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Josefa da Silva Presented by FTL FW/2016/2017
Fashion designing is an important medium through which exchanges of ideas can help different cultures understand a little bit more about each other.” This is the statement that International Fashion Designer and Celebrity Stylist Josefa Da Silva lives by. Ms. Da Silva was Born in Cape Verde, Africa. Josefa is influenced by her African roots. Her bold designs combine her afro centric heritage with luxury and high fashion, stamping her global brand. Using eye-popping colors, Josefa’s designs are for women who are not afraid to take risks. Her drive is to create looks for women of all sizes, encouraging a judgement free zone that allows women to express themselves freely through her work. As the Josefa Da Silva ‘s brand expands, so does her accomplishments and opportunities. Not only has she designed looks for Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, she has also designed for countless celebrities all over Africa as well as Europe. In addition, Josefa has created an accessory line for Dillard’s Incorporated Department Store, produced an eco-friendly jewelry line for the Smithsonian Museum Gift Shop, and designed uniforms for the Walton Family Museum but her proudest moment was the opening of her store, Josefa Da Silva, in Boston.
Some of Josefa’s many
accomplishments include; founding Cape Verde Fashion week in Boston; being awarded best fashion designer of Cape Verde,highlighted as one of the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ in West Africa this season, and with her most recent accomplishment of headlining a show at 2016’s New York Fashion Week, Josefa proves that she has staying power in the fashion world.
She is not just a remarkable designer she is also a humanitarian and serves as the Cheerios ambassador for the Shoprite Partners in Caring “Knock Out Hunger” campaign.
“Beauty is not just a look, it’s a statement.” –Josefa Da Silva
Lulu et Gigi and Josefa Da Silva notably promoted this partnership, sending Madeline Stuart, a model with Down Syndrome, as well as two female amputees down the runway.
“For the models, it doesn’t matter if they’re a little bit more on the heavier side or have some disabilities,” commented designer Da Silva, “They should be able to express themselves freely just like anyone else without being judged.”
Her collection embodied this positive message, each piece in the collection intended to act as a crystal healing.
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