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Monday, January 31, 2011

Highly Anticipated EMERGE! Fashion Runway Show 2011 to feature top Emerging Designers during NY Fashion Week

EMERGE! Fashion Week 2011 Event Combine Art, Honorees and The Runway

First - Annual Fashion Week Event to Grace New York City’s Sun West Studios on February 15th

New York, NY (February 10th 2011) – D. Williams Public Relations and Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR, have teamed up to announce today their February 15th 2011 EMERGE! Event. The first- annual red carpet, step and repeat event will take place at the Sun West Studios in New York City located at 450 West 31st Street, and is expected to be the hottest new platform for emerging designers each year. The elite by-invite-only attendees will include the elite of the fashion industry, fashion editors, buyers from major fashion retailers, along with well known celebrity names. A few hot names confirmed to attend on the guest list include Dwight Eubanks and Sheree from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Suede from Project Runway season 5, Project Runway season 5 winner Leanne Marshall as well as Project Runways Suede of Season 5, Oscar James - hair stylist to the stars, B. Smith and more.

With NYC fashion week sparking the hottest events in town, The EMERGE! fashion runway presentation will include a special live DJ, a special honor presentation to a fashion industry visionary and leader, cutting edge staging and lighting, and more. Sponsors for the evening include MEDEA Vodka who brings forth the world's first interactive bottle, Sign Expo, Chocovine, Brian C. Hawkins, Mark Tutson Productions, JMI Graphics, and Dex NY Cosmetics Inc.

“The lines that are expected to debut at EMERGE! are simply breathtaking”, states Dionne Williams CEO of D. Williams Public Relations. “ We are excited for the designers as it was a rigorous decision process. Fashion week can launch many a career to the next level so our event is rightfully named.”

The designers that will have pieces gracing the event runway are:

Terri Stevens who owns and designs for Michael Joseph
and Funkinbeautiful designs. She is a Chicago native and was
featured on Season 5 of Project Runway. Terri was one of the
top six contestants on the show. Her funky and chic styles that
continued to amaze the judges each week.

Sheila Rashid who took it upon herself to learn everything about the business on her own. This young designer creates clothes for women who are bold and confident.

Dominique Auxilly who has dressed the likes of Nicki Minaj to Miss Universe Caressa Cameron is an up and coming star designer. This self-taught New Yorker will be partnering up with Isobel Arnbeg vintage and opening up her own boutique in SoHo.

Dawn Joi who is the creator and designer of JoiTees. The talented designer has dedicated herself to spreading "joi" and love in a chic, yet eco-friendly way. Her JoiTees (tee shirts) offer versatile fashion with a conscience
and a touch of humor.

Included in the event will be a special award presentation for two groundbreaking honorees. The first will be fashion powerhouse Audrey Smaltz who is the owner of Ground Crew a company that provides indispensible backstage management during international shows and other events. Among her more than 70 regular bookers are Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Michael Kors.

The second honoree of the evening will be the Not For Profit organization ART START, an award-winning, nationally recognized model for using the arts to save lives and transform communities. Art Start connects with kids age 5-21 living in homeless shelters, transient on the streets, coming out of jail, or surviving with parents in crisis. Word about Art Start’s success has also received national media attention. Features about Art Start have been portrayed on: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bravo’s documentary Stories of Arts for Change, a mini-documentary by two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple and the 2003 CBS special, "Fulfilling the Dream." In 2009, The Sundance Channel debuted The Hip Hop Project, a feature-length documentary about Art Start's award-winning music program for teens in crisis.

“ This may be a first-annual event but we are launching EMERGE! with a resounding fashion boom,” states Owner of Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR Monique Tatum. “We have a number of up and comers that simply cannot be ignored, and an Honoree that has made such an impact within the Fashion world, and Fashion Show community. Our message is simple. It is possible to Emerge within the coveted Fashion industry with talent and hard work.”

For more information regarding "EMERGE!" or to submit a financial pledge, sponsorship information or to submit a guest list request please visit or call 312.225.8705.