Monday, May 24, 2010

Loris Diran Fall/Winter 2010/11 Fashion Presentation At The Pierre Hotel

May 20th, 2010
The Pierre Hotel
Fashion designer Loris Diran held a fashion presentation with several pieces from his Loris Diran Fall/Winter 2010/11 "Unspoken" collection at the newly open Two E Bar, inside the luxurious Pierre Hotel. This intimate fashion event was organized with Kathleen Beckett from Friends of Fashion - a social enterprise that honors and supports the fashion industry through regularly scheduled private shopping parties and opportunities to meet designers at small, exclusive events. Eighteen outfits were showcased between four models. The models, Crystal, Aili, Kevin and Brandi posed for photographers, mingled with with crowd, and even took pictures with many of the guests.
The cozy atmosphere enabled and encouraged attendees to admire, touch, and purchase outfits on the spot. Celebrities Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen stopped by to say hello, as did celebrity Stylist Derek Warburton. Jocelyn Taylor - the Publisher of Uptown Magazine was also in attendence. DJ Brian Christopher and his team of DJ's spun records throughout the night. Nora Walsh - the Director of Public Relations at The Pierre Hotel helped produce an evening that was filled with elegant fashion, lovely models, a social crowd, and lots of fun. The view more images from the event, please click on the link: Loris Diran Fall/Winter 2010/11.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival 2010

May 1-2, 2010

Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosted its annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. The two day festival celebrated Japanese culture with over 60 events and performances. A few examples of the wide ranging events included Yosakoi Festival Dancing by Yosakoi Dance Project 10tecomai, a Hanagasa Odori Flower Hat Dance Procession by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, Butoh Dance by Dean Street FOO Dance, Percussive Tap dance and Taiko by COBU, and the first ever Copsplay Fashion Show at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Dean Street FOO Dance group performed a Butoh Dance on the Meadow of BBG. The group's Artistic Dircetor - Corinna Brown - lead the group of performers covered in white makeup through an array of movements and gestures that were extremely slow, controlled, playful and at times acrobatic.

CUBO from New York is a dance group that combines the sounds of New York with traditional Japanese Culture. Their motto “Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing” was brought to life on the Cherry Esplanade Stage, as they tap danced, flipped, jumped, spun around all while playing Taiko drums. This award winning group absolutely mesmerized the audience!

To close out the festival weekend, BBG held its inaugual Cosplay Fashion Show. During the fashion show, 20 individual designers walked the runway in their latest hand made fashion creations. The designer based their outfits on characters from a wide range of sources. Images galleries can be found at:

Sakura Matsuri 2010

Dean Street FOO Dance

 COBU from New York

Cosplay Fashion Show

Monday, March 15, 2010

Vera Wang Fall 2010

Bryant Park, New York City
February 16, 2010

Vera Wang presented her
Vera Wang Fall 2010 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. Her collection consisted of thirty-nine looks that the she describes as, "An expression of BLACK as texture, volume cut and composition". Ms. Wang presented sporty day outfits showing off sleek silhouettes, dressy pieces for a fun night on the town, as well as confident, sophisticated looks for a sexy no nonsense woman.

One example of her sporty day looks was a charcoal felt "boyfriend blazer", and charcoal wool knit zip front jumpsuit with tuxedo stripe. The juxtaposition of a tailored semi-formal dark blazer with a relaxed sporty jumpsuit, made for a smart, yet easy-going outfit, to be worn during the day. A look that signified a confident woman in charge, was a black painted wool cutaway sleeveless jacket with black Toscana fur, charcoal modal jersey long sleeve t-shirt with black silk charmeuse inset, and black organza rosette and viscose knit skirt. Like other such looks, the texture and layering of the top combined with a soft, flowing, feminine skirt, provided a sense of sexy appeal and mystery. A silver distressed sequin and black Swarovski crystal stone tank dress appeared on the runway like something out a fairy tale. As with other sequin pieces in the show, it was eye catching, lovely, and would be a nice option for a woman to wear to a fun exclusive event.

Please click to view more images from Vera Wang Fall 2010.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Binetti Fall/Winter 2010 runway show

February 14 2010
 Exit Art, New York City

Fashion designer Diego Binetti showcased his Binetti Fall/Winter 2010 women's collection with a fashion runway show during New York's Fall 2010 Fashion Week. The looks for the Binetti Fall/Winter 2010 collection were inspired by some of the culture and ancient landmarks from the far east, that Diego Binetti witnessed during his travels there. The twenty piece collection mainly of bright color consisted of flowing gowns, long cardigan, skirts, and pants.

Model Daniela Urzi, opened the show with a printed red and white blot silk chiffon empress shoulder cowl gown, and multi colored incrusted beaded band opened the show.
Natane Boudreau graced the runway in a black double-sided satin charmeuse fuffled one shoulder semi-full cocktail dress, and black double-sided satin sash. Ruza Madarevic glided onto the scene in a two-toned double silk georgette beaded sack dress. Fine details such as Rajasthan westler mirrow belts, Swarovksi crystal ball buttons, and a silk sheer blouson, were touches that made this collection truly stand out.

Diego Binetti started the label in 2001. Prior to that, Binetti was the head designer for Jill Stuart. Models from the show were provided by Ford, Marily, Woman Direct, Muse, DNA, IMG, Major, Next, Elite, and Trump. Shoe were provided by Giuseppe Zanotti, with jewelry from Antique Showplace and Click to view full image gallery of Binetti Fall/Winter 2010.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 fashion runway show

February 18, 2010 
Bryant Park, New York 

Isaac Mizrahi presented his Fall 2010 "Central Park Story Book" fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This colorful collection of fourty-five looks, broken into five distinct sections, displayed a wide array of colors, textures, and inspirations. Snow even feel onto the runway during the final segment of the show. In a word, it all looked...gorgeous! The theme of the collection was a story book journey through Central Park's Upper east side.

The first dozen looks of the collection came under the heading "Parka Avenue". They featured looks such as a Glass cashmere coat, Serpentine sweater, and Leafy Green dress. This group was followed by a four piece set titled "Society Samurai", which was inspired by the Met Museum Japanese Armor Show. Luncheon armor was a stand out short dress. "Vagrant Fairies", the third set, had a stunning mix of colors, like Tangerine and Pink; models such as Yulia Kharlaponova, Tao Okamoto, Hind Sahli, Ajak; and names i.e Muppetfur Coat, Wanderlace, Jumbleflower, and Bear-y. The thirteen "Fish & Wildlife" outfits that came next were primirly black, white, or grey, that glittered with sequins, flowed in chiffon, or sparkled with diamonds. The highlight of the show was final segment "Seven Winter Fairies". Snow fell onto the runway as models such as Karlie Kloss, Iris Strubegger, Joan Smalls and others walked out like fairtale princesses in evening dress. Please click to view entire Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Collection.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010 Runway Show

Bryant Park, New York - February 18 2010

Tommy Hilfiger presented his Fall 2010 men's and womens collection - Preppy With A Pop - as the final runway show ever for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant park. Hilfiger describes the collection of fourty-six pieces as retrofiting its preppy heritage from 1985 for a dynamic new decade. The women's collection, which consisted of thirty-six outfits..."is for the rosy-cheeked co-ed turned successful entrepreneur who channels a young Katharine Hepburn - East Coast pedigree with a whole lot of sass". Bottle green, camel, Heather grey, and navy were the colors most often used for skirts, poorboy sweaters, Moire dresses, and coats. Leather skirts, cashmere sweaters, and Mohair coats are some examples of the charming mixture of fabrics that were layered on top of one another to create looks that were suitable for both work and play.

The men's collection sported ten looks that varied from three-piece suits and trench coats, to cotton poncho's and flannel pants. Once again, greys, green, and camel were the colors most often used for these pieces. The wardrobe for the Fall 2010 Tommy Hilfiger man is both "Town and Country". The fashion show was held in the The Tent in Bryant Park. At the end of the fashion show, Tommy Hilfiger grabbed a microphone, then thanked IMG, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the audience for all years of support; and stated that he looked forward to the new home for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Lincoln Center.

Some of the credits for the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010 fashion show include: Styling - Anne Christensen, Casting - Jessica Weinstein, Hair - Eugene Souleiman; Makeup - Diane Kendal, MAC ; Nails-Priti Nails; with hosiery by Fogal. Click to view full gallery of images.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alek Wek joins dyptique RED launch

971 Madison Avenue, diptyque store, February 9, 2010

Supermodel Alek Wek attended a launch party to help promote awareness of partnership between diptyque and RED. This collaboration was formed to help combat the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Diptyque is a Paris based company that produces a line of scented candles and perfumes. RED is a business model created by Bono and Bobby Shirver to raise awarness and money for the Global Fund by teaming up with iconic brands, such as Nike, Apple, American Express and others to produce RED products. diptyque and RED created a special edition candle featuring scents derived from both Indian and Madagascan vanilla, along with South African rooibos. 10% of the proceeds from each sale of diptyque's RED candle will be contributed to the Global Fund to provide life-saving medication to those living with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

Alek, who is involved in many humanitarian causes, was born in Southern Sudan, and raised in the Dinka tribe, as the seventh of nine children. At age 14, Alek was forced to flee to London with her younger sister, to escape a war among Muslims and Christians in the south of Sudan. In 1995 she was discovered by a Model 1 scout in London, and her career steadily rose to make her one of worlds most acclaimed and recognized fashion models. Also in attendance of the diptyque RED launch was Fern Mallis, the Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion; Chris Garek, President of dyptique; Julie Cordua, Director of Communications for RED; Andrew Sedlock, Managing Director for dyptique US; and Kerin Heckmann, District Manager for dyptique. Click to view more images from the dyptique RED launch.