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Diego Binetti NYFW F/W 2014 Hair Recap

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Jenny Balding working on a model

During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”

Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”

Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish

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Couture Fashion Week New York 2/14/14 6pm Show

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On Friday, February 14th I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week featureing designers Nonye Lumm Couture, Wesley Petermann and Marisol Henriquez.

Set to the pulsating beats of African music Nonye Lumm Couture was first up with a vivid display of gorgeous evening gowns, billowing dresses and tailored suits. The edgy androgynous creations of swiss designer Wesley Petermann was up next. Highlights included a show-stopping fur dress creation, and a flamboyant Lady-Gaga-esqe metal top with spikes. Lastly, Marisol Henriquez presented her with “Retro Texturas” Collection featuring rich and varied textures, oversized bows and translucent bodices.

Nonye Lumm Couture

Nonye Lumm Couture

Wesley Petermann

Wesley Petermann

Marisol Henriquez

Marisol Henriquez


A/W 2014 By Misha Presentation

Models posing at the by Misha A/W Presentation

On Monday, February 10th I attended the A/W 2014 Presentation of London fashion designer Misha Vaidya at New York’s Lali Lali Gallery. Vaida’s clothing line By Misha, which launched in 2011, always unveils a collection with a unique story and theme. This season’s collection titled “Eloquence,” debuted against a simplistic romantic backdrop of hanging lights in a dimly lit room. Featuring deep colors such as navy, burgundy, mustard and olive-green, the collection includes expertly tailored cropped jackets, flowy dresses, pencil skirts and several lace pieces. Check out some of the photos below to see some of the garments that were on display.

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“Faith. Hope. Fashion.” 2013 Annual Gala

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On October 9th the 3rd Annual United Colors (UCOF) was held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. Event Honorary Chair Fern Mallis presented legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award against a colorfully lit backdrop that spelled out the night’s theme in oversized letters: FAITH. HOPE. FASHION. Additionally, the event honored Sade Solomon, UCOF’s top student, with the Achiever of the Year award. Solomon presented her first collection featuring bold geometric cuts and a feminine tomboy aesthetic to the packed room of attendees.

In addition to Solomon, seven international designers showcased their collections: David Tlale, Marc Bouwer, Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman, Ron n’ Ron, Sukeina Kosibah, and Carmen Marc Valvo.

Founded in 2010, United Colors of Fashion is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides a free fashion education and mentorship program to under-resourced youth in New York City. The organization also offers financial assistance, food, and clothing to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle-cell anemia and paralysis. Proceeds from the gala’s ticket sales will go towards the cost of running a year’s worth of the orginzation’s programs.

Check out photos from the event below.

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Trends From London Fashion Week S/S 2014

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Models walking the runway at J.W. Anderson's show at London Fashion Week SS14 (September 13, 2013 - Source: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Europe)

Models walking the runway at J.W. Anderson’s show at London Fashion Week SS14 (September 13, 2013 – Source: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Europe)

London fashion week is one of the biggest fashion events in the fashion calendar and is considered to be one of the big four international catwalk influencers. What happens in London influences the world. With over 5,000 visitors, 60 catwalk shows in the official schedule, another 45 shows off  schedule and over 30 on schedule presentations and designer showrooms showcasing over 120 ready to wear and accessories designers and over £100m orders placed during the week  London still remains a must-attend week. The media coverage alone rivals that of a major sporting or current event. London crams a lot into a very short space of time and it’s very easy to get information overload. So here is a selection of key trends and designers you need to know about.

Avant Bland

Rumours are swirling that JW Anderson will join the lucrative stable of LVMH, whether he chooses to join them remains to be seen. However this year he chose to remain bohemian and went ‘Avant-bland’ as he called it with dresses which were inspired by the mundane such as Vileda supermops and take away boxes. Not that Anderson is the first designer to take inspiration from the every day with Celine using prints inspired by laundrette bags last year.

Pastels

Pastels are no longer reserved for the older woman with pale pinks, greens and yellows splashed across the catwalks this year. The feed back for Preen and Emilia Wickstead was unanimous so expect to see Kristen Stewart and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing these shades next season.

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Antonio Berardi show at London Fashion Week. (September 16, 2013 – Source: PacificCoastNews.com)

To dress up next season you’ll need to dress down with Antonio Berardi teaming smart skirts with sweatshirts. The days of lounging around in jeans and a blouse are over and don’t think the skirt can be slouchy either with sharp pleats or asymmetric hem to balance out the look.  Think Mad Men meets university student.

Flower Girl

Say it with flowers as petal prints and flowers are taking over from slogans. To look the part you’ll need peonies, lilies and buttercups emblazoned across your chest. They may not look it but flowers according to designers like Christopher Bailey and Christopher Kane are all about fragility and sexuality, using flower blooms as metaphors for a female body part. The House of Holland took this one step further with dresses decorated with rose tattoos.

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Cara Delevingne walking the runway at the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week (September 15, 2013 – Source: Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe)

Transparent and nearly see through are set to be all the rage next year with Burberry showcasing a semi sheer lace pencil skirt. The singer Paloma Faith was spotted in the audience already rocking this trend with her bronze see through latex skirt giving on lookers a good glimpse of her Burberry underwear. Preem decided cellophane was the perfect see through material for their collection, while Erdem went with layered organza for theirs.

This Is Not Just Pink, This Is M&S Pink

Like pastels, pink is back in vogue thanks to M& S with it becoming the must have shade of the season and was seen making its appearance on supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne for Burberry and causing Richard Nicoll to go one step further and accessorize the furniture for his show.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Potter is a blogger and is currently learning about all things fashion from Armani to Yves Saint Lauren. She loves writing, especially fiction, but is open to writing about many different subjects.


Highlights From Nolcha Fashion Week’s September 11th 7:30pm Runway

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On September 11th, I attended the 7:30pm runway show of Nolcha Fashion Week. The night’s show was jammed pack with an audience eager to see the creations from up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina, Leka, Lum, Studio 6th Sense and Nina Athanasiou. The designers did not disappoint. Mariana Valentina’s line on women’s eveningwear kicked off the show with freely flowing silk gowns. Next up, were breathtaking dresses by Léka, which featured crinolines and stylistic components inspired by her architectural and landscape design background.

One of my favorites of the night were the gowns of LUM by Lama Taher, which were adorned with sparkling embellishments and black lace embroidery on various tulle and chiffon creations.

Designer Stephen Goudeau of Studio 6th Sense presented his collection “Religious Paradise” which has bright colors of blue and yellow with patters inspired by his love of drawing and sketching.

Finally, Nina Athanasiou collection for both men and women started off with a rocker vibe so I was surprised when feminine silhouettes began emerging….so was the crowd. One model walked down the runway wearing a short cocktail dress, and within seconds transformed it into a long evening gown before our very eyes. Everyone was left in awe.

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MBFW Backstage Access: Brandon Sun

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On Wednesday, September 11th, Brandon Sun presented his Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. According to Red Door Spas’ National Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist Zahir Ziani, since the garments in the collection were bold and geometric, the hair was kept soft and sophisticated. Long hair was parted down the center, then swept back into a low side bun. Stray pieces were allowed to fall naturally, creating a very casual look.

Picture1Drawing inspiration from the fur used in Brandon Sun’s collection, Adeline Sarino, National Training Director of Nails for Red Door Spa created a surprising ombre nail look using shades of cool light/dove grey with a matte finish.
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The makeup look was created Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and focused on brows, while leaving lashes mascara-free. Lips were kept soft and natural using various shades of red to compliment the collection.

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Fro Fashion Week Features Plus Size Designer

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On Saturday, September 7th, Atlanta-based Fro Fashion Week closed out their four-day takeover with a GOTHIX themed fashion show, featuring the fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. One of the designers featured was Antoinette Middleton of I AM Designs, who creates fashionable clothes for curvy women. Sassy pieces were showcased on the runway including garments adorned with chains and waist-clinching belts. Check out some of the fabulous fashions from the designer below.

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Couture Fashion Week New York Showcases Native Designers

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A model shows off the designs of Sho Sho Esquiro

On September 6th, I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week New York held in the Grand Ballroom at The New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show opened with an amazing display of bedazzled gowns by up-and-coming fashion designer Priya Saluja. A native of New Delhi, Priya draws her inspiration from India’s rich cultural heritage and creates one-of-a-kind pieces embellished with handcrafted printing and embroidery. The opulent garments were visually stunning and made a statement on the runway, showcasing a very contemporary twist on traditional Indian garments.

First Nations designers Linda Lavallee and Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart’s line creenisgaa clothing followed with handcrafted and hand-painted leather boots, along with wearable art fashions.The line’s name “creenisgaa” is named after the Cree and Nisga’a nations Linda and Patrick belong to.

Up next were the fashions of Canadian fashion designer Linda Kay Peters who debuted her line Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters. Her designs incorporate elements from her own Ojibway/Cree heritage, while others feature her interpretations of the Coast Salish/Sto: lo culture. The formalwear for women was seductive and sexy, without being too raunchy. Male models donned pieces from the men’s line featuring expertly tailored vests.

Finally, the fashions of Aboriginal Fashion Designer and Artist Sho Sho Esquiro took the stage, whose elegant pieces feature meticulous detailing and figure-flattering silhouettes. A show-stopping strapless black gown with billowing ruffled bottom evoked a waterfall of verbal “wows” from the crowd before the room filled up with applause, and it wasn’t even the final piece in the collection to grace the runway.

The show featured a performance by Reagan Richards: Rock & Roll Oddity.

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Priya Saluja (third left) posses with models wearing her designs at Couture Fashion Week New York – September 6, 2013

Designer and artist Sho Sho Esquiro being interviewed next to models wearing pieces from her namesake clothing line at Couture Fashion Week

Designer and artist Sho Sho Esquiro being interviewed next to models wearing pieces from her namesake clothing line at Couture Fashion Week

Debut Collection of Traditional First Nations Designs from creenisgaa clothing

Debut Collection of Traditional First Nations Designs from creenisgaa clothing
at Couture Fashion Week

Ringing Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters at Couture Fashion Week

Ringing Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters at Couture Fashion Week


Fro Fashion Week Comes to New York This Fall

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A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.

The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.

“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says  Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”

The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:

  • D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
  • Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
  • Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
  • Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)

The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.

For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.


Laura Smalls F/W 2013 Presentation: “Symmetry”

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On February 13th, I attended the F/W 2013 Presentation of Laura Smalls, held at Essex House as part of New York Fashion Week. The designer, who was catapulted onto the national scene after Michelle Obama wore two of her dresses, showcased her newest collection, “Symmetry.” The designs were an amazing display of classic femininity meets sexy sophistication.

Body-flattering silhouettes hugged the contours of the models bodies as they emerged wearing dresses inspired from the graphic works of artist Sonia Delaunay. Teal, jade green, and pewter were amongst the colors characteristic of the beautiful evening gowns, some of which, incorporated silk fabric and shimmer detailing for a dramatic high-shine effect. A few of the garments offered peek-a-book cutouts, expertly tailored for the reserved woman who wants to show some skin without looking too risqué. The other pieces in the collection were designed with eye-catching geometrical shapes and striking color contrasts. Click on each picture below to see some of my favorites from the presentation.


Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created to look effortless and natural, “as if the model put her hair up in the pony-tail herself.” Tousled curls were created first to add volume, and hair was wrapped around the base of the pony-tail and secured with bobby pins. Only one product was used, a dry spray by Kérastase, which allowed Ziani to apply the spray repeatedly while avoiding a greasy-weighed down look.

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Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

MAKEUP

All of the make-up used for the show was by Bobbi Brown. Dark, rocker-chic cat eyes were created using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in black. And, the top of brows here highlighted using Bobbi’s limited edition Sparkle Eye Shadow, a combination of shimmering pearls and fine glitter. Similar to the hair, the makeup was done to look as if the model did it herself.

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

NAILS

The nails were just as edgy as the makeup. Inspired by the black lace used in Emerson’s collection, ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party was used to create the fabulous nail detail seen below.

ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party

ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection


Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty

Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model

Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model

On February 9th, I had the amazing opportunity to go backstage at Alon Livne’s show held at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lead makeup artist Suzana Hallili explained that Livne wanted the models to look solider-like, an effect she created by emphasizing strong brows and grey, smoldering eyes. Gun Metal eye shadow, custom-made by Mob Wives’s star Love Majewski in collaboration with Hallili and Richard Anderson, was used on the upper and lower eye lids. Strong brows were defined with per-fekt brow perfection gel ($22), while nude lips made sure the model’s eyes remained the focus of attention. For luminous skin, skin perfection gel ($57.50) was used as a base all over the face, and cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) accentuated cheekbones.

Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer

Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer

The final make-up look

The final make-up look

Beauty Tip 1:  According to Hallili, the skin perfecting gel can also be used to clean up excess eyeshadow that may fall under the eye, without having to worry about ruining the rest of your makeup.

Beauty tip 2: Hallili used eye perfection gel ($45) under eyes to neutralize redness, and make the models look more awake since they are usually tired from back-to-back shows. It’s a great product to use when you haven’t gotten a full night’s rest.

Backstage,  I had the chance to chat with Love Majewski. “I love all of Per-fekt Beauty’s products,” she raved. “I especially love their body perfection gel.”

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In addition to joining the cast of VH1′s Mob Wives, Majewski is a licensed cosmetologist and celebrity make-up artist. She also has a line of color cosmetics called Veritas Cosmetics.


Get the Look : Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012

Miranda Kerr backstage at the 2012 VS fashion show

Every winter, I look forward to the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. I eagerly await the dazzling display of gorgeous models donning the most amazing lingerie costumes and the big on-stage reveal of the Million-Dollar Fantasy bra. But, other than the oversized wings and sexy undergarments, I mainly watch to look at the fabulous makeup of the models who walk the runway in the hopes of becoming inspired to re-create the looks. This year, makeup artist To Pecheux used products from the VS beauty collection to give the Angels sultry eyes, flawless skin, and sexy lips. Below is a list of products used:

Miranda Kerr backstage at the 2012 VS fashion show

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• VS PRO Camouflage FX Universal Concealer Palette
• VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
• VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder

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• VS Makeup Illuminating Face Powder in Next to Nude
• VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in Pleasure

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• VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact
• VS Beauty Rush Ultimate Look Shadow Trio
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• VS Beauty Rush Precision Line Eye Pencil in Pitch Black & Foxy
• VS Makeup Extra-lengthening Mascara

LIPS

• VS Makeup Illuminating Face Powder in Next to Nude
• VS Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheen in Better than Bare

Don’t forget to watch the Angels strut their stuff in Sexiest Show on Earth on Tuesday, December 4 at 10/9c on CBS!


The Knot and the Wedding Channel Couture Runway Show – Spring 2013

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On Saturday, October 13th, I attended a bridal couture runway show presented by The Knot and the Wedding Channel at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show took place as part of Couture Bridal Fashion week, New York’s premier bridal-industry trade show. This was the first time the event featured a grand runway presentation, which showcased more than 100 dresses from top designers. Gorgeous gowns of each designer billowed down the runway with intricate detailing in an amazing display of the latest fashion trends in the couture bridal world.

The designers featured included: Cymbeline, Emmaline Bridal, Ian Stuart, Jesus Peiro, Jorge Manuel, Katerina Bocci, La Femme, Maggie Sottero, Max Chaoul Couture, Melanie Harris, Mikaella Bridal, Nilah and Company, Paloma Blanca, Ruben Perlotti, Simone Carvalli, Siri, and Victoria Nicole.

Pictures from the October 13th fashion show – Click to enlarge

In addition to fashion shows, Couture Bridal Fashion week offers retailers and designers the opportunity to showcase their latest collections throughout the week. Here are a few that caught my eye on my way to the runway presentation:


Brooklyn Fashion Week[end} – 2013 Spring/Summer John Guarnes

On September 30th I attended the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear, avant-garde and couture collection presentation of Philippine designer, John Guarnes as part of the 14th season of Brooklyn Fashion Week[end} in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Set against the pulsating rhythms of African beats, freely flowing fabrics in dark earth tones danced across the stage, before bright colors of chiffon and tulle exploded onto the runway. A majority of the designs were classic, and every inch of the clothing, from the embellishments to the cut of the fabrics, was meticulously constructed to fit the contours of a woman’s body perfectly. The presentation ended with a show-stopping white ensemble that would be a perfect choice for a unique, summer bride.

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Brooklyn Fashion Week(end) – Badass Pretty Clothing

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On the evening of Saturday, September 29th, I attended the 2013 Spring/Summer shows at Brooklyn Fashion Week{end} (BKFW) at Industry City at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. Over the course of four days, BKFW gives emerging international and local designers a platform to showcase their work, while supporting charities. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit The Paul Robeson Theater, The SCIP program and Soles4Souls®.

At Saturday’s show, one presentation that absolutely blew mind was Melissa Squire’s line, Badass Pretty Clothing. Models donned outfits that looked like 1950s pin-ups got together with rocker chicks from the 1980s and decided to start a clothing line. This, as it turned out, was a very good thing. There was nothing bland or ordinary in this show. Vivid colors, fun prints and peek-a-boo lace detailing made for an exciting parade of fashions on the runway. Dresses that looked very sexy, all of a sudden became sweet, as models turned around to reveal cute, unexpected bow detailing on backside of the clothing. The fashions in this line are over-the-top and playful, but still very wearable. All of the items can be dressed up with accessories and heels, or made casual with funky jewelry and layers. I should also point out that a lot of the dresses are actually reversible, so you get two outfits for the price of one. The collection is, as the name of the line says, pretty badass.

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Nolcha Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013: M.N ALOUSH

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When the first model of a show emerges wearing a Catwoman mask, you immediately know you are about to witness something amazing. Bold, edgy and chic are words I would use to describe the fashions of Middle-Eastern duo Mesho and Nouf Abothnain, who presented their latest collection at Nolcha Fashion Week on Wednesday, September 12th at Pier 59 Studios in New York City.

Daring, sexy creations surfaced onto the runway with surprises of unconventional combinations of colors and materials. I literally sat in my chair eagerly awaiting the appearance of each model, and was never left feeling disappointed. Black, lace overlays transformed cheerful fabrics into sultry statement pieces, and the gold detailing on some of the clothing were absolutely regal. A special highlight of the show was a plain black short suit flanked by a cape, which revealed an unexpected vivid floral pattern on its underside as the model walked. Click here to learn more about the designer’s label, M.N ALOUSH.

For more photos from the show visit Nolcha’s website»


Nolcha Fashion Week: Angelys Balek

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On Wednesday, September 12th, I attended the fashion show of Thailand-based designer Angelys Balek, as part of Nolcha Fashion Week at Pier 59 in New York City. The show opened with playful patterns, and slowly transitioned to a more subdued style. The incorporation of cut-out leather in bold colors amplified what would otherwise be monotone, black clothing. Though a little rebellious, the leather somehow managed to be sweetly feminine, elegant, and absolutely chic.

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William Okpo S/S 2013 Presentation

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On September 11th I attended the S/S 2013 Presentation of William Okpo, a women’s wear collection designed by two sisters, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. The line, named after the sister’s father, takes its inspiration from their parents, Nigerian immigrants, who would often intertwine their culture’s clothing with American styles.

NYC skyscrapers peeked through the glass windows of the The Ailey Studios, as guests marveled at the clothing that seemed to evoke work wear of historic plantation workers mixed with modern-day sophistication. Earthy tones, playful polka dots, color-blocking, and some abstract silhouettes were noticeable trends in the collection.

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NYFW Spring/Summer 2013 By Misha Fashion Presentation

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On Friday, September 7th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion presentation of By Misha. I love the whimsical themes of By Misha’s collections. The Autumn/Winter 2012 line, Crown Jewels, was fairytale-inspired (read my review of that collection here). The theme of this year’s collection is Wishing Well, and features charmeuse and chiffon fabrics in shades of honeysuckle, mint, forest, marmalade and crème brulee. Beautiful organza pearl flowers stood out as a strong characteristic of this collection, as they adorned romantic dresses, skirts and tops. Modest sequin detailing is also prominent in some of the clothing in Wishing Well. Hey, a girl’s got to have a little sparkle.

White-Rose: cream full-length fitted strapless gown

(L-R) Meadowsweet: mint chiffon cocktail dress and Lemon-Mint: grey pleated, wide-legged chiffon trousers with half-sleeve mustard brocade jacket, with pearl flowers

Foxglove: fuchsia cocktail dress with transparent top adorned with organza pearl flowers

Tiarella: shoulder cream blouse with organza pearl flowers paired with a high-waisted, puffed brocade skirt.

(L-R) Daffodil, Dandelion and Elderberry


Caitlin Kelly Designer Swimwear Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show

Convertible Monokini w/ Grommet Detail

Convertible Monokini w/ Grommet Detail

On Thursday, June 6, 2012, I attend the Spring/Summer 2013 preview fashion show of emerging fashion designer Caitlin Kelly on the Rooftop Solariam of TF Cornerstone’s 2 Gold Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. Set against the iconic backdrop of NYC skyscrapers, the fashion show featured Kelly’s four high-end mini swimwear collections: Maritime, Saraswati, Morgandy and Naima.

Kelly’s Designer Swimwear line caters to everyone – women have chic convertible bikinis, monokinis, one-pieces, and cover-ups to choose from; and, there are a variety of sophisticated swim trunks for men. Solid colors dominated the runway, but were vivified with intricate designs of lace, grommet detailing and pops of vibrant colors. These stylish creations managed to transform the association of swimwear from simple beach attire to fashion statements. Kelly’s swimwear designs are the kinds of pieces you wear when you attend a fabulous pool party and want to look unbelievably sexy while showing off your high-style sensibility. And why wouldn’t you? Doesn’t everyone own a convertible lace bikini?

Water can’t even wait for the designer’s swimwear to make it to the poolside; raindrops staring falling from the sky immediately after the last look got to the end of the runway.

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Couture Fashion Week – Isabel Zapardiez – Couture Bridal Designs

On Friday, February 16th, I attended the fashion presentation of Spanish designer Isabel Zapardiez, who unveiled a selection of stunning couture bridal designs inside the iconic Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Every model emerged as poised goddesses draped in silk satin, muslin, organza, tulle and brocade. Embellishments of Chantilly lace, crystals, mother-of-pearl and silver added to the drama and ethereal feel of the gowns they adorned. These creations had movement and body, instead of the usual stiffness of traditional wedding gowns. And, even though the fabrics were dancing in the air as the models walked, the silhouettes of the designs still consciously hugged and accentuated the feminine figures of the women.

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Couture Fashion Week New York – Pietra Banchi

Finale gown at the 2012 Pietra Banchi fashion show at Couture Fashion Week held in NYC.

On Friday, February 17th, I attended the Fall 2012 fashion show of Pietra Pizarro called, “Future Feminine,” at Couture Fashion Week New York, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Pietra-Pizarro is a division of Banchi Design, headed by Peruvian designer Pietra Banchi and Puerto Rican photographer Susan Pizarro-Eckert.

The clothing in the collection was soft and flowy, yet some edgy pieces managed to sneak their way in, and eventually the two juxtapositions combined. For example, a smooth, silk black evening dress was followed by a futuristic metallic dress. A gorgeous green, flowing gown that incorporated a black corset with metallic accents then emerged, combining the elements of the two dresses that preceded it.

After a number of daring pieces, a show-stopping white, billowing gown ended the presentation, returning to the femininity that the show began with.

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