Style Fashion Week at #NYFW

This post is dedicated to many of the talented designers who showcased at Style Fashion Week!

David Tupaz


Such stunningly gorgeous couture creations!


Marco Marco



A truly exciting show, from start to finish — high energy, there were models on pointe down the runway, extreme to the max! Lance Bass, Carson Kressley, Ryan Burke, and a few other celeb names were in attendance.




Luxury, high quality childrenswear — fanciful young ladies, all ready for a spring tea in the garden!




Bold, sexy looks for modern, confident women, so daring! Escaping out of the Rwandan genocide to be in NYC, presenting such a wonderful collection, it was all truly moving.




Clean, chic, very minimalist, but overall, some great RTW pieces for the ladies!




A spunky take and with added effect, the models strutted down the runway with golf clubs, genius! This was the brand’s debut and they are all about high-end athletic wear — go from the golf course to the Ritz!

They hit a hole in one!




Trendy, hip looks for not just the ladies, but a little menswear in the mix!


Show credits —


Truly Inspired Womenswear at NYFW

This next set of designers definitely had a clear vision for S/S 2016, very inspired and imaginative pieces. Enjoy!


I’m doing these posts together, because Pilot Pen actually helped in creating a look for Nicholas K this season. Incorporated into the look were Pilot Pens!


As for the rest of the Nicholas K collection, siblings Christopher and Nicholas Kunz channeled BASE jumpers for spring. “We call it ‘Terminal Velocity’ because it’s really high-energy, really adrenaline-packed,” Nicholas said of the lineup. The brand’s signature draped, hooded and layered silhouettes had even more fluidity this season when executed in parachute and ripstop nylon as well as silk, conveying a feeling of weightlessness.


Denim made a strong showing in black and periwinkle washes that had been given the dip-dye treatment, a recurrent theme throughout the looks, done mostly in a monochromatic palette of black, white and gray with a few pops of orange and red. Flight suits and outerwear in suede and leather looked effortlessly luxe over a series of highly covetable short-sleeved, button-down wrap blouses. Pounding the runway to thumping electronic music, the Nicholas K girl looked fierce — and apocalypse-ready.


I’ve been doing fashion week now for several seasons. I like seeing the progression and growth for a designer. That is what I see with Nicholas K and I was vastly impressed with this S/S 16 collection!



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Qiaoran Huang and Joshua Hupper, the design duo behind Babyghost, presented a hauntingly romantic spring collection. They were inspired by a Halston documentary, a poem about death from the 1940s and classic American retail chains such as Gap and J. Crew.


So how did they weave together these disparate elements? For starters, the ode to Halston was immediately apparent in the fabrics, which included jersey burnout and touches of gold on dresses and skirts. The classic American retail chains translated to oversize tees, a cropped trench and chunky cardigans.


And the death poem? Lines from it were printed throughout the collection on everything from T-shirts to a maxiskirt. This was definitely a collection on the darker side, but there was an understated beauty about, something very alluring and intriguing.




Spring 2016 marked Alejandra Alonso Rojas’ fourth À Moi collection. “I feel like I’ve [determined] the silhouettes and I’ve kind of rounded up who my woman is — girlish and whimsical but relaxed,” said the designer backstage at her presentation. The season’s looks ranged from crafty and artisanal — such as three-dimensional floral embroidered canvas skirts and jackets, a yellow jacquard peplum top and matching culottes and a bomber embellished in floral motifs with sheer sleeves — to more successful simplistic approaches where one could see the perfect balance between artistry and wearability.



Case in point: her black silk T-shirt with embellished sleeve detail and fluid wide-leg pants. The approach was best summed up by Rojas’ show notes: “The idea of applying the elevated sartorial traditions of the past to the necessary versatility of now is paramount when creating garments.”


This was such a delicate, very feminine, soft & easy collection. There was clever design, but also a minimalist undertone that I appreciated.

2015 Emmys — Best Dressed

I’m a little late on this one, but of course I had to do a best dressed list for the 2015 Emmy Awards. Enjoy!!

Julianne Hough


Julianne was ravishingly stunning in the Marchesa gown she ordered hot off last week’s runway and a Neil Lane brooch in her hair.


Hair look details from Julianne’s hair stylist Riawna Capri — “We opted for a slightly disheveled look with a little edge that worked seamlessly with the black lace and elaborate details of the dress,”

Julianne Hough‘s luminous skin and extra-long lashes were courtesy of makeup artist Spencer Barnes.

Other look details —


Giuliana Rancic


Giuliana looked effortlessly ethereal in this fully beaded embellished rose pink gown by Ziad Nakad. Great work by her stylist Monica Rose. For beauty, she had Patrick Ta on board for makeup, creating a soft, subtle look, and Melissa Brown for hair, sleek waves. To complete her look, Guiliana donned a few elegant pieces of Forevermark diamonds.


Emma Roberts

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Emma looked beautiful and angelic in this custom Jenny Packham dress with Old Hollywood appeal, plus gorgeous Martin Katz jewelry and coordinating Lee Savage clutch.

Emma Roberts‘ seamless cascade of waves was courtesy of hairstylist Nikki Lee.


Sofia Vergara


Sofia wore a champagne-hued, reverse-scoop-necked strapless St. John gown and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds. However, her gown certainly packed in it’s own fair share of jewels, as it boasted 64,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals.

For her beauty squad, Sofia worked with Gracias Kelly Kline for hair, creating luscious waves and for makeup, a bold look with a cat eye and burgundy lip.

Sarah Hyland


Sarah was classic and elegant in a burgundy Zac Posen gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline and open back, plus Lorraine Schwartz & Ofira jewelry. Her overall look was styled by Brad Goreski. For her matching nails, Sarah brought on board Christina Viles. Her beautiful makeup, a bronzed, sunkist face with nude lip, was courtesy of Allan Avendano. And finally, gorgeous hair, short and wavy, created by Ryan Richman.

Check out the details for her makeup look — L’Oreal Paris products — shimmering purple eyeshadow, Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes in Eclectic #866 and Exuberante #766—more details here!



“Sarah’s deep burgundy Zac Posen dress was the perfect color to introduce the fall season to sizzling and sunny Los Angeles. Her glam team collectively decided to use rich shades that complemented her naturally golden olive complexion.”

Beauty Breakdown:
Skin prep:
—Dior Prestige La Creme
—Dior Capture Totale Le Serum Yeux
—Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Creator

—Diorskin Star Foundation in Honey Beige #040
—Diorskin Nude ‘Cosmopolite’ Illuminating Face Powder #001
—Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder in Light Beige #020
—Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powders in Pink #001 and Amber #002

—Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Pro Purple #582
—Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Over Black #090
—Diorshow Brow Styler Gel in Brown #003
—Dior ‘Sourcils Poudre’ Powder Eyebrow Pencil in Brown #593
—Dior Backstage Eye Prime Long-Wear and Smoothing Eye Primer
—Dior 5 Couleurs ‘Cosmopolite’ Eyeshadow Palettes in Eclectic #866 and Exuberante #766

—Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm
—Dior Addict Lipstick in Tailleur Bar #535

—St. Tropez One Night Only: Applied on Hyland’s decolletage, arms, shoulders, and back with a Tan Applicator Mitt.

As for her hair, here are the details from Ryan Richman for L’Oreal Paris — “Sarah’s Zac Posen gown was sleek and elegant. I like to do the opposite with the hair so opted for a messy tousled wave. I’ve been doing Sarah’s hair for about two years now, so the challenge is to do something I’ve never done before. I have done her hair wavy countless times but never quite like this. This texture shows off her amazing cut and color as well,” he says.

Step 1: First, Ryan prepped damp hair by spraying a generous amount of L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Blow Out Heat Spray, focusing at the root. He used a wide-toothed comb to distribute product throughout the hair and create a deep side part.

Step 2: Using a blow-dryer and his fingers, Ryan rough-dried the roots until halfway dry. He picked up a medium boar bristle round brush to finish drying each section, being careful not to oversmooth the hair, for added volume and a little natural texture.

Step 3: He then used a 1-inch flatiron on medium heat to create a tousled wave, spraying L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold on each section before curling, and holding the flat iron vertically facing the clamp down. In a fluid motion, he twisted the iron and pushed downward to create a loose beachy wave. Ryan alternated directions of the wave as he moved throughout the hair for a beautiful tousled-texture result.

Step 4: Next, Ryan rubbed a small amount of L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Hyper-Fix Putty into the palms of his hands. Focusing at the root, he worked the product through the hair roughly.

Step 5: Last, he used a bobby pin to secure the small side of the part behind Sarah’s ear and misted more hairspray all over the hair to lock in the style.

Jaimie Alexander & Peter Facinelli


An Armani duo like no other! In fact, Jaimie donned an Armani Privé, which hadn’t yet been seen on the runway. “They trusted me to wear it – and when they sent it to me, I said, ‘Done!'” she said. Baccarat jewels completed the look.


Gina Rodriguez


Gina wore a strapless, pink Lorena Sarbu gown, crafted from silk tulle and embellished with beading. Other look details —

Allison Janney


Allison dazzled in this body-conscious Labourjoisie illusion dress. For her smashing waves, her hair was styled by J  The visionary bringing her amazing makeup to life was Collier Strong, products used —

Additional look details —

Penelope Ann Miller


Penelope looked like a golden ray of sunshine in this beaded Lorena Sarbu dress and Simon G. diamonds, provided by Peter Norman Jewelers. Doing both hair & makeup was Marco Berardini, short locks and understated beauty look.

Amy Landecker


This look is just an exquisite work of art, a V-neck Marchesa dress with floral appliqués; Amy’s sideswept wavy do was by Rod Ortega. The great ombre color was provided by Tracey Cunningham. Her stylist was Cristina Ehrlich. Plum lip and dark smoky eye were courtesy of makeup artist Ashleigh Louer. Nice golden touch of bronze from Christine of Organic Glow Spray tans. To cap off the look, Neil Lane jewelry.

Stephanie Bauer

Stephanie donned a gown from one of my fave designers, Leanne Marshall, a lovely soft pink spaghetti strap dress with a sweetheart neckline.

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Ariel Winter


Ariel was one red hot # in this strapless Romona Keveza gown with an asymmetrical neckline, plus a Kotur clutch, Anne Sisteron Jewelry earrings, Marli bracelets, and a Messika ring. The stylist for Ariel’s look was Anita Patrickson.

Her hair, long, glam waves, styled by hairstylist Aviva Perea using Garnier Anti-Humidity Hairspray.

For makeup, a minimalist touch with a soft nude lip by


Christina Hendricks & Geoffrey Arend


These 2 were such a power couple. Christina wowed in this fully decked out, embellished Naeem Khan gown. Her other look details —

Geoffrey opted for a burgundy suit jacket with black pants, jacket by Brooks Brothers.

John Stamos


John, so handsome in his classic black tuxe!

Derek Hough

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Derek looked great, also in a classic black tuxe, provided by Brooks Brothers.

NYFW –Let’s Hear it for the Ladies!

Photography by Shanise Gibson

Great, talented female designers, showcasing looks that are all about the celebration of women, her journeys, her confidence, and more!

Son Jung Wan

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It was definitely hard to pick a few faves from Son Jung Wan’s SS 2016 presentation. As always, her work was super impressive and innovative. There is just such an ease with her pieces that make me as a woman both want to wear them and know I would be able to wear them well.

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Her color palette this go-round was soft, while her silhouette and vibe stuck to true Son Jung Wan style, simplistic minimalism. Her work is so high quality and regal that the looks really speak for themselves as to how amazing each one is.

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Show Credits —

Production — Freesmeier Projects

Stylist — Deborah Watson at Walter Schupfer Management

Director — Lynne O’Neill at Hula Inc

Casting — Chad Thompson at Communa-K

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PR — Deborah Hughes Inc.

Backstage Photography — Kevin Tachman

Runway Photography — Radin Banica

Music Director — Laurent Vacher

Makeup — Miyaka Okamata for Shiseido

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Hair — Jorge Luis and Laurent D for Prive Products

Lighting — Florian Schreiter

Nails — Shiseido

Dressers — Alyson Friedman at Quick Change Artistry

Set — Bernhard-Link Theatrical

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Francesca Liberatore




Francesca Liberatore’s spring collection, entitled “The Heart is the Center,”  explored the human heart and all of its facets. If that meant simply having heart-and-valve artwork indiscreetly printed and bedazzled on practically every look, then she succeeded. Her range of silk chiffon, tulle, lace and knit daywear, done in a palette of primarily orange and black, to me was quite captivating. It’s hard to pull of orange and black and not thing campy Halloween. I didn’t see spookiness here at all, but rather a golden sunrise, with looks stunning all the way to sunset!




Francesca is known for creating dynamic, bold looks for the modern day, strong, confident woman. Her looks are empowering and each season, I’m always eager to see her collection. This was another great one! It was all about heart and you can see Francesca’s heart in this collection, such passion and vivacity.


Isa Arfen


For S/S 2016, Isa Arfen Creative Director Serafina Sama travels on an imagined journey thru warmer climates creating an interchangeable capsule collection rooted in a desire for an adventure. The journey begins with a palette of elegant monochrome. Loosely worn boxy shirts in a silk cotton poplin hint at the effortlessness of the Isa Arfen woman, while asymmetrical ruffles in peachy cotton provide a feminine flourish.


Hues of true orange, sangria, bold pink, and persimmon were balanced with traditional black and whites. The collection was clearly a presentation of juxtaposition; silk chiffon capris and a-line lace dresses were met by suiting-inspired jackets and waistlines. These strong silhouettes were alternated throughout the show, proving Liberatore’s versatility.


The relaxed eastern influence is seen repeatedly in this collection, from the light loose kimono overcoats to the sharp tailoring. For evening, glamour is introduced thru flashes of ciciaomino, clashed with khaki, whilst tropical florals are screenprinted thru silk cattan adorned on evening coats.


Show Credits —

Styling — Valentine Fillol-Cordier

Production — Brett Windham

Communications — Holly Corrigan, Starworks Group

Shoes — Charlotte Olympia for Isa Arfen

Sunglasses — General Eyewear

Casting — Henry Thomas

Hair — Claudia Lazo at Wella

Makeup — Louise Zizzo at MAC

Nails — Jessica Tong for Smith & Cult

Photography — Sophia Aerts

Graphic Design — PLAKAT


#NYFW — Some of My Faves!

Oh, you know, just a couple of my fave #NYFW designers……


Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

DESIGUAL’s Spring 2016 collection explored the modern day women who is free-spirited, bold and fun, celebrating the ever-changing face of women! Women, like the many cities we travel to and live in, are ever-changing and endlessly alluring; gleaming in the morning and glowing in the evening. Inspired by the city of Barcelona, BCN, La Ciudad Condal, the charming Mediterranean port town that’s always been home for DESIGUAL, this collection encapsulates the many styles of women.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

The brand collaborated with stylist Misha Janette, who used her eclectic style to showcase the daring, fearless, and irreverent woman according to DESIGUAL. Lauro Samblas’, an artist from Barcelona, used colorful pop-inspired collages tapping into his boundless creative freedom to create the backdrop for the collection.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Cosmopolitan and cool, the collection featured layered looks, unusual combinations and left an urban, sophisticated and bold mark: Shirts worn as skirts, hand painted brush stroke prints on oversize blouses, jumpers worn as turbans, A-line midi-skirts with patchwork embroidery, jackets that combine denim, military fabric and embroidery, palazzo pants and ankle grazers, embellished jeans with delicate embroidery and long shirts worn as evening dresses.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Desigual is designed for many types of women with their lust for life, eye for beauty, and passion for self-expression. I am such a fan of not only the looks, but the show itself. Desigual is always a super fun, empowered show to witness firsthand. The energy in the room is undeniable. But the looks too are marvelous and I loved this collection! It’s Desigual thru & thru!

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Guests included actresses Laverne Cox; supermodel Karolina Kurkova; 94 year old fashion icon Iris Apfel; fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker and Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe with fiancé Shawn Booth.

PR — Deborah Hughes Inc.

Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016

Leanne Marshall


Black silk organza dress with silk mesh draping; Black silk twill dress with layered cutouts; Black silk organza dress


Navy gown with layered silk twill cutout bodice and printed chiffon skirt; Navy silk organza dress with frayed denim and printed chiffon details; Navy short sleeved silk organza dress with frayed denim and printed chiffon details


Sheer light blue silk organza dress with silk chiffon overlay details; Light blue silk chiffon and silk charmeuse spaghetti strap gown with belt detail; & Light blue to ivory ombre silk organza gown with paneled skirt


Ivory textured silk organza gown with silk organza and thread details; Ivory silk gazaar gown with hand painted organza embellishment and foliage belt; Ivory silk gazaar gown with slits and foliage


Kelly green silk twill gown with cutouts & textured silk organza detail & Two-piece gown with silk twill bodice tiered silk organza skirt with silk organza and floral embellishments

So just as Leanne did last season, she took her audience on a narrative fashion journey, this year, underlying themes being Mother Nature. The inspiration for her collection: ‘A dark disconnected world, plagued by excess is wiped out when another Nature takes back what is hers. There is a slow, gradual return to the ease and magic of being alive.” 4 different beauty looks to bring her concept to life.

Section 1, Darkworld

Section 2: Water/Air

Section 3: Earth

Section 4, Nature ReClaims

Such a gorgeous collection. There are not enough words to describe how much I adore these pieces and I am just in awe!

Show credits —

Makeup lead — Janell Geason, Aveda

Hair lead — Jon Reyman for Spoke & Weal


Ivory silk gazaar gown with seafoam bodice details and silk organza draping; Ivory silk gazaar draped bustier with seafoam silk organza skirt; Seafoam silk organza gown with green lace and thread detailing; & Kelly green silk organza gown with flutter sleeve and hand embroidered detail

Nail Design — Patricia Yankee

Shoes — Faryl Robin & Joe South


Royal silk organza gown with full skirt and pleated silk mesh and organza details; Royal silk organza dress with silk organza draping; Royal silk gown with deep V bodice; & Royal blue gown with silk charmeuse Deep V bodice and silk mesh skirt

Floral work — Sachi Rose

Gift Bag Sponsors — BRYK Brand, Castefy, Chapstick, Chloe Wine, Keshima Beauty, Pixie Mood, & Sinful Colors

Music — Dino Moran Dino Moran


Light blue silk organza gown with deep V an draped bodice with spaghetti strap; Multicolored ombre silk organza draped tank dress; Multicolored ombre silk organza dress with of shoulder sleeve detail; & Multicolored ombre silk organza short-sleeved dress with asymmetrical drape

Production — LDJ Productions

PR — Riviere Agency


Black silk organza dress with pleated silk organza detailing; black, white, gray silk organza dress; black short sleevve silk twill dress with black, gray, and white silk organza printed drapes; & black silk twill beaded crop tank with navy and black silk organza and satin faced silk organza skirt

Launch — Design Whisperer


The Designer Whisperer strives to create a platform where artists can receive the recognition they
deserve by bringing more awareness to the creative individuals who are building the future of fashion at no cost. The hope is to bridge the gap between mainstream luxury fashion and independent brands by providing insight into the industry with trade coverage, designer profiles and industry news.


Sponsors: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, H2-Melon and The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen


Photography — Garvin of Revenge Fashion Magazine


NYFW — Modern, Bold RTW

Eveningwear is always a must-see for the runway, but I too adore seeing some great, modern, trendy RTW looks!



Purple & Green spandex dress

For Spring/Summer 2016, GEORGINE wanted to break traditional dressing protocols and defy the conventional approach of how people normally dress. For instance, leathers are treated in pastels in lieu of the mainstream rugged dark treatment, French laces are cut into sweatshirts and active wear, and spandex is celebrated in eveningwear. The results are subtle and surprising and inline with the Internet age where nothing is ever as it seems. All of this was mesmerizing for me, quite captivating with the color palette and mixed media work.


Embroidered dress with tan trench

Celebrity Guests: Laverne Cox, actress, “Grandma”, “Orange is the New Black”; Kristen Taekman, The Real Housewives of New York City; Tamaryn, singer “Cranekiss”; Stassi Schroeder, fashion blogger, star of “Vanderpump Rules”; Nigel Barker


Wanessa green lace dress

Show credits —

Hair: Ric Pipino for Melville Pipino Salon

Make-Up: Gordon Espinet with the MAC Pro Team

Shoes: Go Melissa

Music: Laurent Vacher

Fur: Jonevon Furs


Embroidered print blouse tip with keyhole tied collar

Jewelry: Patricia von Musulin

Sunglasses: Moscot

PR, Production, & Casting: Mao PR

Hair supplied by Janet Collections


Embroidered dress with blue half spandex sleeves

Jay Godfrey

(photo credits to Dan Lecca Photography)


Jay Godfrey’s Spring 2016 is inspired by the work of the late interior designer and architect David Collins. Godfrey’s collection specifically pays tribute to London-based Collins’ use of simplicity, architectural lines, and text to create sensual environments that are simultaneously Contemporary and established. A collection in all white is hard to pull off, hard to be that intriguing. But Jay has done that here with a great mix of looks, separates and dresses. It was clear he had a vision and executed it well.


While Godfrey, who also works in the interiors milieu, was working on designing a hotel project in Seoul, Korea, he often looked to Collins’ recently released coffee table book, ABCDCS that memorialized the late designer’s work in hotels, restaurants, bars, and private residences. Godfrey was struck by Collins’ use of different shades of white, ivory, alabaster and cream and has created a Spring 2016 show as homage to his work.


New York-based designer Jay Godfrey is the founder and creative director behind his eponymous collection of sleek, sexy and sophisticated designs. Perpetually inspired by the chic New York woman, Godfrey’s goal as a designer is to meld the classic tailoring techniques of Savile Row with modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The result is his distinctive contemporary collection of dresses and separates that accentuate the female figure. Godfrey describes himself as a minimalist who embraces color in an unmistakably sensual way.


House of Perna


Amanda Perna of House of Perna, pictured above, was on this current season of Project Runway. I was a fan!! I saw her work before the show and loved it. I am now seeing her work after the show and I’m still a huge supporter!!


This collection speaks to femininity and is quite impressive. I was amazed at the clever prints and choices of silhouettes. There are great pops of color and vibrant prints, which make the pieces really stand out.


Vivienne Tam


The collection was inspired by the increasingly androgynous nature of fashion in the 20’s and today’s “street” culture. It reflects a contemporary contextualization of art deco design elements, characterized by linear forms, dropped waists, stripes, and angularities translated into relaxed shapes that are reminiscent of the teen surfer/skater culture of the 70’s and nods to modern comfort and ease.


The collection finds expression in relaxed silhouettes, ribbed knits, crisp cottons, synthesized crepes and techno-mesh layered with hand-crafted embroideries and laser-cut appliqués, combining masculine shapes with feminine embellishments. Graphic black and white, red, sea green, and accents of fluorescent pink and mint green add a modern twist. This was a great collection to witness in person. There was a lot of energy in the room and it was people feeding off of the modern vibe these great pieces were giving off. Another great collection by Tam, congrats!


NOTABLES GUESTS: Ally Brooke (Musician, Fifth Harmony), Sonia Nassery Cole (Oscar nominated The Black Tulip) Elle Dee (DJ/Model), Thatiana Diaz (Miss New York 2014), Pierson Fode (Actor), Olivia Jordan (Miss USA 2015), Niki Koss (Actress, Girl on the Edge), Ai Li (Actress, The Tenth Floor), Floriana Lima (Actress, The Mob Doctor), Natalie Alyn Lind (Actress, Gotham, The Goldbergs), Vanessa Marano (Actress, Switched at Birth), Mozhan Marno (Actress, House of Cards, The Blacklist), Mercedes Mason (Actress, Fear the Walking Dead), Ryan Newman (Actress), Teyonah Parris (Actress, Survivor’s Remorse, Mad Men), Shu Pei Qin (Supermodel), Vanessa Ray (Actress, Pretty Little Liars, Blue Bloods), Angela Simmons (TV Personality), Serinda Swan (Actress, Graceland), Hairong Tian (Actress, Silent Tears), Paulina Vega (Miss Universe 2014), Carlson Young (Actress, Scream (MTV)), Tashiana Washington (Actress/Singer, Gimme Shelter). Also in attendance: Kelly Bensimon (TV personality), Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox News, Co-host The Five), Di Mondo, Andrea Tantaros (Fox News, Outnumbered), and more.


NYFW — All the Shimmer & Shine!

Fashion Week is definitely at times about the glitz and the glam. You will see a great deal of RTW, but the shows with that WOW factor, the extra shimmer & shine, are definitely worth being in attendance at!

Rootstein Launch of the Phillipe Blond Mannequin


Rootstein, the iconic mannequin company who has been the leader in groundbreaking mannequin manufacturing and changed the standards of the retail display industry for almost 60 years, is proud to announce the release of a visionary new collection of male and female mannequins based on the visage of internationally famous fashion designer Phillipe Blond. This was a super exhilarating presentation. I was totally mesmerized!


Rootstein representatives elaborate, “In partnering with The Blonds, Rootstein continues its legacy of embracing individuality that captures, reflects and communicates the brilliant transience of fashion at its most beautiful and thrilling.” Throughout the decades, Rootstein has sought out celebrities who have embodied the spirit of their times and sculpted mannequins based on Twiggy, Pat Cleveland, Joan Collins, Susanne Barstch, Erin O¹Connor and Jade Parfit to name a few.


The event featured an exhibition of the mannequins wearing an archive of The Blonds most memorable runway pieces. Phillipe is beaming with excitement and adds, “The whole process is surreal and magical, like a dream. It is such an honor to join the ranks of so many inspiring icons that have been sculpted for mannequins by Rootstein.”


Pamella Roland

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Dream come true, that is what I would call attending this show. I was honored to receive an invite. In awe, that is what I felt after seeing these stunning looks grace the runway. This collection was inspired by what was dubbed in the 50s as Post-painterly abstraction by Frank Stella, but not just the visually striking paintings, it was the cultural context in which they were created.

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There was a ton of unorthodox materials used here, plexiglass, PVC Nebula lace, reflective taffeta, and LED fibers, all as a nod to the wave of futurism prevalent in Stella’s early works. The unusual elements are paired with a foundation of gorgeous couture fabrics in streamlined silhouettes, creating a contemporary balance.


Show credits —

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Once again, this was just such an amazing show to be in attendance at. The magnificence of these various formal and evening wear looks were beyond my expectations. I could see so many as future red carpet contenders and I’m sure we will see a few in the coming latter 2015 award season, as well as the award season for 2016.

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Titled “Master and Mischief,” the show mixed the conservative — high, ruffled necklines, corset-like bodices and Victorian bib collars — with the disobedient, in the form of impossibly short, flouncy hemlines. Nicky Zimmermann derived inspiration from Ethel Turner’s 1894 novel “Seven Little Australians” about a group of mischievous siblings.


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The lineup was very youthful, with lace-up backs and sheer embroidery, showing plenty of skin. It was a strong vision executed boldly. I thought this collection had a modern vibe, but still with a vintage appeal. I had a lot of faves that came down the runway!

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NYFW — All Kinds, All Means

Commentary also by Guest Blogger Kendra Saunders

The great thing about #NYFW is not just seeing so much, but it’s seeing so much thru a variety of a means. In my 1st Fashion Week recap, I’m showcasing a film premiere party, presentations, afterparties, and showroom visits. During New York Fashion Week, you really do it all! This season was an impressive one for Fashion Nexus and Bellus Magazine, for which I am the NYC Editor. I was invited to 80 shows — the highest # ever. There was no way I would be able to attend all of these events, runways, and presentations. But thanks to a great effort from some amazing individuals who joined my team as guest bloggers and writers, Fashion Nexus & Bellus Magazine attended 68 of these 80 events. WOW!

So in addition to my coverage for this 1st NYFW recap, Kendra Saunders is on board with some commentary and imagery! First up, the NYC premiere of the fashion documentary “Inside Amato”.

Inside Amato by Furne One

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This fashion documentary, directed by Rocco Lee Gaglioti, takes its audience on a fashionable journey with Furne One, going from concept to a collection as presented on a dramatic runway. This film presents the pressures and struggles presenting a high fashion runway collection. It is a very accurate portrayal of the face of the fashion. Rocco Leo Gaglioti brings the admiration of Furne One, while uncovering intimate moments and creative genius.


photo with Director Rocco Lee Gaglioti

Furne One launched in 2002 and was immediately a hit with the elite. This fashion has been seen on the red carpet from the Golden Globes, Oscars, and more. His fashion has dressed Beyonce, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger, and Amber Rose to name a few.


The documentary was very insightful and it was a true joy for anyone with a passion for fashion. The event was a smashing success, a huge crowd at The Liberty Theater in Times Square. I was very thankful to grab a few minutes with the director, Rocco Lee Gaglioti, on the red carpet. For such a momentous occasion he was truly excited for this opportunity and was near speechless, truly overjoyed!

O2nd Showroom

O2nd showroom takes its clientele on a journey of contradiction, an engagement of a dreamer and a pragmatist. All elements of design are created and driven by a mood, an experience, a purpose. It’s a collage of purposeful clothing with a talent to re-invent classics thru a modern lens.


For Spring 2016, the collection infuses light, pastel color palettes into silhouettes defined by creative lines and simplicity.


Kendra, was on board reporting here!

“Despite the miserable heat in Manhattan on Tuesday, things inside the O2 Showroom were super cool (and not just because they had AC!) The clothes being presented to us are the epitome of minimalist, laid-back style. The pieces felt timeless and ageless as well, incorporating a few little details (like a standout piece with a Peter pan collar) that added just a tad bit of retro flair. All in all, it was a really fun, upbeat little event, and I loved the set up of the room!”


Brand Assembly

It was a pleasure stopping by the new showroom for BA. Brand Assembly’s core business is to nurture and elevate emerging design talent by providing the infrastructure and guidance needed to launch and grow successful brands.

20150913_144320-e1442726283309-576x1024Brands currently showing — Beckley, Elle Sasson, Harare, Karie Laks, Laveer, Mestiza, Phyllis + Rosie, Sass & Bide, ThePerfext, Vive La Femme, Cosette, Flannel, Helena Quinn, Kempner, Libsa, Mill + Row, Roi, Strom, Vincetta, Custommade, Frank & Eileen, Karen Zambos, Korovilas, Mart, MKT, Sarah Curtis, Tarryn Simone, Virginia Wolf, and Woodrow.

Sound Affects & Malan Breton


Malan’s NYFW wrap party, a gathering to benefit a cancer organization, was a huge success!! The event was held at the Hudson Hotel. Sound Affects was the charitable organization being benefited on this evening and to do so, Malan auctioned off 2 dresses, one being a recent finale gown from his recent NYFW showing, to support the cause. More than $10,000.00 in donations were received.


The event was a total blast and a smashing success as you can see from the few images above and below!


Plain Tee Blue Jean


Designer Teneice B.


Kendra attended this designer presentation. In interviewing Teneice, the designer said she was inspired to share her message thru graphic tees. She is all about the empowerment of young girls.

Plain Tee Blue Jean is the tangible extension of a complete lifestyle brand. The brand is not only the designer’s go-to fashion choices but the phrases you see are her version of highlightable book passages that she never got to write.


These two tees above are faves of the designers’ from this recent collection!

PR — The Smurfs v Barney

Project Runway threw in another group challenge this week. And for this episode, it was a battle of the teams, 2 teams that is. Heidi & Tim delivered the challenge details in paintball-esque style.


Blake, as the winning designer from last week, got the ball rolling on the team building. He would select a designer and then whomever was next selected would pick the following designer until no designers were left. So for the blue team, Blake picked Swapnil, who picked, Joseph, who picked Jake, who picked Edmond, and who then lastly picked Merline.


The button bag selected who got the ball rolling for the other team, the red team. The blue team was comprised mainly of guys, which meant the red team was all ladies — Candice, Amanda, Kelly, Lindsey, Laurie, and lastly Ashley.


With the teams completed, it was then time to play some fierce paintball! Each team would defend a barrel of fabric with 2 paintball guns and paintball grenades. Ashley showed she knew how to handle the gun, while Blake decided to kind of sit this one out and hide.


The fabric captured would be the supplemental material for the challenge. Tim later revealed the actual material for the challenge would be what the designers were wearing, their paintball jumpsuits which had just been splattered with paint. Each team was to create a 6 look mini-collection. Yes, that meant cohesion must be in play! The designers then headed back to the workroom to start on this 2-day challenge.


The blue team made great decisions right from the get go. They formed a clear concept, assigned tasks, and really worked great together. Their inspiration was the 50s, to have a Jackson Pollock vibe. They also decided to use a unified textile, which Jake created.


As the designers arrived back to the workroom, Tim told the designers they could make use of extra white canvas and paint that had been provided. Blake too added to the creativity of the textiles by creating a hand-painted floral print for the fabric.


The red team pretty much went the exact opposite route. They did not work as a team at all. Everyone was kind of doing their own thing, just creating their own look. They did not ever form a clear concept, even though several attempts were made. Ashley made it clear since she was the last picked that she felt the least welcome. The ladies in making their textiles were hoping to gain inspiration for a concept, but instead ended up with a complete “easter egg festival”, as Tim latter dubbed it.


All of the white canvas fabric was gone and the ladies were worried as to how their collection could be saved from this color explosion gone bad. Candice attempted to take some form of leadership over the group, but the other ladies were not feeling it. The other designers might not have wanted a leader, but if the women were not going to work as a team, I actually feel as if some leadership was needed here. But the reigns should have been taken to direct the ladies toward cohesion, not just crossing fingers that a concept would arise naturally.


Tim-time made it clear that he saw what we all were seeing at home. He was quite pleased with the blue team, very excited to see cohesion and that they were all working so well together. Tim was rightfully concerned with the red team, telling them they should feel a little scared. The ladies finally decided on a purple supplemental fabric to be their cohesive thread, in hopes it would also save their looks from being amateur hour to chic fashion.


Tim later brought in Sally Beauty consultant Liddy Bisanz. Sally Beauty had their mobile nail studio right outside, with over 750 nail colors, for the designers to have at their disposal. They would each visit with a consultant to create a nail design to give each of their looks additional dimension. As the end of the 2nd day was winding down, the blue team was still going strong, while the red team was still all over the place. Laurie and Amanda even had some drama in the sewing room as tensions were all over the place. The ladies hoped to leave the negative energy behind for the morning of the runway, but that was not the case. Laurie told Ashley the other team members were planning to throw her under the bus, and both were over their group dynamics. But at this point nothing more could be done and the runway show was about to begin.


This week’s guest judges were designer Lisa Perry and Kelly Osbourne.

It was clear from the episode which team was going to be on top and who was not. The blue team made wearable art, whereas the red team created arts and crafts projects. There were a lot of great looks that the blue team put out. Blake and Jake offered a lot to their team with textile creation, but the judges rightfully awarded the win and immunity to the best design. And their pick was Edmond. I agreed, but had they picked Swapnil, I would have been fine with that decision as well. It was a close race for the top.


Edmond’s gown was effortlessly and breathtakingly stunning. It was a win from all angles, including a gorgeous back.

Sally Beauty shout-out for hair, such a beautiful bun updo, also for Mary Kay, great choice of a bold red lip


Swapnil was a close 2nd here and this dress looked very fun and fashionable. He used a lot of creativity here, even making use of the shoes the designers wore in creating the back of this dress. It was clear he paid great attention to detail, including putting in pockets!


Sally Beauty shout-out — lovely flowing waves

Blake would have rounded out my top 3, creating a very clean-cut, minimalist dress. The open back was divine. Blake proved he doesn’t always need bells & whistles to shine. The splashed Pollock paint vibe was great, but I thought the floral hand-painted escalated the prints. I am proud of Blake for doing a great job with that work.


The judges chose Jake as part of their top 3, but I don’t get it. It was great what he did in creating a fabric, but fabric design doesn’t really show me what a great designer he is. Jake has yet to stand out for me and in my opinion could have gone home on earlier challenges. This look was some of his best work, but that is not saying much. And I can’t help but think back to his previous group challenge and how he didn’t work well with Lindsey. Yet all of a sudden he worked just fine here. Does he have a problem working with women?

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Sally Beauty hair shout-out also for Joseph, more gorgeous waves

It was great to see continued signs of improvement from both Joseph & Merline though. I thought this look was quite different for Joseph, still very ladylike and regal, but not so matronly. Merline too also created a beautiful piece, filled with structure and flare.

As mentioned many times above, the red team was clearly on the bottom and the critiques brought out even more drama. The fabric here was not a plus, but even stronger designers such as Candice and Ashley, had looks that were just not great. Bad fabric should not lead to bad design, which is what happened here. All of the looks just kind of fell flat. There was really nothing special. And even though there was drama and fabric issues, the ladies had always planned on doing their own thing. With that I would maybe have expected 1 or 2 decent looks, but overall, it was very eh. And really with the additional drama on the runway, I was over it at this point. I actually blame all of them and do not feel overly bad for Ashley. Added note though, I do like Ashley, did not think she should go home and knew it was not going to happen. But any of these ladies could have helped in making a change to better the group dynamic here and none chose to take that route. No true leadership was seen and the little bit that was attempted was chastised. It was great Laurie stuck up for Ashley at the end, but she didn’t show any support when Ashley was trying to have her voice heard earlier on in the episode. Being picked last sucks. But Ashley has won 2 challenges and she could have sucked it up and tried to make the best of it. And rather than constant complaints from Candice, Amanda, or whomever, focus should have gone on better planning right from the get go. I’m sure these designers have watched PR before and knew the route they were taking was a recipe for disaster. These are some very talented ladies here who have done some great work this season. I will definitely continue to root for them and hope to see better from them in the future. But this work, this episode, these looks were a hot mess!


Amanda did not have the best look this week, but she didn’t have the worst. At least there was some flare and great movement with her piece. Clearly the judges chose to send her home based on their view of her body of work rather than sending home designers who have been on the top. I’ve disagreed with the judges placement of Amanda in the bottom, but this is where they’ve put her. Ultimately it led to her elimination this week. She may have not made it to the PR show at NYFW, but I’m happy I will get to see her with House of Perna as she is still showing during fashion week.


Candice was in the bottom 2, which also made no sense to me. It was not her best work, but it was not the worst of this bunch. It was not perfectly executed, but it had direction. It was more than just a basic, boring top or skirt.

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Ashley & Kelly were too in some danger here as the judges brought attention to their looks. This was definitely not Ashley’s best work. It was clear the judges were not sending her home as she has had some winning looks. Kelly too didn’t fair well with the judges here. There were definitely some execution issues here, but just as I said with Candice, I at least appreciated a sense of direction here and thinking outside of the box. The top was a bit crazy, but for these looks, the crazy outweighed the safe, boring pieces.

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Laurie & Lindsey were in the middle of this bottom pack. And just like the rest, nothing overly impressive or to brag about. Two basic tops, culottes, and some capris, whoopee! The girls had a tough week here, all of them. So here’s to hoping the ladies get back in it next week. I know they’ve done better and know most will get back on track.

Best Dressed — 2015 MTV VMAs

For the VMA red carpet — lots of black, sparkle, baby pink, and a few dapper dudes! See who made my best dressed list below, ENJOY!!

Katie Stevens



Katie was mesmerizing & gorgeous in this navy blue Yousef Aljasmi gown. Here are all of the sparkling look details —

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress Katie Stevens attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Bailey Buntain De Young

2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's) at the Microsoft Theater - Arrivals Featuring: Bailey De Young Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 30 Aug 2015 Credit: FayesVision/

Not sure of the designer details for Bailey, but she looks bold and beautiful in this gold, lacy knee-length dress.


Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa is a floral goddess in this plunging Naeem Khan rose pink dress, embellished with floral appliqués. Accessory & styling details include —


Demi Lovato


Demi was also rockin’ a baby pink number, hers, a Nicolas Jebran illusion dress. See below for the rest of her look details —

Actress arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


Martha Hunt


Martha Hunt wins for best LBD in a bedazzled Georges Chakra Couture with sheer sleeves. Additional look details —

Tori Kelly


Tory looked amazing, very sexy, in this black lacy Vatanika look. To complete her look —

Fifth Harmony

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artists Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Always a sexy looking group of ladies, love it!! (left to right)

Lindsey Stirling


Lindsey was shimmering & shining in this sparling Mac Duggal knee length dress. Her other look details include —

Lily Aldridge


Lily went basic in black, but with a super sexy choice in that of a Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture gown with a deep V-neckline. Pairing with her look are —

attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Chrissy Teigen


Chrissy look ultra sexy in this black ultra-sheer Marchesa dress with an embellished bodice. To further accentuate her look —


Arden Cho


Arden looked radiant in this black Mac Duggal two piece. Her overall look details are as follows —

  • rings from Wonder Lust Co.
  • Makeup by Alexis Ellen, bold, bright red lip
  • Hair by Derek Peter, chic and waves to the side
  • Styling by Allan Troy

Kelsea Ballerini

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Featuring: Guest Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 30 Aug 2015 Credit: FayesVision/

Kelsea was sassy and stylin’ in this Alice + Olivia frock. She completed her look with —

Maria Menounos


Maria looked elegant and regal in this strapless navy blue Lanvin dress. She further accesorized with —

Rocsi Diaz


Not sure what designer Rocsi is donning, but I do think this is a super sexy LBD with cleverly placed cutouts. But I know her uniquely designer heels are butterfly-backed Sophia Webster sandals. Her styling was by Carmen Lilly.




K-Pop superstar CL, from group 2NE1, might have been missing the rest of her girl gang, but she came to the VMAs with her family ties represented. She wore a Moschino creation designed by her BFF, one Jeremy Scott.

Austin Butler


Not sure of the designer for Austin’s classic black suit, sans time, but he looks muy suave!

Brooklyn Beckham


Brooklyn looked quite grown up in this Ralph Lauren look, black slacks and white jacket.

Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump


Very handsome lookin’ duo! Two from Fall Out Boy!

Gregg Sulkin

Gregg, looking sexy as ever, here is wearing head to toe John Varvatos with a Kenneth Cole sweater.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actor Gregg Sulkin attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)