Fashion For A Cause brings awareness to HIV/AIDS
There are very few events that can be scheduled smack dab in the middle of the Superbowl and still pull a packed house. Fashion For A Cause is one of them.
Held this past Sunday at the British Colonial Hilton, the show brought together local fashion designers and retailers for an evening dedicated to bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic under the theme”Live. Love. Care.”The show also featured young musicians Dash and Zee Thompson as well as poets Aneka Stewart and Juliette Johnson with the collections of spring fashion.
Local fashion designers David Rolle, Theodore Sealy, Olivia Persaud, Harl Taylor BAG, ICandy Swimwear and Kevin Evans all showed collections with celebrated Bahamian models including Shyloh Wilkinson and Camille Kenny strutting their stuff on the catwalk.
Endorsed by the Aids Foundation of the Bahamas, Lady Camille Barnett, President of the AIDS Foundation, even ripped the runway in a crisp white tunic and wide leg trousers accessorized with red coral drop earrings and a heavily jeweled red Harl Taylor BAG.
Islands of the World Fashion Week Muse Model winner 2009 and international model Kendrick Kemp is the producer of the event, now in its second year. Keeping in mind that AIDS has been the leading cause of death in the 15-49 year age group in The Bahamas since 1994, it’s indeed a worthy cause and one that warrants support in the local community. However, Kemp did have his challenges organizing the charity event.
“The biggest challenge was getting sponsors to support us and getting people to believe in the message we were trying to get across,”says Kemp. Though sponsorship was a major challenge, Mr. Kemp made special mention of corporate supporters Junior Achievement, Nautilus Water, Superwash and Burns House who were pivotal in the event’s financing.
Despite the challenges, Mr. Kemp was pleased with the overall show.”I am one hundred percent pleased with it and most definitely pleased with the attendance last night. I thought it was a success overall.”
Our small fashion industry can make going to local fashion shows somewhat trite when the same collections are shown at several different events. However one designer that caught my eye for the spring was menswear designer Kevin Evans.
Evans’sherbet-colored button-downs stood out on the runway. Bold pinks intermixed with softer pastels and lots of gingham were fresh and fun for spring. The line also incorporated some military-inspired elements including shoulder straps, lots of flap front pockets and rolled sleeves. The hard edge of the military embellishments contrasted with the soft hues made the shirts chic yet masculine.
“With my line for this spring I wanted to go with the bright colors to get that fun look. My inspiration is nature. I work near the beach and I am inspired by walking around and looking at the colors of different flowers and trees,”says Evans.
Evans has only been designing for three years, but his love of fashion stretches back to his childhood.”It started from when I was a child. I loved going to my closet and trying on different clothes. I grew a love for it and it continued into adulthood.”
This is Evans’second year presenting a collection for a fashion show produced by Kendrick Kemp.”When Kendrick phoned me I was really excited. I am just a person that loves to help out and it’s great that I can display my talent at the same time.”
Fashion For a Cause is an annual event dedicated to using fashion to bring awareness to local causes. Learn more by visiting www.fashionsforacasue.com.
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