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Project Evolution Fashion Show Review
Posted 2/3/2011

by: Jeremy A.R Davis

So at least one thing’s for certain, Pittsburgh definitely has some of the finest ladies this side of the Mississippi, and these girls have some of the most incredible bodies rivaling the other side of that aforementioned river. Steelcitylive.com knows exactly where to find ‘em. On January 28, 2011 at Playwright’s Theater, Models & Talent National and Human Hustle Entertainment brought you Project Evolution.
For two nights only, downtown Pittsburgh lit up with angels in garments from Sew Addicted, Vin Graphics, Star the Fushonista, Chelsea’s of New York, Saturday Only, Dig Clothing, Crazy Hot Clothes, and Sheda’s Closet. The highlight of the evening was that all proceeds went towards promoting childhood literacy and the edification of some of the less fortunate youth of Allegheny County.
I thought I was in New York and it was fashion week. The night was reminiscent of Rip the Runway. Up-and-coming local musical talents ushered out the designs with heavy hitters like Ike Vega. Ike Vega, the R&B singer from Ohio, had the ladies going ‘crazy’ with his Let’s Roll off his EP. Having worked with well known performers like K-Ci and Jojo it’s evident that Mr. Vega is on a mission. I’m sure I saw one or two of the ladies in the audience mesmerized by his work. One model whispered to me backstage “Is Ike single?”
Young Roach, another flourishing artist, graced the stage. He’s from Zuken Entertainment. He was remarkable. His Ready for my Dream, produced by J. Pod, was the track for my favorite ensemble of the evening, an Indian inspired purple lace-type dress with a hood. With a unique style of rapping that incorporated a bit of comedy in his flow, Young Roach, at only 20, is destined to be a big name someday… trust me. “I don’t need your beats I’m a buhbuhbuhbuh beat box”… Tight!
Pittsburgh’s playboy, Choze, the little man from Jeff Boyd’s crew, brought it too. This guy! Talk about stage presence? Talk about ‘swagger’? Beyond the shadow of a doubt he’s the most comfortable on stage I’ve ever seen. Need I say more? When I got back home I threw in his EP just to bounce to. It’s a crazy different sound I call Hip Pop.
The Dance Group, a group of young hip hop dancers, was pure energy and dropped it from start to finish.
Initially, I was worried that the music would distract from the aim, which was to check out fashion, but I think they managed to pull off the feat. The music became an incredible element. My fear then was that one of the ‘big dudes’ from Human Hustle Entertainment would run into one of my girls! I was nervous about that. I mean it was a lean runway to say the least, and there were so many people trying to manipulate it, but they maneuvered masterfully, so indeed, shout outs to the choreographer.
I noticed it did take a little time past the proposed start time, and that may have been a problem, at first, but as we all know, perfection usually takes a while to organize, and by the end of the night, no one even remembered the delay.
Oh… you weren’t there? Well you missed an incredible show.
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