PR All-Stars Season 4 Intro, Let’s Go…..


Season 4 of PRAS starts back this week, and we will be in for some high designer talent and dramatic action. I’ve seen the preview once and I do feel we are in for a good season, some great looks, exciting challenges, and more! I always still have a teensy issue with why for only 13 seasons of PR that we are already at such a high # of all-star seasons. Generally, all-star seasons for reality shows are every once in awhile, truly encapsulating the best of the best. I think PR gets a pass, it’s the exception to the rule. In any given season of PR, great talent can go home too early. And even by the time we reach the finale, there is only 1 winner. This means there are still so many in the top 2 or 3 that were worthy of the title. But really, PRAS is a great fix for all of us true, diehard fans of PR. I am one of them and am very much ready to see what Season 4 has in store for us!


Returning as this season’s host and judge, we have the very talented actress, Alyssa Milano. Also returning as judges, two very amazing designers, Isaac Mizrahi & Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. And one other familiar face, returning as this season’s mentor, the female Tim Gunn, we have Senior Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, Zanna Roberts Rassi.


What’s in store for Season 4? Well of course we don’t know all of the fun details quite yet. But what we do know is 14 of the most talented “Project Runway” designers are returning to compete in the biggest and most competitive “Project Runway All Stars” season ever! In this cut-throat season, former standout designers come back to New York to compete for runway gold (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT. The designers will be in for a little surprise since 2 former winners are joining the mix, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak, making for an even tougher competition.


Some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment make up this year’s A-list celebrity guest judges including Emmy® Award nominee Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black,” Emmy winner Debra Messing, “Modern Family’sAriel Winter, Academy Award® winner Mira Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy nominated host Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, QVC® Program Host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari, and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by “Project Runway” judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.


This season’s highlights include a surprise visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway’s “Wicked”, and the first ever wedding ceremony live on the runway. And this year’s prize package, not disappointing at all! I mean at least compared to the actual season of PR we just had, a Red Robin fashion accessory, still SMH on that on!

  • the chance to create their own capsule collection with QVC and appear during QVC’s Spring Fashion Week programming;
  • a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the magazine as Contributing Editor for one year;
  • CHI Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at their International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows;
  • More Mary Kay!!, With an entire year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show;
  • a cash prize of $150,000 and
  • a complete custom sewing studio to launch the designer’s winning line from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.

Here is the full list of this season’s contestants, what they’ve been up to and some recent work! ENJOY!!

Kate Pankoke    cast_300x300_pras4_kate_0

Kate is a great friend of Fashion Nexus. I’ve been happy to cover her bridal collection for Elaya Vaughn in the past. In fact, I will soon be getting another piece out very soon!


She’s been doing a lot of bridal, which I’m sure will translate nicely to eveningwear or red carpet looks if need be. But I’m also ready to see her back to doing some great RTW, such as what she showcased during her redemption season.


cast_300x300_pras4_dmitry_0    Dmitry Sholokhov

Dmitry is a PR winner, from season 10, seeing if he can take home the title twice! On top of winning PR, he does host a great many other award recognitions —  GenART Award, Saga Furs Design Competition Award, Gap Design Competition Award, showcase at Debut, winner of 24 Hour Cat Walk (lifetime), amongst others.


With winning PR, he designed a capsule collection for Lord & Taylor. I was able to attend, meet him, and gaze at all of his amazing looks! I loved them all!


Helen Castillo    cast_300x300_pras4_helen_0

Helen was on season 12, eliminated right before making it to the finale, likely one of the worst feelings for anyone on this show. The judges weren’t sure she was quite ready. She is now back to prove them wrong! Some redemption maybe?


As seen above, the talented singer/songwriter Mary Lambert loves her some Helen Castillo!

cast_300x300_pras4_michelle_0   Michelle Lesniak

Michelle is another winner coming back for this PRAS season. She won the dreaded groups season of PR, season 11. This was a task certainly worthy of commending!


Michelle is committed to staying in her native hometown of Portland. Dedicated to local manufacturing and ethical business practices, Michelle is undoubtedly playing a key role in shaping and growing the Portland Fashion Industry.


Benjamin Mach          cast_300x300_pras4_benjamin_0

Poor Benjamin was on the dreaded group’s season of PR, season 11. I think he got lost working in this capacity. I saw plenty of his work before PR and I expected him to be on the show for quite awhile. I’m thinking sans group we will see more and better work from him!


He officially launched his own line earlier this year. His capsule collection is influenced by the art deco era and takes inspiration from the chic and timeless style of Halston in his heyday and the urbanely sensual approach of Vionnet and her technical innovation.


Chris March      cast_300x300_pras4_chris_0

March was a finalist on PR way back when, like way back to the Bravo days, Season 4 to be exact! But he has certainly kept himself busy. Many major celebs have donned his garments — Beyonce, Madonna, & Meryl Streep, just to name a few.


He developed and starred in his own show on Bravo in 2011, Mad Fashion. He’s also had an exclusive Halloween partnership with Target!


cast_300x300_pras4_justin_0    Justin LeBlanc

Justin hails from my hometown, good ole’ Raleigh, NC. I’ve attended NYFW, the PR show once, and I was so glad to see many great pieces come down the runway, including some from Justin!


Samantha Black    cast_300x300_pras4_sam_0

Samantha has kept quite busy since season 11 of PR, putting out collections, dressing celebs such as Keri Hilson, and more.


She is all about feminine, modern, sexy urban appeal. How will this translate to her work on PRAS, can’t wait to see!


cast_300x300_pras4_sonjia_0    Sonjia Williams

Sonjjia has been designing, blogging, and more since PR, season 10. She seems to have focused a great deal on outerwear, very luxe looking and tons of layers!

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She also creates pieces for Annabelle NY.

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Gunnar Deatherage         cast_300x300_pras4_gunnar_0

Season 10 has quite a few familiar faces, Gunnar included. He definitely brought a little sass to his season, very interested to see what all he will bring to PRAS! His 2014 RTW collection launch coincides perfectly with premiere of PRAS, what a kawinkydink!



cast_300x300_pras4_jay_0    Jay Sario

Going back to season 7, Jay worked great with prints, as well as with bold pops of color!


cast_300x300_pras4_alexandria_0   Alexandria von Bromssen

Alexandria was a force to be reckoned with during her time on PR. Here are some of her pieces from her fashion week collection as a finalist on PR Season 12. She was a tough cookie. I’m looking to see how she’s grown in the last year, so no more drop crotch pants!!



cast_300x300_pras4_patricia_0    Patricia Michaels

Patricia was quite an interesting character on her season of PR, again, the dreaded groups season. Being on stronger groups definitely helped this lady out. She won’t have that on PRAS, so can she step it up solo?!?


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of TV’S hit show Modern Family and longtime fan of Project Runway, was so impressed with Patricia’s performance on the show, he asked her to be a Guest Designer for his line of JTF Bowties. She’s also taken in part in numerous speaking engagements and designing away since her 1st stint on PR.


Fabio Costa      cast_300x300_pras4_fabio_0

Fabio was a finalist on season 10, creating looks with a very distinct and unique POV. He co-founded a brand, NotEqual, which has been donned by celebrities such as Chris Brown and America’s Next Top Model star Allison Harvard.

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He creates looks for both men and women. PRAS is a bit more on the high fashion side, where it seems Fabio is more RTW, streetwear. It will be interesting to see how the judges take to his work, if it will need to be amped up some or accepted as is.



Project Runway – The Best of the Rest

Project Runway season 13 has come to an end, with Sean Kelly being the winner. NYFW is where the finalists show their final collections, MBFW at Lincoln Center to be precise. Fashion Week happens a little before the finale airs. In order to maintain secrecy, other designers will too present collections so that the finalists will remain unknown. As I’m sure many of you have already done, I am now perusing the other designers’ presentations and of course ready to discuss! So here is what I call “The Best of the Rest”!

Korina for sure had my fave collection amongst the fellow eliminated designers. I’m still holding onto such a grudge that she was eliminated early and unfairly. I think she could have done great work in the last challenge, thus securing a spot for herself in the finale. I really dig the vibe and attitude her looks are giving off. The pieces exude such confidence and have the capability of being worn by either chic fashionistas or bad-ass women who dare to be feminine and sexy.


Based on the finalists we saw, I think the judges would have given great feedback to Korina. She clearly demonstrated she was far more than just an “ethnic” designer as Nina so annoyingly dubbed her. I think she showed a greater range than one other finalist for sure. And I also think she wouldn’t have needed quite as much direction as at least 2 of the finalists. She had a clear concept here and stuck to it. She’s demonstrated such growth this season within her own aesthetic.


Korina is another contestant this season who did have a clear vision, a focused aesthetic. And because of this, and what was created at hand, I think she could have done well in the finale. I saw growth from her, right at the same level or pace as that of Amanda or Sean. Too bad the judges were sippin’ on some crazy kool-aid and made the poor choice in sending Korina home before she had the chance to present as a finalist! And as crazy as the judges & I were about Amanda’s jewelry, I am the same level of love-fest craziness for Korina’s booties, which I’m pretty sure she had a hand in creating! I know they are not from Aldo and they fit  too perfectly with her looks to not be a part of her design-work.


This look above is one of my faves. Honestly there are too many faves to pick just one! But this one represents so well what Korina’s collection is about. She works well with leather. Her jackets or outwear are TTDF! She works well with texture, mixing of various fabrics. She can do more than just dresses, her separate pieces are divine, such a great fit. She also had a great use of color, bold red, sunshine yellow, soft teal, and royal blue. All of the colors worked well together and were paired nicely with basics in black and white.


Other great facets to her collection, the color-blocking, excellent fits, and good proportions. Other finale collection pieces certainly had some execution issues, but I didn’t see that with Korina’s looks. Poor fit and execution should not be issues a PR finalist has. And really, by that point, a designer’s clear voice should be heard. And we have all of this with Korina!


There is always a question about what cohesion means. Generally it’s a multitude of things, but cohesion shouldn’t mean 1 fabric throughout a collection or the same colors. There should be more. And with Korina, we have connective colors, similar vibes, ultimately having the same girl wanting all of the pieces. I see that here. There can also be a story. Unsure of Korinas’ since we didn’t hear her thoughts, but there are still other cohesive points to discuss. There is color-blocking, patterns, styling, and more. This was more than I saw from another finalist!


To Korina, great job. I want your pieces and will keep an eye out. I would proudly don any of these looks. I know we will see more from you in the future and I can’t wait!


fäde’s collection was too quite impressive overall. I don’t think his intricate work with prints was truly able to flourish during his time on the show. He is really about pushing the creative bounds, being innovative with his print work. And more often than not, a day or less is just not a sufficient amount of time to really develop this type of work.


Now this is the way to incorporate words or phrases into looks! For the runway, you can’t just stick a word on a boring top and expect that to cut it. Is it wrong to make a sweatshirt or basic tee with words and put it down the runway? Absolutely not! Wildfox, Desigual, and other brands do it all the time. But the point is to still be exciting; you still must amp it up somehow. And fäde did just that!


He of course is a master with prints, but really showed he could work well with his great use of color. It was the perfect idea of a graphic print work to incorporate a teal or burnt orange, and just play around with those colors – various shades, mixing textures, etc.


He also showed a great deal of versatility. He not only made some stunning dresses, but really worked well with separates too – jackets, shorts, pants, and more!


When you can tell a model is having genuine fun rockin’ a look, I think that speaks volumes! So either these girls can add “great actress” to their resume, or they were authentically having a fun time!


These are just a few of my fave looks, but really I had so many to choose from so you will have to forgive my lack of ability to pick only 2 or 3!


fäde also gets shout-outs for Philip B. hair, a little chic yet messy distressed hair-do; it really worked with the streetwear vibe, but also Mary Kay for beauty – very clean, natural make-up look, spot on with the bronzed cheek!


Alexander had some great looks, but my main issue was cohesion. I remember when Tim told Sean during the finale, part 1, that his collection seemed like it was divided; there were 2 different presentations. I think I saw this with Alexander’s 10 looks. I saw pieces that were more sportswear-oriented and then ones of a more refined, elegant level. I’m just not sure I got the connective thread, except that both were still executed in a simplistically minimal manner.



This is not to say I didn’t like the various pieces, but I’m still not sure Alexander has developed a clear vision for where he wants to go as a designer. I’m not sure if he would be ready to make a brand for himself. But I have no doubts he can get there and I would look forward to seeing his development and growth as a designer!


I think this was a decent start for Alexander though. Over time, I’m sure he can work with a great foundation in the basics he already has at his disposal, and just work with developing some “Alexander” signatures to add to his pieces.


It was great seeing the versatility though, lots of separates and beautiful dresses. I’m interested to see where Alexander can go from here for sure!



Next up, Emily, who too was cut right before the finale, barely missing her chance at being a finalist. I think she is another designer this season who had a clear voice, a clear vision. I think with her final collection we saw her aesthetic, but with a bit more sophistication; it had a more luxe feel or quality to the various pieces.


Emily made use of some great work with sheer pieces. This stunning turtleneck sheer top above was immaculate! I don’t think the judges showed much love for Emily over the season. But I wonder how they would have reacted to her work, but turned up a notch as she did with this presentation.


The vibe was somewhat luxurious, but still youthful and chic street. There was a wide range for her type of girl to choose from — shorts, great tops, day dresses, or even some more elegant night-time looks.


A lot of her fabric choices caught my eye, especially the sheer printed tops. I would love to know if she screen-printed her own design on them, but definitely would be intrigued to learn more!


There was a little flare with her show, some volume, some structure in the pieces. So that was great to see RTW, but also with a little dramatic umpf.


Upon my first few glances for Sandhya’s looks, I was quite confused. This was a different side of her work as a designer with more understated looks. Sort of as with Alexander’s more basic vibe, I’m not sure I was over the moon about Sandhya’s more simplistic looks. I think they were executed just fine, but I wasn’t sure how much I was seeing Sandhya in them or that they stood out, being memorable. This was just such a new facet of her work so it was a bit perplexing, nonetheless intriguing.


But later with her collection, the more DIY side of Sandhya came back. I understand the desire to go avant garde, to create a bit more show-y pieces. As we saw from our 4 finalists, this was not their direction and it made sense based on their aesthetic. But for Sandhya, going with this more dramatic flare route made sense. I still feel her looks read very DIY though and not high fashion.


There were a few looks though where I might have thought differently or could have changed my mind if I had seen them in person. And these are looks I wouldn’t mind getting a more up close and personal visit with to better gauge my reaction! Let me be Zac Posen, who always made sure to get really up close and personal when doing his final judge’s critique! Actually, I really commend him for caring. He judged from his seat, but when it came time to really study the looks up close, he was right there, looking so closely. Other judges tended to hang back some, their prerogative, but I was glad to see Zac with genuine care or concern!




All in all, I’m still not the biggest Sandhya fan, but I did see some improvements with her work since she had more time. I think she still needs a bit more time to work out some kinks though!



Until next time ………….. but stay tuned as I will also be blogging about PRAS!!







And the PR Season 13 Winner is……

Yes, let’s just announce the spoiler right from the get-go! With a much-deserved win, the PR Season 13 winner was SEAN KELLY!! With blogging/recapping, it’s all about the discussion, so let’s get to that, and see how this season came to its conclusion.

From last week’s episode, we left off where the designers had previewed 3 pieces from their collections so that the judges could offer some feedback. Amanda needed a little more sophistication. Sean had to show he was more than just the one note of fringe. Kini needed to re-work a lot, youthfulness was the goal to achieve. And finally, Char had to scrap several looks, making sure her collection represented who she was as a designer and was cohesive.


Tim quickly came by to offer the designers the option of returning to Mood with an additional $300 to spend. Amanda was the only one who decided to hang back, having some extra fabrics already at her disposal. She didn’t want to lose any time! With some new fabrics and a rejuvenated focus, each designer was back to work finishing up their collections. Tim also came by again for a little more Tim-time.


He instructed Amanda to stop over-thinking so much. Kini scrapped his trench coat and already had many new youthful pieces to show Tim. And Tim definitely recognized the improvements! Tim & Sean discussed the fringe. He told Sean to take in what the judges said, namely Nina with lessening the number of fringed looks, but he further advised him to ultimately still own it. Tim was a bit confused on the new fabrics Char purchased. He reiterated what the judges had just told her, be who you are, don’t stray.


The guest judge for the finale was Emmy Rossum, a very talented actress from the Showtime hit show Shameless.. She did a wonderful job as the guest judge –lots of thoughtful critiques and words of wisdom. And just as all of the judges were, I too was impressed with the finale presentations. I’ve been reading comments that the finale was a bit lackluster, perhaps lacking in shock or wow moments. I 100% disagree and here’s why!


It can’t be helped that with this season there were 3 top notch designers who each could have easily won. The surprise factor was lacking because there wouldn’t have been much outrage had Kini or Amanda won. As long as the “ABC” (anyone but Char) remained in effect, the end result was going to be a bit predictable. I guess you could say underwhelming. But just because predictability or a general acceptance was on the rise, it doesn’t negate the designers’ outstanding work. Kini, Amanda, and Sean all had different designer POVs and really stuck to those aesthetics. Each did a fine job, and with so much greatness to choose from, it was hard to be so surprised over who won. But I would be much more disappointed had their only been 1 decent final presentation and if the winner had been so clear cut. I think there was a bit of surprise because even with narrowing down to Sean & Amanda, it was still up in the air over who might win. I think what was missing this season was diehard fans over 1 designer and what we saw was acceptance for a few instead.


Another type of comment I’ve come across was about a lack of dramatic flare with the various presentations; the pieces were maybe a bit too RTW. In this case, people have to recognize a runway presentation is only going to include a few showstopping gowns if that is what the designer specializes in, such as Monique Lhuillier or Carolina Herrera. But take attending a show for Rebecca Minkoff, Wildfox, or Desigual, what you are going to see are pieces much like we saw with this finale, looks that are more wearable, RTW. Taking in a presentation, you still have to be mindful of who the designer is. And to me, based off who these designers are, I think the presentations stayed true to that and there were still many highlights. Remember, highlights don’t always come in the packaging of bells & whistles, sometimes it’s in the details or the subtleties.

But getting back to the runway shows at hand, here are my thoughts based on the judges’ placements for this final 4, first up, the winner, Sean!


I’m definitely a fan of this collection and happy for Sean’s big win! He not only stuck to who he was a designer, but he also told a great story in that of the betrayal of Caesar. Each moment was perfectly encapsulated in the various looks, whether it was the betrayal in black or the bloodshed in bright orange. The looks were not over-the-top in dramatic flare or with volume, but rather, it was his understated and detailed work that was truly mesmerizing. From the perfect fit to the great movement, Sean truly did a fantastic job with this collection.


There were so many great pieces, so above and below are just a few of my faves. Yes, many of Sean’s looks worked with fringe, but it wasn’t as it if the fringe effect was the same from piece to piece. He definitely mixed it up with this design technique from fringe all over a floor-length dress to jumpsuits to just a dangling few strands draping down the back. It really created such great movement, very much catching the viewer’s eye as the pieces came down the runway


The draping also created for some lovely, flowing movement. I too loved  how regal and sophisticated these looks were. There was such a refined and elegant sophistication. Any woman would want to wear these pieces because of how luxe they looked, very high quality work.


Shout-out: Mary Kay beauty look, nude lip, shimmery silver eye. Still not a fan of the slicked back look, but it wasn’t too distracting!

Whether it was looks in black, white, or the burnt orange, this luxurious quality was maintained throughout. No piece felt lacking in this chic, sophisticated vibe.


A truly fascinating facet of Sean’s fringe detailing was when the fringe was done in 2 colors. The way it moved and mixed was a stunning and eye-catching detail!


The judges felt a look or 2 was not at the same level as the others. But clearly his innovative, fresh take, as well as creativity was enough for the judges to give him the win. They were able to envision his growth and potential. I’m not sure as we heard Zac say that the decision was so “crystal clear” between Sean & Amanda. But either winning would have been well deserved.


Amanda should certainly feel proud of herself for a job well done. She came back for redemption this season, a do-over, a 2nd chance. And while winning would have been the ultimate redemption, 2nd place is still a pretty decent result. To me, Amanda has the most clear design aesthetic and I think she really could have built this big brand she had mentioned upon winning. I really hope she can still make this happen and hopefully not winning will not deter her or keep her too far off track.


Her looks were all boho chic, effortless and easygoing. I think she heeded the judges’ advice. Her looks were not all hippie basic, they were modern and sophisticated for her aesthetic. Her work with color-blocking, use of prints, mixing of texture, such as with leather and suede, were all top-notch. This knit eye-print was probably my least favorite aspect of her collection, but when paired with a vest as seen below, it worked for me. So breaking up the full length knit dress was 100% the right decision!


The judges were not a fan of the look below, but I disagree. It again demonstrated Amanda’s ability to make her aesthetic work with a mix of fabrics and textures. It was the escalated level of the boho vibe the judges were wanting. It was more than just a long flowy maxi.


Amanda was right when she said there was just the right amount of color in her collection. If Sean was able to make use of only some burnt orange, than Amanda’s vibrant pops of bright blue and red are just as sufficient. Both of Amanda’s shades of blue looks were totally to die for. I WANT THEM BOTH NOW! It may not seem as if these looks were that extravagant, but this type of look can easily be dressed up or down. And when dressed up, it would create a wow factor.


Amanda really showed she could work with not only dresses, but just as well with separates. And again, the color blocking, missing of fabrics, specifically the work with leather, I was impressed.


I’m not sure what the pinpointed moment was with the decision between Amanda and Sean. I did feel as if they maybe were more in love with her jewelry perhaps, than her collection. Not that this is a bad thing, but PR is supposed to be about the garments. I thought they saw her more with a clear vision, focused brand, big future, but maybe not quite as fresh or innovative as they saw with Sean’s work. In any event, the judges had a hard decision here, quite tough, but I think they still thought a lot of Amanda’s work, as did I!


Next up, let’s discuss Kini’s practically re-worked collection. I mean for someone who had so much re-working, re-thinking to do over a 10-piece collection, and in less than 2 days to do it all in, this was pretty amazing considering the circumstances. I guess the point that lingered with the judges is they still had to point him somewhat in this direction so this likely counted him out for the win. I think Kini re-made only a few pieces, but the rest was just a matter of re-styling, re-pairing. He may still have a little way to go in the judges’ eyes, but I have 0 doubts he will get there!


Kini definitely gave us some flare with the volume and some more formal looks. Take for example this denim and neoprene mermaid gown below. To make denim feel so luxe, Kini clearly has a talent with this. I’m not the hugest fan of denim, but Kini is doing a great job on making me RE-THINK this opinion!


This flirty feminine frock below was probably my most fave of his pieces. It was super-cute and fun. I could see a ton of girls wanting to rock this look. And the point that will still be of such talk, such attention, is that it’s DENIM! The pleats, the volume, and the perfect execution all lend to the fact that Kini is still a top notch designer, despite his not winning PR.


Emmy pointed out a great note in that Kini did take direction well, both in terms of styling the looks and the beauty look with hair & make-up. He took it and was able to execute what was needed to make the necessary improvements to his collection. The high ponytail may have not worked universally for every look, but the Mary Kay beauty look was great, vast improvement from the way too dark smoky eye from last week!


I think the youthfulness vibe was always underlying with Kini’s pieces, it was just a matter of styling. His newer pieces did really amp that level up a few notches though. I’m still amazed at how great Kini’s quickly made leather shorts were, as seen above, far surpassing the shorts from Char’s graphic print piece, which she had way longer to work on. So all in all, job well done to Kini and I can’t wait to see more from him in the future!


And finally, we have Char to discuss. I still stick with my original notion in that she was not quite ready for her fashion week showing as a finalist. Even had she not made a top 4 finale, she would have still presented. But in terms of the prime-time viewing, compared to her fellow designers, the work, the design, the pieces were just not at the same level.


Take for example a few things we saw during the episode. She had to scrap just as many, if not more looks than Kini. On top of this, she was nowhere near Kini’s level of speedy sewing. Because of this, she ended up keeping a look that still had many fit and execution issues. Even up until pretty close to the start of the runway, she was still sewing, having model fittings, and the like. It just all showed in her final presentation she wasn’t quite ready.


I feel as if the judges knew what kind of designer Char is, but she might not know quite yet. That or she isn’t able to fully execute looks that are encompassed under her design aesthetic. There really was not any cohesion amongst these pieces. I’m not sure why Tim bothered saying there was. To me, everything was scatterbrained, a little all over the place. There were a few good pieces in the midst, but the lack of cohesion and poor execution really kept Char out of the running for the win.


And once again, here is what Sean has in store for him with this big win!

  • $100,000 from Red Robin to launch their business and the opportunity to design a fashion accessory for all Red Robin servers
  • a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother International Corporation
  • a premiere entertainment center, courtesy of Samsung
  • a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine
  • a car from Lexus
  • from Mary Kay, an entire year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show
  • a shoe and accessory collection from ALDO to help enhance their upcoming runway shows
  • Best Western International will also provide the winner travel and hotel accommodations to fashion capitals and inspiring locations around the world
  • The winning model will also appear in the winner’s fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.







Tribute to the Late, Great Oscar de la Renta

The fashion community and industry has certainly been in mourning this past week with the passing of acclaimed and renown fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. It’s such a shame that a lasting and long-lived career, surpassing the 50-year mark, has now sadly come to an end. The list of his many fashion achievements could go on and on. And his work will not soon be forgotten.



He has dressed numerous 1st ladies, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, to name a few. He was highly sought after by A-list celebs for various red carpet events, including Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift. High profile brides wanted their special day to include a de la Renta gown, such as Amal Clooney, Huma Abedin & Kate Bosworth. His work is certainly deserving of tribute and the highest accolade.


He did it all, from stunning and breathtaking dresses/gowns, of a more formal or eveningwear capacity, to that of daywear/RTW. Even his more day-type looks were of the highest luxurious quality. Oscar de la Renta built his legacy on a commitment to a value system constructed and maintained over time. He believed in hard work and the importance of appearance. He believed in beauty, not for beauty’s sake, but because he understood confidence could arise from merely wearing a garment.



In paying homage to this phenomenally talented designer, here are some of my most fave looks from de la Renta, past to present, many images above & below!


EMMA WATSON — 2011 Premiere for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


SARAH JESSICA PARKER — 2014 Met Gala aka Met Ball


AMY ADAMS — 2013 Oscars



CARRIE UNDERWOOD — 2012 Billboard Music Awards

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

MICHELLE DOCKERY — 2014 Golden Globes


NICOLE KIDMAN — 2013 Omega Event in Vienna


AMY ADAMS — 2013 Academy Awards Vanity Fair Afterparty

ISLA FISHER — 2014 SAG Awards


CAMERON DIAZ — 2010 Oscars



TINA FEY — 2011 SAG Awards


LEA MICHELE — 2010 Emmys


EMMA WATSON — 2014 Noah Premiere — NYC


JESSICA ALBA — 2013 Golden Globes


PENELOPE CRUZ — 2011 Met Gala


MICHELLE WILLIAMS — 2011 — Screening for My Week with Marilyn

Project Runway & the Road to the Finale….

So last week we learned there would be 4 finalists showing at NYFW. And even as this episode progressed, we knew there would be no eliminations. In the past, I feel as if for the episode before the finale, generally there is still some elimination at play. Most likely, it’s when the judges want to see a few pieces from 2 or 3 designers before making their final decision. It left my mind to wonder then the point of the episode, but I guess for the designers’ benefit, the episode format paid off.


Let’s backtrack a minute. Coming off of the last runway, the designers awaited their final instructions – 5 weeks to create a 10 look collection, with a $9000 budget. Dorothy Dowling, Senior VP of Marketing for Best Western, added an additional fun surprise. Since NYFW is a worldwide phenomenon, the designers were given the chance to travel before beginning their work. They were off to Rome for a little international inspiration.


Each designers collection could certainly benefit from this traveling, taking in the ancient city of Rome, its architecture, the history, and the culture. Tim was along for the ride too. They all hit “Rome’s greatest hits”, such as the Coliseum, The Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. Tim of course also fit in a little pre-Tim time!


Tim and the designers were then off to Valli, a high end fabric store in Rome. The designers were not obligated to purchase anything, but Tim wanted them to have the option to make use of some luxe Italian fabrics if they so chose to. Kini & Sean were not quite ready to commit, but Amanda and Char each bought 1 fabric, a brown silk and graphic print respectively.


Everyone was soon back home and working away. Tim began with Kini in Kapolei, Hawaii, with 2 weeks remaining before fashion week. It was logical to start with Kini, probably thinking he would have the most completed. Tim even began with a joke, if Kini already had 150 looks to show! Alas no!. He was working hard in his garage studio, but as we saw a few times over the season, he had hit a bit of designers block. His direction soon became clear, going back to denim, but making it luxe, while also working with structure.


Tim was then off to Detroit, Michigan to visit Char. Char was showing she wasn’t afraid of some color! The print she purchased in Rome, about a $1000 worth, was an underlying inspiration for colors to draw from. Next up, Amanda in Nashville. Amanda’s direction was art deco, but still sticking with a 60s/70s vibe – think bohemian mod! And then finally, with his studio workspace set up & all, Tim was back in NY visiting Sean in Williamsburg-Brooklyn. He was working on telling the story about the betrayal of Caesar, high & in charge to betrayal to bloodshed. And despite Nina’s wish of no fringe or more of a lack thereof, Sean was determined to keep the fringe!


The designers were soon back to NYC, enjoying a nice, new pad, also with some champagne & goodies. But of course, the celebration was short-lived and they were back to the workroom to continue work on their collections. Tim soon came by to alert the designers of a last minute preview session with the judges.


Each designer chose 3 looks to show and get some helpful feedback before their final presentations at MBFW, Lincoln Center. No guest judges or eliminations though, just feedback! They were only given 2 hours to pull everything together, model fittings, hair, & make-up to boot!


Amanda was for sure on the right track, in both my eyes and the judges’. She didn’t seem to have a lot finished when Tim initially visited, but she clearly busted out a great deal in those final 10 days. Tim advised her to stay away from fringe, GOOD CALL! He also said to keep an editing eye; she didn’t need all the bells & whistles. We also saw that on top of spectacular looks, she designed and had made some stunning jewelry. I agree with Zac to pair some more of that with her looks because I was impressed!


Amanda took a leap from her final piece from the last episode, the multi-colored maxi. Each of her looks shown and I’m sure the rest will definitely keep with the “Amanda aesthetic.” It’s all boho chic and an eclectic vintage vibe. I don’t doubt the cohesion or her vision as a designer. Everything was styled with such an ease and was effortlessly cool. She really makes clothes that any girl or woman would want to wear; and I’m one of them!

**The make-up & hair looks here worked, not so sure about the full on slicked back do from above, but sleek & straight as seen below, great job by Philip  B. hair. Also I think a more understated, natural Mary Kay beauty look worked too!**


I loved the shades of blue maxi. This was a look where the jewelry definitely escalated the piece, but I would be a fan with or without. Nina wanted to see if Amanda could amp the chicness factor up a bit, so keep the ethnic vibe, but not have everything be so hippie and long. Amanda seemed on board and was ready to pounce!


I think it was this lengthy knit she planned on shortening, or another full-length maxi. This should prove to be a wise idea. The print works better when broken up. I think as Amanda initially told Tim earlier in the episode, she might be on the road to her ultimate redemption, coming back and winning PR!


Sean was also on the right path, a fave for both myself and the judges’ preview. Tim had warned Sean previously, with the dreaded long Tim Gunn silence, that he was seeing 2 collections. There was a disconnect with the beginning and end of the Caesar betrayal story. The initial looks were just too RTW, too on the norm side, and didn’t quite match the level of the more dramatic pieces. With only about a week before the return to NYC, Sean scrapped 4 looks and was mainly ready to go for this preview.

**Love the nude Aldo sandal heels; also spot on beauty Mary Kay look, the bronzed cheek, light pink lip, and smoky eye! Side note, not the biggest fan of the slicked back, wet-do.**


There was definitely a simplistic, understated elegance with Sean’s preview pieces. The draping was gorgeous and I agree with the judges in how great the movement was with the pieces. Stark white, as seen above, was used to represent Caesar’s purest moments. I loved this piece and it was a top fave of the night for me. It was very Grecian goddess like, but without being so literal.


The fits were excellent and the fringe works too. The black fringed jumpsuit was also great, and it represents the betrayal period. I’m kind of on the fence on how much I would really want to see of fringe. I think it lends to Sean’s aesthetic, but I don’t think he needs it. I don’t see him using it so much as a crutch, but it’s a technique he works well with and it does escalate a given look. I feel I gravitate towards his pieces without it though and I can still see Sean in those pieces.


I’m intrigued to see what he will do with all of the fringe because Nina was still kind of over it. And finally we have the looks incorporating bright orange to represent the bloodshed. I would prefer the jumpsuit without fringe, but this fringed skirt works with the collared white shirt.


I for sure thought Kini would get similar feedback to that of Amanda & Sean. I was shocked his critique was seemingly the harshest of the night. Kini seemed a bit bored upon first arriving to the workroom, which goes to show you can never rest on your laurels! Execution and fit were certainly not Kini’s issues. The judges seemed more focus on how the looks were styled and were definitely not a fan of the pleated trench coat. I kind of agree. Kini’s last trench coat was so spectacular, I just don’t think this one was on that level.

**Another great Philip B. hair severely straight look! But I did agree with the judges, way too much eye make-up!**


This was my most fave Kini look. It really caught my eye, an intriguing top, such a great fit and luxe denim look for a pencil skirt. It was definitely a modern spin. I think maybe as a whole, I got where the judges were coming from with the looks being more mature, but I was a fan of this look and wouldn’t make too many changes. And I also love this royal blue Aldo handbag. If he wants to heed the judges advice, maybe a clutch would work better?? But I love the purse!


The pieces below would work find standalone, but maybe not the best paired together. I think it was Nina who said to pair this structured stark white top with maybe a pair of black leather leggings. I agree. Both the top and skirt had volume and structure. But again, each would work standalone if maybe paired with something a bit more form fitting, not so loose.


I definitely felt for Kini, but the judges offered some helpful advice. I know Kini came in with way more than 10 looks. And if anyone can whip up a new piece or 2 in such a short amount of time, it’s Kini! I think once he can pull everything together, take in what the judges said, I’m sure he can turn this around and still be a contender for the win.


I think Char also got some tough advice as Nina told her to scrap an entire look shown, the middle one above. I agreed. The fit here was horrible and it really didn’t seem like a Char-piece at all. I’m not sure how much cohesion her collection will have, but what little bit might be there, this look would certainly be out of place.

-project-ru5nway--seaWhen I think of Char, I think urban, street-style, some color, and certainly no fear of a graphic print. I think the print she used below, and I believe it was the one from Rome, was a great print for Char to use. But I don’t think the way she used it worked at all. The shorts were way too short and didn’t look like they fit at all. The over-sized top was fine, but the end result was a little too hoochie-ish for my taste.


I also totally got what the judges were saying about the looks going in a super sexy direction, yet her styling was the complete opposite — safe shoes, more formal-like up-do’s, etc. The striped look below was probably the best one of the 3, but that wasn’t saying much. And it certainly wasn’t a WOW piece at all. She may have had others in her collection, but I guess they weren’t ready quite yet for prime-time. She has a good amount of work to do, but unlike Kini, she may not be able to get it all done quite as quickly. We’ll see how well she can pull it off very soon!


So until the finale……


Joyce Pilarsky Transports Her Feminine Floral Aesthetic to the 60s!


Fashion Week Brooklyn is now a time of the year I very much look forward to since I get to see old friends and familiar faces. One such example, seeing the highly talented designer and Fashion Nexus friend, Joyce Pilarsky! I met her last year and was instantly mesmerized by her couture, intricately crafted pieces. I wrote up a fun piece and I’ve enjoyed keeping in touch with this talented, lovely lady! So to keep my readers updated with her most current looks, here are the details for Pilarsky’s S/S 2015 presentation. Her underlying inspiration was a throwback to the 60s, very much keeping in line with FWB’s overall theme this season, “Design of the Times”.


Joyce’s S/S inspiration was the 60s, going back to mod silhouettes, specifically A-line dresses. But there certainly were modern touches and details, as well as Pilarksy signatures, embroidery, florals, feminine, and couture quality. This collection is also quite fitting for the Pilarsky woman — special, unique, confident, happy, exuding in a outgoing personality; she wants her client to look fabulous and gorgeous. These pieces will do just that!


Intricate detailed florals, whether embroidered or beaded, are true Pilarksy design signatures. So it worked perfectly that flowers were a main theme with this collection. I very much enjoyed seeing her delicate work with florals translated into this collection. And it works perfectly with the 60s vibe & inspiration. She has always been inspired by the grandeur of nature, who’s beauty is a feast to the eyes of the beholder.


Couture, very unique, luxe dresses are Pilarsky staples. But it was great seeing growth and development as Joyce included some different styles and silhouettes this go-round. There were a lot of separates. She has certainly made her fair share of divine scarves, but the jackets, IMPRESSIVE!


Keeping in line with something new to catch the eye, there was also a few pieces of menswear! The bright colors, detailed florals, and other PIlarsky signatures were conveyed quite nicely with the various menswear separates looks.


This is a very playful collection. Pilarsky wanted to bring back the olden days where color ruled and was not shied away from. And boy, there are some great colors seen in this collection – shimmery hot pink, bold teal, soft rose pink, stunning sunshine yellow, electric lime green, and more!


Additional details I saw that caught my were scalloped hems and lace-work. I am a huge fan of lace detailing. And I loved seeing Pilarksy’s use of this on-trend style. The references to the 60s were still present, but with up-to-date incorporated trends, the overall look being still quite modern. Sexy, sophisticated looks do not get much better than this!


This was also a very stylized collection. No detail goes unnoticed. The looks were well thought out, styled, from head to toe. Keeping in line with the great use of color, each dress piece was styled with bright colored tights, bold pink, bright yellow, or subtle lavender, just to name a few. Joyce not only designs detailed apparel, but also creates her own intricate jewelry. So many of the looks were further accessorized with her own varied jewelry creations – earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. I adore her jewelry pieces and so here are a couple of faves of my own personal collection, courtesy of the amazingly talented Joyce Pilarsky!



Joyce Peñas Pilarsky is a fashion designer, model, beauty queen, Classic Mrs. Asia International Global 2014, MWI International Ambassador 2013, Philippine’s Best Dressed and Style Icon 2013,  book author, singer, painter and philanthropist. She is a veteran, designing dresses, gowns, and fashion accessories for over a decade. Fashion design is a passion for Joyce and she enjoys creating unique collections, as seen here.


And just as with previous showings, she represented the Philippines with beautiful bright colors and perfectly woven garments to a unanimous applause. Rave reviews have come in and I’m sure they will not halt anytime soon!


With each unique Pilarsky piece, there is just always so much that catches the eye. You can’t blink or you will overlook a stunning detail, whether it’s from her play with sheer floral embellishments, or the embroidered or beaded bright floral design-work.

As always, I can’t wait to see more from this visionary in the future!


Huge thanks to Vonecia Carswell for collaborating with Fashion Nexus on this post thru the sharing of some gorgeous images for these runway presentations. Vonecia is a multimedia journalist and photographer, from Florida, who has a passion for human interest stories. Over the past year Vonecia has also photographed Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Jersey City Fashion Week, Small Boutique Fashion Week and Africa Fashion Week. Definitely check out this talented lady’s site above to learn more about her work!

Additional Event Details for Fashion Week Brooklyn

  • Executive Director – Abby Wallach
  • Creative Director/Producer – Rick Davy
  • Operations Director – Gregory Hutchinson
  • Media Director – Colleen Gwen Armstrong
  • Legal – Golding & Associates
  • Key Style Team – Erica Bradford & Christina Edwards
  • Models Casting Director – Jerry Jordan & John Thao
  • Beauty Team Coordinator – Tiffany Coates
  • Key Make-up – Kennetta Vaughn
  • Key Hair – Aisha Robley
  • House DJ – DJ Flyy Girl
  • Model Agency – BK Rebels


And just to also share, here is my own personal, unique, couture creation by Joyce!


Additional event sponsors & information –

  • Scent the Runwaycreating luxurious scents for runways around the world, now you can expierience right at home
  • Klust CreativeBranding & Identity, Website Development, Internet Marketing & more.
  • Davelly Model ManagementWe are Fashion. We are Couture.
  • Hybrid Branding
  • Clique by RobleThe 1st fragrance recipe by Chef Roble Ali
  • Luevoan online platform that creates a direct channel between American and Canadian designers and shoppers announced a new partnership with FWB enabling guests the opportunity to reserve and shop new looks straight off the runway!



  • Splash PR Agency
  • Brooklyn Style, aka bk Style — Fashion Director for FWB
  • Green Livingbuild a better planet
  • City Point
  • Orange Peel SL
  • Beautiful Stranger– a vibrant community of lifestyle trendsetters sharing their personal style and insider secrets. Beautiful Stranger will provide visual content featuring fashion tastemakers and trendsetters attending the four-day FWB event and on the streets of Brooklyn. All in all, partnering with FWB to further engage its audience this season!













More FWB Recaps – A Good Cause Amidst a Fashionable Affair


Huge thanks to Shanise Gibson for collaborating with Fashion Nexus on this post, and sharing her amazingly stunning images from FWB! Shanise Gibson is an aspiring freelance photographer born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for her constant love of being a “Free Spirit” & never passing by the word “Free” itself, she has taken in all knowledge given to her to soon make a name for herself in the world of photography.

FWB is of course a wonderful platform for emerging and independent designers to showcase their work. But it’s great that there was a way to combine fashion with a good cause amongst all of the ongoing runway presentations. More on that in a bit! But first up, let’s take a look at the exotic and vibrant S/S 2015 collection presented by John Guarnes.


Stunning looks for both men and women. Bold colors. Immaculate fits. Inspired looks. This and more is what John Guarnes put down the runway for FWB. Guarnes is known for elegance, simplicity and distinctive details. And this is exactly what came down the runway for FWB, showing evolution and development in his signatures.


Guarnes’ base was lace detailing, some scalloped hems and his work only grew from there. I enjoyed seeing his vision come across a vast array of styles & silhouettes – elegant eveningwear to bodycon dresses.


Guarnes’ vision for his label is to create clothes that are luxuriously wearable but with feminine simplicity. His touch is especially sophisticated and modern, striving to make fashion that is timeless in its elegance. The luxe fit and comfy, elegant looking fabric choices worked for both the gents and the ladies.


But what certainly stood out for me is that the black lace detailing really worked well with the dramatic pops of color Guarnes utilized – electric lime green, bright tangerine, and sizzlin’ hot pink.


Keeping in line with sexy, modern looks for the femme fatale, let’s check out Claire Henkel of Urban Sewn. Various heels & shoes for the looks were courtesy of Navalo Shoes.

Stretch mesh V-turtle neck top with stretch ponte skirt. Wrinkle-free, hassle-free.


Urban Sewn was founded in 2013 by Claire Henkel, based on the principles of timeless design, versatility, and luxury. Inspired by the lifestyle of the city girl who is always on the go, ready for whatever the day and night brings. AM to PM, city to city, all she has time for is an outfit that works. And because it works and makes her life easier, it is luxurious.

Silk georgette top with cut out details on sleeves. Stretch metallic skirt with fold detail

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The looks are perfect for being on the go, very representative of the brand’s core vision. Urban Sewn embraces influences from different times and different places. They are inspired by old and new, unique and common, vintage to modern; ingredients of timeless design are the foundation of all of the pieces.

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Classic silhouettes and styles create for pieces any woman would love to have as a part of her wardrobe because it’s a fave, but also because it will stand the test of the fashion times! These pieces definitely do that — fitted pencil skirts, sheer effects, wrap dresses, and more.

Blue stretch ponte top with handcut lace detail. Matching skirt with zipper and asymmetric hem.


All pieces start with hand drawn patterns then to a handmade garment.  Each fabric is carefully hand selected for effortless style, comfort, and versatility. The brand’s mantra, wear confidence and effortless luxury with Urban Sewn. This makes perfect sense!

White raised pinstripe jacquard with sheer asymmetric peplum detail.


It’s easy to be confident in such sexy, luxurious, high quality looks. And it’s not an overtly or obvious form of sexiness, just very sensual, alluring looks with a feminine vibe.

Heavy Italian jersey with fringe detail at sleeves. Black & white stretch jacquard skirt.


The details in the collection are truly stunning, very eye-catching. There is leather detailing, a shoelace effect, fringe, draping, & more. These are very much pieces that are on trend, but done in a unique fashion, fitting for the Urban Sewn vision.

Ponte aroma with white lace detail. Asymmetric bottom hem.

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There is a little pop of color and even a print, but most of the looks are in the staple, traditional black. A sea of black could be a bore, but not when done so phenomenally and with an intricate, very crafted hand.

Hand cutout scale detail with faux leather on mesh. Gathered faux leather detail on sleeves


Sexy, confident looks continue with Angel Rodriguez OMI’s presentation!


Designer OMI of SaiOne creates one of a kind apparel for both men & women who are unique &
appreciate clothes that showcase their individuality.

The show was well thought, attention paid to details from head to toe — the eyewear, the belts, jewelry, face masks, & more!


The aesthetic for this collection will tell a story of regal luxury & underground fetish. What helps to carry on this tale is the great use of color and bold prints.


The dramatic flare aides to how sexy and feminine these pieces are, looks certainly fitting for the daring, confident woman.


There is also a great interplay with softer silhouettes to that of stronger, tougher pieces, such as the hooded leather separates piece above.


Clearly an underlying concept for this final day of FWB was that of sexy, confident looks. Here is Bradley Douglas Jordan’s take on this concept with his 3rd showing at FWB!


Very daring, such dramatic flare are seen with these varied pieces, taking for example the stark white structured separates look above, and the fur bikini, complete with a floor-length vest.


And who says men are not able to take on looks that scream bold & confident. It was great to see Jordan’s translation to that of menswear. He also made use of a sky blue/grey print that was seen amongst looks for both women and men.


The looks were very understated in that of style, some simplistic minimalism, which is always nice to see. Not every designer has to use bells & whistles to get a concept or message across!


Denim was quite refreshing to see. It was perfectly in line with many other great touches seen throughout the collection, some swimwear, hooded garments, floor length vests, and more!


And now onto the charitable cause, certainly worthy of giving additional recognition — Goodbye Malaria. BK Style & FWB chose to support this deserving cause amidst the runway presentations. Goodbye Malaria is an initiative by African entrepreneurs with global partners who believe it’s time for Malaria elimination. In support of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Goodbye Malaria is a campaign that benefits The Global Fund by raising funds for Malaria elimination in Africa.


Various PJs, sleepwear are now up for sell to support the cause. The aim is to eliminate malaria beginning in Mozambique.


You can make purchases and show your support here.




Additional Event Details

  • Executive Director – Abby Wallach
  • Creative Director/Producer – Rick Davy
  • Operations Director – Gregory Hutchinson
  • Media Director – Colleen Gwen Armstrong
  • Legal – Golding & Associates
  • Key Style Team – Erica Bradford & Christina Edwards
  • Models Casting Director – Jerry Jordan & John Thao
  • Beauty Team Coordinator – Tiffany Coates
  • Key Make-up – Kennetta Vaughn
  • Key Hair – Aisha Robley
  • House DJ – DJ Flyy Girl
  • Model Agency – BK Rebels


Additional event sponsors & information –

  • Scent the Runwaycreating luxurious scents for runways around the world, now you can expierience right at home
  • Klust CreativeBranding & Identity, Website Development, Internet Marketing & more.
  • Davelly Model ManagementWe are Fashion. We are Couture.
  • Hybrid Branding
  • Clique by RobleThe 1st fragrance recipe by Chef Roble Ali
  • Luevoan online platform that creates a direct channel between American and Canadian designers and shoppers announced a new partnership with FWB enabling guests the opportunity to reserve and shop new looks straight off the runway!



  • Splash PR Agency
  • Brooklyn Style, aka bk Style — Fashion Director for FWB
  • Green Livingbuild a better planet
  • City Point
  • Orange Peel SL
  • Beautiful Stranger– a vibrant community of lifestyle trendsetters sharing their personal style and insider secrets. Beautiful Stranger will provide visual content featuring fashion tastemakers and trendsetters attending the four-day FWB event and on the streets of Brooklyn. All in all, partnering with FWB to further engage its audience this season!







Again, huge thanks to Shanise Gibson for collaborating with Fashion Nexus on this post, and sharing her amazingly stunning images from FWB! She also enjoys snapping away at conventions, festivals, concerts & whatever else catches her eye.






All About & Their Exclusive Beauty Line, Adrian London

Biovea is a leading manufacturer, distributor, and online retailer of high-end health and beauty products. The brand is also a friend of Fashion Nexus! It was such a pleasure introducing Biovea to my Fashion Nexus readers. I am now just as excited to make sure you all know about Biovea’s new beauty destination, the site to take care of all of your beauty needs — skin care, makeup, hair, nails, bath & body, fragrance, organic & natural, and men’s products! definitely caters to its customers, no matter their locale, so you can easily browse the site and shop in a vast array of languages.


As you become acquainted with, keep in mind a very special offer for a 10% savings by using promo code “NEU10”. This is a HUGE plus since it’s certain you will find many classic brands you love and use often! The various categories available for purchase are Olay, Neutrogena, L’Oreal, Sally Hansen, CoverGirl, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Calvin Klein, Maybelline, and more! There is one specific line of products I urge you all to check out, an emerging skin care brand exclusively sold with, Adrian London.


ADRIAN LONDON has one philosophy — that safe and natural products, using only the very purest extracts and most advanced botanicals, stimulate and accelerate the skin’s natural healing processes. ADRIAN LONDON products are paraben free, phthalate free, contain no sulfates, and are never animal tested. It’s great quality products, such as the ADRIAN LONDON line, that truly leave your skin feeling lightweight, fresh, healthy, and clean.


Through extensive research ADRIAN LONDON has been able to demonstrate the efficacy of its products, in particular the rejuvenation and restoration of over-stressed and dehydrated skin. The skin care line is quickly become a leader in the development of scientifically proven and innovative skin care products trusted by estheticians and other skincare professionals worldwide. The full range of products are extremely effective, luxurious and natural formulations. You can learn more about ADRIAN LONDON by visiting their site.


The entire line can be easily purchased directly off of’s site, but here is a little additional information about the 4 categories of products and the types of available items sold under each category — cleanse & moisturize, anti-aging, suncare, and men’s products.


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There are some great options here for all of your cleansing and moisturizing needs, including toners & exfoliators. Seen amongst this category of skin care products are therapeutic formulas making use of nourishing Rose Hip oil, lipid moisturizers to replenish the skin, and brightening gels for radiant skin renewal.

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The anti-aging products are offered in options of serums, creams, or gels. Amongst the many products, here are just a few of the highlights! You can actively rejuvenate with antioxidant protection. For “Invigorating Brilliance” you can check out the soothing eye cucumber cream. For “Sheer Radiance” in treating dark spots and uneven skin tones there is a pigment correction gel. To tighten the skin, gain an instant face lift with Helix Aspersa, there is a “Miracle Lift” serum.

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For suncare, you can make use of this moisturizing treatment cream with SPF 30. It offers daily protection, which softens the skin while it protects from UV rays.

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For men, there is also a suncare treatment cream with SPF 30. The natural cleanser for men is oil reducing and offers “Complete Renewal”, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The toner is a seaweed extract aftershave, offering calming relief by soothing skin and reducing irritation.

Speaking of the line of men’s products, there is an item, the Hydration Restore for Men, that is receiving rave reviews!


This is a men’s age-defying moisturizer that protects and softens skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. The skin is refreshed by the use of nourishing botanicals, vitamins, and minerals. Gentle and pure, HYDRATION RESTORE helps retain moisture, enrich the skin with an abundance of natural elements, and promote growth production to generate new cell growth. The moisturizer will leave your appearance looking and feeling younger, and more refreshed!

Some of the natural and effective ingredients utilized to work this magic are jojoba seed oil, apricot kernel oil, and seaweed extract. While it is marketed for men, women can use the product too! The month of “Movember” is coming up, and this product could come in quite handy as many men might be eagerly awaiting that next shave! A moisturizer that is therapeutic, softening, and nourishing to the skin, creating such radiance, is just the product needed come the end of Movember. But of course, shaving aside, it is a product a great deal of the male population would very much enjoy!


So enjoy browsing and learning about these phenomenal products. Make sure to Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. From the many great reviews coming in, you will not be disappointed. As a fashion blogger, I must keep up with the latest trends, products, and fashion/beauty-related sites. And of course I want to make sure all of my fellow fashionistas are in the loop! ENJOY both ADRIAN LONDON and!

Again, keep in mind this very special offer for a 10% savings by using promo code “NEU10”.


FWB — Glam & Graphic Designer Presentations


Huge thanks to Vonecia Carswell for collaborating with Fashion Nexus on this post thru the sharing of some gorgeous images for these runway presentations. Vonecia is a multimedia journalist and photographer, from Florida, who has a passion for human interest stories.

On this particular night of Fashion Week Brooklyn, Night 3, it was all about full on glamorous and graphic design pieces. The designers for sure presented across a wide spectrum. Let’s start by taking a look at a designer that sort of infused the glam/graphic combo — Claire Consigny.


This bright floral sheath dress above is the perfect look that encompasses this glam/graphic fusion. The glamorous side is all about the luxe, high quality vibe these pieces give off. There is such a great fit, a striking appeal. The graphic side is in the dynamics of the great prints seen throughout the collection.


Speaking of great prints, take for example this mainly maroon printed separates piece seen above. The collared blouse is certainly eye-catching with this print. What stands out even more is the combination of textures, a softer, lightweight blouse, paired with a skirt made of a velvet-like and leather fabric. The mixtures here are truly mesmerizing, creating a lot to take in, and definitely allowing the eye to wonder.


As mentioned above, these pieces are so well-made, high quality, such a great fit. Another detail I love with this collection is the ladylike collars, DIVINE! Consigny is known for comfortable RTW, sleek and stylish looks. And that is definitely what I’m seeing from all of these pieces.


It is great seeing a designer that pays such close attention to detail, and again making sure each ensemble is well-finished, leading to very sophisticated numbers.


Black & white numbers are another signature of Consignys’ and I’m very much intrigued by the infusion of the 2 colors in this printed blouse seen above.


These looks are very feminine and classic in style and silhouette. And I’m of course a huge fan of a piece that not only stands out from the front, but all angles, especially the back!


Moving now towards a more obvious glam, but very much still stunningly exquisite, let’s take a look at Isabella Milan’s SS 2015 runway presentation.


Milan is all about W-O-M-E-N in this collection. We were her inspiration! She wanted to create pieces that would empower women and give them confidence. And I do not know a single soul that wouldn’t feel super-confident, sexy, and glamorous in any of the looks that graced this runway.


“It has always been our belief that the women make our designs come to life. Without them our designs are just pieces of clothing on a hanger.” These are just a few words that Isabella uses to further describe this collection.


These gorgeous gowns are brimming with shimmer, sparkle, and many with a bold use of color. The deep purple or the vibrant turquoise, great choices! Another design element I enjoyed seeing was the use of sheer effects — love!


Additional thoughts from Milan on this presentation — “When a woman wears my design, she brings life into my piece. Women are beautiful on their own and I wanted to create pieces to compliment.”


I mentioned a great use of color above, but for me, you can also never go wrong with black and white.


Final thoughts from Milan on the runway show, “We created designs that would compliment the most beautiful features of a woman and we did not want to hide them but show them off!”

And these looks really are a exemplary as a celebration for women. Any woman who chose to so don any of these looks would be the belle of the ball, and certainly a contender for Best Dressed if on the red carpet. I’m happy I’ve been introduced to Isabella Milan and I look forward to seeing and hearing more from her in the future!

Taking a step away from glamorous gowns, let’s now switch it up to graphics prints and looks from Soka by Karen DeFreitas Fraser.


Ahhhh, the prints of this collection, fun, filled with humor and life, very dynamic! Karen on describing her relationship with fashion — “Experimentation, reinvention, versatility, colour, texture, shape, contrast, and composition are some of the words I would use to describe my relationship with fashion. The body is a vehicle for design, best described as a human canvas on which any mood, idea, belief could be interpreted. Each one of us, has a role to play in life, and mine is that of a designer. I plan to make an impact on our perception of ourselves and that of others through the media of clothing.”


Impact made! I love a designer who can take risks and is not afraid to go all out when creating.


Each look presented is filled with it’s own unique showing of a sexy, hip, bold, chic vibe. No look is the same, but are all integral to the collection’s story.


There is such a flare seen in these pieces. It’s streetwear mixed with looks any burgeoning fashionista would want in her wardrobe.


There is also no denying the great use of color in this collection, bright pops of tangerine, vibrants streaks of lime green, and even bursting strokes of sunshine yellow.


The looks are versatile and it’s great seeing so many separates. Lots of mixing & matching would work though for these pieces.

Continuing on with a graphic vibe, let’s see how Underground Marketing Clothing, from Ken Shep, translates his art for both menswear and women’s apparel.


Feeling a need to revolutionize RTW fashion to bold, beautiful, affordable statement pieces, Underground Market brings to you the “ EUROAMERICAN” fashion experience. Underground Market’s inspiration comes not only from personal experiences, but the dynamic combination of European fashion, culture & a love for designing for the new age.


There is such a high show quality, as well as design quality seen from Underground — color me IMPRESSED!! I’m also impressed by the brand’s simplistic and understated vision — to inspire people to get up and fight for their dreams daily. Very commendable!


Sometimes when a designer takes on both looks for women and men, one is usually a little lackluster. But not with Ken and certainly not with Underground. Looks for all are brimming with luster!


Wearing each of these pieces should serve as a reflection and reminder of where your state of mind should be focused & letting the people around you know to not “kill your vibe”. As you take your journey from going under to being above — additional words from Shep on describing his pieces and the brand.


Shep’s desire is to showcase art, passion, chaos, and sexiness in each collection while telling a story through his fashion shows about his personal experiences and thoughts. He says “I want to bring back the iconic feel and fun that fashion had in the 80’s and early 90’s!”


Ken has definitely done this with the brand’s presentation for S/S 2015, a job well done!


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And the PR Season 13 Finalists Are…..

Well, no need for a drum roll on this decision since it was fairly obvious who the judges were sending to MBFW. In fact, the only real surprise was that the judges truly thought Char deserved yet another chance to prove herself, but I’ll discuss that topic in just a bit. Let’s first see what the challenges were this week that set the stage for which designers would make it to fashion week.


The designers had to face 2 challenges in order to make it to the finale. Tim, alongside Brian Bolain, Corporate Marketing Manager for Lexus, delivered the first set of challenge details. The designers got to ride around in a brand new Lexus, driver in tow, to hit the streets of NYC in order to find their inspiration. They were to create a street chic look that could be worn everyday of the week. The look had to be fashionable and progressive. The designers were taking in all of the city sights, the people, the architecture, graffiti, and more! Tim said this would be a 2-day challenge and he would meet them later at Mood to shop with their $200 budget. I think it was fairly obvious at that point there was more to the story here. Come on, 2 days for a street inspired look, no one was being fooled here!


So sure enough, as the designers made their way back to the workroom for day 2, they were greeted with more challenge details. They walked into the workroom to see 5 eliminated looks. Tim soon came in with the infamous button bag and more details. Each designer was to choose a losing look and reposition it to make it a winning look. Tim was clear — these 2 challenges were separate so there was no need for cohesion between the looks. They were also given an additional $100 Mood budget to purchase supplementary fabrics. Emily’s button was drawn first and she chose Samantha’s navy blue evening gown (from the Chopard challenge). Next up was Char, who chose Korina’s most recently eliminated look from the storage bidding wars challenge. Amanda then chose fäde‘s rain-way look. Kini selected Mitchell’s red carpet challenge dress, leaving Sean with no choice but Sandhya’s onesie from the American Girl doll challenge.


With only 1 day left and still 2 looks to complete, Tim also said the designers would have helpers to finish up their work. He said the helpers were there to only assist, not collaborate! And the assistants were none other than the creators of the losing looks just chosen. This is of course brings us to the drama of the episode where a very frustrated and upset Korina was not ready to be back in the workroom, let alone assist Char in her attempt to still make it to fashion week. I do wonder if another designer had chosen Korina’s look if she could have managed to stay. But she still very much had sour grapes and yes, a major attitude. However, regardless of her outward emotions, her elimination was a much harsher one than other designers and quite unprecedented with PR history.


She was eliminated on a group challenge where no bottom group was chosen. She was then pitted against the very designer she was being asked to assist this week. A designer who has been given way more chances to prove herself to the judges this season, yet she still somehow manages to be the recipient of even more PR lives; she’s like a PR catwoman! But really Char should be thankful Korina bowed out. Did she really want someone’s help who didn’t want to be there? So Char worked with Alexander, whose look BTW was not amongst the losing looks graveyard — I wonder why!?! If you went in order of elimination, his look should have been there.


It was soon time for model fittings and Tim-time. Tim reminded the designers the looks needed to stand out. Sean was having some major struggles trying to find a way to re-work Sandhya’s look. Understandable — way too much bubblegum pink! Emily was also struggling a bit on the re-worked look. She said her mind and heart wasn’t in it. She was way to wrapped up in her street inspired look with a hoodie she had been dying to make all season.


The guest judge this week was Shay Mitchell, the super-talented star of ABC Family’s hit drama Pretty Little Liars. Shay was a great choice for this week’s guest judge spot, with helping to decide which designers would go to fashion week. She always looks great on the red carpet and certainly made the rounds herself at NYFW — she was all over the place!


The judges didn’t name a winning designer this week. I’m not sure if the order they announced who was going to fashion week was indicative of anything. But for almost every designer who made it, the judges seemed to love one look, while not really being a fan of the other. Even though I feel it’s been almost meant to be for a Kini/Sean/Amanda finale, I do think each designer is very worthy of their final 3 spot. And no I didn’t forget to mention Char, I just don’t agree she was deserving of yet another chance to present as a finalist. She is for sure going to need a lot of more of her magical mist to beat any of the other 3 designers. And if she does, it would only be out of luck that Sean, Kini, or Amanda slip up and lose it for themselves. Even if you could pick a best look between her 2 dresses this week, it would in no way even compare to Sean, Amanda, or Kini’s best looks this week. But what would PR be this season without 1 hopefully last illogical decision. We better not see any of that on the finale! Ooooo, and also, what would this last runway have been without another popular trend on the season, more fringe! And with that, let’s discuss Sean’s looks first.


So Sean definitely hit a homerun this week with his street-inspired look, but I would label his re-worked garment as a total miss, 3 strikes and he’s out! Well not really out because his street chic look was totally amazing! It would be hard to imagine such a stark white look lasting an entire day on the streets of NYC, but you would certainly turn heads in this look. You could dress it up, dress it down, wear it to brunch, or a rockin’ rooftop soirée. The fit was great. And I loved the cutouts and ladylike collar.


And I think it was Nina who commended Sean for his job well done with hair & make-up. I actually want to give Sean a shout-out for his Aldo nude sandal heels, perfection, and more specifically for the Mary Kay beauty look — love the bold plum lip!



However, I can’t believe no judge bothered to comment on the miss for the accessories and beauty look here. If Nina wants to call out Amanda, I’m not sure what was blinding her vision in reprimanding Sean a bit for his choices with this look. This separates look was not great, but really nothing was redeemable here, the boots, the hair, or the make-up. Sean has worked wonders with fringe before, but the magic just wasn’t present this time. Sandhya couldn’t make this ghastly baby pink work and neither could Sean. But lucky for him, each designer seemed to have one miss this week so the judges were in a bit more of a forgiving mood.


In choosing a best street chic look, it would be a tie between Amanda and Sean. But if I had to choose a best overall designer for the week, judging both of the looks combined, I would pick Amanda. So first, let me do a love-fest over this color-blocked maxi. I mean it is totally to die for. It was very much Amanda. The colors she chose were brilliant. With other maxidresses there is a great deal to choose from with bright summery colors & prints. Amanda was smart to put a different spin on the color choices. I also think she did a great job with the placement of the colors, the cutout, and the draping of the back. I agree with the judges in that the look was sexy, but in a subtle way. I don’t think the accessory and beauty choices were worthy of a Nina reprimand, but as I said earlier, if she is going to be so snippy about one designer, she needs to do the same for all!


But I do love this maxi, beauty & accessories aside. I could see it clearly on the streets of NYC and not only would it turn heads, I think it would stop traffic! Amanda, you can make one for me and send it my way ASAP! I will find a NYC event to rock this look at for sure!



So I believe Heidi said this look was a little too much like what a club hostess would wear, but I guess still wearable at least. It was a bit too short, but I’m happy she decided to somehow still maintain fäde‘s work with his electric lines. It was a bit underwhelming compared to the 1st dress, but most of the re-worked looks fell by the wayside this week. I think it was because the designers had so much time to find inspiration with their street chic looks. They were all feeling so inspired for that 1st day of work. It was understandable they couldn’t all of a sudden find just as much passion, on top of less time to create, for an entire 2nd look. But just as with Sean, Amanda did so well with her other look, and in the judges’ eyes, all was forgiven!


Kini too was comparable in his work for the week, 1 standout and another that was so-so. However his standout look was from the re-worked challenge. He clearly did the best job in repositioning a losing look into a winning look!



Kini reworking Mitchell’s “very red” red carpet look into this boldly glam asymmetrical gown was sheer genius. And yes, that is pun intended since Kini made such a great choice in adding the detail of a sheer asymmetrical sleeve. The point of the original challenge was to create a red carpet look for Heidi and she would have totally been a best dressed in this number. Just as with all of Kini’s work, it was so well-made, very high quality. It was luxuriously superb and I’m always amazed by what Kini can do in such a short amount of time.

Also, Aldo accessories shout-out for this gorgeous nude clutch — love!!


Kini didn’t receive such high praise for his street chic look though. The problem with this look was editing. The pieces didn’t work together as a whole, but were certainly wearable as individual pieces. The judges, especially Heidi, went bananas over this navy trenchcoat. But paired with this structured denim skirt, it was all a bit too much. Shout-out though on all other counts, Aldo accessories, perfectly coordinating black heels & gold bracelets, Philip B. hair, gorgeous wavy hair, & Mary Kay beauty, with a natural, fresh make-up look.


Just as Amanda/Kini/Sean making the finale came as no surprise, neither did Emily’s elimination. You could see it coming all episode long, whether it was from her extreme love & desire to create this hoodie, or her admitted disregard for her re-worked look. The judges were not a fan of either look. Mary Kay beauty shout-out though — simple, natural makeup look


The judges also couldn’t come to any agreement over a look that Emily was truly passionate about. While Heidi seemed fine with the hoodie, Zac was clearly not a fan at all, thinking it was homeless-like. I think Emily found a great print here for the undergarments, but they were too PJ-like when used for both the top & bottom. I think maybe pairing this top with some jeans or leather leggings, it could have worked or been more acceptable for the judges. As far as the grey hoodie though, I mean this is what you would see for sure on the streets of NYC. I’m not sure if it would standout amongst the other pieces of outerwear gracing the streets of NY, but at least Emily stuck to who she was as a designer. And at least at this point, we knew who she was as a designer.



On the other hand, you could not see Emily at all in this re-worked look. And the problem was, Emily’s heart just wasn’t in it and she even said so herself. Adding an asymmetrical sleeve and a printed shortened skirt was not enough here. It all just read as too commercial, which is definitely not how I would label Emily’s work. Her designs are always a bit more unique, more one-of-a-kind. Aldo shout-out though, great choice of nude sandal heels. But with no judges in her corner this left Emily going home. Although if someone can explain to me how Emily wasn’t just as deserving of one 2nd chance, since Char was given like 4, please, go ahead, I’m listening!

According to my chart for how the season has gone, both of these ladies have had 2 high points, but 0 wins. They have had equal the same amount of bottom looks though. The only differences actually work against Char in that she was eliminated and had to save herself with a 1-hour “Save Me” challenge. I’m not seeing what Char has done that was so redeemable. At best, let them each have made their collection and had a face-off to see who would get the final 4th spot if the judges so desperately needed or wanted 4 finalists. I would be just as intrigued to see what Emily would come up with, as the judges are to see what Char will do with even more time!


So I admit, Sandhya got a very harsh critique from me over this season, but it was in part due to the unexplained, illogical judges’ love-fest over her work. Unfortunately, Char will now get some of that same harshness because the judges have been making “0” sense since last week! My comments in no way mean that Char wasn’t deserving of her time on the show or even the Tim Gunn save. I’ve loved many of her looks this season, but her work last week should have sent her home over Korina, and her looks this week, were not deserving of yet another chance in giving her a spot at NYFW. My whole point is to demonstrate the lack of logic with the judges’ decisions. In fact, I think she only got another chance from the judges so they could feel justified in sending Korina home over Char the week before.


Let’s start with the street chic look, which to me read total hoochie. She described this look as Soho?? Hardly! In fact, I’m not sure I would reference NYC in this look at all. The judges thought there was vision here, but yet again, as with many of Char’s looks, poor execution. They were 100% right in that there was too many petals on the skirt. They thought it needed editing, but I’m not quite sure what could have been done to save this look. All of the other designers found such clear vision and inspiration for their street chic looks. And even with Emily being eliminated, she clearly had a passion for what she was creating. I didn’t see that with Char. They all had a day and so I don’t understand why the judges gave such leniency to Char.



What’s even sadder is the complete disconnect between how Char attempted to re-work Korina’s look. I still don’t think Korina’s look was elimination-worthy. But for Char having not only so much fabric, but so many fabric options, and to then come up with a sad, simple black dress, really! Unlike her street chic look, I’m not sure what great idea would have developed with more time. But just like her under-developed street-inspired look, she yet again had execution issues.

And so just to reiterate, I don’t see how an entire competition has not been enough time for her. She’s had the same time constraints like every other designer and why she is deserving of any leniency is beyond me. The other eliminated designers I’m sure had great ideas that could have used more time to flourish. I’m sure somehow she won’t come in 4th place, but I wonder if another designer will lose it for themselves, or if the judges will attempt to justify their decision in sending her to fashion week. Can’t wait to see!