VA Fashion Week Mission Statement
VA Fashion Week was formed with the purpose of showcasing emerging designers and models from up and down the East Coast and to establish a world-class fashion event in Southeastern Virginia. We have been officially recognised by the City of Norfolk.
After five seasons of growth and increased recognition we are enthusiastically planning VAFW 2012 to be the year that surpasses all expectations.
VA Fashion Week 2012 Event Highlights
* Catwalk Competition with Winners in 4 Categories: Top New Female Model, Returning Female Model, Male Model, Swimsuit Model
* World Class Runway Shows Featuring Emerging Designers from VA and Around the World
* Celebrity Guests TBA
* Spotlight on Hair & Makeup Styling
* Style Emporium Featuring Vendors from VA and Beyond
The VAFW Team
Ann Leister is the owner and director of Splash Model Management and has produced
or co-produced muliple fashion shows; including a show for Operation Smile featuring designers including Versace, Missoni, Moschino and others.
In addition, she has cast actors and models in regional and national commercials, TV shows, magazines and ad campaigns as well as placed models with agencies in major markets. She has a BA from The College of William & Mary and experience in real estate, advertising, human resources, video production, and the arts.
Ann regularly attends fashion events in New York including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, as well as shows in Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami, Ann created the concept that has become VA Fashion Week as a way to bring NY style fashion shows to the Hampton Roads area and to spotlight the design talent, models, and creative talent that call this region home.
Ron Cooke is a nationally recognized fashion coordinator and stylist to
the celebrities having produced fashion shows during New York’s Fashion Week as well as in DC, Atlanta, Miami, and other regions. His
company Rogue Productions has worked with world renown designers, politicians, athletes, musicians, and actors. Ron is also an established stylist having dressed an assortment of
today’s hottest celebrities including Alicia Keys, Danny Glover, Lela Rashon and many others for various magazines, commercials, and events. Ron has worked with Ann on VA Fashion Week from the first show on.
Ron will be coordinating many of the boutique shows, several designer shows, as well as organizing many of the backstage activities in VA Fashion Week.
JEANETTE "COOKIE" DABNEY
Cookie Dabney from Washington, D.C. has been an active part of the modeling industry for the past 35 years. She has worked the Runways for major designers and been featured in magazines and tv commercials around Hampton Roads and the country. She has worked for internationally notable designers such as Liz Claiborne, Patrick Kelley,
and Mary McFadden to name a few. The Director of Cookie Dough Ltd., she is currently the “Official” Runway Coach for VAFW and teaches Runway Modeling to students who range in age from 13 on up as well as the Childrens’ Coordinator for the Naturally Me” Pageants being featured in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
JA Leister, assistant to the producers, has been helping with fashion shows for the past seven years. Now in college, she is available to assist any designer with their set-up, fittings, dressers, and any needs or concerns they may have. She also is a contributing writer for several blogs and media publications and will work with all participants in promoting their brand.
Shannon Johnson joins the VAFW team in 2012 as the "Red Carpet" host of VAFW who will conduct interviews with attendees, models, designers, celebrities and the Who’s Who of VA. She will also assist with media relations and outreach, and project development. Shannon calls herself an event planner by day and TV reporter by night. She has been planning events for over 15 years and has been a freelance TV reporter for 9 years. Shannon recently relocated from NYC and has interviewed celebrities, booked models and produced fashion shows for New York Fashion Week for Betsey Johnson, Randolph Duke, Liz Claiborne, Catherine Malandrino, Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole. She has hosted fashion and entertainment shows, covered New York Fashion Week, Essence Magazine events, Tribeca Film Festival and was the Traffic Reporter for NBC-17 in North Carolina.
Richard Spano joins the VAFW team for 2012 as Production & Logistics Coordinator.
Richard comes to us after many years and over 200 events as production/events director for the VA Arts Festival,
chairman of the Hampton Bay Days and many other area events. His expertise in tent set-up, staging, lighting, and sound will be a major asset to our 2012 shows. Richard is also a well known and respected area
and often performs with Lewis McGee.
Naoma Doriguzzi describes herself as "an average woman who has embraced technology". She is a professional vlogger, blogger, and social networker with an expertise in marketing and promotion. She comes to VAFW as a marketing consultant, and will be working with us in promoting the event to both potential sponsors and consumers. Check out her website asknaoma.com
Carla G. has been a master educator for over 10 years. She is the C.E.O. of Another Level College of Cosmetology .Carla G. also is celebrity hair stylist and make-up artist . Her skills were performed on Rah Digga and models for the America's Next Top Model show and many more.Carla 's also is the hair and make up director for Rouges Gallery' s New York Fashion Week, Virginia Fashion Week and North Carolina Fashion Week!. Over all her accomplishments and talents her main and most important is her ministry.
Carla G says " God creates the Path and You set the Pace for your Success! "
Splash Model Management
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. # 149
Virginia Beach, VA 23452