Project Runway 

At Friday's "Fashion Forecast" runway show, you may be asked, "Who are you wearing?" And if all goes as planned, the next time you're asked that same question, you'll answer, "Yendry Alvord" or perhaps "Patrick Henry" or maybe "Damien Witherspoon of Davine Prodigy."

click to enlarge T-shirt by Davine Prodigy
  • T-shirt by Davine Prodigy

"Fashion Forecast" was created to promote mostly local up-and-coming designers, and Alvord, Henry, and Witherspoon are three whose looks, for both men and women, will be showcased. There also will be fashion from stores such as Wink, Joseph, and Sneak Peek. All designs will be available for purchase at the event.

"Fashion Forecast" was put into motion by Tajuan Givens, the wife of party and concert promoter Curtis Givens. Once the idea was in place, the next step was to partner with a nonprofit. They chose Dress for Success, which provides professional attire to women in need who are in the job market. "It was a great hook-up for both us," says Wendy Layborn, an assistant to Mr. Givens. According to Layborn, they're planning to hold the event annually with a different nonprofit partner each year.

The designs on the runway will be geared to the 25 to 35 set with an eye for the latest fashions. "Very classy" is how Layborn describes it. "It will be an elegant event."

"Fashion Forecast," Friday, May 15th, at Le Pavillon (1052 Brookfield). A cocktail party kicks off the evening at 7 p.m.; the fashion show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission, and VIP tickets are $50.


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