Sophisticated collections stunned the New York runway during Albanian Fashion Week 2017

Models stunned the NY runway during Albanian Fashion Week 2017. Supermodels Arselajda Buraku, Xhesika Berberi, Yvone Devilla, Juneesa More, Racheal Stakphone and Sabina Perlleshi stunned the runway in finesse during the Albanian Fashion Show for the 2017 Women’s Collection. The other models who stole our hearts away are: Njomza Qosaj, Floridona Mavraj, Valdeta Zherka, Edra Makbuli, Alemada Makbuli, Laura Prishtina, Selmawit Dessie and Anita Kastrati.

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Mrika Krasniqi

CEO of Albanian Fashion Agency and organizer of the Albanian Fashion Week, Mrika Krasniqi picked seven designers to show off their beautiful collections during Albanian Fashion Week 2017 in New York. These internationally known designers are some of the best in the Albanian fashion industry, namely: Ardi Asllani, Kadrije Brestofci, Jehona Bunjaku, Dashurie Elshani, Flora Select, Aferdita Adela and Aida Selimaj.

The designers set the brilliant tone for this year’s creativity: elegance, chic, stunning, sexy, smart glamour and stylish.

The Albanian Fashion Week started off with a bang with designer Ardi Asllani‘s brilliant collection, and it didn’t stop there. Ardi Asllani debuted “My Albania” collection in New York featuring 10 unique and gorgeous pieces with modern and traditional motifs.

The integrated textile used in these pieces represent images of Albanian cities, including Prizren and Ulqin. The inspiration of “My Albania” collection is truly imagination at its best. We would like to think of designer Ardi Asllani as a fashion forward stylist, whose creations are a centerpiece in any show, modern, classy, and trendsetting. His creations take you in a journey of history and culture, of past and present. We admire his forward thinking style.

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Designer Ardi Asllani, Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

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[Slideshow: Designer Ardi Asllani, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]

Flora Select embodied the spirit of creative ambition with her collection of  winter and spring coats. Flora’s inspiration for this collection came from “the language of flowers” by arranging them beautifully in her pieces to communicate beauty, happiness and love.  The talented Kosovan designer presented creative garments with beautiful graphics and patchwork pieces for a refreshing spring look and for warm winter trendy coats.

The statement-making collection by Flora Atashi, incorporated playful lines, flower designs and colors. The designer Flora Select took a sophisticated approach  with the flower shapes and graphics. The designs of this delightful series extends beyond an elegant collection.

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[Slideshow: Designer Flora Select, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]
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Designer Flora Select, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

The fashion show featured 100 gorgeous pieces from various collections which debuted at Albanian Fashion Week on March 24-27, 2017. This is the second edition of AFW, and it was held at the historic The Astor Room, Kaufman Studios in Queens. Special guests included: Besiana Kadare, the Albanian Ambassador to the United Nations, Teuta Sahatqia, the Kosovan Ambassador to the United Nations, the National Association of Buyers & Sellers, the National Fashion Accessories, the Professional Association of Customs, with performances and entertainment by the talented and beautiful classical dancer Etrita Abdullahu, mc Lulzim Bucolli, the famous Albanian singers, Eni Koci, Greta Koci, and ETNON.

The successful make up artists who lend their creative touches for the exquisite looks of the models were: Shqipe Namani, Shqipe Gjocaj, Besiana Hoti and Enlireta Elshani. The experienced and well known hair stylists Nazim Salihu, Hana Merdita and Naser Behluli worked extremely fast backstage to style the models for their ravishing runway looks.

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Dancer Etrita Abdullahu performing for the guests at Albanian Fashion Show, 25 March 2017, Astoria Kaufman Studios, NY – Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

Designer Dashurie Elshani presented her stunning 2017 evening gown collection, inspired by “genesis”, everything that has a beginning, incorporating beads, elegant fabrics and designs. Created with luxurious fabrics and details, Dashurie Elshani’s collection is the ultimate creation for glamour and elegance.  We would like to see these dresses at Oscars.

The entire collection is jaw-dropping gorgeous. But we would like to take a moment and admire this Goddess Queen  below.

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Designed by Dashurie Elshani, Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

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[Slideshow: Designer Dashurie Elshani, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]

Designers Aferdita Delaj and Aida Selimaj presented their 2017 children ‘s collection for girls and teens, featuring fun, playful, nationally inspired and dressy motives. The childrenswear collection is cute and luxurious and it brings you to a fairy-tail world. The little angels walked the runway showcasing the beautiful and stylish pieces.  They melt your heart away!

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Designed by Aferdita Delaj and Aida Selimaj; Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

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[Slideshow: Designers Aferdita Delaj & Aida Selimaj, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]

Jehona Bunjaku, another well-known Albanian Designer from Kosova showcased her collection at the Albanian Fashion Week 2017. She presented her beautiful new collection of night dresses in New York. Her collection was truly a masterpiece! It featured jaw-dropping evening gowns with head-turning hairdo and stunning style. The charming dresses are simply sassy, sexy, artistic, creative, exquisite,  stunning and daring.

We could also see all of these worthy dresses worn at Oscars or at the Golden Globes. It was difficult to pick a favorite from this collection because each dress is masterpiece in itself, however we couldn’t take our eyes off from the stunning dress and model below.

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Designed by Jehona Bunjaku; Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

….and from this gorgeous beauty…

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Designed by Jehona Bunjaku; Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

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[Slideshow: Designer Jehona Bunjaku, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]

The Albanian Fashion Show ended with the stunning collection of evening gowns and wedding dresses by Kadrije Brestovci, an excellent designer from Kosova. Her collection was classy style with contemporary accents. These evening dresses by Kadrije Brestovcil will make you look and feel absolutely stunning. The gorgeous and unique gowns are sophisticated, and you would surely be “the most striking person in the room” in them. The perfectly designed gowns featured luxurious fabrics, fine laces to enhance the elegant and sophisticated style.

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Designer Kadrije Brestovci; Photo by Anwar Alomaisi

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[Slideshow: Designer Kadrije Brestovci, Albanian Fashion Week 2017 NY, Photos by Anwar Alomaisi]
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