A new breed of talented fashion designers was celebrated at `FASHION DELIVERY – FROM RUNWAY TO WARDROBE,’ the extravaganza that highlighted the 27th Annual Friends of Mustard Seed Communities Benefit Luncheon, held in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton on Sunday, September 24th. A cocktail reception, silent auction, awards presentation, and a three-course luncheon preceded the fashion show.

The massive `triple threat’ 150-foot long runway came ablaze with the spirit and color of modern fashion as some 30 male and female of New York’s hottest models strutted their stuff with verve and aplomb. In a spectacular presentation which was directed, produced and coordinated by our own fashion guru, Walter Greene, who, in between sequences did on-spot, one-on-one interviews with the featured fashion designers.

With the strains of Jamaican singer/actress Grace Jones’ `Libertango’ piercing the air, the cabine’ of stunning International models made the defile’ down the long runway. First up was Harlem based, stylist, turned fashion designer CARLTON JONES, fresh from his New York Fashion Week showing. Carlton presented his luxurious resort collection in a melange of tropical color, using matte jersey and flowing silk chiffons as the nucleus of his tantalizing, sexy line. Carlton said he was inspired by the blue skies, Caribbean sunsets and turquoise waters of the tropics for his lush looks. Hot on the runway was his easy, breezy shift dresses, flowing caftans, unisex, wrapped yoga-styled `dropped crouch’ trousers and daring super-sexy men’s wear.

Guyana born designer SONIA NOEL’S menswear collection was next on the runway. Loose cotton shirts and tyed-dyed tunics were highlighted. Sonia also showcased her `Nubian Renaissance’ women’s collection which featured her signature latticework on long maxi-skirts and flowing caftan `sliding off the shoulder’ tops. Cool tropical cotton and linens in natural tones were the base for her dresses and capes that came in all sizes.

From Philadelphia came CHRISTOPHER BROWN who presented both male and female fashion lines from his popular `Closet by Christobal’ collections. Christopher opened the misc-en-scene with his avant-garde menswear line, that included sheer mesh over Logo Ts, worn with black pleated skirts on men. Chris Jordan modeled slippery black jeans under a split chiffon overlay. Max Rivas modeled a biker’s leather jacket and black peg-legged jeans with a red plaid jackhammer shirt. David Eston modeled a black kilt under a logo T with a sheer mesh overlay.

Vacillating from a gender-bending situation came Christopher’s high fashion glamour in a haze of black chiffon layers that are made for grand entrances. Then came the red plaid and jeweled cocktail dresses. `Closet by Christobal’ introduced the audience to some original red carpet numbers with sweeping trains and sheer tops. This designer showed terrific promise. If Christopher keeps up with this trajectory, we predict that Hollywood will soon be calling.

The tip-tap of gorgeous shoes worn by the models on the runway came by way of Black shoe designer STELLA MAZE of the British Virgin Islands. Stella is the designer/creator of Stella Hues New York; the high end `Blue Bottoms’ a page taken from Christian Louboutin’s `Red Bottoms’.  All made in Italy, Stella said that her `Blue Bottoms’ were inspired by the blue Caribbean sea that she grew up around. All of the models remarked about the comfortable nature of Stella’s boots and shoes.

Hair and make-up for the models in `Fashion Delivery – From Runway to Wardrobe’ were under by the supervision of Theo Faulkner of TYT Beauty. Theo was supported by the talented team of hair wizards from Claudette Gyles-White’s Salon; Essence of Beauty Salon in Mt. Vernon, New York. Runway music was provided by DJ Runna.


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