RAGTRADE ATLANTA + AIRBNB present A Night At The Museum


RAGTRADE ATLANTA will celebrate their fifth-year cultivating Atlanta’s fashion industry by hosting a celebratory event featuring independent designers, live music and more.

RAGTRADE ATLANTA, a fashion community committed to developing a sustainable fashion industry for the city of Atlanta, has partnered with Airbnb to produce A Night at the Fashion Museumon Saturday, October 27that the Margaret Mitchell House from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. RAGTRADE ATLANTA will also celebrate five years cultivating Atlanta’s fashion community.

Guests will experience three (3) curated fashion presentations featuring collections from independent designers Natt Taylor, a popular fashion label that has shown with RAGTRADE since 2014, ANINETEEN, a new emerging label that has generated major buzz since launching earlier this year and soon to be released luxury loungewear brand DAYO. In addition, hair for the presentation will be styled by RAGTRADE ATLANTA creative lead, Lisa Pope of Trade Secrets with Lisa and models will be provided by longtime partner MP Management-Atlanta. All parties involved with the presentation are Atlanta-based, strengthening the purpose of RAGTRADE ATLANTA.

Angela Watts, founder of RAGTRADE ATLANTA, is thrilled to celebrate another year of success. “I cannot believe we have reached our five-year milestone. Since launching in 2013, we have witnessed so much success with our past shows, the growth of our yearly programs, memberships and fashion designers who have chosen to show on our platform year and year. Our five-year celebration in partnership with Airbnb symbolizes growth for our fashion community in Atlanta with more to come. Five years is just the beginning.”

A Night at the Fashion Museum presented by Airbnb and RAGTRADE ATLANTA will take place on Saturday October 27that the Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. **For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.ragtradeatlanta.com/calendar


Yigal Azrouël revealed as featured designer at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® (Lexus CFW), one of the leading fashion weeks in the United States, announced its March 13-17, 2018 schedule, and features internationally known designer Yigal Azrouël for Saturday night’s Fashion Finale, runway shows from 12 competing Emerging Designer semifinalists, plus exciting retailer and local designer shows.

Yigal Azrouël, a New York-based fashion designer, will be featured on Saturday, March 17.

Azrouël designs ready-to- wear fashion for the effortlessly cool and confident woman with innovative design, intricately detailed construction and high-quality fabrications.

His creations have been spotlighted in many magazines including Forbes, VOGUE and WWD. Azrouël will also serve on the Fashion Panel under Fern Mallis, who will again lead the effort in determining the 2018 Charleston Fashion Week ® Emerging Designer Competition Winner.

Other panelists include mentor Pauline Sokol Nakios, owner of Lilla P, Charleston’s own fashion favorite, Andrea Serrano and Senior VP of Marketing at Who What Wear, Courtney Wartman.


“We’re excited to showcase such well-known designers at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® ,” said
Naomi Russell, executive director of Lexus CFW. “This continues the goal of bringing nationally-
known fashion stars to Charleston, to judge and mentor the competing emerging designers, as well as highlight the strong fashion scene.”

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® will take place from March 13-17, 2018 in Marion Square and
throughout Charleston, S.C., and showcases new off-site events, collections from emerging talent
from across the US, renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Gwynn’s VIP Lounge, shopping in the hip Style Lounge, happening after-parties and much more. The Friday and Saturday night runway shows will also be live-streamed on the Lexus CFW website. Visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com for full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, the 12 th annual Lexus Charleston Fashion
Week ® is one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows,
interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2017 event featured more than 40 runway shows, 8,100 attendees, the Emerging Designer Competition, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™.


Emerging Designers Rule the Runway at Charleston Fashion Week

Sixteen designers, over four nights, ruled the Charleston Fashion Week runway. This was a collective group of talent that wowed audiences the likes of Fern Mallis, Bibhu Mohapatra, Rachel Roy and a tent full of buyers, bloggers and fashionistas. Designer Andrew Clancy exploded on the runway with his punk-chic army of sequins, while (overall winner) Viviane Hamilton sizzled in red drama with gathers and ruching.

Charleston Fashion Week reviews an overwhelming number of applicants for the coveted runway slots and choose only the very best. These designers bring a fresh perspective and authentic vision to fashion. They are not afraid to experiment, question or express themselves. The emerging designers referenced architecture, foreign cultures and explored the essence of textiles. We saw menswear, womenswear and gender-neutral design. The emerging designer collections are about thoughts and ideas as much as they are about clothes.

As long as Charleston Fashion Week continues to provide a platform, the future of fashion has a home.

Photos: Side yard Studios.


Lexus Charleston Fashion Week Announces Bibhu Mohapatra and Rachel Roy as Featured Designers

Charleston Fashion Week with Fern Mallis

 Lexus Charleston Fashion Week®, one of the leading fashion weeks in the United States, announced its March 14-18, 2017 schedule, and features internationally known designers Rachel Roy and Bibhu Mohapatra, runway shows from 16 competing Emerging Designer semifinalists, and exciting retailer and local designer shows.  

Bibhu Mohapatra, a New York-based fashion designer, will be featured on Friday March 17, 2017. His creations have been spotlighted in many fashion magazines including VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLENew York Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar. Mohapatra has presented many collections of luxury women's ready-to-wear, couture and fur under his name in New York, Mumbai, Zurich, Beijing, and New Delhi. His collections are sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, SAKS, and Nordstrom, Lane Crawford in China, and other boutiques around the world.

On Saturday March 18, 2017, Rachel Roy will be the Featured Designer to close Charleston Fashion Week® 2017. Roy is the founder of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and design the life you want to live. In addition to running her successful brand, Roy is a sought after speaker on entrepreneurship and philanthropy and has shared her story and experiences at forums ranging from the White House to the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference series to other various women’s empowerment summits. Roy nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the Woolmark Prize, Who’s Next/VOGUE Mexico and CFDA incubator programs. Roy has been recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch as well as Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch and numerous best dressed honors including Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List.

Mohapatra and Roy will also serve on the Fashion Panel under Fern Mallis, who will again lead the effort in determining the 2017 Charleston Fashion Week® Emerging Designer Competition Winner.

Naomi Russell, executive director of Charleston Fashion Week®, says “We are very excited and honored to have such great designers like Rachel Roy and Bibhu Mohapatra during CFW 2017. This continues CFW’s goal of bringing nationally known fashion stars to Charleston, to judge and mentor the competing emerging designers, as well as highlight the strong fashion scene here. Charleston Fashion Week® 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we look forward to seeing everyone under the tents next month!”

Charleston Fashion Week® will take place from March 14-18, 2017 under the tents in downtown Charleston, S.C., and showcases collections of emerging designers, nationally renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Belk Tent, shopping in the hip Style Lounge, happening after-parties and much more. The Friday and Saturday night runway shows will also be live-streamed on the CFW web-site and mobile app. Tickets for Lexus Charleston Fashion Week are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com


RAGTRADE ATLANTA Fashion Week | Starting October 2, 2016

RAGTRADE ATLANTA is just days away. There are four nights of scheduled fashion events, including runway! Secure your spot on the fashion scene! Visit RAGTRADE ATLANTA and RSVP to each event.


RAGTRADE ATLANTA Joins NYFW Schedule With Shoppable Runways

RAGTRADE ATLANTA, an award-winning fashion organization devoted to the discovery and promotion of today’s top emerging fashion designers, announced today their 3rd annual RAGTRADE ATLANTA Runway Show, presented by The Lincoln Motor Company, will unveil the organization's first-ever shoppable runway show featuring collections from the current fall/winter 2016 season. The runway show will take place on October 5, 2016 at the Georgia Freight Depot.

As an innovator in the South, the decision from RAGTRADE ATLANTA to align with the newest fashion industry standards of the ‘see-now, buy-now model’ comes from the organization’s goal to provide emerging talent with the ideal platform to showcase their designs to industry professionals and consumers alike. Following the footsteps of top NYFW regulars like Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfiger and more, RAGTRADE ATLANTA too will offer shoppable runway presentations in order to give designers the opportunity to sell greater volumes without the six month lag time between seasons.

“The industry is evolving and the fashion calendar is changing. It’s our mission for RAGTRADE ATLANTA to give emerging talent the resources they need to showcase their designs to editors, buyers and also the consumer. The ‘see-now, buy-now’ model is the future and, as an innovator, RAGTRADE ATLANTA will align itself to meet the need for our emerging designers,” said Angela Watts, founder of RAGTRADE ATLANTA.

The premier fashion event will include a night of industry-quality runway shows featuring the latest fall/winter 2016 collections from a curated group of designers which include:

  • Apoteca - Womenswear designer made in Lithuania
  • Cease & Desist - Contemporary menswear designer based in Atlanta, GA
  • Natt Taylor - Winner of Belk’s 2015 Southern Designer Showcase; The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient; RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2014, 2015 featured designer
  • Kenya Freeman of Sylvia Mollie – The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient; RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2015 featured designer
  • Onyii (“Own-Yee”) Brown of Onyii & Co. - Contemporary womenswear designer; Martha Stewart American Made 2015 Style Finalist
  • William Malcolm Luxe Collection - Bespoke Luxury Menswear created by William Malcolm also known as “The Style Artist”. He is also the design director for William Malcolm Eyewear, Lapel Kandy and Detroit Saddle Company

RAGTRADE ATLANTA will host a week long series of events leading up to and following the premier runway show. The schedule of events will take place as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 | KISS Magazine Party

Private Location

*Invite Only Event* | Media please RSVP: press@ragtradeatlanta.com

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA Opening Night Party

Red Martini | 3179 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta GA 30305

7pm-9pm Guest and Media please RSVP here.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA Private Dinner Sponsored by Le Jeux Champagne

Huff Furniture Store | 3178 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

7pm-9pm *Invite Only Event* | Media please RSVP: press@ragtradeatlanta.com

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2016 Runway Show Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company

Georgia Freight Depot | 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5pm | The Shops @ RAGTRADE ATLANTA

7:30pm | Runway Show

Media please RSVP here.

*Guests please purchase tickets here.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 | MARENIKAE  x RAGTRADE ATLANTA Presents West Meets West

AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza | 3600 Wieuca Rd NE Atlanta, GA

6:30pm | Red Carpet Begins

7:30pm | Conversation Begins Guests and Media please RSVP here.

Additional events will be announced next week.



PHOTOS: Kennyatta Collins. Fashion Photographer for Premier XI Photography

The Atlanta fashion scene exploded at last week's second annual RAGTRADE ATLANTA fashion event. Five emerging designers, accompanied by two student designers from the Art Institute of Atlanta, a Ragtrade partner, presented impressive and exciting runway collections. Art Institute designers, Zonia Santander and Andre Bryson gave us a glimpse of the talent within the Art Institute of Atlanta with a mini-collection of five sensational looks each. Brendan M Combs opened the designer showcase with an edgy and futuristic collection, followed by the chic and sophisticated style of Sylvia Mollie. Returning Ragtrade designer, Natt Taylor wowed the audience with her asymmetrical peplums and Zachary/Nathaniel took us to a place of dark glamour and haunted beauty. Closing the runway, Edmond Newton, who is killing it on the current season of Project Runway, gave us one sleeved looks, sheers and flowing dresses. America's Next Top Model, Bello Sanchez and his baby blues, graced the runway for both Brendan M Combs and Zachary/Nathaniel.

Ragtrade Atlanta is leaving its mark on the city and earning its place as a valuable resource for emerging design talent through a series of year-round industry events. The Ragtrade Atlanta showcase on October 14th held at the Georgia Freight Depot was a sold-out event. It brought together a diverse group of designers, sponsors, partners and guests, proving that fashion is global, transcending boundaries, unifying lives and embracing differences. Ragtrade Atlanta was a celebration of fashion, art and culture. Keep an eye on them as they continue to grow and evolve, Ragtrade Atlanta may very well be "Fashion's Next Voice."