A chocolate event like no other: Salon du Chocolat

Chocolate is one of my favorite sweets. Who can resist? So I’m thrilled to share that Salon du Chocolat, an interactive experience that offers unique treats from chocolatiers around the world is coming to NYC! The event will also feature other innovative activations.  It’s happening at the Javits Center from November 16-17 from 10AM-5PM. Some of the exhibiting brands include Éclat Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat, Neuhaus Chocolates, Ronnie Sue’s Chocolates, and Valrhona. This event is perfect for diehard chocolate fans and the whole family. Activities will include Decorating Cakes With Pipiing, Holiday Pies, Crafting Cookies, and the Salon du Chocolat Fashion Show. The fashion show will showcase unique dresses designed with edible fabrics as well as a number of Instagrammable moments. The dresses will be on display following the show.

In addition, the event will host a slew of other great activations. There’s a special area for aspiring young chefs called Salon du Chocolat Junior that will host lots of interactive workshops. The event’s artist-in-residence, Paul Joachim, known as the Chocolate Genius, will create an enormous, unparalleled chocolate sculpture throughout the weekend. The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival will also have its moment at the event. It’s the perfect time of year for hot chocolate! Lastly, guests will have the opportunity to make their own vegan chocolates. So many delicious experiences to enjoy!

For more information about Salon du Chocolat, be sure to check out https://www.salonduchocolatny.com. You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

*All photos courtesy of Salon du Chocolat

Bridal Fashion Week FW20: Elegance at its finest

Bridal Fashion Week was full of beautiful gowns and glamour. I had a chance to see some of the colletions: Pia Gladys Perey, Hera Couture by Katie Yeung, Daisy by Katie Yeung, Isabela Talya, Viscera NY, and WONA Bridal. Gowns from Pia Gladys Perey are romantic, sensual, elegant, and dramatic. Each one has a name such as Selene and Evita, both of which were my favorite bridal gowns. Garyn and Jessa were my favorite bridesnaids dresses, All of the dresses have beautiful details and drapping-they definitelt impressed me! Next up, Hera Couture by Karie Yeung is all about intricate detailing, classic styles, sexy silohuettes, and modern touches. The brand is size inclusive and each gown is developed with a real woman in mind. My favorite styles included Toussaint Blush and Victoria. which both have beautiful handstitched designs.

In addition, Daisy by Katie Yeung designs wearable, dreamy, romantic, flattering dresses. The beading,lace, and mesh details are impeccable. My favorite styles included Bobbi in Tan and Camellia. Isabela Talya is all about chic, flawless, and alluring gowns. The detailing is effortlessly elegant and show-stopping. My favorite styles included Khloe and Sierra. VISCERA NY embraces asymmetrical styling, beading, and the perfect fit. All of the gowns have an artistic quality to them. I loved the gowns with layers of ruffles and intricate detailing. Lastly, WONA Bridal is all about the modern, intimate, unique, and luxurious bride. The detailing from the intricate layers to the delicate beading is magnificent, I’ve shared my favorite styles in the gallery. What do you think of all of these collections. I can’t get over how magical and beautiful they are!

Global Fashion Collective at NYFW: Innovative and welcoming

 

During NYFW, Global Fashion Collective, a platform supporting creative designers from all around the world, participated in 5 runway shows at Pier 59 Studios. The shows featured designs from cutting edge designers- Hamon, Haus Zuk, Maria Pia Cornejo, AC-House, and Bailuyu. The clothing ranged from architecturally artistic, to whimsical, futuristic, unconventional, and elegantly minimalistic. Hamon exuded a spirited quality while Haus Zuk showcased hyper-sexualized looks. Maria Pea Cornejo displayed innovative elegance while AC-House exhibited independent-inspired designs. Lastly, Bailuyu showcased designs that were harmonious and a return to nature.

Take a look at my favorite looks in the gallery above. What are your favorites? Global Fashion Collective is such an empowering platform. Looking forward to seeing these designers again next year!

Unique events during NYFW: Standing out from the crowd

Photo by: Masato Onoda

Photo by: Masato Onoda

Photo by: Masato Onoda

Photo by: Masato Onoda

Unique events were definitely trending during NYFW. From art, to innovative runway shows, and to cocktail receptions, there was something for everyone. Here’s my round-up of the top 5, enjoy!

ZAZ10TS Exhibit

During NYFW, I attended a press preview for a show-stopping fashion exhibit in the lobby gallery at 10 Times Square. It’s called 10 Times Square: New York Fashion Rediscovered 1982-1997. The exhibit displays rare photographs of top supermodels and fashion designers from the 1980s and 1990s. Some of these figures include Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lauren, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington. The exhibit was made possible by gallery founder Tzili Charney, curator Ya’ara Keydar, and set designer Gaetane Bertol. The images capture the enthusiastic golden era of fashion and the garment district. The exhibition runs through January 20, 2020. How marvelous!

Anna Sui Exhibit

In addition, The World of Anna Sui opened at Museum of Modern Art & Design in Columbus Circle. Anna Sui is known for combining vintage inspiration with modern trends. This is her first major fashion retrospective that features 75 looks from her archives. The exhibit includes her 13 fashion archetypes such as: Punk, Rockstar, Schoolgirl, Nomad, and Fairytale. It also includes video footage of her runway shows and furniture from her apartment and studio. Jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, fragrances, and makeup from her brand are also on view. Lastly, viewers get an inside look at her creative process. What a remarkable exhibit!


Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show

Academy of Art University presented its annual show in Battery Park. It featured the collections from 9 graduate students with innovative vision and talented techniques. The students used vegan leather, wool, silk taffeta, cotton, denim, and twill in their collections. Highlights from the show included a teal vegan leather denim shirt with matching pants and a cross-chest bag; a black and white geometric silk dress with zippers; an olive taffeta jumpsuit paired with a mint green hoodie; and a blue and green wool and cotton mixed print top with plaid and houndstooth lining paired with plaid wool pants. So many innovative collections!

Cynthia Rowley

In the spirit of bringing fun to NYFW, Cynthia Rowley produced a runway show on a cobblestone street in the West Village. The theme was How Far Will You Go?, inspired by the Dr. Seuss book. Even the runway had Dr. Seuss illustrations. The collection featured vibrant colors, sequins, sexy silhouettes, and surfer outfits. It was playful, creative, feminine, and catchy. What a unique collection!

Orient International Holding Co. NYFW Reception

Another unique event during NYFW was an exclusive reception hosted by Orient International Holding Co. The event celebrated China’s participation in NYFW and promoted partner opportunities in China. Tong Jisheng of Orient International Holding Co, Zhuwei Ming of Shangtex, Shao Feng of Threegun, and Ji Shengyun of Lily attended the reception and gave speeches on behalf of their companies. Such a great networking opportunity!

 

 

Exciting events during NYFW: Merging trends and pampering

As usual, NYFW offered some exciting events that combined beauty, fashion, and pampering. Here’s a round-up of some of them:

 

Redken x NYFW Styling Suite

Once again, the Redken x NYFW Styling Suite took place at the Cutler Salon in the Arlo SoHo.  It was an incredible oasis! The salon offered manicures by Essie and makeup touch-ups. It also offered dry styling looks using Redken products such as Triple Pure 32 Hairspray, One United Multi-Benefit Treatment, and Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. I got a gloss treatment along with beachy waves. I love how the products give my hair a soft, voluminous boost and how great they smell. Redken even put together a cozy setup with its products where guests could get the perfect shot. It was beyond memorable!

 

Tractenberg NYFW Studio

In addition, Tractenberg hosted a special fashion week event at its studio space. Featured brands included Jergens, YouCam, Eylure, PUR, Curél, TOCCA, AHAVA, Sugarwish, BareMinerals, Lavanila Labs, Solluna, and drybar. Guests got their blush color matched by BareMinerals, eyelash applications by Eylure, and hair styling by drybar. The event delivered the perfect oasis during NYFW!

 

WWD Style Dimension VIP Party

The WWD Style Dimension VIP Party offered a great interactive space where technology, fashion, and beauty mixed. It took place at WeWork Flatiron where multiple screens played Fashion Week content. The event offered makeup touch-ups by Glam Squad and styling by Warren Tricomi.  Guests enjoyed dancing to the latest pop hits spun by DJ Nicole Rose. They also enjoyed browsing through copies of the latest WWD issue. What a vibrant, appealing atmosphere!

 

OK! NYFW Party

OK! along with Star, Life & Style, and InTouch Weekly hosted a NYFW party at PH-D Rooftop. Event sponsors included SweetTarts, Nature’s Bounty Beauty, and L.A. Colors. Guests enjoyed a SweetTarts candy station and getting makeup touchups with L.A. Colors products. They also enjoyed dancing to beats by DJ Tom Macari and drinking Svedka Vodka specialty cocktails. Various RHONY members attended along with CoCo and Ice-T. It was definitely the place to be seen!

 

Shopbop Pop-Up Opening

Recently, Shopbop hosted an opening party for its Soho pop-up store. Notable attendees included Nina Agal, Rowan Blanchard, Ariel Charnas, Rebecca Minkoff. It was such a fun party that featured customization stations for jean jackets, sneakers, and phone cases. Guests could also get jewelry made by Zoe Chicco. There was a sumptuous dessert table in the center of the store that held the spotlight. All of the clothes and shoes in the store were fabulous. What a memorable opening night!

 

Zimmermann Store Opening

Lastly, Zimmermann celebrated the opening of its Upper East Side store location. Katie Holmes, Nicky Hilton, Athena Calderone, and Katie Lee were just some of the guests in attendance. Beautiful romantic and playful clothing was on display ranging from florals to lace to satin. Even the shoes had intricate and notable detailing. One of the other great features of the store is it outdoor courtyard. This store is truly a gem on the Upper East Side!

So many exciting events. Stay tuned for my next recaps!

Pamella Roland and Artistry: A beautiful NYFW partnership

Pamella Roland and Artistry- two of my favorite creators that always come together for NYFW! It was a treat to attend the Pamella Roland SS20 runway show, and both brands did not disappoint. I had the opportunity to go backstage beforehand and see the Artistry makeup look come to life. The look was absolutely amazing: white eyeliner, gilded foil shadow, rose-colored lips, and glowing skin. It’s romantic and slightly dramatic, but not over the top. Rick DiCecca, Creative Director, Makeup Design for Artistry gave me insights on how the makeup was chosen and walked me through the look:

“It’s a contemporary, wearable look. The skin is very on trend, very glass-like. There’s shimmer on the lids which I think is going to continue to be a trend. We did a white eyeliner. People still want to do liners, but they’re are getting into using other colors besides black, brown, and grey. People want a punch of something. I think white works well on everybody. The cheeks and the lips are very natural. This particular look looks good on everybody. The look really transforms even on darker skins and lighter skins. The only thing we’re adjusting is the lip. It’s bright and fun.

“I chose the elements of the Bangkok collection that sort of went with luxurious- the gold foil on the lids, the sort of shock with white, those juicy rose-colored lips. When I saw what Pamella was doing as the natural evolution, they fit together really well. Bangkok is bountiful with so many different textures, colors, and sounds. I didn’t want to overpower the clothes, so we chose the shades and colors from Bangkok that complemented them. And we used the mascara from studio New York, one of the eyeshadows and the cheeks from studio Parisian. So we’re evolving as Pamella’s evolving.”

I also spoke to Elie Camoro, Lead Stylist at Fekkai about the hair look:

“We wanted a strong contrast to the makeup. so we went with a wet look which is pretty amazing to do with all of those elaborate dresses. We’re using Pure Natural Mist Spray to create the look. We’re combing it through and setting it with a very sleek middle part. Some of the girls have a side part, but most of them have the middle part. So it’s a very strong look.”

Following the backstage scene, the show began. I was completely blown away by the elegance, sleekness, and strong modernity. Pamella used ombre sequins, dyed pearls, 3D flowers, ostrich feather trim, and lace in her collection. My favorite looks included a fuchsia strapless sequin cocktail dress, a fuchsia and red floral Mikado halter gown with a sequin embroidered bodice; a blush pearl and sequin embroidered lace suit with a satin collar; a black embroidered lace gown with 3D pleated tulle petals; and a white lace ballgown wit 3D multi-colored lace appliqued bodice. I’ve also included a couple of other looks that I loved in the above gallery.

In conclusion, the Artistry x Pamella Rolland partnership is special, as the 2 brands always come together to create something amazing. I’m so fortunate to have experienced this year’s magic. What a wonderful celebration of color, textures, evolution, and romance!

NYFW SS20: A look at vibrant colors and unique style

NYFW SS20 was full of exciting color palettes, bold uses of fabric, and contemporary takes on retro styles. Every presentation and runway show left a strong impression on me. Below, are some of my highlights from the week.

First up, Carlos Campos showcased his SS20 collection at Spring Studios. He used pieces of his own personal memories from the 1990s as inspiration for his bespoke design. The collection mixes contemporary tailoring, retro chic style, and vibrant color palettes. These looks left a big impression on me: a navy merino wool tailored suit with magenta cutouts paired with a white silk merino blend turtleneck; a tan cotton twill shirt with magenta contour piping paired with matching pants; a cyan merino wool tailored suit with a white silk merino blend turtleneck; and a magenta tailored suit paired with a navy silk merino blend shirt.

Next, I attended Swiss Touch Presents: Mode Suisse at New York Fashion Week in Soho. Designers included Forbidden Denimeries, Julia Heuer, Vanessa Schindler, Julia Zigerli, and YVY. Swiss Touch Presents is an event series that promotes Swiss innovation and creative ideas. Highlights included a mixed floral print dress with accordion pleats, a grey denim sleeveless shirt dress paired with a white hip bag, a grey denim and white splattered mermaid skirt, a ruched white dress with black polka dots, and a black and grey print sweater over a white long-sleeve shirt paired with matching pants.

I also attended the presentation for All Things Mochi. All of the brand’s pieces are embroidered by local artisans to create contemporary styles. There was a vibrant color scheme theme inspired by the Philippines. My favorite looks include a white floral off the shoulder dress with a multi-colored straw belt, a white and blue floral ruffle crop top paired with matching pants, a white ruffle detailed mini-dress with multicolor flowers and dots, and a white blouse with floral detailing paired with matching pants and a green straw belt.

Lastly, I watched the Revival Swimwear runway show at Metropolitan West. The brand showcased a mix of one-piece suits and bikinis. It has brought back classic swimwear styles from the 1960s through the 1990s with a modern interpretation. Highlights included a black bikini with rose gold colored grommet detail, an orange one piece suit with a lace-up front. a black one piece suit with gold ring belted detail, and a green bikini with rose gold colored grommet detail.

NYFW SS20 sure brought an eclectic mix of ideas and styles! Stay tuned for more coverage!

Supima Design Competition: Unique emerging talent

Photo by: JP Yim/Getty Images for Supima

Photo by: JP Yim/Getty Images for Supima

Photo by: JP Yim/Getty Images for Supima

A few weeks ago, Supima Design Competition invited me to its 12th annual show at Pier59 Studios. Supima, which produces America’s luxury cotton, partnered with 8 leading design schools. Together, they selected the top graduating seniors from each of these schools as finalists for the show. The designer mentor for the competition was Bibhu Mohapatra. The contest expected these finalists to find creative ways to showcase Supima cotton. The show started with a brief interview with Buxton Midyette, VP of Marketing and Promotions at Supima. Then, it took a peak at each finalist’s background and vision. So much incredible talent in this show!

The Supima Design Competition then moved on to a collection by Gina (Zinan) Guo from Drexel University. Her sustainable collection is inspired by the Great Barrier Reef and features sculpture and engineered printing and coral bleaching. My favorite look was a Supima Twill Digital Printed Jumpsuit with Paillette Embroidery.

Next, Andrew Kwon from Parsons School of Design showcased his collection, which is inspired by his father. It’s a mix of elegance, modernity, and mystery. My favorite look was a red Supima jersey gown with floral motifs and train.

The 3rd finalist was Ishwari Vijh from FIT whose collection is inspired by her own previous work over the past few years. She focuses on separation and loss of reality. I loved her red and blue Supima Denim oversized coat with a plaid pattern.

The fourth finalist was Yoohyeon Kim from SCAD who was inspired by the Herero people in Namibia. Her collection unveils intrinsic beauty and uniqueness. My favorite look was a Supima halter coat dress with round sleeves and a blue floral digital print.

The fifth finalist was Isabel Hajian from RISD whose collection was inspired by kids playing dress up. Her collection is whimsical and mysterious. I loved her Supima jersey princess dress that had a cascading skirt and vine-like sleeves.

The sixth finalist was Linh La from Academy of Art University who drew inspiration from the works of artist/fiber sculptor Judith Scott. Her collection features embellishments and artistic fabrications. My favorite look was a floral white Supima twill a-line dress with side pleated panels and yarn embellishment.

The seventh finalist was Illene Martoseno from FIDM whose collection was inspired by taking  fabric beyond its limits. Her collection has a three-dimensional quality to it. I loved her orange and blue ombre Supima jersey twisted top and skirt with boning detail.

The eighth finalist was Shuxian Kong from Kent State University who drew inspiration from her childhood. She features a lot of graphic prints and paneling. My favorite look was a mixed print Supima shirting gown with looping panels and train.

The decision making process looked tough with so many creative designs, but the judges picked a winner. Gina (Zinan) Guo won for her original coral bleaching designs a $150,000 cash prize. What an incredible competion! Congrats to all of the finalists of the Supima Design Competition!

 

Indie Beauty Expo: The ultimate arena for independent beauty brands

Last month, I checked out the Indie Beauty Expo at Pier 94. Indie Beauty Expo is a 2-day event that showcases independent beauty brands, supporting their growth and success in the marketplace. It also featured panels on timely topics such as indie beauty packaging and social media. Over 240 brands exhibited their products at the event. Some of these brands included Codex Beauty, PYT, Lucky, Blessed Moon, REALHER, Cleo&Coco, IBY Beauty, and SPARITUALIST, and more. I love how the majority of the exhibiting brands use natural, clean ingredients.

There were so many incredible brands to check out, but let me fill you on my highlights from the event. Crystal Clean Skincare has developed a revolutionary wand that reduces wrinkles and instantly brightens your skin. Lucky Chick has the most vibrant lipsticks and liquid eyeshadows to express your personality. Clove Hallow has a wide range of concealers and foundations for every skin tones. Solara is a non-toxic mineral sun care line that rejuvenates your skin. I Woke Up Like This is a Korean skincare line that’s cruelty-free and designed for millennials who want healthy flawless skin. Cleo&Coco makes magnesium and charcoal activated natural deodorants and dusting power & dry shampoos.

Wow, I learned so much about clean beauty at the Indie Beauty Expo. It’s shocking how many synthetic ingredients are in certain beauty products. Now, I’m definitely more mindful of product ingredients. Looking forward to next year’s Indie Beauty Expo!

A hat that expresses itself: Tenth Street Hats

A hat has the power to perfectly complement an outfit and make a unique statement. So hearing about Tenth Street Hats made my day! This company started in 1921 and got its name from its original warehouse on 10th Street and Broadway in Oakland, California.  Tenth Street Hats is all about stylish hats for men and women made from the highest quality materials. Each hat is made by expert milliners that take pride in their craftsmanship to produce one-of-a-kind pieces.  The company offers so many different styles such as boaters, fedoras, and safaris. Whatever your style is, you’re sure to find a hat from their collection that you’ll love.

 I chose the Avignon, a mixed wool felt fedora that’s navy with a maroon trim. It’s my favorite hat because the fit is perfect and it adds a classy touch to whichever outfit I wear. The Avignon is bold yet understated. It feels soft yet sturdy enough to keep its shape forever. Moreover, I feel like this hat has been custom made for me- that’s how perfect it is! I always get complimented when I wear it and people are so curious to know where it’s from. There you have it – Tenth Street Hats makes amazing pieces that will always leave lasting impressions!