Dionne Williams, creator, founder & producer, Emerge! Show, Fashion Innovator Award recipient Pat Cleveland and legendary designer & presenter Stephen Burrows

*Patricia “Pat” Cleveland, also known as “Queen of the Catwalk,” dazzled an invitational only crowd of A-1 fashionistas as she walked the runway in true Pat Cleveland style after receiving the coveted Emerge!

Fashion Innovator Award from legendary fashion designer and her dear friend Stephen Burrows, and Dionne Williams, creator and producer of the event and owner, D. Williams Public Relations Group, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the elegant Broad Street Ballroom.  The ultimate fashion extravaganza was attended by more than 500 special invited guests that included retail buyers, fashion influencers, top fashion editors, tastemakers, socialites and an amazing array of celebrities

Cleveland is credited with having given birth to a culture of glamour, sophistication and innovation.  “Fashion would not be what it is today without the innovators that have shaped the industry into its present glory.  For this reason, we present the coveted Fashion Innovator Award (FIA) to honor notable industry figures whose professional contributions have significantly influenced the fashion world,” stated Williams.  “I am excited to present the FIA to legendary model Pat Cleveland who is the quintessential authority of all matters regarding beauty.  And I am equally honored that legendary designer Stephen Burrows will present the award tonight.”

The show which is celebrating its 6th successful season took place during New York Fashion Week and featured some of the most talented and aspiring fashion designers from around the world who showcased their artistic genius with amazing collections that powered down the runway.

“This emerging designer showcase mixes the brightest upcoming talent with the most prominent of fashion buyers, journalists, and trend-setters to celebrate the art that is fashion,” stated Williams.  “Emerge! is designed to provide a distinguished platform for designers giving them the opportunity to showcase their newest collection.”

This exquisite cache of designers included designs by Mark Roscoe, PRSVR, Danny Nguyen Couture, J.TOOR, Dhakmani Clothing, and 828 Collection.  The event was co-hosted by international model and actress Carissa Rosario and Sean Ringgold and included a sensational opening performance with Dubai’s number one DJ, DJ Dion Mavath.


Fashion Innovator awardee Pat Cleveland walks the runway as only she could in ‘Pat Cleveland’ style!

EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show featured hair designs by Chet Bennett of Bennett Career   Institute and makeup designs by Lamik Cosmetics, Kim Roxie, owner.  Sponsors included Bennett Career Institute, LAMIK Cosmetics, St. Claire Green Tea Flavored Vodka, BPM Hotel and Time Frozen Photography.  Back stage management & model casting direction provided by Aaron Handy and Iran ‘Bang’ Paylor of Models, Inc.  (Photos courtesy EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show)

Featured EMERGE! Designers:

Mark Roscoe has been actively involved in the fashion industry for the past 30 years. Recognizing a market for distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces that evoke a feeling of timeless elegance, grace, and style, Mark Roscoe has made a name for himself in the fashion world. Impeccably designed and tailored to reflect the true personality of the most discriminating clients, Mark Roscoe’s talent and vision are dedicated to those who wish to “make a statement without uttering a word.” http://www.markroscoedesign.com/

Persévérer (pur suh vuh day) the French translation for persevere or PRSVR (Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, Respect) is largely based upon the premise of striving to better ones self, while aspiring to inspire others. In launching PRSVR, the initial collection of leather based luggage and outerwear combines themes of style, versatility, and functionality within each piece. http://www.prsvr.com/

Danny Nguyen’s foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility. He began as a child, under the wing of his mother. Predating his arrival to the United States, Danny would be seen at a very early age cutting fabrics, collecting designs and assisting with custodial chores around his mother’s alteration. During this period, he developed and refined many of the essential skills of a fine fashion designer. www.dannynguyencouture.com

J .TOOR is a Chicago-based design studio that specializes in fashion forward bespoke menswear. Co-Founders and Designers Jivesh Toor, Diana McCarty and Jamie Pate began

J.TOOR with the vision of bringing the modern gentleman back to life. J. Toor takes the otherwise ‘conservative’ nature of bespoke menswear and bring it into the modern age. Their designs infuse classic tailoring with modern cuts, colors, patterns and creative details.

The collection‘Sartorial Spring’ designs harkens back to the nostalgic days and will remind you of a time when men were effortlessly dapper and attention to the finishing details was standard. All garments are custom built from ground up and individually designed in their Chicago-based design studio. Visit www.jtoor.com for more information.

Dhakmani was founded in July 2006 by Faith & Anthony Rudder. Dhakmani is currently being tested marketed through internet. Dhakmani Clothing was created for women to express “The Every Woman Within”. Dhakmani encourages women to love who they are and what God has created in them. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dhakmani-Clothing/129232000456123

Eightwentyeight creates designs to make everyone feel more confident and beautiful! They also provide fashion show coordination, models, personal image consulting services for professional models and entertainers looking to stand out from the crowd. www.the828collection.com

About Pat Cleveland
Pat Cleveland studied at New York’s High School of Art and Design where her first love was fashion.  By her early teens she was designing and wearing her own creations.  She was referred to as a tall, slender and light-skinned, with aquiline features and a splay of free-flowing black wavy hair that she referred to as her “magic carpet.”  Her modeling career began by accident in 1967, when she was spotted on a New York subway by Carrie Donovan, an assistant editor at Vogue Magazine.  Later on during the beginning stages of her modeling career, she did some work with Ebony Magazine.  She began to attract the attention of the major fashion designers of the day, working first with famous names such as Jacques Tiffeau and Stephen Burrows.  Soon she was meeting and working with all of fashion’s top playmakers, including Diana Vreeland.  Irving Penn and Andy Warhol.  She modeled for designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior.  Along with Karen Bjornson and Anjelica Huston she became one of Halston’s favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes.  She brought her own theatrical style to the business, and her appearances were viewed more like performance art pieces.  Cleveland could “tell a story in a dress,” remarked fellow model Rene Hunter.  “When she moved, she painted the air around her with the clothes,” said Janice Dickinson.

EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show which was created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group, has become one of the top emerging designer platforms during New York Fashion week and has been consistent in providing a national outlet for emerging designers to showcase their work. Hundreds of designer submissions are reviewed by an elite designer committee, which selects some of the top designers from around the world.

New York based award-winning journalist Audrey J. Bernard covers entertainment, fashion & beauty, film, lifestyles and travel for the Electronic Urban Report and other outlets.  Contact her via: [email protected]

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