Chicagoan's celeb-filled fashion show, Emerge!, features up and coming designers during New York Fashion Week

Now in its 5th season, EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group, featured an eclectic ensemble of artists during New York Fashion Week 2013. These aspiring fashion designers from around the world showcased their artistic genius with amazing collections that powered down the runway much to the delight of the celeb-filled crowd. Highlights included stylist and lifestyle guru, Phillip Bloch, honoring fellow style guru, Mikki Taylor, a woman who has given birth to a culture of glamour, sophistication and innovation, with the ‘Fashion Innovator Award’.

This invite-only affair played host to retail buyers, fashion influencers, top fashion editors, tastemakers, socialites and an amazing array of celebrities who included honoree Mikki Taylor (fashion icon), Phillip Bloch (brand ambassador), Regina Taylor (actress), J Alexander (America's Next Top Model), Dwight Eubanks (Bravo's Atlanta Housewives), Carissa Rosario (international model), Justiin Davis (Boardwalk Empire), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (actress) and many more.

The Broad Street Ballroom came to life with the thrilling fashions from EMERGE! designers.  They included Bishme Cromartie – Bishme Cromartie’s collection is edgy sophistication with well-constructed pieces.  His collection was cohesive and yet unafraid to take risks.;  Parul Aneja - Parul Aneja’s collection adorned the runway with vibrant colors inspired by her hometown of New Delhi. She specializes in wedding gowns, cocktail dresses, prom and evening-wear.;  Deidre JefferiesESPION Atelier - ‘ESPION’ French for the English word ‘spy’, Jefferies defines her design aesthetic as “the future of classic clothing." Her strong, yet sexy collection embodied a sleek sophistication combining male and female elements into a luxury line committed to quality.;  Bernice Morgan, Designersberg, a full line of beautiful African dresses custom made in a variety of materials including cotton prints, damask, lace and linens came down the runway with a fresh take on modern ethnic wear.; Butterfli Tia - Butterfli Tia's swimwear collection, 2-A-T, came down the runway making a bold statement with sexy embellishments, well-crafted pieces and bold color choices.

EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show 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.  (For more info, please visit  Photos courtesy of

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