ICONIC Connections Fashion Expo

RED CARPET 7PM | DOORS OPEN 7:30PM | RUNWAY BEGINS 8PM 


Exuberant color and bold designs from an array of distinctive fashion designers come to life on the catwalk at the Festival’s debut ICONIC Connections Fashion Expo. Featured designers include New Haven’s legendary Neville Wisdom, Project Runway’s Prajjé Oscar, NYC-based sisters Ng2 Studios, Connecticut’s LàMoo Designs, and NYC-based gender-affirming designer Isalina Sánchez. The designers’ creative journeys are reflected in their one-of-a-kind-pieces, from femme to abstract, cut to draped. Hosted by multitalented model & creative Kayon Kiss with beats by DJ JD Presents. Walk the red carpet area to gather and show off your looks and take photos before the runway starts. 

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See Prajje's 2020 collection video here!
Check out Neville Wisdom's F/W 2017 looks, shot in New Haven!
NG2 Studios Fall 2021 at NYFW

Prajjé Oscar

Fashion Designer

Prajjé O. Jean Baptiste, is a Haitian born, US based fashion designer. Becoming a designer was Prajjé’s childhood dream. It became a reality after Prajjé graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Prajjé Oscar opened his fashion house in Boston in 2003 and now oversees its operations in Philadelphia, and its design studio and manufacture in Haiti. Since the inception of the brand, Prajjé's understanding of the female form, his exquisite cut, and his subtle use of texture and body-worshipping fabrics received rave reviews from the press, on the runways of New York, and on the red carpet. Prajjé Oscar's design philosophy is rooted in a commitment to tradition and savoir faire through simplicity and understated elegance. Edgier and modern elements allow customers to express their personal style through clothing that exude elegance, luxury and modernity. “As a designer I have a responsibility to the woman for whom I design so that she feels beautiful, confident, and modern - above all I wish to bring her affordable luxury.” Prajjé O. Jean-Baptiste.

The Prajjé Oscar customer is a downtown cool woman, with an uptown flair. She is the new street chic.

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Neville Wisdom

Fashion Designer

Neville Wisdom is the Head Designer and Owner of the Neville Wisdom clothing label based in New Haven, Connecticut. Neville began designing and creating clothing at the age of fifteen, and learned many aspects of the trade from watching a local tailor in his small rural town in Jamaica. Neville is mostly self taught, having picked up his love for creating clothing from a combination of necessity and originality––straying from the norm even as a child.

Neville has been designing clothing for both men and women for over twenty-five years. In 2008, Neville entered the USA fashion scene opening a tiny boutique in Westville and selling assorted small brand clothing without the help of additional employees. Since then, Neville has opened two Neville Wisdom retail locations that exclusively produce and sell his clothing line. The Neville Wisdom Studio focuses on manufacturing clothing of integrity, quality, longevity––all Made in USA.

Neville is a man of the community. He mentors aspiring designers, teaches children at numerous schools and classrooms, hosts on-site field trips, and curates charity fashion shows. He is a man who would give you the shirt off his back, and chances are he probably made it.

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Ng2 Studios

Fashion Designers

Margarita and Cristina Ng Ng are Chinese-Dominican born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from Chinese immigrant parents. They moved to New York to pursue fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). After getting their bachelor’s degrees in 2017 and interning for over a year at Proenza Schouler in the atelier department.  They had the opportunity to have their first runway show on Barcelona Fashion Weekend in 2018. After that, they decided to further continue their higher education to obtain their Master’s degree in fashion design at FIT and graduated in May 2020. 

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La'Moo Designs (Bertha Angelo)

Designer

Bertha Angelo of La'Moo designs is a native of St. Lucia WI. LàMoo Designs was created seventeen years ago for the fun, flirty, sexy woman. For the past seventeen years LàMoo Designs have participated in many fashion shows throughout Connecticut, including in New York City, and even a spot on the VH1 show Black Ink Crew. LàMoo designs is a fashion line working to make it as a household name.

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Isalina Sanchez

Designer

Isalina Sánchez is a New York based designer whose roots are centered in the Dominican Republic as their birth place, and The Bronx as their home base. Sánchez’s ethos is that of providing gender affirming clothing for whoever identifies with their creations while giving longevity, alternatives, and creative spins to each piece.

Isalina received their BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology where they specialized in Sportswear. 

Trans, GNC, two- Spirit, Agender, Genderful, Genderless, + community’s concerns with the fashion industry are of paramount importance for Isalina when creating their collections. Creating clothing that is tailored to fit many body types, abilities, and that makes everyone feel great in their skin, is the ultimate purpose of this brand. 

Every piece is made to order, to reduce the impact of dead stock and landfill waste, in addition to giving them economic sustainability as an emerging designer. 

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Keyzbelieveme

Performer

Keyzbelieveme is a Hartford based creative known for eclectic style and dynamic voice. A graphic designer, singer and rap artist, Keyz is all about the arts. 

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DJ JD Presents

DJ

DJ JD presents is Manhattan's newest rising talent serving the LQBTQIA2S+ and POC nightlife communities in NYC. Offering mobile services and residencies in NYC's most iconic neighborhoods, DJ JD presents lets the music be the star of the party.

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Kayon Kiss

Host

Kayon Kiss is a fun outgoing vibrant personality from Queens, NY. Best known for captivating the attention of others and bringing high energy to the stage.