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Art Hearts Fashion Redefines Beauty During NYFW

Shawn D. Ross opened the Control Sector collection (photo credit: Ken Alcazar)

On Thursday September 11th, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week came to a close with a fashion show developed to support AIDS awareness and the work of exciting designers. The show, Art Hearts Fashion, was presented by the AIDS healthcare Foundation and drew a fashionable crowd of industry tastemakers and celebrities.

Erik Rosete’s Mister Triple X Street-wear line kicked off the event with the star-spangled banner in honor of the 13th anniversary of September 11th. His fashion collection, “Pair-A-Dice” also incorporated a special 9/11 tribute with war veteran and model Alex Minsky walking down the runway as part of the edgy fashion show.

“Bringing the first amputee to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway not only showed his strong spirit and support of the disabled but also a strong support of our troops and war veterans on this special day,” Art Hearts Fashion said in a press release.

The theme of support for all regardless of physical differences continued as Control Sector opened its presentation with Albino model Shawn D. Ross.

Later on, guests were treated to a special surprise when ANTM Winner Jaslene Gonzales and Sha’s of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi, graced the runway of MTCostello’s presentation.

Other designers who displayed their collections included Hallie Sara, Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, Altaf Maaneshia and Furne Amato.

In NYC Art Hearts Fashion may have closed fashion week, but in Los Angeles, it will serve as the premier launch event, and bringing together an eclectic mix of top designers and artists over the course of three days (October 12th to the 14th).

Text “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to support AHF’s work in fighting AIDS in 34 Countries.

For more information, visit www.ArtHeartsFashion.com.

 


Katty Xiomara Fashion Week S/S 2015 Runway Show

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On Tuesday September 8th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show of Portuguese designer Katty Xiomara at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. The award-wining designer presented a collection that features asymmetrical cuts, geometrical patters, and an overall organic aesthetic. Some of the garments had a tomboy look with attached white collars and pieces that resemble an over-sized man’s suit shirt. Simultaneously, Ximara created pieces that allow a woman to feel exceptionally feminine with thigh-high cuts, v-shaped necklines, and a midriff bearing top.

The show ended with the unveiling of the OtterBox® Dress, a collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox® and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones.

“Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done,” said Xiomara in a recent press release. “Alpha Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”

Check out some of the photos from the event below.

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Kati Stern’s Venexiana S/S 2015 Collection

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On September 9th, I attended the Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show of Kati Stern Venexiana, known as the go-to fashion house for rock-n-roll haute couture. As the last show of Saturday night, the presentation did not disappoint. Fifty-seven gorgeous evening gowns graced the runway, captivating the audience with a show of freely flowing fabrics and intricate crystal detailing. The collection itself is a unique juxtaposition – gowns featuring billowing chiffon and taffeta contrasted greatly with bold metallic and pieces featuring open-backs and deep, plunging necklines.

Prints were scarce, but crystals were in abundance with this collection, so these gowns are not for the woman who doesn’t want to be a glittering showstopper.

Although, black was prominent, the color scheme nicely incorporated soft, feminine pastels with a pallet of yellow, aqua, turquoise, yellow, mint green, pink and lilac.

Launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at high-end retailers around the world including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

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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.

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A/W 2014 By Misha Presentation

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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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Say “I Love You” with Louis Vuitton’s $9000 Limited Edition Teddy Bear

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What do you get the name brand aficionado in your life who has everything? How about a limited edition brown and beige monogram Louis Vuitton teddy bear? The bear named DouDou, is the only teddy bear made by Louis Vuitton in 150 years, and recently became available at NYC’s Toy Tokyo for a whopping $8,999.99, a steep price to pay for a toy stuffed with cotton. The bear was first offered to the top 500 Louis Vuitton VIPs worldwide during the 2004-05 Fall/Winter mens runway collection. Now, DouDou is available for regular non-VIP folk who have enough bank to spend on this exclusive item. Interested snagging one? Click here.


“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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Introducing Isaac Mizrahi Loves Tweezerman

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Tweezerman, the beauty tools experts, have teamed up with famed designer and Project Runway All-Stars judge Isaac Mizrahi for its 2013 Limited Edition Designer Series Collection, an annual collaboration which has included former partnerships with designer powerhouses Agatha Ruiz De le Prada, Betsy Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, and Harajuku Lovers.

Mizrahi, who is notorious for his colorful and irreverent fashion creations called the collaboration a “no-brainer.”

“Tweezerman is a great, reliable, global brand, and my brand is similarly positioned,” he said at last week’s launch event held at Sephora Times Square. “Why wouldn’t I want to work with them?”

Dr. Conny Wittke, CEO and President of Tweezerman International echoed the sentiment. “Mizrahi, a designer well known for demystifying style for women, perfectly embodies Tweezerman’s philosophy of translating the runway to real life for our customers so they can get their perfect look,” she said. “Mizrahi’s designs can’t help but inspire women with the same excitement that the quality of our tools wows them with again and again,”

The new collection, Isaac Mizrahi Loves Tweezerman, features two special edition patterns, Splatter Paint and Candy Buttons, on Tweezerman’s full-sized and mini slant tweezers ($25 and $15 each, respectively).

“I really wanted to create an iconic pair of tweezers that isn’t just fun, but something that really stands out,” he said. “You won’t have a hard time finding splatter paint or polka dot tweezers in your purse!”

In addition to the tweezers, Tweezerman’s Filemate Nail File ($5) has also undergone a Mizrahi makeover, and features the limited edition Candy Buttons pattern.

“The bold patterns are fun and uplifting, and I think the items in the collection may relieve strife,” he said reflectively. “If someone is drawn to it, and if it makes them smile, that’s a bonus.”

The five-piece limited edition collection became available exclusively at Sephora and sephora.com in September 2013.


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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