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Marquette Collection- “Untitled” 2015 NYFW

There are many things that make Philly phenomenal, like the history, food, parties, people, scenery, etc. ; however, Philly is extra exceptional because of the creative/talented artistic minded persons that are born there.These very individuals are the ones that  branch out and share their crafts and gifts all across the world and still rep their city wholeheartedly. We say all of this to say that our very own, Ty’ron Perrin, showed up and showed out, once again, for NY Fashion Week’s, Epitome NYC S/S 2016 Collection Show, “Untitled,”  with his newest line of “Marquette Collection.”

The overall mood of the night was classy yet chill, and rather intimate. As we waited for the show to begin, we mixed and mingled with people of all types of backgrounds, talents and careers, with one main focal interest, FASHION. The room was filled with well-dressed individuals that were yearning to see what the designers had to present. The event was packed! There were guests seated, standing, kneeling, you name it ,it was done; all just to witness the fabulous-ness of fashion. There were well-known celebrities and artists in the audience as well, like Ty’ron’s bestie, Jazmine Sullivan, The Rawyals, Final Draft, Joy Villa, “Music Machine” Kenny Black, Kola Rai, designers Dwight Eubanks and Philly’s own Rashad Calhoun,  just to name a few. “Untitled” was an all day event, but this particular segment was allotted to display the works of Etu evans Collection, Very Conceited, Underwood NYC, Eubanks Collection, Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture and of course Marquette Collection.  

Once the music started to play, it was a wrap. Models walked the 3 aisle runway with poise, charisma and enchantment; rocking outfits that were gifted from the gods. BUT, let’s get to our Main man, Ty’ron! From the second the host introduced the “Marquette Collection,” jaws dropped and never lifted back up. His models gave us life with their flawless struts in dresses that were perfectly fitted, chic and classy. He had an array of attire with an accent of yellow that was to die for! There were more than just dresses, there were tops and skirts–with seamless tapestries, one-piece rompers and more. Ty’ron shut it down, literally! As he walked the runway with the models, he was given a standing ovation. After the photographers took their photos of him, everyone got up to leave. Leaving afterwards sounds normal, BUT, the event was not over yet. There was still another collection left for presentation. That’s how dope the “Marquette Collection” was!

After the show, DG Radio had the opportunity to speak with the distinguished, humble creator himself. He told us that he thought he did a good job, but it was confirmed when everyone let him know how great his designs were. He was definitely pleased with the feedback that he received. Outside of the words of others, Ty’ron was pleased to release his collection for others to finally see and enjoy. This was not his first year participating, but he said that this year’s turnout was a lot more successful than last year. Now that this is over, we will just have to wait and see what he has up his sleeves for us next because “Marquette Collection” is only going to get even better from here. In the meantime, check out his work and place an order because his superb pieces will have you dressed to kill the next time you step out. Step out correct!

-Phylicia D.

This writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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Southwest Philly Kickback 2015

Mont Brown and his crew showed up and showed out once again with their 3rd year of the Southwest Philly Kickback. When I say that 55th & Chester Ave was  jumpin’, I am so serious! Entrepreneur and artist, Mont Brown joined together with sponsors to put this kickback together on their block. The turn out was phenomenal and Mont was definitely grateful to see his vision, once again, come to fruition.

“I’m blessed. I was put here for a reason and this seems like this is it,” Mont mentioned with a humble tone. Mont explained that there are not a lot of million dollar corporations where he comes from, so he wanted to give people from all walks of life a platform to showcase different types of artistry. The kickback incorporated activities for the youth as well as lots of art, fashion and music. Amongst the performers and entrepreneurs, was his 13 year old daughter, Solis. This young lady is very talented! She plays the piano & guitar, she is a singer & songwriter and let me not forget that she even has her own clothing line-which was modeled at the kickback. “I love to perform,” said the excited, young entrepreneur. I must add that her daddy, Mont, is very proud of his baby, but he made sure to mention that he has instilled a “hard-work” ethic into his daughter. He smiled as he spoke about his “baby girl” and was happy to share this experience with her the day before father’s day.

Neither the few rain drops nor the extreme heat could stop everyone from coming out and having a good time. It was almost impossible for people to just stand around bored with nothing to do. There were ample vendors to checkout and support, bouncy houses to jump in and performances to rock with. Both Senator Anthony Hardy Williams and State Representative Jordan Harris were ecstatic to see so many young people come together for the kickback and negate behaviors that have been seen lately on the news. Even community leader Nehemiah Davis stopped by to share a few words of acknowledgement to the crowd. Nehemiah also agreed that hosting events such as the kickback are imperative to the community, “We gotta show unity and we gotta show support.Support is imperative for us to succeed.”

Overall, the “Southwest Philly Kickback” shut down the city and put out a message that could not be ignored. Between the extensive media coverage, social media outreach and the bumpin’ music, the event was definitely something to remember. To top off Mont Brown’s evening, BME Community manager of Philadelphia, Jeff Jones,  announced  Mont as one of the 2015 BME Leaders. Jeff explained, “[Mont] was acknowledged for being a community build and a community leader,” and by the looks of the success of Saturday, he deserved every bit of the acknowledgement.

-Phylicia D

This writeup was also used for DG Radio.