Fashion & Architecture Combine On the Catwalk

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On July 17th, model and entrepreneur Jessica Minh Anh will transform a solar power plant, Gemasolar, in Seville, Spain into a fashion catwalk for J Summer Fashion Show 2015. But, this won’t be just any runway, Jessica will be unveiling the world’s first solar-powered catwalk at the highly anticipated event which will showcase one-of-a-kind haute couture, flamenco, and jewelry collections, while also serving as a platform to promote the convergence of advanced technology and environmental preservation.

With the cinematic backdrop of the famous central tower and thousands of mirrors, the sunshine catwalk is expected to redefine the standard for modern fashion presentations. Additionally, the Summer Fashion Show 2015 will be filmed using the latest drone technology, which will allow the sun’s effect on the cutting-edge design and fashion collections to be artistically highlighted.

Jessica is no stranger to developing innovative catwalks at iconic venues. This event will mark the 10th history-making production for the entrepreneur, who counts shows at the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, Grand Canyon Skywalk, and One World Trade Center under her belt.

For more information on the show and to see a video trailer about the catwalk, please click here.

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

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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Tweezerman’s Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Collection

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While it may not be possible for everyone to experience fashion week in-person, Tweezerman has made it possible to carry around the trendy prints seen on the runway with stylish must-have accessories for any make up bag with its Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Collection.  Available exclusively at Sephora, the collection includes:

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Unbreakable Mirrors: $15.00 each – The perfect size for travel, the vibrant chvron print pattern comes in two color choices of Pink and Blue.

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Filemates: $5.00  – This nail file features 100/180 grit to file down and shape any type of nail, and comes with a snap close case so it’s always clean and protected.

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints SoleMates Foot File & Smoother:  $22.00 – A two-in-one product, the stainless steel Micro-File aims to remove dead skin and calluses, while the Finishing File makes skin touchably soft.

Find them at Sephora»

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.

HAIR

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

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

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»

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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By Misha A/W 2012 “Crown Jewels” NYFW presentation

Models pose backstage at the By Misha “Crown Jewels” A/W 2012 Presentation.

On February 10th I attended the A/W 2012 Presentation of emerging London fashion designer Misha Vaidya, who presented her fairytale-inspired collection, Crown Jewels, for her line By Misha. Guest were swept away into an enchanted land as statuesque models emerged in bedazzling pieces, complemented by loose, flowing waves and whimsical makeup.

Hair & Makeup

Makeup by Nina Arce (Nina’s Makeup), Hair by Privé Salon and Nails by Martier Spa.

Smoldering, dark, smoky eyes created a dramatic, sensual look.
The hair on all the models were big, loose, and flowing, adding to the fantasy feel of the “Crown Jewels” collection.
Gold headbands were placed low on the forehead, and gold face glitter illuminated the skin of the models.

The Collection

The collection drew inspiration from storybook fairytales, and featured romantic ruffles, dreamy free-flowing chiffon and adventurous embellishments. Even when the models weren’t moving the clothing looked like they were delicately floating in the air, as they softly clung onto the contours of the figures they were draping. The base colors of most of the garments were black and gold, and featured rich jewel tones, emerald, fuchsia, purple, mustard, turquoise and royal blue.