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!

Ice Cream Floats for the win: Eggloo x Brooklyn Crafted

Photo by: Eggloo Ice Cream

If you love ice cream floats and aren’t ready to give up your summer, stop by Eggloo Ice Cream Shop in Chinatown! Why? Because Eggloo has partnered up with Brooklyn-based craft beverage brand, Brooklyn Crafted to deliver a refreshing, Insta-worthy float. The float has 3 scoops of Eggloo ice cream covered in Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. Another cool thing about the floats is that you can choose from Berry Summer, Strawberry Feels, and OG Vanilla. The float just launched yesterday coinciding with National Float Day. No matter which flavor you choose, you’re bound to have a delicious treat!

 I tried the OG Vanilla float yesterday and I loved it! First of all, the combination of the spicy ginger beer flavor with the vanilla ice cream flavor is perfectly refreshing. Secondly, I like how the float comes with a can of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Extra Spicy. It definitely has a spicy, welcoming kick. In addition, the whipped cream and yellow sprinkles are a nice touch.  In other words, it’s really a delectable sweet creation!

You can get these limited-time ice cream floats through August 31st, and you’ll have a chance to get $1 off from August 19th-31st. All you have to do is present Eggloo’s Instagram post that’s going live on August 19th. Therefore, you should totally try one of the floats. What a tasty, exciting collaboration!

Hamptons in the summer: A spotlight on stand out events

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the Hamptons and attended some wonderful events. The first event was a Wimbeldon party hosted by Hedge New York, a women’s and men’s apparel brand for tennis and golf. The collections were beautiful featuring pocket detailing and the softest silk. Think classic fit polos and feminine, functional skirts and dresses. Hedge also collaborated with SOLDOUT NYC! on a few vintage-style, sporty t-shirts. I met Hedge’s co-founders Antonia DiPaulo and Megan Ouderkirk at the event along with their children. They were all wearing Hedge apparel perfectly. These women have such a creative and inspirational vision!

Next, I attended Amanda Selwyn Theatre’s Green Afternoon VII in East Hampton. Amanda Selwyn Theatre, founded in 2000, creates original and dynamic theatre. The annual celebration benefits the growth of Amanda Selwyn Theatre. It featured impressive interactive performances in an outdoor garden and unique art installations. It also showcased an excerpt of the dance company’s recent world premiere Crossroads. The dancers were incredible and you could really see their passion for the art. Amanda has a creative and inspiring vision for her company and I loved how the dancers combined athleticism, grace, and emotion in their performances. What an innovative idea!

 The last event I attended in the Hamptons that weekend was SOFO’s 30th Anniversary Benefit. South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) is an acclaimed museum with nature exhibits and over 270 educational programs. These programs focus on nature conservation, sustainable energy, wellness, marine science, and more. The benefit was chaired by Eric Goode, Liev Schrieber, and Susan & David Rockefeller. It honored Dr. Demian Chapman, Trammel S. Crow, and Greg Manocherian. The benefit also featured a cocktail reception, a buffet, live auction, and music by In The Groove Band. Guests could also take Rolls-Royce Motor Car test drives during the event. Such a thrilling celebration for a worthy, sustainable cause!

 

A dinner event to remember: Diner en Blanc 2019

Photo by: Konrad Brattke Photography

By: Konrad Brattke Photography

Jonathan Cilia Faro

Kenita Miller, Sydney James Harcourt, and Desi Oakley
Photo by: Konrad Brattke Photography

Photo by: Eric Vitale

By: Eric Vitale

Photo by: Eric Vitale

Photo by: Eric Vitale

By: Jane Kratochvil

Photo by: Jane Kratochvil

A dinner event always excites me! Last Wednesday, Diner en Blanc invited me to its 9th annual event in New York at Nelson Rockefeller Park. Over 5500 guests attended this dinner event dressed in stylish white outfits and sporting creative white table displays. The event’s sponsors included: Citi Entertainment, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Sofitel, President Cheese, and Taittinger Champagne. The evening featured several performances both from opera and Broadway stars. Jonathan Cilia Faro sang a few operatic tunes; Sydney James Harcourt sang “Wait for It” from Hamilton; Kenita Miller sang “Defying Gravity” from Wicked; and Desi Oakley sang “She Used To Be Mine” from Waitress. The Broadway stars came together for a grand finale sing-along of “New York, New York.” Everyone was dancing and singing joyfully. Sadly, the weather forced the event to end earlier, but the entertainment and memories were incredible.

I had the opportunity to chat with one of this year’s organizers for Diner en  Blanc, Christine Tripoli. We discussed what goes into planning the dinner event, what her favorite aspect of the dinner event is, what it unique to this year’s location, and more:

Lesley Reider: This is the 3rd Diner en Blanc that you’ve worked on. How are you continuing to both maintain and build the relationship?

Christine Tripoli: We’re always trying to do the best job we can do in New York City which is a challenging location for any event producer. We work really hard to make sure that all the details are taken care of and that we retain the elegance and goals of the event and that we add special touches wherever we can.

LR: Who else is working with you as co-organizers?

CT: We’re the same group that did it in 2016 and 2018. Peter Coleman and myself, based in New York, and Lynda and Kaitlin Davis are the other co-hosts, based out of DC. We work really well together.

LR: Were their challenges in securing this year’s venue? How far in advance did you and the team work out the logistics?

CT: As soon as the event is over, we start thinking about the following year. We’re lucky to be working with a wonderful host. We try to nail down the venue details at least 6 months out, and we do production 3-4 months out to make sure everything runs smoothly the day of.

LR: Will there be a chef on site as there has been in previous years?

CT: We do have a curated meal through our culinary partner, Great Performances, who has worked on this event for 6 years. They’ve done a beautiful menu for us. We’re really proud of it. We’re really happy with what the chefs came up with. They know what people want. The food is fresh and plentiful, and can be served conveniently at the tables.

LR: What kinds of interactive entertainment can be expected this year?

CT: We always have interactive roaming artists that make great photo opps. We have several photo booths with our partners Sofitel and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. We have a fantastic stage show this year. We’re doing a tribute to Broadway. Some amazing names are performing big Broadway numbers. We have an incredible operatic tenor who will be coming on board, Jonathan Cilia Faro. We have some really great entertainment this year, including one of the top dinner bands, the Marc Humble Quartet. Our DJ is fabulous, and so I think from the moment people get there until the moment they leave, they’re going to be delighted.

LR: What’s your favorite aspect of the event?

CT: My favorite aspect hands-down is the fact that people from all walks of life, from all boroughs, and all adult ages come to this event. It’s a microcosm of New York City. Each person takes time, effort, and care to pick beautiful outfits and to set their tables beautifully. Every person that comes to the event really cares about the event. In the event world, it’s really unique that the guests play such a large part in the overall feeling and excitement for the event. It’s a beautiful diversity of New York City. Every year it’s a beautiful range of people coming together for one night to celebrate something joyfully without politics or issues. We’re here together to celebrate New York and a beautiful night.

LR: What do you feel will stand out this year from previous years?

CT: There’s something that we haven’t planned for that’s unique to the location that is really stunningly beautiful when it happens. What we’re doing in terms of the site itself is beautiful, and we feel that it’ll push us over the top in terms of ambience and feeling. (A New York City Fireboat generated incredible water sprays in the Hudson River!)

Once again, Diner en Blanc outdid itself and delivered an amazing evening filled with bonding, dancing, singing, eating, and all around celebrating. The location was wonderful despite the weather and the night was truly unforgettable. Thank you Diner en Blanc for including me and continuing this beautiful tradition!