Good Morning Beautifuls,
I hope you are having an awesome Monday. So, let’s just dive right in. I am still on a Fashion High.. This weekend, I was honored to walk,once again, for Author and Designer Mr. Perry Varner. What an amazing production this was.
Photography: JT CHERI Photography
Designer: BeYOUtiful Boutique on Wheels
It took me back to when I first fell in love with fashion shows. I was transported back to that little girl hearing about the Ebony Fashion Fair Extravaganzas. I would read the listing for the cities they would be traveling to and study the photos of these gorgeous women glammed for the GAWDS. They never came close to me and if they did.. my parents would never take me.. Fashion wasn’t high on their list of priorities. But as a little girl.. I would walk around my room with my scarves tied ..just so… and I would walk back and forth past the fan so that they would blow like I was on stage. Yes.. I had that type of imagination. And this weekend, I lived my dream.
Picture it.. The Beautiful Davis Theater on the campus of Troy University in Montgomery, Al. Shades of red everywhere you turned. The curtains raised as the Beautiful voice of Tonya Terry spoke 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Enter an amazing dancer gliding and twirling across the floor as a Vibrant Red signature piece from each designer graced the stage to give the audience a taste of what was to come. And I was the last one left on stage.. BIG hair, Red Lips, Red dress, red sequin shoes …. All I could think was.. “My God I’m here” Yes, it was one of those moments where you remember it but you DON’T.. All I kept saying to myself, something I have said before, “This is your shot Baby Girl. Don’t screw it up..” LOL..
Now this does not take away from ANY show I’ve ever been in.. because I love them all.. but this one, for some reason, was different. I guess you could say it was more like a play than a fashion show. I could see the image Perry Varner wanted the audience to see. Dreamers understand the dreams of Dreamers. I learned so much from this year’s shows. From walking for Kenneth Doswell in Portland, OR.. ( yes.. this country girl from Alabama walked in Portland, Oregon for Plus Designer of the Year in January. POW!) to doing my OWN show in March, and now Perry in August, I took MAJOR notes on how you should run a show, how backstage really works from a designer to the models to the production assistants. It’s alot.. I’ll say it again. Every MODEL should work on a production team. You will appreciate the effort soo much more. WHEW!.. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in work that we forget to thank the people. So before I go I need to give a MAJOR Thank you to Perry Varner for allowing me to be a part of his team, the production and the dream. It truly means the world to me to be able to watch those work and be mentored by those who are on the level that I strive to reach.
I was blessed to walk for some AMAZING designers, such as Be.You.tiful Boutique on Wheels, Queen Gayla Rogers Collection, Chanel B Designs, and Shapely Louise, I am soooo in love with the work of each and every one of these designers it’s a shame.. Please click on the names to go to their sites and check out all their work.. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
And also be sure to check out Perry Varner’s Book : The Perfect Pair : A Beautifully Complex Relationship Between People of Color and Fashion.
Check out footage from the show below. Footage from Be.Youtiful Boutique on Wheels and Kelle GraphicznPhotography Forte.
Have a Beautifully Full Figured Fierce Day everyone.. And Remember.. BUILD YOUR OWN DOOR!
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