By Punch Passport Correspondent Lori GonzÃ¡lez Lazzarini with photos by Anchyi Wei
Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP), is an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the fight against global poverty through the world of fashion.Â The FFP hosted its 7th Annual Gala on Saturday, March 31st at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard) in Arlington, Virginia and I was able to attend.
The production was brilliant, in which they featured a fashion show and presentations by some of the most visionary eco/ethical designers today.
As a mega fan of the television show Project Runway, it was an amazing opportunity for me to be able to experience from up, close & personal the creations of Project Runway Season 7 winner, Seth Aaron Henderson, who was one of the remarkable designers of the night.
In addition to Seth Aaron, other designers featured were: renewable fabric apparel designer Earthtec, EcoArtFashion founder LuisValenzuela, 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Designers Award recipient TaraSt. James (StudyNY), local DC metro area designers LauraWilliams and GingerRoot, NY-based sustainable fabric lingerie designer Daisy & Elizabeth, LA-based eco-friendly designer LAVUK, swimwear and NY-based apparel designer AshleyZaba, vegan shoes and bag designer Cri-de-Ceour, and animal activist and creator of the “12 in 12 for 12″ campaign, GabbyWild.
This wonderful event was FFP’s kick off of its year-long endeavor to alleviate poverty, empower communities and contribute in helping the environment.
The proceeds from this yearâ€™s gala will support FFPâ€™s programs, including Woodrow Wilson High Clothing & Textile Program, Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Fashion Camp, Vocational Internship/Mentoring Program, and the Detroit Lives Partnership Project, among others.
Overall,Â an amazing event and a great night, looking forward to more events from FFP!
Post and photos by Punch Pioneer Correspondent Loreana S. González Lazzarini, email@example.com, @lory_dc. By day Lori is a CPA at an international accounting firm but has a passion for the entrepreneurial spirit, advanced technology, and the continuing landscape of startups.