CAAFD (The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers) staged its world-class of emerging designers during New York Fashion Week with a lineup of talented designers from around the globe. CAAFD approved designers including RC Caylan, Imogen Evans, Viktória Tisza, Tom Foolery, Sania Maskatiya, Mouton Blanc by Hakuyo Miya and Ruth Zabetta were among some of the top designers showcased this season.
CAAFD at New York Fashion Week
The runway showcased cocktail jumpsuits/dress that show class and elegance. Her designs received raving reviews from the audience, easy comfortable wear for the working and outgoing woman. Shannon Ashford is the founder, designer, and creator of Tom Foolery. Her goal is to not only create visually appealing garments, but to support integrity in the production process. All products are currently sewn by Shannon Ashford herself in a garage turned studio, with fabrics created from plastic bottles collected from Haiti.
He presented evening gowns, putting more emphasis on the concept of a woman with confidence, utilizing bold and bright colors making every piece a one of a kind, giving inspiration from the female physique and glamour. RC Caylan was born in Iligan City and raised in Batangas City, Philippines. He graduated in fashion at the GRCC School of Fashion and Interior Design. He later than migrated to the United States in 2012.
Viktoria Tisza’s designs showcased her work with new technologies using molded pieces of silicone rubber, a versatile material that supports her sci-fi ambiance concepts incorporating various pattern, colors, glitters and designs that accentuate the body. She is a Hungarian fashion designer and designed on-stage bodysuits and dresses for Beyoncé and her dancers for her 2015 World Tour. Her designs have already been featured in British Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Italia, and Glamour UK. She has also been featured in almost all significant Hungarian fashion magazines.
Sania Maskatiya showcased her designs, marked by their ornate and regal inspirations, which masterfully highlight feminine silhouettes. The designs are inspired by the beauty of nature and the environment while still being modern and classic. The collection exhibits high luxe fabrics cut and draped in a luxurious design. The brand is known for including rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. The design house engages in some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan‘s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export and has thrilled New York City with a previous CAAFD showcase.
Hakuyo Miya designer of Mouton Blanc showcased fantasy style elements, fiery designs combining color, texture, and culture into beautiful and edgy elegant pieces. His designs are known for innovative lines and cuts. As well as having an aspect of modernism throughout the collections. The Japanese designer studied at the Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris. This was Mouton Blanc’s third New York Fashion week as a CAAFD approved designer.
iMi by Imogen Evans
Imogen Evans showcase received a raised eyebrow and mixed reactions. She created wearable art, yet alternative clothing. Her designs are thought-provoking and bizarre, exhibiting oversized and baggy outfits. It sent a specific message that no one is immune from sexual assault even without showing their skin. Imogen Evans was born in London, moved to Edinburgh as a child and studied Fashion Design in Milan.
Ruth Zabetta showcased evening wear, cocktail dresses and elegant gowns with a bold, confident woman in mind. The collection exhibits feminism, modern lines, and unique cuts, creating beautiful silhouettes consistently through all the pieces. Zabetta’s collection is created for the modern but feminine woman and inspired by years of culture and design. She was raised in both Spain and the Dominican Republic giving her a unique cultural background for her beautiful collection.
You can view the full runway collections at Chttps://youtu.be/KNJuW2r5rj8 and https://youtu.be/WOJRCVvvNzI
Photography Credit: Imaxtree
What a full set of collections. Which were your favorite pieces and looks?