Field Report: Harlem’s Fashion Row Fashion Show SS14 #mbfw #nyfw

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There were four talented designers showcased at Harlem’s Fashion Row for Spring 2014, including Kimberly Goldston from Project Runway. The venue, Jazz at Lincoln Center was the perfect location. Harlem’s Fashion Row is an arts and entertainment organization that helps designers of color connect with appropriate brands and assist in giving them the exposure needed to take their lines to the next level. Harlem’s Fashion Row celebrated their 5th anniversary this year.

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Designer Deidre Jeffries’ Epsion was inspired by Shanghai for her collection. Multi sized hounds tooth checks mixed with bold hibiscus flowers were sexy and elegant. The red and black silk print tracksuit is not for working out in, but it’s hot! The line also included some lovely dresses in both black and white. Getting to the show and finding out Sandro Romans, a former student of mine from FIT was one of the designers, was an exciting surprise. He used double layered silk and blended knits in prints and bright colors to reflect his inspiration, “the sights and sounds of Brooklyn”. The collection is edgy and playful. Color block tees and pants in black and turquoise, were followed by crème silk rompers that showed some skin. The collection is for a confident fashion forward man who wants to stand out. Recent Project Runway contender, Kahindo Mateene looked to landscape of the Namid Desert for the Modahnik Spring ‘14 line. Bright and graphic prints dominated the collection in feminine flirty dresses. Mateene played with a number of different necklines and shapes, which created a well-rounded and beautiful collection. Kimberly Goldston, a Project Runway finalist, is proud of her native Brooklyn, and it shows in her latest collection. Ms. Goldson is known for adding a modern twist to classic shapes, and she is not afraid of color. She playfully riffs off the Brooklyn Bridge in a silk print. It’s used on a wide leg pantsuit with jewel tone turquoise top. The black fit and flair dress would flatter any woman, as would many of the pieces in the line.

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These collections from 4 talented young designers showcase items that are sure to be a hit on the red carpets for Spring 2014. Click here for more information on Harlem’s Fashion Row.

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By Meryl Ranzer
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