What do you get when you take two stylists, adorable tots and a worthy cause? A Fashion War.
Fashion Stylist Kesha Styles Wilson is putting on another Fashion War titled ‘My Mini Me’ benefitting RAINN. The crowd will not only be wowed by the stylists creations gracing the runway, but also by a special appearance by Chicagolicious’ Katrell Mendenhall – a reality television star known to transform the frumpy into glamorous.
Fashion War started last year. The first show was competition of stylists competing who had the better eye for fashion, hair and makeup. “You can go as out of the box or as funky as you want but the theme was fashion wars,” explains Ms. Wilson.
The “My Mini Me” Fashion War and benefit will take place on March 10 at LaCuna Fitness (645 South Clark Street in Printers Row).
The selected beneficiary – Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) – is an organization that helps kids, which fits the overall theme of the Mini Me Fashion War. RAINN an anti-sexual assault organization working with local rape crisis centers. They were chosen because they stand for rape and incest, helping to give children a chance to speak out about violence.
Ms. Wilson’s son, 10-year-old Baron Walker, will be debuting his sense of style at the show, as he will style some of the kids before they strut their stuff on the catwalk. “When he goes to school people tell him his style is amazing he wears bow ties and blazers all the time, and loves cool glasses. He is very stylish, he is putting his own outfit together for the the show as well as style some of the kids,” shares Ms. Wilson.
Selecting the models was probably the toughest part. Ms. Wilson says she received over 175 submissions for children 2-11 years old. The search was narrowed down to 40 models selected based on runway experience and outgoing personalities, and most importantly being good in school.
Featuring a Carnival Couture-themed runway show, two competing stylists must use this theme as their focus for each mini model look. Creating 10 total looks, the stylists must also represent their individual style and personal vision. A panel of judges will rate on creativity, hair and makeup, accessories and combined fluidity of all elements.
Ms. Wilson has been in the fashion industry for over a decade with her experience in retail working at stores such as Nordstrom and Niemen Marcus and attending International Design School in Chicago. “My passion started when my friends were asking me to dress them, and then working in retail I became a personal shopper,” she says.
When she’s not busy planning Fashion Wars, Ms. Wilson continues to run her own company dressing and shopping for others. I couldn’t resist asking her for some fashion advice. “Always keep your closet full of staple pieces (plain white blouse, little black dress) never throw them away, you can always put a pop of color or add a necklace and blazer and turn it into a different outfit.” She also encourages all women to shop for the most flattering undergarments, because they help make your outfit look great.
“I like aesthetics and bold colors,” shares Ms. Wilson. “I’ve fallen in love with the kids and turning them into little ‘mini mes’. Kids love to dress just as much as adults.”
In addition to the runway show, the event will feature many on-site vendors including children’s boutiques, activity stations and interactive games. After perusing, parents can take their kids to the activities area and head to the ‘parent zone,’ an adult-only area where they can indulge in tasty light bites and cocktails while their ‘mini me’ enjoys the festivities!
The event will also feature a silent auction benefitting RAINN. “This issue is near and dear to my heart – I know there are thousands of other children, teens and adults who have been touched by RAINN in a way that has given them hope they never thought they would find again,” says Ms. Wilson. “So many things are happening to our children, which is why I feel so passionate and want to give back to such a great cause.”
And if you are looking for someone to come raid your closet and assemble some outfits for you, be sure to find Kesha Styles Wilson on Facebook!
Tickets for Fashon Wars and RAINN benefit cost $40 for General Admission (one adult and one child/additional children $10 each) and $65 for a Family Pass (two adults and two children). Priced at $75, families can purchase a Kiddie Couture VIP Pass, which includes a swag bag, premium seating and pre-show cocktail reception. Student tickets are priced at $25 with valid student ID shown upon arrival. Click here for tickets.