Yesterday evening I attended a fashion show presented by Ambience Entourage on The Terrace at South Tryon. Thankfully because of the threat of rain (but it didn't rain) the clouds blocked the sun, making it bearable to be on a rooftop in July. The fashion show was well put together and quite enjoyable. Local twenty-somethings walked the runway, modeling fashions from the 1970s through the 2000s, with the DJ playing hip hop and R&B music to coincide with each era.
It was a beautiful atmosphere. If I had to guess, I would say there were about 150 people in attendance, with the majority being women. And although those in the audience came to watch the fashion show, they were dressed as if they were going to be in it. I don't know the last time I saw so many pairs of designer sunglasses in one place. It was all good though. They came dressed to impress. And I was impressed—by the entire event. It certainly gave Charlotte that big-city feel.
I was there with my brother and father (my father was in town visiting). Then at one point I saw a few people walking over to my left. I looked over and realized that they were coming over to speak to R&B singer and Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton, who was standing just a few feet away from me. Once the small crowd dispersed, I went over to speak to Hamilton as well. He and I have built a rapport since I interviewed him for a feature last year, and have seen him out around town a few times since.
I asked him how things were going. He said he has a small role in the upcoming American Gangster movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters November 2 and stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Hamilton also says he's almost finished his next album and to expect the first single in September and the album in November. "We're hoping to ride the coattail of the movie."