A recorded voice clearing a plane to land crackles over an intermingling crowd. People shuffle toward their respective seats, and the overhead lights are extinguished, plunging the aircraft hangar into darkness. Flashing blue lights illuminate a diamond-shaped runway; spotlights center on an opening jet door and out strides Noir Partie Trois: Espionage En Couture’s celebrity emcee.
Espionage En Couture is a national fashion show premiering in Scottsdale on Oct. 26, and features international designer Furne One’s spring 2013 fashion collection, “Confessions of Mata Hari. A Tribute to McQueen.”
“I’ve been living and breathing this show for months now,” says Niki Woehler, owner of Flavor Marketing, the company creating the event. “Scottsdale has never seen a show like this before. It’s not just a fashion show; it’s an entire evening.”
Woehler says she’s embracing the night’s espionage theme and betraying the mold of what’s typically seen at fashion shows. The models’ appearance are choreographed with live, high-energy music by Black Panther Disco; aerialists will be preforming on stilts from the rafters; LED screens and an 80-foot wall behind the runway highlight projections of the models; and attendees can expect other surprises throughout the night.
The event embodies Mata Hari’s story, a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and alleged spy executed in France under espionage charges for Germany in World War I.
Furne One says he based his newest collection on Hari after being inspired by her life, and how she embodied strength, mystery, seductiveness and liberation.
Furne One designed “Confessions of Mata Hari” to tell her story and his vision of her life. “I am a person who loves to inspire people,” he adds.
Keeping with a classic spy theme, the event’s décor will drape the airplane hangar in black and white. Guests, who will tread on a black carpet, are asked to dress in black-hued cocktail attire to contrast against the white furniture.
Espionage En Couture also gives guests the unique opportunity to be up-close and personal with the Mata Hari collection.
“What we plan on doing after the show is circulating the models through the crowd,” Woehler says. “Furne will also be at the show, so people will have an opportunity to meet the designer.”
The airplane hangar will be divided into three sections: general admission, the VIP section and a jet-set area where attending celebrities will be.
Furne One is known as Katy Perry’s go-to fashion designer for her elaborate performance costumes, and he works extensively with Heidi Klum on “Germany’s Next Top Model.” So it comes as no surprise that he invited the two as his guests. Cindy Crawford, Carol Alt and Christie Turlington have also been invited to attend.
“If everything goes well, and people accept invitations that have been asked, we could potentially have four of the original super models in the same room,” Woehler says.
Tickets begin at $150, and proceeds benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association.
The event takes place on October 26 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at a private hanger in the Scottsdale Aircenter.
“I want people to walk out of there thinking they’ve had one of the best nights in their life,” she says.
For more information about Noir Partie Trois: Espionage en Couture, visit flavormarketing.com.
Espionage En Couture
Private Hangar in Scottsdale Aircenter
15290 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale
Friday, October 26, 2012
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.