Obakki and Holt Renfrew are familiar names in fashion circles and ‘Walk for Water’ saw the coming together of these two fashion powerhouses for a night of fashion and philanthropy.
Joined by some of the fashion industry’s top models from South Sudan and Canada, the Walk for Water fashion show was a chance for Vancouver’s fashionista to come out and show support for the people of the South Sudan.
Guests filled Holt’s and shopped, as 10% of the night’s sales were being donated to the Obakki Foundation’s clean water projects, as well as 100% of all ticket proceeds.
Invited guests were treated to delicious canapés by Hawksworth Catering, a live DJ and given the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.
Before the runway started, Peake said a few words on the importance of the organization’s work. She was followed by South Sudanese actors, models and activists Ger Duany and Mari Malek who echoed her sentiments and gave a human and raw perspective of this very real problem.
Opening the show was world renowned supermodel Heather Marks who began her career in Calgary at just 12 years old and has since worked for every major fashion house in the world. Joining her on the runway were models who have had very personal experiences in the South Sudanese areas: Ajak Deng, Grace Bol, Achok Majak, Mari Agory and Adau Mornyang.
The runway was a mixture of Obakki’s upcoming designs and select pieces from Holt Renfrew’s current collections. The collections flowed really nicely and the natural tones and fabrics held the show together giving it a gorgeous cohesiveness.
Many of Obakki’s pieces stood out, and I was drawn in from literally the first look that hit the runway, which was a beautifully cut black silk dress. Other piece from the collection that I loved was the white overszied roll neck dress which also received a very positive reaction from the audience. The allusion of a cape gave it a beautiful silhouette.
While everyone there felt the weight of the night’s seriousness and the importance of the cause, the event was filled with fun and joy. The evening concluded with a musical performance by acclaimed artist and social change-maker Emmanuel Jal who performed an energetic rap and got Peake and her beautiful family out on the runway to ‘twerk the night away’.
“As fashion bloggers, we are acutely aware of how rich our lives are – spending our days styling beautiful clothes is a childhood dream come true for both us, and we support the Obakki Foundation because the work they do enriches the lives of people who are not as fortunate as we are, expanding their possibilities so that they can not only dream the kind of dreams that we did as children, but realize them,” said Lyndi Barrett and Cee Fardoe, style bloggers and Obakki Collaborators.
More on Treana Peake and the Obakki Foundation
Obakki was founded back in 2005 in Vancouver by designer Treana Peake. Inspired by her travels and humanitarian work, she has an incredible wealth of inspiration do draw from. Peake created special and versatile pieces that connect customers to a real story. Over Obakki’s 11 years it has grown to being an internationally recognized label, worn by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, as well as gracing the pages of Vogue UK, Elle and more.
Through Peake’s humanitarian work, the Obakki Foundation was founded. It has one simple, yet vital goal of getting clean water to the people of Africa where every day, thousands struggle to provide their villages and families with this most basic of human needs. Obakki’s model is simple: drill wells, monitor their adoption, and then expand development in villages that show a capacity for maximizing their new found resource. This one simple yet vital resource impacts so many elements of life, as it affects food supply, economy, conflict, and – particularly for women – education, as many young women without readily available water are forced to walk up to 8 hours a day to the nearest water source.
Since 2009, the Obakki Foundation has provided over 810 water wells and brought water to over one million people.
(Uncredited images courtesy of the Obakki Foundation)