The idea for NOIR Fashion Week is the brainchild of Stanley Desarmes who wanted to bring more diversity into the fashion scene not only in hue, but in textures, shapes and sizes. With his fashion experiences, he wants all people to have access to expressing themselves through fashion. This “week” was actually a two-day teaser to bring out the fashionable and fabulous giving just a glimpse of what will be a full week come fall. Desarmes says, “I really wanted to do a winter show. In fashion there is spring, fall and winter. Nobody [in Boston] does a winter show, so now we have one.” Guests who signed up to the attend the event got an experience starting with a meet and greet reception at Savvor where models, designers and innovators met to network and start collaborations. You could hardly keep tabs on how many business cards exchanged hands or the many times someone said, “Where did you get that [insert clothing item]? The meet and greet geared everyone up for a great two days that featured emerging designers Corey Ortiz, Norie Noun, Lloyd Hall, Kelly Gustafson, Jasmine Chen, Stephanie Raymond, Nellie Theroux, Khari Linton and Avari Thomas. The Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge was the perfect location to house the designs. Throughout the collections, you saw everything from bold geometric shapes, soft pastels, cozy knits and glamorous ball gowns. See some of our favorite designs from the collections below: Corey Ortiz – Mod Meets Modern Norie Noun (My personal favorite!) – Knit wow! Jasmine Chen – Flirty Sophistication Stephanie Raymond – Structured Elegance If this is any indication of what we will see in fall, we can’t wait!