CONTEST ALERT: “Pin it to Win it” with Rafaella!

Just in time for the holidays!

It’s contest time ladies!

RAFAELLAthe women’s sportswear division of Perry Ellis, want to give someone a very special holiday gift through their “Pin it to Win it” Contest.

It’s really simple to enter….

All you have to do is create a Pinterest board with your 4 favorite Rafaella items and enter it on the Rafaella Facebook page on the contest tab.  A winner will be chosen once a week and will receive the items they pinned (pending availability).
The contest runs through the 21st, last winner will be announced the 23rd. They will be contacted by the information they provide on the entry form.
The full rules are listed below. The official hashtag for the contest is:  #holidaycontest
GOOD LUCK!

 

LEANNE MARSHALL Spring 2014 Collection (NYFW)

I checked…her hands indeed were a subtle shade of coral.

Notoriously hands-on when it comes to getting her pieces the exact right shade, Project Runway winner (Season 5), Leanne Marshall saw a return to the bright colors and whimsical shades that  her line has become known for. While Fall/Winter 2013 saw her experimenting with darker silhouettes and was better described as after-five than black-tie, Leanne’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection embraced the formalwear which has become her brand’s staple.

Full of movement and intricately layered, Marshall added a few more modern touches to her usual flowy  cocktail and tea-length dresses while weaving bolder colors in with her usual pastel palate. Her full-length gowns were updated with regal lace overlay and almost origami-like accents, while her non-traditional offerings added a well-needed punch of color to the collection. True to form, Leanne found a way to sneak in at least one extra layer or ruffle into every piece while managing to defy gravity, as models almost seemed to float down the runway.  Silk and jersey was the star here, no doubt locally sourced as is the standard for the always eco-chic designer.

Here are a few of my favorite looks.

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Written by Guest Blogger Amaris Acosta of Black Latina & Fabulous, which covers topics including life, relationships, pop culture, fashion and beauty– all from a fabulous Black Latina perspective.

40 REALLY IS THE NEW 20…Celebrating 40 Years of Style with Elie Tahari

Those of us that work in the industry routinely joke that Fashion Week should be declared a holiday. I guess the City of New York was thinking the same thing when it proclaimed Wednesday, September 4th, Elie Tahari Day. With an official decree from Mayor Bloomberg, the day was created to honor Tahari’s 40 years in the fashion industry.

Elie Tahari immigrated to the United States in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket. He has said that while searching for work, he would sleep on benches in New York’s Central Park and occasionally at the YMCA.  In 1973, with inspiration from New York’s club scene, Elie “gave birth” to the Tube Top.

He’s come a long way since he first arrived in Manhattan. Elie Tahari is now the heard of a wildly successful multinational brand are sold in boutiques bearing his name worldwide as well as some of the world’s top luxury retailers including Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

In front of a crowd of selected press (which yours truly was a part of), close friends, family, industry colleagues and the Fort Hamilton High School Marching Band gathered at Elie Tahari’s Fifth Avenue pop-up shop, the fashion industry and New York City came together to fete an icon.  Fashion Police host, Joan Rivers, with her usual over-the-top comedic stylings hosted the morning event reminiscing on her friendship with Tahari and the infamous tube top.  Later, Rob Goldrich (an official from the Mayor’s office) read the official proclamation signed by Bloomie himself honoring the Israeli-born American designer with his very own day.

As a way of saying thank you to “the city who gave [him] everything,” Elie Tahari announced that he would be donating proceeds from the dress he created for fashion reality show Project Runway to Save the Garment Center—an organization whose programs are aimed at the preservation of the city’s garment center and fashion design and manufacturing heart.

In honor of this huge milestone, Elie Tahari will unveil a new spring collection called “Elie Tahari 1974” highlighting some of his greatest fashion “hits” over the last 40 years—from jumpsuits (a fave of mine) to power suits and everything in between.

So what are you supposed to do on Elie Tahari Day? Is it a day to barbecue, throw a parade, or wear something fancy? As the designer himself simply put it, all one has to do is “make someone happy….Enjoy the day and remember it is our collective consciousness that creates our reality and guides our path. A grateful mind is a great mind.”

This was definitely the perfect way to kickstart what is turning out to be a crazy but fun Fashion Week.

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MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY DRESS: Designer to Watch, Elif Katik

Lawrence Durrell once said that “….artists are born not made.”

This is the quote that came to mind when I first met Turkish-born Holland-bred, Elif Katik. A woman who sees the world in bold colors and flattering silhouettes, Elif isn’t about trends and what others deem fashion but rather what appeals to her.

Katik is a quickly making a name for herself on the New York fashion scene. Elif heads the design team for Jordan Taylor, a Manhattan- based resort and beachwear brand.  With successful collections under Jordan Taylor and Elif for Jordan Taylor, she launched a contemporary bridge line under her own name that debuts in boutiques in Spring 2013.

The Elif Collection exudes a chic European aesthetic that is designed to seduce and excite with beautiful separates and dresses that can easily go from day to evening catering to sizes 0 to 8.

The collection showcases Elif’s keen sense of detail with her particular attention to construction and fabrication—elements that combined with sleek silhouettes and a vibrant color palette accentuate the female form.

To view the full Spring 2013 collection, visit http://www.elifdesigns.com.

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LANCASTER PARIS TEAMS WITH MODEL ELSA HOSK ON NEW SPRING CAPSULE COLLECTION

The famed French accessories brand,Lancaster Paris, recently unveiled their latest capsule collection for spring 2013. The new collection, a collaboration with the face of the brand, Swedish model Elsa Hosk; debuted at the grand opening of Lancaster Paris’ new Parisian digs located on the historic Rue St-Honore. The collection (appropriately named the Elsa) features an exclusive design that incorporates Hosk’s aesthetic and fashion influence.

Model Elsa Hosk

Featuring a luxe leather and suede mix and an all-leather option, the Elsa collection is available in two sizes and four colors: pink, chestnut, green and black. The bags retail from $368 to $408 and are available for purchase on www.lancaster-paris.com

Click here for the full article on the Examiner.

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Elsa Bag in Chestnut

NEW ARTICLE ON THE EXAMINER: Introducing Our Lady of Lourdes

Sketches from Our Lady of Lourdes Universal Military Collection for Fall 2012

Thunderlily (www. thunderlily.com), the online “fashion workshop” recently announced the winner of its design competition was Westchester-based fashion ingénue, Lourdes “Lou” Torres. An up-and-coming designer, entrepreneur and activist, the New York bred single mom beat out a formidable group to win the coveted prize (having her autumn capsule collection produced and sold by the emerging fashion technology company).

For the full article, click the image above.