Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge will showcase talented young designers

It’s no secret that I love fashion. And, if you read my site regularly, you’ll also know that I am a very active volunteer and the founder of the non-profit Success Won’t Wait. So I’m thrilled when my two passions – the world of fashion and the world of volunteerism – come together!

A perfect example is the upcoming  Heshima Kenya 2011 Fashion Challenge on July 26. This is a Project Runway-inspired competition where talented, up-and-coming Chicago designers use scarves (pictured) made by the women and girls of Heshima Kenya to accent their runway looks! Designs will be judged by the audience, as well as a panel of Chicago style icons.

Heshima Kenya is a Chicago-based non-profit that provides shelter and education for refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya. The HK 2011 Fashion Challenge will support the development of the Maisha Collective, a program of Nairobi, Kenya-based Heshima Kenya that trains and empowers young refugee women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Congo to design, produce, and market their unique line of (simply gorgeous!) hand-dyed scarves.

A raffle with fabulous fashion goodies and a silent auction of packages inspired to pamper, renew, and style will round out the unforgettable evening.

General Admission $50: Includes entry, drinks and food

VIP Ticket $120: Includes early entry, drinks & food, book of raffle tickets, and swag bag including gifts from Melissa Shoes & Akira

To learn more about Heshima Kenya CLICK HERE.  Or to watch the amazing video below.


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