With over 400 people in attendance, the Emerge! Runway Showcase brought together the best of what fashion has to offer. From talented fresh fashions to industry legends, Emerge! is officially one of the premier fashion showcases for new designers during New York Fashion Week.
Hosted at the magnificent historical landmark- Broad Street Ballroom- located in the financial district, Emerge! transformed the Tuesday night into a night of unforgettable moments. The night opened with designer Tracy Reese presenting the 2011 Fashion Innovator Award to Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCEgazine. The audience applauded as White took the runway and expressed her gratitude to the fashion industry and confidence in the Emerge! production.
The show started flawlessly with the designers and the audience brought high spirited energy as they clapped at the pristine pieces of each designer. The Collections - September 2011 Runway Show: Adriana Osorio Lugo of Adriana Osorio Lugo Designs, Kirk Johnson of b.-Vain Couture; Berny Martin of Catou; and Borris Powell of Borris Powell Designs, OscarsÂ® Designer Challenge 2011 Winner.
The audience included fashion icon Freddie Leiba, Tamron Hall of MSNBC, Rebecca Crews, ESSENCE executive editorial staff, fashion executives, buyers, bloggers, socialites, family and friends.
Saideh Browne of Impact Agency NYC, served as Master of Ceremony. Emerge! is created and produced by D. Williams PR Group and styled by Tai Chunn of MVC Productions.
Emerge! was sponsored by Medea Vodka, MVC productions, Time Frozen Photography, Thomas Blue Photography, Izze, Sign Expo, Artikal Millinery and Tina Jwelery. Hair is styled by the Bennett Career Institute. Make-up is provided by DEX New York.
Flowers by Adam Leffel Production and designed by Polpat Klongkhayan. Additional Emerge! team members: Senja Media and Richard Pelzer of MEGA Management, Inc.
Swag Bags, honoree gift basket and presentations included products from: ESSENCE, Soul Purpose, Travalo, Apara Footcare, J. F. Lazartigue, Palmers, Barbaraâs Way, Miss Jessieâs, Digicel, 24 Seven Inc., Bo Concepts, Avon, CAG Designs, Teas by Tiffany, Ear Peace, Lash Card and GNC. Products were procured by Signature Style Promotions. Printing services were sponsored by Elique Group for PrintinZone Front of house staff was provided by The Bizness Girl.
Emerge! is a branded production for new designers to showcase their lines. Emerge! is produced each fashion season during New York Fashion Week.