Wow. To be honest, I'm still quite in disbelief that the 2015 For The Sake of Fashion show happened (although, unfortunately, watching videos of myself speaking on my blog/social responsibility/the brands in the show and seeming like English was not my first language (which it is! I tend to mix up grammar and speak really quickly whilst public speaking which might make my audience assume things about my language skills) is harshly reminding me that it did, in fact take place). Well, at least the rest of the show went well! This was my first time co-hosting a fashion show and what better way to than to have the honor of working with Joseph, the president of the UNICEF Chapter at DePaul University; an amazing and so-helpful group of student volunteers; a talented make-up and dressing crew; on-point photographers; and a lovely cast of energetic models, all while raising money for an amazing organization!
So truly, thank you all for all of your hard work, and thank you for everyone who had the chance to make it out and support UNICEF and ethical fashion! You all are fabulous.
Above photo: Celebrating a successful show with Zach (left); and my brother Haneif and his wife, Samantha (right). Thanks you two for driving out from Michigan to watch the show! (Hehe it looks like a Christmas card!)
Below photo: T-1 hour before doors open!
We were able to showcase over 50 looks from 5 beautiful brands that are local to Chicago, support the education of young girls in developing countries, are ethically made and consciously produced, and/or use environmentally-friendly dies and fabrics. Thank you Le Dessein, Mata Traders, CLEON's Clothing, One Find Duo, and Anastasia Chatzka for not only allowing me to borrow your clothes to make the show possible, but for the wonderful work you are doing in the fashion industry. (I will be speaking more in-depth on each of these brands when posting up photos from the show on Friday, so stay tuned!)
ALSO! Just wanted to share that Blog Action Day 2014 is this Thursday, October 16th! Blog Action Day is an annual virtual event that brings together bloggers from around the world and in all different niches to come together to spread awareness on a single topic that is internationally important. (For an example check out my post last year on the topic of human rights: The Fashion Industry's Inconvenient Truth). This year, the focus is on Inequality, which has definitely unfortunately manifested itself in various shapes and sizes this past year especially, from Palestine to Ferguson.
For all the bloggers, regardless of your niche I highly encourage you to register for this event here, as not only do you have the opportunity to learn from and meet other bloggers and grow your own readerbase, but also spread awareness on an issue that matters. If you need a bit of inspiration (and learn more about the beneficiary of the For The Sake of Fashion benefit runway show) you can read about so many global injustices on UNICEF's website to spark your writing. Not to mention that the beautiful organizers over at Blog Action Day also put together a list of post ideas to contribute to this year's action! (Honestly you have no excuse not to join! Get to it!) (:
For all of the non-bloggers, you can still participate by reading the blog posts that speak to you and supporting the bloggers behind them by leaving them thoughtful comments, sharing their posts on your own social media (facebook walls, etc) and just by speaking on issues of inequality to your friends and family!
My post (still a secret aka still need to think of something asap) will be going up Oct 16th so hope to see you back here then!
Learn more about Blog Action Day 2014 by checking out their site: www.BlogActionDay.org
P.S. Also, if you plan on participating, let me know and I will be more than glad to cross-promote your blog post on my social media! Looking forward to reading your posts!