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Renee Minus White

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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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Haute hats for spring ’14

For spring ’14, there’s a hat for every outfit and occasion in Anya Caliendo’s collection, shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

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Elegant, Eco-friendly looks for now

For fall/winter 2013, the look is chic, clean-cut, classic and shapely. With ambitions to have a “global impact,” Nina Skarra focuses on the development of green, sustainable designs.

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Cleopatra’s Needle on view at the Met

The exhibition “Cleopatra’s Needle” is showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now through June 8, 2014. An ancient Egyptian monument and a gift to the city of New York from the khedives of Egypt, the obelisk of Pharaoh Thuthmose III is popularly known as “Cleopatra’s Needle.”

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Last-minute gift! Knot Standard’s gift card for men

From all over the world, Knot Standard allows gentlemen access to a world of talented tailors.

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Y-3 springs a move

The “Y” stands for Yohji Yamamoto

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Spring ’14 evening wear looks sporty

From the looks of Carmen Marc Valvo’s spring ’14 collection

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Tam’s East-meets-West looks

For spring ’14, Vivienne Tam didn’t focus on matching pieces or traditional styles. Her silhouettes are simple. She reached into her own archives for prints that were updated. In her tailoring techniques, she referenced classical Chinese tropes. There are luxurious lotus prints, embroideries and cutouts. Tam’s shirt-dresses have cinched waists. Slim pants are cropped. Skirts are fuller. Her clothes are very wearable. Her presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was spectacular.

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Spring’s gorgeous gowns

Known for her beautiful bridal designs, Monique Lhuillier presented an exquisite collection of evening wear for spring ’14. These red-carpet fashions are enhanced with delicate details and exude an effortless sense of style and sophistication. In vibrant colors, they flow gracefully down the runway.

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Spring ’14: Glamour is back!

Zang Toi’s spring ’14 collection is simply stunning

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Fall ’13: Vantan’s season of color

Color-struck fall ’13 fashions captured the runway at Vantan Tokyo’s collection presentation

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Fall/winter ’13: Peasant looks are enchanting

Tadashi Shoji’s fall 2013 collection tells a tale of exiled nobility. His looks were inspired by the splendor of the Russian Empire. The journey begins in St. Petersburg, Russia, impressively shrouded in the darkness of winter.

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Renowned jewelry designer JAR on view at the Met

At a recent press conference, the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced “Jewels by JAR,” an exhibition of more than 400 works by jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. This exhibit is the first retrospective in the United States and the first retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to a contemporary jeweler. “Jewels by JAR” runs from Nov. 20 to March 9, 2014.

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Fashion rocking on the edge

Mark & Estel created a fashion frenzy at the shows

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Spring news and crispy crew cuts

At J. Crew’s New York presentation, menswear takes the lead.

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DKNY’s spring chic

Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company that bears her name

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Sun’s spring ’14 styles

Brandon Sun’s spring ’14 collection is sharply styled yet very sophisticated.

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Stylish shapes for fall

“Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her beauty can shine through,” said Elie Tahari. For fall 2013, shapes line the body. Pant legs are slimmer. Jackets are box-shaped. The silhouettes show off jackets and coats with defined shoulders over body-conscious dresses, skirts and pants. Skirts are tapered, going from short to long, depending upon the occasion.

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Queer fashion history at FIT

“A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” now on view at the Museum at FIT, is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) individuals over the past 300 years.

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Plaid’s in: Create a shapely skirt for fall ’13

Mad-about-plaid skirts are the bottom line with biker-styled jacket, coat-sweaters and sweaters in general.

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Fall ’13 print dress design for the fuller figure by IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel

The plus-size label of IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel offers a lavish display of glamour and femininity in its collection of pretty print dresses. The frocks are interpreted for the modern woman. The designs show intricate plays of transparency, bonded laces, contrast-heavy prints and bold, beautiful colors.

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Adorable children’s fashion on the runway

For its fifth season, petiteParade transformed Industria Superstudio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District into its own Kids Fashion Week location. The fantastic two-day weekend event featured adorable, easy-to-wear children’s fashion on the runway. The show, held in collaboration with Vogue Bambini, was a huge success.

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Art Institute’s show of star student designers

One right after the other, the Art Institute of New York City’s (AI) designers all showed incredible talent and creativity at the spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week presentations. This show was the best and the most surprising. The clothes were glamorous!

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For Nov. 2013: Vintage Heartland lingerie line

Lovely lingerie is always welcome in a woman’s wardrobe.

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Anna Sui’s vintage spring styles

In the world of fashion, Anna Sui’s spring ’14 collection takes you on a creative journey.

Menswear influences women’s styles for spring ’14

From Brooklyn Clothing Lab, fashion designer Mel Simons presents an edgy collection that’s inspired by men’s clothing in the movie “The Great Gatsby.” The look is whimsical and feminine for today’s street-smart lady. Simon’s clothes are well-constructed. You can tell he is driven by his love for fashion.

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Michael’s spring ’14 looks are opulent

American couturier and ready-to-wear designer b Michael is always on the fashion point. On Sept. 11, his show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was spectacular. His fashion garments are made exclusively in America. Known for his glamorous designs, his clothes are worn by many of the world’s most stylish women.

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Spring 2014’s backstage beauty tips

Dark and Lovely was the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of the Harlem Fashion Row presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the recent New York Fashion Week.

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Tracy Reese styles swing into spring ’14

For spring ’14, Tracy Reese’s collection radiates sensuality. The live Afro-Cuban sound of Daniel Goldstein and Sublime was ridiculous as models stepped down the Mercedes-Benz Lincoln Center runway.

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Reel Code Media makes debut at NY Fashion Week

As one of the official sponsors of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Reel Code Media creates a fashion furor at Lincoln Center.

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Spring 2013 at Lincoln Center

The shows started with a twist of gossip. David Tiale opened the shows this season. However, the day before, People’s Republic PR sent an email blast to all editors that stated they were canceling participation in the Tiale show due to non-payment.

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All About ‘Beyoncé: Before the Legend’

Read about how Beyoncé made the transition from Destiny’s Child to “Dangerously in Love” and Jay Z in “Beyoncé: Before the Legend—The Rise of Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child (The Early Years).” It’s a true, timeless story, and it explains the star’s rise to fame and fortune.

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Adama Paris shows spring/summer ’14 in Berlin

Senegalese designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye makes her debut at Mercedes Fashion Week in Berlin.

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Aboriginal Fashion Designers Show Fall Fashions in NY

The fall shows are right around the corner. While Native American themes are becoming prevalent in today’s fashions, the origin and its aboriginal authors continue to be left behind. In an effort to bridge the divide, several brilliant aboriginal designers will be spotlighted during 2013 Couture Fashion Week (CFW) at its 6 p.m. show on Friday, Sept. 6 at the New Yorker Hotel.

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Jackets top bikinis for cover-up chic

For the last week of summer, take a cue from the Miami Swim runways, where jackets are topping bikinis and one-piece swimsuits

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Japan’s brush writing arts at the Met

From now until Jan. 12, 2014, enjoy the expressive art of Japanese calligraphy on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On display in the Met’s Sackler Wing on the second floor, this exquisite exhibition is made possible by the Miriam and Ira D.Wallach Foundation.

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Knit swim styles and cover-ups in Miami

For 2014, designer Pooja Kharbanda shapes her forms by combining the ideas behind intimate apparel with the ease and style of beachwear. 6

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Free your mind from your hair

Your hair is alive! Is your mind is free from your hair? Today’s woman of color feel more comfortable about their hair than ever before. It’s a subject that’s been discussed and commented on by African-American women for years. You can see by the hairstyles on the street today that we have come a long way on the subject of hair. The talk about “good hair” and “bad hair” is no longer relevant. When you walk through Harlem and anywhere in the world, you will see women of color wearing their hair as they please. Someone from Washington, DC, commented: “Women of color are loving their hair, but many women are not wearing their own hair.” [ED NOTE: Where did this comment come from? Blog? Direct quote to writer?] And the point is, it’s their choice.

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Generation Next designer Vanessa Jean Simmons introduces 'Rose' lingerie

Vanessa Jean Simmons introduced Rose by Vanessa Jean at Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week in Miami. Having appeared on two MTV shows, “Run’s House” and “Daddy’s Girls,” and received a degree in communications from St. John’s University, Simmons has already accomplished a great deal personally and professionally. With her sister Angela, she is the co-founder of Pastry, a clothing, sneaker, handbag and accessory line. Simmons is also the founder and CEO of Rose by Vanessa Jean. Her lingerie models posed with an ultra-sophisticated style at the Miami shows. “A rose is reminiscent of a woman. She is very beautiful to look at yet. Like a rose that has thorns, [women have] flaws and imperfections that make our stories—which make us imperfectly perfect,” said Simmons. As a business woman and designer, Simmons understands the dynamic of strategic placement and hard work. She is passionate about her career. Being the daughter of Rev. Run and niece of business mogul Russell Simmons and fashion icon Kimora Lee Simmons provides her with certain advantages and connections. As a TV personality, she has unlimited access to millions of fans globally.

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New York Fashion Designer, Franklin Rowe's Fashion Reflects Classic 1940s Glamour

Franklin Rowe’s couture fashion reflects classic 1940s glamour with a touch of modern chic that’s influenced by European design. For 2013, Rowe has introduced a new look that offers women a distinguished style. His clothes accentuate femininity. Rowe has always had a fascination with shapely dresses with sleeves. A New York fashion designer, Rowe keeps it real with distinguished new looks.

Douglas Elliman expands to new office in Harlem

After a successful, seven-year stint at 2169 Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, N.Y., Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced that their company will move to a new location at 2112 Frederick Douglass Blvd. on Aug. 12. This move is reflective of the real estate explosion of developing, buying and selling activity in the Harlem community.

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2014 swimwear: Bare shapes and creative cuts

At the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows in Miami, the look is bare. Whether you wear a one-piece or a two-piece swimsuit, it’s evident that this is the age of fitness. Just about everyone is working out and eating, sleeping and living right. The swimwear is skimpy, sexy and sophisticated. Cuts are every which way in the front and back. Dressmaker details are in. Colors and prints are bold.

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Summer read: ‘The Bald Mermaid’

During your life, you live many lives. While reading “The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir” by Sheila Bridges (Pointed Leaf Press, September 2013), you will enjoy the journey of this author, who shares several of her life’s stories.