The Stephen Lewis Foundation supports community-based organizations working to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Since 2003, they have funded more than 300 projects in 15 countries. These grassroots groups are the lifeline for their community: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education, nutritious meals and grief counselling; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.
At the beginning of the fashion show they provided staggering statistics about the rise of HIV/AIDS in Africa. For more information on the Stephen Lewis Foundation please click HERE.
Dare to Wear Love gala fashion night was founded in 2009 by the designers of Hoax Couture, Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell. They provide Canadian designers with African fabric and leave it up to the designers to create a piece worthy for the runway. These creations are later auctioned off to the highest bidder to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
I loved every moment of the fashion show. All the models and Canadian personalities had a fun time on the runway and the crowd fed off of their energy. I want all the music that we heard that night. So much fun!! Here are the pictures I took from the Dare To Wear Love Fashion Show!
Gussied Up Barbie and Ken
Nada: model-Tara Spencer Nairn, actor
Farley Chatto: model-Kenneth
David Dixon: model- Anne Marie Mediwake, Global News
Reva Mivasagar: model-Dayana
Zoran Dobric: model-Dejana Bajic, shopsterium.com
Wayne Clark: model: Mary Brisebois (One of my favourite dresses)
Adrian Wu: model- Keyshia Chante, singer
Performance: Laurence Lemieux, Hymn to the Universe
Linda Lundstrom: model-Chemagne
Linda Lundstrom: model-Kerrona
Kimina: model-Carlos, co-owner Memphis Presley
Ula Zukowska: model- Joydeen
Lovas Design: model- Camille
Comrags: model- Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC’s The Current
Avioanni: model-Alissa Valdenassi
Brian Bailey: model: Renee Thompson
Pat McDonagh: model- Arlene Dickinson, CBC’s Dragon’s Den
Northbound Leather: model- Charles Harris
Performance: Shelley Hamilton
Hoax Couture: models Johnathan Cuthill and Chukwe (the ladies loved them)
Jason Meyers: model Angela Smith, ET Canada
Kendra Francis: model-Sierra
Damzels in this Dress: model-Coco Framboise
Peach Berserk: model- Wendy Mesley, CBC The National and Kate
Fashion Crimes: model-Jasmin Chorley Foster
Ines di Santo: model- Dina Pugliese, Breakfast Television
Izzy Camilleri: model- Bridget Stuart (absolutely adorable)
Full Gallery of Pictures: