The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) is a charitable organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of backing designers who aspire to do business in the United States. CAAFD unlocks the velvet rope and leads showcased emerging talent into close-knit circles of the fashion industry. CAAFD, in collaboration with iFashion Network, once again unveils a group of distinctive emerging brands from around the globe selected through a rigorous process to showcase their best designs for the showcase series, also produced by iConcept Media Group, a full service communications, lifestyle event production and multimedia company.

Each and every season, CAAFD hand picks and approves some of the finest talents in the fashion industry, globally. This season is no exception, setting its stage to be the best unveiled and curated emerging brands to watch out for. CAAFD is partnering with IMG and Pier 59 studios this season in presenting its approved designers for different showcases, which are scheduled for February 8th through the 12th, 2019.


Sania Maskatiya is a Pakistan-based designer belonging to a new generation of fashion talent from the region. Breaking conventions, she has been quick to become Pakistan’s most lauded designer. She was among few of the top emerging global brands selected to present at the well-recieved CAAFD  NYFW Spring/Summer 2019 Season where she presented her secondary brand SANIA STUDIO. This season, Sania Maskatiya returns to the NYFW stage presenting her full collection under her primary brand, SANIA MASKATIYA. Sania Maskatiya uses only pure, luxe fabrics that are cut and draped in a range of directional but feminine  silhouettes. The brand engages the finest craftsmen across Pakistan, hailing from generations of artisans practicing time- honored craftsmanship and embroideries. Sania’s designs often take imaginative inspiration from a unique interplay of colours, depicting imagery inspired by nature and the environment, often juxtaposed with an ecstatic twist.


Viktoria Tisza is a Budapest-based fashion designer mainly focusing on applying exciting and eye-catching fabrics while designing pure forms with futuristic avour. In recent years, she has been experimenting with new technologies and she has also created molded pieces of silicone rubber, a versatile material, that supports her sci-ambience concepts. The technology developed and the pieces created besides being visually pleasing, are also fully functional, being designed as waterproof and are able to endure while still remaining eco-friendly, as there is no waste produced during the creative process and keeping them clean hardly needs water and chemicals. The brand has already been featured in British Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Italia, Glamour UK and in almost all significant Hungarian fashion magazines. She designed on-stage bodysuits and dresses for Beyoncé and her dancers for her upcoming World Tour.  This season, the CAAFD screening committee recognizes the VIKTORIA TISZA brand as part of its few top emerging designers to showcase.


Shannon Ashford is the founder, designer, and creator of Tom Foolery, and designs primarily jumpsuits that are locally created and made without  human labor exploitations. Tom Foolery jumpsuits exhibit all the class and elegance of a dress for an evening out while offering enough mobility to outrun the cops at the end of the night. The goal of the Tom Foolery brand is to not only create visually appealing garments, but to maintain integrity in the production process. All  products are currently being sewn by Shannon Ashford herself in a garage turned studio, with fabrics created from plastic bottles collected from Haiti. Shannon Ashford’s work is selected and approved by the screening committee of CAAFD to showcases its brand, TOM FOOLERY as a way of bringing consciousness and awareness to sustainable fashion design as part of the present and future movement to all.


RC Caylan was born in Iligan City and raised in Batangas City in the Philippines. RC Caylan later migrated to the United States in 2012 after graduating in fashion design, which later led into the opening of his Atelier location in 2016 at the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. RC Caylan is inspired by the female physique and glamour, and he works to put more emphasis on women’s fashion and form. Being very sensitive to his female clientele’s wardrobe desires and needs, producing a masterpiece on each project is RC Caylan’s constant objective. RC’s work has been recognized by British Vogue magazine and has been featured in their Designer profile segment, and his designs have been worn by various Hollywood celebrities. This season, RC Caylan is  part of the few selected brands, recognized and showcased by CAAFD Collective showcase series.


Third time’s the charm, especially when the first two times were wearable works of art. Mouton Blanc returns to NYFW for the third time in a row as part of CAAFD’s incubate / nurturing program of young designers that are destined through their craft to become a household name. Japanese-born and trained in France, designer Hakuyo Miya blends together his various influences into an entirely unique creation with Mouton Blanc. Utilizing fantastical style elements with real world influences, Miya crafts fiery designs that combine color, texture and culture into beautiful and elegant pieces.


Zabetta Couture’s designer Ruth Zabetta was raised in both Spain as well as the Dominican Republic, which imparts a unique cultural influence on her designs. Known for modern lines and cuts which still maintain a feminine presence, Zabetta Couture strives to create beautiful silhouettes that are consistent through all the pieces. Zabetta couture is also part of the few designers chosen as part of the CAAFD’s incubate/nurturing program, returning for her third seasonal showcase after her previous career-defining CAAFD showcases.


Imogen Evans is one of the youngest emerging designers from around the world.  At only 19 years of age, Imogen Evans is a fashion designer born in London, UK,  who later moved to Edinburgh as a child and has completed a Fashion Design diploma in Milan.‘imi’ by Imogen Evans is a brand that utilizes fashion to address societal issues.  Imogen Evans stands as one of CAAFD’s favorite freshly selected faces and approved brands to showcase this season, partly for two reasons: one of a kind design sensibilities and the messages it shares dealing with our society today.  Each collection captures a twist of our existence and rejects the idea of traditional colors and shapes. Evans’s work creates a balance between art on the body and wearable, yet alternative, clothing. She also has a desire to create something new, thought provoking and bizarre. Her work has since featured in I-D magazine, Nylon magazine, FMS magazine and on Vogue Korea’s Instagram.


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