Jessica Minh Anh transformed the new Pier 34 on the Hudson River into the world’s newest runway. Overlooking New York’s iconic skyline, the supermodel turned renowned fashion show producer continued redefining modern runways, while delivering a powerful message of sustainability and diversity. The extraordinary production premiered haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessory, and swimwear collections from the USA, Brazil, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Poland, Lebanon, and Ukraine.
American brand BCBGMAXAZRIA opened the highly anticipated catwalk with structural block-colored pieces and chic evening looks.
Returning to Jessica Minh Anh’s catwalk for the third time, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology premiered a dramatic and edgy collection featuring dark colors and ethnic handmade fabrics. Embracing Southeast Asian weaving techniques and rich texture, the creative looks illustrate an array of artistic talent and heritage.
Indian cinema legend Kamal Haasan's KH House of Khaddar was the next brand to walk the runway. The elaborate collection, which combines Indian traditions with Western elements, is dazzled with vibrant hues and real craftsmanship. Lead designer Amritha Ram, a specialist in embellished handwork, skillfully incorporated extravagance into the creation.
Adding sparkles and allure onto the grand catwalk, Miami’s beachwear brand Sauvage showcased a bold collection with vivid colors and ornate prints. This is the second time Sauvage joined Jessica Minh Anh’s production after introducing their exotic pieces at J Spring Fashion Show 2022 atop a Liquified Natural Gas cruise ship in the middle of Portofino, Italy earlier this year.
Joining Jessica’s catwalk for the very first time, haute couture designer Claire Garvey brought on an extraordinary collection inspired by the Irish landscape and coastline. The sustainable collection featured vegan leather, recycled antique denim, velvets, and crystals. Strong architectural motifs and vibrant colors were used to create theatrical pieces.
Returning to Jessica Minh Anh’s catwalk for the fourth time, Polish designer Teresa Rosati premiered a romantic collection featuring various shades of beige, white, gold, and black with daring cuts and transparency. Her unique take on femininity and individuality was evident through her mix of texture and patterns.
Combining practicality and luxury, Lebanese accessory brand Viviane Debbas showcased a multi-colored leather bag collection featuring an embroidered evil eye as a lucky charm. Each piece is made of a real leather exterior with a printed fabric interior, which was made with a confident woman in mind.
Closing the show with sophistication and grace, Oksana Mukha debuted an elegant collection featuring high-precision hand-made patterns, immaculate craftsmanship, and structured silhouettes. The designer’s collection inspired the crowd by epitomizing the spirit of freedom and creativity of Ukrainian people with her patriotic and beautiful portfolio.
In the finale, Jessica Minh Anh appeared as a vision in a silky red dress and impressive floral crown with an elongated veil staring at the Ukrainian flag. The statement finale piece accentuated the waistline while creating a dramatic effect of strength and resilience. Captivating and inspiring, the exotic beauty led an angelic model line-up against the picturesque backdrop of New York’s skyline.
“I particularly admire Oksana Mukha’s strength and determination in producing a special collection during this wartime. The brand’s perseverance represents Ukrainian’s resilience in the eyes of the world,” said Jessica Minh Anh.
The outstanding garment collections were accompanied by the bedazzled jewelry designs from Brazilian artist Cristina Sabatini, who has previously collaborated with Jessica Minh Anh in New York, Milan, and Paris. The creative pieces, which include sparkles, crystals, pearls, and 18K Gold-Plated details, brought in the sophistication and glamor of the Gilded Era (New York 1870 – 1900).
J Autumn Fashion Show 2022 marked a successful collaboration between Jessica Minh Anh and Hudson River Park Trust to highlight the park’s breathtaking locations and its sustainability initiatives “Sharing our environmental education efforts with a wide audience is key to building a more sustainable, connected future. Jessica Minh Anh has succeeded in combining messaging about sustainability with fashion at J Autumn Fashion Show at Pier 34. She provided us with an opportunity to expand our own environmental education footprint” said Robert Atterbury, Executive Vice President of Park Relationships & Programs, Hudson River Park Trust. Other companies who supported the show include Warren Tricomi, Workhouse New York, Cream Ridgewood, Triboro Printing, NYIB, TwealthSt Tuck, and Geo Events.