I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes – that inner secret glamour.– ALICE TEMPERLEY

Philanthropy merged with fashion on Saturday, October 25 as Linda’s Voice and global brand Kiki de Montparnasse presented a charity fundraiser and lingerie fashion show. The event celebrated survival, empowerment and beauty while raising consciousness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and fundraising for Linda’s Voice to launch their new Giving Tree program. Giving Tree will provide direct assistance to domestic violence survivors in the form of therapeutic recovery that will help women heal from the trauma of domestic abuse through the organization’s Wellness Partners.

Linda's daughters: Amanda Whitis, Kelley Whitis and Summer Harlow.

Linda’s daughters: Amanda Whitis, Kelley Whitis and Summer Harlow.

Named in loving memory of Linda Ann Moore, Linda’s Voice was established in 2012 by Linda’s daughters Kelley, Amanda and Summer. The sisters founded the organization to help women find the strength and resources to leave abusive relationships. Twenty five years ago, Linda desperately wanted a divorce from her emotionally abusive husband. Instead of stepping back and accepting her freedom, the sisters’ stepfather shot their mother point blank 6 times in the face and head. She was only 40 years old.

The sisters are now using their voices to share Linda’s message. Linda’s Voice offers programs that educate, empower and engage women while providing community. They also bring domestic abuse out of the shadows.

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Domestic abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional or verbal, is about power and subjugation. In the case of abuse toward women, abusers seek to isolate them from humanity so that they can rob these women of their strength, self-respect and beauty. Linda’s Voice is bringing domestic abuse out of the shadows and combining their mission with likeminded brands. Supporter of the evening included Adrienne Maloof and Zing Vodka, Bon Affair, and of course, Kiki de Montparnasse.

With a core message of love, beauty and fulfillment, Kiki de Montparnasse did a pop-up runway show of luxurious intimate apparel. Looks included silk charmeuse underpinnings from their Muse collection, tulle and lace paneling from the Enchante collection and playful ruffle bras.

Photos by JEFF MOELLER.

Photos by JEFF MOELLER.

The event was hosted at the lovely Bel Air estate of William D. Johnson. A partial owner in the San Francisco Giants, Johnson unexpectedly offered a last minute item to the live auction: VIP tickets package which quickly sold for $3,250. Other items included a dinner with Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx at Maestro’s in Beverly Hills which sold for $10,500. Those who want to explore further can follow the hashtags #DaretoBareDV and #LindasVoice. – JD

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