Meet Georgia Peach Fashion Week Creators: Kenyon and Desiree

Look out Atlanta, Kenyon and Desiree are currently leaving a big impact on Atlanta’s fashion world! What they are currently executing is going to step up the game for the City of Atlanta. The L.A and Paris standards are being raised even higher and through this dynamic duo, Atlanta will be on top.

Desiree and Kenyon are both from California and lived in Atlanta for a year thus far. They are multi-talented with a background in entertainment, fashion and acting. Desiree has a long story of fashion changing her life and Kenyon played professional basketball for a few years before pursuing his fashion and acting career full time. The two have traveled all over the world to various fashion shows such as; Mercedes Bens, and Paris Fashion Week.

Those different types of elements have really enlightened our experiences. So, coming here to Atlanta has been a different experience for us because of what we have learned and what we have grown to love. Coming here, we experienced something quite different which is not at the same caliber to what we’re use to.

Desiree recounted on how their experience in Atlanta’s fashion world was limited in regards to the fashion shows they witnessed. The location of the fashion shows were not what they were used too. They also noticed that for some of these shows, the models were not getting paid for participation.

The caliber and the market is different here. That’s why we want to change the game in regards to fashion and entertainment. We want models to get paid their work for walking at the shows. We want great presentation, but not just great presentation. The caliber of the show that is produced. We want people to say ‘wow Georgia has something’ that we’re offering to the plate, said Desiree,

Nobody wants too or nobody has taken fashion seriously in Atlanta, said Kenyon. When you go to L.A and New York and you mention Atlanta… Atlanta is not known for fashion. They are known for film and television now. We want to change the game and create a platform where fashion is taken seriously in Atlanta.

Desiree and Kenyon consider themselves Atlantians and are holding tight to the fashion baton and leading Atlanta’s fashion  to success.

Kenyon, Desiree, and with Kontrol Editor-In-Chief Julian
Kenyon, Desiree, and with Kontrol Editor-In-Chief Julian

From there, Georgia Peach Fashion Week was birthed.

Starting yesterday, the first annual Georgia Peach Fashion Week began. This week will last until tomorrow, June 13th with The Black and White Celebrity Walk Off. All proceeds for the fashion week will go towards the Twin of a Kind Foundation.

Twin of a Kind Foundation was birthed by Desiree and her twin sister Erin.

Twin of a Kind is my passion. We started it back in 2008. It’s a youth empowerment organization and it’s non-profit. It’s all about encouraging and building self esteem as individuals in youth ages. Of course self esteem can be built in all types of forms for all different types of ages. The ages can range from twelve and go all the way to adult years. It’s all about unlocking and unleashing your star potential.

Twin of a Kind works with a lot of youth that have been traumatized in various ways. The foundation is designed to help booth the self-esteem of those who have or are in traumatic situations. Twin of a Kind conducts workshops on anti-bullying, sex trafficking, knowing yourself, and other things of that nature. They are hands on with their youth so they can feel comfortable to engage. The charity is currently California-based however, there are plans for the foundation to be a expand globally.

This fashion week is the talk to the town and gives Atlantians a standard of how fashion weeks are meant to be executed.

What to expect today is Bravo’s Brooklyn Tankard as the host and performances by Rico Barrino and Cori Sims. The featured designers will be from Drip Swimwear, Kimmani Kouture, and The Cotrice Collection.

The finale tomorrow will have more surprises in store, but won’t be won’t be spoiled from us! That’s something we’ll leave you to anticipate for tomorrow!

 

Can’t make it to the Georgia Peach Fashion Week? No worries! Thanks to Microsoft Perimeter, you can stream the show live at www.georgiapeachfashionweek.com.

Sarai Thompson

What do you get when you mix youth, fashion, and enthusiasm into one? You get Sarai Thompson! I'm a Senior at Georgia State University ambitious and goal driven. I am a first generation Jamaican American, born in Boston, and Atlanta is my playground.

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