Hot Wax Presents The Secret Garden Fashion Show Fundraiser 2016

Written by McKenzie Gritton // Photography by Captive Eye Photography

On Friday, March 25, for the third year in a row at the BAC, the awesome Hot Wax Surf Shop presented their 6th fashion show: The Secret Garden. The beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center was decorated in pastel pinks and deep greens and was lit with bejeweled Edison bulbs to accentuate the secret garden theme, which was even more perfectly reflected by the floral prints worn by the 20 gorgeous Hot Wax bikini models.

To get everyone in the right, rocking frame of mind, Wilmington’s own local indie-rock band Onward Soldiers took the stage and set the perfect mood. As Onward Soldiers rocked the house, the fabulous Middle Of the Island Catering Company fed the sold-out crowd the Southern-soul food that has made them legend. Throughout the evening, guests took their turns walking the red carpet, donning funny costumes, and having their picture taken by Captive Eye Photography.

As the iconic church filled with Hot Wax fans, 20 models were backstage preparing to command the runway in the newest and best beach looks of summer 2016. Hair and make-up were courtesy of the fantastic Bangz Hair Salon. The talented artists at Bangz accentuated the Secret Garden theme by giving the models soft, romantic curls and using deep purples and pink pastels in their eye and lip makeup. “This year, by far, was the best all around, and it went beautifully, beyond our expectations,” says Kristin Manning, Hair Stylist at Bangz. “Because it went so smooth, it allowed us to have more fun with the looks, and we had plenty of time to polish off the models right before walk time. Everyone was matching and flawless in the end.” And these beautiful babes of Wilmington were truly elegant in everything from one-piece wonders to cheeky bottoms, treating the roaring crowd guests to 100 of the coolest swim suits they’ll soon be seeing on the beach.

The good vibes continued as 150-plus guests enjoyed a silent auction featuring big brands such as L*Space, Reef, O’Neill, Lost, Quicksilver, and items like shoes, sunglasses, watches, bracelets, hats, jackets, spa packages and more. Attendees bid on all the donated items knowing that 100 percent of the profits were earmarked for local nonprofit S. H. A. R. E.

S. H. A. R. E. is a nonprofit organization based in Eastern, NC, that assists families in Pender, Duplin, New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties. Their philosophy is to “Pay It Forward” and “Say It Forward,” and their mission is to make a difference in not just one family or individual, but in the community as a whole. S. H. A. R. E. founder Briana Kelly earned her degree as a developmental therapist and licensed teacher for special needs children. After working with these families and seeing firsthand that she could make a difference, she made it her mission to Support, Hope, Assist, Reflect, and Empower the special needs families of Eastern NC. To learn more about S.H.A.R.E and their mission, visit “We love that we are able to work together again with S. H. A. R. E,” says Candace Lea, Hot Wax manager. “As a small local business, it is important for us that we are able support good causes locally.”

It was an evening of fashion, rocking tunes, and delicious food and drinks, and all in attendance enjoyed an evening that benefitted local families in need. In other words, another fabulous night in Brooklyn thanks to Hot Wax Surf Shop.