by MIKE CHAIKEN
Raise the alarm because Sound of Fashion Connecticut is coming.
The Nutmeg State fashion event will hold its first casting call on Aug. 18 for the event planned for Oct. 3-9.
Connecticut fashion veteran Travis Bivans is organizing the runway event. His concept calls for something different for the state’s fashion scene… an event that places cultural diversity and inclusion first.
Bivans said, “This fashion week will be centered around multi-cultural collectiveness– one that’s provided and created by a 100% black owned company– which is something that is Connecticut is not known to advertise or even doing.”
“We will dedicate parts of the week to highlight Black culture with a very inclusionary attitude,” said Bivans. “Our experiences, our voice, (will be) purposefully and artistically on display– almost like we are showing that other side of Connecticut.”
“Art itself binds us all beyond our physical and cultural ties and that part of Connecticut seeks recognition but also wants other communities to understand we are one community in Connecticut,” said Bivans.
The idea is to take a unique approach to the fashion universe, Bivans explained.
“Sound of Fashion Week Connecticut is a new culture of fashion, art and musical awareness that will be shown a different level of appreciation in comparison to what was seen before COVID,” said Bivans.
“We created this platform to highlight and amplify our (the Black community’s) voices, products and services to the national and international community and every other business in the state,” said Bivans.
The overall mission, said Bivans, is to “make sure everyone is seen.”
In the end, said Bivans, SOFWCT “will be built to be a proper business reflecting our fashion community.”
The effort also will extend an invitation to visual and musical artists to take part in the event so they can exhibit their creations before the fashion community, said Bivans.
The first runway casting for Sound of Fashion Week CT will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 6-9 p.m. at 176 Burnside Ave., East Hartford. Female models should be 5’6” or taller and sizes 0-20. Male models should be 5’10.”
All ethnicities are desired. LGBTQIA and plus-sized models are welcome.
Bring a comp card or headshot.
For information, email SoundofFashionWeek@gmail.com