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Tracee Ellis Ross Announced as a Host for 2012 NYFW EMERGE! Show to Honor Vogue’s Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley

Diane Von Furstenberg Scheduled to Present Legend Award During February Emerging Designer Event

New York, NY, February 11, 2012 --( EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, (, announced today that actress Tracee Ellis Ross will be taking the stage with EMERGE! Host Chavis Aaron for an unforgettable New York City Fashion Week event. The show has consistently been a platform for emerging designers and this year’s esteemed Fashion Innovator Award (FIA) will be presented to Vogue’s Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley. To add to the excitement of the evening the award will be handed off to Andre by legendary designer and President of the CFDA Diane Von Furstenberg. EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show is produced by D. Williams Public Relations Group and debuted on the Fashion elite social scene in February 2011 and since then has been consistent in providing a platform for emerging designers to showcase their work twice a year for New York City Fashion Week. This year’s EMEGE! Will feature a total of 6 designers: Terri Stevens of Project Runway, Omar Villalobos & Gordana Rasic, Elie Kuame, Barbara Bates, Michael Alan Stein & Jahi Fitzgerald.

“New York Fashion Week is a magical time. I am delighted to co-host the EMERGE! show and to share the stage with fashion innovators in celebration of emerging talent,” states actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ms. Ross is well known for her leading role as Joan Clayton in the hit UPN/CW Television series Girlfriends. This role earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations including two wins, one in 2007 and another in 2009, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Tracee is currently starring in and co-producing the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines opposite Malcolm Jamal Warner. In October, Tracee appeared in Lifetime’s short film series Project 5 in the film Lili directed by Alicia Keys. Tracee recently cohosted GMHC’s 2011 Fashion Forward, which featured top designers. She is an undeniably graceful force and is described as a “trend setter with signature style,” and a woman “gracefully redefining the rules for success.”

The 2012 New York City event will be hosted at the historic Broad Street Ballroom (41 Broad Street, NYC) on February 14th, 2012 with doors promptly opening at 6:00pm for Reception and 7:00pm for Awards program and Fashion Show. The invite only event will be sprinkled with stars such as Kristin Chenoweth, Nole Marin, J Alexander, Jill Zarin and more.

“We could not be happier for Tracee Ellis Ross to join the EMERGE! Team this year as a co-host,” states EMERGE! Producer Dionne Williams. “This event has grown faster than any of us ever expected. Tracee is truly the epitome of elegance and was hands down, the perfect choice.”

Emerge! is created and produced by D. Williams PR Group. The fashion show production is provided by Tai Chunn of MVC Management Productions. Sponsors for the evening include: Bennett Career Institute/ C. Alan Glam Squad, Flowers and Production design by Adam Leffel Production with florals being designed by Polpat Klongkhayan. Full Public Relations, full Press and Media services for the event are being provided by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR.

For more information on EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, to gain media access, inquire about sponsorships, or request seats for the event please visit, or contact Monique Tatum at 877.841.7244 or

About D. Williams Public Relations
Dionne Williams is the Principal of D. Williams Public Relations Group, a consultancy that specializes in public relations, marketing, and event management. D. Williams Public Relations Group is a premier Event Management company producing high-end galas, celebrity concerts, conferences, and special events. DWPR also hosts major events around the nation with its "D. Williams PR presents" event series, which includes events surrounding Mercedes Benz New York City Fashion Week, Grammy Awards, The Kentucky Derby and Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge in the Hamptons, NY. For more information please visit and follow them on twitter at

Media Contact: Monique Tatum
Office: 877.841.7244

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