Jeffrey Fashion Cares Just One Week Away!

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

Finally, the time for the 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares is here and will take place just one week from today inside of the elegantly transformed Phipps Plaza! Monday, August 29th at 7PM, this philanthropic fashion charity event will commence with a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a high-energy live auction and to top it off, the highly anticipated runway show. Jeffrey Fashion Cares founded by renown Fashion Retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, will again focus its fundraising efforts for the benefit of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). As one of the nation's largest combined breast cancer and AIDS benefits, last year's sold out show raised $700,000 toward this end.

Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza Photography.

Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza Photography.

This year's executive board is facilitated by co-chairs, Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams. The 2016 designer showcase will include: 

Lanvin

Celine

Christian Dior

Givenchy

Gucci

Valentino

Dries van Noten

Saint Laurent Paris

Balenciaga

Christian Louboutin

and

Manolo Blahnik

Auction lovers can expect items such as a Vogue Fantasy Trip for Two to NYC, a Private Jet Experience + an Atlanta Falcons Game, MONIQUE PÉAN Earrings and more, all awaiting the best bidder. Jeffrey Fashion Cares is absolutely an experience you do not want to skip!

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography  

Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography  

For more details and to join this amazing event, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com .

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2 Weeks Til' The 5th Annual Culture Shock Show

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The countdown begins! The time for the 5th Annual Culture Shock Show is fast approaching as designers, staff and fans prepare for the exhilarating fashion event which will be held this year at the Rilato Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Culture Shock Show is definitely more than just your ordinary fashion show! In fact, it is a mélange of African fashion, music, arts, cuisine, emerging talents and more. Their mission, "to promote cultural appreciation and expose artists to empowering altitudes. Culture Shock provides the perfect networking platform not only to designers and musicians, but for small businesses as well.”

One of the key facilitators of The Culture Shock Show is Anita Safo of Pop Productions. Since its origin in 2012, Anita has very passionately planned out the annual event along with her brilliant team of stylists, producers, videographers, industry professionals, designers and more, to assure that people leave with an experience that will only spark a greater anticipation for the event in the future. In celebration of 5 outstanding years in production, this year's theme is "Evolution" and could not be more fitting for how far it has come. The show will commemorate a little of the old and the new by showcasing several variations of styles including, modern African, urban wear, as well as other trendy aesthetics all incoporating vibrant Ankara patterns and contrasting textures. 

For anyone who is a fan of African Fashion or even curious about it, be sure to meet us there on Saturday, July 30th at the Rialto from 5 - 9PM! You absolutely have got to see this!

For tickets, please visit www.thecultureshockshow.com and also check out my coverage of last year's show via Urban Lux Magzine

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'Can You Dig This' The Documentary at AFF 2016

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour held a special screening of the documentary 'Can You Dig This?' at this week's 40th Atlanta Film Festival. The documentary follows the stories of 4 urban gardeners in South Los Angeles who create gardens in some of the heaviest crime-stricken areas of the city. Each character in the film tells the story of their hardships as recovering gangstas as viewers are able to witness first-hand how hopelessness is somehow dissolved through taking responsibility to nurture community gardens throughout South LA. They say, "In the garden you learn that you have a purpose. The way the plants need to be nurtured, tended and cultivated in order to grow and produce other seed that will bring new life... Just like us, it requires patience, persistence and care." And as the film unfolds, we find a message of hope and restoration springing forth out of these shattered lives whereby they demonstrate that it's never to late to turn your life around.

These stories are not only inspiring but more importantly, they have a way of helping others understand and sympathize with people who may have gone through similar things in life. And when it's all said and done, you realize that together, we all can work toward a common goal to rebuild our communities at whatever the cost. 

For more, please visit www.canyoudigthisfilm.com

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The Fundamentals of Caring: Opening Night of The 40th Atlanta Film Festival

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Director Rob Burnett of the film The Fundamentals of Caring shares with us on the red carpet that this film is "an emotional story told in a funny way." His hope is that people enjoy the film and are engaged in the content from start to finish. So far, the film has gotten raving reviews from its viewers and yielded big laughs.

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The Fundamentals of Caring is based on the novel (same name) written by Jonathan Evison. The story centers around Ben (played by Paul Rudd) and an 18-year old young man named Trevor who suffers from muscular dystrophy (played by Craig Roberts). Both Ben and Trevor share a commonality in the level of tragedies they've encountered as one is paralyzed physically and the other (Ben) emotionally due to the sudden tragic death of his son. Needing a job, Ben gets certified to become a caretaker and takes on an assignment as Trevor's caretaker. Although the onset of their relationship proves to be a shaky one, Ben pushes Trevor beyond his limitations and the twobuild a real bond out of their brokenness and despair.

This film was definitely a great opener to commemorate The Atlanta Film Festival's 40th Anniversary.

For tickets and more info, please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com

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