Last Thursday night, I couldn’t stop smiling. Even now writing this post, I find the same grin back on my face. Y’all, the ladies of The Red Pump Project turned it OUT last Thursday at their Rock the Red fashion show!
I had the hardest time choosing what to wear. I knew the ladies in attendance were dressing to impress! So here’s my outfit:
— Dr. Martens Women’s 1B60 Boot in Cherry.
— belt by Torrid
— dress…I got it at Ross Dress for Less like 3 years ago, and it cost less than $15!
— necklace Rachel Roy
— earrings Peace Images.
And I did a kinda-sorta frohawk thang with the hair. Believe it or not there are at least 20 bobby pins in there!
I got to the venue early enough to kick it in the VIP section and sip cocktails by Dragon Bleu Vodka (delicious!) and bob my head to the tunes DJ Bonsu was spinning. The DJ was ON POINT! And from the VIP I got to watch the crowd grow and grow and GROW to almost capacity. There was a tremendous turnout. Lucky me, I got there early enough to sneak backstage and snap some behind-the-scenes pics.
I see you Rashida B! Rashida was the official makeup artist for the show, and she made the models look flawless!
There’s Luvvie, cheesin’ before she changed into her outfit for the show!
And here’s the gorgeous Aramide, AKA DeeDee, AKA The Sassy Peach. She styled the whole show, and let me tell you – remember her name. DeeDee clearly found her calling and made this a fashion show to remember!
Lo. Behold. The DIVA with AIDS, Ms. Rae Lewis Thornton, glowing like the angel she is and sporting the signature bracelets she made just for the show! Do yourself a favor and read Rae’s blog. Get familiar! An epic post on Rae’s coming soon, BTW!
Here’s Luvvie and Brittany of Black Is Breezy. Brittany is instrumental in Team Red Pump, and helped to make the show as flawless as it was.
Ahem. PLEASE take notes of Luvvie’s boots!
Now! Walk, walk fashion baby!
Photos included in the slideshow below are by myself, Bryan Thompson (Graffiti Photography) and T. Will Photography.
I wish I could label each designer and tell you who designed what, but that’s a mega slide show of almost all of them. Designs were provided by Melanie Lyke of Rockett Mansion, Kortnee Quiza of Verse Boutique, Amber Johnson, Kahindo Mateene and New’d Chicago. The second half of the show featured Crystal B Designs, Spirit Africa and Black Market Caviar. Accessories were by Found Objects, Pretty Afrika, and Ashley S. Drapes.
Rock the Red was rockin’. But the best was yet to come!!
Luvvie and Karyn the founders of The Red Pump Project, made a speech and announced that they were invited to come to Washington DC for a “Red Pump Day on Capitol Hill.” And then Thyatiria Towns, from Congressman Bobby Rush’s office honored them with Congressional Records, recognizing The Red Pump Project’s work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It was a very emotional moment for them, and I know many in the audience got a lump in their throat witnessing Luvvie and Karyn recieve this surprise honor.
That lump in the throat developed into full fledged tears as the girls presented a beautiful honorary Red Pump Living Legacy award to Rae Lewis Thornton for her life, for sharing her truth so bravely, and for the inspiration she continues to give by living her life with courage, dignity, and glamour. Rae’s speech moved us to laughter and tears.
After Rae’s speech, there was more in store! More fashion, and the debut of the Red Pump Awareness teeshirt line.
Awareness is ALWAYS in style. Too fab.
The show was absoutely amazing. I would like to extend sincere thanks to my friends at Dove Visibly Smooth for providing gift bag donations for attendees — Dove stepped up when brands who you would really think would be on board to lend their support, weren’t there and turned a blind eye to the call. Hats off to them for having the foresight to support a worthy cause!
Putting together Rock the Red took months, and all that hard work paid off. I couldn’t be prouder of my new Chicago friends. And I can’t wait till the next event!