The brand that officially closed out NYFW. Designer Felisha Noel gracefully made her presence and namesake brand known with her ‘exotica’ themed fashion show. Previously, this Brooklyn-based, Grenada-born designer has dressed up the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyonce..
Guests – who turned out to be mostly her supporters and fans- were taken to a setting of the sounds of crashing ocean waves while a screen displaying palm trees and beaches.
The collection; “Daughter of the Soil”, introduced the crowd to Grenadian tradition, it represented freedom and enduring one’s path to becoming its true self.
Designer Kate Han of MUKZIN opened at NYFW. Her debut runway followed her 3 previous fashion shows; “The Theater of Mao’er” at Shanghai, “The Jade in the Shadow” at Paris Fashion Week, and “Daan” at London Fashion Week.
Ancient Chinese attire was the focal aesthetic, the use of handmade accessories made by the wicker technique is is also China’s intangible cultural heritage. Her self-described “neo-orientalist” creations are a graphic mix of historic Chinese imagery and space-age materials.
3 || Tia Adeola
The quite young New York-born designer Tia Adeola is known for mixing spice-dusted shades with flirty shapes and knows just how to style them. Originally Nigerian, Adeola debuted her collection at the NYFW runway, inspired by her background in Art History and deep interest in the Renaissance period. Her bold aesthetic resulted in wearable art for women. Rewriting history through the lens of fashion to include people of color in classical visual narratives they’ve often been left out of.
4 || Sukeina
Born in Senegal, Parsons graduate and Naomi Campbell’s favorite, Omar Salam worked for Sonia Rykiel and Lacroix before becoming a solo act. Founder and Creative Director of the global fashion house SUKEINA, Omar considers his clothes “couture” because of their detailed construction and meticulous attention to fabric and fit.
“Clothing is a language within itself,” he says. Since 2012 Omar has created 8 exquisite collections designed to envelop a woman in beauty. His passion for making women look and feel special.
Models sashayed the runway with bold feathers and avant-garde ruffles that lead his design aesthetic, Salam’s approach to fashion lies within his preciseness and appreciation for the modern woman.