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
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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Photo by: Wacoal

 

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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!

Garment District vibes: Two new hotspots to celebrate

Last Monday, I attended the grand opening party for The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store. The restaurant and underground piano cocktail bar are located in the Garment District, and have a lot of character. They draw inspiration from the ‘40s and ‘50s, the glory days of the Garment District. The main floor showcases elements of an old garment factory with chandeliers and a long bar. I love the nostalgic signs and elegant decor throughout. The upstairs section has ample seating and a Street Taco truck that serves authentic Mexican street food. Down below, the intimate Bo Peep gives a nod to what was once a tailor’s fitting room. I love its plush red couches and nostalgic lamps. The venue’s cocktail menu has over 30 options sorted by intriguing categories.

So many exciting highlights took place at the event! A series of burlesque dancers performed in the main area. Specialty cocktails for the event included The Rag Trader, The Red Dawn, El Guapo, Le Nouveau Spritz, and Three Piece Suit. A Jazz singer and pianist performed vibrant tunes in Bo Peep. Lastly, guests enjoyed a multitude of small bites prepared by Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger ranging from pizza, fried oysters, fried chicken sliders, butternut squash soup, cheese burgers, and mushroom tartelettes. I really enjoy the variety that the venues offer!

The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store do a great job of bringing together nostalgic elements with great food. They’re conveniently located on 36th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, in the heart of the Garment District. Both are welcome additions to the area, paying homage to vibrant times. I can’t wait to go back!

Photo by: Gabi Porter

Gifting for the holidays and the New Year: A spotlight on delights

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Gifting season continues! You can never have enough gifts 🙂 Whether you’re still looking for last minute holiday gifts or gifting offerings for the New Year, here are my suggestions that range from champagne, wines, jewelry, to games:

Champagne Taittinger Nocturne “City Lights”– This champagne is comprised of more than 35 different crus from a variety of harvests. It carries the aromas of white flowers, yellow peach and dried apricots. It’s has a smooth, creamy and very crisp palate that leads to raisins and fruit in syrup flavors. Nocturne is deliciously sweet and will light up any gathering!

Mionetto Luxury Cartizze DOCG– Here you have an elegant prosecco with apple and pear aromas and hints of citrus. It has a soft, creamy and fresh taste with a sugared almond finish. This gift is perfect for someone who enjoys hosting important occasions!

Mionetto Prestige Rose Extra Dry– This rosé prosecco comes in a beautiful pink wrapped bottle. It has pink grapefruit, pomegranate and black currant aromas with a hint of wild rose. There’s a well-balanced acidity with notes of red raspberry and strawberry that complement the effervescence. Mionetto Prestige Rose Extra Dry will definitely get a party started!

Kim Crawford Sauvingnon Blanc– With a beautiful gold limited-edition holiday bottle, this wine conveys sophistication. It has a variety of aromas: lifted citrus, tropical fruit, and crushed herbs Ripe. The flavor is tantalizingly tropical with a blend of passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit. Trust me, this wine is a winner!

Whispering Angel– This wine carries a fruity aroma with a mix of peaches, strawberries, and cherries. It has a dry yet refreshing taste. This gift is perfect for a classy dinner party!

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore– With aromas of peaches and sweet flowers, this prosecco is a sweet welcome! It has fruity hints of pineapples and Rennet apples for a crisp taste. It’s definitely well-suited for any occasion.

VieVité Extraordinaire– This sophisticated rosé has scents of fresh fruit, spices and herbs. It has a smooth, refined taste that leaves a long, satin finish. This gift is perfect for the rosé aficionado!

Safi Kilima Tanzanite Bolo Bracelet– Nothing exudes glamour like a beautiful piece of jewelry! This bracelet shines with five tantalizing oval tanzanite stones united with an infinity motif. It’s secured with an adjustable clasp. This is such a chic gift!

Watch ya Mouth– This game is card-based and super funny. Each player takes turn wearing a mouth guard while the other players have to guess what’s being said through the mouth-guard. The game is perfect for anyone who likes a good laugh and a great time!

Each of these gifts are thoughtful and offer a wow factor! Which gifting option is your favorite?

Photo by: Champagne Taittinger

Photo by: Mionetto USA

Photo by: Mionetto USA

Photo by: Kim Crawford Wines

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Photo by: Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Photo by: Watch Ya’ Mouth