MAKERS Attends Carrie Hammer's NYFW 2015 "Role Models Not Runway Models" Show

While this year's New York Fashion Week is coming to an end, MAKERS started off our celebrations by attending the Carrie Hammer Spring 2016 show, "Role Models Not Runway Models" at the Mercedes Benz Manhattan Showroom.

Hammer wasn't always involved in the fashion world.

She's a UCLA graduate with a degree in Economics and Women's Studies. While starting her career as an advertising sales executive, she realized that there was a lack of well-fitting contemporary workwear for the modern professional woman.

After that realization, she took charge by designing custom pieces for herself. She would eventually go on to study Fashion Business and Marketing at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design. In 2012, she launched her namesake brand. For Hammer, fashion is also an outlet to empower women within and beyond the workplace. She gained attention after her debut NYFW show in February 2014 where she featured the first ever model who happened to use a wheelchair on the runway.

Learn about the influential and successful women who appeared in her 2015 NYFW runway show and watch footage from the fashion show in the video above.

Role Models Not Runway Models NYFW 2015 Lineup:

Penny Abeywardena - NYC Mayor's Commissioner for International Affairs

Meryl Davis - Olympic Figure Skater, Gold Medalist

Avani Patel - Trendseeder, CEO & Founder

Mason Zayid - Comedian, disability advocate and tap dancer

Melissa Miranda - PepsiCo, director, customer & lifestyle marketing

Rachel Gogel - The New York Times, Creative director of T Brand Studio

Tayla Colton - Keep a Child Alive, Sr. Director of Programs

Kaitlyn Cawley - Elite Daily, Editor in Chief

Rakia Reynolds - Skai Blue Media, President

Deborah Jackson - Plum Alley, Founder & CEO

Rebeca Kantar - GLG Entrepreneur in Residence

Deb Curtis - American Express, Vice President

La Neice Collins - United Nations Communications & Advocacy Advisor

Michelle Herrera Mulligan - Latina Cosmo, Editor in Chief

Christine Osekoski - Katz Media Group, EVP Marketing

Lauren Levinson - PopSugar Beauty, Editor

June Cohen - TED, Executive Producer

Jess Weiner - Talk to Jess, LLC, CEO & Confidence Expert

Gwen Greene - JP Morgan Securities, Vice President

Tolu Olubunmi - DREAM Act, Social Entrepreneur & "Dreamer"

Teri Whitcraft - ABC News, Senior Producer

Maureen Mitchell - GE, President of Global Marketing & Sales

Chanel Cathey - Viacom, Director of Corporate Communications

Melanie Schnoll Begun - Morgan Stanley, Managing Director of Wealth Management

Satya Twena - Satya Twena Fine Millinery, CEO & Creative Director

Joy Dass - NY 1, TV Anchor

Marie-Eve Piche - AppNexus, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis

Get to know a little more about fashion designer Carrie Hammer in her exclusive MAKERS Minute interview in the video below:

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