Irina Shabayeva — Breathtaking Couture Designs


As a fashion fanatic I am of course a Project Runway enthusiast as well. As such, I was a huge fan of Project Runway Season 6 winner and Project Runway All-Stars Season 3 designer, Irina Shabayeva.


Her work has always been stunningly breathtaking and quite mesmerizing. So having the chance to not only see her work in person, but to also meet this multi-faceted talent, there was no way I could turn this opportunity down!



So firstly, I was able to attend a special, sneak-peak preview for Irina’s work at Space Sixteen. This preview was for her 2015 Bridal Couture fashion show. Space Sixteen is a classy, unique boutique in the heart of Soho, a space for artists and innovative designers to showcase their work.


The preview was definitely enough to peak my interest, but Irina’s runway show was immaculately conceived and utterly divine.


The show was hosted by The Set NYC and Freedom Ladder, with the goal to help in achieving Freedom Ladder’s mission to end human trafficking.



The show was held at the Holy Apostles Ballroom in Chelsea. Catering for the event was provided by Noels Catering Kitchen.



Irina will be showcasing her talents again, on June 4th, also at the Holy Apostles Ballroom, for Fashion Night Out, another event to end Child Trafficking. The Set NYC is too putting on this series of runway presentations, also including shows by Alex Vinash and Reverie. You can purchase tickets for this thru Eventbrite.



So enjoy a few other looks from this fabulous runway show, once again for the lovely and creative Irina Shabayeva.




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Best Dressed Looks from Cannes 2015

Fashion and the Cannes Film Festival red carpets certainly go hand in hand. These gorgeous gowns are right up there with the likes of other major red carpets we see throughout a given year — Oscars, Grammys, Met Ball, etc. So here are my top picks from the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. ENJOY!!


Eva Longoria

There are almost no words to express how stunning Eva looks in this gray lace sheer-paneled Gabriela Cadena gown, which features a plunging neckline and mini train. It’s perfection! She accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and her gorgeous make-up look was courteous of L’Oreal Paris. Eva was attending the Inside Out premiere.


Diane Kruger


Diane, while attending the premiere of The Sea of Trees, donned a pale blue Prada gown, embellished with crystal appliqués and featuring a long silk scarf that trailed dramatically from her halter neck bodice.She looked magical! Paired with her look are beautiful Harry Winston jewels. And her pulled back wavy hair look was courtesy of Perrine Rougemont.


Emma Stone


Emma was seriously on point with 2 of her Cannes looks. First, she attended the red carpet premiere of Irrational Man, wearing a sleeveless slate Dior Couture gown, covered in lace which included an elaborate train and open back. And to complete her look with some lovely jewelry, she wore a Repossi necklace and rings, and Jennifer Meyer stud earrings.




For this day look, she wore this structured lacy black Oscar de la Renta cocktrail frock, from the Pre-Fall 15 collection. She again wore Repossi, earrings and rings, as well as black Christian Louboutin heels.

Melanie Laurent


Shimmery and glittery all over, and I love it! Melanie looks exquisite in this completely beaded, cap sleeve Zuhair Murad gown with flowing train at the Inside Out premiere.

Rooney Mara


While attending the premiere of Carol, Rooney wore a cream colored, ruffled Rochas gown with a halter neck and key-hole slit. What a classic and ladylike look, great choice for Rooney.


Salma Hayek


I love that Salma added a bold splash of color to the red carpet with this radiant orchid Gucci gown. It had such a great fit and you can’t miss this stunning, plunging neckline. She was too attending the red carpet premiere of Carol.


Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle was another gorgeous gal for me with 2 amazing looks. While attending the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, the actress sparkled in a flesh-toned Zuhair Murad gown, embellished with intricate designs and lace. She completed her look with deGrisogono jewelry.
For the Irrational Man premiere, Michelle stunned in a short-sleeved black Elie Saab gown, featuring dainty (and sexy!) lace cut-outs. Here, she went with diamond jewelry by Avakian.
Irina Shayk
While attending the Sicario premiere, Irina sizzled in Versace, specifically this high-slit, gold embellished gown.
Naomi Watts
For the opening ceremony of Cannes, La Tête Haute, Naomi went with a powder-blue, cap-sleeved Elie Saab gown from the spring 2015 collection, featuring an embroidered sequin and pearl bodice with a plunging neckline, against a long feathered skirt. Her well coordinated accessories were all from Bulgari, diamond jewelry & a black and white clutch.

At a later event, the Sea of Trees party hosted by Grey Goose, Naomi chose a intriguing tiered Armani Prive look, again wearing Bulgari jewelry.
Andie MacDowell
Andie looked radiant at the Sea of Trees premiere in this white,all over lacy Ralph & Russo gown, complete with a slight train. Her stylist was Michael Angel, with makeup by Stephan Lancien for L’Oreal.
Petra Nemcova
Petra looked red hot while attending the Chopard Gold party, wearing this fiery red Elie Saab gown, with lace cutouts, and of course, Chopard jewelry.
Emily Blunt
Emily was feeling a disco-ball-esque look with this custom silk Stella McCartney gown, and I’m all for it. Paired with her look were statement making, emerald Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie earrings and jewelry. She was attending the Sicario premiere.
And to cap off my list, one more Emily Blunt look, this time simplistically minimalistic in a nude Calvin Klein Collection dress and Sutra jewelry. Here, she was attending the IFP/Euphoria Calvin Klein/Women in Film party.

Best Dressed Mash-Up

Cannes and the Billboard Music Awards are coming up, but for the time being, too many other red carpets have come and gone, and are certainly deserving of some Best Dressed nods and recognitions. I am a little scatterbrained for this list! I have Network Upfronts, major movie premieres, the BAFTAs, and more. But all in all, these are some amazing looks that I just could not overlook. Enjoy!

Sophia Bush


Sophia was attending the PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly‘s upfront party in N.Y.C., looking lovely in this deep purple Monique Lhuillier lace dress. Paired perfectly with her look, black Stuart Weitzman sandal heels, a color coordinating Edie Parker clutch, and a few diamond pieces from Karma El Khalil Jewelry.

Anna Kendrick


I love these colors and normally I wouldn’t think to pair a cobalt blue and royal purple, but Anna makes it work. This is a phenomenal gown by Stella McCartney, complete with side cutouts. She also has accessorized well, Graziela Gems ear cuffs, rings by Melissa Kaye Jewelry, and a gold Lee Savage clutch. Anna is attending the L.A. premiere of her recent flick, Pitch Perfect 2.


Eleanor Tomlinson


I’m in feather heaven with this exquisitely feather adorned, dove grey Ralph Lauren gown. The gown and Eleanor are both a vision! Eleanor is attending the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards.

Blake Lively

Blake went on a major press tour for her recent film, The Age of Adaline. These are a few of my fave looks for her various events and red carpets!


For the film’s N.Y.C. premiere, the actress chose a bright red Monique Lhuillier dress, Judith Leiber silver Koi Fish clutch and beautiful diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewels.


For her Allure magazine cover party, she was artistically stunning in this floral appliqué Ralph & Russo couture dress — prim, pretty, and proper!


And finally, for another press related event, Blake donned this two-toned Antonio Berardi sheath with gold accents, paired perfectly with rose-gold Sophia Webster heels.

Elizabeth Hurley


Elizabeth was simply elegant while attending a charity gala benefiting the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in London. She went with a minimalistic look, a black Emilio Pucci with a plunging neckline and diamond adorned straps.

Emma Roberts


Emma was chic and fashionable in this webbed Jonathan Simkhai crop top and skirt with black Stuart Weitzman sandal heels. She was attending Fox’s upfront party in N.Y.C.. Accessories for her look — Dana Rebecca Designs jewels and an Amanda Wakeley white clutch with gold trim.

Bella Thorne


Bella is rockin’ this black and white Naeem Khan jumpsuit — huge fan of this look! Stuart Weitzman sandal heels seem to be a theme for this best dressed list as Bella is too sportin’ a black pair, as well as Cartier jewelry. Her youthful beauty look is courtesy of Ashleigh Louer, while her overall styling is thanks to Brad Goreski.Bella is too attending the L.A. premiere for Pitch Perfect 2.

Olivia Culpo

Olivia looks super sexy and chic in this multi-colored Balmain mini. And as she likely knows, you can never go wrong when completing your look with Jimmy Choos! She is also wearing some jewelry pieces from Melinda Maria Designs. Her bronzed makeup look is by Patrick Ta, with overall styling by Jennifer Mazur. Olivia is attending Nylong Mag’s annual Young Hollywood bash!

attends the NYLON Young Hollywood Party presented by BCBGeneration at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on May 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.

Stefanie Scott

Stephanie is a true beauty in person. So glad to have met her a year or so ago at NYFW. I’m happy to see she is doing well. And how great does she look in this cobalt blue Guishem dress, complete with a dropped shoulder and side cutouts. I also think her accessories were spot on, black Casadei heels and Djula jewelry.

She was also at the Young Hollywood party, sponsored by BCBGeneration and be GLAMMED.

NYLON Magazine And BCBGeneration Annual May Young Hollywood Issue Party Featuring: Stefanie Scott Where: West Hollywood, California, United States When: 07 May 2015 Credit: FayesVision/


Maisie Williams

Maisie is attending the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in London, wearing a periwinkle lace Self-Portrait dress, ASOS white sandal heels, and Kate Spade earrings. Her cute, flowing locks were blown out by Jack Thirlway, while her youthful beauty look was created by Emma White Turle.


Vanessa Marano

And it may be just an LBD, but it’s a sexy, chic, fitted LBD for Vanessa, looking all the more amazing with her sleek pulled back ponytail and shimmery plum lip.

NYLON Magazine And BCBGeneration Annual May Young Hollywood Issue Party Featuring: Vanessa Marano Where: West Hollywood, California, United States When: 07 May 2015 Credit: FayesVision/

NYLON Magazine And BCBGeneration Annual May Young Hollywood Issue Party
Featuring: Vanessa Marano
Where: West Hollywood, California, United States 

Fashion Law Symposium — Part 2

DSC01271So I did an intro post on Fordham Law School’s annual Fashion Law Symposium, thru the Fashion Law Institute. There were a great deal of captivating panel discussion, thus, my posts on this symposium are being done in multiple individual posts. So here is part 2, ENJOY!

Topic — Pulling the Plug: Fashion Companies, Dissolution, and Bankruptcy

Panelists —

I am sure this was an interesting discussion. I missed this one sadly, but I’m positive many found it valuable. It’s not the most fun part of fashion, but with some brands, some companies, it’s inevitable. So it’s good to know about areas such as dissolution and bankruptcy to best equip yourself for how best to wind down your company. It’s like they say in fashion, “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”


Fashion is a seasonal industry, continuously changing. Even if one season you have the best editorial press, it’s no guarantee for financial success. Examples — C. Wonder closing its green doors; Gap closing down its Piperlime division; Kate Spade getting rid of Kate Spade Saturday; and Reed Krakoff suspending operations. So questions that were discussed here — What are the strategic decisions involved when a fashion company considers bankruptcy? How can a fashion house or retailer keep the lights on during reorganization? And does outside investors’ growing involvement with the fashion industry increase the likelihood that an unsuccessful season or 2 will lead to pulling the plug?

Topic — Connectivity: Modeling and the Power of Social Media

Panelists —


I was vastly impressed with this panel discussion. I mean first of all, Coco Rocha, top supermodel was present! I was in awe to say the least. She is gorgeous and very well-spoken. But all in all, everyone did a great job here, and that’s important since this was such a huge topic. Basically, models are now more than just runway or editorial for magazines. They are individuals who now have put themselves out there, mainly being very active on social media. With that in mind, how have modeling agencies adapted their contracts and altered their lineups? How will FTC regulations affect models who advertise products thru their social media accounts? And how can models, agents, and attorneys work together to balance the competing challenges of legal compliance and furtherance of models’ careers thru the ever-evolving world of social media?

Models are now being looked at with a balance, audience connectivity versus commercial appeal. Then there comes the issues of endorsements, how this impacts a model’s identification, their branding.  And with endorsements comes the major issue of FTC compliance. We all recently heard about Lord & Taylor, 50 bloggers donning the same look, a major social media campaign. Everyone of course failed to mention the bloggers were not being paid, and this too can happen if models are promoting products. One has to make sure when promoting a brand or a product that this is made clear, a conspicuous disclosure.


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Special thanks to CFDA, Diane von Furstenberg, Fordham Law School, Gemma Redux, The Judy & Dennis Kenny Foundation, Levi Strauss and Co., Louis Vuitton Malletier, MarkMonitor, Michael O’Malley, and Pentagram


2015 Met Gala — Best Dressed

Some went literal. Others went understated. And some just went their own merry route! That is the Met Gala, “aka Met Ball” for you though! This year’s theme was all about Chinese fashion and inspirations. The exhibit was entitled “China: Through the Looking Glass”. So who went thematic and nailed it, and who just looked too amazing I couldn’t help but include them on my Best Dressed list? Find out below!

Kate Hudson

1430795839_kate-hudson-560_640Gold was a hot color of the night, clearly color being not only a trend of the evening, but attempts to tie in with the overall theme. I believe when bold and antique looking as this custom, suntan-hued, stretch tulle Michael Kors dress with an open back and hand-embroidered paillettes, the theme was understated, but it was present. Simply put, Kate looked radiant! She carried an Edie Parker ivory and gold clutch and donned a Lorraine Schwartz headpiece.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Another in gold, but Rosie went sensual, daring, and sexy in this molten Atelier Versace dress with an up-to-there slit and various cutouts.


Coordinating perfectly were her Christian Louboutin Benedetta nude sandal heels.


And she continued to accessorize well with Anita Ko earrings and rings.


Keri Russell


Not enough words to explain how PHENOMENAL this plunging, high-slitted Altuzarra dress is. It’s covered in emerald feathers. And I love all of the colors and textures, very captivating. With her bold look, she coordinated with black strappy Altuzarra sandals, Ana Khouri earrings and a Solange Azagury-Partridge ring.


Jennifer Lopez


This is a gown that looks great from any angle! It’s scaly creature on a flame-licked Versace dress, teamed with a Swarovski clutch and baubles by Sutra, Ivy, Harry Kotlar, and Jack Vartanian.


The whole look is highly intriguing and completely eye-catching!


Bee Shaffer


I’m head over heels for this fully eccentric and eclectic Alexander McQueen custom burgundy embroidered gown. The details are just all so stunning, the floral embroidery, the gorgeous train — I’m in love!

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Bee Shaffer attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)


Amal Alamuddin

Amal I don’t think is a die-hard red carpet fan, but she certainly did well for herself here. This red-hot, ruffled, multi-media John Galliano dress for Maison Margiela was a great choice for her. The bodice has an exquisite fit and the overall look is daring, but not over-the-top.

Katie Holmes


Ahhh, isn’t this gown so dreamy! It’s a vision, this navy blue speckled Zac Posen dress with dreamy cloud-shaped embellishments along the hemline.


Katie is too a vision, especially with elegant accessories in that of diamond Chopard jewelry and a luxe Roger Vivier clutch.

And no worries on the new hair alert, as this is just a wig styled by DJ Quintero, using products from Alterna, the haircare company Holmes co-owns.


Selena Gomez


Selena looks stunning in this custom, silk crepe, Vera Wang creation, complete with a V-neck bra top, a plunging open back, and Chinese tassel accents.

And no way can you overlook this mesmerizing floral updo, created by Jake Bailey and  Renato Campora for Moroccanoil.



Joan Smalls

My one, totally sexy, daring piece, has to be Joan in this semi-sheer purple lace dress with cutouts and a sheer skirt, which further complimented with Chopard diamonds. This color is so eye-catching, a great choice, and really what a dress — Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli.

Her beauty look is just as great, a mix of Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire, from Estee Lauder.


Wendi Murdoch


Co-chair to the event, Wendi is right in the A+ game/lane, with this navy blue Oscar de la Renta fitted gown with gold embellishments adorned throughout the look. For her accessories, she went with a tassled Kotur clutch and Cindy Chao jewelry.

Dianna Agron


This is such a wearable work of art, this ethereal white Tory Burch, one-shoulder, silk chiffon dress that boasted three cranes embroidered on its skirt. Dianna accessorized with a white Tory Burch clutch and emerald Fred Leighton baubles.

Adriana Lima


Lots of special touches are in this deep burgundy Marc Jacobs dress, with a falling starburst design as just one of the highlights. I too love sheer bodice/neckline.

There are some fantastic accessories to compliment this look, ruby red Chopard jewelry and a black Judith Leiber clutch. This bold hair, blunt bangs and luscious waves, is courtesy of Anthony Cristiano Salon, And her sulty makeup is all thanks to Maybelline NY, Morgane Martini, cat eye and ruby red lip.



Lizzy Caplan

This is probably one of my more obviously thematic looks, but nonetheless a must have on my Best Dressed list. This adoring blush-hued, asymmetrical Donna Karan Atelier dress, embellished with gold beading and embroidery is perfection.

She complimented this look well with gold tassel-style earrings by Jack Vartanian, a ruby Carla Amorim ring, and a pearlescent Edie Parker clutch.

Helen Mirren
Helen is a red carpet pro, always such a standout and she doesn’t disappoint in this red lace Dolce & Gabbana dress. She is workin’ this look!
Miranda Kerr
Miranda is proving you don’t have to go all out, full on gowns, to rock the red carpet. I love that she went short, simple, and sweet with this printed Louis Vuitton sheath dress. Dig her accessory choices as well, LV clutch, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and black Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
And for her lovely beauty look, Lisa Storey for makeup & David Keough for hair.
Caroline Trentini
This is a smashing look, sculpted and sensational — a sheer black Versace number.
Kudos to this phenomenal glam squad — Lisa Houghton for makeup, David Colvin for hair, as well as Esther Langham.
Eddie Redmayne & Hannah Bagshawe
And my one dynamic duo pair, both in Valentino, such a lovely couple, but the looks here, well worthy of best dressed nods. Hannah looks so sophisticated, very classy.

Fashion Law Symposium, Part 1

Each year, Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute puts on their annual fashion law symposium. This year there was 6 highly engaging topics. With so much to say about each one, my symposium posts will be in 3 parts. So this is Part 1, enjoy!


First up was the topic – Purchasing Power: Mergers & Acquisitions and Fashion Investment. The panelists for this discussion were as follows –

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I was not present at this particular panel, but the goal was to discuss investment opportunities as related to the fashion industry. Important questions for this topic area were — “How has the market for fashion houses changed in half a decade?”; “What are the factors to consider in acquiring or investing in a fashion company?”; And from the designer perspective or that of an independent label, what are the pros and cons of working with an investor, how do you identify the ideal suitor, and when is the timing right? I’m positive this was a riveting discussion and it presents many legal and business issues that designers and brands must consider.


Next up, a very enlightening panel discussion, Power Centers: Battling Across Jurisdictions in World War IP. The panelists were as follows –


So as we know, a great deal of effort has been made in standardizing IP protection in a global sense, harmonizing the formalities. However, it is still very much a reality that rights holders are making the same claims against the same or similar defendants when it comes to IP protections, and they are getting different results in different jurisdictions. A few examples of this –

  • Gucci winning against Guess in the U.S., but losing in their home territory of Italy
  • The Chinese government and its adverse administrative action against Burberry’s widely protected signature tartan
  • Christian Louboutin’s country by country campaign to save their red sole from copyists


All in all, what we are left with is unpredictable IP laws, especially in the areas of trademark protection. The global shopping market is ever-present and highly accessible. So how do fashion companies and their counsel view this power struggle, and what strategic maneuvers are most effective?

Vince Castiglione began this discussion, going over the overlap of IP & technology. He specifically looked at patents, the different approaches and how the rise of technology has impacted patent laws. With the industry of fashion becoming very tech-driven, more and more brands, designers, and companies are weighing these varying costs of utility and design patents against the time to market. The ultimate goal being to protect the underlying technology. So more and more attorneys are now working very closely with the design teams to streamline this process. When looking at this in an international context, there are some major differences to remember. For various IP protections, unlike here in the U.S., the right holder is protected as first to file, not first to use. Internationally, you have to make sure any public disclosure will not have barred one from achieving trademark or patent protection.


Roxanne Elings went on to discuss the internet and the ongoing issues this presents, especially counterfeiting. Sites are popping up all the time and with a lack of IP respect in a global sense, to just the sheer amount of these sites, brands and designers are often stumped as to their options. It’s now more important than ever to make sure you are aware of the laws here in the U.S., but also the protections available to your business abroad. At this point, where a one, fully effective law is not an option, you have to make what’s existing, law-wise that is, work, whether that’s here in the U.S. or abroad say in France. Just being aware and know the protective scope are already steps in the right direction.

Michelle Marsh continued on with IP protections, what sorts of options and programs are available. You have to look at the protections again not just based on the U.S., but if your plan is to sell globally, you have to include international protections in your budget. It’s a game of risk since there is no universal trademark application or the like. Strategic plans have to be implemented on what sorts of protection would work best for you and then where you want to have those protections. Of course after time, you re-visit these plans and make appropriate changes if need be. When looking at the global marketplace, looking at where you want to gain the most protection, you likely will consider hot spots, where you are selling, where you might end up at in the future. Another point to keep in mind in the trademark realm, is when it comes to your mark, what is available in the U.S. might not be available elsewhere, so make sure to give yourself options — think differentiation.


The discussion came to a close with Pamela Echeverria discussing the specifics of IP law in Argentina. Pamela is a major player in the context of fashion law in this county. She developed the first fashion law blog and she has taken a part in publishing of the first fashion law textbook.