Canned Fashion: The Vivant dresses up for Canstruction

When I heard the Canstruction Design Competition was heading to The Gardens Mall for two weeks in June, I knew the spectacular installations would make an eye-catching backdrop for The Vivant’s first fashion shoot.

Hosted annually by the Palm Beach County Food Bank, this year’s Canstruction exhibit spotlighted the philanthropy’s five-year anniversary and its ongoing efforts to eradicate hunger around the county.

The juried event challenged charitable businesses like FPL, Pratt & Whitney, and others to create exuberant works with South Florida significance, like wildlife or a historic landmark, from cans and non-perishable goods that were later donated to the food bank. Highlights included a striking replica of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and a seismic, “mommy-I-want-it” Loggerhead sea turtle.

As a writer, an editor, and a former marketing and public relations executive, I’ve organized myriad product and lifestyle shoots but not even binge-watching America’s Next Top Model could completely prepare me for my first self-directed photo shoot featuring my favorite statement essentials from eight style purveyors at The Gardens Mall, including Bloomingdales, Lilly Pulitzer, Eileen Fisher, J. McLaughlin, Bunulu, Tommy Bahama, Johnny Was, and Vineyard Vines.

You can check them out below and please weigh in on your favorite photographs by South Florida shutterbug Gabrielle Wilde. Thank you! XO

Palm Beach Clock Tower
Constructed by Kast Construction and GliddenSpina + Partners
“Best Original Design” Award Winner

fullsizeoutput_2397.jpegfullsizeoutput_2394.jpegfullsizeoutput_2398.jpegDress: Halston Heritage | Necklace: Ralph Lauren | Bracelets: Ralph Lauren | Earrings: Stephanie KantisShoes: Stuart Weitzman

Marvin the Manatee Mailbox
Constructed by The Weitz Company and Leo A. Daly
“Best Meal” Award Winner

fullsizeoutput_23a3.jpegfullsizeoutput_23b1.jpegfullsizeoutput_23b2.jpegfullsizeoutput_23b3.jpegDress: Lilly Pulitzer | Arm cuffs: Lilly PulitzerEarrings: Stephanie KantisShoes: Kerry’s own

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse 
Constructed by The Corradino Group and Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.

fullsizeoutput_23a5.jpegfullsizeoutput_23a8.jpegfullsizeoutput_23a7.jpegfullsizeoutput_23aa.jpegDress: Bunulu | Handbag: Johnny Was | Shoes: Kerry’s own

Florida Alligator (in a pond with sugar canes)
Constructed by AIAS Architecture Palm Beach State College
“Structural Ingenuity” Award Winner

fullsizeoutput_2389.jpegfullsizeoutput_238a.jpegfullsizeoutput_2387.jpegfullsizeoutput_238c.jpegDress: Halston HeritageArm cuffs: Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Palm Beach International Airport
Constructed by Pratt & Whitney


Top: Eileen Fisher | Pants: Eileen Fisher | Cuff: Robert Lee Morris Soho | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Handbag: Lilly Pulitzer | Earrings: Stephanie Kantis | Necklace/ring: Kerry’s own

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Constructed by FPL

fullsizeoutput_23a1.jpegfullsizeoutput_23a2.jpegfullsizeoutput_2399.jpegfullsizeoutput_239c.jpegDress: Tommy Bahama | Earrings: Vineyard Vines | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Hat: Kerry’s own

The Bear Trap (at PGA National Resort & Spa’s The Champion Golf Course)
Constructed by The Honda Classic, Peacock + Lewis Architects and Planners, LLC, and Hedrick Brothers Construction
“Best Use of Labels,” “Most Cans,” and “People’s Choice” Awards Winner

fullsizeoutput_23ac.jpegfullsizeoutput_23ae.jpegfullsizeoutput_23b0.jpegTop: J. McLaughlin | Skort: J. McLaughlin

Photography by Gabrielle Wilde
Hair and makeup by Paula Caruso for Blowtox/Palm Beach Gardens
Special thanks to Ronica Mullins /Bloomingdales; Alyssa Maynard/Bunulu; Paula Trudell/Eileen Fisher; Julia Shingler/J. McLaughlin; Lori Tesoro/Johnny Was; Chelsea Berry/Lilly Pulitzer; Kelly Murphy/Tommy Bahama; Lesley Hollenbeck/Vineyard Vines; Michele Jacobs and Erin Devlin/The Gardens Mall; and Sally Shorr/Venue Marketing Group



  1. Skye Sherman

    I’m loving the Loggerhead Sea Turtle tank and your adorable hat! 🙂 These are all such beautiful looks you’ve put together. Love!

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