The Art Of Fashion: A Night At Richmond’s Fashion Week

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The magnificence of fashion is the way in which each one of us interprets it. It’s not just about the label or who’s wearing what; it’s about the emotions, the raw passion within every stitch and pattern ever made. Ask any designer and they will tell you that they hope their pieces connect with something inside of you. This relationship between the designer, product, and client is an art form, to say the least.

This passion and energy so prominent in the designers at NYFW or London Fashion Week was alive and shaking at RVAFW (Richmond, VA’s Fashion Week) last weekend. The ambiance, the excitement, the pure talent was the aura that constructed RVAFW. It was contagious and infectious; even the walls were buzzing.

Hosted by VCU students, the 8th annual event marked the turn of winter into spring for Richmond fashionistas. I was only able to attend one show on Saturday, but it was remarkable. What really surprised me wasn’t the beautiful designs and jaw-dropping walks, but the diversity throughout the models. All beautiful shades of black were represented and in the words of Queen B, “doing the Naomi Campbell walk.”

I can’t even begin to explain how much it meant to see people that look like me on stage. With the lack of diversity in fashion events specifically NYFW, it was a breath of fresh air to see all different skin tones portrayed on a large platform in my city such as this one. The music was bumping, the models were slaying, and the aura was completely intoxicating. I can’t wait to see what next year brings. Congrats RVAFW, you’ve done it again.














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