Photography Credits: Ruth DSouza
I was afforded the opportunity to walk for a myriad of acclaimed designers during one of the fashion season’s most exhilarating events.
Featuring a beautifully curated stage and set design, viscerally dazzling LED projections and surround sound, world-class production quality, and some of the most sublime global designs you’ll find under one roof, The House of Ikons and Fashion Life Tour teams have, respectively, established themselves and cemented their statuses as a tour de force in the fashion industry.
Following my debut with these productions in London in February 2022, I vowed to return each subsequent year I was able, and the company’s recent February 2023 show absolutely lived up to their own gold standards.
Held at the iconic Leonardo Royal Hotel , this dynamic event featured a wide variety of models from around the globe.
I was afforded the opportunity to walk for a wildly impressive linup of creatives, all accented with handmade jewelry from expertly sourced fine gemstones from caverns, mines, and trade shows across the nation, designed and owned by the mastermind Angela Schneckcloth of Warrior Gurl Designs.
My designer lineup included Hafanana Swimwear (featuring a stylish leopard print bikini with a chic fringe skirt), a wedding couture dress from powerhouse clothier Andre Soriano and an exquisite hand-painted tropical print skirt by the environmentally conscious Yalacity, supported by HM The Queen of Sirkit Department of Agriculture.
Other notable couture presentations included a gossamer shawl, adorned with stripes of various pastel colors and cool, calm hues, accented with a silver cross Warrior Girl gemstone necklace by MM Remix, designed by Maria Mahlmann, gold, and silver-tone chain metal couture by Links by Gwen, And Bold Black Dresses (during which an exquisite deep blue velveteen illusion frock, adorned with a flowing taffeta train was created in an approximately mere 15 mins in the lobby area of the showcase), Zaira Christa (featuring a flapper style black sequin dress with a matching tube top under sheath and chic fringed bottom), Perry Jones (boasting a stellar line up of smart, tailored, expertly designed suit jackets for both women and men), and a ruggedly stylish denim ensemble by Pam Pinay.
Special thanks to Julie and GG of the Fashion Life Tour, my fellow “America’s Next Top Model” alumnus (and former roommate) Kiara Belen, and Savita Kaye, owner and CEO of the House of Ikons Fashion Week show for having me on board for this marvelous production.