UNVEILING THE VISIONARIES: SEASON 8 DESIGNERS
Anastasio, the Venezuelan-born Greek designer, is set to make his debut at Rise NYFW. Coming from a lineage of fashion business owners, Anastasio decided to pursue his true passion after studying architecture in Greece. His creative vision is captivated by the beauty found in shapes, lines, shadows, forms, and colors.
Anastasio's design process is a true labor of love. It involves starting with a 3D program to conceptualize his designs, then converting them into 2D representations. Finally, the construction process begins, where the garment is meticulously deconstructed into smaller pieces before being reconstructed one by one.
In his previous collection, named "SOBE," Anastasio showcased his affinity for his city of residence, Miami. He used aerial photos of Miami Beach as prints in his haute couture pieces, celebrating the vibrant colors of the city.
With his upcoming collection, "Under Construction," Anastasio draws inspiration from the current situation in Miami, further emphasizing the merging of his two passions: fashion and architecture.
SHOWTIME: 4:00 PM
Introducing Desmina de Vil, a boundary-defying creative force weaving fashion, art, and self-expression. As a fashion designer, gossip columnist, investigative journalist, actress, model, activist, and drag queen, she captivates on and offline.
Her bespoke high fashion pieces tell her unique story, embodying childhood cartoons, Harry Styles, and ethereal spirits. Sustainable and enchanting, Desmina upcycles thrifted treasures and adds botanical wonders.
Step into her kaleidoscopic universe and experience heaven, hell, and the pure love of Earth. Be an angel, a clown—be a de Vil. Xoxo Desmina de Vil.
SHOWTIME: 4:1O PM
Introducing Sydnie Banks, a visionary designer whose passion for leather ignites a mesmerizing fusion of art and fashion. Enchanted by Marcel Mrsán's captivating YouTube video on handcrafted men's dress shoes, Sydnie's destiny was forever intertwined with the allure of leather. She embarked on her creative journey by starting with handmade cowboy boots, honing her skills, and exploring the possibilities of this versatile material.
As her expertise grew, Sydnie transitioned into the realm of luxury handbags, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase her exceptional craftsmanship. Each bag is meticulously hand-stitched, ensuring that no two creations are alike. The devotion to her craft and attention to detail is evident in every stitch, resulting in handbags that exude elegance and sophistication.
Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary talent of Sydnie Banks as she unveils her captivating creations at Rise NYFW. Her unique journey, starting from handmade cowboy boots and evolving into luxury hand-stitched handbags, demonstrates her versatility as a designer.
Brace yourself for an enchanting display of Sydnie's extraordinary talent, where her designs transcend fashion, becoming true works of art that embody the essence of luxury and timeless style.
SHOWTIME: 4:2O PM
B.Lashae Designs represents the perfect fusion of fashion and personal expression. With a focus on culture, confidence, and originality, this Chicago-based slow-fashion brand meticulously handcrafts each piece to cater exclusively to you.
Brianna Neal, the creative force behind B.Lashae Designs, infuses soul, strength, and vibrant colors into every garment. Her philosophy is rooted in empowering individuals to embrace their uniqueness and live boldly.
Renowned for its bold textiles, captivating colors, and exotic prints, B.Lashae Designs fearlessly designs for the daring and empowers individuals to express themselves authentically.
SHOWTIME: 4:3O PM
Introducing Simone Ashley, the visionary founder of BySimoneA and purveyor of luxury womenswear. With over a decade of design experience, specializing in ready-to-wear and custom evening attire, Simone has graced prestigious fashion shows throughout the Greater Washington Region.
BySimoneA was born out of Simone's unwavering dedication to empowering women and celebrating their unique beauty. Equipped with a degree in business marketing, she now embarks on an exciting journey to new heights. Discover her impeccable portfolio at www.bysimonea.com for inquiries and an exquisite fashion experience.
SHOWTIME: 4:4O PM
Introducing Amanda, the visionary designer behind A.B.O.A. Collective, a Toronto-based clothing brand. With a deep reverence for nature and the captivating rhythms of sound, Amanda infuses her designs with artistic inspiration.
Exploring the realm of pattern design, she seamlessly incorporates her artwork into each garment, showcasing her evolving fashion technique. Beyond aesthetics, Amanda believes that fashion plays a pivotal role in the holistic 'Mind-Body-Soul' experience, elevating how individuals feel when adorned in her creations.
As a testament to her artistic versatility, Amanda has also embarked on interior decor, integrating the 'Mind-Body' concept into everyday routines. With a passion for music, delectable cuisine, and joyful experiences, Amanda's heart-lightening and laughter-inducing pursuits further fuel her creative spirit.
Prepare to be captivated as A.B.O.A. Collective returns to Rise NYFW for the third season, presenting Amanda's distinctive vision to the world.
SHOWTIME: 4:5O PM
Renowned designer James O White, the Founder/CEO and Artistic Director of the esteemed House of JOW, is set to make a triumphant return to Rise NYFW.
With an unwavering passion for couture luxury, James O White has established his eponymous brand as a symbol of elegance and artistry. Through meticulously crafted clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories, he weaves a captivating tapestry of his cultural heritage and personal journey.
Inspired by visionaries like Christian Kerby Jean-Raymond, Virgil Abloh, Christian Dior, and Tom Ford, as well as the influential women in his life, the House of JOW radiates energy and an unmistakable presence.
Prepare to be enthralled as James O White unveils his latest collection, showcasing his mastery of design at Rise NYFW.
SHOWTIME: 5:0O PM
Introducing Shongee, a custom fashion line created to bridge the gap between contemporary American fashion and African-inspired designs. Named after its founder, Shongee aims to fuse the essence of African design with modern style. Each Shongee print is meticulously crafted in-house, infused with vibrant colors and nature themes commonly found in traditional African aesthetics.
Described as youthful, Shongee represents a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary allure. With an irresistible passion for the ever-evolving world of fashion, Shongee embraces new fabrics, colors, cuts, and attitudes, creating pieces that are both current and timeless.
Get ready to explore Shongee's upcoming collection, a captivating amalgamation of 2023 print trends expertly combined to create unique and collage-like designs.
SHOWTIME: 8:0O PM
Luana, the visionary designer behind Native Spring Flower, celebrates Native American culture through her exquisite clothing creations. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature and the vibrant spirit of her heritage, Luana masterfully blends traditional elements with contemporary styles.
Native Spring Flower is a brand that embodies the essence of Native American traditions, offering a fresh and unique perspective in the world of fashion. With her upcoming collection set to grace the runway at Rise NYFW, Luana invites you to experience the blossoming beauty of Native Spring Flower.
SHOWTIME: 8:1O PM
Jerra Kaitlynn Whittaker, an esteemed American fashion designer, is poised to make her mark at Rise NYFW this season. Hailing from Central, Illinois, near the Village of Princeville, Jerra is the creative force behind Toxik Fashion, a cutting-edge brand based in Toledo, OH.
Since its inception in 2011, Toxik has captivated fashion enthusiasts with its avant-garde womenswear and menswear garments. Jerra's background includes training under Versace during her time as a student of Fashion Design in Miami. With a remarkable career that encompasses both designing and modeling, Jerra's work has been featured in prestigious publications. Notably, she has dressed renowned personalities like Supermodel Victoria Henley and Daniel DiCriscio.
Beyond the fashion realm, Jerra is a passionate advocate for nature and actively supports various animal rescue organizations. Get ready to experience the transformative artistry of Jerra Kaitlynn Whittaker at Rise NYFW!
SHOWTIME: 8:2O PM
Discover the empowering allure of WORTHYOPP.® - the cutting-edge unisex streetwear brand crafted by the ingenious Savasia Vida.
Step into a world where fashion meets empowerment, as WORTHYOPP.® beckons you to seize your worth and conquer every challenge with a bold blend of style and self-assurance. Prepare to immerse yourself in the riveting fusion of powerful statements and handcrafted designs, celebrating your uniqueness and inspiring a wave of confidence.
Unleash your inner strength as WORTHYOPP.® takes the stage once again at Rise NYFW, ready to ignite passion and purpose in the hearts of all fashion enthusiasts.
SHOWTIME: 8:3O PM
Sahibzada Mayed, a visionary designer, embarked on a remarkable journey from engineer to fashion maverick. To him, fashion transcends mere aesthetics—it is a powerful tool of resistance, offering countless pathways to reclaim our freedom. With his brand Naranji, Mayed aims to revolutionize the fashion landscape by creating an illustrative culture that revolves around identity development and empowerment.
At the heart of Naranji's philosophy lies the unwavering belief in empowering individuals and communities to recognize and celebrate their diversity and beauty, both inner and outer. Mayed dreams of a fashion realm that breaks boundaries, liberates self-expression, and sets us free.
It is with great excitement that Mayed announces his return to Rise NYFW for a second season. His presence promises to ignite the runway, as he unveils his unique vision and inspires the fashion industry with his unbridled creativity and unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of fashion.
Join us on the runway for this season of New York Fashion Week as Naranji launch their upcoming collection: "Culture, Costume, and Non-Conformity!"
SHOWTIME: 8:4O PM
Experience the extraordinary artistry of Arianne Zager, a returning designer making waves at Rise NYFW. With a lineage of artists and musicians, Arianne's creative journey blossomed from her Nana's lap to prestigious fashion institutions.
From assisting renowned brands to launching Baby Couture at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, her expertise in couture flourished. A globetrotter and internationally acclaimed watercolor painter, Arianne's creations reflect a skewed interpretation of feminine beauty, blending fashion and art into serene elegance.
Brace yourself for a transcendent display of her multidimensional talents this season.