GENART’s Fresh Faces in Fashion was an eclectic show presenting fashion designers from across the continent and took place at Chelsea Piers 57. I loved the venue because it was really edgy with a combination of rustic and rough. I felt like I was at a really trendy underground club. You could hear some really amazing remixes of Adele and other hits playing in the background. Cocktails were served and I of course grabbed a glass of bubbly and watched while some stepped up for a hair touch up by this year’s show sponsor Moroccan Oil. I didn’t have time for my own mini-makeover because the show was about to start; but I have to admit I was a bit jealous of the girls that went in with frizz and came out with flowing locks.
As I stepped in to take my seat, my eyes couldn’t help but look at the gorgeous girl deejay that was mixing some beats, as the room buzzed with celebrities like Adrienne Bailon, Twilight’s Chase Spencer, and America’s Next Top Model Lisa D’amato, fashion bloggers, journalists, and photographers. The lights were brought up to an intense level and the runway was taken over by gorgeous models who hit each step to the rhythm of the deejay’s mixed beats and rocked the designers signature looks. All I wanted to do was get up and dance!
Why Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion Matters:
“The Fresh Faces program is the largest and most recognized fashion event of its kind and is a catalyst for emerging designers in the industry, and over the years, many notable designers, such as Rodarte, Vena Cava, Zac Posen and Phillip Lim have participated in the program for one of their very first runway fashion shows. Several GenArt alumni have also gone on to win the coveted CFDA emerging designer award and the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award after their GenArt debut.”
The designers presented were Amanda Lew Kee who designs for HBO’s True Blood. You had the independent label COMEFORBREAKFAST by Antonio Romano and Francesco Alagna. Gretchen Jones, who is aligned with the organization, Save the Garment Center that works with local professionals and uses ethical business practices, also showed.
Other designers included Chloé comme Parris by Toronto-based sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon. You also had A-Morir by Kerin Rose Weinberg who has designed eyewear for Rihanna and many other celebrities. Last but not least Katungulu Mwenda an up-and-coming-designer from Nairobi, Kenya.
The designs were eclectic and varied. You were faced with eye popping colors, floral and lace. You encountered subtle grey hues and white. You had long flowing dresses, hooded jackets, and printed pants and tops. Each designer was true to their identity and the show flowed beautifully.
It was a great show! I loved being able to grab some behind the scene shots with some really amazing and creative curvy girls. I loved mixing and mingling and truly getting to see behind the scenes with all of the fashion forward thinking men and women that dared to create their own signature look.