When Ms. Jones of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center asked me to participate with some sort of fashion event in the second annual Collinwood Resource Fair, I agreed before she could even get the sentence out. Last year the community event was one of the best resource fairs I have ever attended! There was something for everybody- mental health workshops, free programs, art stations, and a bike giveaway for kids. I facilitated a fashion and style workshop based on building a capsule wardrobe and ways to save money while shopping. You can read about that experience here.
This year was no different except this time the event was even bigger and better serving close to over 200 people in the Collinwood area! There were school supply giveaways, bike and helmet giveaways, free health screenings, workshops, stilt walkers, jugglers, even Councilman Zack Reed showed up! There was food, snacks, activities and all kind of information distributed at the People's Church of Christ on 152nd street where the event was held. I knew I wanted to do something a little different this year and decided on another Fly on the Dime Thrift Style Challenge.
I created the Fly On a Dime Thrift Style Challenge two years ago as a part of another community event and it was so much fun! You can read about it and see photos and videos of that event here. Basically I met up with models at a thrift store and helped them shop and style pieces for under $10. It was so cool seeing how each of them found something that aligned with their own personal aesthetic and I wanted to do the same thing this year.
I met two of my models Lleuah and Ty at a thrift store called Value World- which TBH was a bit high priced for my taste- but they do offer coupons and specials and it just so happened the day that we shopped, they were giving fifty percent off to whoever completed an on the spot Facebook review of the store. Ty and Lleuah filled their carts with fabulous items and I helped style them right in the store. I styled the other ladies that participated over the phone by asking them to show me what pieces they had previously thrifted and pairing it with other items already in their closets. I had five models in all with three of them changing twice.
The morning of the event it rained and stormed so heavily I was afraid that the event would be canceled, but nope! By the time I arrived the sun was out and the festival was almost in full swing! My intern Sierra arrived shortly after I did and helped me get my models together. Having a show outside is a challenge, especially if there is no clear runway and it's outside in a church parking lot, but we made it do what it do lol.
I made use of a microphone inside the tent I was in and MC'ed the show by introducing myself and explaining what the challenge was about to what seemed like an uninterested audience of older ladies and young kids with hot dogs lol. But once the models came out individually and I called out the prices of their outfits- the crowd went IN!
Each model had a different body type and showed how simple separates can make fashion and style relatable for those who may think they are "too old/fat/skinny/young/broke" to look good and I'm glad I was able to help get that message across. Special shout out to the Renee Jones Empowerment Center for giving me the platform and hosting this amazing community event and to my intern Sierra Ramsey for taking awesome pics and video and helping direct my models.
Do you have an event coming up and want to enhance it with a mini style show or fashion workshop? Email me and we can discuss it!
*Don't forget to peep footage from the last Fly On a Dime Style Show!
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