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Emerge! Fashion Show features top emerging designers - Honors Constance White, editor in chief of ESSENCE magazine

08-29-2011 08:57 AM CET | Fashion, Lifestyle, Trends

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Highly Anticipated Emerge! Returns to September New York Fashion Week

Top runway collective showcases the top emerging designers in the nation and Fashion Innovator Award presented to ESSENCE magazine's Editor-in-Chief with Legendary Designer Tracy Reese to present award.

NEW YORK (August 23, 2011)- On September 13th 2011 Emerge! returns to New York Fashion Week. Deemed the hottest emerging designer runway showcase, Emerge! is the event fashion industry professionals, influencers, insiders and VIP's attend to see the best in up and coming designs, styles, and trends. Hosted at one of New York's most fabulous venues- the Broad Street Ballroom (41 Broad Street, NYC), Emerge! joins the best in New York Fashion Week's line of the "must attend" events of the season.

Emerge! provides emerging fashion designers an opportunity to showcase their designs to an audience of fashion industry leaders, buyers, press and celebrities. The fashion runway show gives up-and-coming designers a platform to propel them into the spotlight.

“The lines that are expected to show at EMERGE! this season are simply breathtaking,” states Dionne Williams CEO of D. Williams Public Relations and creator of Emerge!. “We are excited for the designers as it was a rigorous decision process. I am always very excited about showcasing the work of the most talented emerging designers in the country. I am also very honored to present the Fashion Innovator Award to Constance C.R. White as she is a legend in the fashion industry in New York.”

The Collections - September 2011 Runway Show

Borris Powell of Borris Powell Designs, Oscars® Designer Challenge 2011 Winner

Luxury in women’s fashion has a new name- Borris Powell. He is the winner of the prestigious Oscars® Designer Challenge 2011 and receives numerous local and national press regarding his designs. With his flagship store located in Chicago, his collections include exciting approaches to big ideas ranging from the philosophy to cinema. His meticulous study of fashion has not been devoted to trends, but a lasting discovery and emotion in finding their inner beauty. Visit

Kirk Johnson of b.-Vain Couture

Kirk Johnson’s design name, b.-VAIN Couture II, has been in existence for over 15 years, and has become known for designs which are "hotter-than-July." His designs are sexy ensembles of flashy leather for men and women. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kirk is starting a new era with his b.-VAIN Couture II line. Johnson’s fashion philosophy is “People should wear clothes, and not let clothes wear them." Visit

Adriana Osorio Lugo of Adriana Osorio Lugo Designs

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Adriana grew up with the love of fashion and design. The New York based next generation designer has a bright future. Taking New York by storm by showing in Emerge! and in the "2011 Fashion Next,” runway show in Lincoln Center during the ELLE showcase, the graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design is building a strong foundation within fashion showcasing elite by providing her international spin on Coco Chanel, Francisco Costa and crinkle chiffon.

"I joined the Emerge movement after seeing what Dionne Williams was able to pull off from the Windy City here in the Big Apple," says Tai Chun, CEO of MVC Productions who was chosen to style the runway show. "With Genart closing its doors and slowly creeping back. I fell in love with the possibility of a new way to view the emerging and talented new designers! I had to be on board to make that happen! Here's to Emerge!- the Future of Fashion!"

Fashion Innovator Award
Each season Emerge! presents the coveted Fashion Innovator Award which is given to a legendary individual who has made a difference in the New York Fashion industry. The September 2011 Fashion Innovator Award will be given to Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine. White is a noted journalist, editor, author, culture and style expert whose work and accolades extend from a long list of top publications including The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, W magazine, British Vogue and Glamour. Designer Tracy Reese will present the award.

Emerge! Fashion Salon
Hosted inside the historical landmark, guests will also enjoy the "Emerge! Fashion Salon" where luxury brands are previewed and sampled.

Emerge! with a Purpose
In keeping with a purpose of giving back to the community, this year Emerge! will support the not-for-profit organization Art Start. Art Start is a New York City award-winning, nationally recognized organization that uses creative arts to transform the lives of disadvantaged youth. During the fashion show event guests will be prompted to donate to Art Start by texting "Emerge" on their cell phones when given the special code at the event.

Emerge! is sponsored by Medea Vodka, MVC productions, Time Frozen Photography, Thomas Blue Photography, Izze, Sign Expo and Artikal Millinery. Hair is styled by the Bennett Career Institute. Make-up is provided by Dex Cosmetics.

Emerge! is created and produced by D. Williams PR Group and styled by Tai Chunn of MVC Productions.

Emerge! will be held at the Broad Street Ballroom (41 Broad St NY, NY).
Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 p.m. and the runway show beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on Emerge! visit

For media registration and invitation consideration contact:
Etophia Lane 347.613.3135
Saideh Browne 917.793.9393

About D. Williams

Dionne Williams is a public relations/marketing/events consultant and principal of the company D. Williams Public Relations & Event Management Group, providing customized integrated strategies to increase awareness and revenue for clients. Dionne is the nation’s premier Event Planner producing corporate meetings, events, celebrity concerts, business meetings, and special events that build brand, introduce new products, present strategies to targeted audiences, or honor leading contributors at companies. She works with many celebrity clients including Oscar ® Winner Jennifer Hudson, Grammy Award Winner Chaka Chan and a host of other notables.

D. Williams PR Group provides PR and Event Management services to corporations, celebrities, etc.

Dionne Williams
D. Williams PR Group
2929 S. Wabash - suite 103
chicago, Il. 60616

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