On February 8th, more than 300 guests attended Mimi’s Boutiq 4th annual Fashion Show at Newport Beach Side Hotel featuring designers La Belle Couture, Djenane Desrouleaux, Eccoci, Kaltural, Swimwear by Adjanie Muller, Louca Bell Collection, Onyx, Le Tron’ King Divo, Risque Dukes, Adjanie Muller, Classy Lady Creationz, Beware Swimwear, Catou Wear, Marly Haiti and Martine Valcin. The show, led by Haitian-American model Tico Armand and Haiti’s Chokarella host Carel Pedre included performances by Arly Lariviere, Ada and Francki Amour.
While the guest, DJ’s, media and Haitian socialites mingled and watch the show from their seats, I had a VIP ticket to cover backstage and danced, snapped social network photos, partied and saw all the good, bad and ugly about producing such a large show with over 20 models and two electrifying host .
Here is an inside look of everything off the runway. If you were following my snap chat (username lunionsuite) during the show, you saw what model behavior really mean when the music came on and the runway lights were off. I will post the pictures of the designers lines soon, keep checking the site for updates.
How does a Yale University Political Science Graduate, Dave Fils-Aime choose to spend his time? Working on Basketball Program in Haiti that help motivate and stimulate learning (Basketball to Uplift the Youth of Haiti). There are many people stepping up and out of the box to give back; find your purpose and move forward – Written by Haitian American staff member Lawrence Gonzalez
Check out the work that he is doing by visiting his Facebook page here
MARLIE ALBERTS and her 11-year-old daughter Malkiah are descendants of the only black man on the Titanic when the British luxury liner sank on April 14, 1912.
Two years ago, I remember reading and finding out that the only black family aboard the Titanic ship on April 10, 1912 was a Haitian Engineer name Joseph Lemercier Laroche and his family. I was so drawn to the family, I read everything I could find about it and missed this story. A year ago a story was published about a descendant of the Laroche family who said she is determined to keep the memory of her ancestors alive, giving them their rightful place in history and after reading this article, I hope she is able to get her family’s story on the big screen one day.
According to ClevalandBanner,
Marlie Alberts said she is a descendant of the Haitian-born, French-educated black man, Joseph Laroche, whose maiden voyage on the Titanic is well-documented but remains obscure to the general public. Laroche was traveling with his pregnant wife, Juliette Lafargue, and their two young daughters, Simonne and Louise. His wife and children survived the Titanic disaster, but Laroche did not. His body was never found.
Alberts said the true love story between her interracial ancestors on the doomed luxury liner would make for a thrilling and romantic fact-based drama that would restore her family’s rightful place in history and raise awareness about the plight in Haiti today — two missions she is committed to.