Thought I'd share this with all of you - this was written by a lifestyle editor who attended an Untapped Fashion & Music event:
"Anyone who is familiar with Jordana Hazan knows that the UNTAPPED PR icon is synonymous with burgeoningcutting edge talent. Sunday night was no exception. Those in attendance had thepleasure of meeting the latest group of designers lucky enough to be takenunder Hazan wing. In the intimacy of The Grace Hotel’s 2nd floor lounge several hip and up and comingdesigners mingled and showed off their latest collections. Onceattendants got past the giant pool with projected burning fireplace, they immediatelywere ready to be wowed, and of course, never disappointed. Hazan hadamassed a group of talent as diverse as they were creative with urban chicto tribal prints, many were curious to discover the theme of the evening and,after tracking down the glamorous hostess, she humbly declared that there wasno theme but that she was "staying true to her ultimate goal and passionin life… (which is) to help emerging designers.” With a dazzling smile and a blown kiss she wasoff to circulate and say hello to her adoring fans and equally idolizingwards.
The night brought a few standout designers, though many talented designers were in attendance. One of thechic designers was Chanel Kennebrew, originally from California, who has aknack for combining an industrial Brooklyn vibe with colorful sustainablefabric that’s actually wearable. She has a “visionary”necklace made from recycled records! Genius. The creator of JUNK PRINTSis all about the “disconnect” combining the “hardand soft” in her materials as well as in her concepts. “Women want to feel sexy but not wear heels every day;I combine the handmade one-of-a-kind pieces with classic everyday staples.” Chanel is charismatic and cute, spunky and dedicatedto her craft. She is a real woman whose clothes have a comfortable look andurban slant. An instant personal favorite of many was her FANNY DANGERPACK. It doesn’t need much explanationi.e., not your grandma’s fanny pack…it has dog collar spikes for goodness sake, send oneto Betty White! The young hipster came to New York to work for Ed Hardybut is making a trendy splash of her own with her slouchy harem pants andfringed casual bags. Her work has been in demand overseas for a while nowin Europe and Japan, but is finally starting to see a pay off state side, asNew York is getting wise. One of the smartest things it could do, thislady is a force!
In the urban dictionary Wadada means love, or can lazily represent the greeting “what are you up to?” TheDiaz sisters, Asha and Ayanna hail from the Islands of Trinidad and Tobago andhave a beautiful collection of skirts, tops and dresses in their WADADAMOVEMENT: ‘Made From Love collection’ that mixes Afro-Caribbean patterns with modern daysilhouettes. Both definitions encapsulate their style beautifully. The clothes are inherently conservative but the island colors along with funkytwists make them fresh and eye catching. Some were drawn to their designsthe minute they walked into the fray on the second floor. Not entirely new tothe fashion scene, the Company went public officially in June of this year,however their second collection is due out on the 17th of this month and theglimpses fans had of the new styles were lovely! The sisters are thequintessential team. Close in age and inspiration, with no formal designbackground, they search for locally sourced material and have a commitment totheir Caribbean culture. There is an elegance and quirky sophistication totheir pieces that are not only beautiful but also versatile, not to mentionequally aesthetic on a variety of body types. One of the modelsdemonstrated an evening look with an overskirt/cape that can be taken off for amore casual ‘cocktail’ lookwith reversible pattern! Anyone who considers themselves a "low maintenancefashionista", they should like the idea of having several options and more‘bang for my buck’while also benefiting from a unique and expertly made garment.
Overall, once the night wasover, those who left The Grace hotel event were more than impressed. Reading up on Jordana Hazan one will come to find that she has had an affinityfor finding new talent but will realize upon meeting her, she is also a hugeproponent for promoting new artists that keep it “real” and earth friendly. Not only were Sunday’s collections vibrant and new, they were also eco andsocially aware. A winning combination! In this economy, if you're goingto spend your money to support the new artists, know that you're gettingsomething unique, and it sure doesn’thurt if your purchase is helping sustain social cultures and the earthtoo. Cheers to Ms. Hazan and what she’sdoing by giving these designers a platform to show their stuff".