A crowd of dance & fashion enthusiasts came together during NYFW Spring 2022 collections to celebrate the connection between dance & fashion at the 6th annual celebration with StylePointe 2021 under the theme “Moving Forward”. The crowd cheered & celebrated the unique looks of each designer’s style & was awestruck at how the various collections moved on the dancers as they danced & cat-walked down the runway! The audience included representatives of local businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, friends & families of the performers, as well as artists, musicians & students from in & around the city… as well as a healthy contingency of the press.
One of the stand-out collections was 2021 Fall/Winter Collection of the legendary fashion designer Byron Earnest Lars of fashion brand “In Earnest” together with accessories by Sheila Gray Collection. Among the debuting featured designers were Goksu Guneylioglu who showed collections ‘Freud’s Wardrobe’ & ‘Brand New Collection’; Jingwen Xuan who showed ‘Betwixt & Between’; Renita Biddle who showed ‘Slayer of State’; Runtan Du who showed the aptly titled ‘Spring Summer 2021 collection’; & Wanyu Shao who showed ‘Chapter One’.
I’ve been designing clothes for a long time and I know that apart from beauty, clothing is also about functionality and movement. The clothes you can dance to are most likely clothes you can wear. It was a natural partner to work on this project with StylePointe. I’m so excited to see this outfit this way,Byron Lars
The collaborating dance companies were Armada Dance with choreographer Jennifer Roit, Dance Visions NY with choreographer Beth Jucovy, DoubleTake Dance with choreographers Vanessa Martínez de Baños & Ashley Carter & Distributed Movement with choreographer Michelle Thompson Ulerich. The show was hosted by young comedian Auberth Bercy. The event took place over two evenings & each was filled with emotion, inspiration, humor & obvious passion. Those in attendance got to experience the extraordinary talent, feel the vibrant energy & enjoy an evening of live performance, fresh on the rebound from the Pandemic. The designer collections were inspired by themes such as Women’s Empowerment, Effects of Wars, Transition, Alter Ego, Playfulness & ‘Ath-Rom’ – Athleticism & Romance. The show was presented by Dixon Place and Creative Performances and Directed by Sangeeta Yesley and Co-curated by Mariana Leung.
The venue, a downtown theater space called Dixon Place, is located at 161A Chrystie Street & was transformed for this two-day event, with a white runway in the middle of a gray/black performance stage, the black curtains were drawn close right at the edge of the runway, making a continuation of the white runway extending all along the white wall, with a blue projection of the StylePointe Logo on the upper end of the wall, made a warm & exciting atmosphere for the attendees. VIPs sat directly on the performance stage.
About the Organiztion:
Creative Performances’ mission is to provide an opportunity for dancers of all genres to help them showcase their work in New York City. In addition, Creative Performances seeks to create further appreciation by developing projects to explore relationships between dance & other art forms. All projects of Creative Performances are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. www.creativeperformances.com
About the Venue:
Dixon Place is an incubator for artists since 1986 and a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, literature, performance & visual art at all stages of development. Dixon Place is the only non-profit theater of its size to own & operate a full-service cocktail lounge where all profits support its invaluable mission. www.dixonplace.org