This past Thursday night, I attended US VegCorp’s Have Mercy! Fashion Event at Greenhouse in SoHo, to benefit Mercy for Animals, a non-profit animal rights and rescue organization. Vegans, vegetarians, and friends gathered at this green-themed event space for an evening of music, dancing, drinks, and earth-friendly designer fashion.
Greenhouse is definitely unique. It’s actually New York’s first LEED certified event space, meaning the facility was designed and built to be environmentally conscious and operate with green building practices. The space is constructed from recycled or recyclable materials. The walls are made of sustainable bamboo rather than wood. But the coolest thing about the space I’d say, is up on the ceiling.
The ceiling fixture has over 5,000 individually hanging crystals, and makes the place look pretty amazing when illuminated by the surrounding lights.
The DJ played music while the models showcased gorgeous evening gowns and cocktail dresses by Fraley Le, Yan Mode, Pretty Birdie by Stephanie Teague, and Sew Moe Designs.
Plates of hors d’oeuvres circulated among the event space throughout the night. There were zucchini muffins and potato balls from Verite Catering, a full vegan catering company, as well as dark chocolates from Rescue Chocolate.
At the bar, you’ll find a vibrant wall of liquors and a sign that says there’s a $50 bar tab minimum for credit card payments. Complimentary cans of Mercy Beverage were also available at the bar. I’ve never tried it, but apparently Mercy beverage is a non-alcoholic, caffeine-free drink that’s filled with nutritional supplements to help you body process alcohol. It’s supposed to be consumed during or shortly after drinking, to help prevent uncomfortable hangovers. For non-alcoholic drinkers, there were also bottles of Balance flower essence-infused waters.
James Koroni and Tracey Katof from the Enforced Arch performed an anti-fur piece ‘Please, Don’t Touch,’ which was filled with beautiful movements and inspiring sounds and visuals.
Here are the organizers, Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda, who put together this “kind and merciful” event.
The evening was a lot of fun and the atmosphere was just great. I really liked how the crystals hanging from the ceiling helped light up and add glitter to the room. Come to think of it, the place kind of reminded me of a Rainforest Cafe, if it was an upscale nightclub instead of a restaurant and the animatronics were replaced with a bar and a DJ booth.
Here are more pictures from the event: