Baltimore’s Takeover of NYFW – Sept 2016

Ever since I found out Baltimore Fashion Umbrella was going to have a Designer’s Debut in New York City, I knew I had to be there.  I’ve attended Baltimore Fashion Week for the last few years so I knew Fashion Umbrella Foundation had so much to offer New York. IMG_0565

I was curious to see if once in Manhattan, debuting designers from across United States, would it hold on to its Baltimore City roots?  Well, Sharan Nixon did an amazing job at expanding and yet maintaining her message. Her production staff, make up artists from New York Institute of Beauty, models, and designers definitely did a great job promoting her vision.  The venue, Holiday Inn in midtown was perfect,img_0703… and overall environment was pleasant, and eager;

Guests patiently waiting…

I especially enjoyed sitting front row next to her beautiful and supportive mother. img_0706img_0705


Fantastic MC – Coley Cole da Model

First Designer: Parisa Kay of Indianapolis, Indiana


I loved the fusion of denim with lace, with the added accessories on the models’ feet.

Such Detail!

In fact, one of the coolest parts of her show was when the model took the leg lace piece off, turning pants to shorts! Such versatility!!!

Beautiful dresses!!!

Second Designer:  Margaret Sanzo of Denver, Colorado

Really loved these pieces, had a strong career woman feel, it would be perfect for me! Loved the off the shoulder & assymetry. My fav was probably the 2 piece jumpsuit.

Third Designer: Brandi Lewis, designer of Syeko Design House, in Baltimore, Maryland

Bmore!!! Okay, yes I was a bit excited…. And this unique collection did not disappoint!!!


It was called the “Syeko” collection, which included menswear as well, such range!

I love love love colors that pop.



I adored the yellow jacket, painted on jean jackets, and gold shimmer. And the dress at the end… Can I just say, wow!

Stole the show!

Portion of proceeds of this Designers’ Debut went to their Refresh program providing supplies to 2 Baltimore schools, and my mother being a inner city Baltimore School teacher of 30yrs, I understand, this is critically needed.

Sharan Nixon and the designers

I was excited and honored to be a part of dream of the Baltimore Fashion Umbrella Foundation…Showing how much Baltimore has to offer on New York’s biggest fashion stage, New Yorkimg_0788 Fashion Week.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”

-Henry David Thoreau


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