RAW:Dallas fashion designer Venny Etienne of LeVenity
wins the 6th Annual RAWards accolade for RAW Fashion Designer of the Year!
"It is truly an honor and even shocking to know that I won," says Etienne. "There [was] some stiff, and I mean STIFF, competition and I really wasn’t thinking too hard about winning it all because of the amazing talent I saw throughout the U.S. But, this is definitely an honor. I know that I put my heart and soul into creating that collection last year, so it was a lot of emotions seeing it judged on such a grand scale and I am very fortunate that it receiving a huge recognition on a national level." This Haitian-American designer grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York. The collections he releases wow us every time we check in with him. It's no wonder that this designer has won over the admiration and attention of the local and national judges.
Etienne attributes much of his success thus far to his work ethic, drive, and the other creatives and visionaries he's met along the way.
"Throughout the years, I've told myself, keep God first, be nice to people, show them your best work, and never let them see your worst. That is exactly what I did in the fashion industry. I [am] grateful to be connected to some awesome people in the industry who were able to guide me such as: D’Marsh in New York and Willie Johnson here in Dallas, TX. They were the initial ones who taught me the ropes of this industry. And then I met Shingo Sato, based out of Milan, and he completely changed my whole perspective of how to create garments. With the work I created, I was able to build a team that believes in my vision and I am so ever grateful for my backbone and voice Ashtin, my design assistant Lemark, and my partner-in-crime Xavier. Now, it is just us taking each task at a time and seeing where each opportunity takes us."
LeVenity's style is sharp, bold, and precise. When we envision the ultimate elegant—but fierce—"power suit," this line of garments is exactly what we see. The modern shapes he uses are flattering, enhancing the female form.
"All of my creative energy and style is injected in the garments that I create for my brand. My brand is completely opposite of my personal style; it is very edgy, and strong—all created with luxury, fine fabrics. I am inspired by a confident, sophisticated woman, that also has a soft edge."
What's next for Etienne?
"Wow. A lot is happening right now after the win, and I am super excited. But first and foremost, I want to finish school. I am anticipating showcasing my Spring ’16 collection at LA Style Fashion Week in Oct, which was generously gifted as part of my RAWards prize package. After showing the line in LA, we will be diligently seeking investors to create a small production run of the collection and, God-willing, seek a strong PR firm that will take the collection to buyers and to other people in major cities such as NY, Dallas, LA, ATL, Miami, and Chicago."
Keep up with this fine fashion visionary; he's going places. We'd bet on it.
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