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United Nations Pageant focuses on inner beauty

To promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style, the United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty, unlike most pageants that typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour. The international event was held in Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this month. Contestants came from Africa, India, South America, the United States and the Caribbean and were scored on inner beauty, how they related with others and their support of community services. This was an opportunity for community service and cultural expression.

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Barraca Chic’s resort ’15 swimwear

For Funk Fashion Week in Miami, Barraca Chic, a firm from Switzerland, debuted its Resort 2015 collection featuring Swarovski embellishments, the finest fabrics and unique silhouettes. Inspiration for this collection stemmed from the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Their swimsuits were highlighted with asymmetrical silhouettes and metallic gold rhombus prints.

Swimsuit solutions: Loving your curves

As a woman, Byrnes understands the frustrations felt by many women who are searching for a flawless fit in a swim garment. Unrealistic standards in today’s fashion industry have typically limited the variety of swimsuits and styles available in this market.

What young designers show for fall ‘14

In Brazil, the name Ivan Aguilar is synonymous with high-end menswear. His iconic suits and tailoring are impeccable. For fall ‘14, he showed his first women’s collection in New York. Exhibiting his multitalented skills, his presentation offered a bold performance, made with a true Brazilian rhythm. His designs were created with the global quality that’s expected on the North American catwalk.

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Art and fashion mix for summer

At a recent opening for “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the connection between art and fashion was evident. The evening was hosted by artist Jeff Koons. H&M fashions were also showcased on top models such as Alek Wek, China Chow, Stephanie Seymour, Leandra Medine and Cindy Sherman.

About speaking in public

“Standing Ovations” (Motivated Press) by Robyn Hatcher provides an important formula for the art of public speaking. Their actor type is something most folks never think about when they are going for a job interview or making a presentation. All people are actors in some way, shape or form, and this author points you in a direction that can help you throughout your life.

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Aguaclara swimwear

Aguaclara swimwear designer Liliana Villalobos was born in Lima, Peru. She was the youngest of six siblings. After graduating from high school, she studied art courses at the University of Lima. Her family also lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cuzco. In her younger years, she was also very active in sports and stood out in gymnastics.

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D’Angelo’s Resort ’15 looks

Edwing D’Angelo’s 2015 Resort collection looks smashing, especially because his show was held in a space overlooking Central Park North in Harlem. Many spectators were awed to view his collection, called “The Pedigree of the New Blue Blood Lineage.”

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Beauty: Eyebrows and hair care news

Summer eyebrows are perfectly shaped, enhancing beautiful eyes and luscious lashes. Los Angeles’ buzz-worthy beauty brand Chella just launched its first Chella Brow Bar. On the cutting edge, it’s the latest edition of the beautiful Chella Brow & Eye Collection, which recently celebrated a grand opening in Westlake Village, Calif.

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Lacoste’s sole shoes for men

For autumn and winter, Lacoste Essential Design shows several collections in one. Overall, the company continues to combine classic silhouettes with a contemporary twist of colors and materials. The look is a sophisticated mix of high-end street wear and quality essentials. Lacoste Essential Design gives the discerning gentleman quality foot fashion that can be worn day or night.

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Student art on view at the Met

“P.S. Art 2014: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids” is open for special viewing for three months, now through Aug. 25, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artworks of all media by talented students pre-K through 12th grade are displayed in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the Met. The juried exhibition celebrates its 12th year.

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Underthings men want to wear

For men, fashion is changing faster then ever. The way you look in your clothes is important. What you wear and the way you wear it gives you a fashionable look. However, you must be comfortable. Pay close attention to what’s coming up for the modern man who is now aware of some of fashion’s style secrets.

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Dramatic evening styles with architectural lines

Angel Sanchez designs elegant looks on the line of the body. He began his career in the early 1990s in Caracas, Venezuela. His mother’s work as a designer inspired him to create fashion.

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b Michael’s charming s tyles

On my way to the Harlem office this morning, I bumped into famous designer b michael on the street. We both took off our sunglasses, laughed and greeted one another warmly. “I just have a few questions, if I could just have a moment,” I asked. Michael, wearing a beautiful yellow shirt, smiled. “Of course!”

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Parsons honors Jason Wu and Hugo Boss

Parsons The New School of Design honored designers Jason Wu and Hugo Boss on May 21 at their 2014 Parsond Fashion Benefit.

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Summer ’14 fashion notes

Summer is here, and there are a few fashion pieces you should have in your wardrobe. It’s the season of unusual, favorite things.

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Sleek Physique’s sporty styles for working out

Last Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, N.Y., a new fashion/fitness company named Sleek Physique made its debut.

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Costume Institute’s Charles James exhibit

The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center opened May 8 with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibition “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” which is on view now through Aug. 10.

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Patrick Kelly designs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until November 2014, Kelly’s designs give folks a great glimpse of this fabulous designer’s styles.

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Fashion meets comfort in shoes

If you’re on the go, you know that wearing a fashionable, comfortable heel is important, especially if you want to make a style statement every day.

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House opens

Looking for new interior decorating ideas?

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Sun-protecting skin care tips

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, safe, natural solutions are the way to go.

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Art of Chinese calligraphy at the Met

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore “Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy in the Galleries for Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy.”

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Anti-wrinkle skincare news?

Derma E, the pioneer of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare products, recently launched an eight-product Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A line.

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FIT’s Future of Fashion show

Behind the scenes, the preparation for the Future of Fashion show started a year ago. Throughout this last semester, designers worked with their mentors, who are usually top designers in the fashion industry.

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Makeup now: Shades by Gal Line

A complete makeup line with colors for everyone, founder GraceAnn Long introduces Shades by Gal. The company’s mission is to create a cosmetic that includes every woman. “There’s a shade for everyone, a perfect match,” said Long.

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Sculptures from ‘Lost Kingdoms’ at the Met

This holiday season is the perfect time to take youngsters to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view “Lost Kingdoms.”

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Soft, colorful shoes step out

For spring-summer 2014, the foot fashion look is color—and plenty of it! Everyday summer shoes are featured in LAMO’s collection of comfy-yet-trendy flats, moccasins, canvas slip-ons, sandals and lace-up booties.

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AFI’s men’s fashion a la mode

In less than a fortnight, 10 local African menswear designers showcased their autumn-winter collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ)

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Glamorous evening looks

Evening elegance showed up best for fall 2014 at Badgley Mischka’s show during Fashion Week in New York. “Our style harkens back to the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s,” said James Mischka. “The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.”

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About a ‘Woman on Top’

The book “Woman on Top,” written by Deborah Schwartz, is an inspirational novel about a young widow whose journey to find herself takes readers on an entertaining, thought-provoking ride.

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A chic parade of children’s looks

In collaboration with Vogue Bambini, petitePARADE presented its children’s fashion show in New York City on Saturday, March 8 at 545 W. 22nd St

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Young designers stand out

For fall ’14, three young designers were featured their thesis collections in the Academy of Art University’s (AAU) presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

NAMA celebrates Black History Jazz Legends

At the Bronx Library on Fordham Road, the New Amsterdam Musical Associates (NAMA) held their annual Black History Month concert featuring “Legends of Song.”

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Wedding dresses fit for a queen

TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, Texas, presented an impressive Queen of the Brides collection in New York.

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Fall Fashion's 2014 Royal looks are shapely

At Tadashi Shoji’s fall show, the audience was lost in an evening reverie, wandering through a Moorish palace.

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B Michael collection defines fall ’14

As an American designer, b Michael’s fall/winter ’14 collection reflects the lifestyle of a modern woman.

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Edwing D’Angelo’s fall fashions in red

New York designer Edwing D’Angelo presented a fabulous fall collection filled with many ways to wear red for men and women.

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Desigual brings Barcelona to New York

For 2014, Desigual gets back to the basics with a personal collection that reflects the enduring optimism found in Barcelona

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Son Jung Wan’s sumptuous fashion furs for fall ’14

Son Jung Wan’s collection was inspired by the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who conveyed poignant emotions ranging from joy to sadness through color. For fall/winter 2014, Wan painted her collection with shades of emotion.

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Custo’s captivating collection for fall ’14

Just before the Custo Barcelona show, we had an appointment behind the scenes to meet the designer, Custo Dalmau.

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Beauty now: It Makes Scents

For Valentine’s Day, It Makes Scents offers an array of natural scented soaps and candles that will make great gifts for him or her.

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Von Furstenberg’s spring styles

Diane von Furstenberg’s (DVF) commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion, but also through philanthropy and mentorship

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Jessica London expands to make Plus-size styles

Jessica London has extended its range of sizes for modern, plus-size fashions

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John Paul Ataker Fall/winter 2014 fashions unveiled

For fall/winter ’14, John Paul Ataker unveils his evening collection in New York.

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Pop-ups hit fashion

Pop-up stores are the fashion-of-the-moment spots that can simply pop up anywhere, anytime

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Harlem spot for yoga and skin care

Land Skin Care and Land Yoga, located at 2116 Frederick Douglas Blvd. between 114th and W. 115th streets, are two separate beauty businesses in one spot.

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Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo's spring ’14 designs hit the runways

Tome’s collection comes from Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo.

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Elegant fashions of the 1930s at Museum at FIT

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) exhibition “Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s” will open on Feb. 7.

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Style competition calls for emerging designers

U.S. fashion designers, Brad Smith has announced Design for Brad Smith, a one-of-a-kind design competition. Submissions open on Jan. 2

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