CMH Fashion Week Columbus, Ohio

2013 designers

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:

Nary Manivong, Headliner

CMH Fashion Week is proud to announce the headliner of the 2013 Finale Runway Show, Columbus native, Nary Manivong. Manivong will join 13 local designers for the outdoor show to be held under a tent along the Scioto River behind COSI, October 12, 2013.

Dressing “that woman” is the inspiration that took the self-taught designer from the streets of Columbus, Ohio, to New York City where he started the Nary Manivong label. The Laotian-American designer has been heralded by Women’s Wear Daily as one of twelve designers to watch and was also nominated by Fashion Group International for the Rising Star Women’s Ready-to-Wear Award in 2009 and 2010. Manivong is also the star in the highly touted film documentary, DRESSED, which chronicles his story from homelessness to star fashion designer.

Manivong also had success as a partner with Ally Hilfiger in their line NAHM. His design philosophy is focused on a self-assured, sophisticated and eclectic woman who expresses herself through clothing that flows effortlessly with the demands of her everyday life. The result: functionality, sensuality and attitude. Manivong will arrive to Columbus the week of September 26th. He will be available for interviews during that week and at the Finale Runway Show, October 12th. For more information on Nary Manivong go to

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.

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.

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.

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.

2013 bridal show designers

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.

Jennifer Kessler of Ghinda

After studying fashion design in Italy, Jennifer Kessler, head designer and owner of Ghinda, decided to open a couture bridal house in Columbus, Ohio. Inspired by her childhood home in Eritrea, East Africa, Jennifer designs and creates couture gowns that breathe the beauty of the world around her. Using metal infused nylon and cupro as their foundational fabrics, Ghinda's destination inspired gowns are hand cut, patterned, and sewn by a small and highly trained team of seamstresses and technical designers in Columbus. Ghinda is perfection, beauty, culture, and effortless elegance.