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Could there be better way to welcome summer than by watching a poolside fashion show while enjoying views of Charleston’s cityscape and sipping signature cocktails? Probably not, as those who attended the I Will Reflect kickoff cocktail party at the Spa at Charleston Place can attest.

A chicly dressed crowd of all ages stepped out to the rooftop pool and patio in support of the fourth annual melanoma awareness initiative, and they were welcomed with sweeping views, perfect weather, and an extensive spread of tasty nibbles.

Guests noshed on Asian dumplings, mozzarella skewers, and prosciutto-wrapped melon balls while rubbing elbows and bidding in the silent auction, and DJ Sonar kept the mood festive as partygoers and fashionistas snagged signature cocktails before gathering poolside secure the perfect spot for the runway show.

Soon the crowd was treated to up close and personal views of this season’s hottest swimwear trends from Everything But Water, Tommy Bahama, and Cavortress, by local designer Julie Wheat. The show featured a little bit of everything, from cute and flirty bikinis to sexier swimwear and sleek, sophisticated one-pieces. There was no shortage of male models either, which was certainly a hit with onlookers.

As the applause and catcalls faded away, guests resumed mingling and many stepped out to the patio to enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of a gorgeous sunset.

This year’s I Will Reflect Fashion Show raised almost $4,000 through donations, bracelets, silent auction and pledges made on behalf of the MUSC department of dermatology. The I Will Reflect Melanoma Initiative works to promote melanoma awareness, preventative education, and awareness of safe sun practices.

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