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Montclair's Annual Fashion Show to Raise Funds for Charity, This Sunday

Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Don’t miss out on all the fashion in Montclair this Sunday. From 4-8 pm, the Wellmont Theater will host a lineup of Montclair Center's top boutiques and designers. Some of the proceeds will go to help local charity organizations. 

This annual fashion show is a result of the collaboration of the Montclair Business District, several sponsors, volunteers and retailers. Part of the purpose of the show is to aid in raising both awareness and funds for SAVE of Essex and S.O.F.I.A.

Tapinto spoke to Israel Cronk, Montclair Center BID Executive Director. He was excited to report he had just received a shipment of 12,000 dollars worth of (sponsor) Paul Mitchell retail products.

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Cronk was enthusiastic about the upcoming event. He credited retailers for donating their time and outfits in order to make this possible. He said there would be approximately 60 models in the show.

What else might the crowd be looking forward to? Cronk said there would be door prizes and salsa dancing!

For Snapchat users Cronk added, “The snapchat filter should be live tomorrow – anyone around the Wellmont can pull it up.” He also said, “There will be auction for an amazing skirt from Sofistafunk.” Sofistafunk is a designer that sells in Montclair.  

TapInto also reached out to Hakim Bell from West Orange who was invited to be the DJ for the show. He is also known as DJ Prince Hakim.

Some may know him as Kool’s son, from Kool and the Gang but that is by no means his claim to fame. Bell’s resume is quite impressive. When asked about some of his favorite gigs he said he works for the Clinton Foundation. “I’ve DJ’d for president Clinton. There was this one event where Bill was the host at the Highline Ballroom in New York...” he recounted.

Bell said, “I got a call from Israel Cronk and he said he wanted me to DJ this year. I am really excited that he chose me.” While he loves playing music, Bell said, “I never did a fashion show before so it will be fun for me.”

In describing his role at the event he said he had already spoken to one of the producers and they laid out the format for the show. “There will be an intermission and a small music jam after the event.” What Bell mostly likes is, no surprise, “seeing people dancing.”

“I’m excited for the intermission and after party so I can do what I do. I love rocking 80’s and 70’s.”

When asked about former President Bill Clinton, Bell said, “”He was very cool. He knows his music! Afterward, he sent me a letter thanking me.”

While we had him, TapInto was curious about Bell’s childhood, who grew up while his dad was touring with Kool and the Gang. Bell said it was awesome – “I was born into the music. Me and my brother went on the road on the tour bus during summers.”

Bell has lived in West Orange since 1983 and now has an office on 50 Church Street in Montclair where he offers DJ classes.

As to his invitation to this year’s Fashion show, he was over the moon, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” he said.

Eric Sy from Montclair Riding on Glen Ridge Avenue in Montclair is one of the retailers who will be represented at the show. Asked to describe the pieces he selected for the models he replied, “We have two looks for women and two for men. Ready to wear and evening wear.”

Sy explained that when one purchases traditional clothing there is an explicit differentiation but for motorcycle wear one of the main differences is protection. “Gentleman daytime or active wear will be a waxed canvas jacket with a long T and protective pants and matching boots, but evening would be a thicker leather …”

Sy said Cronk had reached out to him last year but he was not ready. The brick and mortar store was still to come. “Last year we were too new, we were limited on offering.” This year they’ve expanded their lineup, have a presence in Montclair, and are looking forward to showcasing their products in the show.


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