The New York State Senate has declared Sept.21-20, 2012 Sol Afrik Fashion Week and entertainment mogul, Russell Simmons has urged “designers of color to take advantage of the amazing opportunity that Sol Afrik has created as an excellent space for designers to showcase their talent.”

On Thursday, Aug. 16, Sol Afrik Fashion Week New York (SAFWNY) produced an invite-only fashion and networking event at The W Hotel’s Brooklyn Terrace, located on 216-228 Duffield Street, Downtown Brooklyn, N.Y.

The mixer event for SAFWNY, a global platform that illustrates couture and ready-to-wear pieces from international designers across the Diaspora, Latin America, and Asia, convened 200 designers, stylists, photographers, models, style bloggers, journalists, and other industry professionals, to build momentum for the launch of SAFWNY in September.

KONZENI Foundation, a humanitarian organization, hosted the exclusive event, which featured happy hour cocktails from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and music by DJ Zimo. The event also presented the best works from three emerging designers, Crown Soul Creations, Toriola Designs, and Eunika Simmons. Guests were asked to select their favorite and most inspiring designer, whose work will be featured on the SAFWNY website.

“We are almost one month away from the launch of Sol Afrik Fashion Week New York,” said SAFWNY founder Kantaki Washington. “To get us in the mood for this global fashion fair, we’ve carefully cooked up an event that will cultivate awareness around SAFWNY and enable fashion industry professionals and enthusiasts to gain exposure and make new contacts,” added Washington.

Admission to the event is free only with emailed RSVPs to: [email protected].

About Sol Afrik Fashion Week New York: Sol Afrik Fashion Week New York (SAFWNY) is a lavish multi-day fashion event. It is the first of its kind to exclusively showcase edgy, couture, contemporary and ready-to-wear fashions created by designers from across the African diaspora and the globe.

SAFWNY features two days of spectacular runway shows, an emerging designer showcase, as well as an exhibition hall that affords designers a chance to hobnob with industry insiders, from buyers to merchandising and production chain representatives.

Visit SAFWNY today to learn more.

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