Joonbug hosted its First Annual Fashion Week Gala for STYLE 360 with Elle Magazine and Elle.com last Saturday night at the Capitale Ballroom in Manhattan's premier SoHo District. Live performances by Fabolous, Pras from the Fugees, Charles Hamilton, Josh Madden and O'Neal McKnight came together under a rainbow ceiling of rotating lights and attracted a star-studded crowd of over 1,500. An open bar from nine to eleven sparked an evening of VIP and fashion industry entertainment with a rotating array of DJ's between live sets.
The cast of ABC's Ugly Betty greeted an invitation-only crowd at nine p.m. for photographs and cocktails. Celebrity DJ Jesse Marco spun some of New York's hottest beats as the doors opened for all at eleven p.m. Reserved tables with full bottle service sold for upwards of $5000 for parties of ten or more while general admission tickets sold for over $50 at the door with no reservation. To benefit the "PrAsperity Project," Pras himself made a stunning appearance to support relief efforts through his foundation for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The night maintained an energetic and bass-booming ambiance as Fabolous took the stage shortly after two a.m. Crowds rushed the stage and became fixtures in the performance for the remainder of the evening. And, as the midnight hours rapidly raced to the morning sun, Joonbug Event Staff and tireless bartenders kept the elegance alive for die-hard partygoers and latecomers alike. The Venetian sophistication of the Capitale Ballroom served as a picturesque backdrop to the newly inaugurated event and created a stunning red-carpet venue for the Fashion Week phenomenon.