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VERVENYC Premier Fashion Show
Marriot Marquis Ballroom
July 12, 2007


Written by Dreena Whitfield
Photographed by Rod Nunez
(Opposite Photo - Andre J)


At 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.

Micha Clasper-Torch Micha Clasper-Torch


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 Theodore Allegrini


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.

Zulema Griffin Zulema Griffin

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 year.



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