Fashion How: International Designers Show
The International Designers Show -produced by the lovely Christie Dinham (pictured above)- and presented by Fashion How & Red Model Management, was star-studded and filled to the brim with celebrities and talented young designers. Actor Terry Crews, attending his first ever fashion week in New York City (sported an exclusive Nana Boateng shirt and suit), and said he was, “…so impressed with the show,” as he is just beginning to appreciate fashion more and more.
J. Alexander (aka Ms. Jay), was in attendance, and was -as usual- critiquing the models with his now famous facial expressions; he seemed pleased with the show.
(Ola Lawal from STYLE 101 & Jay Alexander from ANTM)
Fashion How’s S/S ’09 runway was full of talent and unique points of view, featuring designers from around the world, including collections by Roger Gary, Kae Couture by Kenyatta Williams, Crooked Knitwear by Megan Crook, Larry Moultrie, Herani Ethiopia, Samantha Mark, Nana Boateng (younger brother of Ozwald Boateng- the acclaimed menswear designer of Givenchy), and Rome by Roméro Bryan.
(Rome by Roméro Bryan Collection)
Roger Gary’s designs were fit for an elegant South African princess, incorporating soft ivory pants paired with brocade tops, and ivory asymmetrical silk dress that drifted down the runway like a dream. The stacked heels, the bamboo chokers and long ostrich feathers elongated the models physique into safari- like gazelles.
(Roger Gary Collection)
Kae Couture presented its version of ‘tainted love’, a collection that featured satin finished swimsuits as elegant one-pieces with cut-outs and bejeweled necklines; very fitting for an evening on a yacht in the French Riviera!
(Kae Couture Collection)
Samantha Mark’s collection was very witty and delightful with her use of librarian-esque frocks and sweaters. Mark presented floral fabrics and khaki in cute, sexy boy-shorts and baby-doll shaped shirt-dresses paired with cropped jackets.
(Samantha Mark- with the curly hair & pieces from her Collection)
The finale of the show, was none other than Mr. Nana Boateng, who much like his brother Ozwald Boateng, showcased smart menswear- suits tailored at the right places, pants worn with pin-striped shirts, and 60’s styled skinny-ties. Keeping with African tradition, Nana’s suits were finished off with the male models wearing be-jeweled Ashanti sandals.
(Nana Boateng, Nana with Avon Dorsey- Publisher of STYLE 101, Wendell & Salieu modeling Nana's collection)