As a May 2013 graduate from Howard University, Michelle Gibson is an optimist, romantic, and lover of nature, eager to follow her dreams of combining creativity and business. Her first milestones included presenting the Simply L3ve Spring/Summer 2014 Collection on the runways of NY Fashion Week 2013 and DC Fashion Week 2013, and the launch of the Simply L3ve e-store in February 2013.
EMERGING DESIGNER WATCH:
The DC metro area has so much talent to choose from but this radiant gem exudes power, elegance, sophistication, and a little something..[‘je ne sais quoi’].. extra special. All those elements are reflected in her designs, which come together to provide neat and graceful compositions. Behind every whimsical skirt or pastel printed top; you are carried away and likely to fall simply in l3ve with her brand. Look out for this queen on the rise! She may soon be threading behind the stitches of Tracy Reese in dressing our future First lady. -Carleta Fearon
We were fortunate to finally have met this young emerging designer. She is a true Street Intellectual following her passion and putting out products that she believes in. Michelle Gibson is a self made renaissance woman; she cuts, trims, sews and dyes her own eco friendly pieces to bring forth marvelous collections for the everyday modern woman. Proving that true passion can drive you to accomplish your wildest dreams, Michelle is fresh off of New York fashion week! Just a little over 2 weeks ago she displayed her garments in an eco-chic runway show in midtown Manhattan. We are happy and enthused to share in her achievement. Not only is she a budding new designer, she is a woman about her business. Single handily etching out her empire as she inspires every woman to not only be chic but conscious of nature and the environment. Keep up with her progress by following her on SimplyL3ve.com
Simply L3ve SS14 Collection
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Crowds of people poured into the Woolly Mammoth Theater, on 641 D St NW Washington, DC last night for the 19th annual fashion week kick off reception and Eco Friendly designer fashion show.
Upon entry to the venue patrons were greeted by gorgeous event hostesses and met by a lobby full of varying business owners and vendors.As I made my way through the different vendors like cleavitz [women’s body essentials], Decor and You [in home full service interior decorating], Red Zipper and Curvy Chix Chariot; out of all the vendors Curvy Chix Chariot was the most intriguing to me. They caught my eye because they run a full service moblie consignment boutique that services all women but caters specifically to plus sized women.
I spoke to founder Donna Hundley and got a brief background on her brand and she even pulled a few of her favorite pieces for me. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sherard and VaVa Walston of Red Zipper. They informed me on the brand and its founder Lydia J and were super helpful.
As I ventured further into the venue (almost a quarter minute until show time) I stumbled upon some lovely DC street stylers. Check out their photos below:
Red Zipper runway model, Lawrence
The show was fantastic, it was held in the beautiful Wolly Mammoth Theatre. Over the past 3 years Inova Health systems has partnered with DC fashion week to bring together fashion and sustainability.
DCFW founder, Ian Williams
Interviewing Ian Williams
Carleta and DC fashion week creator, Ian Williams
This years show was curated by non other than DCFW founder Ian Williams. The Eco Friendly fashion show housed the theme centered around the Project Blue Wrap campaign. The PBW campaign allows local designers to compete and showcase their talent through recreating structured pieces by reusing “blue wrap” – a sterile plastic fabric used to wrap surgical instruments used within and through the Inova Health Systems.
Peering down from the press gallery, I wasn’t able to get great photos but I was able to capture a few Instagram videos from the show visit @StreetIntell to view them there. Featured runway designer collections: Isagus Extroversions, Red Zipper, and Simply L3ve.
Be sure to tune into more of the power of style at the 2013 DC fashion week by visiting DCFashionWeek.org or check out our convenient side bar guide on this weeks festivities. 😉