Athlete and Entrepreneur Marquez Valdes-Scantling to Launch New Runway Experience

Luxe Fashion Fest: An Evening Driving Creativity and Inclusion for Athletes and Tastemakers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, MVS, is best known for his contributions to two consecutive Super Bowl wins with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beyond pro sports, he is an entrepreneur and passionate advocate for fostering local community and creativity. On April 12, 2024, alongside the pro-athlete, fashion, and arts community, MVS will host a first-of-its-kind fashion experience called, Luxe Fashion Fest.

LUXE Fashion Fest will boast a formal runway show featuring both fresh and legacy faces in design, as well as sponsorship activations and a customized after-experience. Breaking the norm in timing and location, this fashion industry disrupter will occur in St. Pete FL as a nod to the founder’s hometown, and to provide regional ease to athletes in their off-season.


Photos: LFF

In the vein of creativity and inclusivity, this year’s LUXE Fashion Fest runway lineup highlights 6 dynamic designers from across the United States. LA’s Andre Emery and Natalie Yousefi, NYC it-kids Made by Mena and Laurenelle, as well as FL-local-favorites Muse by Pablo and Marquez’s own, SIK Selection. An exciting collection of fashion, these designers have been seen on an extensive list of celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Nicole Miller, Lil Nas X, Cardi B, The Migos, Ice Spice, J Balvin, Manuel Turing, Noah Cyrus, Kiana Ledé, Sexy Red, NLE Choppa, Lil Durk, Holy Gabbana, Daniel Thomas, Derrick Milano, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Claybrooks, Denzel Perryman, Jazzy Agcaoili, Ryno Neal, and more.


Photos: LFF

The show is set to be styled by celebrity stylist and fashion icon Toreno Winn–recently back from Japan where he was working on the launch of a new capsule collection–in a collaborative approach with the designers. Consistently seen in Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Numeró, Flaunt, Vogue, PFW, NYFW –Toreno is a highly relevant part of the fashion and wearable-art conversation. Meaningful styling moments have been seen on a roster of prominent athletes and celebrities, as well as for large-scale projects like Nike’s Styling Suite for NFL’s Superbowl LVIII, and styling impact-driven shows at NYFW.


Photos: LFF

Beyond wearable fashion, LUXE Fashion Fest will also be featuring creative installations–including a highlight from multi-disciplinary artist Marcus Williams, aka Maison L$PA. Marcus has been featured as a Gucci Changemaker, is currently part of the creative team with Cordell Broadus (Snoop Dogg’s Son) at SHARESTIX and maintains a variety of capsule creative projects under his experimental, streetwear brand ALONE IN SPACE. He’s excited to unveil a custom visual installation to be featured at LUXE Fashion Fest 2024.

Iconic fashion brand Express is also delighted to partner with MVS on Luxe Fashion Fest as the presenting sponsor for this unique runway experience. Their capsule initiative with SIK Selection pilots new momentum to create confidence and inspire self-expression with the dreamers, doers, and designers of now. The exclusive collection features graphic tees and tanks and will be showcased in an immersive brand pop-up experience with Craft-Tee where attendees can customize products right off the runway with the design of their choice to style and take home.

The evening is sure to impress with a host of celebrity talent, and attendees including hosts Shaquem Griffin and Abby Labar, Matt Dillon, as well as guests Jet McKinnon—The Mayor, Justin Reid, Abby Berner, Preston Smith, Isiah Pacheco, Carlton Davis III, Rayshawn Jenkins, Chloe Jackson, Donovan Smith… The night also touts a feature performance by hip-hop favorite, Dave East.

Creativity and connection in fashion is what draws Marquez Valdes-Scantling to wearable arts. You can show up in a room without saying a word. The most profound impact lies in the ability of fashion to bridge divides, empower individuals, and facilitate dialogue across communities —ultimately enriching society with shared experiences and mutual understanding. MVS understands this as both a designer, a business owner, and through the creation and launch of LUXE Fashion Fest.

This is a select event with limited space. To request media access, secure your place, or apply for 2025 designer consideration, please go to luxefashionfest.com.

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