New York’s Fashion Week in Bryant Park may be 1,200 miles away, but it was brought a little closer to home during the Pink Strydes Affair at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Oct. 11.
It was standing room only with more than 300 guests ready to glean all the glamor as 10 models – all breast cancer survivors – shared the stage with nine other seasoned models. All were strutting their stuff down the 64-foot runway that extended right into the audience.
“The Pink Strydes Affair Fashion Show is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Candace Newell, communications director. “The affair is an annual event that serves as a celebration of life for breast cancer survivors. The event also serves to raise money for the organization as well as to raise breast cancer awareness.”
Models showed off fashions from Neesha’s Fashions, LaStar, House of Loveillionaires, Bella Redd Collection, T.J.Maxx and show-stopping shoes from Blingology by AshAmari.
“This year we did something different,” said Pascale Bonnegue, vice chair of Pink Strydes and creative director and stylist for the show, who noted that one new addition was a Pinky Swear Ceremony. “This is when the audience was given a pink small rubber band to place on their pinky and was asked to repeat an oath where they would pinky swear to their mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, grandmothers, daughters and girlfriends that they will get themselves checked every year from this day forward.”
Pink Strydes, Inc. was founded by local hairstylist and entrepreneur, Vanessa Robinson, whose mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer back in 2009 inspired her to do something. She was in the business of making women feel and look beautiful. Robinson herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and unfortunately lost her battle this past spring. The event featured a moving tribute to her.
The Pink Strydes Affair is an annual fashion show that was created as a celebratory measure for all those who have survived another year with the disease. The organization aims to make the burden a lesser one for local women of color by helping with copays, providing awareness and education and other services.
For more information about the organization, visit www.pinkstrydes.org.