In the world of fashion, New York City holds a special place as one of the global epicentres of style and innovation.
Among the events that punctuate the fashion calendar, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) stands out as a beacon of creativity and glamour. But while NYFW takes the limelight, its equally chic cousin, Brooklyn Fashion Week, shines with a distinct flair.
Brooklyn Fashion Week, often referred to as BFW, is an annual event that takes place alongside NYFW.
What sets it apart from its more famous counterpart is its unique blend of the avant-garde and the street, a reflection of Brooklyn's diverse culture and vibrant creative spirit. BFW aims to provide a platform for established designers, focusing on inclusivity, sustainability, and authenticity.
About a week ago, Kenyan supermodel and philanthropist Dr Sharon Okubo was among the star models on the BFW runway where she wore John Guarnes latest fashion wear.
“My decision to walk for John Guarnes was a no-brainer. He's a multi-awarded fashion designer and artist who seamlessly combines traditional craftsmanship with edgy elements. It was an honour to embody his vision. Guarnes's collection, aptly titled ‘Faces’, was a testament to his artistry and inspiration. He described his collection as a tribute to the diverse faces of women,” Sharon told Eve Woman.
The show featured hand-painted, black and white Mikado Silk garments created using acrylic on the fabric. The result was a breathtaking fusion of art and fashion, a masterpiece that captivated the audience.
Walking for John Guarnes was not just another runway experience; it was a journey through a world of textures, colours and emotions.
The ‘Faces’ collection took the audience on a visual journey that traversed cultures and generations. The hand-painted Mikado Silk garments were a canvas that displayed the beauty and diversity of women's faces.
The Kenyan supermodel received the praise from all, including John Guarnes himself who described her as “a statuesque beauty that I'm looking for in a model”.
"Their (models) presence elevated the collection, and I'm delighted with how each model embodied the essence of my designs,” John Guarnes said.
“Fashion weeks are not just about the clothes; they are also about the stories that unfold on the runway. For this season's BFW I had a unique opportunity to walk for the highly acclaimed and multi-awarded fashion designer and artist,” Sharon said.
“I graced the runway in a stunning ensemble, a wearable work of art that fused classic patterns with a modern twist. The audience was captivated, and the designs received thunderous applause, cementing this collaboration as a success and a testament to the dynamic creativity of BFW,” said Sharon.
While NYFW tends to showcase the polished, high-fashion aesthetics, BFW thrives on individuality and often displays a raw and eclectic vibe that resonates with the people of Brooklyn.
The fusion of the edition with NYFW adds a layer of authenticity and diversity to the global fashion scene, a testament to the ever-evolving tapestry of New York City's style.