A few months ago I had the pleasure of becoming a member of the Bloggers’ Collective, a New York-based curation of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs. One of the biggest benefits I’ve had thus far from being a member is having the opportunity to meet some amazing bloggers who I might not have necessarily come across on my journey through the blogosphere. One of the bloggers I’ve met is Heather Epstein— the maven behind Fashionista NY Girl.
This Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to guest blog on Fashionista NY Girl where I covered the beautiful (but early morning– thank goodness they had coffee) presentation of Renzo + Kai at the famed Empire Hotel (no Chuck Bass sightings Gossip Girl fans). Check out the post on Heather’s blog here.
Some say the shoe makes the outfit or even the man. Either way, at the end of the day nothing beats a beautiful pair of shoes on a man or a woman. The well-heeled seem to glide down the street with an air of confidence that only the perfect footwear can elicit. That’s something that Italian design brand, Fratelli Rossetti, takes to heart with each pair of handcrafted shoes that they make.
Showcasing their Spring 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, Fratelli Rossetti reminded us why the fashion world fell in love with their brand more than fifty years ago with both a men’s and women’s collection that will definitely be spotted at next year’s polo match at Liberty State Park or a picnic in Prospect Park.
New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) provided the scene for the Tanya Taylor spring 2013 collection. Presenting a collection perfect for those who love vintage 1950s fashion, the New York designer (formerly of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s Elizabeth and James), showcased a collection full of refined A-line dresses, pencil skirts and structured tops and pants in silk, merino wool, and lightweight knits colored in white, black lemon, tangerine coupled with floral prints, the line is perfect for the seasonal transition. Styled by Natasha Royt, each look was complimented by lady-like accoutrements including white gloves, wide-brimmed sun hats, scarves and sunglasses.
Attention silk fans! Yes, I’m talking to all you women out there who love the light, soft fabric and it’s basically the basis for your entire spring/summer wardrobe. Ladies, I have a line that you will love, love, love. (DRUM ROLL PLEASE,,,,) Introducing S.I.L.K. the New York-based full range women’s wear line that is comprised of mainly silk and silk blend pieces.
I had the pleasure of attending the collection’s debut presentation, hosted by S.I.L.K.’s Creative Director Michelle Lee. A beautiful line geared toward the “modern” woman (ages 30+), the line blends contemporary concepts and trends with classic appeal to create a balance of simplicity and ladylike flair.
Want to know more about S.I.L.K.? Read my article on the Examiner here.
Tonight, Michelle Obama dazzled the delegates at the Democratic National Convention with a rousing speech that spoke to her passion for her husband, military families, motherhood, the future and her love of her country. With New York Fashion Week beginning tomorrow, I wanted to just highlight the fact that she also showed her support to the American Fashion industry by wearing Tracy Reese. The First Lady has been an avid supporter of American designers from the moment she set foot on the national stage (and even before as she supported Chicago-area designers regularly at the many political functions she attended while in the role of a senator’s wife).
Missed the FLOTUS’ speech? Click on the image to see the video.
Fashionphiles the world over are descending on the Big Apple for the Autumn/Winter edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Officially beginning on February 9th and running through the 16th, New York Fashion Week is one of the must attend events on the fashion calendar. But shows and presentations start well before the lights go up on the catwalk for the first show on the 9th. Designers have been hosting preview events and full out showcases since February started.
Today, I began my super packed fashion week schedule at the Tanya Taylorpresentation at Exit Art.
The late morning event brought to mind images of an English Tea Party (complete with waiters serving tea and crumpets) as invited guests milled around the seventeen models a top platforms in the center of the venue. As I strolled past each model attired in the modern classic pieces, I immediately thought of one of my favorite television characters, Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf. They very feminine cuts, even with the menswear inspired suits, would be the perfect addition to Miss Waldorf’s closet.
The collection, peppered with cashmeres, wools, sateen and tweeds were young and flirty but very work appropriate. Tanya Taylor also took into consideration the possibility of after work get-togethers with a few day-to-evening options.
Tanya Taylor is definitely a designer to add to your shopping list.
I recently got a chance to talk to Brooklyn-based designer, Nailah Lymus, about hew newest venture…the launch of the first modeling agency exclusively representing Muslim female fashion models. Yes, I said Muslim models.
Nailah talked to me about setting the record straight about Muslim women, their role in the fashion industry and of course how they are viewed in the non-Islamic world.
Check out this sneak peek from a recent shoot for the UNDERWRAPS site and my article on the Examiner (click the picture to view the article).
I will be attending the official launch for the agency during New York Fashion Week and will be bringing more news about UNDERWRAPS as part of event recaps. Untile then….ENJOY!
How did I start my Monday for New York Fashion Week? I didn’t spend my time wishing I could fit into sample size dresses; I was introduced to food that is “GOODNESS with a touch of BADNESS”. Model/ philanthropist Elettra Wiedemann (pictured below) has teamed up with restaurateur/Michelin star chef Ed Brown to bring a full service pop-up restaurant that provided New York fashionistas with the fabulous of option of fast, fresh and healthy cuisine! From September 11th through the 14th, GOODNESS served up not only healthy and delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts by Ed Brown but also more “sinful” options created by daily guest chefs from a stellar line-up of New York’s up-and-coming culinary talent scene.
Delectable specials to look out for included Pan-Seared Bream Mash with Truffle Vinaigrette and Montauk Swordfish with Zucchini Succotash – it all tastes as good as it looks. The equally stunning Elettra explained her rational behind GOODNESS is to provide a highly convenient, healthy and fast option for the Lincoln Centre fashion crowd. What are you waiting for? Time to dine among the models, designers, industry insiders and epicureans of New York Fashion Week. This little piece of culinary heaven was open for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 3pm at 44 West 63rd Street. For more information, visit http://www.goodnessbadness.com
A gloomy September evening found me venturing to the very chic, Hudson Terrace for Plus Model Magazine’s Bloggers Conference as hosted by As U Are (www.asuare.com). With a similar setup as the blogger conferences during Full Figured Fashion Week earlier this summer, invited guests had a chance to preview and critique the new Fall outer wear collection.
You have to check out the site. They don’t go by sizes but rather by measurements. You plug in your stats and they come up with the perfect coat for you–very innovative for a company that’s been around for 70 years. Though a mainstay in the outwear world, As U Are is just starting to foray into the plus size world. Can I say I’m in love? Their coats are very fashion forward and en trend yet, they each enhance and fit our curvy shapes perfectly. Based in Montreal Canada, they are not found in boutiques and retailers but rather are only e-commerce. Very 21st Century right?
Oh yeah, did I tell you each attendee is getting a free winter coat???? I’m so geeked right now. This turned out to be a nice pre-birthday gift.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in February than backstage at DKNY‘s Fall/Winter show?
Presented at Cedar Lake in West Chelsea, Donna Karan showed why DKNY is one of the go to brands for those who use the city’s sidewalks as catwalks. Showcasing a collection called “New York Mods,” the brand brought menswear-inspired ladies wear with a hint of a retro flair. Think classic suit cuts that seemed to make your legs look like they go on forever but in funky over-sized herringbone patterns, or sweaters with varying styles of horizontal stripes. It was the perfect juxtaposition of rugged meets ultra femme. Classic fall colorings of black, grey, brown and navy were popped with more exciting hues like hot pink, orange, red and cream.