Queens hosts its own Fashion Week
by Holly Wilensky
Feb 23, 2011 | 21403 views | 0 0 comments | 1095 1095 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Photos and video by Lisa A. Fraser

While we are waiting for the weather to return to normalcy, those in the fashion world are already talking “Fall”. Each year, the acclaimed Fashion Week comes to New York City to showcase some of the industry’s finest designers in the business. Last week kicked off the national fall season for 2011 featuring designers’ collections in every genre of fashion.

Locally, Queens held their own ‘Fashion Week’ featuring some of the most talented local designers from different neighborhoods in our great borough.

Queens Fashion week is directed and produced by Delali Haligah who is the creator of Osun Designs. As a local designer herself, she started the annual event to give others the chance to have their designs exposed to a larger audience.

Each year the show gets bigger and better with the newest emerging talent of Queens and the outer boroughs. By participating in this event, these budding designers are provided with a platform to take their creative businesses to the next level.

Their collections are presented in a series of events over a weekend twice a year, for the spring and fall seasons. Festivities include a runway show, special shopping events and a ‘meet and greet’ for the media, press and fashion business owners.

The event spanned over three days with the first day as the Fashion Front Line “meet and greet” and networking event.

Day two included a special shopping event with a Young Designers Initiative Eco-Styling Competition. The runway showcase concluded day three, putting each participating designer in the spotlight while fashion professionals in Queens anxiously reviewed the newest talent on the block.

Here is a look at two of the participating designers this year: The Firecry Twins and Designer Knitwear by Michi.

Brooklyn-based Firecry Twins Roco and Rizo are well versed in the language of street wear, creating and developing their line of mystical t-shirt and hoodie embellishments and accessory designs. Each piece is hand made and painted, brining their fantasy world of angel wings and abstract art to the masses. Being in business for the past 8 years, this dynamic duo’s designs have been seen in the movie Step Up 3 as well as other local venues and dance groups. Prices start at $15.00 for shades and $100.00 for hoodies.

Designer Knitwear by Michi has given a new face to the world of knitwear. Michelle Walden’s creativity and originality has taken the casualty out knitwear and stepped it up to tackle the niche market of sophisticated daywear. St. Albans-based designer’s color selection and shell embellishments present a natural and comfortable original style to her customers. The sleek lines and beautifully draped dresses create a new spin on classic, timeless silhouettes. She is well-known for providing quality coupled with an affordable price point.

Be on the lookout for Queens Fashion Week Spring 2012 showcasing the new trends for spring featuring Queens most talented local designers. Come show your support at www.queensfashionweek.com.

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