As I said in my previous blog post, I’m SUPER excited about this one! Last week I got to cover the Fashion With Compassion event. This year the FWC event was held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Virginia.You may be asking what is Fashion with Compassion?? First off, let me just let you know that this is going to be a long post, so get prepared. Secondly, FWC is an event put on by F.A.I.T.H. (Foundation for appropriate and immediate temporary help) to raise money for survivors of domestic violence. How amazing is that? Here is a blurb from FAITH’s website with a description of what they are about.
“FAITH Social Services began at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, as an informal group of volunteers assisting those in need. In October 1999, FAITH Social Services was formally established.For the past 15 years, FAITH has been able to uplift people from poverty and domestic abuse and put them on the path towards self-sufficiency. FAITH assists low-income people with emergency and temporary assistance needed to address the consequences of a traumatic event or time in their life. In addition, FAITH’s Self-Sufficiency Program offers individuals and families with case management, housing, assistance with processing applications for rent, medical expenses, transportation, food, utilities, education, childcare and other forms of assistance.FAITH also promotes stable families by providing victims of domestic violence with crisis counseling, safety planning, legal representation, court advocacy, translation services, financial assistance and support from the moment they leave an abuser to the point where they are settled in a new situation. FAITH considers the needs of every person in a client’s family and works to place each of them solidly on the path towards self-sufficiency.” To check out more and to see how you can help out go here.
I think this is an amazing organization and such a great cause, because domestic violence is still taboo to talk about and address in certain communities. So Fashion with compassion is not only a fashion show, but also a pop up shop event with vendors selling clothing, jewelry, scarfs, doing makeup etc. The show was hosted by Isra Chaker, a “social activist promoting change and fighting for the rights of those in need across the world”. Isra is amazing, she is the Syrian American liaison to Congress and the United Nations and global ambassador for the UN refugees and works agency. To see what she is up to, follow her on IG or FB @israspeaks.
Before the show started, attendees walked around and shopped in the pop up shop, some got their make-up done by the makeup artist who was there. Light refreshments were served as well. After shopping and mingling, everyone entered the hall for the fashion show. The fashion show showed looks from Simply Zeena, B.Zarina, Dana Ramey, Roddiva Couture, Gulshaan, and Madeena. Oh and of course let me not forget, a couple of highlights of the show were the singer Abir and Sadiyah Bashir performed a spoken word poem about a survivor of domestic violence. A short video clip of Abir singing is posted below. Also below are pictures and videos from both the pop up shop and the fashion show. I’ll tell you the pop up shop had some great designers. Definitely check them out. I added links for most if not all their websites or social media accounts.
Pop Up Shop: