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Winston-Salem Fashion Week

by Megan Young

| @comfortablyyoung

With NYC Fashion Week in full swing, it is only fitting that our little city of Winston-Salem follow suit. The first annual Winston-Salem fashion week is sure to be an exciting evening filled with fashion, art, charity, and most importantly, fun.

Founder and creator Nikita Wallace found her love for fashion while living in New York. It was there that she pursued her art career while also being involved in clothing design and working on various fashion shows. Possessing an impressive skill set and with experience under her belt, Wallace was eager to bring fashion week to the Triad. Since Winston- Salem is expanding so quickly, she felt now was the perfect opportunity to bring her vision to life. With multiple teams including marketing, merchandising, cast and production, management, advisory, volunteer, and sponsorship, every aspect of the event has been carefully planned out and scheduled to make the show go off without a hitch.

One huge reason for having this event is to reach out the community and show support. It is a time to bring local arts and fashion together while simultaneously being charitable. With that said, a portion of the proceeds goes to Project UP!, a local organization “that aims to make positive life changes for homeless women, and women with children living in shelters.” Their mission is to “set up initial investments to launch homeless women living in shelters into self sufficiency and empowerment.” Sponsors of the event include heavy hitter names such as Belk, Hanes Brand Inc., and Dewey’s bakery just to name a few.

The event will be held this coming weekend on Saturday and Sunday, taking place at Salem College in the Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center. Kickoff of the event is 5:30 p.m. on Saturday where attendees are given the opportunity to shop the vendors prior to the show. With the help of the merchandising team, seven local boutiques and seven local designers have been selected to show case their pieces on the runway. Not only that, but the show will also have local artist attending the event as well. Nikita hopes this will help individuals look at clothing design as another art form. She really hopes to be able to bridge the gap between the two. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. where those vendors will send their best garments down the runway for those in the audience to admire.

Following the event there will be a networking reception where you have the opportunity to chat with vendors and other attendees over refreshments. This can be beneficial to those who are looking to emerge in the fashion and arts industry here in the Triad. There are many great artists around that feel they need to build their brand and move to somewhere else and be successful. With this event brings opportunity for us as a community to grow in the ever-changing arts industry. We have the proper growth and population needed, but at this point just need to take advantage of that. (I would love to see more of these events take place and in the meantime support the ones already set into motion.) !

WANNA go?

Tickets can be purchased online up until one-hour before the show via Eventbrite. Please visit http:// wsfashionweek.com/index.html and click on the tickets tab. Follow Winston Salem Fashion Week on social medias at: http://www.facebook.com/WS-Fashion- Week-738664912925672/timeline/ and @wsfashionweek To learn more about Project UP! and the ways in which they help the community visit www.TeamProjectUP.org.

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