Sangria in the Park: Runway Show Edition by Raymond Banks and Karen Flaggs

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Sangria in the Park was a runway show hosted by fashion designers, Raymond Banks and Karen Flaggs. Each showcased clothes from their upcoming clothing lines.

On Sunday, October 4th, at 6:00 pm Banks, who is a 2018 Alcorn Mass Communications graduate and Flaggs, who attended Alcorn, held their show at Catfish Row Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The show began with the entrance of the Glam team being led in with a live band playing various R&B songs from current artists. Flaggs’ line, called Adorned the Glam House, set the mood for the evening. Her line of clothing had a variety of styles and patterns of animal print. Several models displayed her bold yet expressive looks.

The next collections were by Banks, which featured looks for men and women. The line, called Hoodvechy, was created in 2017 when a lot of  major fashion brands were, and still are, stealing ideas from black designers. The name of this line comes from the fashion company Givenchy, in which he replaced it with “Hood”. This line captured Banks’ unique outlook on fashion.

The last collection to be showcased was called The Gentleman’s Touch. The Gentleman’s Touch was created one night when Banks needed African attire for church. From there, he began making bow ties and The Gentleman’s Touch was born. These two collections from Banks showcased his ability and drive for fashion through his eyes. His inspiration for starting both of these lines was Vicksburg native Patrick Kelly. With God and his support system, Banks uses his talents to inspire others and make a name for himself in the fashion industry.

Dasia Harris is a Junior Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Belleville, Illinois. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 school year.

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