Premier Fashion Show
Marriot Marquis Ballroom
July 12, 2007
Written by Dreena Whitfield
Photographed by Rod Nunez
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the groundbreaking VerveNYC Fashion Show, over 30
models graced the runway in designs by six up-and-coming
designers, as well as Project Runway’s own
Zulema Griffin. The fabulous host Andre J energetically
kicked off the event in an asymmetrical Marco Hall
design, jet black bob wig and 5-inch stilettos.
Loved him. The show brought the likes of former
Project Runway contestant, Malan Breton, former
America’s Next Top Model judge, Nole Marin,
as well as students and fashionistas.
The list of participating designers hailed from
either FIT or Parsons School of Design: Micha Clasper-Torch,
Fabiola Arias, Aram Bashian, Katie Davis, Theodore
Allegrini and Madalyn Conforti. The talent from
these designers poured seamlessly onto the runway
as their designs were shown. Although all of the
designers are equally talented, two stood out.
The chic designs
of Micha Clasper-Torch (one of VerveNYC’s
founders) were the first to showcase. Defined, exquisite
and fabulous are three words that come to mind when
Micah’s creations come down the runway. She
takes classic pieces and creatively tailors them
to have a revamped look. Micah’s creative
twist of the trench coat with the satin sleeves
stood out in her collection and was a favorite amongst
the audience (absolutely beautiful). All of her
pieces were eye appeasing and remarkable, she is
a designer to definitely look out for.
Theodore Allegrini’s pieces had a Henry VII-feel
mixed with rock and Goth. The collection was very
dramatic and over the top from the hair, to the
makeup, to the pieces shown. Allegrini’s long,
black chiffon strapless Cinderella ballroom dress
engulfed the runway in material; it was absolutely
gorgeous and had the audience in complete awe.
Guest designer, Zulema
Griffin’s funky and without a doubt, hot designs
closed the show. The collection included dresses,
pants, sweaters and asymmetrical tops; all in muted
fall colors. Her pieces were distinctively Zulema;
they were edgy and for the fashion conscious female
who wants to have something out of the ordinary.
The VerveNYC Fashion Show provided a great outlet
for some of the fashion’s emerging designers.
All of them will without a doubt make their presence
known in the eclectic and diverse fashion industry.
The show was energetic and enthusiastic and exemplified
the purpose of VerveNYC. Hats off to the founders;
the show was a success, looking forward to next