Western Wake Alumnae Chapter Presents the Spring Equinox Fashion Show

Written By: Kimberly M. Knight

Photo Credit: Alexandria Anderson of AfroCurl Photography

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to Soror Natasha Williams for inviting us to attend. The Spring Equinox Fashion Show Committee did an outstanding job!

Happy Monday Luvs,

On Sunday, April 7th, I had the pleasure of attending the “Spring Equinox Fashion Show” curated by the Western Wake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The members of Spring Equinox Fashion Show Committee tirelessly created an entertaining and fashion-forward event that is focused on charitable contributions for scholarships for youth residing in the western area of Wake County. Personally, I was delighted to see the impact not only the event would make in the communities we serve but the lasting impression that was left with the audience. The audience featured Regional Leadership members, Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and guests of our chapter members. It was a sold out event within 2 weeks of advertising. There were modeling troupes featured and one of our dear friends of the blog, Crusade of Curves Founder, Mallory Richardson was a featured model. There were five retail vendors available in the vendor’s suite for guests to engage with throughout the event. 

The event kicked off with our illustrious chapter President Shenita Cunningham greeting guests and sharing why their contribution for attending will make a great impact in a local high school student’s higher learning career. Next up was the  “Designer Bag Bingo” hosted by Soror Wallecia Eley and she kept the crowd excited the entire show! There were 5 lucky winners and each went home with a new designer in hand. Unfortunately, Alexandria and I were not as lucky but we had some pretty hot bingo cards for a moment lol. Guests were able to mingle and shop in the vendor’s suite as we all awaited the fashion show to begin. In the past year I have become an avid natural body care shopper and when I attend event’s that’s always my first stop in a vendor’s section. I had the pleasure of meeting the Founder of Body Genius and after listening to her story of how she became an entrepreneur I was deeply moved by her perseverance to create a product that is healthy for all skin types. It is important that we know the chemicals we come in contact with in beauty care. I purchased two bars of all natural soaps from her and she gifted me with her favorite body lotion. It smells amazing and if you are a natural body care products enthusiast like me follow her on social media for more information. 

Now let the fashion show begin…..

The fashion show featured models of all body types and it is always refreshing to see women’s curves being featured in stylish clothing. It is not always easy to find the looks you want for your body type. I know for me I’m a short petite woman so finding dresses that I don’t have to hem immediately after purchase is a fashion highlight for me! The Sorors of the Western Wake Alumnae Chapter opened up the fashion show with a fabulously breathtaking tribute to our 22 founders. They wore absolutely gorgeous red dresses and pants that set the stage on fire. So much energy, vibrant smiles, and most of all it was for honoring women whom paved the way for us!

Following the Founder’s tribute was the opening of the fashion show with “de Haute Allure Fashion & Modeling Troupe”. They modeled an array of denim-inspired looks for daytime wear to after five fashions. Hitting the stage next was “Fashion Impact” with business causal designs with hints of flair embellishments in the collection. The Sandy Trail Runway took us away with casual chic looks for everyday wear. One of the featured vendor’s was “Eshe” and we were able to see their fashions come alive on stage with vibrant colors, savvy metallics, and bold designs. One of the event’s featured sponsors was Dilliard’s and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the trending looks were from their department store. It’s not easy shopping in department stores for unique fashion but many thanks for the Spring Equinox Fashion Show for featuring Dilliard’s. Tygerian Lace hit the main stage with custom designs for the ladies that are ready to make a fashion statement. Each piece was unique and brought a sense of personality to the stage as the models walked the runway. 

As the show is beginning to close out we are taken away by the featured bridal collections. Whether you are a bride-to-be, looking to re-new your vows, or a lover of bridal fashion such as myself there were looks for all to embrace. It was an impactful piece of the show. When Model & Entrepreneur, Telena Banks, hit the main stage in a heavenly white strapless bridal gown it was nothing short of beautiful. Another bridal gown that caught my eye was modeled by Mallory Richardson and it was a black lace bridal gown with a nude lining that was beyond gorgeous. I’ve always been more of the traditional type when it comes to bridal fashion but I must say I loved the “Uniquely U” bridal collection. Plus, I was definitely taking mental notes on to improve walking skills after seeing these gracefully talented models. 

To see my IG video of the bridal collection head over to @theluxblognc for more.

Western Wake Alumnae Chapter President Shenita Cunningham

Western Wake Alumnae Chapter President Shenita Cunningham

Reflections from our chapter president:

What did you enjoy most of about the fashion show?

“What I enjoyed most was the gathering of friends for a specific cause which was to raise funds for our youth in the way of scholarships.  The goal is to help send deserving youth to college.”

How will this event impact the communities we serve?

“We continue to sponsor such events.  When we are able to support our youth in reaching their goals we help the community as a whole.  We are aiding in empowering our communities.”

Congratulations to the Western Wake Alumnae Chapter for a well-executed event! Each time I blog I learn a new life lesson from the experience. This time it was a life lesson of “team work”. There are times in life where we may be tasked to do so many things because we are really good at performing such tasks. However, as my beloved paternal grandfather, Henry Shepard, would say, “Even the Oak tree bends.” When I was a child I did not understand as much as I do now. To curate events such as this it takes creative planning, dedication, late nights, early mornings, and all else in-between. It takes a team and though we may feel individually we can handle such tasks it’s important to know the value in self-care as you are curating events such as this. I commend the dedication of my Sorors to accomplish such a task and to create a lasting legacy of programming for our chapter.