Fashion Vie presents Survival
Access Hollywood Correspondent and Television Personality Karamo Brown, International Artists, and Food Network’s Chef Charles Tola Help a New York Fashion Designer Turn Crisis into Survival
Fashion Vie Charity Runway Show and Auction, April 8, 2016
New York, NY, March 28, 2016 — Karamo Brown will join 150 fashion buyers, stylists, fashion lovers, and other notable figures in television and film as the host of the 1st Annual Fashion Vie Charity Runway Show and Auction, taking place at Bleecker Event Hall, 159 Bleecker Street – ALL FOR A CAUSE. He will be joined by multimedia artist Sanford Biggers and painter Max Estenger. The evening will include a runway show and silent auction of designs from the Survival Collection by Nigerian born fashion designer Chuks Collins, founder of Fashion Vie. Chef Charles Tola, winner of the Food Network competition Cake Wars, will present decadent desserts from his local Lulu’s Bakery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Housing Works, an organization that works tirelessly to end homelessness and HIV/AIDS.
Fashion Vie is inspired by the life and vision of Chuks Collins, whose fashions have appeared on runways around the globe, including New York Fashion Week. He serves as a costume designer for major film productions. As part of Housing Works’ Asylum Project, Mr. Chuks received incredible care and support during his roughest times while suffering deadly kidney failure complications following a car crash that set his soaring fashion career into a two year tailspin. Housing Works helped Mr. Chuks heal, access valuable resources, and rebuild his career.
Karamo Brown, who first appeared on television as a cast member of the hit MTV reality series The Real World in 2005, is an on-air correspondent for Access Hollywood Live on NBC. As well as an HLN/CNN contributor. He worked as a host and producer for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Huffington Post Live and BET. In February 2016, Karamo returned to reality television as a cast member on TV One’s new hit docs-series #TheNext15.
Sanford Biggers is a visual artist producing paintings, sculptures, immersive installations and video. His work has shown in venues worldwide including Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem and several are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum among others.
Max Estenger is a painter that has been living and working in New York since 1988. He is currently having a mid-career survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson with work spanning 1991-2016. He has had solo exhibitions at his former representing gallery Steffany Martz in Chelsea, and his most recent solo exhibitions were in 2014 at the John Molloy Gallery in New York and Rumba in Santa Monica.
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