Esé Azénabor and My Refuge House celebrate strong women while fighting sex trafficking in Dallas

Esé Azénabor debuts its new collection titled Woman X Power at the brand-new Fashion Gallery on 100 Cole Street, Dallas TX 75207 in the Design District February 7th 2016.

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Fashion Designer Esé Azénabor

The designer’s inspiration for her 8th collection stemmed from observing powerful female business, industry and community leaders all across the world that give the weak a voice. My Refuge House (MRH), a non-profit that supports and empowers girls rescued from human trafficking in the Philippines, was one of Esé’s inspirations. In particular, MRH’s Director of Engagement, Kim Jones, who has devoted her time and energy into supporting the recovery of these precious girls became one of the new collection’s muses. The designer was so touched by the heart- breaking stories and the mission of Restoring One Life at a Time through MRH that she had to get involved.

 

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My Refuge House Team & Girls Photo Credits: My Refuge House Facebook

Nigeria-born Esé created the Woman X Power collection to demonstrate that strong, confident and almost-intimidating women can be sexy as well as feminine. The entire collection pays homage to women powerhouses that lay the pavement for the following generation of women leaders to come.

 

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Sneak Peek of one of the new pieces Photo Credits: Malek Photo Films

Esé Azénabor is known for its beadwork, but in this collection the envelope was pushed even further by creating 3D beadwork that will tell a story of its own. One can expect simple and clean lines. However, be prepared to gasp over beautiful green, white, gold, silver, and blush tones with some dark tones to complete the color palette. The runway show will also feature Esé’s first bridal couture collection, created after several of her bridal designs went viral on the internet.

February 7th won’t be your typical fashion show, in celebration of strong women, 30 Influencers will walk the runway to showcase that powerful women come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. These are as follows:

Esé Azénabor, Stephania Schirru, Mebrat Pahlavan, Kim Jones, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Christine Butcher, Erika Salter, Joanne Herda, Carinthia Kishaba, Brooke Branagan, Cathy Vieth, Phyllis Comu, Jennifer Cassidy, Emily Cassidy, Hillary Kennedy, Ruqaya Hamza, Carmen Surgent, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Dawn Mellon, Yana Greenstein, Melissa Rountree, Melissa Enriguez, Donna Richardson, Ilana Narosov, Jessica Chinyelu Anibowei, Tama Tran, Shabnam Pahlavan, LaToya Jones and Naila Malik.

Empress Gilbert, CEO of Expressive Geo Design will entertain the audience with her southern charm as the evening’s emcee.

Silent auction items, light bites, treats by Pudding on Smiles, and an open bar sponsored by Kruto Vodka will be available for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to My Refuge House to help support their work of restoration.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.womanxpower.eventbrite.com

For press and sponsorship inquiries please email sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com

 

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Smith II “SS 17” Collection inspired by Police Brutality

Charles Smith II, the visionary and creative mind behind Smith II, did not cease to push the envelope with his latest “Do Not Touch” collection for the Spring/Summer 2017 season. We simply can’t put this artist in a box, every time I think I figured him out he comes up with something new. A new message, new lines, new accessories, new colors and new materials.

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Photo Credits: Demarcus Mitchell

Let’s start with his new message:

His latest collection was inspired by the on-going incidents of racism and police brutality against the African-American community. But his message goes even deeper as to holding our personal space which is often taken for granted at a high value. When we read “Do Not Touch” we automatically take a step back, pay more attention and become more respectful. Smith II wants his clients to feel untouchable when they wear his clothes, not in a cocky way, but in a more individualistic matter. The ultimate goals is to eliminate the necessity to fit in or yearning approval from others.

Charles Smith II practices what he preaches, because he sure doesn’t care about what others think of him by now. His confidence wasn’t a given but instead developed while overcoming a myriad of obstacles ranging from financial hardships to being burned by people in the industry.

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Photo Credits: Demarcus Mitchell

During the runway presentation I loved seeing denim skirts, chokers, asymmetric jackets, lace capes (my favorites) and two piece ensembles. I was also impressed by the color range utilized, we have been used to primarily blacks and whites by Smith II but this collection also included yellow, red and a lovely burgundy.

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Photo Credits: Demarcus Mitchell

Watch the finale walk here:

Do Not Touch raised awareness on socio-political issues and pleased our eye with ready-to-wear fashions while raising funds for DISD scholarships. His audience was so diverse showing that we ALL can come together for a great cause regardless of ethnic, social, economic or political background!

Bravo Charles! Well done!!!