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Achiever Of The Year: Sade Solomon

BY: Jamil Khan

Sade Solomon

Sade Solomon

JOHANNESBURG – Every year United Colors Of Fashion (UCOF) chooses an intern as the Top Intern of the Year. This intern is usually an outstanding fashion hopeful that has been learning all they can through our Fashion Education Program and working hard behind the scenes of UCOF.

The intern we’re honoring today takes hard work to a different level and therefore we are naming Sade Solomon our Achiever of the Year. This phenomenal young lady hails from South Bronx in New York, where graduating from high school is deemed nothing short of a miracle. Having faced insurmountable odds, Sade refused to accept the script circumstance handed her to live her life by. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, she accepted a job as a caseworker for a New York City foster care agency. Being exposed to the sad reality of childhood dynamics for New York children, Sade decided her role as a caseworker was stifling her ability to do the best she could for her juvenile clients.

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New York Fashion Week: Then and Now

BY: Jamil Khan

David Tlale: Spring 2013 Collection

David Tlale: Spring 2013 Collection

JOHANNESBURG – Now one of the most exciting events in the Big Apple, held bi-annually, New York Fashion Week was once but a ploy to bring attention to American Fashion. First held in 1943 and named “Press Week”, it was organized by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert to divert attention from French fashion during World War II, when insiders of the fashion industry could not travel to Paris to see fashion shows. The aim of the event was to allow fashion journalists to see American creations, which they had previously ignored. Strangely, buyers were not invited and had to visit designers’ showrooms. Following the success of Press Week, American fashion soon started laying itself down on the pages of Vogue where French designs took sole occupancy for years.

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United Colors Of Fashion Presents “Hope Beyond Horizons” in New York

For Immediate Release

New York, NY (January 26, 2013) Fashion philanthropy organization, United Colors Of Fashion (UCOF) is due to present an Avant-garde exhibition commencing on February 9 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, extending until March 2, 2013, at Rain NYC, located at 59 West 49th Street at Rockefeller Center.

United Colors Of Fashion, a 501 (C)(3) organization, which Vigore magazine calls an “epidemic of hope,” runs a fashion education program in New York City.
The program engages under-resourced youth with opportunities in fashion and exposes them to the fashion industry in its true form. This program is unique in that it is the only one in the United State that is offered to interns free of charge. In addition, the organization heavily provides financial assistance to children with HIV/AIDS in Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa.

“Hope Beyond Horizons,” the name given to this exhibition, alludes the parallel hope and passion of aspiring artist, and that of those fighting for their lives in Soweto. A horizon is the depth as far as what the human eye can visually encompass, but UCOF offers exceeding hope beyond these limitations by providing individuals with inconceivable opportunities.

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Fashion Humanitarian Organization, United Colors Of Fashion, announces Annual International Fashion Benefit: “Be Glamorous: Glamour Gives”


NEW YORK, NY (September 17, 2012) – United Color of Fashion (UCOF), a New York City based Fashion Philanthropic organization, welcomes fashion industry professionals and philanthropists to partake in their Gala benefit on October 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York. This event is as an encore ovation presented post Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

United Colors of Fashion has selected Nigel Barker, world renowned fashion photographer and former judge of America’s Next Top Model and Philip Bloch, widely considered to be Hollywood’s premier fashion stylist, as Honorary Chairs. Dionne Warwick, international musical legend and Grammy award winner has been selected as honorary co-chair of the event. These three honorees have been philanthropically inclined and reputable for their diplomatic relationships.

UCOF harnesses the creativity and giftedness of New York’s underprivileged, aspiring artists to help them become successful professionals in the Fashion and Arts industry. With funds generated from this artistic collaboration, UCOF partners with South African aid organizations to provide relief to children with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis, who are unable to obtain proper care through normal channels.

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Dreams do come true…

UCOF would like to re-introduce a name that is very familiar to the fashion industry, Sandi Bass. She joins the UCOF team as our 2012 Casting Director. Sandi brings with her more than twenty years of expertise in the fashion industry.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Recap: Fall 2012


African Fashion International (AFI) made history in South Africa this year, with its first edition of Merc

edes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, which took place at Hyde Park in the historic metropolitan city.

When United Colors Of Fashion was planning its 2012 charity trip to South Africa, we thought it was fitting to plan the trip around Joburg Fashion Week- we use Fashion For Humanitarian Causes and our pursuit to bring hope and a sense of well- being to about forty-five HIV-infected children at Mapetla Day Care in Soweto, the time with AFI was ideal.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Indeed United Colors of Fashion (UCOF) is a non-profit organization like no other; it stands adamant on its ideas. This not-for-profit organization goes beyond donation to “real help”.
Who can genuinely relate fashion with charity work, or who might have thought that a not-for-profit organization can use fashion for humanitarian aid?

Surely relating fashion with Charity may seem as a myth to many, but to UCOF it´s just a reality that comes with lots of ecstatic activities. Yes, fashion can be used for humanitarian aid here. Charity donations, it´s not always about donating money but doing what you do best and what you enjoy most to help those in need. Inspired by their family calamities, Ciano Clerjuste, the president and chairman of the board, Veronica Rovegno, Vice President – and a lot of other fashionistas, Wall Street bankers, socialites and philanthropisted listed on their website use fashion for humanitarian causes.

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UCOF and David Tlale: A Presentation of Perfection

BY: Laura Eustache
Reported BY: Alisha Frederick


NEW YORK – On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, while some may have been out at Valentine´s Day dinner, the UCOF team was hard at work making sure South African designer David Tlale´s show was going off without a hitch.
And without a hitch it went!

Presented before dignitaries, socialites and fashion fanatics alike, Tlale´s collection was displayed in a showcase; instead of having models walk a typical runway, Tlale´s setup gave on-lookers an opportunity to browse his collection up-close and personal.

This approach fit very well with the sounds of mellow African drumming beats serving as the soundtrack to the event. Guests were treated to a variety of appetizers which included cocktail shrimp, choice fruits, nuts, and a bacon-lettuce arrangement. For drinks, there was an array of South African red and white wines.
Although there can be nothing more satisfying than a great selection of food and drink, guests were more amazed by Tlale´s Fall/Winter 2012 collection; many an “ooh, aah” could be heard by observers who appeared more than satisfied by what had been presented.

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Runway Ready: UCOF and NY Fashion Week Fall 2012


Look by David Tlale-picture by Raymond Preston

Only hours left before people get a taste of the fashion they’ve been waiting for! New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 is set to begin today and is currently the talk of the town. For many this means bright lights, new fashion, new colors and endless parties! Let’s not forget at least four outfit changes a day or street-side yellow-cab wars!

You just have to love New York even more during Fashion Week!

But for designers, this means much more than what we all anticipate; it’s putting forth the vision they´ve been working hard on for the upcoming season. A lot of hard work and chaos goes on behind- the- scenes during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For this year, the action begins on February 9th lasting until the 16th. Top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein will be unveiling collections for the Fall/Winter Season. Part of this year´s fashion is the campaign slogan: “You Can´t Fake Fashion” which is geared towards bringing awareness to counterfeit garments and accessories and their detriment to the fashion industry in general. Bringing awareness to this hot-button issue is not only brilliant but so crucial.

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