Holiday 2019: CityChick Style Beauty and Fashion Finds

Holiday 2019 is all about sparkly, luxurious, elevated gifts. I can’t believe that the core holiday season is only two weeks away, but it’s not too late to get your friends and family something memorable. Whether you’re looking for haircare, skincare, makeup, grooming, or fashion gifts, this Holiday 2019 guide has you covered.

Rahua Customizable Daily Haircare Set– I love this set because it’s such a creative idea: haircare to meet every need. It features 8 exquisitely packaged 22ML OZ -bottles of Classic, Color Full, Voluminous and Hydration shampoo and conditioner sets. Even the box itself is designed with a beautiful Amazonian-inspired illustration. These shampoos and conditioners give the hair and scalp the ultimate nourishment and renewal!

Trilogy Rosehip-it-up Kit– This kit is perfect for cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing your skin. It includes a Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, a Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, and a Vital Moisturising Cream. I’m obsessed with the cute red canvas cosmetic travel bag. The set is great for all skin types and delivers the perfect skin glow!

Leovard Luxury Nail Kit– This top-notch 10-piece nail kit caters to all nail and cuticle needs. It features tools made with premium, durable materials such as clippers, tweezers, and a nail file. The kit is unisex and comes in a chic leather case that’s easy to carry around. I think it’s perfect for the person that’s meticulous about his or her nails. It’s sure to last a long time!

Eminence Cleanse and Glow Daily Cleanser & Exfoliation Gift Set- Who doesn’t love smooth skin? This kit features 2 Eminence best sellers: Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser and Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. I love how the duo gently exfoliates skin and evens out skin tone, leaving your skin soft and glowing. The box is also super cute with a geometric design. It’s the quintessential mini-spa experience!

Joico JOIFULL Hair Goals Box Set– This cute winter-inspired kit is perfect for managing any hair dilemma. It comes with JOIFULL Shampoo, JOIFULL Conditioner, and Defy Damage Masque. The shampoo cleans hair of all oils and dirt and protects hair from humidity while the conditioner detangles, leaving hair bouncy and manageable. The masque keeps style protected all day long. This trio is the perfect knockout for hair dilemmas!

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder LipstickThis non-drying formula delivers matte, full-coverage color that feels utterly weightless and leaves a powder-soft finish on lips. It has a unique blend of waxes and oils that turn into an ultra-thin, featherweight powder. It also blurs imperfections. This lipstick is the ultimate gift offering for the makeup lover!

SH- RD Nutra Therapy Shine Serum–  This serum delivers amazing hair protection. It’s made with natural oils and hydrolyzed keratin protein that gives long-lasting vibrant shine to hair. The product protects and repairs all hair layers and smooths the hair cuticle. It’s the perfect gift for soft, shiny hair!

SH- RD Protein Cream– This cream is the ultimate leave-in treatment for repairing, restoring, and renewing hair. It has a formulated Silk Protein Complex that locks in hydration and strengthens hair. The cream delivers shine, bounciness and softness. This product is an amazing pampering gift!

Ulta Beauty Exclusives– For some unique beauty gifts, you should check out Ulta Beauty! A couple of these include: Tarte’s Gift & Glam Collector’s Set with 24 eye & cheek shades in 4 pocket palettes; Smashbox Cosmic Celebrations Photo Finish Primer Water Duo, a set of 2 scented travel-size Primer Waters to hydrate and refresh skin; Proactiv Holiday Glow Kit, Kendall’s Favs: Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Amazonian Clay Mask w/ Silicone Applicator Brush, and Green Tea Moisturizer  for the smoothest skin; and NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Body Illuminating Puff, a multi-colored shimmer puff for a beautiful glow. So many beautiful Holiday 2019 gifting ideas!

Chapstick Gift Packaging– These sets make the cutest stocking stuffers! The packaging includes a tree, an ornament, a snowman pouch, a santa pouch, and a light blue mini stocking. This year’s holiday flavors are so festive: Candy Cane, Holiday Cocoa, Sugar Cookie, Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla Latte. There’s also the ChapStick® Total Hydration Snowflake which features Soothing Vanilla & Cooling Peppermint and Soothing Oasis & Coconut. Any of these options are the perfect gifts for moisturized lips!

Laura Mercier Caviar Vault Collection– This set is the ultimate gift for eye makeup aficionados. It includes 10 pigment-rich colors: Rosegold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Au Naturel, Blossom, Vanilla Kiss, Cocoa, Orchid, Sandglow, Tuxedo. These Caviar Sticks are cult favorites and are perfect for creating multiple eye looks that last for 12 hours. You can use them as eyeliners, to create a smoky eye look, or to create a sophisticated mauve look. The possibilities are endless. I also love the red and rose gold patterned box that these Caviar Sticks come in. It’s such a luxurious holiday 2019 gift!

Morgan Taylor Lacquer Champagne and Moonbeams Holiday Collection– This beautiful collection includes 12 new colors that are perfect for the holiday season. It features gorgeous hues of pink, nude, mauve, and some deep holiday glam shades. The collection is available in mini 4 packs and makes the cutest holiday gift!

FRÉ Skincare: The 123FRÉ Set– The athletic woman in your life will love this nifty gift that’s designed for skin that sweats. It includes Purify Me (a hydrating facial cleanser), Revive Me (a deep replenishing serum), and Protect Me (an ultra-light moisturizer with SPF30). The trio’s Argania Active Complex helps to reduce signs of aging, sun damage, and dark spots. Plus, the travel bag is super cute and easy to travel with. It’s the perfect set for the active warrior!

Old Navy Sherpa Slipper Socks– These socks make the perfect winter-warming gift. They have holiday-themed designs such as candy canes, penguins, and snow cones. Plus, they’re made out of a soft knit fabric and have a plush, warm Sherpa lining. They’re essential for the Holiday 2019 season!

ISDIN Si-Nails– This gift is perfect for strengthening brittle nails. It increases the nails’ thickness, density, and durability. You apply it to the entire nail and cuticle, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in as little as 2 weeks. Cuticles get improved hydration and nails are less brittle. I love how it’s an easy to use one-click applicator pen!

ISDIN Mineral Brush 50 This powerful brush protects against the visible signs of photoaging and delivers breathable coverage. It evens out skin tone and provides a natural, matte appearance for various skin tones. For protection from environmental damage, this is a must-have!

SGX NYC Dry Touch Volumizing Dry Shampoo– This luxurious product is made with sea botanicals and bamboo. It’s designed to absorb oil, wake up flat, second-day hair, and boost volume. It’s perfect on-the-go, brushing invisibly with no residue. What a game-changer!

SGX NYC The DO-IT-ALL 3-in-1 Dry Texture Spray– This miracle worker instantly revitalizes flat styles adding texture and a light, flexible hold. It has sea salt, sea kale, and red seaweed extract and is humidity-resistant. It‘s the essential pick-me-up for instantly texturized hair!

Illuminations Cranberry Orange Deluxe Signature Scented Candle– This gift has an intoxicatingly wonderful scent. It features a blend of cranberry, orange, plum, and vanilla-scented tonka bean spiked with spicy cinnamon. The candle has red-toned wax and the glass is wrapped in marbleized vellum. It’s absolutely beautiful and has a striking glow when lit. The candle burns for 60-70 hours and perfectly captures the holiday 2019 spirit!

L.A.C Lip Kit Honey Love Liquid Lipstick and Matching Lip GlossThis lovely duo has a specially formulized blend of antioxidants, nourishing Olive Oil and Vitamin E. The blend helps hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. The lipstick is cruelty-free and has globally sourced materials. This is the ultimate gift for the environmentally-conscious beauty aficionado in your life!

BX GLOW Daily Cleanser Redefining Radiance– If you’re looking for a game-changing cleanser to gift someone, this is definitely it. Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada created this product for her plant-infused line. It has licorice root and antioxidant-rich coffee seed extract. The pure cleanser works hard to bring out the natural luminosity and clarity of your skin.

Mizz Bloom Luscious Organic Body Butter in White Chocolate–  This luxurious body butter has the most amazing white chocolate aroma that. It’s made with almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and virgin coconut oil. The product goes on skin easily with an incredibly smooth texture. It’s filled with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids to emanate the beauty and moisture in your skin.  The body butter is the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves the decadent smell of chocolate and a lovely whipped texture!

Biossance Rose Radiance Trio– This trio delivers the ultimate hydration and radiance. It consists of Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm, and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask. The products feel so luxurious and really moisturize the skin. The pink holiday-themed box is a pretty cute keepsake too. This gift is a real skincare treat!

Biossance Clean Favorites Trio– This 3-piece set is perfect for hydrating, brightening, and moisturizing the skin. It includes Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, and Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream. The green holiday-themed box is really adorable. I’m obsessed with how these 3 products give you an even toned, glowing radiance!

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Superstars– Looking for a gift for the brow-loving queen? This is definitely the one to get! It includes 6 full-size bestsellers: Gimme Brow +, Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Ka-BROW!, 3D BROWtones and 24-HR Brow Setter. The gift is perfect for creating any natural or dramatic brow look. Plus, the products come in a cute top-hat themed box. This gift is a real brow-lifting winner!

Sol De Janeiro Carnaval Celebration Set– This set contains addictive scents and skin-loving benefits. It consists of Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (240ml), Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel (90ml), Brazilian Touch Hand Cream (50ml), and Brazilian Crush Fragrance Mist. I love the Carnaval-inspired box that they all come in. Your gift recipient will smell amazing and have the smoothest skin with this perfect set!

Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Skincare Travel Set– When it comes to your skincare, sometimes you want something practical, cute, and easy to carry. You can definitely have that with this set! It includes a full-sized Milk Bar facial cleanser and Skin Milk moisturizer, and mini versions of the Milk Cleanser makeup remover and exfoliating Milk Peel. It’s perfect for the clean beauty aficionado since it’s EWG verified. This trio leaves skin moisturized to the max and glowing!

 So there you have it- a sensational list of Holiday 2019 offerings that will surely please beauty and fashion mavens!

 

*All product images are courtesy of the brands

The Biggest Baby Shower Ever: A hub for expecting and new parents

Earlier this month, I attended the Biggest Baby Shower Ever at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The event was hosted by Big City Moms, the nation’s largest resource for new and expectant parents. Brands at the event included Huggies, Baboo Naturals, Tiny Organics, Uppababy, Chicco, Hello Products, and Green Toys. Additional brands included Happiest Baby, WaterWipes, Pippette, Earth’s Best and so many more. Sema4 hosted an exclusive reception focusing on recent advances in genetics. There were also a number of seminars from parenting experts on topics such as breastfeeding and early childhood education.

The Biggest Baby Shower offered an excellent one-stop resource for parents to explore a variety of products. It also gave them the opportunity to speak with informative brand reps about these products. They were able to enter raffles for items such as a year supply of Similac or a baby basket put together by New York Life. So many great prizes!

The event is hosting its last edition of 2019 in Miami on December 10. It’ll be back in NYC on May 15, 2020. Looking forward to that!

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

Toast 2019 and The Museum of Stupid Cancer: Recognizing a worthy cause

Shannon Black

Kenny Kane

A representative for Amgen

Lauren Hoffman

Last month, I attended Toast 2019 and The Museum of Stupid Cancer at SECOND. Stupid Cancer is an organization that inspires the adolescent and young adult communities affected by cancer by building community. Shannon Black was the Toast 2019 Emcee and Honoree. She gave a heartfelt speech on her personal experience as well as her connection with the organization. Kenny Kane received the Stupid Cancer Community Recognition Award. Amgen received the Global Patient Advocacy Award. Lastly, Lauren Hoffman received the Stupid Cancer Ambassador Award. Sponsors for the event included Amgen, Newman Knight Mark Hopelab, Servier, Taconic Capital Advisors, and Ted Time Co.

The Museum of Stupid Cancer consisted of donated personal objects, original art, evidence and memories from loved ones. It also showcased highlights of the story of the organization. The experience both moved and fascinated me. There were so many detailed stories and interesting objects to view. These young cancer patients and survivors went through so much.  They were brave enough to share their personal experiences. All funds raised from the event went to the CancerCon 2020 Survivor Scholarship Fund. 

Stupid Cancer serves a great purpose for the adolescent and young adult community affected by cancer. It offers innovative programming such as CancerCon, The Stupid Cancer Show, Stupid Cancer Summits, webinars, and more. These events are life-changing and foster meaningful relationships. Through continuous donations, the organization is able to continue thriving and making a difference. To learn more about Stupid Cancer and donate, visit stupidcancer.org. What an impactful organization!

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!