Day 7 of New York Fashion week on February 12th, CAAFD (The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers) staged its seasonal approved outstanding designers  with a lineup of talented returning designers from past seasons from around the globe. This season, CAAFD selected 3 of their top designers from past seasons to kick-off NYFW. Sania Maskatiya, Yufash and Ruth Zabetta were among the top designers showcased this season. The CAAFD’s seasonal showcase is part of the official platform with a partnership with IMG and Pier 59 Studios. 

Sania Maskatiya

Sania Maskatiya is a Pakistan-based designer belonging to a new generation of fashion talent from the region. Breaking conventions, she has been quick to become Pakistan’s most lauded designer. She was among a few of the top emerging global brands selected.  This season, Sania Maskatiya returned to the NYFW stage for a third season with CAAFD presenting her full collection under her primary brand, SANIA MASKATIYA. Featuring breezy hand-woven fabrics, delicately cut and layered, embroidered with geometric and pastoral motifs. It lends ‘white-on-white’ a freshly fanciful energy. Sania Maskatiya uses only pure, luxe white fabrics that are cut and draped in a range of directional but feminine  silhouettes. The brand engages the finest craftsmen across Pakistan, hailing from generations of artisans practicing time- honored craftsmanship and embroideries. 


Kadri Klampe is an Estonian-born,  founder and designer created Yufash as a unique and forward-thinking brand made for the confident and powerful women of the world, with all garments fabricated exclusively in England. Yufash is one of the few designers chosen as part of the CAAFD’s incubate/nurturing program, returning for her third seasonal showcase after her previous career-defining CAAFD showcases. The Evening wear captures the resilience, strength and elegance of this landscape’s inhabitants. This 16-piece collection features layered beading inspired by wild patterns and structures, combined with Yufash’s signature reflective prints. A stark contrast is found in the meeting of organic influences and Yufash’s signature modernity. The combination of long metallic draped gowns with zebra and leopard beaded gloves, captures the very essence of this season’s collection. An organic strong spirit is evident in waist gathered coats with wide collars, emulating the kings and queens who walk this land.

Ruth Zabetta

Designer Ruth Zabetta was raised in both Spain as well as the Dominican Republic, which imparts a unique cultural influence on her designs. Known for modern lines and cuts which still maintain a feminine presence. Ruth Zabetta  strives to create beautiful silhouettes that are consistent through all the pieces. This season’s collection is inspired by Earth/ Nature. Ruth Zabetta is among the few designers chosen as part of the CAAFD’s incubate/nurturing program, returning for her fourth seasonal showcase.

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