Asbarez – On September 10-12 at Gotham Hall in New York and October 14-18 at The Reef in Los Angeles, Style Fashion Week (SFW) debuted the collection of over 150 domestic and international designers both on and off the runway.
This season, Style Fashion Week integrated an element of fashion with a cause amongst their platforms and took on the challenge of helping create global unity by spotlighting Armenian & Rwandan genocide descendant-designers, in support of the #iAGree campaign with efforts of spreading the knowledge of crimes against humanity:
“The ‘#iAGree’ Campaign seeks to unite those who agree with human rights. It is for those who agree with the fundamental belief that human lives matter, that God has a purpose for each one and that events like the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, which sought to eliminate human lives are crimes against not just one ethnic group, but against all humanity. These crimes deserve to be recognized as genocides, condemned and unapologetically prevented from ever happening again.”
Both in New York and Los Angeles, SFW debuted the collections of a series of genocide survivors and descendants. Amongst those included Armenian designer and architect Vicken Derderian who was recently seen in Women’s Wear Daily. Vicken debuted his SS’16 collection of cutting edge designs, highly favored by fashion insiders.
Armenian celebrity-designer Pol Atteu’ of Beverly Hills also attended and opened up his show with a live performance including Armenian Pop artist & opera singer, Mister X as apart of the “Style Me Pink” show (dedicated to raising funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation and creating awareness for the fight against cancer).
From Beirut, Lebanon, Armenian, Creative Director of Sarafia Couture, Albert Kisso also debuted his latest collection of stunning red carpet gowns and evening wear.
Finally, Rwandan genocide survivors Reuben and Lèvi of the Uwi Twins who have since been seen & talked about globally throughout the press and media, were also invited amongst SFW runways!
In agreement with #iAGree’s efforts, Style Fashion Week opened up its runways to debut the collection of such survivors and descendants in order to help spread the knowledge of crimes against humanity considering the current mass killings and destructions that continue to take place in Syria and many parts of the world.
Style Fashion Week supports artistic talent and gifted individuals no matter the race, gender, ethnicity or religion, simply supporting great talent. SFW utilizes their platforms to draw attention to those individuals by helping build brand recognition in order to help reach levels of success.
SFW will continue to support talented genocide descendants in the upcoming season of FW’16 in both New York (February 2016) and Los Angeles Fashion Week (March 2016) to further create awareness for crimes against humanity. Furthermore, Style Fashion Week will collaborate with #iAGree campaign with efforts to help support developing and emerging countries by providing fashion education and installing Style Fashion Week platforms in cities like Armenia and Rwanda to help talented individuals to further pursue careers within the fashion and arts industry.
SFW plans to help build infrastructure related to the design and textile manufacturing industries in developing countries to help improve economical status and development.
More information regarding these project will be released soon.