The New York Post reports that Brooklyn fashion designers are dedicating some of the profits from the forthcoming BK Fashion Week(end) runway show to support earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti. BK Fashion Week(end) will be held at Steiner Studios [15 Washington Ave. at Flushing Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard] on April 11, 2010, at 6 pm.
Rick Davy, co-founder of the Brooklyn Style Foundation, which is working on the fundraising effort with the Abner Louima Foundation, named for the Haitian immigrant whose brutalization by Brooklyn police officers in 1997 led to international outrage, says that these efforts are spurred, in part, by the fact that Brooklyn has such a large Haitian community, adding that “If we can do something to help, we want to do it.” Due to financial constraints, the Week(end) show will feature several Brooklyn-based designers showing their fall and winter collections on a single day.
One of the participating designers, Gerald Duroseau, explains that some of the details that go into his glamorous cocktail dresses and evening gowns are inspired by his childhood in Haiti. He explained, “I lived there until I was 7. With everything that’s going on down there, I didn’t want to do anything dark. I wanted to do something colorful and vibrant because the people down there are going through a lot. [. . .] The first dress is a red dress made of rayon and covered with silk organza. The model will have the Haitian flag in her hand and I’m going to have the Haitian anthem playing. The entire show is a tribute to Haiti.”
For more information on BK Fashion Weekend, see http://www.bkfashionweekend.com/
Photo of Gerald Duroseau with model from http://www.myspace.com/duroseau