Vibrant evening wear, knit boutique pieces and ’60s “Dreamgirls” jumpsuits were all part of the third annual PRIMP the Runway Fashion Event and Food Drive.
My favorite designer of the night was hands-down Brene Ashley, who is a new designer out of Maryland. This is the second time her designs have ever walked in fashion show. She is also a model — and wore her fashions as well as other lines. She featured handmade, knitted pieces that went way beyond what your grandmother gave you last Christmas. Her designs are feminine, form-fitting and whimsical — all while maintaining a level of modesty.
Pieces I loved included a floor-length-found-material-circle-patch dress, gold v-neck jumpsuit and a form-fitting-true-blue dress with a silver-studded shoulder detail.
Also, props to Kiuana Santiago, PRIMP’s makeup artist, who wowed me with her two-tone blue and gold shimmer eyeshadow for the three “Dreamgirls” looks — inspired by the film and shown in the finale. I’ve never seen eyes sparkle so bright.
While the night was full of fun, sass and even a little bit of sex appeal with a lingerie line, the fashion wasn’t the only reason for the event. Each PRIMP the Runway Fashion Event collects non-perishable food items for the York County Food Bank during the show. This year, about 100 items were collected.
Previous Smart Magazine cover model and the reigning Miss Black Pennsylvania USA, Denatia Palmer, recited a spoken-word piece, titled “Miss Education,” about the clash between the classroom and religion. She also modeled clothes in all local lines represented.
To see photos from the show, check out the slideshow below.