The Maryland Fashion Week’s closing showcase was mesmerizing, as models strutted the runway featuring an array of fashion forward couture, including classic suiting and trendy ready-to-wear apparel, and accessories by designers residing in the Washington  metropolitan area.  Fashion trends for the disabled were also included in the showcase finale.

Themes for the 10th annual week held from Aug. 3 – 10 included: “We are Royal Couture,” “Special Couture Creations,” and “Up and Coming Designers to Watch.” The event featured the work of a host of talented designers, retailers, entertainers, make-up artists, hair stylists, and models.

Afua Sam of Studio D’Maxsi Couture designed a contemporary mixture of African inspired prints in black and white, solids and sheer fabrics in royal purple, turquoise, orange and yellow along with ivory lace fabric. “The designs come from me. I am from Ghana and it’s a country with a lot of culture,” said Sam. “I buy a mixture of Western and African fabric, I mix them up.  My perfect customers are women who are bold, but beautiful and sexy at the same time.  My dresses have been seen at the Grammy’s and BET Honors.”

Mayerly Rodriguez, also known as “The Celebrities Fashion Designer” wowed the audience with an inspired collection for the disabled.  Models in wheelchairs and on crutches dazzled audiences with beautiful bridal dresses and stylish formal vests and pant combinations.

Other designers featured at the event are Evgenia Luzhina Salazar, Pearlina Couture Designs, George Thompson Designs, and Creative Kids Collection. Several other designers showed how to bring boldness to life with a variety of styles reminiscent of Egyptian queens, the Harlem Renaissance, and Fifth Avenue.

Fashion week also sponsored the Push and Pull for Pink Challenge at LA Fitness Center to fight breast cancer. Model and Talent Associates hosted fashion week and owners, Theresa Dyer and Joseph Dyer, presented Donna Hopkins of the Donna Hopkins Breast Cancer Center in Silver Spring, Md. with an outstanding leadership award and a monetary gift. “She does tremendous things for families, I know how special she is,” said Dyer. “She takes the lessons that are given her in life, some of the challenges she had, and she also turns them into something good.”


Andrea “Aunni” Young

Special to the AFRO