Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Emerge! was a tremendous success during NY Fashion Week



D. Williams PR Group hosted their First Annual Emerge! Fashion Runway Show during fashion week on February 11, 2011. The first- annual red carpet, step and repeat event took place at the Sun West Studios in New York City combined art on the runway, which was one of the hottest new platforms for emerging designers during NY Fashion Week. The by-invite-only attendees included the elite of the fashion industry such as Audrey Smaltz, fashion editors, buyers from major fashion retailers, and well known celebrity names such as Dwight Eubanks, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Suede from Project Runway and more.


“The lines that debuted at EMERGE! were simply breathtaking”, states Dionne CEO of D. Williams Public Relations. “Fashion week can launch careers, so our event is rightfully named.” The designers whose pieces were beautifully featured on the runway included Terri Stevens, who designs for Michael Joseph and Funkinbeautiful Designs. A Chicago native featured on Project Runway, where her funky and chic styles amazed the judges each week.

Sheila Rashid, a fashion designer and Dawn Joi, the creator and designer of JoiTees. The talented designer (tee shirts) has dedicated herself to spreading "joi" and love in a chic, yet eco-friendly way offering versatile fashions with a conscience and a touch of humor. New Yorker Dominique Auxilly has dressed the likes of Nicki Minaj to Miss Universe Caressa Cameron, and has partnered with Isobel Arnbeg vintage to open a boutique in SoHo.

Included in the event was a special award presentation for two groundbreaking honorees. Fashion powerhouse Audrey Smaltz, owner of Ground Crew, providing indispensable backstage management. Among her 70 regular bookers are Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Michael Kors.

Emerge! also paid tribute to not-for-profit organization ART START, an award-winning, nationally recognized model for using the arts to save lives and transform communities and connecting with displaced kids ages 5-21.

Emerge! was styled by Live Fashion under the direction of Rowshana Jackson, a freelance fashion editor and stylist. Public relations were provided by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR.“ This may be a first-annual event but we have launched EMERGE! with a resounding fashion boom,” states Dionne Williams. “We had a number of up and comers that simply could not be ignored, and our message is simple. It's possible to Emerge within the coveted fashion industry with talent and hard work.”

Dionne Williams is the Principal of D. Williams Public Relations Group specializing in public relations, marketing and event management. DWPRG produces high-end galas, celebrity concerts, conferences, and special events. Clients included: Oscar Award Winning Actress Jennifer Hudson, R&B Legend Chaka Khan, and Pursuit of Happiness author Christopher Gardner. D. Williams also host events around with its “D. Williams PR presents” event series, which includes events surrounding Mercedes Benz New York City Fashion Week, Grammy Awards, The Kentucky Derby and Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge in the Hamptons, NY.

Designers who would like to showcase during September Fashion event please contact 312.225.8705