa May
Off the Field, the official organization of the NFL Wives Association hosted their annual charity fashion show at Scottsdale Fashion Square February 10.
The organization is made up of wives of current and former NFL players with the objective of, “Empowering members to support philanthropic efforts”. This year’s organization was Arizona’s Caris Sports Foundation which helps provide equipment and cover other sports-associated fees for low-income student-athletes. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales, as well as from several auctioned items went to the foundation.
The event opened with a red carpet where football notables and their wives posed for photos and mingled with guests. Among the NFL notables were Tim Brown, Steve Young, Tony Dorsett, Darrell Green, Charles Woodson, Trey Lance, and Donovan McNabb.
The show featured designer labels such as Neiman Marcus, Zara, St. John, Scotch and Soda, Michael Kors, Free People, Dillard’s, and Armani Exchange, among others.
The members of the NFL Wives Association modeled the pieces, some of which were styled by ASU students.
“I had a really great time! Everybody was super nice and it was an awesome opportunity to get my foot into the industry!” Said ASU fashion student Emma Martinez, who served as a stylist for the event.
“Volunteering as a dresser for the NFL wives charity event was such a cool experience. I am glad that I got a chance to gain experience and interact with the wives there” stated Sophie Warnock, another ASU fashion student.
Before the outfits made an appearance, the show opened with an auction for Super Bowl tickets, which were raffled off for approximately $7,000.
The collections featured were ready-to-wear pieces, mostly geared toward winter or spring wear in Arizona.
While each collection had varied color palettes and themes, there were some trends between them. Formal and business wear took center stage at the event. Blazers, pantsuits, and gowns were commonly featured pieces.
Once each designer collection had been featured, the models walked the runway again, this time being announced with their husbands. The show ran for about 40 minutes, with a short speech given by event organizers at the end of the social. After the show, guests were invited to mingle and shop at partner stores within Fashion Square, many of which offered exclusive discounts to those in attendance.
Off the Field runway co-chairs shared in their statement in the program book, “We would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone who has helped us make this event possible. Thank you to Scottsdale Fashion Square and Macerich for hosting us at your beautiful center. Thank you to all of our sponsors that are here to support us, our selfless volunteers, the Off the Field Fashion Show committee members, our Board of Directors, the style and glam squad, and SLE Entertainment. Without all of you, this event would not be possible.”