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As the final day of New York Fashion Week wound down, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall was still overflowing with energy. ARISE Magazine held its fourth annual Designer Collective show on Thursday evening. This season's theme was "Made in Africa" with the additional theme of water to raise awareness and funds for the clean water objective.
A slew of celebrities showed up to support the seven showcased designers—KLuK CGDT, Jewel by Lisa, Tsemaye Binitie, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Asibelua, Lanre da Silva Ajayi and Bunmi Koko, who sent collections down the ARISE A-shaped runway featuring styles from vibrant mixed prints, white on white, printed silver-dollar-sized sequins, military inspiration with a femanine twist and exaggerated lace structures. There were also some to-die-for original accessories such as oversize knotted necklaces and ridged veiled hats.
America's Next Top Model star Aminat Ayinde came and posed with designers, as well as famous judges Nole Marin and Miss J. Alexander. Model Tyson Beckford showed his support along with journalist Helen Jennings and singer R. Kelly. Stunning singer, Leona Lewis not only viewed the show, but performed post final-walk.—Payton Wang
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