We're so excited about our 2012 Fashion Show - now just four days away! We want to make sure you have everything in order - here's what you need to know!
2012 Fashion Show CHECKLIST
- TICKETS? What! You haven't purchased your tickets yet? You can purchase tickets online RIGHT NOW! What are you waiting for? You don't want to hesitate - tickets at the door are subject to availability. Additionally, purchasing your tickets in advance guarantees you PRIORITY seating!
- DOORS OPEN AT 4PM! Doors to our event open at 4pm and check-in at the registration table is required. Seating will take place at specific call-times, with Front-Row Pass seating at 5:15pm, Priority Seating (those who purchased their General tickets in advance. Hint: buy your tickets in advance!) at 5:25pm, and the remainder of General Seating will take place at 5:45pm. You will want to arrive at 4pm to check-in, browse our bazaar, and snap some photos at our red-carpet booth before heading to the show!
- PARKING IS FREE! Parking for our guests is complimentary of Fashion Fighting Famine. Just let the UC Irvine Student Center Parking Structure attendants know you are attending Fashion Fighting Famine, and they will provide you with a daily parking pass ($10 value).
- MOM AND FRIENDS? Our program is family friendly and we encourage you to make it a mother-daughter event! And don’t forget to tell all your friends and co-workers – you won’t want them to miss a fabulous evening of fun and fundraising! We also encourage you to invite your non-Muslim friends as this is a great opportunity learn about Muslim-American culture!
- CHECKBOOK OR CASH? Our 2012 Fashion Show is a charitable event and we will be raising funds for One Laptop Per Child and Syria for Relief and Development! There will also be an amazing Shop for a Cause bazaar, where every purchase will be supporting our two honorable charitable causes. We guarantee you won't find these clothes anywhere else, so don't miss your chance to shop the latest trends in modest fashion while supporting charity!
- CHIC OUTFIT? We encourage you to come looking your best reflecting your personal sense of style. Just be sure to keep in mind that this years event will not be an environment where you can remove your hijab/headscarf, so please dress accordingly!
- CAMERA? Yes! You'll want to preserve the memories of this glamorous evening filled with all your friends and family. Cellphones and flash photography will not be allowed during the show.
More questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions
page for all the details.
We absolutely can't wait to see you this Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at 4pm at the most fashionably charitable event of the year - the Fashion Fighting Famine 2012 Charity Fashion Show! For those who can't make it, we are very sad to miss you, but there are still ways to be involved!
- Tell your friends and family. Even though you can't make it, share and spread the love by telling your loved ones about the show and encouraging them to attend! They'll love you for not letting them miss it.
- Buy a ticket to support. You can still support Fashion Fighting Famine in it's mission to support charities in eliminating global hunger, poverty, and disease while providing a platform for the Muslim arts & culture by purchasing a ticket out of support for the event.
- Make a donation. Our 2012 Fashion Show is a charity event in support of One Laptop Per Child and Syria for Relief and Development. To make a donation, please visit our Cause of the Year page, or email us at email@example.com. We are committed to using our talents to benefit those in need - please join us in supporting these truly worthy causes!
Dika "Resty" Restiyani, Modeling for Wardah Beauty and SixteenR. Image Courtesy SixteenR.com
Dika Restiyani, better known as Resty, is the 2011 winner of the first ever Muslimah Beauty Pageant in Indonesia. The winner of the pageant was judged on her beauty, spirituality, and emotional intelligence - including talent in reading Qur'an!
The 24-year old entrepreneur, model, non-profit founder, and graduate student expressed her sincerest interest in attending the Fashion Fighting Famine 2012 Fashion Show this year, and although she won't be able to make it (, she took some time to chat with our staff about her fashion interest, non-profit activism, and more.
Dika Restiyani. Image: Kabar24.com
FFF: Tell us about your relationship with fashion! What made you pursue modeling, and how did you get started?
Resty: I've been dealing with the modeling world since I was 18 years old. I started my career as a Muslimah model. I wear hijab in daily life, even when I work as a model. I only pursue and accept modeling job that suit my personal dress standards.
I have loved fashion since I was a child. My mom always dressed me up and made me look very fashionable, and it definitely affected my fashion sense. I love the runway, the lights and cameras during photo-shoots, the impeccable design of the clothes I'm modeling - for me it's an art.
I participated in a general beauty pageant in 2010, before I participated in the Muslimah Beauty Pageant in 2011. The jury in that pageant told me remove my hijab, and I refused. The jury told me if I refused to remove my hijab, my points would be reduced, to which I responded, "It's okay if you want to reduce my points. I can't remove my hijab - this is my commitment to Allah." Needless to say, I lost that competition!
A year later, in 2011, I heard about a beauty pageant for women who wear hijab called 'Muslimah Beauty,' and after a rigorous competition, I am so proud to say that I won!
Continued The Muslimah Beauty pageant winner is known as a Muslim Fashion Ambassador, but has grown to encompass being an ambassador for halal products and Islamic lifestyle.
FFF: Tell us about your non-profit organization - what inspired you to start it, and what does it do?
Resty: I'm the founder of a non profit organisation named Pelangi (Peduli Anak untuk Negeri). Pelangi is a group of volunteers that provide basic education for children who don't have the opportunity to get their education from school. I was a deanlist student in my undergradute program at Bakrie University. The University gave me full scholarship and Rp 1 million each month. I was thinking of how to give back and share the knowledge that I got from school because I feel so grateful to Allah. When you give and share something, you may think you are just giving, but in actuality, you are receiving more in life. It's the happiness when you give and share something to others - it's priceless.
Dika Restiyani for SixteenR.com
FFF: Are you inspired by American fashion, and particularly Muslim-American fashion?
Resty: Yes, I'm very inspired by Muslim-American fashion, especially for my casual looks. Muslim-American fashion is very comfortable to wear and fits in to my personality and lifestyle, since I'm always on the go. I love that it's cutting edge, and yet simple and stylish.
FFF: What sparked your interest in Fashion Fighting Famine? Do you have anything you'd like to say to our readers?
Resty: I'm very interest in Fashion Fighting Famine because it's not only about fashion, but also about giving to others. I'm in love with fashion and social activities. And I think Fashion Fighting Famine has the same vision and mission as Muslimah Beauty. That's why I really want to go there and meet all of you!
I'd like to tell your readers that beauty is about how our existence can be valuable for others. The richest person in the world is the one who give the most to others. Much love from Indonesia <3
We can't wait to have Resty join us at one of our future events! You can tweet Dika here
and also check out her YouTube channel
- be sure to show her some love!
Are you ready for what's to come at our 2012 Fashion Show? We released an exclusive edition of Flair - a 2012 Pre-Show Lookbook, Facebook edition - earlier this week, to give you a little pre-runway reveal. Get ready to bag your favorite runway looks in our Shop for a Cause bazaar - you don't want these gorgeous designs to sell out before you get yours! Here are a few photos, and you can see the rest on our Facebook fan page (you don't need an account to see it)!
Style Network's fabulous star & host of "How Do I Look?"
Jeannie Mai voiced her support for Fashion Fighting Famine's 2012 Fashion Show today! This daring fashionista won't be able to make it to our event this year, but we hope to have her genuine, vivacious, and philanthropic spirit at our events in the future. We love you Jeannie Mai
and thanks for the support!
Designer Nancy Hoque of SixteenR is proud of creating scarves that empower. From bold and quirky scarves such as her signature Headphones scarf, to graphic design-adorned pieces that are sure to make you think, SixteenR has a fierce attitude we are totally in love with. We took a moment to chat with Hoque before her Fashion Fighting Famine runway debut to take place on June 3rd, 2012.
SixteenR.com. Designer Nancy Hoque
FFF: Why did you decide to go into the fashion industry?
NH: Fashion to me is an expression of creativity in the art of dressing. I joined the fashion industry because being a Muslim woman, I did not see much of the fashion industry representing clothing in a way that would help Muslim woman or encourage modest fashion. Seeing how Muslim women dress, combining traditional styles with new trends of the west, and being original and owning their own style, was very inspiring! Now living in Singapore, I see girls wrapping the headscarf in really cool original ways, wearing loose harem pants, with flats and loose draping shirts. Its all different and new...and very exciting! Modest fashion is niche, but it is very fresh and original. It's about time we share with the world how cool it is and that it empowers us. ;)
FFF: What challenges have you faced?
NH: Challenges that I have faced are people not understanding the concept of sixteenR.com. They either feel that it amusing that a Muslim woman is empowered by her scarf and sense of style or that because a Muslim woman is interested in fashion, it is provocative and wrong. But every obstacle can only make you stronger and force you to be more creative in how you express your views. Allah only knows what our intentions are and with that, we'll keep doing what we're doing.
FFF: How would you describe your designs?
NH: Our designs are not typically what you see in scarves. We design the scarf thinking of how it would look as a headscarf, not just as a neck scarf. We want the images and words to make a statement, or the colors and patterns to be bold and funky. We have a lot of new designs coming that we are excited to share inshaAllah (God willing).
FFF: What charitable efforts are you passionate about and how are you involved in them?
NH: I have worked with One Laptop Per Child in the past as well! That's why we were so excited that this year FFF is donating to OLPC! We wanted to start OLPC in Bangladesh, but it required us to start the entire program from ground up (which is a HUGE task), so we started off by donating computers to orphanages in a few villages. The plight of children always draws me to them. Whether it be working children, children in jail, hungry children... they are just kids. They need our help and we should help them. We donate to Save the Children Bangladesh which works on programs to empower the young minds.
What are you inspired by? So many things inspire me. People with strong characters, such as Malcolm X and Rabindranath Tagore inspire me, so we literally designs scarves after them. I find Diane Von Furstenburg and Chanel very inspiring because they changed the way women dress and approach their style. Prada is inspiring in how they present their clothing. Color and the texture of the fabric inspires me. We won't buy the fabric if we think it will be a bad scarf.
FFF: What are your favorite stores to shop at?
NH: I love shopping at Zara for their casual elegance. I love H&M for the cool designer collaborations and affordable fashion. I also love TopShop for their super unique jewelry. I am starting to design my own clothes. Once I get the hang of that, we may introduce that in sixteenR!
FFF: What is your favorite piece from your latest collection and why?
NH: The headphone scarf is my favorite. I designed it keeping in mind how others would perceive a Muslim woman. I've had a lot people say some "interesting" things to me, while I was wearing a headscarf. I wonder if they would have acted differently if I wore the headphones scarf?
FFF: What is one piece of fashion advice you swear by?
NH: Have style. Don't know what it is? Figure it out. A woman with style, is a confident woman, and it feels amazing to be stylish and confident.