March 30th in the Student Center the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) of BC and John Jay College and Walk by Faith Inc. sponsored the First Annual Fashion for Autism. It was hosted by Angelica Groce and Minister Michael Groce. They work closely with Autism Speaks. There were many Hip Hop performers. They were promoting The Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sunday June 3rd at the South Street Seaport. WalknowforAutismspeaks.org/nyc
Rap and Hip Hop performer Tryfe Dolla appeared and is known for wholesomeness and respect of women. His name and work they say should not be confused with tryflin. Stage name Harlem Witness also appeared and won the Staten Island Gospel Fest in 2010 and 2011. Many student designers contributed their work to this event. Designer Devanne Gray with the DeeDee Designs clothing line has customized apparel for Lebron James, Tracy Morgan, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes to name a few.
The special guests were the Big Girl Movement (BGM). They say being phat is not a beauty disadvantage but a beauty mark. They want to represent plus women in a distinctive positive manner. Emcee Angelica Renee is cofounder of About Walk by Faith. Renee is a CEO of her own plus-size clothing franchise and pursuing her BBA in Fashion Merchandising at LIM College. As a plus size model Renee does many photo shoots, fashion shows and styling, giving encouragement to be beautiful no matter what the figure. Her motto is “One curve at a time.” Minister Matthew Groce is her brother and cofounder. At John Jay College IVCF he was spreading the goodness of Jesus Christ through praise, dance, song and prayer. At Nyack College he now majors in Pastoral Ministry and a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies. He made history being the youngest salutorion ever to graduate from Community Bible Institute. Both work closely with Autism Speaks and do fund raisers. Women’s photos are of the closing called sequins and white affair.
Autism is a brain disorder. It is estimated one in every 88 children has it, 1.5 million in the U.S. and tens of million worldwide. Autismspeaks.org
Male designers shown are Delroy Smith and Randy Houston wearing their Hieroco clothing line. They describe it as print, bright colors, chunky jewelry and be jeweled or odd cut pieces. They call it art that speaks to the soul. Next week more photos from the show.
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