Now in its fifth season, Emerge is positioned as an eclectic ensemble of artists with five emerging designers from around the world. They showcased their artistic genius at their fashion week presentation Feb. 12 with a collection that flowed down the runway with absolute grace.
The clothes are certainly unique.
Bishme Cromartie’s cohesive collection is edgy yet sophisticated. His well-constructed pieces owned the runway. These clothes offer incredible design elements. He designs for the woman who is not afraid of taking risks.
Paula Aneja’s collection appeared on the runway in vibrant colors inspired by her homeland–New Delhi, the capital of India. For women, she specializes in wedding gowns, cocktail dresses, prom looks and evening wear.
Deidre Jeffries of ESPION (French for “spy”) Atelier defines her design aesthetic as “the future of classic clothing.” This strong yet sexy collection embodies a sleek sophistication that combines male and female details for a luxury line that’s committed to quality. Bernice Morgan of Designerberg showed a beautiful collection of African dresses. These pieces are custom-made in a variety of extraordinary fabrics, such as cotton prints, damask, lace and linen. Her ensembles are a fresh take on modern ethnic wear in Africa. For cruise-wear, Butterfli Tia’s swimwear collection received applause. Her models strutted down the runway two at a time in bold bikini suits with embellishments in bold colors. These swimsuits were well crafted.
Other highlights of the show included celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who honored Mikki Taylor. She’s the woman who has given birth to a culture of glamour. Taylor is well known for her tremendous contributions to Essence magazine as a beauty editor and her exceptional cover styles over the years. She was awarded the Fashion Innovator’s Award.
Produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group, Emerge is a fashion runway show for emerging designers. For this show, hair designs were provided by Bennett Career Institute. Makeup was furnished by Lamik Cosmetics. The show was sponsored by Adam Leffell Productions.