B Michael, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Phylicia Rashad, actress
Jean Shafiroff, Couture Council
Valerie Simpson, Grammy-winning songwriter and recording artist
Tamara Tunie, star of stage, screen and television
As is customary with the b Michael brand, the Fall/Winter 2013 Couture Collection will benefit a charitable organization dedicated to education and the enrichment of youth. This year, the Impact Repertory Theater is the charitable partner. IMPACT's mission is to use the performing arts and the dynamics of leadership training to develop and empower young people.
Rooted in creative self-expression and anchored by a commitment to Safe space, Outstanding effort and Service to the community (S.O.S.), IMPACT Repertory Theatre was founded in 1997 by Alice Arlen, Jamal Joseph, Joyce Joseph, and Voza Rivers, with additional assistance from Courtney Bennett and Ray Johnson. IMPACT operates as a major branch of New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG), established in 1964, one of the oldest Black not-for-profit theatre companies in New York City. Since its inception in 1997, more than 1000 young people have gone through our rites of passage and left with life skills that have empowered them to assume leadership socially, academically and culturally. Our programs in youth development, creative arts, and community activism have transformed the lives of our members, many of whom have gone on to assume leadership roles in our nation's top colleges and universities, making invaluable contributions within the various Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges, and the Ivy.
About b Michael
Fashion innovator, pacesetter and legend b. michael began his career as a milliner and honed his skills as a fashion designer and couturier while working in the ateliers of leading designers including Oscar de la Renta. Mr. Michael launched his own label in 1998 and is now at the helm of a multi-faceted design brand that includes ready-to-wear, accessories and the treasured couture collection. A favorite among some of the most photographed women in the world; Mr. Michael's designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Tamara Tunie and Cicely Tyson, among others. Mr. Michael has presented collections worldwide and is a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of organizations that educated and empower young people, thereby shaping the leaders of tomorrow.