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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Nicole Bostic Kennon of Charlotte, who pledged AKA at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., is wearing Ipolitto earrings, a Banana Republic dress, a necklace from Recycle Boutique, Vince Camuto shoes from Nordstrom, and bracelets from David Yurman. The David Yurman bracelet on her left wrist belonged to her late father, and she wears it every day. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Model Brittainy Gardin isn’t a member of AKA, but she modeled three different outfits from St. John Knits at the party including this formal black skirt with pockets and a sequined top. Her jewelry is also by St. John. “I love this look,” said Gardin. “Not only does it look great together, but you can break the pieces up. Personally, I might sometimes do that by pairing the skirt with a white top, and wearing the black top with jeans and great heels.” (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Anne Mitchell of Fayetteville, who pledged AKA at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga., is wearing a Tahari dress with an AKA signature scarf and her most comfortable slippers for shopping at the mall (her pink and green party shoes were back at the hotel). (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Eboni Baugh of Greenville, N.C., who pledged AKA at UNC Chapel Hill, is wearing a Lia Sophia necklace she bought because it had pink and green in it. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Model Brittainy Gardin isn’t a member of AKA, but she modeled three different outfits from St. John Knits at the party including this deep pink dress with a ruffle on the side. (Photo by Paul Williams III)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Tia Johnson of Alexandria, Va., who pledged AKA at Hampton University, is wearing a St. John Knits suit. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Michelle Robinson of Milwaukee, who pledged AKA at Syracuse University, is wearing a tank top and skirt from Loft and shoes from Nordstrom. (Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Jaronique Benjamin of the Detroit area, who pledged AKA at Tennessee State University, is wearing a fedora bought from an AKA vendor at the convention center with a shirt and pants from Ralph Lauren and Nine West sandals – all from Macy’s. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Pia Washington of Los Angeles, who pledged AKA at the University of Akron, is wearing a Cabi jacket and dress with Mikimoto pearls and Guess shoes. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Georgia Pearson of Hartsville, S.C., a graduate soror, is wearing a suit from Le Suit with shoes with the AKA logo on them that she bought from a vendor at the convention. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Sharron Crowder of Indianapolis, who pledged AKA at the University of Arkansas, is wearing a St. John Knits suit. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Angi Smith of West Lake Valley north of Los Angeles, a grad soror, has no idea what she’s wearing because her husband not only loves to buy all her clothes, he packs for her, too. “All I did was tell him I need outfits for six days.” (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Model Brittainy Gardin isn’t a member of AKA, but she modeled three different outfits from St. John Knits at the party including this silk floral cape dress. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Jaiah Wilson of Augusta, Ga., pledged AKA at Allen University in Columbia, where she is currently Miss Allen University. She’s wearing a top and skirt from Charlotte Russe, jewelry from Forever 21 and shoes from Payless. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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    More than 11,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest sorority for college-educated African-American women, came to town this week for their biennial Boule (national convention). Along with meetings, the group is here to have fun, and shopping is on their list - especially if it’s an outfit in the sorority’s signature pink and green colors. SouthPark mall hosted a cocktail party for the group in front of the St. John Knits boutique, a particular favorite among the sorority’s leadership. Glenda Gilchrist-Pinkett of Bear, Del., who pledged AKA at Hampton University in Virginia, is wearing a St. John Knits duster and dress with pearl jewelry from Japan and a jade bracelet from China. (Photo by Paul Williams III - Special to the Observer)
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