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Bevy Smith Hosts Fashion Institute of New Orleans Dinner with Laquan Smith

Jul 23, 2010

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Pictured above: (From Left) Fashion Publicist, Kelly Mills, Lifestyle Maven, Bevy Smith, Associate Fashion Editor at Real Simple, Julee Wilson and Emergent, Celebrated Designer, Laquan Smith
Lifestyle Maven Bevy Smith, who has hosted dinners for Kerry Washington, Sanaa Lathan and Solange Knowles, recently put her skills to work to benefit a select group of talented students from the Fashion Institute of New Orleans.
For the dinner, Smith brought some of New York City's most knowledgeable fashion insiders together. Luminaries such as LaQuan Smith, talented up-and-coming designer who was featured in JONES Magazine's Spring issue, Kelly Mills, fashion publicist, Julee Wilson, Associate Fashion Editor at Real Simple,  Nicole Christie, Public Relations Manager for H&M North America, Memsor Kamarake, Fashion Director and Celebrity Stylist and Zandile Blay, Stylist and Fashion Market Editor for Paper Magazine, were on hand for the event. (Kelly, Julee and Laquan are all pictured above with Bevy Smith).

The Fashion Institute of New Orleans, or FINO as it is also called, is a non-profit program based in the city of New Orleans. It gives children, who live in an area where the median income is $20,000 a year, a chance to learn about the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry thus granting them a head start in a highly-competitive field.
Every year, the program reaches out to 100 students and the top ten are selected for an all expenses paid trip to New York City. This year, Bevy Smith was gracious enough to host this all important dinner/mixer for the students.
"I host dinners for celebrities in fabulous restaurants all year round, but by far the my most rewarding dinner was hosting the FINO students at Frizante in Harlem and it was just wonderful to see kindred spirits unite,” Smith said. “LaQuan Smith who is only a few years older than the FINO students was able to chat with the students about his recent travels to Paris and South Africa and that truly inspired the students to continue pursuing their goals.”
For more information on this one-of-a-kind program, please visit www.fashioninstitureno.org. — Jamie Hall
Bevy Smith lauds talented, emergent designer, Laquan Smith.
Laquan Smith proudly displays his design, The Sea Urchin dress.
A student of the Fashion Institute of New Orleans, Susan models one of Laquan Smith's designs while posing with Fashion Director and Stylist, Memsor Kamarake.

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