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One night, one space, one mission and five stars!
Purple Runway 2019 gets five stars for five extraordinary years of advocating in true elegance, honor and style! On Sunday, October 20, 2019 Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. hosted its 5th Annual Purple Runway Experience! In the District of Columbia Metropolitan area, it’s no secret that Purple Runway is the highly anticipated fashion event of the year, with a wow factor that continues to take us by storm!
THE BREAK THROUGH SUMMIT
In celebration of the 5th Annual Purple Runway, iThrive Sisterhood hosted The Break Through Summit, bright and early in morning before Purple Runway kicked off for the evening. Mali Phonpadith was the oh so poise Moderator for the series panel discussions throughout the day. iThrive Sisterhood is an extension of Purple Runway and was Founded by Gigi McMillan, Rae Roach and Keira Dailey. The Break Through Summit was the perfect way to lead into the Purple Runway celebration!
THE PURPLE RUNWAY EXPERIENCE
The special details were very stylish and pointed! The Purple Runway decal at the end of the runway, provided by I Do Decals, was eye catching and a really impressive touch. The broken pieces of mirror hanging on the backdrop of the runway was placed so beautifully by Unbullievable Events and played into The Break Through theme of the five year milestone. The white canvas tote bags with the Purple Runway logo provided by Arbonne Independent Consultant tied things all together! And let’s not forget the playlist! The playlist was excuted by DJ Traxx, and intentionally selected by Gigi McMillan, with a strong message in the lyrics of each song!
From the moment guest arrive The Purple Runaway Experience begins with the full star treatment!
Not only is Mercedes Benz of Arlington a repeat location sponsor but they also provide top notch valet for the evening, as well as a high level of behind the scenes services that help contribute to overall Purple Runway experience! Mercedes Benz brand’s tagline explains it perfectly, “The Best Or Nothing.” and it is evident, which makes this sponsorship so valued and respected.
VIP COCKTAIL PARTY
VIP Guest were invited to the exclusive cocktail party a few hours prior to the opening of the runway, with Renee Allen as the spectacular host for the celebration. The showroom was elegant, vibrant and posh with soft touches of purple everywhere, embodying all things Purple Runway while emphasizing Domestic Violence Awareness.
The vibe was full of bliss. Guest socialized amongst one another, enjoyed the themed background music, raved over assorted hors d’oeuvres served by Zappetizer’s Catering, and when Gigi McMillan entered the showroom her smile, her stunning lilac and crystal gown and her presence was like a ray of light as she stood in ahhh of the moment.
The energy in the place was electric! The Purple Carpet interviews were hosted by the dynamic television journalist and reporter, Debra Alfarone, Behind The Scenes interviews were hosted by the spicy radio personality Deja Perez, Devin “Fly Guy” Ricks hosted interviews under the lights, guest took selfies and pictures in every corner and Ashley Johnson of ANJPR Consulting held interviews in the center of it all! Yes, it was electric!
Like a song bird in the air, Beverly Johnson, an astounding gospel artist, and huge Purple Runway supporter, gracefully stood front and center, captivating the room with her voice for the opening the program! Chris Dailey, also knocked our socks off with his original song, Power, dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness!
Awareness and honor stayed in the forefront as Gigi McMillan took the microphone to welcome and thank the guest for their attendance and support! Gigi to time to speak to everyone about domestic violence awareness, the work of Purple Runway, presented team members with gifts and plaques, introduced Bernie’s House, a local nonprofit that Purple Runway supports, and she encouraged the guest to continue to mingle and enjoy the evening!
DJ Traxx switched it up and turned it up, and like a sounding board, the song Freedom (by Beyonce) rang all over the building as Purple Runway models began to the circle down the runway! Dressed in all black and heels, posing in sequence and looking directly into black handheld mirrors with empowering words of affirmation painted on the back! It was powerful! This artistic displayed captured the attention throughout the showroom and as the guest made their way to their seats the tone was set!
THE PURPLE RUNWAY – FIVE SHOOTING STARS
Like a shooting star on the runway, and with Little Miss Cyndee leading the way, Gigi McMillian, the Purple Runway Founder, came gliding down the runway, singing the lyrics to Rise (by Katie Perry) and holding hands with her mother. The two were gorgeous and even more endearing as they walked together, hand in hand, in power and grace.
What a beautiful moment in time!
In true Purple Runway style, this event was nothing short of amazing. In honor of the five-year milestone, Gigi insisted on hosting the show and she had alot of fun with it too! She began by noting the VIP sections of the runway had an added flare paying homage to two iconic and powerful women! There was a featured Michelle Obama section, where Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton was seated and of course a featured Anna Wintour section where Gigi was seated!
Ladies and gentlemen here comes the style experience of the year!
Ashley Epiphany performed her impressive spoken word piece titled Labels, that mesmerized the attendees. Keri Nicole sung her written, Stong, exhibiting her strength and courage. Gigi was intentional about sharing her space with others, to give them a platform to share their voices. Patricia Slaughter, the Founder of Bernie’s House spoke about their impact and resources, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton spoke on the importance of bringing awareness to domestic violence and Leah Beilhart spoke about her upcoming Self Worth Conference.
Gigi took a moment to spotlight Erika and the EJE team who provided the hair designs, Himena Mendez Roca Schmiedl and the Beauty Fashion by Jimena team who provided the make up and Keria Dailey and Rae Roach also joined Gigi on the runway to talk about iThrive Sisterhood and invited everyone to join the community!
Gigi also honored Shelena, Keri and Becca as community champions, presenting each of the ladies with lovely embroidered Purple Runway sashes for their resilience, courage and for being champions of their lives. Gigi signaled the music, giving the ladies an additional highlight walking the runway in style.
Up and coming emerging designer Mannie Torez showcased his collection during the show. Mannie’s collection was fun and full of our favorite classic black and bold blues, jazzy jumpsuits and a dazzling gown! As the models came down the runway it was clear this collection was designed with in all women in mind.
Justina Prince! When her collection, “The Fish And The Bird” hit the runway you could hear echos of “wow’, wow”, “wow” everywhere! Each design was a true work or art. Such beauty, so graceful, so elegant and tailor made. it was remarkable. Each model looked as though the design was custom made especially for her. Feathers, beads and artistry at its best!
Anca Designs! Her designs were bold, strong, sexy with a lot of beauty and sparkle. Each piece uniquely designed tailored to the tee. This collection was exciting to watch with the sound of praise ringing throughout the room.
The featured designer, Nicteel by Owana Lima took us by storm!
Nicteel by Owana Lima brought sheer beauty, elegance and edge with design after design! The craftmanship was impeccable and sharp! Her mixing of textures, striking styles and flair were goregous! Bravo!
Purple Runway is known for its fur showcased and again Rosendorft Evans, the area’s largest exclusive furrier, was the fierce fur finale and what a show stopping ending to such an incredible night! Mario Jameson is the General Manager for Rosendorf Evans located in Tyson Corner and he’s responsible for putting the fierce in the fur showcase together.
The bold and beautiful furs came down the runway, one after another, after another, after another, after another! It was truly breathtaking! With dozens of show stopping styles, shawls, capes, hats, jackets and vest for both women and men flooded the runway, the guest certainly made their many favorites known with cheers and applause.
THE BEAUTY OF PURPLE RUNWAY
Each distinctive design, intentional detail, furs and fabrics, seamless cut, and so much art and beauty are masterpieces indeed. Nevertheless, the true beauty of Purple Runway is the inner beauty glowing from everyone who walks The Purple Runway.
55 and over ….. Overjoyed!
A string of ladies who just happen to be 55 and older and draped in an array of Rosendorf Evans’ fur vest and fur coats hit the runway like lighting! Their bounce, smiles and excitement were contagious! I’m Every Woman (Whitney Houston) played and down they came! You had to be there but one thing for sure, the runway was full of light and joy and more!
As the thriving, conquering, and firey Founder of Purple Runway, Gigi McMillan continues to leave it all on the runway. It’s clear that Gigi is intentional about the mission of Purple Runway and the execution speaks volumes. Purple Runway is one of Gigi’s vehicles to connect the public, various businesses and communities to not only Domestic Violence Awareness, but also resources and support, beyond the traditional town halls. Purple Runway is an action word!
THE MAGIC BEHIND THE SCENES
It’s all in the details, seen and unseen! There is so much magic that happens behind the scenes and Purple Runway has magic, glam and harmony all behind the scenes! Mina Habibi of Mina Habibi Portrait Artist was the House Photographer for the evening and as seen throughout the article, Mina’s artistry captured the true essence of the evening. Jasmine Bull of Unbullievable Events orchestrated, organized and delivered the event details like a well-oiled machine. Unbullievable Events add that touch of professional spark seen throughout the evening without missing a beat! It was unbelievable, actually it was Unbullievable! Alan Hudson of Genesis Level Modeling Agency was the man with plan; organizing, directing, and handling any plot twist as without the second guess. In the midst models, hair, make-up, designers, Alan had it handled and with perfecting timing! All the way from Brooklyn New York, DJ Traxx joined Purple Runway again, to keep the vibe on beat and on “traxx”! In true style Traxx kept the party going until doors closed for the night and the guest could not get enough! The video production was out of this world! JCW Video & Photogrpahy and Bravo Film and Media created so much digital sensation behind their cameras, over the airway, beyond social media and all the way live, like only an in-sync team could! Juan, Carmelita, Nestar and Danielle made media magic, in perfect harmony!
Purple Runway sends a very special thank you to Mecedes Benz of Arlington, King Security, Mina Habibi Portrait Artist, The Dental Spa, iThrive Sisterhood, JCW Video & Photogrpahy and Bravo Film and Media, Zappetizers Catering, ANJPR, Rowan Tree, Roar, Rosendorf Evans and Lawerence Clothiers.
Photography Credit: Mina Habibi Portrait Artist
WHAT DID THE GUEST HAVE TO SAY ABOUT 2019 PURPLE RUNWAY?
The most powerful event I’ve ever attended! Supervisor Victory Angry
Domestic Violence deserves national attention. Great work Gigi. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
Simply Gorgeous! Wow! So glad we made it! Tara Patterson
Oh Yes! This is spectacular! Yes! Yes! Yes! David Perry
Until next year, be sure to check out the many opportunities to get involved at www.PurpleRunway.com
article written by Simeaka Melton, Editor In Chief