This collection was a full extension of myself. This truly is my passion. Fashion is a form of expressing yourself, what you believe in, how you feel, and what you wish to do with your life. My wish is to make a difference. This collection is titled “Ocean Anthem” named after the song that played in the background as each beautiful model walked the runway. The song was made and created by my amazing friend, singer, and advocate Parvati who wrote and sings “Ocean Anthem”. We have to take care of the Arctic. It is a natural sanctuary, one our whole world needs now more than ever. What most people don’t know is that the polar ice is our planet’s air conditioning system. It balances weather patterns globally so that we have the food and resources we need to survive. I provides the oxygen we need and plays a crucial roll in how we can sustain humanity in the future. I made it my intention and goal to make you feel and see what is taking place with each design that passed. The emotion that is taking place, the angelicness and the purity of the Arctic and how it’s something that we often take for granted but when it’s in front of us we appreciate it beauty and what it has to offer from ice to water. I have to say thank you to my incredible finance for encouraging me full force to make an impact on this Project Runway Bravo stage. Thank you to my family who has always encouraged me and my designs. Thank you to the judges who all appreciated and listened to my work and messaging I had for every challenge and this finale runway this season. Thank you to everyone of you who has supported me and my collection. This was an educational and beautiful experience that has taught me a lot. Hopefully I have been able to encourage people about standing for what’s right, and showed them what it means to be fully sustainable as a brand. Thank you to the amazing Hair and Makeup teams and thank you to everyone of my incredible models who brought to life my story as they walked the runway. Shoutout too Karla Welch for all of your amazing advice you gave me on this collection of how to style it. And to Serena Williams, Thank you for being such an amazing supporter of me and for standing up for my collection. You truly are one of the most inspirational women in this world today, who is not only standing for many things, but also making a difference with your platform. Congratulations Geoffrey Mac you are such an amazing and talented designer and you deserve this buddy! Wishing you nothing but beauty and success from here on out!
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As an Ambassador for MAPS, this collection is truly dear to my heart and I hope it is raising awareness of the problems we’re facing in the world today. The Arctic Ocean has always been a natural sanctuary, one our whole world needs now more than ever. What most people don’t know is that the polar ice is our planet’s air conditioning system. It balances weather patterns globally so that we have the food and resources we need to survive. Polar ice reflects half of the sun’s heat away from our planet. But today, there is 75% less Arctic sea ice in the summer than there was just 50 years ago. Exposed Arctic water now absorbs 90% of the sun’s heat. Parts of the Arctic Ocean are 4C/7F too hot. In February 2018, temperatures at the North Pole soared above freezing in the sunless winter, for the first time in history. Scientists call what is happening in the Arctic a “death spiral”. The more the Arctic ice melts, the warmer our world gets. The warmer our world gets, the more the ice melts. This affects everything. As the ice melts, the world’s weather patterns become unstable. Floods and droughts are on the rise, hitting hardest in vulnerable areas. A heating planet means water and hunger crises. Loss of polar ice is contributing to sea level rise. At least 275 million people live in cities that are vulnerable to rising sea levels. If we don’t act now, sea level rise will redraw the map of the world and displace billions. The state of the Arctic Ocean is a global emergency. For more information and the ability to take action below and sign the MAPS petition to help make a change and protect the Arctic. Visit - www.parvati.org