By: Marilyn Wilson

Shine 2016 – an extravaganza of fashion, music and dance– will be hitting the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on September 10 th . This wonderful evening is made possible by hundreds of individuals who are rallying together for mental health. Communities helping communities!

Every single person and every single business involved is volunteering their time and services. Because of their generosity, Shine! will be able to donate 100% of every dollar raised through ticket sales and donations directly to the evenings recipients – Canadian Mental Health Association and The Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre.

As a thank-you, we will be highlighting some of the wonderful people and businesses who are working hard to make this evening the best it can be. Today’s interview is with Charlene Rowley of Faye Tality Couture , one of 12 designers participating in SHINE!

Please share about your journey to becoming a designer – how did you choose this career, training or self-taught, when did you launch your brand?

I started designing when I was 12 years old. Playing with my Barbie dolls and using a vintage singer sewing machine. I am completely self taught. I’m not sure that I have launched my brand. It’s ever evolving, and I always seem to be pulled in different directions.

Describe your brand/collection? Who is your customer? What would you most like readers to know?

My current collection is romantic, dreamy and whimsical. My customer is someone that wants unique pieces with a romantic flair. I would like readers to know that life is too short to wear boring clothes.

Can your share an interesting story from your time working in this field?

I was once contacted by one of kid Rocks’ dancers to create costumes for their shows!

Please share how you heard about Shine 2016 and why you feel it’s important to participate in this fundraiser for Canadian Mental Health Association and The LionsGate Hospital HOpe Centre.

I heard about Shine through a friend. It’s so important because it’s a quiet suffering and people don’t even realize when someone is ill. It’s important for people to be able to seek help if they are able and for funds to be available to help them.

What part of the Shine 2016 show will you be involved with? Can you give us a titillating hint as to what we expect so see from you on the runway?

I’m one of the designers. One of pieces will light up! ( hopefully!)

For more information on Faye Tality, please visit them on Facebook at http://facebook/fayetalitycouturetoo . You can also follow them on Instagram at @fayetalitycouture.

Shine 2016 is going to be a do-not-miss amazing showcase of fashion, music and dance, all in support of The Canadian Mental Health Association and The Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre.

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