LUMBERTON — Fashion designers and models will take to the runway this week as part of Renaldo’s STYLEWEEK in order to showcase their talents and to help benefit Hurricane Matthew victims.
“It’s actually to raise money for local charities,” said Michele Johnson, a show insider and parent of a fashion designer.
The show debutes today at 6:30 p.m. at SWEY at 212 S. Main St. in Fairmont; and shows again at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Adelio’s, 111 W. Third St. in Lumberton. Two shows are scheduled for Saturday at Adelio’s. The kids’ show is at noon, and the finale is a 6:30 p.m.
It will include talent from New York City, Philadelphia and Louisiana, Johnson said. But about 85 percent of the designers and models will come from Southeastern North Carolina.
The show is staged twice a year in Robeson County, once in March and again in September. It’s creator and driving force is Kelvin Renaldo Towsend, a Fairmont native.
“That’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer.”
Instead he used his experience in fashion retail to start Renaldo’s STYLEWEEK three years ago as a way to raise money for charities in Fairmont and to create Renaldo’s Model Management, which has sent models to shows in New York, Washington, D.C, and Atlanta.
The talent taking part in STYLEWEEK won’t be paid.
“They’re doing it for the exposure,” Townsend said.
Regular rickets are $25, VIP tickets are $50, and tickets bought the day of the show are $30.
Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Townsend at 202-840-6051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets visit https://www.eventsprout.com/register/renaldos_styleweek.
Reach T.C. Hunter at 910-816-1974.