The air at Emerge was electric during New York's Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week.
Only six up and coming designers were chosen from hundreds of submissions to show their lines. Pat Cleveland, one of fashion's most influential African American supermodels, received the Fashion Innovator Award at the event. Every single person who collaborated to make Emerge's third year a hit put their all into their craft and it showed.
Hair: I spoke with a hairstylist for Bennett Career Institute, which was the chosen stylist team for all of tonight's models. Acia Williams informed me this is the third year for their team participating in Emerge. Each model's hair style was based on the designer's specific look for each outfit/garment.
Makeup: Lamik Cosmetics, owned by Kim Roxie, was the chosen brand for tonight's runway affair. Each model sat with a member of Kim's team as art complimenting Fashion Design wast done within minutes, completing each look. "This season's look is about smokey and seductive eyes, done in a light and fresh way," says Roxie. "It's spring/summer, no woman wants to wear thick makeup. We're keeping the look clean and light and still adding the smokey aspect." Roxie said that peach would be big for spring 2014. "Peach. We're using a lot of peach on the cheeks this Spring season. I love the look of the peach."
Nails: I actually asked quite a few models who did their nails and was told by each one-they did. Tonight's complimenting colors were all soft shades of pink, peach, white, pearl, and soft pastels. There were no bright, neon or even bold colors on the hands of any models I stopped to talk with.
The Fashion Innovator Award went to the girlishly fun Pat Cleveland. Light, airy, always original in her every catwalk she was presented her award by a friend of over 40 years: Steve Barrows. When announced for her award she walked the runway giving each step a cute yet grown and sexy bop. At the end of the runway Pat shimmied her shoulders, smiled, made her turn at the end of the runway and sashayed back down the catwalk. Her acceptance speech was short and simple. She thanked Steve Burrows for helping her along throughout her career and sticking by her side up to this very day.
Cleveland's career began in 1967 when she was discovered by accident. She credited the designer's she worked with for her success saying " I owe it all to the designers for paving the way for me...Designers have given me my life." She exited the stage with her dozen of white flowers. Here's a brief snapshot of a few designers that showed at Emerge: J. Toor who takes the natural conservative menswear look and modernizes it showed a line of menswear full of classic elegance and modern swag.
Shades of grey, black, pinks, purples and baby blues came down the runway in classic European style with a flair. Elbow patches and plaids along with clean solids offset by tans, beiges and lots of bling in bright trims along with high waters/cuffs accented J. Toor's work.
Brandon Williamson, CEO of PRSVR (Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, Respect) "is based upon the premise of striving to better ones self, while aspiring to inspire others." Williamson's line was reminicent of 90's Hip Hop Couture.
Danny Nguyen showed a truly creative line of gowns filled with sparkle and crystals of gold and silver. Lace was a favorite throughout the entire collection, lots of chiffon gave his line a breath taking air gliding down the runway. "He is the embodiment of a calling whose sound does not quiet until it has reached the end of the runway."
Celebs in attendance include: Celebrity Host: Sean Ringgold, Carissa Rosario Notable Guests: Trey Songz, Elle Varner, Meeka Claxton, June Ambrose, Nikki Taylor, Michael Williams, Jennifer Williams, J. Alexander martin, Ed Lover, Tyler Clary, Will Claye and more.