Emerge! A Fashion Runway Show is the top emerging designer collective during New York Fashion Week and is a catalyst for providing a platform and a strong backdrop for emerging designers.
Emerge! ensures that the best and brightest designers who are still fighting to get their foot in the door have a fair shot at getting their collection showcased.
On February 16, 2021, The leading emerging designer runway show established to be a catalyst and provide a platform for designers, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary during New York Fashion Week with a virtual fashion event. The Show themed“A Decade of Diversity on the runway” will feature top emerging designers from the United States as well as Africa.
Top emerging designers from across the globe participate in the highly anticipated show each year during February and September fashion week in an effort to connect up-and-coming designers with potential buyers and fashion industry power players. This spectacular event discovers designers from across the world and provides them with a lifetime opportunity. Emerge! is one of the most anticipated shows during the season and is produced by D. Williams Public Relations Group.
The virtual fashion event will be hosted by Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, with special guest presenters Andre’ Leon Talley (former Vogue contributor) & Fern Mallis (creator of New York Fashion Week.)
The virtual event will also feature congratulatory remarks from fashion & style notables, a performance by Yanna Cello, a look back over the 10 year history of Emerge!, special clips from Emerge! Design Talk featuring London-based designer Ozwald Boateng, urban street wear designer Karl Kani & iconic model Pat Cleveland.
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 impact in fashion. 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), legendary model Patricia Cleveland (presented to her by legendary fashion designer, Stephen Burrows) and Fern Mallis (presented to her by Bibu Mohapatra).