Fashion Steps Out in Style for HIV

RedPumpProjectLogoSaturday, we were privileged to attend the fourth annual “Rock the Red Fashion Show” The founders of the Red Pump Project  Luvvie Ajayi and Karyn Watkins were the hosts of the stylish event. Every 47 minutes a a woman will be diagnosed with HIV in the United States and the girls mission is to educate and empower women to be able to control this epidemic and give support to those already living with it or affected by it.

As a representative of Walgreens, Donald Williams spoke of the commitment that the company had for the Red Pump Project. It just reminds me of the dedication and belief a company can have in an organization. Walgreens has been a part of this since the beginning. Lora Branch  was honored as the Ultimate Red Pump Rocker. As Associate Director in the Government Affairs divison of Gilead Sciences she urges the crowd to stay vigilant because the numbers are going down “This is indeed encouraging”

Attendees listend to the jams of DJ Bonsu, drank St Claire Vodka, and nibbled on treats by Eclat Tapas. The Main attraction was the fashion show produced by “Benjamin Cottrell Designs” The models wore designs by the edgy Archer Townsend,  the breezy Stix&Roses, The stylish Dressmaker by Olivia, and 828 Collection. The fun didn’t end DJ Bonsu continued to play jams as  everyone danced and mingled.

For more information on The Red Pump Project check out their website

109Style master Benjamin Cottrell awaits the beginning of the show.

110Feeling as empowered as Olivia Pope , Luvvie stands with her proud mother.

116Every came in their finest for this great cause.

129Walgreen’s own Donald Williams was there to represent the company involved from the very beginning.

134Lora Branch preached the message about HIV as Ultimate Red Pump Rocker

136 Spring has sprung in this exciting little number

143Its all about the neon and polka dots in this fun little frock.

151The designer escorts her model in this heavenly creation. Love the fluff and feathers.

154The model is the pinnacle of chic in this Archer Townsend creation

155Edgy ! by Archer Townsend

160This dress reminds me of a breezy, California day

164 Sexy and curvy

170I am totally in love with this dress. It is perfect for all those summer galas to come. Color explodes and loved the glitter back bow

173Dress maker by Olivia made this gorgeous gown and also made Luvvie’s beautiful dress

177This makes year number three for the collaboration with Benjamin Cottrell Designs.



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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