Friday, March 7, 2008

Catch the designers

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM

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(Courtesy Macy's & Pepsi)

Saturday afternoon, some of Atlanta's top African-American designers will showcase their new spring styles in a fashion show held at the Mall at Stonecrest. But this fashion show is more than just pretty faces sporting glamorous new threads—it celebrates the recently launched, an online community embracing diversity in designing. The website features a behind-the-scenes look at black, Asian and Latino designers' influences, and the influence that these diverse designers have in today's fashion scene.

The website was created by Macy's, who is also sponsoring Saturday's event. Jean Brooks Murphy, the corporate special events manager at Macy's, says:

“These talented designers have impacted, and continue to impact, our styles and the industry. From conservative office wear to statement setting wedding dresses and every casual occasion you can imagine, these designers have an outfit created to match. It’s a unique event when we can gather this type of talent together, and enable our customers to get to know the people behind the talent.”

Some of the designers featured include Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records and the new men's line Russell Simmons Argyle Culture, Gentleman Jim McFarland, master tailor, and Therez Fleetwood, bridal designer.

The show starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes a discussion from the designers. It will be followed by a postshow live blog (hosted by Russell Simmons) at 6 p.m. The Mall at Stonecrest is located at 2929 Turner Hill Road, Lithonia. 770-482-4634.

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