LOS ANGELES – The streets of Los Angeles just got a little more haute-couture thanks to a bit more flair. The Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition (FLAIR, Inc.) is excited to announce its two-day fashion extravaganza, set to kick off July 21-22, 2017, showcasing the work of emerging and prominent African American designers as well as offering mentoring and scholarship to up-and-coming fashion and design students. In partnership with the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), the two-day event will culminate with FLAIR 2017, celebrating the legacy of the Ebony Fashion Fair® fashion show and honoring individuals who’ve made a fashionable impact in pop culture. This year’s honorees include acting legends, actor Richard Roundtree (“Being Mary Jane” and “Shaft”); actress Judy Pace (“Cotton Comes to Harlem,” “Three in the Attic,” “Brian’s Song,” and “Peyton Place”); plus, Pat Cleveland, one of the first African American supermodels; as well as LA celebrity fashion designer, Linda Stokes of LSO Designs. FLAIR 2017 will be hosted by radio personality Adai Lamar, the local voice for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on KJLH-FM. TICKETS HERE
Keepers of the Legacy…
Organizers of the events surrounding the gala is FLAIR, a non-profit 501(c)(3) comprised of former Ebony Fashion Fair models, stylists and staff. FLAIR’s mission is to provide scholarships, educational and mentoring programs for fashion and design students and support for multi-cultural fashion designers. At the helm of flairinc.org is Founder, Chair and President, Faye Clerk Moseley. Her leadership as a strategic senior level executive with more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, human resources, administration and customer service provides the perfect foundation for FLAIR. Clerk Moseley had this to say about mentoring and legacy. “Mentoring is about caring and sharing your experiences. It has been my mission to maximize human potential, to allow others to have hope, to believe, to dream and always want more. When we share what we’ve learned that becomes our legacy.”
A celebration of the historical Ebony Fashion Fair® fashion show, FLAIR 2017 will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at LATTC, located at 400 W. Washington Blvd., in downtown Los Angeles. Themed “An Evening of Hollywood Glamour, ” the runway will feature former Ebony Fashion Fair® models, hitting the catwalk, styling and profiling designs from Kevan Hall; Custom Cut Couture; Linda Stokes of LSO Designs; Theodore Elyett; Kilgour & Sweet; YUKIMULI; Winston & Lee; Madeline K. Couture; Arturo Rios and Wachtenheim Furs. FLAIR is sponsored by OSI, AHF, U.S. Bank, Sony Playstation, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Union Bank, Xerox and LATTC. FLAIR 2017 is produced by Onlave Signature Productions.
FLAIR 2017 RUNWAY SET TO SHOWCASE THE BEAUTY OF BLACK CULTURE AND THE LEGACY OF EBONY FASHION FAIR®
WHO: The Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition (FLAIR, Inc.) is excited to announce its two-day fashion extravaganza, showcasing the work of emerging and prominent African American designers as well as offering mentoring and scholarships to up-and-coming fashion and design students. Themed “An Evening of Hollywood Glamour, ” the FLAIR 2017 fashion show celebrates the legacy of Ebony Fashion Fair® and honors individuals who’ve made a fashionable impact in pop culture.
HOSTED BY: Adai Lamar of KJLH-FM
HONOREES: Richard Roundtree – award-winning actor, “Being Mary Jane,” “Shaft” Judy Pace – award-winning actress, “Brian’s Song,” “Mob Squad,” and “”Cotton Comes to Harlem: Pat Cleveland – international supermodel and author Shayla Simpson – former Ebony Fashion Fair® model, buyer and commentator; a FLAIR, Inc. board member Linda Stokes – celebrity fashion designer of LSO Designs; one of the featured designers of FLAIR 2017 runway L’Amour Ameer – featured fashion designer on the Ebony Fashion Fair® runway for more than 20 years Jackie Gill — wardrobe assistant for the Ebony Fashion Fair® for more than 10 years.
Freda Payne – singer of hit record “Band of Gold” and actress
Glynn Turman – Emmy Award-winning actor, “House of Lies,” “In Treatment,” “A Different World,” and “Cooley High”
FRESH FACES + CELEBRITY MODELS, lending their good looks on the catwalk
Dawnn Lewis – award-winning actress and Grammy winning recording artist, “A Different World,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”
Malcolm David Kelley – actor and recording artist, “Detroit,” “Lost”
Rachel Currence – actress, BET’s “The New Edition Story,” and Amazon’s “Siblings”
Brittany Glodean – actress, model
Anass Zouhry – fitness model and celebrity fitness trainer
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY:
Lila Hood – violinist/recording artist, “Dreamcatcher” and founding member of Howard University String Quartet
Pam Fernandez — singer/songwriter and former Ebony Fashion Fair® model and commentator
Ellis Hall – singer/songwriter, “The Ambassador of Soul”
Darcell — singer/songwriter; self-titled debut album, “Darcell”
WHAT: FLAIR 2017 themed “An Evening of Hollywood Glamour, ”
WHEN: Saturday, July 22 from | FLAIR 2017 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles Trade Technical Collage (LATTC) located at 400 W. Washington Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles PARKING: Free on-campus parking onsite in a designated lot (TBA)
MEDIA CHECK- IN: 5 p.m. media check in and behind-the-scene media coverage 6 p.m. arrivals of celebrities/VIP reception (Media is invited to cover the runway show of FLAIR 2017.
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