the emerging six 2018


Khandi Ray

Her professional journey as a fashion designer began in 2012, when she enrolled at UMSL as an art major. Soon she was commissioned to paint two portraits for the University, which are still on display at the college. From her love of art she began designing and enrolled at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts the following year. A self thought, she began to sew through books and YouTube. Today,  she operates her own business and hopes to expand nationally. Her goal is to reach her target audience and spread the brand image throughout the country.

Previous participations:

Pins and Needles Presentation
The Unit Fashion Production
The Row Chicago
Alive Magazine

Favorite designers: Virgil Abloh, A. Wang, Cushnie et Ochs

I design ready to wear garments. Mostly unisex pieces, which are art based.


Caitlyn Stolley

Lily Guilder Design is for anyone who wishes to channel their inner Rockstar/ Glamour Queen/ Superhero/ Dapper Dude/ Iconoclastic self. The collection is comprised of limited edition ready to wear and one of a kind/ custom designed garments all created in Nashville. Designer Caitlin Stolley believes in the transformative power of clothing and uses fabric texture, layering and a variety of embellishment techniques to create garments with enhanced dimension, vibration, and danceability, each piece sprinkled with magic.

Previous participations:

Black and Light Ball, NYC, 2003; Collective Hardware, NYC 2008; Belize Fashion Week, Ambergris Caye, Belize 2013; Glam Lab for the Humane Society, WI, 2014; Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show, CO, 2015, 2016, 2018; Nashville Fashion Week, emerging designer, TN 2017; Curated, TN 2017, Fashion if for Every Body, TN 2017 Nashville Fashion Week, Nashville Designer, 2018

Favorite designers:

Alexander McQueen- exquisite detail and master storytelling; John Galliano- rock n roll royalty look through the years; Marc Jacobs- brilliant marketing and beautiful clothes