2012-08-22 / Features

Queens Designers Showcase Collections At NYC Fashion Runway

Classic, up-and-coming and emerging fashion designers showcased their collections in New York City, the acknowledged fashion capital of the world, at a NYC Fashion Runway event (www.nycfashionrunway.com) on August 3. “We give select emerging and classic designers an opportunity to showcase their collections at a fraction of the cost of a traditional runway show, helping them get to the next level,” NYC Fashion Runway Founder and Managing Director Davina Reichman Schuck asserted.

Taking that step to the next level are Yoonhee Joe and Dahn Duangkamol, two designers whose Yoonheek & Dahn collection appeared in the NYC Fashion Runway show with City Model And Talent Models. Yoonhee Joe is a Fashion Institute of Technology graduate with years of experience in designing for Yoonheek, her namesake label. Dahn Duangkamol graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and worked at Victor de Souza. In addition to Yoonheek & Dahn, she currently develops her own line, Dahn.Duangkamol.

Yoonheek & Dahn creations come out of two Queens studios, one in Woodside- Jackson Heights and another in Elmhurst. The designers also make the borough their home. They joined to create Yoonheek & Dahn, a collection borne out of their admiration for Canadian-American architect Frank O. Gehry’s postmodern architecture works and minimizing decorative small details. Their label is attracting serious attention for its well thought out, structured, razor-sharp take on minimalism. The pair was inspired by color blocking, much as a cold geometrical abstract painting. They create structurally interesting shapes by adding asymmetrical cutting lines and unusual neck, sleeves and bottom hem cons truction. Universally flattering for almost all skin tones and so unique in combination with white, the look's main colors are pale pink and beige, with only small portions of color as highlights.

Another Queens resident, Bertha Alicia Astor of Corona, announced the release of her spring/summer collection, named “Consuelo” after her grandmother, as her Obradoiro de Moda (Galician for Fashion Atelier) line was displayed at the NYC Fashion Runway show. Inspired by the style of the 1950s, Obradoiro de Moda features a modern and classier, elegant contemporary twist. The line was created with a very important detail: the design and creation of easy pieces, chic and classic to the average woman who works and enjoys the pleasures of life. “This woman is young, active, conservative with a good sense of her silhouette with a contemporary, sexy and modern style,” Astor declared. “My clientele seeks to be admired for wearing high quality pieces.”

Astor added that she hopes to find buyers in the competitive market of fashion soon. “The NYC Fashion Runway show with City Model And Talent Models really gave me good exposure,” Astor said. Her next exhibition will be at Atlantic City Fashion Week in September. For more information, e-mail Astor at Shop@obradoridemoda.com.

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