Fashion for charity
Fashion Week this year to focus on Super Bowl
by Al Sullivan
Reporter staff writer
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READY, WILLING AND ABLE -- Ali, Allegra and Amani Walker, who call themselves Triple A, will be modeling at this year’s Fashion Week.
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Ali, Allegra, and Amani Walker are looking forward to the Super Bowl when it comes to the Meadowlands next month.

This isn’t because they are cheering on any particular team, but because they will be taking part in 2014 Football Fashion Week – a pre Super Bowl XLVIII event that will help raise money for local Jersey City not-for-profits.
“This year we decided to hold it early.” -- Desha L. Jackson
Desha L. Jackson Esq. Founder of DLJ Give To Live Foundation and Jersey City Fashion Week, usually holds an event in fall said by tying the event to the biggest sporting event of the year, it will help generate funds for groups that do good work in the city.

“This year we decided to hold it early,” she said.

The 2014 Football Fashion Week is considered a platform for those in the creative field ready to showcase their talent in front of a multitude of tourists flocking to the Tri-State area for Super Bowl 2014 from Jan. 24 to Jan. 30.

The week of events is produced by Give to Live Foundation, which produces the annual Jersey City Fashion Week. This year, to coincide with the Super Bowl and to generate even more attention for the participants and to raise more money for local charities, the group is working with the Town of Secaucus, Atlantic City Fashion Week, and BK Style Foundation, producers of Fashion Week Brooklyn. The 2014 Football Fashion Week is supported by city of Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop, City Council of Jersey City, and Division of Cultural Affairs of Jersey City.

Ali, Allegra and Amani, who go by the name Triple AAA as a music group and have performed the National Anthem for athletic events including two Pop Warner Football and Cheer Homecomings, also singing for Christmas tree lightings in Orange County, N.Y. All have performed in stage plays and auditioned for TV.

All three will be modeling and performing in Fashion Week, and all three have differing talents and ambitions that they hope the increased exposure will draw attention.

Allegra studied Ballet at 4 years old performed in two professional ballets. She modeled recently in a competition in New York State where she was a finalist.

She said she likes to sing, and hopes to pursue a career as a singer and model.

“I like the Jackson Five,” she said referring to those musical groups that influenced her.

Ali said he likes to try different things. He studied piano, guitar and played in and advanced orchestra in elementary school.

“But I don’t dance,” he said.

Amani, who likes to act, has auditioned for movies and television and is currently being considered for an international Ad campaign.

“I also want to be an artist,” he said.

A week of events ahead of this year’s Super Bowl

Jersey City Fashion Week, Jan.23 to 25 will highlight fashion and sports and is seen as an upscale fashion event featuring casual, swim, resort and sportswear for both men and women. This will precede the Super Bowl, which be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Feb. 2. Professional athletes will walk the runway and exhibit their developing fashion lines as well.

It will feature GIII Sports, a clothing line designed by former New York Giants Super Bowl champion Carl Banks, as well as former New York Giants Super Bowl champion and San Francisco 49er Odessa Turner and former Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Champion and Denver Bronco (and New Jersey native) Darrell Reid both walking the runway. Proceeds will go to DLJ Give to Live Community Foundation: a project of United Charitable Programs, Jersey City Recreation Foundation, Grid Iron Group, Secaucus Emergency Fund, and the Snowflake Youth Foundation.

The opening night of Fashion Week will take place in Hoboken at the Boys and Girls Club in conjunction with Liberty Science Center.

On Jan. 24 there is an event scheduled at the Pole Position Raceway, 99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City. On Jan. 25 Mister Cognac, Paul Jones of JTE Spirits, will hold an event featuring a collection of cognacs along with a dinner VB3 lounge at 475 Washington Blvd. in Jersey City. On Jan. 30, Fashion Week will conclude with the Outlet Mall Fashion Show in Secaucus.

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