ANTICIPATION BUILDS AS GREENSBORO FASHION WEEK RELEASES HAUTE DESIGNER ROSTER
Show creators announce who will headline their October 5th show.
GREENSBORO, NC –
Last week, Greensboro Fashion Week creators, Witneigh Davis and Giovani Ramadani announced the talented designers that will headline their October 5th “Emerging Designer Showcase,” the annual Friday event dedicated to highlighting amateur fashion artists. This year’s roster, hand selected by Davis and Ramadani, is a curation that came after reviewing over 50 applicants and according to the duo, narrowing that list of hopefuls down to just seven has been their greatest task to date.
“This is the most diverse group of applications we’ve received in five years of doing the show,” Ramadani says, “and it has been the most impressive display of talent, too.”
And it is talent that ultimately links this year’s selected group together. They are: Teresa Faulk, Marian Gibson, Starr Sutton, Agustina Araldi, Riley Phillips, Tygerian Burke, and Kiana Bonollo. Each designer will showcase their collections on the runway (10-15 original designs that share a cohesive look) and at the end of the show, the audience votes for their favorite. The winner receives a $1500 top prize.
And while some of these designers may only have to travel a few miles or a few hours to reach the GSOFW stage, one newbie in particular will need an international flight.
Agustina “Agus” Araldi, will make the journey from Buenos Aries, Argentina to showcase her designs and while the international trek to Greensboro Fashion Week may seem like a bizarre pairing to some, her international application didn’t surprise Davis or Ramadani at all.
“Every year, we’re reaching more and more people,” Ramadani says. “Our show focuses on quality and it’s getting huge recognition throughout the fashion scene. It’s only natural that the best upcoming designers want a piece of this spotlight, too.”
But why would a talented designer choose Greensboro’s show over, say, New York? Well, according to Ramadani that, too, boils down to quality.
“New York’s fashion week is so big, that anyone can produce a show. You could hang lights and create a runway in any place in NYC and easily say you’ve been apart of NYFW,” Ramadani explains. “But what does that really mean? What does that get you at the end of the day if the quality production is not there and the right people aren’t seeing it?”
According to him, the answers to those questions are why so many local, regional, and now international applicants have applied. With production values that could easily rival some of NYFW’s biggest shows, Davis and Ramadani have focused on quality in the form of design, models, sponsorship, and leadership. And going into their fifth year, that formula has served them well - if these record breaking applicants are any indication.
“We don’t care where you’re from,” Ramadani says. “If you’re talented, if you have a unique vision, we want you in our show. Our goal is to show this community fashion through different perspectives. Having all Greensboro or all North Carolina designers won’t display the full potential of fashion as well as having a broader mix of nationalities, eyes, and overall talent will.”
And having designers from all over the state, country, or globe doesn’t just enhance the GSOFW fashion stage – it enhances the GSO economy as well.
“At the end of the day, our goal is to enrich this community,” Ramadani says. “We do that through fashion, yes, but we’re bringing new people into this city every year. They’re spending money, they’re investing their time, they’re falling in love with what this city has to offer and so they’re also returning. What more could you want out of an enterprise?” he says.
When asked about her own trek to Greensboro, Araldi says she couldn’t be more excited to display her collection in North Carolina. That collection (and her style) includes mixing and matching laces, tulles, and embroidery with neutral and black tones. She considers the collection “romantic,” but not only because of how it looks.
“I love handmade work,” Araldi says. “I think that clothes made with our own hands (represent) love, so I try to take extra time to make every piece unique,” she adds.
Araldi’s unique designs, along with her 2018 Emerging Designer counterparts, will work the runway on October 5th, 2018. Visit GreensoboroFashionWeek.com for tickets and more information.
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