A historic runway presentation featuring Designers from Africa presenting collections for the first time in the United States

The leading emerging designer runway show established to provide a platform for designers from all over the world is back.  The highly anticipated Emerge! Fashion Show is collaborating with the Wearable Art Collective which has curated a collective of dynamic designers from Africa who will make a regal debut showcasing their designs in the United States during New York Fashion Week. EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show will take place Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad Street, New York, NY.  The event will give way to a star-studded Red Carpet/Reception at 6:00 PM followed by the runway show beginning promptly at 7:00 PM.

EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show is a catalyst for providing a platform and a strong backdrop for emerging designers. This season, Emerge! and the Wearable Art Collective have joined forces to showcase some of the best-emerging designers from Africa. The Wearable Art Collective’s mission is to promote, strengthen, empower African designers, and artisans. It strives to serve as good global citizens and provide a foundation for African designers, empowering them, giving exposure and resources.

“I am truly delighted that the Wearable Art Collective designers will be highlighted during the Emerge! Fashion Show” says Lola Owolabi, curator for Wearable Art Collective. “The designers have worked very hard on their collections and we are asking for major support of them.”

Each season, EMERGE! presents the coveted ‘Fashion Innovator Award’.  An honor to those who have received the award in the past recognizing them for their worldwide fashion influence on others. Past honorees have included: Audrey Smaltz, President of the Ground Crew (presented to her by Harriette Cole); Constance C.R. White, Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine (presented to her by Tracy Reese); Andre’ Leon Talley, contributing editor of Vogue (presented to him by Diane Von Furstenberg), Fashion Icon Mikki Taylor (presented to her by Style Expert Philip Bloch) and legendary model Patricia Cleveland (presented to her by legendary fashion designer, Stephen Burrows).

This season the Fashion Innovator award will be presented to Fern Mallis, hailed as the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week.

The designers who will showcase are:

VanVorsh (Bespoke Women’s Wear); Jesu Segun (Handcrafted Luxury shoes); Clarence Clottey (Men’s Wear); Muggs Jewellery; Orla Couture (Men’s Wear); Senyo Foli (Men’s Wear); Ohene Couture (Classic African Clothing); Yetroselane Couture (Women’s Wear); Nyonuvi (Women’s Wear); Royal Dennis (Men & Women’s Wear); Redeemer Jewellry; Lumiere (Women’s Wear); Catou Designs (Men & Women’s Wear)

This private invite-only affair will play host to specially invited guests ranging from retail buyers, fashion influencers, celebrities, top fashion editors, tastemakers, socialites and more.   There is a limited amount of tickets that can be purchased on Eventbrite.

EMERGE! is sponsored by the following: Bennett Career Institute, Makeup provided by Lamik Cosmetics, Makari De Suisse, Missy Hair Boutique, Papi Wines and Backstage & Production Directors – Aaron Handy and Iran ‘Bang’ Paylor of Models, Inc.

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EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show which was created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group has become one of the top emerging designer platforms during New York Fashion week and has been consistent in providing a national outlet for emerging designers to showcase their work. Hundreds of designer submissions are reviewed by an elite designer committee, which selects some of the top designers from around the world.