Each year the National Black Chamber of Commerce holds an annual convention, bringing together professionals, entrepreneurs, press, and celebrity guests for the common goal of empowering and equipping African-American-owned businesses and communities for success.
This year’s conference recently was held in beautiful West Palm Beach, with a convention theme of Innovation: Growth, Profit, & Prosperity. The convention’s newest feature, The Couture House, introduced the industry of fashion to the NBCC and convention attendees in a grand way -- including two runway shows, a trunk show, and panel discussions with experts in fashion entrepreneurship.
Backstage, I met models, designers, photographers, producers, and many more fabulous folks all from our Sunshine State. This prestigious show created an energetic buzz that was felt by all -- even before the runway shows began.
The first show, held on the rooftop of Roxy’s Pub, featured models walking in Favala Designs throughout the crowds for an up-close view of intricate detail.
The second runway show and all other events were held at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort on S. Ocean Avenue in Lake Worth.
That second show, the main Couture House event, featured several designers, including Favala Designs, Rochate Designs, Angelique Terrolouge, La Physique, Wild Child Designs, Lacrosse Playground, and Africa Musso. Models as young as five strutted down the runway adjacent to the pool with a backdrop of Florida sunshine at its best.
To follow the success of this event or for more information about the organizations and designers featured throughout the weekend, check out…
www.nationalbcc.org – The home of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
http://lifeoftheambitious.blogspot.com – The entire convention from teen blogger Gillian Maxwell’s perspective
www.fashiondesignersexpo.com- (also on Facebook) The company that produced the runway shows throughout the convention and features names of designers and models