2010 Fashion Fights Poverty Gala at the Artisphere “Stay Raw”

October 20th, 2010

It was the 6th annual “Fashion Fights Poverty” FFP gala at the Artisphere on October 15, 2010. In a vast exhibition hall with glass panels, silver and wood accents, models were striking a pause on illuminated cubes. One could walk by the models and appreciate the rich and colorful creations, a very innovative concept as opposed to the traditional runway presentations.

Three designers were presenting their collections  Chez Kevito, Crooked Monkey and Nomi Ansari with a common theme called “Raw” which suggest promotion of genuine creativity as opposed to trends, the use of natural fibers over synthetics, novelty or innovation, spontaneous untamed creative energy, and the conviction that fashion is a way of artistic expression (www.fashionfightspoverty.org).

Proceeds from FFP’s gala are used to provide support and critical aid to communities throughout the world, from textile cooperatives in India to beaders in Uganda (Source: www.fashionfightspoverty.org). Singer Matisse closed the event with a fantastic music performance.

Chez Kevito creations

Chez Kevito is one designer with over 20 years of designing and sewing expertise.  Designer Titi Wreh from Chez Kevito showcased a wide variety of designs with eclectic inspiration.  The material used were very diverse, gauze, silk, cotton, and even recycled materials.  “Titi Wreh of Chez Kevito is a versatile designer with looks ranging from elegant to casual and sweet to edgy. Whatever your style and whatever the occasion finding something perfect from Chez Kevito will be a cinch!”  Source: Chez Kevito’s website  (http://www.chezkevito.com and StitchMix.com).

Titi Wreh from Chez Kevito receiving awards and congratulations from FFP’s President Chris Belisle

Nomi Ansari creations

The collections included beautiful vivid colored night gowns with cascading necklaces, sequins rows or metallic embellishments on gorgeous silk prints. The designer uses organic dyes and eco friendly materials. Ansari creations also included intricate head pieces, detailed craftsmanship and sophisticated clothing, composing in essence, the designer’s signature. Website: http://www.nomiansari.ws/flash/home.htm

Nomi Ansari with models

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Crooked Monkey creations

Crooked monkey focuses on humor and vintage graphics. Launched by two college students, it quickly ascends the road to success when it scores its first major contract with Lord and Taylor in 2006. Only two years after its launch, Crooked Monkey can now be found at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Kitson, ShopIntuition.com, Fred Segal and over 550 other fine retailers across the world (including Japan, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia). Website: http://www.crookedmonkey.com/.

Crooked Monkey designer walks away with an award received from FFP’s President Chris Belisle

Matisse closing performance

Matisse is a talented singer and prolific songwriter with a true love and knowledge of music. She has a eclectic musical sensibility that is reflected in her own style and lists a broad range of artists, from Whitney Houston to Stevie Nicks, among her musical influences. Much like her namesake, she is talented, passionate, driven, determined and all of that is clearly reflected in her art [Source: www.fashionfightspoverty.org].

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