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Season Recap: 4th Annual Rainforest Gala and #RainforestRunway

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THANK YOU!!! TO EACH OF YOU WHO JOINED US ON THURSDAY: TOGETHER WE PROTECTED 150 ACRES OF RAINFOREST HABITAT AND SUPPORTED ONGOING CONSERVATION PROJECTS WITH HOJA NUEVA (DETAILS BELOW).

$12,000 will go toward expanding Hoja Nueva's land by 150 acres to protect rainforest habitat for conservation.

$6,000 will support the exciting start of Project ReWild, a program aimed to rehabilitate and reintroduce threatened animals to the wild. Funds will help construct the Khan Memorial Reintroduction Center for future cat species, and support the dwindling populations of macaws using the installation of nests and the rescue of abandoned chicks. 

The rest of the funds raised will go toward ongoing conservation projects such as supporting indigenous women in business, our 5 year transition sustainable cacao program, waste, water and soil management program, and others.

While guests mingled, Deseo Carmin swept across the stage in her gorgeous red dress* filling the air with her wondrously sweet voice along side her entourage of whimsical musicians….

Upon entrance, guests pealed back tropical leaves in search of their table while sipping on bottomless passed champagne & tasting their uniquely customized starter from the Peruvian Ceviche Bar.

What else was on the menu??

First course: customized ceviche made with locally and sustainably sourced fresh caught rockfish courtesy of Pike Place Fish Market.

Second: Chili lime rubbed local Rockfish, cumin chicken or coconut cauliflower over Peruvian style potatoes with tropical slaw.

Sweet Ending: coffee brushed chocolate cake with rum mascarpone cream and almond or compressed melon with mont and olive oil.

*Dress made by Edna Jimenez

Meanwhile…

Backstage models and makeup artists, stylists and designers, performers and producers make their final touches before the show!

Guests were lead deeper into the fashion jungle after dinner, pushing back the leaves of large palms to find a stunning marketplace of international goods and experiences.

Pop-ups included:
Silent Art Auction
Hoja Nueva Store
Indi Chocolates Bean to Bar Tasting
Dom Gomez Live Fashion Illustrations
Tropical Cocktail Bar
Kendra Scott Jewelry

MC Meiko takes center stage to announce what we have all been waiting for…

But first: as the lights dimmed, guests were reminded of why we were all there…here is the mission, vision and passion behind Hoja Nueva.

And finally….the show began! And with an adorable surprise opening: a children’s collection by Polleras de Agus! Following—gorgeous sustainable silk skirts stunned the audience with their bright colors and detailed embroidery. The skirts are hand sewn and embroidered by women in Cusco, Peru in collaboration with founder Griela Parez (her sun “Agus” inspired the brand)

Nature inspired menswear designer Kelly Dawn Riot rocked the runway next.

The show piqued with the majestic show stopping pieces of Kalikas Armour.

More live performances by Deseo Carmin!

Rene Garza’s vibrant 0 waste collection lead guests into the second half of the fashion show. Pieces were completed with jewellery made from recycled shirts and materials in Ayacucho Peru by Beyond Threads.

 “The detail of every piece on the runway was unbelievable” - Audience Member

“The detail of every piece on the runway was unbelievable” - Audience Member

Gorgeous designs by local headliner Luly Yang finished the show with a butterfly bang.

And finally…

THANK YOU TO OUR VENUE BLOCK 41, SPONSORS AND TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU WHO GOT LOST IN THE WILD WITH US TONIGHT.

We could not have done it without you.

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Whats next?? Come visit us at Hoja Nueva in 2019!!


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