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Dallas designer tempts the Big Apple with Garden of Eden collection

Dallas designer tempts the Big Apple with Garden of Eden collection

Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
A look from Esé Azénabor's spring/summer 2016 collection dubbed Garden of Eden. Photo courtesy of Esé Azénabor
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
A look from Esé Azénabor's spring/summer 2016 collection dubbed Garden of Eden. Photo courtesy of Esé Azénabor
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
A look from Esé Azénabor's spring/summer 2016 collection dubbed Garden of Eden. Photo courtesy of Esé Azénabor
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
A look from Esé Azénabor's spring/summer 2016 collection dubbed Garden of Eden. Photo courtesy of Esé Azénabor
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
A look from Esé Azénabor's spring/summer 2016 collection dubbed Garden of Eden. Photo courtesy of Esé Azénabor
Cynthia Smoot, Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars
Esé Azénabor (right) with Cynthia Smoot at FGI Night of Stars. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
Esé Azénabor, The Garden of Eden Collection
Cynthia Smoot, Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars

For the second time, Dallas designer Esé Azénabor is headed for New York Fashion Week. But this time she's taking what she calls her most unique collection yet, dubbed the Garden of Eden.

Fashion Gallery NY is producing Azénabor's show, thanks to a recommendation from Project Runway's Korto Momolu. Attendees can expect the unexpected, she says.

"All of the pieces include custom digital print work, beading on top of custom prints, and hand-painted fabrics. And, of course, my classic jumpsuit is present," Azénabor says. "It is very feminine, with form-flattering shapes and splashes of color throughout."

We adore Azénabor's brightly colored kaftans, which are available online for $425. A particular favorite of ours is this one, due to its bold blend of orange and pink accented with Tibetan gold beads.

This showing at New York Fashion Week is coming at an incredibly busy time in the designer's career. Be on the lookout for her new showroom and flagship store in the Dallas Design District. Also on her mind: international expansion. She credits her fashion idol, Elie Saab, for those dreams.

"He combines Western with Eastern culture using the finest materials," Azénabor says. "His detail work is fascinating, and the shapes are flawless. He literally creates garments for queens — that's how precious his work is!"

Esé Azénabor shows her collection on September 14, 5 pm, at the Manhattan Affinia Hotel.