Jersey City Fashion Week to showcase industry’s most profound designers


Some of the fashion industry’s most profound designers are participating in Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW), beginning September 24th through the 28th, with Funhouse Network television series’ Fashion in the Fast Lane highlighted—amongst several charitable sponsors.


By Katherine Guest/Hudson County View

Founded and managed by Desha L. Jackson and her Give to Live Community Foundation, JCFW establishes a link between renowned designers from FITFL Magazine’s cast member Marco Hall, Project Runway’s Season 10 contestant Nathan Paul and Season 12 challenger Helen Castillo, and fashion week’s motto “Style with Significance: Fashion For The Greater, Good On The Right Side of The Hudson.”

The runway shows and designer showcases are known as the only charitable fashion events in the United States.

Named as Vogue (Magazine) Young Talent, Castillo, a couture designer, will be honored with a “Person of Influence” award by JCFW during the VIP Fashion Event. Prior to the award ceremony, A Walk-Thru In The Park features male model Louis Allen III strutting down the runway with rapper Jim Jones’ Vampire Live clothing line.

Broadcasted live on Sirius XM Radio on Sept. 28th, Marco Hall will join Nathan Paul and Castillo at Liberty Science Center’s Catwalk in the Park.

As a proud network sponsor, Fashion In The Fast Lane (FITFL), its weekly radio program, Fashion Accelerated, and related FITFL Magazine (created by EIC Yvonne Forbes), extends beyond the limelight of sponsors with a special event — on Sept. 25 — from Delvon Johnson, celebrity stylist from the reality series Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Johnson also co-hosts Fashion Accelerated with Executive Producer Yvonne Forbes, and is managing editor at FITFL Magazine.

Darrell Reid, former NFL American linebacker from the Indianapolis Colts, who plays a role in the Give to Charity Board, will be showcasing his DRLM men’s clothing line in Maritime Park on Sept. 25. Reid met L.A. designer Larae Mychél during Jersey City’s annual fashion event in January 2014 which inspired Reid’s clothing line.

Also joining JCFW are the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Skoloff and Wolfe Attorneys at Law, Investors Bank, Hudson County Reporter and Jersey City Magazine, Fashion United, Fashion Avenue News, VB3 Restaurant & Bar, Events Cherished, Uniiverse, and YELP.

The fashion show’s supporters include: PNC Bank, Jersey City Medical Center – Liberty Health Care Systems, City of Jersey City, City of Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, Macy’s, TD Bank, City of Jersey City Division of Recreation, and City of Jersey City – City Council.

Jackson and her Give to Live Community foundation partnered with TD Bank and their Afinity Program which helps raise money for non-profit organizations in the Tristate area.

Give to Live’s main mission is charitable awareness about significant issues such as: homelessness, socio-economicly oppressed regions, and disabilities through the use of education and entertainment.

For schedules, venues, and tickets to JCFW, visit

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