Each season EMERGE! Fashion announces rising designers from across the world. Thanks to Dionne Williams of D. Williams PR Group, these designers are given a platform to present their collections to a list of invite-only guests. This list ranged from retail buyers, fashion editors, socialites and more, including Mz Mahogany Chic! The show was hosted by Justin Davis of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Maxim Model Carissa Rosario.
Five designers were chosen to present their Fall 2013 collections during NYFW at the EMERGE! Fashion Show. The featured designers were Parul Aneja for Gorgeous Ways; Deidre Jefferies for ESPION Atelier; Bernice Morgan for Designersberg, Bishme Cromartie and Butterfli Tia.
The EMERGE! Fashion Show kicked off the NYFW Fall 2013 season with an awards presentation honoring Mikki Taylor. The former Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Black History Icon, received the coveted ” Fashion Innovator Award.” The award was presented to her by longtime friend and fashion stylist, Phillip Bloch. Past award recipients have included, Audrey Smaltz, President of the Ground Grew (presented by Harriette Cole); Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine (presented by Tracy Reese); and Andre’ Leon Talley, contributing editor of Vogue (presented by Diane Von Furstenberg). Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Taylor’s speech:
“You know, what can you say? You get up everyday for 30-something years, and you go to work on behalf of Black women. That’s pretty fabulous! It is! It is! You know that’s why when I’m out talking to potential advertisers I say ‘You know, don’t mess with me because when I walk in the door, millions of Black women walk in there with me. You better be careful!.’”
Watch the rest of her speech, along with Phillip Bloch’s here: