Emerge, founded in 2009, comes together each Fashion Week (across the UK, USA, and European markets) to highlight emerging designers in order to launch them into the global sphere of the fashion industry. For NYFW SS23, Emerge kicked off an afternoon chock full of runway shows for viewers and buyers alike to behold the latest in emerging fashion.
Holding three back-to-back shows at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. at Canoe Studios, Emerge presented designers Lillian Jenae Designs, Colleen Cecilia, Shannen Maria Samuel, Burnt Glitter Clothing, Lexlo, I.N.A APPAREL, Alicia’s Designs, nauni.j., Prémya by Manishii, 1 Atelier, House of Aarti, Garcia del Castillo, NH ALRabiah, Nahal Shad, Carson Fashion, Laura Lanzerotte, and the Moore College of Art & Design.
Backstage, models flitted around shifting in and out of intricate pieces moving from show to show. With collectives like this, models may walk for several designers per day, hitting the runway as many as 3-5 times.
Makeup artists touched up dewy skin under the stark spotlights. Designers styled and made slight alterations to looks as the runways were queued up. In between shows, we caught up with a few designers to ask about their inspirations. Here’s what they had to say.
Hailing from New Zealand, Ina, founder, and designer at I.N.A. Apparel debuted a nostalgic pastel-hued collection filled with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Lexie of Lexlo debuted an eco-friendly collection that is entirely compostable.
Jilian Hacket, of Lillian Jenae Designs, debuted a stunning collection, inspired by the artful Texas landscape.