DCFASHIONWEEK Hall of Fame Designers

DC Fashion Week is the largest exhibition of fashion apparel in the District of Columbia. The designers of DC Fashion Week are an eclectic group of designing talent who come from around the globe. From the high fashion capitol of New York City, to the exotic coasts of New Zealand, to the exquisite city life of Belgium, they taking the nation’s capital by storm. Bios are presented in their original text from the designers and not edited by DC Fashion Week.

Aleksey – Aleksey is a famous Ukrainian designer, who is a director of the brightest shows. He was director of Black Pearl beauty contest, Kyiv catwalk fashion festival and numerous fashion shows of famous Ukrainian designers. The most disputable project of Aleksey is Fashion Aid (, consisting of three Fashion AID unique social collections devoted to the fight against AIDS. Fashion shows gathered 35 famous Ukrainian designers. At the first show Alexey Zalevskiy presented his collection dedicated to people living with HIV/AIDS. Five of 50 models, who were on the podium, were HIV positive.

In the second show 30 leading Ukrainian designers demonstrated joint collection “FASHION AID” consisting only from red clothes. The last one was Love Fashion Aid with collections of wedding dresses. The result of these two shows were the biggest in Ukrainian history charitable auctions where $770,000 USD was raised for the needs of HIV positive orphans and their foster families.

Amore – Designer and owner Benny Osamor has been a milliner for many years. Originally from the United Kingdomby way of Nigeria, she is now based in the Washington, DCarea. On display at her retail location in Silver Spring, Maryland, Benny designs a variety of hats from casual to formal to highly flamboyant. Clients state that her hats transform them from feeling ordinary to feeling like elegant celebrities.The Official First Lady Hat Designer for several churches, Benny is also commissioned to design for theater presentations in the metropolitan area.

Andrew Nowell Menswear – The inspiration for Andrew Nowell Menswear is rooted in the music cultures of Hip Hop/R&B and Rock. After receiving a degree in Menswear Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City , Mr. Nowell fine tuned his design skills at some of the most influential and creative Menswear design houses in New York City . Mr. Nowell’s Menswear collections are described as being Modern, Sexy, Masculine, and Edgy. He cites the illustrations of Tom of Finland, 125th street in Harlem , Rock Band; Nine Inch Nails and Savile Row as his greatest sources of inspiration for his Menswear Collections. Andrew Nowell Menswear has developed a solid reputation and thriving private clientele that includes celebrities, professional athletes, recording artists and musicians and has been featured in numerous fashion and trade shows events across the country. Mr. Nowell is also the creative director and head designer for Premium Denim Company, DASOUL UNLMTD, based in New York City , New York .

Annette Williams – I am Annette M. Williams. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area. I am a captivating designer who recently hit the fashion scene December 2004. I am seasoned with knowledge, and blessed abundantly with a gift to create an eclectic clothing line. My clothing reflects the beauty, sensuality, and strength of all women. It portrays the uniqueness and versatility of my own personal style. The tool I use to create with is my soul. My creativity is transmitted through my fingertips, and into the needles, producing a crochet masterpiece… I am Annette M. Williams

Anthony Eastwick – His inspiration came from various designers, but those of the 50’s & 60’s really piqued his interest. His designs have been seen at various venues including the MTV Music Awards, BET Awards, Stella Awards, Grammy’s (1999), Fashion Cafe NYC, American Cancer Society, VH1 Fashion Awards, Black Expo, Congressional Black Caucus and many others.

APOSOL- APOSOL began in 2000 as a custom design clothing company. APOSOL is an acronym that stands for Aspiring People Overcome Situations Of Life. Standing on this premise, APOSOL has grown from producing unique custom T-Shirts to designing lively, casual and chic pieces that focus on the active lifestyle. The designs draw from various themes of fashion; however, are heavily inspired by an evolving culture. The designs provide versatility that transcends a look and promotes a style. In this year’s DC Fashion Week APOSOL will debut the A-STAR Collection, a line that aspires, overcomes and evolves.

Artemiza Cruz for Lavill - Artemiza Cruz is the owner and designer of the Brand “LA VILL”. She is the winner of the 2009 GOLDEN PALM “REVELATION FOR DESIGN IN FASHION CLOTHING”, introduced but one of the most important platforms in the Mexico, “MEXICO FASHION WEEK” at the ‘Showroom’ Spring Summer season 2009 collection.

LA VILL has dressed Mexican celebrities such as Luz Elena Gonzales, Vanessa Huppenkhoten (Miss DF), Paaty Sirvent, Crystal Alexandra Avalos, Lupita Infante, Maria Raquenel, among others. She studied at the University of Jeanette Klein. This Institute is the most recognized for Fashion, Design and Advertising in her country. LA VILL made its first presentation at the Hotel Camino Real in Mexico City thereby launching the first season Prêt a Porter Fall Winter 2009 Collection. The Target of the brand is for Modern, Classy and sophisticated city Women who love to live in a vibrant international environment. Clothing appears to be modern with a touch of elegance and an 80’s Fashion feel. LA VILL was born in 2009 and is created by and for people with goals, dreams and high expectations.

The Autumn Winter 2010 collection is inspired by the sensuality of the woman who plans to wear clothes in neutral colors and contrast with the negative side screened in black, this collection aims to show how any woman THROUGH one piece can project an entire essence. Detailed parts that become the fad for every woman. Colors for this collection were the earth, nude and black. Contrasting colors such as the personality of the woman who wears them designs. Silhouettes easier to digest but very structured, fabrics that were used in the collection were, Lycra, brocade fabrics, satin, lace, among others, to merge creating the whole concept of the collection, representing the strong woman who breaks the mold and that will always be … one piece. ARTEMIZA CRUZ feat LaVILL Fall/Winter 2010 was presented at DCFW by Planete Chic at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Banshee - Wendy Ross Kaufman received her BS in Apparel Design from The University of Maryland in 1985. Since then, she has had her hands in bridal design, theater props and costumes, children’s clothing, teaching, performance art, fiber art, and graphic design. She always returns to the fashion industry. Nowadays, all of these disciplines find their way into everything she does, and she is finding that she is having an increasingly difficult time distinguishing why they were ever separate in the first place.

Her target audience is anyone who wants fun and fine clothing. Her clients want original and show-stopping outfits. They want the bridal dress that will be talked about for ages. They want the cocktail dress that will not be lost in the sea of little black dresses that are de rigueur in Baltimore and have held its special events in a monochromatic choke-hold for ages.

Among other publications, her work appears in three coffee table books: “The Costume Maker’s Art”, “Fiberarts Design Book IV”, and “The Costume Book”. You may also see her on Bravo’s Project Runway DVD, season one.

Carioca Wear - Ines Fessler showcases her collection of designer Brazilian bikinis made in Rio de Janeiro . The colorful bikinis are distinctive in design and perfect for any beach or pool event! The collection was recently featured in June’s edition of DC Examiner, DC North and at a fashion show at the Washington Plaza hotel this summer.

Clarenz Couture- Clarenz Couture Collection provides fully-canvassed, handmade suits, shirts and ties. We are committed to providing the highest quality in hand craftsmanship for an unprecedented value. Functional and working buttonholes on suits and handpicked stitching are all standard. Fabrics are from London and Italy and many more make up our vast collection. Your garment will be tailored to your exact specifications and personal taste. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Our experienced Sales Agents will come to your home or office and will provide you with the highest class of service available.We also support the personal styling and professional image needs of executives, stars, athletes, entrepreneurs and other busy and successful “men of appointments”. Our mission is to make your personal style an effortless experience.

Corjor International – Using his two oldest sons’ names, Corey and Jordan, Ean Williams came up with Corjor as his label’s name. After landing in the pages of Upscale Magazine (Feb 2004) and the front page of the Gazette, Ean Williams wants to go one step further and enable the world to see the great designing talent that is here in the nation’s capitol by producing & sponsoring DC Fashion Week. He is dedicated to helping other aspiring designers show their collections and build their businesses. He is also an advisory board member for the Black Fashion Designers Association, Inc., In 2003 Ean Williams won the “INDIE Best Menswear Designer” award in New York . Corjor International has three brands, Corjor Sport, Corjor Menswear and available by special order –Corjor Couture.

Dee ’s Fashions – This Richmond Designer inherited her talent from her grandmother. She states her grandmother could make anything. She never used a pattern. At the age of nine, Dee started making doll clothes, and then she started making clothes for sister and for herself. A self-taught seamstress who loves fashion design, Dee feels that she has been bless with a gift from God. A gift that has enabled her to build a strong clientele, in the Richmond area, Dees Fashions is a favorite at proms and weddings.

Descai - There aren’t many words used to describe a fashion house as unique as DESCAI, but Distinctive, Elegance, Style, Class, Attitude and Intrigue were a few of the words chosen. Recognized for their glamour and creativity, Devon Jones and Brandon Boardley have made a trademark of their theory that simplistic extravagance goes a long way. They are two designers which know how to interpret world-wide fashion and make it their own and are known for beautiful garments and highly themed shows. The Descai brand was created in 2002 and has since become well-known in the Baltimore-Metropolitan Area. Their design studio is located in the historic community of Bolton Hill where the two designers collaborate to make history/magic. With the motto “Descai is the limit,” where else is there to go but up? Descai comes equipped with the drive to withstand the many obstacles of the fashion business.

Diallo – is an up-scale designer label, which specializes, in creating and manufacturing haute couture and ready-to-wear (RTW). Diallo is based in Loundoun County in the Washington , DC area. Diallo has an haute couture house in Rome , Italy . Our local presences ensure that only the best fabrics in the world are used alongside natural artistic ability. Diallo mission is to bring unique style and creativity to our couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) product that will inspire and empower fashion to the next level. Inspired by bold diversity, we are dedicated to providing and attracting a new look for our high-end clientele, based on sophistication and the quality of our fabrics.

Divaista - April Clark, known in the design world as A. Renee, has become one of the brightest young stars to come out of the fashion scene. A combination of the words Diva and Fashionista formulate the trade name Divaista, pronounced DEE-VA-EAST-TA. Divaista Fashions is a Woman’s Ready to Wear clothing line. The designs are best described as the “new-fangled” Metropolitan Couture full of modern style, traditional glamour, and lots of magnetism. Divaista Fashions is set to launch numerous collections of sophistication and feminine power, mirroring A. Renee’s own charismatic style. The collections blend whimsical prints with well-built silhouettes that point the direction to fashion’s future with a clear point of view. All collections feature attention to detail and construction with fresh designs that allows a woman’ s inner celebrity to shine through. Simply put Divaista Fashions are designs that ignite every woman’s “sass-i-tude”. A. Renee is a based in Charlottesville, Virginia where she is highly sought after as a fashion designer, event planner and business woman.

D-Maxsi -Designer Afua A. Sam’s passion for designing began in her home country of Ghana. Her inspiration came from her extensive travel to exotic places in the world. Other influences include old classic designs from the U.K. and Hollywood glamour, and hip hop in America. She is very popular with local high schools, where scores of young women commission her for a unique prom dress.She specializes in creating clothes embodying the concept of individuality or uniqueness, and classy and sassy styling.

D.M. Seikai – Fashion has always been my passion. I attended Thomas Edison High School for the Arts. After high school, I enrolled at Baltimore International College for Business and Arts. On September 11, 2007, I put my career aspirations on hold to serve in the United States Navy. While in the Navy I enrolled in the Art Institute of California. After serving in the Navy, I returned to Maryland where I could continue my career in fashion.

I hired a private instructor to teach me the ins and outs of sewing, fabrics, pattern making, and design. I have been designing and making clothes since leaving the Navy. My career aspiration is to launch my line at the February 2011 DC Fashionweek…

Donita Vann of Philadelphia – currently residing in the Washington DC metropolitan area has been in the business for more than 25 years.She started making her own clothes by turning her jeans into skirts by sewing them hand by hand. Soon she was making them for everyone, and started her own business, To Top it Off! by donita. She has been featured in seven fashion layouts for Sisters in Style Magazine. She has sewn for many celebrities such as the late Phyllis Hyman, Patti Labelle, Janice Combs (PDiddy’s Mom) Teddy Pendergrass, Ananda Lewis (BET/MTV). She has also done many shows for FIT, Parsons School of Designs , Ballys Casino and Fashion Cafe.

DonJ Moda House – In 2006 Donette birthed DonJ` Moda House , and is steadily making her way up to the podium in the international fashion market, with a style that is unmatched, she has homed her skills and produced some of the most elegant, sophisticated, edgy and colorful cocktail dresses, evening gowns and casual clothing for her private clientele of male and female customers

Her collection goes under the name of DonJ` and +DonJ` has caught the attention of the print media with editorial featured article in the Stabroek news, Chronicle (Guyana), Punch Newspaper (Trinidad), St.Vincent daily News paper, Lime, The Liat Inflight Magazine, The St.Thomas Magazine and the Caribbean Fashion Journal. Her collections have been flaunted at Guyana Fashion Weekend, Glamorous Fashion Show, US Virgin Islands Fashion Week, Carifeasta Fashion Expo and Caribbean Gala, Medgar Evers Collage Black History month Fashion Gala, Her mission is to continue to create a luxurious blend of quality clothing.

Earle Bannister – self-taught designer and acclaimed couture fashion designer teamed with two other designers in 2004 to open Park Avenue Custom Design Center. A couture design center where he specializes in custom-made and couture apparel, formal wear, bridal wear, and suits for men and women. Since the beginning of his career, he has been given many credits, awards, accolades, achievements, and commissions. Some of them are: Featured Designer in The Absolut Africa Tour in the USA, The National Congressional Black Caucus Fashion Shows, and The Bronner Brothers Hair and Fashion Shows. Additionally, his designs have been seen on The Ricki Lake Show, The Jenny Jones Show, and Homicide. His celebrity clients include: Dru Hill, Ultra Nate, 4pm, The Choir Boyz, Sommore, and The Man of the Year 2004 for John Blassingame.

Elantes Clothing – has been turning heads and building a reputation for innovation, collaboration, and creativity by infusing the energy of art and music in every piece of the collection. More than just an average clothing line, Elantes makes a statement without pigeon-holing the consumer. At a glance, you won’t say, this person is from NY, DC, Miami , or LA.You are only going to know that they are one step ahead, on the cutting edge of music, art, and fashion.

Elena Burenina- Elena Burenina is one of the most famous and titled young fashion designers in Ukraine. In 2006 she won the Grandprix in designing competition “Fashion seasons – Look in the future” with collection “OWL” which was highly estimated by fashion expert Alison Moloney ( London). In 2007 she showed two seasonal collections on Ukrainian Fashion Week, which met a wide recognition in the world. Photos of Burenina’s collections were on the first pages in the Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Brazilian, Danish, and Spanish newspapers and websites. In October of the same year she took part in Italian and Bosnian fashion events as a special guest. Elena Burenina’s new collection represents a combination of modern minimalism with Eastern coloring. Collection is built on contrasts – as in colors in forms, a form of cocoon is combined with a form of trapezium. Color combinations are very complicated and interesting. Materials used are: cashmere, alpaca, wool, silk, polished cotton. Accessories are made of polymers and metal. The image of women in collection is very striking, vivid and sensible.

Eljoy Designs – ELJOY DESIGNS, founded by Elner Joyce Makia, is the latest in fashion and body draping. Several Eljoy Designs were introduced at Makia’s own fashion show, “An Evening of Elegance,” held at The W.D. Reynolds Grand Hall at Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, on October 10, 2009. ELJOY DESIGNS is established with the female in mind because we know what looks good, feels good, and brings out the most ardent feminine features. ELJOY DESIGNS falls under our umbrella company The Educational Enhancement Group (T.E.E.G)/Designs established in 2004. This company strives to bring the very best in dress apparel. Women of all ages and sizes can’t wait to wear these great garments. Our company serves clientele in the United States and abroad.

Emore’J Couture – started in Washington , D.C at the senior high school of F.W. Ballou . His business has branched off to various venues and clients in the DC/MD/VA area. With goals of becoming an International entrepreneur, his role models inspiring him are Sean Combs and Tyra Banks. Now at the age of 19 and producing 4 successful fashion shows seating over 400 people, owning his own clothing line, full time attendance at the University of the District of Columbia for Business Management, and working a part time job, Emore’J say’s “It’s still not enough, until I become a mainstream success!”

Estella Couture - Estella Ogbonna is a Nigerian-born, Washington DC-based designer founding Estella Couture. With its fresh, unique and original presence in the American, African, Canadian and European fashion scenes, Estella Ogbonna is the brain behind all the ethnic-inspired, original couture designs. Her signature is the ability to cut richly textured African fabrics into sexy, wearable and chic silhouettes that are perfect for the very cosmopolitan African and/or Western woman. In addition to her fashion, she is also involved in community development activities and has been featured on TV shows that promote fashion designing all over the world.

Esther Huffman – Esther Huffman developed a passion for historical costume and opulent textiles while living in Europe. Upon graduation from the College of William and Mary she pursued her love of fashion for a decade in New York City. Founding her design label in the 1990’s, Esther presented seasonal collections of evening gowns and special occasion suits that were sold in a cache of upscale boutiques. Ms. Huffman’s clientele appreciate her exquisite fabrics that she ferrets out each season from European weavers; showcasing the finest of French lace, Italian craftsmanship, English silk brocade, and innovative Irish woolens. Continuing to create unique couture pieces for individual clients even after she relocated to Washington DC, Esther took a hiatus from seasonal collections in order to start a family. Esther Huffman’s collection utilizes all-natural, 100% silk fabrics, ornamented with laces from Calais, Caudry and Milan. All construction on her garments is performed by local master dressmakers, some of whom she has flown across the world to fit clients in exotic locations. Ms. Huffman’s work exhibits her dedication to her art, and refusal to sacrifice quality and local craftsmanship for mass production. Whether a garment is highly ornamented or sleekly modern, Esther Huffman designs to flatter the beauty found in each unique woman.

Evocative! Designs – creator and owner, Jeri S. Wood is a 31 year old female designer who has been designing women’s clothing for 15 years. Still residing in her hometown of Baltimore , Maryland , Jeri participates in local fashion shows within the Baltimore , Washington D.C. area as well as out of state events. She specializes in unique and individual clothing that brings out the sexuality in all women. Jeri is very popular with young women (17 – 25) because of proms and fashion shows. However, she makes clothing for all ages, specializing in sizes 0 – 16.

Fatou Mata – Pierre Cardin’s spiritual daughter and for glamour’s side : Versace. In some words an aristocratic-looking collection. This Belgium designer is quoted as saying she works on identities, codes, symbols all this is translated in beauty, proportions, know-how haute couture. The critics agree, often gracing the fashion editorial pages of numerous European publications, Identity is one of France’s couturiers making her mark. DCFASHIONWEEK is the first to bring this talented designer to premier her collection in the United States .

Favala – Alicia Sanchez, designer of FAVALA, was born in Lynn, Mass, with family ties to the Dominican Republic where she gets most of her inspirations from. Alicia’s ideas come from her life experience in living if different places and passion for cultures. She expresses her couture funk from street inspirations such as New York Graphite lifestyles, Punk Rock. Te FAV collection is inspired from the Caribbean lifestyle with vibrant colors and exotic shapes. The designs may all look very simple but it’s about the fabric and the colors that bring your style out. FAVALA is created for every single person including men very soon. FAVALA’s couture line will leave you looking posh without breaking your pocket because you should be able to look good without spending a fortune and rock clothing that is original. Each piece is made by hand, not manufactured, to fit your liking and size. Every piece is original which means there hardly duplicates so you got to get it while it lasts.

Alicia never went to fashion school, nor does she design by the book but by her own ideas; she designs for people and for the passion. She keeps it real in everything that she does because to her if you are wearing FAVALA and representing personal style then you don’t care about what people think because this may or not be in the fashion trends; it’s okay because ultimately it’s all about “FAVALA” Peace.

Firefly Designs - Ellen London’s life has never been confined to creative or geographical boundaries. Her work reflects the spirit for the textiles and craftsmanship of the cultures and countries where she has lived for the past three decades – Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Lesotho, Bangladesh, France, Thailand – combined with a genuine respect for age and size that do not fit the standard prototype. Working alongside (and continually training) a small group of older women sewers and tailors in Thailand, Firefly Designs heeds the words of a favorite customer; “Do not wear Ellen’s designs if you do not want to be noticed!” With a mélange of respect and renewal of traditional and tribal designs, an individual keen sense of color and her own textile creations, designs are unique and memorable.

Firefly Designs Africa * Asia has shown in NYC, Thailand, Singapore, Bangladesh, Malaysia, China. Ellen has also presented individual showcases of her work. Partake in the personality of our world through our designs, a cultural kaleidoscope – Firefly Designs Africa * Asia – the difference.

Glamfurs – Tanya Seals – Designer/Owner of GLAMFURS states that it’s never too late to live your dreams. Tanya is a 46 yr old woman from Atlanta GA that had enough with her career with Smith Barney, where she had her stock broker’s license and worked as a Registered Sales Assistant and decided to live her dreams of owning her own company that utilizes all of her fashion, artistic and business skills. She quit corporate America last year to start GLAMFURS a few months ago. She came up with the concept, the jacket designs, the company name and the design of the website. She decided to name the fur jackets to make women feel glamorous, like Blue Diamond, Snow Bunny, The Empress and The Tigress. Tanya wanted to take an old favorite and give it a new, chic and hip twist and really update the fur jacket. Now the young will like them as well. Through her business background, Tanya was able to finance her company and truly be her own boss.

Glamorous Gowns by Glynn - Glynn Jackson, President and CEO of Glynn Jackson Productions, has for the past 25 years established himself as “The Maven of Everything Fabulous – it’s not hot if it’s not Glynn Jackson.” As the creator and founder of the only high caliber hair event – The Golden Scissors Awards – Mr. Jackson has heightened the level of excellence in the hair industry locally, nationally and internationally. While there are other hair shows, for the past 15 years, The Golden Scissors Awards has been recognized and considered as the “Oscars of the hair industry.” Glamorous Gowns by Glynn Jackson blends sophistication with urban chic in a dazzling display of disparate design concepts. Jackson believes that the relationship between hair, beauty and fashion is passion.

Heydari – Mariam Heydari has garnered a loyal following for more than 25 years. Consistently buying designer clothing may lend itself to curiosity and mystique about the personality of the designer. But her success is built not on personality, but on her personal touch, attention to detail and unique styling. Mariam states, “as a clothing retailer for 28 years, I learned that clothing has to be comfortable while in motion as well as at rest. I desire that each piece works together to produce a piece of art that provides long-lasting pleasure – a statement of individual style that will be worn with pride.” There is no mass production involved in Heydari, which provides customers with clothes of distinction that are never shocking. Heydari wraps the wearer in elegance through a process of layering, manipulation and addition of appropriate elements until the final vision is achieved. Behold texture, color and uneven lines and enjoy Heydari’s wearable art!

House of Jola – Joan Okorodudu was born on October 28, 1958. She hails from Aniocha North Local Government Area in Delta State, Nigeria. She graduated from the prestigious Boston University with a political science degree in 1981, and returned to Nigeria to fulfill her Youth Service commitment. During that same year, she was named first runner-up and later Miss Nigeria. This was also the year she became a fashion designer. Okorodudu showcased her House of J’ola Clothing lines in many African nations’ fashion weeks. She is a well tested fashion designer and also the Chief Executive of House of J’ola Designs, which produces exotic designs for all ages and occasions. House of J’ola stocks original fabrics from Gucci and Roberto Cavalli, including silk and taffeta, French and original woodin. Her sojourn into fashion designing dates back to 1990 when she opened her first fashion house in Wilmington, Delaware, which she ran for three years before returning to Nigeria. Joan, or “Mama J” as she is fondly called by close friends and relatives, is a mother and wife of 26 years.

House of Leevean – House of Leevean is a chic, classic, ethnic, sexy, and trendy couture line for women, targeting College students and professional women who have embraced global style. House of Leevean offers garments for every occasion (cocktail dresses, business casual, evening elegant, sport wear, party outfits etc.).

The designer Leevean Fleming was born and raised in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. She attended and completed high school in Monrovia, Liberia. In 1997 she relocated to the United States of America, when she enrolled in J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia studying fashion merchandizing. In 2004 she transferred to American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied fashion design and merchandizing. Her interest in fashion started during her early teens. While other children her age were out playing, she was at home designing clothes for her Barbie dolls. She hosted a Barbie doll fashion show twice a year, which all the children in her community looked forward to attending. In 2002 she won the “Most creative” contest in her art class and also for “ Best Art Imitation” where she imitated Vincent Van Gogh “Sunflower” art.

In 2007 House of Leevean was introduced for the first time at Liberia Fashion Week in Philadelphia.

Jabargue Vogue – Samuel Lake was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He began drawing sketches of womens clothing at age 14. In the past 5 years he has designed and tailored wedding gowns, bridesmaid gowns, pageant gowns, costumes for the St. Croix Carnival, casual attire, elegant attire, men’s clothing, and garments of many other kinds. Although his clothes are anything but garbage, it was garbage bags that inspired the name Jabarque Vogue. Sam did a fashion show in which he substituted garbage bags for clothing in an environmental awareness day event. A mentor motivated him to call it “Garbargue Fashion”. Dissatisfied with this name, he took his middle name “Jabari” and “Garbargue” and created “Jabargue Vogue”.

J-Bri – Designs Debrah Sterling has designed clothing for prestigious fashion shows such as Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington D.C. , For You Bridal Magazine in Philadelphia , PA , Miss Black USA in Miami , FL and the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD of Philadelphia). She uses fabrics that flow softly such as silk, georgette and rayon. J-Bri Designs located in Chester , PA right outside of Philadelphia , and carries a collection, which consist of Evening, Bridal and reconstructed Denim wear from sizes 2 to 22. J-Bri is dedicated to the memory of her son John and daughter Bria who inspired her to be the best that she can be.JD7 Couture – JD7 Couture isa fashion house owned by Mrs. Data Okorodudu,a seasoned fashion designer based in Nigeria Data officially exploded into the fashion scene about 3 yrs ago and has since then specialized in high fashion and couture outfits. Her creative master pieces have adorned and graced the bodies of top Nigerian celebrities both at home and abroad. She single handedly created and revolutionized the use of African fabric such as ankara, akwete, tie& dye and aso-oke and turned them into high fashion designs. Her creativity and unique style prompted Nokia to hand pick her to launch their L’amour series (fashion hand sets) in Nigeria. Data will present to you her Couture Collection for 2007.

Je Ne Sais Quo Teronce Styyles is a fashion guru that started on his journey in the fashion industry in 2002. He decided to spread his wings and try his talent as a wardrobe stylist which he found to be his hidden talent that he didn’t know existed, after many comments and reviews about his work as a wardrobe stylist it was confirmed to be another career aspiration. He has showcased his Menwear Styling Collection entitled “Je Ne Sais Quoi” for Baltimore’s Fashion Week in 2010 as well as DC’s Fashion Specialist-EmoreJ Couture Annual Fashion Show

Kammaze – Ms. Ali Muhammad’s professional experience includes many different areas in the Textile and Apparel industry. After learning the basic techniques of clothing design, Khaleelah worked with various materials to design various products. As sole proprietor of Khaleelah’s Kollections and veteran long involved in the seamstress/designer trade, Khaleelah’s seamstress and design experience is vast; from producing apparel for professional athletes to the full development and production of children’s wear, his and her wear, ladies evening and business wear. Khaleelah was involved in every aspect of clothing design and production and enjoyed considerable success; however, she became interested in “ripaway”.

Karavanska – Oksana Karavanska is one of the most famous, creative and called-for Ukrainian designers. Oksana Karavanska is a member the expert committee of the Fashion Council of Ukraine. In 1997 Oksana Karavanska opened the first Ukrainian author’s boutique and registered Trade Mark Oksana Karavanska. Since 1998 she has regulary participated in the Ukrainian Fashion Week. In 2002 Oksana Karavanska won Grand Prix at Crystal Silhouette Competition for the best dress of the year, and was called the best designer of the year according to Ukrainian Centre of Fashion Development. Since 2002 she has begun to conduct annual author’s shows pret-a-porter and haute couture in Ukraine. In 2003 Oksana Karavanska made several fashion show collections for winter 2004 in the USA ( New York, Chicago, Washington, Denver) and in Canada (Toronto)

In 2004 Oksana Karavanska opened her boutique in Kiev. In 2005 Oksana Karavanska presented the fur collection at the MIFUR ( Milan). The same year she created the collection Haute Couture especially for the Eurovision-2005 in Kiev. In 2005, she created and registered industrial Trademark OK’ by oksanakaravanska. In 2006, she created and registered two Trademarks OKIDS’ by oksanakaravanska and OK’ by oksanakaravanska for men.

Knaf Couture – Kayda Nana Afriyie Frimpong of KNAF COUTURE graduated from college with a B.F.A. in fashion design and marketing, and is an extremely proficient up and coming fashion designer from Ghana, West Africa. Highly stylish, custom-made and original, KNAF COUTURE clothes are designed to accentuate the female figure and make you look twice. Afriyie of KNAF COUTURE derives much of her inspiration from her home country, its culture and its textiles. She is also inspired by fashion greats like Jean Paul Gaultier, Coco Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano and Anna Sui. Afriyie counts her work as an intern for Anna Sui, as well her participation in the designer’s Spring 05 showing at New York Fashion Week as one of the highlights of her career. Although relatively new, KNAF COUTURE has already garnered a following and has been featured in Florida runway shows such as the No Limit Fashion Show. It has also been showcased on the ABC Nightly News and in newspapers such as the Tampa Tribune. It is this ensemble of inspiration, experience and raw talent that make KNAF COUTURE clothes such an eclectic blend of genres, cultures and trends. KNAF COUTURE succeeds at finding that very elusive but much sought-after place where the distinctively swanky and the wearable come together.

JD7 Couture – JD7 Couture isa fashion house owned by Mrs. Data Okorodudu,a seasoned fashion designer based in Nigeria Data officially exploded into the fashion scene about 3 yrs ago and has since then specialized in high fashion and couture outfits. Her creative master pieces have adorned and graced the bodies of top Nigerian celebrities both at home and abroad. She singlehandedly created and revolutionized the use of African fabric such as ankara, akwete, tie& dye and aso-oke and turned them into high fashion designs. Her creativity and unique style prompted Nokia to hand pick her to launch their L’amour series (fashion hand sets) in Nigeria. Data will present to you her Couture Collection for 2007.

JEANTRIX CLOTHING CO – Is a clothing line which has been seen on numerous award shows, movie premiers and publications such as Elle Magazine, Life & Style Magazine and The L.A. Times. Based out of the Philadelphia area designers Nyce and Homm started the clothing line in 2003, with just one pair of sneakers. It has grown to become one of the biggest fashion icons in the United States. The amount of detail the designers put into their clothing is immense. Simple words cannot express the style of clothing the two make. It has been described by many magazines as “edgy”,” “couture”, “pop-art”, “avant garde”, and as 3-D clothing. Since then their clothing has been in high demand seen and worn by many celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Dondria, Stevie Boi, Tila Tequila, BJ Coleman, Antonio Cannon, Tonex, Melinda Watts, Audrey Kitching, Sofia Fresh, Teyana Taylor, Tanika Renee, Darnell Robinson, Angel Lola Luv, Rasheeda, DJ Diamond Kuts and many more. In July 2010 the designers launched their official website revealing a preview of their “lovely hell-raiser” collection in Bermuda, which stunned the audience. The designers also have a popular blog page www.jeantrixclothingco.blogspot.comwhich has gotten over 100,000 views since its launch in 2009. It is viewed weekly by thousands of loyal fans, fashion buyers, store owners, and fashion stylists.

Kammaze – Ms. Ali Muhammad’s professional experience includes many different areas in the Textile and Apparel industry. After learning the basic techniques of clothing design, Khaleelah worked with various materials to design various products. As sole proprietor of Khaleelah’s Kollections and veteran long involved in the seamstress/designer trade, Khaleelah’s seamstress and design experience is vast; from producing apparel for professional athletes to the full development and production of children’s wear, his and her wear, ladies evening and business wear. Khaleelah was involved in every aspect of clothing design and production and enjoyed considerable success; however, she became interested in “ripaway”

Kenny Flannagan – This Washington, DC/New York City base company has established themselves among the fashion industry as a bona fide company to be reckon with. KAS Collection has a genuine love for fashion and the visual inspiration of seeing people wearing there creations motivates the company of KAS Collection to invent what would eventually become a unique signature style. KAS Collection has been named 2001 Up and Coming Designer, “Hot Designer of 2003? by Nofic, 2004 International Designer of the Year (3rd Place winner out of 250 designers from around the world), 2004 Urban Independent Music Awards “Designer of the Year”, and 2005 Timmy Awards (Talent in Motions Magazine) Designer of the Year (for New York, London and Paris). and the 2005 America’s Prince of Fashion Award winner. Tyra Bank’s hit TV show America’s Next Top Model Niama Mora (Cycle 4 winner), is also the spokesmodel for KAS Collection’s campaign.

Kiwi Couture – Kathleen P. Newton, renowned New Zealand fashion designer has been designing for the past 20 years. She has worked in various countries around the world including Cairo , Egypt , where her label Cocktails was a big hit with the modern young Egyptian women. Kathy designs under her label ‘Kiwi’. The name derives from the national bird of New Zealand . Kathy’s designs are modern, sleek, feminine, innovative and sometimes moving towards funky.

Knaf Couture – Kayda Nana Afriyie Frimpong of KNAF COUTURE graduated from college with a B.F.A. in fashion design and marketing, and is an extremely proficient up and coming fashion designer from Ghana, West Africa. Highly stylish, custom-made and original, KNAF COUTURE clothes are designed to accentuate the female figure and make you look twice. Afriyie of KNAF COUTURE derives much of her inspiration from her home country, its culture and its textiles. She is also inspired by fashion greats like Jean Paul Gaultier, Coco Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano and Anna Sui. Afriyie counts her work as an intern for Anna Sui, as well her participation in the designer’s Spring 05 showing at New York Fashion Week as one of the highlights of her career. Although relatively new, KNAF COUTURE has already garnered a following and has been featured in Florida runway shows such as the No Limit Fashion Show. It has also been showcased on the ABC Nightly News and in newspapers such as the Tampa Tribune. It is this ensemble of inspiration, experience and raw talent that make KNAF COUTURE clothes such an eclectic blend of genres, cultures and trends. KNAF COUTURE succeeds at finding that very elusive but much sought-after place where the distinctively swanky and the wearable come together.

Konstantina Mittas – Fiercely individual and totally fearless, Konstantina Mittas’ new “bytinaxxx” Summer 05/06 collection, inspired by the spaghetti westerns of maverick 60’s director Sergio Leone, has been celebrated for finally bringing Couture to the denim generation and is sought after in the UK (Harrods), in multiple stores across the USA (New York, San Francisco, LA and Florida), Canada (TNT voted British Vogues “best” store in Toronto), and Taiwan. In the spirit of Leone’s iconic Once upon a time in the West, the new bytinaxxx range is an adventurous combination of Wild West bordello sophistication and outlaw style. Taking its cues from the stars of the film (the sexy widow, Claudia Cardinale and slick gunfighter, Dollar Dawson), the Summer 05/06 collection contrasts curvaceous denim corsetry complete with detachable bustles, which are given a contemporary twist in black, petrol, and desert hues with a hint of sunset pink thrown in for good measure, and seriously hard-edged Pony Express accents in rock wash denim. All bytinaxxx fabrics and patterns have been designed by Konstantina and are exclusive to her designs. Anostalgic nod to Saloon girls and gun-toting heroes of the Wild West, bytinaxxx’s boldly original Summer 05/06 collection is destined to take fashionistas by storm the world over.

Kustom Looks -Kustom Looks Clothier is a minority owned custom tailoring company that specializes in creating custom apparel for men and women.Our expert haberdashers and master tailors use a precise measuring system to design apparel fit to form. With over 3,000 fabrics to choose from, our extensive inventory affords you the highest quality designs at affordable prices.As President and Founder of Kustom Looks, Kwab Asamoah, recognized a market niche in the absence of upscale retail stores and tailoring services in Prince Georges County . Asamoah has created a measuring system that is unique from other tailors. Kustom Looks designs are built on a numerical measurement system derived from Asamoah’s knowledge of Physics and Engineering. Kustom Looks Clothier specializes in making apparel for physiques of all types.

Leighel Desiree - Leighel’s journey to style began at 12 when she made her own graduation dress on a toy sewing machine that you turn by hand.

She went on to the high school of Fashion Industries and The Fashion Institute of Technology. She worked for 25 years in the New York fashion industry before moving to the DC metro area and starting her own business in 1997.

My designs speak to the heart, body and soul of a woman. I create styles for the nurturer, the multi tasker, and the sensual being in all of us. For me designing speaks to who we are as women.” Sometimes I think my job is not a very important one. And then I come across someone who’s view of herself is transformed during the process of creating the perfect thing to wear. It is then that I know that this is my life’s work. My spirit work.”

Leona Edmiston – is called Australia’s first lady of frocks. Celebrities who have been frocked by Leona Edmiston include: Kristin Davis, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Bonnie Hunt, Sophie Okonedo, Rebecca Broussard, Melissa George , Emmanuelle Vaugier, Toni Collette, Kylie Minogue, Helena Christiansen, Sean Young, Rachel Perry, Kelly Carlson, and Rebecca Loos. Leona made her mark in fashion in the 80s and 90s as one half of the internationally acclaimed design duo of Morrissey Edmiston, dressing such celebrities as Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen to name a few.. Now, six smashing collections later, the dresses have garnered critical acclaim and a growing presence with more than 140 prestige retailers around the world, including Browns, London ; Barney’s New York , Japan ; Selfridges – London and Texas ’s Tootsies. There are five Leona Edmiston boutiques in Australia , and the label’s flagship U.S. store has just opened on Santa Monicas’ Montana Avenue .

L~Shandi was created from a Nigerian street slang “Lepa Shandi”. Lepa Shandi is the term for women whose clothing, outfit, or ensemble has flattering and sexy fit. So if a guy sees you and says “look at her…lepa shandi or l~shandi”, take it as a compliment and enjoy it.

Lara was born and grew up in Nigeriawhich is where she gained the inspiration for her designs “Having always wanted to be individual in everything I did, I have tried to change things up and stand out. I am fascinated by vintage designs and some of creations have vintage influences. L~Shandi designs are a mix of western designs with traditional African fabrics in a way that gives you the freedom to create your own look by integrating them with your existing wardrobe.

Mame Mulatu Debebe (MMD) – Mame Mulatu Debebe (MMD) is a new up and coming Fashion Designer whose work blends the exotic patterns and fabrics of her native Ethiopia with the modern day styles of the West. After graduating Marymount University with a degree in Fashion Design, she set about creating a unique style that could be a successful blend of both cultural styles, yet she wanted her creations to remain true to the comfort and simplicity needed by the modern day woman. Her collection includes bridal gowns, bride’s maid gowns and evening gowns.

Mason Sylvestor – Designing and creating men’s haberdashery has always been on the short list of Anthony Lowry’s passions. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and an educational product of Howard University, he has always dared to be different. After unsuccessfully attempting to find a brand that was sophisticated while expressing his individuality in college, he decided to make his own accessories. People took notice. It was then that he had a vision for his own men’s line that would merge elegance with cutting edge style for up-and coming young professionals like him. His first collection debut in the fall of 2007 was well received. Armed with the assurance that his brand had the potential for staying power, he took some time to fully develop his new collection. He returned with a new moniker, Mason Sylvester- named for his Grandfather- along with a new collection.

Like any great artist, Anthony is both expanding and refining his craft. In addition to neckties, bowties and pocket squares, Anthony has incorporated scarves, vests and other new and exciting pieces. Anthony intends to make his mark in men’s haberdashery, one look at a time.

Michi -Michele M. Walden brings chic to the term knitwear. Through her MICHI knitwear designs, Walden creates sophisticated knits that are easy to wear and easy to pack. With off-the-shoulder designs and hip-hugging evening attire, or loose and breezy, summer afternoon wear, MICHI knitwear makes a unique statement for all women tall, short, large, small and in between. Walden custom designs and fits the piece for her client and does not call the outfit complete until the customer is satisfied. A Queens, NY native, Walden has been knitting over 20 years. Initially hand knitting all of her designs, Walden’s fashion statements have included jumpsuits, bathing suits, dresses, suits, two-piece outfits, sweaters, shrugs and scarves. After completing courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Walden has become proficient in using the knitting machine to create the majority of her pieces. These include what is quickly becoming one of her trademarks: knitwear adorned with cowrie shells. Each of her pieces, whether completed by hand or on the knitting machine, is either a one-of-a-kind or limited edition creation. She uses carefully selected yarns that vary from silks to rayon, wool to linen, and run the gamut of colors from orange to muted tans to fuschia and olive green.

Millazo - A new designer with a new look! Fashion design has been Nicole’s life-long passion. She grew up in New York and held support roles in many local fashion shows as well as New York Fashion Week. Just over a year ago, Nicole was one of many college students at the International Academy of Design and Technology with a burning desire to show the world her creative designs.

Milazzo’s fun and not so obviously sexy look is perfect for women who like to dress up, but still be comfortable. The selection of customers Milazzo caters to are a diversity of women with different wants and needs. The women’s ages in this group range any where from early twenties to early thirties. The Milazzo collection is priced at the designer level and is for classy, up-scale women who like to glamorize their look with some excitement. You might find these women living in metropolitan communities. This collection is for a market filled with pleasure and savviness.

Millers Furs – For 84 years, internationally renowned Miller’s Furs has met the fashion needs of discerning women. Family-owned and operated with outstanding personal service, Miller’s Furs features a complete and extensive collection of furs, shearlings, specialty outerwear, and accessories. Distinctive apparel and complete support services have been their trademark since 1921.

Modern Mary - Modern Mary, established by Seema S. Sahin in 2008, is a fashion brand for the modern woman. Modern Mary’s designs are inspired by the beauty of modesty. Our unique aesthetic vision captures the essence of modesty without compromising style. Seema believes that fashion and modesty are not opposing forces. When harmonized they create beautiful silhouettes that are both feminine and modern. Our collection speaks to all women looking for feminine, trendy, and unique designs.

Modern Mary’s Boutique opened its doors to the public in 2010 in the Tyson’s Corner area in Northern Virginia. The boutique’s modern and high end appeal reflects the same values as our brand, Modern Mary. The Boutique offers our customers an exclusive shopping experience without compromise to privacy and comfort. Modern Mary’s full collection can be viewed at the boutique by appointment only.

Motlapele – “Motlapele” is a Setswana name which meanst “first comer”. It is the brand for couture which embodies being African and specifically being a Motswana (Botswana citizen). it captures, depicts, and epitomizes interactions and experiences of a Motswana with other citizens of the world. Basically portrays what iit is like to be aMostswana South Africa, USA and China etc. The epitome of human freedom is able to be yourself, wear what you feel and be the best at being yourself. Motlapele and its sister brands are aimed at inspiring freedom in being yourself.

Myroslava&Orysia Zubachyk – Sweet Lady The basic way of our work is knitting clothes, shoes and accessories, because it is beautiful, comfortable and elegant.Also we like to combine knitting with atlas(satin), chiffon and silk, because it is interesting. We always have a dream to put on people in modern, current knitting clothes

Our new collection called Sweet Lady. It Is a classic styled clothing with the combination of special feminine charm details. The inspiration for making the collection were flowers in plaits, as a symbol of women beauty in our country. We combined knitting with natural, light cloth(tissue). Our collection is handmade, done with spokes and hooks.

NAWA -The Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA) is a registered charitable and secular organization working for the welfare and development of the tribal people of the Nilgiris and adjoining areas. It has been involved in welfare work for over 40 years.

N.G.U. Designs – Diane Linston has been sketching and designing women’s clothing designs since the age of 12. An Alabama native, growing up she felt a lack of sophisticated yet spirited fashion choices available for women. Fueling her passion for fashion into a career, she attended and graduated from the Virginia Marti College of Art & Design in Lakewood, Ohio, and subsequently launched Styles of Imagination in 1999, a store front boutique located in Maple Heights, Ohio. Styles of Imagination opened a second store in downtown Cleveland Ohio, named II Styles of Fashions. After closing both stores in 2005, she went on to start her own clothing line: The N.G.U. Designs. Though Styles of Imagination is the umbrella name of all her collections, it is the N.G.U. by Design Y label that is her signature line. N.G.U., which stands for Never Give Up, and has been Diane’s rallying cry throughout her entire pursuit of becoming a fashion designer. Diane resides in Maple Heights, Ohio with her husband of 18 years, their two teenage children and one dog.

Oliver J Davis – Born November 8, 1971 in a small town name Warren, Ohio to the parents of James and Helen Davis. While growing up with three sisters and two brothers, all of whom had totally different styles of dress. Being the youngest, hand-me-downs were my claim to fame. I was excited to find my own style out of hand-me-downs. So my style became anything goes. My greatest inspiration would have been my oldest sister Arvella who taught herself the art of couture. I always did and always will admire her sense of style. She creates elegance and grace in everything she sews. My fashion seed was planted. During my sophomore year I enrolled in sewing 101. That’s where I learned to use a sewing machine, cut a pattern and really construct clothing. My fashion seed started sprouting. My senior year, my classmates voted me Best Dressed Male in the class of 1990. That was an accomplishment considering how hard it was for me. I knew I had style and it was time do something with it. My guidance counselor guided me to try my hand at retail. I had a very successful business in New Orleans for 7 years. Designing for men, women, restaurants and showgirls. In December 2004 I moved to the nation’s capital where my designs have become very popular and in demand by some locals. Design is my past, my present, my future, my life.

PhillyGurl - A Philadelphia native,Donita Elaine Vann….. better known as “nit” (NEAT) ,grew up in the historical and culturely rich hub known as Germantown.With it’s own bustling avenues and parks, G-town(which it is affectionately known) was just bursting with color and style.It is this environment that captivated her. Add that to being surrounded by all the famous singers and jazz musicians, Designing clothes just comes natural to Donita.She has never had any formal training. People stop to admire her garden to this day. Donita started making her own clothes by reconstructing Thrift store findings or garments she created with a sewing needle and thread at the age of 14. She has since conquered every genre of media that has crossed her path, be it as a fashion stylist and designer for print, Seven consecutive layouts in Sister’s in Style.Today’s Black Women and Jet. etc. to television (MTV,NAACP Image Awards to name a few).Two auditions for Project Runway 2006 and 2007. She was told she could probably win the whole competition,but come back next year ? Recently featured in the February 2010 issue of MORE magazine with Nicole Miller. “The trip to NY was very exciting. However,I do wish they had mentioned my TWO auditions for Project Runway”! A Summer/Fall Full-Figure line 2011.From the Philly streets to the streets in your part of the world…STAY TUNED,AND EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED….

Poustovit – The name of Liliya Poustovit had become known long before the notion of contemporary national fashion as such came into being. Her author collections first saw the light abroad, not on the Ukrainian fashion stage. Her experience includes over ten years of laborious efforts, both professional and creative development.

The Ukrainian Eksta Fashion Center was Liliya’s first job, where she broke professional ground. In 1994, the first show of her author collection took place at the Easter Wind Exhibition ( Toulouse, France). In two years, the designer got Gold Button Grand Prix in Vogue Festival ( Vilnius, Lithuania). In 1996, she also participated in Salon du prêt-a-porter feminine ( Paris, France) and Daniel Hechter Fashion House offered her work of a designer of prêt-a-porter feminine collection.

Shortly thereafter, she came back to Ukraine full of desire to develop the national fashion. As a result of her hard work, in 2004, Poustovit became the president of Ukrainian Fashion Syndicate, which eventually transformed into Ukrainian Fashion Council. Currently, Liliya shows her collections twice a year for TM Poustovit at Ukrainian Fashion Week and Russian Fashion Week. She also develops a separate line for ATELIER 1 concept (POUSTOVIT for Atelier 1). The clothes designed by Poustovit are sold in 9 boutiques. But this past autumn, sale of the fabrics designed by her in the world’s most notorious concept-store Dover Street Market ( London, Great Britain and Tokyo, Japan) is her greatest pride and boast.

Ray Vincente - Ray Brown, the designer of Ray Vincente, has been designing since 1983 as a freelance designer for public and private individuals. After a self imposed 7 year hiatus he returned to fashion in 2001 working as the sole designer for Song and Style of Trenton, NJ and re-launched his own collection of specialty women’s wear and men’s wear in November of 2006. He has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from ICS of PA, and has completed course work in fashion design, illustration, and production at FIT of NYC, NY.

Red Hue – Maryland based designer Silvia Huezo is a graduate of the Marymount University fashion design program. The 23-year-old designer was born in the small country of El Salvador. She moved to the United States with her parents when she was only 6 years old. As a child she always had dreams of being an artist. Her interest in fashion began while in high school where she began designing and creating her own unique wardrobe. She draws inspiration from popular culture as well as ethnic cultures, music, art, high fashion, films and social activism. She believes that fashion is a medium that can be used to convey positive messages and serve society in a productive manner. Her brand, Red Hue is proudly made in her home country in an atelier styled workshop and is 100% sweatshop free! In 2009 her designs were featured in USA Today and MSNBC. In the spring of 2010 Silvia launched her first collection and opened the doors to her own boutique in College Park, Maryland. Her line is available exclusively at her boutique and on her website at

Renee France Designs- Renee enjoys designing clothing and outerwear for women & children who are on the go. Utilizing interesting colors, textures and shapes to build an exciting piece of work. Starting at an early age, using her Barbie Doll in elementary school to set if off. She began crocheting after learning the craft as a means to keep her busy, naturally taking these skills to the next level. Renee France Designs specializes in Special Occasion, Active wear & Outerwear for all sizes.

Rudy Wolff – Rudy Wolff (b. 1973) is educated in business and cultural history as well as fashion styling. Her background within the clothing industry started with historical outfits and stage costumes. She debuted as a fashion designer in 2009, and represented Norway at India International Fashion Week the same year. In 2010, Wolff became the official designer of the Miss Norway finale. She is also nominated for the trade price at Oslo Fashion Awards 2011.

She specializes in ladies´ evening wear, but has also launched Wolffman, a small men´s line that combines street wear with high fashion. F/W 2011 “Dark Dawn” is her first collection based on redesign and ecological materials, however with haute couture-inspired aesthetics: It is decorated with ten thousands of pearls, seed beads, and sequins.
Samira Atash – East and West are united with SAMIRA ATASH, a stylish and contemporary fashion label for women and men that is inspired by the Silk Road and the tribal embroideries of Afghanistan. Collections are made from natural materials such as cotton and silk under fair working conditions. New York based Afghan-American designer Samira Atash has received media coverage from The Washington Post, Oxygen Network, National Geographic, and two nominations from Fashion Group International’s RISING STAR AWARD. In 2002, a dress she designed was featured in the blockbuster hit “Men in Black II” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Samira graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from George Mason University and completed an intensive fashion program at Parsons School of Design. The designer is also the creator of It’s A Miracle Maternity, a popular maternity brand.
Sean Anthony Designs – Lori R Ruffin is the creative force behind Sean Anthony Designs Inc. Her artistic vision and desire to bring femininity back to fashion led her to design a collection that balances modern style with classic lines that celebrate the female form. Inspired by the fine arts and her mother unique sense of personal style, Lori’s original creations are captivating, versatile and easy to wear.

Shazrat Khan – Shazray Khan is from Lahore, Pakistan, and currently a new resident of McLean, Virginia. Shazray has added a lot of sparkle and glamour in the Washington DC area since moving in 2006. Having studied at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Canada, Shazray returned to Lahore and joined her mother’s couturier business called “Pieces of Passion”. Her expertise and education added volumes to the business, as she developed her signature cocktail jackets covered with swarofski crystals, hand embroidered chrysanthemums, and semi-precious stones. Her designs appeal to both Eastern and Western audiences. They combine the rich legacy of eastern hand embroidery, gems, and fabrics, with the clean, tailored look typical of classic Western clothes. Her collection was shown at Bridal Asia 2005 thru 2008; and that is just the beginning for this talented, young designer.

Silva Fashions – Ms. Silva Levit is originally from Moldova, a small Eastern European nation, where European custom dressmakers taught her.Clothing should not be worn if it doesn’t complement your body and make you feel and look beautiful,Silva proclaims. Creating unique, one of a kind items and executing them in an exceptionally high quality way is leading Silva Fashions to total satisfaction and appreciation by her growing clientele.

Sophia Ali – Unique, Modern, and Elegant are the words that best describe Evening Gowns by Sophia Ali. As a child, Sophia Ali altered her clothes to fit her in a certain way and to look more stylish. Ever since, she’s made strides toward her goal of becoming a designer. She remembers being inspired by the Gianni Versace show—closely studying his choices for fabric and pattern. At age 11, she took one of her aunt’s woman-sized dresses and remade it to fit her petite frame. No one in her family knew how to sew nor had a sewing machine, so Ms. Ali taught herself how to use a hand sewing needle to alter and remake her garments. By the time she turned 14, she had designed her first dress for herself—and then modified for a friend, for them to wear at a wedding reception. Ms. Ali’s life has brought her from her birthplace in Ethiopia to periods in Greece and Canada (earning a degree in Fashion Design from the Art and Technology College in Toronto) on her way to the United States. Since the start of the millennium, she has been busy designing special occasion dresses for her clients and for herself. She also has appeared in and planned various fashion shows in the DC metro area. When others might continue sketching, Ali quickly sees the developing design in her mind. Once she arrives at this, immediately she’s hands-on with the fabric and making the pattern to bring the design to life. What you will see from her harkens to classic inspirations like Oscar de la Renta and Valentino, looks to the current selections seen on icons such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron, and draws in timeless elements such as those worn by Sophia Loren and Jacqueline Kennedy. But what Sophia Ali brings to each design provides a new image of the elegant woman.

Stella Bonds - StellaBonds is an exciting new label from the Nation’s Capital. A graduate of design programs in both the US and Europe. StellaBonds unifies old world craftsmanship and elegance with new world style and sensibilities. Centered on men’s sportswear and high-end women’s shoes, the designer Stella, is a native of Bogota, Colombia, who blends her sensual and sophisticated South American roots with the vision and vitality of her experiences living in the US. The line features bold, brilliant, unique designs.

Suutra - Suutra is about creating a connection between our customers and women artisans in India. The Suutra experience is about buying a product, but also connecting with the artisans that crafted it for you. When you buy a Suutra product, you also see the person behind it.

Symbat - SYMBAT Fashion Academy is a leading fashion house in Central Asia which was established in 1947. Symbat collections have been exhibited in more than 40 countries of the world including Germany, Great Britain, Italy, France, China, and The United Arab Emirates.”Symbat” is a permanent participant of the Fashion Week in Moscow, Kazakhstan and Dubai.

All of Symbat Fashion Academy’s collections are marked by the signature of the chief designer and art director, Balnur Assanova. She is a master of design, the laureate of international exhibitions and the designer of U.S. company Mast Industries. The unique combination of contemporary design, cut and application of eastern decor is signature of her style. Applications, luxurious hand-embroidery with metal thread, beads, studs and semi-precious stones create clothing that is colorful and unique.

Most of our clients are movie and television stars of Kazakhstan and Russia. Hollywood star Steven Seagal was very impressed and bought clothes expressing his admiration of the collection’s designs, stated an official representative of the DCFashion week, film producer Maira Karsakbayeva when she organized Seagal’s visit to Symbat’s Autumn-Winter 2006-2007 collection fashion show.

Thomas La’Vone – Woodard won International Design for the Cover of Style 2000 Awards Gala where Nicole Miller was the featured designer. After graduating from San Diego Mesa College in the Fall of 1999, Thomas moved back to New Jersey and began to freelance at companies like Mamieye Children Wear, Victoria ’s Secrets, DKNY, Nautica Children, His International and Willie Wsco. He then landed a job as a technical designer for Jones New York in 2000 where he began to get the understanding of ready to wear fashion. He was then offered a job as a Dress Designer at Coolwear where he designed and developed the entire line for JC Penny’s in dresses. After leaving Coolwear he decided to launch his fashion design business freelancing and was featured as a designer at Nabru Fall 2003, Essex County Fashion show2002, 2003 & 2005, Fox News 2002, film festival at Madison Square Garden 2002, Howard University Picnic 2002 , Black Expo 2002, WBLS Circle of Sister 2002, Newark Community Center Aid Benefit 2002 and Symphony Hall 75th Anniversary 2001 Newark, NJ. Recently Thomas was a semi-finalist in the Show “The Cut” feature by Tommy Hilfger 2005.

Tony Joshua Sanna - Designer Tony Joshua Sanna is from Sardinia, Italy. He started designing clothing over ten years ago initially as hobby. To develop his talent, he took fashion courses in his hometown. As his hobby grew into a passion, his talent was quickly recognized and embraced. At the advice of his instructor, the designer displayed his small collection at the Sardinian Fair. It was there that a local modeling agency discovered Sanna and invited him to showcase his collection with one of the most well known designers in Sardinia. Over the years he grew in popularity as his designs were featured on television, music videos, and in various catwalks in Milan, Rome and Turin. His collection is made of fabrics that are hand made in Sardinia. Silk, Organza, Shangton and IUTA, a fabric that is natural and woven by hand are his favorites to use to design his collection. The designer will debut his collection in the United States at DC Fashion Week.

Top Rank – Founded in early 2010 by yvette chaupis and mohamed numan , Top Rank started out with principles in mind right out from its conception ; authenticity,quality, style, distinctiveness and price. One could say that Top Rank started out as just an opportunity to pay some debt off, yet it has grown into a vision to bring authentic European military style vintage clothing that cannot be sought after at the best retailers in the country.Top rank wanted to do that as it saw a major trend in the industry to emulate military style fashion and wanted to find the source of this trend.Top Rank saw the vision, to not only bring authentic vintage pieces, sometimes over 40 years old, but to still bring it at a price that many could afford who would not have been able to had they gone to a Nordstrom or Macy’s.As a result amazing vintage pieces, sometimes dyed or altered are brought from all over Europe to Indie/ Urban trendsetters to include history junkies who want to own relics of the past. Men and women alike will find a piece that they will love or as they say at Top Rank, “Some write history, others make history…..we wear it” Top rank’s official launch has yet to be announced but the fashion statement has already attracted music artists for sponsorship such as Immortal Technique and The Narcysist and crowds at Eastern Market here in the capital.

Tranparente - Homa Rastgooy, the designer of Transparente, has started her career in the Fashion industry as a buyer for upper class boutiques and worked successfully in Europe as well as in America.

Her love for fashion made her open her own business and it was only a short period of time later when she found the need to create clothing for plus sized women in an Avant-garde style. She basically thought of creating an innovative and sensual clothing line that would both fascinate and satisfy women in all shapes. Her clothing drapes the body figure so that a size 12 and a size 20 can fashionably wear the same garment. Different boutiques that purchase her line are thrilled that they are able to please all their customers from all the sides of the spectrum.

Homa Rastgooy likes to describe her line as “relaxed funky,” and she uses the latest and trendiest type of fabric that allows the garment to look absolutely ageless and interchangeable.

Rastgooy’s Line “Transparente” is now a very well known Designer Company with headquarters in Hamburg. The “Upper-Class Line” has been successful for 10 years on the European Market. In April 2008, Transparente began selling clothes in the United States and Canada and became a huge hit with fashionistas. Transparente has European style and European fabrics. High qualitative Linen from Italy and organic cotton is being used to guaranty a comfortable feeling. This combination creates up to date trendy fashion. Transparente is meant to be layered so you can combine pieces to achieve your very own style. This line is definitely elegant, sporty, sexy or casual. With Transparente you can have it all!

Tyrell Mason – Born in New Jersey , Terrell Mason graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), N.Y.C with high regards amongst his peers. With not a wasted moment, Terrell quickly journeyed across Italy and France to study first-hand designs by many of today fashion pioneers. When he returned to the United States , he won 1st and 2nd place honors in many fashion show competitions. To accompany his many awards and honors, Terrell has been published in several editorials and media coverage. He also had the opportunity to design for several recording artists. Terrell founded TYRELL COLLECTIONS in 1991, with the purpose of accentuating the figure and the persona of the modern women. He continues to design the ultimate collection consisting of high fashion attire, trendy sportswear, and sexy day to evening dresses and separates. Tyrell Collections is taking fashion to a new level. With this brand of stylish, classic clothing, with clean cuts and a timeless look Tyrell Collections will be a name that is boosted in closets across America .

Tsyndyma – Tsyndyma was born in Siberia. After studying in Moscow and receiving a degree in Engineering, she acquired a love for fashion. Infusing mathematics and geometric precision into her designs, the couture fashion designer, Tsyndyma, was born. After maintaining a celebrity clientele in Moscow and Paris, she relocated to Washington, DC in 1999. Believing in the use of luxurious fabrics, and capturing the unique and simple essence of a woman, Tsyndyma realized that her core value was beauty. Her philosophy is: “Anything can make you beautiful, as long as it makes you happy”

Troy Artis – At the tender age of ten, Troy Artis designed and stitched a suit for his grandmother that she proudly wore to a wedding, crooked seams and all. After high school, he attended FIT Fashion Institute of Technology. While there he received hands on training interning at clothing companies in the garment district of NY. Artis worked as designer for GirlyGear and YTLA. Artis gained valuable experience in the fashion industry by working with leading edge designers Helen Smith of AllWhite, Robert Rosario, and Robin Tyler Couture. The Studio Artis line of clothing can be purchased at: Lucky You in CA, Old and New in Chicago, GiGi Studio in NY and Artis Boutique in DC.

U Yumjir – Yumjir Urjnee was born August 22, 1977 in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. After graduating from the Nogoon Mori Art School, she went onto receive a bachelor’s degree in clothes design and art from the Creative Arts Institute in 2001. In October 2008, she successfully organized an independent fashion show, “GLAMOUR,” displaying over 100 casual, luxurious, traditional and seasonal clothes for women and men. In 2004, she displayed her own collection at a family exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of her grandfather, U. Yadamsuren, a Mongolian National State Awarded Artist. Yumjir states, “Continuing the deeds of my grandfather and my father, I dedicate myself to studying Mongolian traditional clothes and developing them in the contemporary world.” She regularly takes part in the Goyol Contest-Festivals with luxurious, casual and traditional style collections for men and women.

Valentina Vidrascu – Born in Republic of Moldova , Eastern European country, Valentina Vidrascu was brought up in the best of Moldovan cultural traditions. The knit village community and the natural surrounding beauty of the Moldovan countryside contributed to bringing out some of the best qualities in Valentina.. During that period of life she acquired the keen feeling of color, fabric, and style, which helped her achieve success as a designer later on. In Chisinau (capital of the Republic of Moldova ) Valentina attended the State University , Philology Department however her true passion remained to be the, now called, fashion industry. Valentina is a proud mothers of two successful young men also the director of the agency “Viva Models” in Chisinau , Moldova . Her goal is to promote the Moldovan traditions on the international level through her designs inspired by the national costume worn by the country’s ancestors for centuries.”

V & Z – Tetyana Zemskova and Olena Vorozhbyt are among the leading designers of Ukraine. The style of their tandem is faultlessly recognizable in the Ukrainian Fashion field. It is built on contrasts: intellectuality and severity with a keen sense of humor. There is a preciseness of the silhouettes and patterns, with love to details and little parts. They are known for their classic textiles with newfangled fashions. They work with contrasts of colors and tones, heat and chillness, risk and official styles, trying to combine the uncombined. Since 1997 designers are working under their own brand «V&Z», when they began to show two designer’s season collections every year within Ukrainian Fashion Week. They are not just participants of the most sounding fashion festivals in Europe, but also act as judges of national competitions. Their clients are the elite of Ukrainian society. Many politicians, businessmen, artists are dressed gorgeously by them. “High spirit creation” – is the basis of their art concept.

Victor Hou – In the fashion business for over 25 years, Victor Colvin sold his first collection in West 57, an upscale boutique nestled in DC’s prestigious Georgetown Park Mall, while fresh out of high school. His career got a major boost when he was selected to appear in, the now defunct, Ebony Man Magazine. In recent years, he has done freelance designing, manufacturing, & consulting for many urban lines in the Washington Metropolitan area, such as Mchunu, All Daz, Shooters, and Madness, just to name a few. He has been featured in many publications including, Black Mens Magazine SSX, DaBook, Black Hair Sophisticates, and DC North. He has also appeared on several cable TV shows in DC, MD, NJ, and NY. Celebrities such as Kima (of the Bad Boy group, Total), Allen Iverson, and Jaheim have all adorned themselves with Victor’s designs.

William C Styles – WillamCaldwell – Creative Director, A self-taught, open minded, daring individual who takes Fashion/Fashion in the Industry to another level. Will pushes creativity to the edge and dares you to jump. He is a graduate of Coppin State University, with a degree in Urban Art Productions. Working in the industry for the past 13 years, Will has a genuine, positive and professional passion for the craft. In 2008 William Caldwell started the crafts of Will C Style (Design Stylist) Created and inspired by different artistic trends.

Wolf vs Goat – When a career as a Muay Thai boxer didn’t seem like the wisest decision, former marine Mauro Farinelli made the natural jump into the fashion world. Fourteen years later, after working in virtually all aspects of fashion and having been trained in Italy and apprenticed to a Savile Row tailor, Farinelli decided he was ready to channel his experience and personality into his own label. The result, Wolf vs Goat, is what happens when a man’s man takes on high fashion. Wolf vs Goat is meticulous about details, construction and quality, much as a gearhead is about what goes into his car. Though Farinelli can be aggressive in his designs and color choices, Wolf vs Goat is built upon the idea that fashion should ultimately be accessible. The mission of Wolf vs Goat is to make men look better and take pride in their appearance. Accordingly, Wolf vs Goat often looks to tradition for inspiration.

Prior to founding Wolf vs Goat, Farinelli developed his DC fashion reputation through his work as a denim expert at Saks Fifth Avenue and by founding both the Denim Bar and Farinelli’s boutique. His advice and expert eye are sought by loyal customers throughout the region.

Yndigo Designs – style is a fusion of ethnic and contemporary elements resulting in ethno-chic works of art. Inspired by geometric shapes, music, and all things cultural, she creates pieces that have a distinct identity and enhance a woman’s individual style. Yndigo Designs was awarded Best Indie Women’s Accessory (Jewelry) at the 2003 Indie Fashion Awards, and nominated (in 2004) for the Fashion Group International’s 8th Annual Rising Star Awards Accessories.Yodit – Yodit’s interest for fashion came at a young age; growing up in Addis Ababa, Yodit and her sisters all had the same kind of clothes, but she always wanted to dress differently and had a passion for clothing so he slowly started to tweak his clothes. After high school, Yodit studied pattern making in Addis, at St. Anna’s School. Soon after coming to the US, to promote his work, she did several fashion shows beginning with his first, through her job, and then followed by others such as the ESA Fashion Show at Virginia Commonwealth University and a fundraiser for Aids Awareness in DC.

The designer’s dream was to study her craft at FIT in New York so she decided to pursue it and moved to New York. Working as a full-time technical designer by day and a full-time student by night Yodit received her bachelor’s degree. After graduating, she freelanced for high end designers such as Ralph Lauren while creating her own label and in Sept. ‘07 made her fashion show debut in Ethiopia.

Yodit loves to create, and her passion is mostly for evening and sportswear. She gets most of his inspiration from fabric and color while maintaining her love for natural fabrics. Yodit’s designs are best described as modern yet classic while simple and elegant. She continuously looks forward to expanding her knowledge to further gain experience in this creative field of fashion design.

Zagodi Fashion- Operated by Mohamed, a renowned fashion designer from Cote d’Ivoire, “Zagodi” represents the traditional name of his wife Sandrine. He has more than 22 years of progressive and diverse experience in clothing design and is considered as one of the most outstanding fashion designers in the Washington, DC area. He is known by diplomatic personalities such as Her Excellency Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the U.S., who has chosen Mohamed to be her unique designer. In addition, the international composer, songwriter, producer and singer Kaysha is one of his model and spokesperson. Last, but not least, Mohamed was the exclusive designer of the Miss Africa International Pageant for two consecutive years (2004 and 2005). His signature is to provide a combination of traditional and modern tendencies, inspired by African Prints and Western textiles, available at Zagodi Fashion’s boutique.

Zula Studio Designer Zula Khramov was born in Astrakhan, Russia, in a family with a strong sewing background. She graduated from Moscow Academy of Design in 1991 and in 1995 she moved to the U.S. In 2001 she started herown business, specializing in custom designs and restyling of clothes. In 2005, she started a line of women clothes, named ZULA, which debuted on November 27, 2005,as a part of guest performance in the International Designer of the Year Contest show, New Jersey. Designing is my way of expressing the beauty of a women, my passion and my pleasure. HOME Additional information is available on designers including their websites, contact and showroom information. Contact us for details.