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.
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.
Mark & Estel created a fashion frenzy at the shows
At J. Crew’s New York presentation, menswear takes the lead.
Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company that bears her name
Brandon Sun’s spring ’14 collection is sharply styled yet very sophisticated.
“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.
“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.
Mad-about-plaid skirts are the bottom line with biker-styled jacket, coat-sweaters and sweaters in general.
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.
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.
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!
Lovely lingerie is always welcome in a woman’s wardrobe.
In the world of fashion, Anna Sui’s spring ’14 collection takes you on a creative journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As one of the official sponsors of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Reel Code Media creates a fashion furor 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.
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.
Senegalese designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye makes her debut at Mercedes Fashion Week in Berlin.
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.
For the last week of summer, take a cue from the Miami Swim runways, where jackets are topping bikinis and one-piece swimsuits
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.
For 2014, designer Pooja Kharbanda shapes her forms by combining the ideas behind intimate apparel with the ease and style of beachwear. 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the SWIM 2014 resort shows in Miami, the looks are sleek, sexy and sharp!
Shirting the issue of design, seasoned style director Kevin Stewart is launching a new shirt collection called Old School Shirt Makers New York.
When editors look at fashions on the runway, they look at hair, makeup, colors, hemlines, shoes, fabrics and the way the clothes are styled. In Paris, the focus of the hair for Yiqing Yin’s collection for Les Rives De Lunacy was the bun on the back of the head.
Richard Chai is known for his architectural designs. His Fashion Week show attracted a standing-room-only audience. He is best known for his architectural designs, hand-stitching details and modern, minimalist approach to style. His recent partnership with Target shows his versatility and allows his clothes to reach a larger audience.
From Broadway to Harlem, BBraxton’s salon is in full swing! For skin and hair care, this top shop gives men the star treatment! When it comes to grooming, men have come a long way with feeling comfortable in a grooming salon. It seems like men have always enjoyed a steam room at their gyms, especially after a vigorous workout. Dad used to always looked forward to his visits to the barber shop, where he often met his friends and enjoyed a laugh or two. He would always smell so nice when he came home. You could tell that he felt good too. Located on the street level at 1400 Fifth Ave. (off the corner of West 116 Street), BBraxton’s salon offers “exceptional grooming for exceptional men.” The shop is dedicated to attending to a man’s needs when it comes to his hair, nails, feet, hair and skin. They recently signed on to be the official groomer for the men in the cast of the Broadway hit “Motown: The Musical.” When you walk into BBraxton, you can relax immediately.
Tommy Hilfiger made a name for his brand 25 years ago, and during the early hip-hop days, he introduced street-style fashions for men. His colors were bold and bright. Clothes were loose-fitting and comfortable. He was a part of the revolution that helped to influence the way men actually thought about clothes. His stripes are bold, and yet, they function for modern men on the go this summer.
For spring/summer ’13, the look is soft, cool, young and pretty. Prints are flowing. The fit is loose yet somewhat close to the body. Lengths may vary. For the day, short, above-the-knee skirts and dresses are best. For the night, longer lengths take you anywhere. This summer is all about the colors you wear, too.
It’s not a new story, but “Love Changes” by Eartha Watts-Hicks puts some young women’s lives in perspective. It’s extremely well-written.
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