2 girls walking the runway

Influence Fashion Experience

I am so pleased to have been invited to partake in the Influence Fashion Experience event last weekend at the Mobile Museum of History. This event was a fashion show orchestrated to bring awareness to the community about bullying and resources available to help individuals who are affected by bullying.

The venue is a gorgeous museum with a grand entranceway that gave the event an air of southern charm. I was delighted with the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids who were greeting guests as they entered the building. These three girls were full of cheer and smiles! More information about their organization can be found at http://mobileazaleatrailmaids.com/

The event was founded and created by Bella White, Miss Worldwide Teen Alabama of LOLC (Live Out Loud Charity). Bella is a 15-year-old with a passion for speaking out against bullying and suicide. The event was designed to raise awareness for bullying and suicide among people of all ages.

Special thanks to Kymberly from Exalté for producing the event. Exalté is the producer of a philanthropy fashion magazine and the founder of Coastal Fashion Week. More information about Exalté can be found at http://www.exaltemagazine.com

I was impressed with the participation of all 14 designers who put their lines in the show to help show support for anti-bullying.

The list of designers included:

Wisteria Way Designs

Snow 2 Sun

D&J’s Favorite Things

Vintage by Trena

Boys Swimwear by Belk

Tiny Designs

Designs by C

Soulé Couture

Gigi Ri

Elle

Mya Lee

Lisa Jack

Careys Originals

No Labels

The music was pumping giving the entire event a charged air.

I love how the music is always appropriately coordinated with the theme of each designer’s line.

The lovely Kaila Williams from the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office gave a rousing speech about bullying during the intermission. She also introduced attendees to the DA’s Bullyblocker program. More information about the Bullyblocker program can be found at https://www.mobileda.org/bully-blocker/

Saturday’s show kept the air electric, culminating in a stunning show by No Labels. No Labels is a brand-new line, launching in coordination with the Influence Fashion Experience.

No Labels

The upbeat atmosphere and diverse celebration wound down with a walk where each model brought out a sign displaying negative words she was labeled sometime in her life. As a result, I was saddened by the negative language and the impact it had on so many young lives. Yet, the show didn’t end there. Each model returned with a positive sign showing who she genuinely is inside.

It was an event to remember! Fun, entertaining, impactful and educational. I know lives were changed that night, and we all came away with something important.