Bold features and flawless detailing: LFW Recap 2

LFW had some bold elements and impressive detailing. Here’s a look at my last set of LFW highlights for the AW18 season:

Oxford Fashion Studio

Oxford Fashion Studio hosted a variety of AW18 collections at Devonshire Square. I attended the 5:00p and 7:00p shows. The first set featured Norish Kareem, who displayed contemporary dresses with floral and lace detailing. Femi Handbags followed with bold, sophisticated, and vibrant bags. Bogomil Group closed out the set with luxury, innovative urban menswear.

The second set started with Distinctly Unique, a line of couture dresses in vibrant blues, reds, and pinks. Mel Brookes followed with crop tops, form fitting pants, and dressy dusters. Next, Banni Peru presented its line of puffy outwear in a vibrant color wave. Lastly, Nasheli Juliana showed her nunnery-inspired collection of black and white avant-garde pieces. What an innovatively dynamic group of designers!

Jamie Wei Huang

Jamie Wei Huang showed her AW18 collection at 180 Strand in Covent Garden. It has a nostalgic feel to it, inspired by the 90s in Hong Kong. The collection is all about details with fringed pockets, accented sleeves, and ruffle detailing. My favorite looks include a white blouse with mustard flare pants, a dark blue denim shirt dress, a white blouse with blue plaid pants, and a beige sweater with a denim mixed material skirt. The collection is mod, passionately creative, and free-spirited!

Passavant and Lee

Passavant and Lee, a luxury men’s accessories line, hosted a cocktail event at Blind Spot at the St Martins Lane Hotel. The brand previewed a couple of its leather bags consisting of backpacks, briefcases, and carry-on bags. These bags all carry a great mix of British and American style with high quality materials and impeccable sophistication. DJ Amazonica spun the beats while guests enjoyed Haig Club Clubman specialty cocktails. Such an elegant evening with a brand focused on craftsmanship and originality!

The Great Hat Exhibition Preview

Monique Lee Millinery and X Terrace hosted a preview for The Great Hat Exhibition Preview at PINKO Flagship Store in Knightsbridge. It featured 32 hats designed by milliners from all over the world such as Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Australia, the UK, USA, and Germany. There was also a live presentation of 4 models wearing the hats. Each style is super creative and exquisite with the utmost detail. The Great Hat Exhibition Preview started today at The Living Centre in King’s Cross and will go through March 28. 200 hats are on display from 130 milliners worldwide. If you happen to be in London, definitely check out this impressive exhibition!

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit opening reception took place at Australia House in Covent Garden. Notable attendees included Colin Firth, Lily Cole, and Jasmine Hemsley. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange showcases designers and artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. Some of those designers include Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Stella McCartney representing the UK, and Bibi Russell representing Bangladesh. This group is all about creating new networks and connections as well opening up the potential of artisan fashion trades. The dresses are gorgeous in a range of colors with assorted detailing elements. So tough to pick a favorite- I loved them all. What an admirable program with a beautiful vision and creative direction!


Unexpected innovations at London Fashion Week: Recap 1

London Fashion Week had some unexpected but impressive elements. It was my first time attending so I certainly took everything in with excitement. Here are some LFW highlights with those elements:

Fashion Hong Kong

The Fashion Hong Kong presentation took place at The Somerset House in Covent Garden. It featured a beautiful mix of brands: Heaven Please+, HOUSE OF V, MAISON VERMILLON, and methodology. Heaven Please combines 50s western influences with Hong Kong fashion style. It has a literary, artsy feel to it. HOUSE OF V embraces architectural elements such as lines, texture blocked, and detailed collars. It’s contemporary, minimalistic, and unexpected. MAISON VERMILLON combines Chinese paper cut with Western lace fabrics. It celebrates romance, classic elements and rebellion. Methodology uses textured and color blocking, highlighting plaid patterns. It’s playful, chic, and alluring.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte hosted a pop-up for his Pre-Fall 18 collection at Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill. Attendees included Actor Kyle James, UK Rapper Tino Kamal, and a variety of fashion influencers. Hunte’s collection features crop lumberjack jackets with shearling details, blue varick shawls, and leather jackets. Hunte’s signature 6 blocks logo was also featured on t-shirts. With this pop-up, Hunte wanted to introduce the brand to a different international audience. His goal is to build a connection with the community and to share exclusive pieces that are only available for a limited time. The luxury outerwear collection truly is one-of-a-kind!

Edeline Lee x Glass Magazine LFW Party

The Edeline Lee x Glass Magazine LFW Party took place at Kadie’s in Mayfair. It celebrated Edeline Lee’s Fall 2018 collection and the latest issue of Glass Magazine. Guests enjoyed D1 London Gin and Potato Vodka specialty cocktails. They also danced to beats by DJ Fabienne and lounged on Kadie’s plush couches. Notable attendees included designers Romeo Hunte and Malan Breton and actor Kyle James. It was definitely a night to remember!

Mark Fast

Mark Fast showcased his AW18 collection at 180 Strand in Covent Garden. The collection has a Greek goddess motif with sequin maribou yarns and beaded metallic knits. Party dresses carry banded lycra and feathers in a vibrant array of colors: peacock green, white, blush lilac, and black. My favorite dresses included a white feather and beaded gown with a black yarn netted neck, a peaclock green feathered and metallic yarn dress, a lilac beaded and feathered yarn dress, and an off white yarn fringed mini dress. All of the looks are sophisticated and attention-grabbing with impeccable detailing!

Eclectic fashion and art events during NYFW: Recap 4

NYFW was filled with eclectic experiences and notable moments. Here’s my final recap with those highlights:

HOOCH Black x Barney’s New York Celebrate Fashion Month

HOOCH Black and Barney’s hosted an exquisite celebration at Fred’s at Barney’s. HOOCH BLACK is an elevated membership that delivers exclusive travel perks, preferred dining, celebrity hosted member events, and special cocktail experiences. It also offers a personal concierge, access to high-end venues and drinks, and a free drink every day at any HOOCH venue. I love the eclectic assortment of experiences and venues that you can discover through this membership! Guests enjoyed pearl-dusted small bites such as fries, mini pizzas, and pink donuts. They also enjoyed chic specialty cocktails. What a sparkling event!

Bettina Werner
Bettina Werner hosted an opening reception for her art exhibit “Enlivening Red Velvet Heart” at ABXY Gallery. Guests enjoyed prosecco and heart shaped cookies. Bettina used salt crystals in her artwork to showcase salt’s mystical, emotional, and metaphysical qualities, and its essence as a life-source. My favorite pieces include three red hearts, a red framed piece with the word DO, and an “I ♥ NY” piece made with white salt crystals. Each piece is so innovative and mesmerizing!

Limitato debuted its apparel collection at the Hotel On Rivington. The collection features T-shirts, sweatshirts, and blazers that are blended with art and photography. My favorites include a blue velour sweatshirt with black and white photography, a black t-shirt with a purple-themed photograph, a burgundy velvet blazer, and a black t-shirt with green, blue, and grey artwork. I’m so impressed with this artistic collection!

Chromat FW18 After-Party
Chromat hosted its FW18 After-Party at the Mailroom. Guests enjoyed tequila specialty cocktails and listening to current and old school hits at the event. They also got to watch a video of the runway show from earlier in the day. The collection featured bright colors and creative accessories in a range of swimwear, scuba dresses, and baggy pants. It celebrated body positivity, vacation getaways, and community. What an inspiring and fascinating collection!

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Stylish looks and innovative events: NYFW Recap 3

Stylish collections and tech-forward events took a spotlight during NYFW. Take a look at some notable highlights:

Katie Gallagher
Katie Gallagher showcased her “True Red” Fall 2018 collection at Mailroom in the Financial District. It explores deep hues that can exhibit wildness and death simultaneously. The collection uses heavy wool, velvet, and sheer mesh. Alluring tops are paired with ultra-fitted skirts that are complement red military berets. My favorite looks included: a black sheer top with a wrapped sleeve paired with a black wool side-tied skirt and polka dot tights; a black wool shrug over a black bra paired with a matching sheer skirt; and black wool and sheer top paired with a black wool pencil skirt and red leather leggings. The collection is sensual, dark, and stylish!

Arianne Elmy
Arianne Elmy presented her first collection at 151 Gallery in Chelsea. The collection carries a retro chic vibe with a focus on ruffles, shimmer, and side cutouts. My favorite looks included a paillette sequin mini dress, a denim bustier top paired with a mint ruffle skirt, a light blue organza beaded tee paired with mint strap pants, and a hunter green pantsuit with shoulder cutouts. What a super feminine, sophisticated, and playful collection!

Tech Style NYC
Tech Style NYC, an event that brings together fashion, technology, and sustainability brands, took place at the Fashion Class in Midtown. Participating brands included Cuvée Beauty, Dress Code, Boxed Water, Beau Brummell, and Sheree Cosmetics. Each brand rep was informative and resourceful. Guests enjoyed a braid bar by Caravan and a makeup touch up station. They also enjoyed Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails and KIND bars. The event provided a stylish mix of creativity and technology!

Style Dimension VIP Party
WWD and Samsung celebrated their Style Dimension VIP Party at Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District. Guests enjoyed watching videos of NYFW-related content on Samsung three story high screens. They also got to check out the latest Samsung devices and a VR experience. AMOREPACIFIC offered guests information on and samples from some of their brands. Michael Todd Beauty also showcased its latest beauty tools. Lastly, guests were offered hair styling with OGX Beauty products. The party revealed an impressive set of brands and innovative products!


Detailing plays a pivotal role at NYFW: Recap 2

Here are some more NYFW highlights that embrace detailing and creativity:

Kate Stoltz

Kate Stoltz debuted her first luxury women’s collection at a pop-up storefront in Soho. It features 25 pieces made with lace, wool, silk, and hand embellishments and embroideries. The collection was inspired by a trip she took to Greece as well as an Irving Penn exhibit. Her clothes are sustainable, feminine, and detailed. My favorite pieces are: a blush camisole with lace detail paired with silk bell bottom pants; a black lace appliqué blouse paired with a hand embroidered wool skirt; an abstract bodice silk chiffon gown; and a black organza cocktail dress with side cutouts. Every piece has a custom fit, making it one-of-a-kind!

Stuart Weitzman
Stuart Weitzman also had its NYFW debut with its pre-fall and Fall 2018 collections at The Pool in Midtown. The well-established brand has refreshed its popular styles with new interpretations. Hardware is a pivotal element in the collections. The brand’s boots are now available in an assortment of materials. Detailing is also a highlighted component in mules with fur-lined ankle boots and jewel-toned mules with bows on them. Stuart Weitzman is also debuting a handbag collection in the fall. Every style is incredible, but check out my standout favorites!

Paul Andrew
Paul Andrew showcased his Fall 2018 shoe collection at Ramscale Studio in Greenwich Village. His inspiration was drawn from the ‘80s era as well as a Robert Motherwell painting that uses black, red, and white. The collection features a beautiful mix of pumps, ankle booties, and mules for women, and boots for men. All of the shoes are comfortable, stylish, and innovative. Key features include jewel embellishments, bows, and textured detailing. I’m obsessed with the red patent ankle booties adorned with jewels, but the entire collection is impeccable!

Melissa Shoes
Melissa Shoes hosted a party at its Soho store to celebrate its Mapping Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which pays tributes to the evolution of cities and their relationship with technology. The party also celebrated two new art installations inside of the store: mmmmmBILLBOARD by Rachel Rossin and Danaus Plexippas by Cecilia Salama. The first installation is an interactive video throughout the lobby of the store that showcases projected images in multiple ways. The second installation is an immersive experience that focuses on butterflies and the themes of migration, eco-diversity, femininity and identification politics. They’ll both be on display until May.

What a great set of inspirational brands!

NYFW F/W 2018 Recap 1: Originality takes the spotlight

This season’s NYFW featured a number of inspirational elements. One of them was originality: from how an event was presented to the clothing designs on display. Take a look at a few of my F/W 2018 highlights below:

Fashion’s Night In

To kick off NYFW, YRB Magazine and Style Is Law Agency presented Fashion’s Night In with E! Network’s Diandra Barnwell as the event’s host. The event provided an intimate setting for networking and welcoming Fashion Week F/W 2018. It took place at the private mansion gallery of Margo Feiden Galleries, a Greenwich Village landmark.What an absolutely stunning venue! Guests included a mix of designers, influencers, and tastemakers such as Raekwon from the Wutang Clan, Project Runway alum Layana Aguilar, Mo Hussein of Chala Hair, Fox’s Empire star Jeremy Carver, Ford model Millen Magese, and celebrity designer Alhassan Toure. They were treated to hors d’oeuvres by Garth Cheese, The Stylish Chef.

Guests also enjoyed a a presentation with models wearing Angel Ayala Couture dresses and Chala Hair, premium natural remy human hair extensions. I loved the vibe in the venue- such a sense of unity and a great mix of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle!

Kaer Brooklyn

Kaer Brooklyn showcased its F/W 2018 collection at Galleria Ca’d’ Oro in Chelsea with a live photo shoot. Marianne Møllmann, the brand’s designer, uses urban nature photographs from Denmark and New York for inspiration in her designs. Her collection has a retro vibe with a focus on accessorizing. I love the vibrant prints, the head scarves, and the alluring sunglasses. The looks were paired with lace-up heels and clear booties. The mod look is definitely showstopping with its invigorating appeal.

My favorite looks included a anemone flower dress with a mock turtleneck, a black orchid top paired with pink orchid pants, a pink orchid bomber jacket paired with a orchid polka dot dress, a pink orchid turtleneck paired with a black orchid jumper, and a pink orchid off the shoulder top over a metallic stretch dress. So many creatively stunning pieces!

Planet Fashion Trend Collective

Planet Fashion TV presented a number of brands in a runway show at Midtown Loft & Terrace. The show started with The Dress Rehearsal by Apeksha Shah and Tejal Kothari, a blend of traditional Indian influence with modern urban designs. Next, Lindsay Nichols showcased her brand that designs clothes which inspire and compliment a contemporary lifestyle. Starlife Fashion Co. by Steven Shipley followed with its men’s activewear line that embodies cultural unity. Lastly, Olmaia by Federico Signorelli closed out the show with its Italian luxury men’s swimwear designed with high quality and natural materials.

Each brand had so many great pieces. My favorite looks included a navy draped one sleeve dress from The Dress Rehearsal; a grey strapless top paired with matching culottes from Lindsay Nichols; a white, black and grey hoodie over a dark grey patterned t-shirt paired with grey sweatpants decorated with stars from Starlife Fashion Co.; and grey patterned swim shorts paired with a lavender shirt from Olmaia. What a great mix of collections!

Chris Collie, Mo Hussein, and Diandra Barnwell

Marianne Møllmann

Valentine’s Day gift guide: Last minute offerings

Looking for some last minute Valentine’s Day gifts? Here are my picks for the special guy or gal in your life:

Beer My Valentine Bucket –If you’re looking for the perfect gift for any man, this would definitely be it. The bucket comes with six micro brew beers, Honey Mustard gourmet popcorn, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper gourmet popcorn, beef jerky and other snacks. It’s a great combination!

Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake– This great, big, heart-shaped brownie cake is perfect for the chocolate lover. The 9″ cake has xo’s and a sweet Be Mine message. It’s a deliciously sweet gift!

Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé– Looking for the perfect drink to have on Valentine’s Day? Then you should pick this beautiful bottle. If you want to add a bit of romance, add some rose petals for the perfect Rose Petal Rosé!

Wacoal Lace Affair Chemise– This sexy number has the perfect amount of lace at the top. It’s a fitted chemise, but super comfy. My favorite color combination is the Tango Red/Silver Peony option!

b.tempt’d by Wacoal Ciao Bella Bralette– Here’s a feminine bralette that gives the perfect shape and support. It has a nice scalloped detail at the neckline and the lace is super pretty. My favorite color option is Haute Red!

Love Beauty and Planet– It’s nice to find a brand that’s all about doing good both for beauty and the planet. Each bottle is 100% recyclable and contains naturally-derived ingredients. One of my favorite collections is the Murumuru Butter & Rose that has a shampoo, conditioner, hair masque, body wash, and body scrub. Each product is under $10 so the collection is very affordable!

A4 Cinematic Lightbox– This lightbox is a stunning gift that fits well in any room. It has space for 3 lines of text and 85 individual letters, numbers and symbols to choose from. So your options are limitless!

Color Changing Unicorn Mug– Here’s a super cute gift!  When you fill it with a hot drink, you’ll see the unicorn’s charming multi-colored mane. The white ceramic mug has a capacity of 300ml, and it will make any unicorn lover happy!

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6th Annual WindowsWear Awards : Cheers to creativitity

Last Tuesday, WindowsWear invited me to its annual WindowsWear Awards Party at Up & Down. Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Director, hosted the event. Creative teams from Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Brioni, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, Diesel, Etro, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Guess, H&M, Harrods, Henri Bendel, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Kleinfeld Bridal, La Perla, Lord & Taylor, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Valentino, among others, attended. Some of the winners included the following: Best Pink Window awarded to Gucci in Milan, Best Homage to a City awarded to Tiffany & Company in New York, and Best  Holiday Window awarded to Harrod’s in London. The award categories for the best fashion window displays were so fascinating. Check out the rest of the winners here.

Guests at the event enjoyed Anna Cordineau Cava, burgers, and fries. They danced the night away to beats by Up & Down’s DJ. Guests also enjoyed hearing Simon Doonan list the awards winners and present the Simon Doonan Award to the Dolce & Gabbana creative team. The celebration was lively and inspiring with so many creative, intelligent individuals in one room. Congratulations to all of the winners for their innovative achievements!

Jon Harari, Raul Tóvar, Michael Nietzow  Photo by: Brinsley Edwards

Simon Doonan  Photo by: Brinsley Edwards

Randy Jones and guest  Photo by: Brinsley Edwards

Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Impeccable Quality

Laudemio is the quintessence of fine, high quality extra virgin olive oil. I had the pleasure of attending a tasting luncheon for the brand at Leopard Des Artistes. The cold pressed oil is methodically produced in Tuscany by 21 estates that pick the olives at the right stage of ripeness, embracing quality and unique taste. Diana Frescobaldi, president of the Laudemio consortium attended the luncheon and gave guests background on Laudemio’s history. She also provided some tasting notes on the six different oils (Frescobaldi, Antinori, Fattoria San Michele a Torri, Petrolo, Gonnelli, Fattoria Le Sorgenti) that were present for tasting.

I’m beyond impressed with the variety and delicious taste of the Laudemio oils! Chef Vito Gnazzo along with Chef Eric Howard and Theo Friedman of Theory Kitchen prepared unique dishes with Laudemio for the luncheon. They included antipasti, pasta, scallops over asparagus, and olive oil gelato. Such exquisite presentations of the food! Guests also enjoyed Marchesi Frescobaldi red and white wines. The oils are quite appealing and easy on the palate. Even the packaging is remarkable with a unique glass bottle that has the classy feel of a perfume bottle. Laduemio varieties are available at fine retailers such as Dean & Deluca and Eataly. Be sure to try them!

Diana Frescobaldi and Chef Vito Gnazzo

Editor’s Showcase- Health & Nutrition: Satisfying Options

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the annual Editor’s Showcase- Health & Nutrition at the Marriott Marquis. This event brings together innovative brands in the health, wellness and nutrition spaces. There was an excellent range of product categories from protein bars, gluten-free foods, vitamin supplements, to sugar-free candy. Featured brands included: RX Bar, Zarbees Naturals, Sneakz, Herbalife, Wasa USA, DRY Soda Co., Pure Organic, Gaia Herbs, CV Sciences, Cherry Marketing Institute, OWYN, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, The Wonderful Company, Culturelle Probiotics, Lorissa’s Kitchen, TRU Chocolate, Sambazon, Harmeless Harvest, Mount Franklin Foods, LoveBug Probiotics, and GT’s Living Foods.

I had a wonderful time interacting with all of the brands and these are my highlights. Wasa USA showcased its delicious varieties of Gluten-Free crackers. The Wonderful Company featured its Wonderful Almonds, Wonderful Pistachios, and Wonderful Halos mandarins. DRY Soda Co. offered a sneak peak of its DRY Zero Sugar line that’s coming out in Spring 2018. OWYN featured its plant-based protein powders and drinks. Zarbee’s Naturals showcased its Elderberry Immune Support Gummies and other supplements. Sambazon sampled its dairy-free Superfruit Acai Bites. Sneakz presented its line of milkshakes and vegan protein powders that have a mix of 5 nutrient-rich vegetables. Lastly, TRU Chocolate featured its line of 72% dark chocolate snacks.

I’m so excited about all of the products from the Editor’s Showcase. What a great mix of healthy and delicious offerings!