Weekend Wrap Up: Fashion Week for a Cause


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Fashion Week. The two words instantly puts my mind into a dream-like state as I mentally imagine myself in cities like London, Milan and Paris while reminiscing about my days working backstage as a dresser, design assistant and fit model for a few Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in New York City. Contrary to the widely known Fashion Weeks which draw celebrities, bloggers and photographers, over the last few years cities across the U.S. have adopted the event into their local communities to spotlight emerging talent. 
 

Emceed by drummer Tommy Lee, I attended the Fashion Week of Rochester event over the weekend which was created to benefit The Center for Youth organization. The event raised awareness and monies for teens seeking shelter, education and counseling from a staff of individuals that are dedicated to offering services to at risk youth. Executive Director and Councilmember, Elaine Spaull, kindly extended an invitation to attend the upscale VIP reception which kicked off Saturday evening’s fashion show at the Temple Building. The penthouse reception featured a diverse range of student jewelry designers from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts including Miss Ghana finalist, Senam Akorli, and professional model Sarah Fairbank. Models, inspired by Mad Men hair do’s and make-up, showcased jewelry made of metals, feathers and repurposed items as designers stood by to address attendee questions about their lines and inspirations. Amidst the cocktails and conversations, invitees had an opportunity to connect with potential buyers, press and supporters. Overall, fashion continues to unite fashion lovers for a greater cause while leaving a positive and economic impact on the Rochester area.  

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Victoria and I attended the evening in style with an appreciation for the arts and youth

 

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