On the evening of Saturday, November 17th, the Designers Choice Fashion Preview show returns to the Dallas World Trade Center. This unique annual platform for emerging talent offers a chance to view Big D-area designers’ work alongside a special celebrity guest designer, to benefit a worthwhile cause.
This year, Project Runway’s Korto Momolu returns (pictured above), along with co-hosts Page Parkes and NFL Super Bowl champion Remi Ayodele. Momolu will showcase her New York Fashion Week collection, and joining her on the catwalk, ten local up-and-comers will present their latest works as well.
Today, DFW Style Daily presents an exclusive introduction to the area designers selected to participate in this year’s Designers Choice Fashion Preview. Read on to meet the talented line-up.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the November 17th event (starting at $35, general admission), visit DCFPDallas.Eventbrite.com. Proceeds will benefit the Timmons Arts Foundation to support W. T. White High School.
Angel Burrell, Tru’anjl
Kansas born and New York raised, Angel Burrell’s love of fashion developed as a young child sitting in front of her Grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. A merit scholar and class President at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City, she was exposed to the amazing world of fashion and many top designers. Her Tru’anjl line is made up of city-chic looks for the real woman, inspired by the streets of New York. Class, grace, style, and fun not only describe the line, but reflect the eclectic personality of this designer.
Carmen Iris, CarmenIris
Dallas-based designer Carmen Iris loves the natural beauty in a women’s unique curves, and isn’t afraid to boldly design for them. Aimed at a fashion-forward, curvaceous woman, her creations range from corset vests to dresses. Locally produced, Iris’ line is specially made for women sizes 8 – 24.
Chelsea Stumo, RubyBritt
Minnesota transplant Chelsea Stumo studied at the London College of Fashion and Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in Apparel Design. Thereafter, she attained valuable knowledge and experience in the thriving fashion industry through working with Michael Kors and Banana Republic. A labor of love, her independent line RubyBritt, is named in memory of her grandmother. The collection offers quality lifestyle designs that transcend time, yet suit a contemporary taste, reflecting Stumo’s confident, modern sophistication.
Dora Yim, d.p.c.
A new resident of Dallas, Dora Yim moved to the city to tap her passion for fashion. Her d.p.c. line is designed to be free flowing, with an understated look to compliment a woman’s body. She draws her inspiration from fabric, color, and texture, creating simple and comfortable clothes with elegant details. Yim believes that clothes, like friends, should last a lifetime.
Drake A. Smith, Smith & Brandon
Drake A. Smith grew up in the South as an only child, and recalls drawing collections of clothing at the age of 15 in his notebooks. Smith & Brandon was created in 2009, a lifestyle brand offering high-end garments and accessories to every demographic. Smith’s goal is to provide customers with classic yet innovative designs that represent not only fashion, but a complete lifestyle.
Originally from Arkansas, Erica Warren moved to Tampa, Florida to study fashion design and marketing. During her studies, she interned in New York and worked during Fashion Week with designers, models, and public relations firms including Rachel Roy, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Cutrone. Warren also developed a friendship and working relationship with Korto Momolu, and the duo debuted their children’s line, One Fish Two Fish, in Spring 2012. Moving forward, she is currently preparing to debut a shoe line with the opening of a new boutique in Little Rock.
Megan McKinney, MegMORGAN
A native of Fort Worth, Megan McKinney began designing doll clothes out of fabric scraps as a child. By junior high, she was making skirts out of old jeans with hand-painted embellishments. Since graduating from Dallas’ Wade College in 2009, she has been pushing the envelope in the local scene. McKinney brings her Texas roots to the world of fashion, combining sophistication with a little Southern touch.
Shawn D. Florence, Paparahzzi Couture
Shawn D. Florence is a 33-year-old style expert and designer from Fort Worth. With a keen entrepreneurial spirit, he broke into fashion after starting a small t-shirt business in college. His personal style advice and t-shirt designs quickly gained attention, launching a quest to do bigger things in the industry. He soon traveled to Europe to complete his Master’s Degree, and to learn fashion first-hand in London, Dublin, Milan, and Paris. Upon returning to the States, Florence founded his life-style brand, Paparahzzi Couture. He has also appeared on TLC’s What Not to Wear, and on Tommy Hilfiger’s The Cut.
Tanesa Peterson, Nesa Fab
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Tanesa Peterson developed a love of fashion at the tender age of three. In grade six, she joined an organization geared toward helping young ladies with self-esteem, quickly recognizing her gift for fashion and love of mentorship. Thereafter, Nesa Fab was born. Peterson has been featured in numerou magazines and blogs, and in 2011, she was honored by The National Urban League as Youth Entrepreneur of The Year. She has appeared on Good Morning Texas and Good Day Dallas.
At the age of 21, Tre LaVoux left the comforts of his Louisiana hometown for Dallas to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He quickly found himself interning for local couturier, Nicolas Villalba, later earning his Associate of Arts degree from Wade College. LaVoux has traveled to Paris, and has been greatly influenced by Christian Dior and Chanel. This young designer’s looks range from ready-to-wear pieces to one-of-a-kind couture garments, for both men and women.