CSUN fraternity hosts fashion show, sends profits to Katrina victims

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The second annual “Hollywood Nights” fashion show, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Pi Kappa Chapter, was considered a success by organizers, with more than 400 students and alumni in attendance.

The fashion show was held Oct. 27 in the University Student Union Northridge Center. The “Hollywood Nights”-themed show featured three designers as a new addition to the showcase: Nina Simone, Raggedy Couture and Itch Clothing. Additionally, designer theme showcases included business wear, formal wear and swim wear.

The fashion show also had a more serious element to the Alpha Phi Alpha event: The proceeds of the fashion show go to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The fraternity raised over $1,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief, said Cory Moody, organizer of the event. Moody said the planning has been going on since last spring semester.

The show had a cast of more than 20 male and female models, many of which are members of the CSUN dance team Black Reign.

“When I heard about the show last year and how big the turn out was, I knew I wanted to be a part of it this time,” said Robert Peters, senior deaf studies major.

Adrienne McLaughlin, senior forensic psychology major and one of the models, said that while she loves modeling, she does not want to pursue it professionally.

“I did the show last year, too,” she said. “I had a good time and decided to do it again this year.”

Moody said he believed the show improved from last year.

“This year was bigger and better,” Moody said.

“It’s black people getting together to support each other in a fun way,” McLaughlin said.

Alexandria Barabin can be reached at city@sundial.csun.edu.