We’re Rockin the Red for HIV


Society Art Gallery filled to the rafters as Fashion Chicago gathered for a great cause. The best designers in the city donated their talent for the 3rd annual Rock the Red Fashion Show.

Luvvie Ajayi and Karyn Watkins started Red Pump Project back in 2009. Their mission was to educate women about how HIV/AIDS was killing young women. They also spread the word of the importance of getting tested. They asked their blogger friends to help three years ago by placing a red pump on their blog. “Everyone loves to talk about shoes and we figured this was the best way to get all kinds of women involved” says Luvvie. “It effects all of us” she adds. I was very surprised to found out that it is the number one killer of young black women. Unfortunately like most of the public, `I always thought that HIV/AIDS was thought of as a a gay health concern, but these wonderful women opened my eyes.

The show was hosted by by actress and comedian Kim Coles and featured designs by the who’s who of Chicago. Designers included CLEONS Clothing Company, GOCA ,Khojo Dresses, Studio Alade, Shavonne Dorsey, D’Haute Jewelry, bags by the MOTO Collection, and the fabulous Borris Powell Designs. The show was produced by the premiere Benjamin Cottrell Designs and coordinated by ONE LOOK Events. Guests were treated to drinks by Qream and h’orderves by Eclat tapas.

A special highlight of the evening was Sister Yaa Simpson being honored with the Ultimate Red Pump Rocker Award. Sister is a fearless fighter in the education ans prevention of HIV/AIDS who works for the Chicago Health Dept.

For more information on The Red Pump Project check out their website http://www.theredpumpproject.org/


Gordana Rasic and Omar Villalobos of GOCA Designs


Delicious Drinks by Qream were served to the guests

Yummy Red Velvet cake bon bons by Eclat tapas

Genesis really knew how to rock the Red!

Actress/Comedian Kim Coles was our hostess of the evening

Designs by CLEONS Clothing

Glamour done right by GOCA Designs

Designs for every size by Shavonna Dorsey

Gold Lame never looked more spectacular by Khojo Dresses

Rocking the Red by Borris Powell Designs

Gorgeous bags by Moto Handbags

Me and the amazing Sister Yaa Simpson


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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