Designers Selected for 2013 CMH Fashion Week’s Finale Runway Show and Bridal Show

Columbus, OH, May 24, 2103 -- CMH Fashion Week is excited to unveil the 16 designers whose collections have been selected to grace the runway in the Finale Runway Show, October 12 and the five designers whose collections will showcased in the Bridal Show, October 11.

Among hundreds of hopeful designers presenting their sketches and samples before a panel of fashion experts, this group of talented designers was selected for their creativity, passion, attention to detail and originality. Very soon, CMHFW will be announcing its Finale Runway Show headlining designer.

The Finale Runway Show designers include:

  • Azmara Asefa – An architectural designer and Columbus native, Asefa’s Wearable Environments II collection synthesizes fashion and architectural material exploration with items like wood veneer, tyvek and felt, with Ethiopian cultural references through form, fabric and tessellated patterns- all with an East London edge.

  • Olivia Brezinski – The 22-year-old fashion designer is newly graduated from CCAD with a design aesthetic that is elegant, yet edgy at the same time, and a reflection of her feelings.

  • Genoveva Christoff – With fashion-forward, chic, feminine, sophisticated and sexy designs, in 2012, she was invited to present at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, presented by Simon Doonan and attended by celebrities including Mary-Kate Olsen and Debra Messing among others. She was First Runner-up in the Adrianna Papell for E! Live from the Red Carpet contest. Her designs are available at Brigade boutique.

  • Makayla Cook and Olivia VanScoyoc of Dirty Laser – Dirty Laser for young, fashion forward individuals, uses leather, neutrals, booty shorts and high heels for casual, minimalistic, sick clothes you’ll never want to take off. It’s sold at Royal Factory in the Short North.

  • Shann Cortes – Her designs make women feel sexy and free. Her garments are cut off the bias, creating a soft and flowy feel. She works in high quality silk, lace and leather.

  • Marquis Engel – The man behind Popular Culture, his work is inspiring, fresh and cutting edge. Marquis has shown his work in several local shows and will make his debut at CMH Fashion Week.

  • Eugene Frimpong of St. Frimpong – St. Frimpong is a mixture of African and Western culture and the epitome of everlasting glam. African heritage and glam create an enticing new look that’s edgy, confident and elegant, with a flare of culture, made for the modern woman.

  • Jennica Gray – Specializing in women's fashion design with aspirations of working in film or for a high-end fashion label, Gray creates flowing feminine clothing that accentuates the female form.

  • Kassie Haji – At 24, this fluid designer strives to achieve beauty, detail, and comfort. Using exciting detail, unexpected fabrics, and innovative technique she allows her inspiration to melt and solidify around the curves and length of natural human form, expressing beauty, as she alone sees it.

  • Gary J. Jones – A suit engineer who spent the last seven years working in fashion under two master tailors, he has styled notable people nationally and internationally. He has been featured in both CMH Fashion Week and Phoenix Fashion Week. Jones Select features custom shirts, suits and ready-wear.

  • Rachel Kaplan – The 22-year-old Columbus native is a 2012 CCAD graduate. An Abercrombie & Fitch designer, she created RachelLynn - a clean, feminine, modern, trendy women's wear line.

  • Ray Marsh – A graduate of the Kent State Fashion School, Marsh won the Best Casual/Sportswear award at his senior thesis show. He has been doing custom designs since 2012, converging street style, rock & roll and luxury to create contemporary fashions for any age.

  • Lubna Najjar of Lubna Designs – Lubna Designs is inspired by the woman’s body with a sense of Middle Eastern culture formality and an understanding the correlation of the science of fabric and how it moves when you move. With clients from coast to coast, she hosts trunk shows in Columbus and Amman.

  • Damien Sheppard – Sheppard classifies his brand as urban sophistication for professionals with a focus on customized apparel involving the customer.

  • Erica Woodmore – Creating modern history, Woodmore designs beautiful clothing that surpasses yet appreciates trends and fluidly moves through the continuum of time. Classic American sensibility, Erica Dawn Woodmore takes you from day to dawn with customizable separates.

The Bridal Show designers include:

  • Vanni Wang of Lucio Vanni, Headliner – Vanni Wang began her career in Southeast China with clients including the fashion houses of Chanel, Armani, Prada, BCBG and DKNY. Her designs include classic silhouettes in artistic and couture styles. She was honored as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People in 2013. She launched Lucio Vanni Couture Bridal, a luxury couture bridal line, in September 2012. She hopes to captures the hearts of brides-to-be with her sophisticated, handcrafted bridal collection made of the finest America and European fabrics and exquisite details. Ms. Wang’s bridal collection has been shown at COUTURE: New York Fashion Week and one of her gowns was recognized by the Knot Magazine as the editor’s top pick.

  • Cierra Reeve-Cunningham of Cierra Lauren Designs – Intricate details created through the use of raw edges, creative stitching, or appliqued design and exquisite attention to detail define her designs ranging from ready-to-wear items, like leather bags and coats, to luxurious wedding gowns.

  • Joan Madison of Joan’s Bridal – With degrees in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology and Syracuse University, she worked in New York with Ellen Tracy, Liz Claiborne and Ann Taylor before relocating to Columbus for The Limited and Express. In 2000, she opened her own bridal boutique for custom, couture bridal gowns. Her distinctive line features details of asymmetric draping, peplums, ruching, and layering.

  • Jennifer Rose Diehl of The Ritzy Rose – The Ritzy Rose began in 2010 with a vision to make a mark on the wedding industry by providing unique items. After just 10 months, Miranda Lambert carried their bouquet down the aisle in her wedding with Blake Shelton. Diehl graduated from Cornell with a degree in Textile and Apparel Design.

  • Christen Schneider of Solitary Pearl – Uniting honesty and fashion, Solitary Pearl creates designs with a fresh take on the romantic style, understated to highlight well-fit form and style in gorgeous hand-woven silk from a Cambodian Fair Trade women's collective. Christen Schneider is the head designer and main mind behind Solitary Pearl. A "self-taught" designer and a sewing junky, she is passionate about beautiful design, high quality, honest service and helping people.

About CMH Fashion Week - October 6 – October 13, 2013

Edgy, unexpected, bold, sophisticated, artistic, sexy, fun. If it’s fashionable in Columbus, it will likely be part of CMH Fashion Week. You’ve heard of New York Fashion Week. You’ve heard of Miami Fashion Week. But, did you know that CMH Fashion Week is the largest fashion movement in the Midwest. Why? Because we are home to several of the world’s most recognized national and international fashion brands. Those that define and dictate daily wear style for multitudes worldwide. During CMH Fashion Week, we shine a white-hot spotlight on Columbus’ fashion industry. The designers, the models, the photographers … the adrenalin rousing glamor of it all. But, it’s not just fashion, it’s fashion with a heart. Because as a non-profit organization, while CMH Fashion Week provides a platform to promote local designers, talent and businesses, we also fund a scholarship for emerging designers and create educational programs to benefit the community. For information visit or