'Actual Housewives' TV star Cynthia Bailey to open Kalamazoo fashion show – MLive.com

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Cynthia Bailey, one of many stars of The Actual Housewives of Atlanta actuality TV show, will assist open and shut a fashion show in Kalamazoo being known as The Black Affair Runway Show.

The show, during which the viewers is inspired to fashionably put on black, is being produced and hosted by Kalamazoo native Michael J. Kelly and is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Might 27 on the decrease stage of the Radisson Plaza Lodge & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.

"The show is a networking occasion to carry collectively gifted and gifted, inventive professionals in Kalamazoo and the encompassing space," mentioned Kelly, who has labored for the previous two years in Chicago as a business photographer, primarily within the fashion trade.

The occasion will characteristic clothes by 12 designers from the Chicago space and three from Michigan, with fashions carrying spring outfits to illustrate a luxurious journey theme.

"On the finish of the day, for lots of the designers, it is only a enjoyable means to show their new collections and drive site visitors for them on social media," he mentioned. "We reside in a day and age the place every thing is on-line."

Bailey, who is anticipated to assist open the show, give a pep discuss to fashions and mingle with visitors, has been concerned within the fashion trade for greater than 25 years. The Alabama native has labored as a mannequin in New York, Paris and Milan and been on the covers of such magazines as Essence, Upscale and Cosmopolitan's Zest.

In Atlanta, she is head of The Bailey Company College of Fashion. She additionally has an eyewear line known as Cynthia Bailey Eyewear, and in accordance to her web site, lately launched Cargo By Cynthia Bailey, a leather-based items line.

She and her 16-year-previous daughter Noelle Robinson are seen on the Bravo TV show together with such castmates as Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore.

Kelly mentioned The Black Affair is a brand new enterprise geared at internet hosting fashion trade occasions and bringing collectively people concerned in fashion, design and styling. He's working to construct that as a networking enterprise in Chicago. Might's occasion would be the second fashion show placed on in Kalamazoo by the 2008 graduate of Loy Norrix Excessive College. He hosted a profitable show on the Radisson in 2013.

As a business photographer, he mentioned, "The vast majority of my shoppers are aspiring fashions."

Kelly studied enterprise administration and worldwide enterprise at Western Michigan College earlier than relocating to Dallas for a number of years, the place he labored in finance for Basic Motors Corp.

For the previous three years he has labored as a business photographer and for the previous two years has labored to develop a clientele in Chicago and elements of Michigan.

Kelly's 2013 show featured the talents of three Kalamazoo hair salons, together with Beautiful Hair Designs, which is owned and operated by his cousin Stephen Darden and his spouse Keneisha Darden.

The fee to attend the Might 27 occasion is $40 per particular person for common admission ($30 for college students with IDs) and $100 for VIP seating. The latter consists of particular seating, paid parking, early entry to distributors, reward luggage and entry to a crimson carpet occasion that begins at 5:30 p.m. The show, itself, is to start at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be found by way of http://tickets.theblackaffair.com/

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'Actual Housewives' TV star Cynthia Bailey to open Kalamazoo fashion show - MLive.com