This year’s Phoenix Fashion Week showcased over 30 or more emerging and established designers showing the hottest trends in a colorful and fun way. The event gave a whole new meaning to the term “something new and daring.”
Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 also had educational fashion seminars and workshops; Business Of Fashion Seminar Series that was anchored by top industry experts. Where fashion designers learned how to improve and evolve in business skills, network, and showcasing their clothing line. I got to meet some of the talented designers that showcased their brands. I asked them about their designs and experience at the 2017 Phoenix Fashion Week.
Enny Ethics Clothing and Accessories
One of the designers was a set of talented sisters from Zimbabwe, Africa. Their designer line is called EnnyEthnic LLC. An amazing ethnic-centric, urban-chic, modern-classic, vintage-chic, and trendy collection with infused African fabrics. Here is a Q&A I had with them:
ZPG - As your models walked the runway and you followed out and saw all the people applauding, what went through y'all minds?
EC - We were awestruck, we had no idea people would love our collection the way they did. Our collection was so different from everyone in regards to the prints, the prints are such a big part of our culture and we were nervous they would not translate to a western audience.
ZPG - What were the inspirations behind the designs you presented?
EC - Our rich culture and heritage have always been a big part of our inspiration. We are Zimbabwean, also everyday life, living here in the US, we have been inspired by the diversity here. We want our designs to be worn by everyone.
ZPG - Which designer / or model were you impressed with during the event?
EC - All the designers brought something different to the table, its was such a tough group of people to compete with. The passion and talent was top notch. As far as models, our opening model Jasmine killed it!!. But you know what, all the models we worked with were professional and well rehearsed.
ZPG - How do you hear about the event and how was your experience?
EC - We got an email from Brenna Moses and then we filled out the paperwork and were accepted. Brian and his crew know how to put on a show!! The show was well choreographed and we did not experience any hiccups.
ZPG - What is next for Ennye?
EC - Opening our own boutique and continuing to grow our brand. We want our clothing to be worn by everyone one out there, and for us to become a household name.
ZPG - Give me some background about the ladies behind Ennye, where did your passions begin and how did you two meet?
EC - We are sisters, Mercy is older and Matipa is the youngest in the family. We were born in Zimbabwe and come from a family of six. We have three brothers and an older sister Maona, who is also a partner in the business. Our passion started when were children borrowing each other's clothes. We have different styles and strengths as sisters but that has helped in shaping our brand.
ZPG - What does Ennye mean?
EC - Enny is our mother's name and is an homage to her.
ZPG - Tell me something interesting about the Zimbabwe culture and how do you contribute it to your style designs?
EC - Zimbabwean culture is very old and very rich. We are known for building the archeological ruins known as Great Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe means "house of stone." We are from the Shona Tribe which is the largest, but there is also the Ndebele Tribe which is the second largest tribe.
ZPG - are there any upcoming Zimbabwe events that you are attending and /or participating in?
EC - We actually have a Cosmetics line, EnnyEthnic Cosmetics, and we are in the process of getting that launched in Southern Africa... Learn more EnnYe Collection here - http://ennyecollection.com