Houston designer Jamel Hawk showcased his Fall/Winter 2018 collection last Saturday, March 10. Then, fashion and philanthropy converged for “INCEPTION at the Mansion” to benefit the Houston’s Children’s Charity Closet Program and the No Excuses Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes fashion and sporting events to raise scholarships for students in high school and college.

Festivities at the Mansion in north downtown were hosted by Radio One's KG Smooth and FOX26 News anchors Jonathan Martin and Coco Dominguez. Guests vibed to the sounds of Live Out Loud Band, Imani Scott, Lee-Lonn Walker, and Luke Whitney.

Hawk’s contemporary and luxury designs were designed with both men and women in mind, and the evening’s theme was inspired by the designer's desire for fashion to transcend creed, gender, race, and religion. 

"By definition, inception means ‘the beginning.’ The beauty of life is if you are blessed to wake up to a new day, you can always work towards a new beginning," Hawk said. "If you remain determined, motivated, persistent, and resilient, eventually you’ll find your perfect beginning. Your perfect inception."

The event also featured designs by Houston's Chasity Sereal. Her “Black Out” collection was inspired by the #MeToo movement and the solidarity of the Red Carpet blackout at this year’s Golden Globes.

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