February 7, 2019
NYFW Kicks Off with Miss Earth USA Runway Show


Media Contact: Celine Hobbs,


On Saturday, February 9, the winter New York Fashion Week will kick off in New York City. Miss Earth USA delegates will be featured modeling famed pageant designers ASHLEYlauren, Marc Defang and Pixton Design Group. The show begins at 2:30pm at University Settlement House, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, New York.

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The University Settlement House will host a full day of shows, produced by NYFW 2.0, Art & Beauty Magazine, and Beauty It's Everywhere. Show information is available by contacting Rene Bionat at or visit


The three designers selected for the Miss Earth USA show are some of the most well known brands in pageantry. ASHLEYlauren, Marc Defang and Pixton Design Group also participate as wardrobe sponsors for the annual national pageant and outfit national delegates for international competition and other activities throughout the year. Wardrobe will include gowns, cocktail dresses, rompers, swimwear and footwear ideal for pageant, prom or special events. 


Pixton Design Group: Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Pixton Design Group designs and manufactures activewear, formalwear and swimwear. Known for body conscious silhouettes with an eye for symmetry and form, Pixton garments are carefully constructed using luxurious fabrics and embellishments. Kimberly Pixton Millar has always been creative and comes from a long line of artists. Her work has included bridal gowns, honeymoon swimwear, pageant gowns, pageant swimwear, NFL cheerleader uniforms and stages across the Carolinas. She has won several awards for her designs and her swimsuits have been featured in Sports Illustrated. Pixton Design began when she was looking for a wedding gown and could not find anything that suited her taste, so she designed her own. This led to commissions for other wedding gowns and thus Pixton Design was born. In 2014, Pixton added a formalwear collection in addition to honeymoon and pageant swimwear. As a result, Pixton Design Group become a national sponsor for three of the five International Grand Slam Pageants.


ASHLEYlauren: Ashley Lauren, designer and owner of ASHLEYlauren, recognizes the power of fashion. Immersed in design, intrigued by the latest trends and influenced by classic silhouettes, she takes great pride in creating clothing that fits a unique style and personality. It is Ashley Lauren's passion for all things fabulous that motivates her to design a line that is both timeless and modern. The ASHLEYlauren collection can be found in specialty boutiques all across the world. "I love fashion, beautiful pieces crafted out of rich and luxurious fabrics. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a woman enter a room in a great fitting dress and glowing with confidence. The dress plays an important part in making that entrance truly memorable; I am proud to be a part of its creation." - Ashley Lauren


Marc Defang New York: Established in 1999, Marc Defang New York is America’s leading bridal, prom, and pageant footwear brand. A luxury line of high quality, fine craftsmanship of customized shoes and accessories, the company designs, develops, manufactures, markets and manages its labels. A native New Yorker trained at Berkeley and FIT in fashion design and merchandising, Marc is a talented and creative individual who worked at Isaac Mizrahi, Ann Taylor and Jockey. Marc serves a community of highly achieving women in the fashion, pageantry and entertainment industry. From stage ready footwear to casual and evening essentials, Marc Defang New York appeals to every women appreciating classic, glamorous, high street quality fashion. Marc leads the industry with his strong vision. His creativity and passion for his designs has gained him loyal followers and fans worldwide.


Models include reigning Miss Earth USA Yashvi Aware, who spent four weeks in the Philippines this fall as the national ambassador for Miss Earth. National representatives of supporting age divisions will also walk the runway, including Teen Miss Earth USA Payton Stockman, Elite Miss Earth USA Keyace Sims and Mrs. USA Earth Brandy Jarvis Ibos. Additionally, over 40 state representatives will travel to New York from all over the country to be featured in the show.


Nearing its 20th year, Miss Earth is recognized as the most relevant beauty event in the world, featuring representatives from nearly 100 countries at its annual ceremonies promoting environmental awareness. National and USA state delegates dedicate their year to environmentalism and ecotourism in their communities. The USA national contest to select the 2019 titleholders will take place on June 30 in Las Vegas, presented by EarthWater. Visit


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