Wednesday, February 22, 2012


This emerging designer showcase mixes the BRIGHTEST upcoming talent with the most PROMINENT of fashion buyers, journalists & trendsetters to celebrate the art that is FASHION!!!
Of course fashion fashion would not be what it is today without the innovators that have shaped the industry into it's present glory. 4 this reason, EMERGE presented the Coveted Fashion Award (FIA)  2 honor notable industry figures whose professional contributions have significantly influenced the fashion WORLD. With absolute delight, this year's FIA award was presented 2
 Andre Leon Talley, 
contributing editor for American Vogue magazine.

Andre Leon Tally with Model & Fashion journalist, Hanneli Mustaparta & Super Model Gisele Bundchen.

Long known 2 readers of VOGUE magazine's American Edition, Andre is one of the fashion industry's stylesetters.
Talley is undoubtedly theeeeeee most African Americans in the high stakes world of designer fashion, a world which revolves around the semi-annual runway shows in New York, Paris, London & Milan.

Andre with Super Model and CEO of Americas Next Top Model, Mz Tyra Banks!

And so the celebrities came out to Honor Andre Leon Talley and to see the next set of up and coming designers showcasing their fall collection

Super Model Toccara Jones, a former contestant from America's Next Top Model from cycle 3.

With VERY good friend Richard Pelzer, President of Mega Management. Richard & I have been friends for over 15yrs & was my booker at ELITE model agency!

With Alex McCord & her husband Simon Van Kempen fron the reality show 'The real housewives of New York.

With fabulous Lionel and center, Miss J Alexander, judge from America's Next Top Model.

Getting my picture taken by the press!

Dwight Eubanks from the reality show 
The real housewives from Atlanta.

I love, love, love being a fashion TV presenter.
I'm wearing a vintage dress/coat I bought in Copenhagen.
The earrings are a gift from 
Norwegian jewelry designer Vanessa Gunnestad @
Watch - Hermes.

They say that if u love what u do , you'll never work a day in your life!!!!!!.....I'm very lucky!

The hosts for the evening were Mr USA 2011, Chavis Aaron &
the actress and daughter of Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross.
Tracee is best known as the star character of the hit sitcom Girlfriends that ran for 8 seasons on the CW network.

Presenting the FIA award to Andre Leon Tally was fellow designer and very good friend, Diane Von Furstengerg.
Diana is a world known designer, icon & philanthropist.
Diana single handedly revolutionized the world with her 
WRAP DRESSES, which came to symbolize power & independence for an entire generation!

In 2005, Diane received the lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)4 her impact on fashion.
The following year, she was elected as the CFDA's president, an office she continues to hold.

The iconic & talented contributing editor at vogue has championed a number of young African-American designers over the course of his long career including Stephan Burrows, Patrick Robinson, Tracey Reese & countless other talented designers.

Andre Leon Talley receives his award from CFDA president & fashion designer Diane Von Fursternberg.

Andre accepts his awards & tells us some funny stories of his earlier career when he and Diane were struggling artists in Paris

A group picture!

With Dwight Eubanks from the reality show The real housewives of Atalanta and my dearest and sweetest friend, Lionel.

These were the hair magicians from Bennet Career (BCI) of washington, DC, & their beauty Glam Squad of a 48 person crew, graciously handled the hair & make-up backstage for the event!

It's ALWAYS nice to see men embrace fashion.

With Model & Fashion journalist Maryam Basir.

With Super Model Stacey McKenzie.

McKenzie's work is recognized world over as she has worked major runways, print ads and shows commissioned across the globe including Paris, London, Italy, Austria, United States and Japan. She has worked for names within the industry that are synonymous with the true fashion such as the late Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Oldham, Michiko Koshino , Jean Paul Gaultier,  Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix.

The show.

In the FRONT Row.
Alex McCord & her husband Simon Van Kempen to the extreme left beside the lady in the pink. The the lady with a dark gray beanie hat is Bethann Hardison, contributing editor to Italian Vogue & mother to male Super Model Tyson Beckford, next, Mikki Taylor former Editor-at-large for 30 years at ESSENCE magazine. & finally but not last, former Calvin Klein & United Colours Benetton model, Stacey McKenze.
Pleas CLICK HERE to visit her website.

The designers.






Designer Terri Stevens.

Click below to watch a recap of the evenings events!