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."



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RAGTRADE Atlanta in Partnership with the Art Institute of Atlanta Returns to Host a Week of Fashion in Atlanta

RAGTRADE Atlanta will host their 2015 Featured Runway Show on Oct. 14 at the Georgia Freight Depot. The premier fashion event will include an industry-quality runway show featuring the latest spring/summer 2016 collections from a hand-selected group of today's top emerging designers and students in the Southeast. Featured designers for the RAGTRADE Atlanta 2015 Runway Show will include Project Runway Season 14 contestant, Edmond Newton, 2015 Belk Southern Designer Showcase Winner, Natt Taylor, The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient, Kenya Freeman of Sylvia Mollie, SCAD alumni and Charleston Fashion Week 2014 Emerging Designer, Zachary Howell of Zachary/Nathaniel and SCAD alumni and protege of National Design Award winner Behnaz Sarafpour, Brendan Combs. RAGTRADE Atlanta in partnership with the Art Institute of Atlanta will also present an exclusive student show titled, Fashion's Next Voice, which will showcase designs from two top talents from the Art Institute of Atlanta's world-renowned Fashion Design program. The Fashion's Next Voice student designers will include Andre Bryson and Zonia Santander. Doors open at 5pm and runway shows begin promptly at 7pm.

For complete event information, schedules, details & to purchase tickets, check HERE!


Art Hearts Fashion Vanderbilt Hall NYFW Recap

Arts Hearts Fashion Opening Day at Grand Central Station Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Association with FTL Moda

Opening day for prestigious bi-coastal fashion platform Art Hearts Fashion commenced last night with a 5 designer showcase hosted at Vanderbilt Hall presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in association with FTL Moda. Art Hearts Fashion Founder and Designer Erik Rosete opened the show with his Mister Triple X "Vortex" collection. This season Mister Triple X debuted a flirtatious metallic pallet featuring rich body-con dresses, shorts and the designer's signature bunny ears. Zachary/Nathaniel was next to the runway presenting an inspired collection of dark hues, plunging necklines and leather features. Expert draping made for flattering silhouettes in the designs, expertly paired with sheer and leather. Tarek Sinno's rich color scheme of blues, reds and golds accentuated the feminine form with fanciful ornate detailing and unexpected structured features. Striking lines and intricate jeweling elicited excitement from guests and media. Designer Gregorio Sanchez enlivened the runway with bright pops of color and fine hand embroidery. This cohesive collection full of bold patterned skirts and romantic tops expressed a natural vibrant energy and movement. Cary Santiago closed the evening with a jaw dropping collection full of high drama. The cinematic designs are impeccably crafted demonstrating Santiago's ingenious artistry.

Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ and Official Hair Care Sponsor Marrakesh worked with designers bringing their visions to life on the runway.

As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion's philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. Each season, AHF works with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Make-A-Wish. Participating designers can be seen on every major Hollywood celebrity including: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cirus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports.

Day 2 of Art Hearts Fashion Continues Tonight at The Refectory at The High Line Hotel. (Photos: Bob Cox)