We are hosting a “Dare to Be Different” Fashion Show on Sat., Dec. 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 7pm to benefit the Easter Seals North Georgia. The event will be a who’s who of Atlanta’s best and brightest models, celebrities, and national media. The organizers were reticent to offer names of those slated to attend because they want the focus to be on the designers and the mission of Easter Seals. Hot Stepz Magazine correspondent Mic Theory had the privilege of speaking with one of the major influences behind this event Ms. Cherry Heredia who was ecstatic with the amount of artistry and attention to detail the students of Westwood College Graphic Artists guild (headed by Department Chair Phalon Clowers) have put in to making this the must see event of the Holiday Season. Not only will there be fashion but a silent art auction in the VIP area. Cherry wants people to understand ”That even in these times of economic turmoil it is possible “to make a difference in people’s lives we just have to “Dare to Be Different” which is the theme of this event. The clothes shown will be by 10 award winning designers and encompass everything from urban chic to nouveau haute couture.
ADHC Designs, T.Howard Jewelry Collection and Steve Wells Art & Photography introduce a non-traditional approach to doing business. Their partnership evolved using the old traditional approach of bartering. Angelica, Theresa and Steve have been working together to build each other’s portfolio’s over the last 3yrs. They have partnered together in a few small photo shoots and corporate events.
In December of 2010, Angelica entered into a contest sponsored by the Easter Seals of Georgia called “Fashion Uncorked.” The contest captured Angelica’s attention because it was a Non-profit organization hosting a fashion show where the proceeds benefited adults and children with special needs. This concept hit close to home, because Angelica’s older brother Julio has Asperger’s Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder. Armed with her brother being her inspiration, Angelica created a two piece collection that captured the look of the early 70’s that would fit in the today’s woman wardrobe. With just a little of 2yrs behind her, Angelica was chosen as one of the Top Ten finalist for Fashion Uncorked 2011 and eventually became the Grand Prize Winner. With Angelica pursuing her dream, not backing down from a challenge and Daring to Be Different, she has earned a full ride Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta, GA campus.
As a full-time student at SCAD, Angelica still continues to evolve her talent. Angelica didn’t want her only involvement with Easter Seals to be Fashion Uncorked. She decided she wanted to create an event that would raise funds, create opportunities and increase awareness about children and adults with Autism. The Dare to Be Different theme is a reflection on how she and her siblings approach life and the partnership she developed with Theresa and Steve.
Our goal for the Dare to Be Different initiative is to be an annual event. Each year will showcase the winner of Fashion Uncorked, a continued partnership with ESNG and create opportunities for others as the ones that were created for Angelica.
Easter Seals North Georgia’s mission is to provide high-quality services to ensure that all children with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Serving more than 3,000 children each and every day, ESNG offers early childhood education and care, pediatric therapy, early intervention, autism therapies, and support services to children with disabilities and other special needs and their families; ESNG provides services in the 44 counties of north Georgia which include metro Atlanta.
Angelica presented her idea to the Easter Seals of North Georgia Development Coordinator , Norma Center and she agreed to partner with Angelica and her design team to challenge others to set obtainable goals, inspire entrepreneurs to use a non-traditional approach to business, encourage partnerships with Non-profit organizations that give back to the communities, empower others to pursue their dreams and not back down from challenges and embrace their uniqueness by “Daring to Be Different.”
There will be an open call for models that will allow a few select amateur models in the Atlanta community to walk beside professionals. Spaces are limited so models are urged to come prepared with a comp card or written bio, measurements and full and head shots. Final model call will be on Saturday November 5th, 2011 between 5-9 pm at the Embassy Suites near the Cumberland Mall all ethnicities and body types are welcome including Male, Female and Child models. Select Models will be featured in Hot Stepz Magazine’s Winter Fashion Section (www.hotstepzmagazine.com)
Cherry Heredia (cherry@
To learn more about the DTBD initiative, please visit: www.adhcdesigns.com
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