I always find the idea of New York Fashion Week inspiring. The crowds, the media, the models, the aura and anticipation that seeps onto the streets. I can still remember watching the clad-in-black fashionistas huddling together outside the venues, waiting until the go-ahead was given. Every season, artists and designers conceive new, innovative and game-changing pieces that dictate retail schemes and product lines across the globe—think that famous line about the blue sweater from The Devil Wears Prada. This year, we are once again privileged enough to cover New York Fashion Week, September 4-11.
Emerge! Fashion Runway Show NYFW taking place on September 9, is one particular standout. Created and produced by D. Williams Public Relations Group, Emerge! is a leading showcase for emerging designers from around the world to exhibit their latest collections for Spring/ Summer 2015. Out of hundreds of applicants, only four new designers will be featured this season: Eaden Myles, Jonathan Bund, Tina Marie Designs and Danny NguyenCouture. Such a huge feat deserves some applause and are worth the extra excitement! A preview:
1. Eaden Myles Eaden Myles CCI was launched by Eric Eaden Myles Ampong in Toronto, Canada back in March 2012. Born to Ghanaian parents, the designer grew up in Canada and uses his unique cultural background for his colors and designs. Shortly after his success in Canada, the menswear designer brought his suits to Ghana and the United States. The company is known for providing customers with fashion forward products with a tailored European flair.
This past spring, the line added African textiles to his blazers and tuxedos, showcasing a collection that truly consolidates Ampong’s heritage. Last season, runway menswear was characterized by violets, electric pinks and cobalt blues. Bold, retro patterns also took hold. Whatever direction Eaden Myles takes this season, it is sure to fuse his Western-African background—structured suits, clean-cut, tailored lines in bolder hues and eclectic prints.
2. Tina Marie Designs Tina Hughes attended FIT, earning an Associate’s Degree in Buying and Merchandising. Life got in the way, however, while she was working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile and Surface Design. It wasn’t until after her daughters were born that she returned to school, earning a BA Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Columbus College of Art and Design. With a continual emphasis on preserving the environment and contributing to local communities, she follows her guiding principle by ensuring that each creation revolves around natural and organic materials, limiting harmful dyes by making her own textiles and supporting local producers.
Tina Marie designs for women who share her love of history. The thoughtful details, intriguing silhouettes, and nostalgic whimsy of each collection often evokes 12th and 13th century elements, creating a distinctly urban-vintage-chic aesthetic. This season, we can expect that she will continue to juxtapose colors, patterns and textures in truly wearable fashion.
3. Danny Nguyen Couture Based in Houston, Danny Nguyen is a designer who puts his heart, soul, sweat and time into each collection. Taking the lead from his mother, he began creating fashion as a child, finding inspiration through his family and friends, surroundings and history. If anything can be contrived from his biography, it is that he toils endlessly for perfection in his works.
For Danny Nguyen, fashion exceeds passion and enters the realm of obsession. He has his own studio, DNC, for alterations and design, and his works have spread to New York and Los Angeles. His past collections have evoked early circus themes, where metallics twist together in geometric, oriental designs, cascading down elegant and unusual ball gowns. Whatever this designer has in store for us for Spring/ Summer 2015, it is sure to take form in graphic, naturalistic and ephemeral lady-like forms. New York Fashion Week is only ten short days away.
Last year, we witnessed new perspectives on how to wear white collars, pop art—actually in 3D—and pinks. Fringes and florals also made a big stamp on runway collections, in everything from graphic prints to still-life resemblances. Will thrift shop, cubist and the latest activewear fad seep into the collections? We can’t wait to report on what’s next.