South Asian WOMEN designers are in the spotlight at the first-ever Fashion For Compassion runway event, presented by South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE), in association with SAAVN.com and media sponsor DIVANEE Magazine. Honoring iconic jewelry and accessories designer RANJANA KHAN (designer for First Lady Michelle Obama), the fashion show will showcase the talents of other South Asian designer labels such as PRIA KATAARIA PURI, AMRITA SINGH, ATELIER AZZA, and RANI EMAAN'S on Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park (2 West Street). Additionally, more than 250 crème de la crème of NYC’s fashion, entertainment, and business worlds are expected to attend this star-studded evening of decadence and charity, aimed at raising funds and awareness for "Wishwas" (means “faith” in Hindi), an organization that helps empower underprivileged South Asian women through entrepreneurship right here in NYC.
“New York Fashion Week is the time we celebrate and honor the best in fashion from the city’s most talented and eclectic designers,” says Reema Rasool, the Founder and Executive Director of SAY WE. “However, we noticed that this year, South Asian women designers did not receive the platform they deserved at Fashion Week, so SAY WE has created this event just for them. We hope that the city will take notice of their incredible ingenuity and perseverance in creating new and exciting collections every season.”
The exclusive after party will be hosted by Kanye West’s DJ, MILLION DOLLAR MANO. Tickets are still available and are between $100 and $300; to order tickets and for more information about the designers, please visit www.sayweonline.org.