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/