The 3rd Annual A Weekend of (DE-FI)ance

September 20-22. 2019

The 3rd Annual A  Weekend of (DE-FI)ance is September 20-22 and we are bringing a Fashion  and Beauty Experience like only (DE-FI) can! Join us or a weekend full of supporting local businesses, networking, education, fun and of course Fashion!  in 2019, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has been nominated for several awards from two different organizations from around Ohio; Best Model organization in Ohio for the Buckeye Hair and Fashion Awards which takes place in November in Cincinnati and (3) Silhouette Awards for Most Creative Production in Fashion Project, Paying It Forward, and Rising Star which takes place in Cleveland in September. In celebration of our nominations, we're going to do it up (DE-FI) style!

Join us as we support local Salons, Spas, Makeup Artist, retail stores, Boutiques and more during our first ever Beauty and Fashion Crawl which will take place throughout the weekend. We'll be announcing all of the participating businesses soon so be sure to check back soon for details on what you can expect to witness during this Beauty and Fashion Experience in support of the Buckeye Hair Fashion Awards.  Is your business interested in participating?  There's no fee to be added to the Weekend of (DE-FI)ance schedule, send us an email at that includes your business name, location , website (if applicable), what service you provide, and what kind of activities you plan for your guest at your venue! the deadline is Friday, September 13th.

Friday, September 20

Fashion Night Out, 6-8p

Fashion Night Out is coming to Dayton! We are excited to announce that the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has partnered with the Washington Prime Group and the Dayton Mall to bring you a Fashion Experience like no other!  Join us Friday, September 20, 5-8p in front of Macy's for a night full of fashion, sales, networking and so much more during the official Kickoff of A Weekend of (DE-FI)ance!  The Dayton Mall is located at 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459. 

Saturday, September 21

Designer Open Call, 9:30-10:30a

Are you interested in joining the (DE-FI) Designer Incubator or showcasing your work during Dayton Fashion Week? Every year we open (DE-FI)'s Designer Incubator to new talented independent designers.  Through our unique and personalized Runway Experience our  fashion experience have received critical acclaim making (DE-FI) one of the most influential fashion organizations in the country. Come show us your work on Saturday, September 21st, 9:30a-10:30a, in Quad 1B of the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library located at 215 E. 3rd St., Dayton.

 Beauty Crawl at Spa Express, 10a-6p

Join us on Saturday,  September 21, 10a-6p for a Beauty Crawl at Spa Express, 8975 Kingsridge  Road, Dayton, OH 45458.  Spa Express offers Poly red light  therapy and the Renuvaskin red light bed. Red light therapy can do  wonders for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite, and stretch  marks. They offer customized facials, dermaplaning, and dermarolling  too. In addition they have the Cocoon Wellness Pod  and a  Cocoon Hydration Pod that uses infrared heat therapy, steam, and aroma  therapy to help with weight loss and aches and pains.

Pop in  anytime beween 10a-6p during this Beauty Crawl, Spa Express will be  giving a tour and demonstrations some of our equipment including their  new cryoskin machine that does body slimming and toning, plus facials. Check out their website at HERE  and "Like"  them on Facebook HERE .

Fashion Crawl at Style Encore-Centerville, TBA

 oin us on Saturday, September 21, 11:30a-1:30p for a Fashion Crawl at Style Encore Centerville, 101 E Alex Bell Rd Ste 154, Centerville, OH 45459.

Style Encore will be offering their personal styling service, which is free, all you have to do is fill out their a Styling Profile on their website and they will pull (2) outfits for you to try on when you arrive!

They will also be offering a 15% discount when you mention (DE-FI) during checkout during the time of this crawl! Join us on Saturday,  September 21 for a Fashion Crawl at Style Encore-Centerville,  101 E Alex Bell Rd Ste 154, Centerville, OH 45459. Additional Details coming soon.

Fashion Crawl at TheZe DealZ-A Thrifty Boutique, TBA

Join us on Saturday,  September 21 for a Fashion Crawl at TheZe DealZ -A Thrifty Boutique,  3183 W Siebenthaler Ave Suite C, Dayton, OH 45406 . Additional Details coming soon.

Fashion Crawl at Boujee Bee Boutique, TBA

Join us on Saturday,  September 21 for a Fashion Crawl at Boujee Bee Boutique, 508 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410 

Open Call for Models, 10:30a-12:30p

We'll be holding our final Open Call of the year for our Model Incubator, so mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21. Are you ready to join the only fashion organization that has over 27  years of industry experience, provides means to pay models, is  advocating for laws to protect models, has helped to  launch the careers of not 1, not 2 but 3 Supermodels, has helped  countless other models be signed to agencies around the world, and does  it all voluntarily? That's right, there's no fee to join our Incubator.

The (DE-FI) Model Incubator's Model Talk Modules takes you beyond the  5% of the industry that is just runway and photoshoots. We empower our  models with knowledge and tools needed to navigate the critical 95% of  the industry that is often overlooked and can make or brake your career  if all you have to offer is a walk or nice pics. We develop business  minded models and provide real industry experiences that include agency  visits and New York Fashion Week.

Our Open Call process mirrors  that of Open Calls at modeling agencies in larger markets like New York,  Chicago, LA, and Miami. We keep it simple, once in with the panel room,  expect to be asked a few questions about yourself and interest in being  a model and that's it...short, sweet, and to the point, nothing extra!   You'll be in and out of the panel room in less than 3 minutes and will  know if you've received an invite to join our Incubator on the spot.

This Open Call will take place at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library located at 215 E. 3rd St., Dayton, OH 43210, in Conference Room 3A. Open to models of all ethnicities, genders, heights,and sizes, ages 12+. This will be our final Open Call of the year, the next Open Call will not take place until March 2020. 

September 22

Buckeye Hair and Fashion Awards Mixer

 With the Buckeye Hair Fashion Awards® almost here, it's about time that  you get to know some of the nominees and the headliners. Come join us  at 2p,September 22, 2019 at the "Bassani Theater Off Third" located on the 3rd  floor of the Dayton Metro Library (elevators and FREE garage parking  available). Meet the top Ohio nominees and get to know them better to  make the best choice when voting next month. This is also a great  opportunity to network with some of our headliners that will be featured  in the Hair & Fashion Showcase finale that evening before the  awards.

What else can you expect:

Free raffle tickets given to all that attend!
Win a chance to get a FREE Buckeye Hair Fashion Awards® T-Shirt!
Models,  designers, and cosmetologists that attend can apply for upcoming  fashion/hair show events, paid gigs, photoshoots, and more!
A networking opportunity for anyone in the industry of hair, fashion, or beauty

Please  note: Event is FREE, but you will still need an EventBrite Ticket to  enter. Tickets are limited! Get them while you can Don't forget to  follow us on FB or IG @BuckeyeAwards to stay up to date with all the  events and special announcements! #BuckeyeAwards #OhioAwards

Get your tickets at HERE

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