Lifting Up Lives, a non-profit organization that empowers women affected by domestic violence, held its first fashion show on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at The Clift Hotel in San Francisco. The show was hosted by Real Housewives of Atlanta’s very own, NeNe Leakes, and performances were given by Kim Hill (formely of The Black Eye Peas) and new pop sensation Nesta Rae.
The event unfortunately took off to a bad start, as general admission ticket buyers were under the impression it was to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, upon arrival, all who didn’t purchase V.I.P. access were informed the time changed and no-one would be able to get in until 1 p.m. To make matters worse, no-one got in until after 1:30, and once inside, there was no where to be seated.
As the show began, NeNe Leakes stood tall in casual chic attire consisting of brown leather pants, a cream colored silk button down, and leopard print Christian Louboutin booties. She made a short, but impressionable speech, followed by models rocking the runway in designs by various Bay Area fashion designers. The original list of designers were said to be Dahae Elyse Kim, Daniel Sudar, Sonar Denim, Mikelsen and Danielle Pettee along with New York Designers Stevie Boi (Lady Gaga’s eyewear designer) and Devon Thomas. However, I’m almost 100 percent certain that list changed completely. Stevie Boi was definitely not in the building.
The event was intended to support women of domestic violence, which serves a good cause, so many of us chalked the horrible experience up to simply doing a good deed for charity purposes. Despite how it may sound, it wasn’t all bad. Some of the fashion was actually pretty good. And, although porn star Farrah Foxx wasn’t in the show itself, she was in the audience showing us how women weighing over 300 lbs. can rock fish net stockings and leather shorts just like anybody else. Word.
Overall, had the event been a bit more organized, it could have been a great show. Check out a few highlights below.