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    New York Fashion Week: Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show

    Februar 18th, 2015

    Zang Toi wowed his audience at Lincoln Center last night as he presented his jaw-dropping Fall/Winter 2015 Collection “Mystique Beauty of Venice”. To the sound of alluring opera music the designer opened the show with an elegant collection of black pantsuits accessorized with black and mahogany rabbit fur, silk and wool tweeds and taupe lamb suede twin sets. The majority of the pieces were heavy on black and taupe creating a dramatic yet sophisticated look with a hint of romantic mystique. The second half of the runway show earned the designer rousing applause from the audience as he sent out his models wearing glamorous black couture silk satin gowns, bronze lamé fortuny pleated gowns and black lamé fortuny pleated Venetian gowns that brought sunny Venice to snowy and cold New York City. The stunning show concluded with the Grand Finale look for which the renowned designer received a standing ovation: a male model in a black cotton velvet dinner suit and a Venetian feather mask walked the runway hand in hand with a model wearing a taupe silk gazar grand opera cape with hand-beaded black sequins outlining the Venetian skyline. Toi’s latest creations capture the beauty of Venice while paying homage to the sophisticated, glamorous and timeless beauty of the female form. Bravissimo!

    Malaysian-born Zang Toi founded his fashion label and the “House of Toi” collection in 1989 and is considered a renowned designer in the world of Haute Fashion. He studied at the famed Parsons School of Design after moving to NYC at the age of 20. He is known for his chic and sophisticated designs that are both timeless and elegant. Toi’s contribution to the fashion industry has been recognized in various publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. His luxurious creations that are all hand made in NYC are popular with Hollywood celebrities and royalty alike.

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    Zang Toi Fall / Winter Fashion Show

    BOLD: Glamorous full-length gowns // Great combination of fur, silk and suede // Elegant pantsuits OLD: Too heavy on dark colors // Some gowns are too extravagant

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    New York Fashion Week: Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show

    Februar 17th, 2015

    For her Fall/Winter 2015 collection Pamella Roland took her inspiration from a recent trip to Paris and Alicia Drake’s fashion novel “The Beautiful Fall”. The designer captured and visualized the seductive glamour of 1970’s Paris with a stunning show of elegant dresses and separates at Lincoln Center on Monday afternoon.

    Adding to the Parisian and seductive vibe of her latest creations, the models walked the runway in sexy Manolo Blahnik knee-highs, flowing dresses with thigh-high slits, voluminous and long messy hair accompanied by songs such as “Naughty Girl” by Beyoné. The extensive collection included an elegant mix of deep shades of burgundy, plum, olive and midnight navy and rich fabrics such as jacquard cloque tweed, silk chiffon and silk organza with beading and velvet sequins. The standout pieces of the collection were definitely the beautiful and feminine evening dresses that are Pamella Roland’s signature designs: olive silk satin chiffon gown with velvet sequins, gold metal sequin and fringe beaded dress, burgundy silk satin chiffon dress with fringe beading and spiral gunmetal beaded gown. My personal favorite was the black wool strapless jumpsuit with maco beaded bodice that completed the seductive and elegant twist of this collection. The show closed with a model strutting the runway wearing a gorgeous ivory lurex fils-coupe bridal gown with an ivory feather jacket and there was nothing left to say but “Paris – Je t’aime!”

    Pamella Roland, whose designs are all made in New York, launched her collection in 2002 and has since enjoyed great success with her brand Pamella Roland, which is sold at prestigious department stores and retailers in the US and abroad. With a degree in business management and her passion for fashion and commerce Pamella Roland oversees both the creative and business side of her label. She has become one of the leading American designers for evening wear and her creations are popular with A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry and Taylor Swift. Pamella’s highly anticipated and first ever bridal gown collection is set to debut in fall 2015.

    Pamella Roland Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show

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    BOLD: Beautiful and feminine evening gowns and dresses // Gorgeous color palettes // Sexy strapless jumpsuit OLD: Overabundance of beading // Very expected collection

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    New York Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show

    Februar 16th, 2015

    Mara Hoffman, who is best-known for her bohemian style and bold prints, showed off a more diverse side for her Fall/Winter 2015 collection at Lincoln Center on Saturday afternoon. For this collection the designer took her inspiration from the Star Wars movie which was clearly reflected in the hairstyle of her models that strutted the runway wearing a thick braided crown and long messy fish-braids low in the back.

    The designs were heavy on earthy tones such as creams, whites and camels as well as fabrics like quilted cotton and tufted chiffon which again added a hint of Sci-Fi and space vibe in the late 70’s. While the Star Wars theme was dominant throughout the entire collection, some of her more colorful creations were definitely the stand-out pieces of the show and my personal favorites: blue connector crepe strapless jumpsuit, tufted chiffon landscape gown and gold spaghetti strap tessellate gown. The majority of the designs are ready-to-wear and I am sure that especially the sexy jumpsuits and the stunning Grecian-style gold dresses will be a self-runner in the stores!

    Mara Hoffman was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She launched her namesake label in 2000 and has since enjoyed great success with her bohemian-style creations that are heavily focused on unique prints, bold colors and embroidery. In 2008 the designer successfully launched her first swim-wear collection and presented her first runway show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Mara Hoffman, whose designs are all made in Manhattan’s flower district, is inspired by her love for travel, mythology and nature.

    Mara Hoffman Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show

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    BOLD: Sexy Jumpsuits // Ready-to-wear Pieces // Stunning Gold Lamé Dresses OLD: Too many cream and white elements // Very safe collection // Some outfits unflattering and loose fit

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    New York Fashion Week: Pamella Roland Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    September 12th, 2014

    For her Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection Pamella Roland took her inspiration from the beauty and tranquil spirit of the Gardens of Kyoto in Japan and awed the audience with a stunning show of elegant dresses and separates at Lincoln Center on Tuesday afternoon. The models walked the runway wearing their hair up in sleek long ponytails and Manolo Blahnik heels. The extensive collection featured beautiful stone blue web lace dresses and gowns with Japanese knot or lacquered feather waist, ivory/taupe basket-weave jacquard dresses with hand origami folding, cherry blossom printed silk organza gowns, metallic and black floral organza dresses and gowns. The designer, who was also inspired for her latest creations by modern Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, used intricate fabrics such as floral metallic organza, ombre silk tulle and floral printed fils-coupe. The show closed with a model strutting the runway wearing a gorgeous ivory brushstroke chiffon bridal gown which was definitely the standout piece of the collection. Pamella Roland captured the audience once again with her beautiful feminine designs and I am sure that her creations will be a self-runner in the stores – arigatou!

    Pamella Roland, whose designs are all made in New York, launched her collection in 2002 and has since enjoyed great success with her brand Pamella Roland, which is sold at prestigious department stores and retailers in the US and abroad. With a degree in business management and her passion for fashion and commerce Pamella Roland oversees both the creative and business side of her label. She has become one of the leading American designers for evening wear and her creations are popular with A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry. Pamella recently announced that she is designing her first bridal gown collection which is supposed to debut in the fall 2015 season.

    Pamella Roland Spring / Summer 2015 Fashion Show

    BOLD: : Fresh and dynamic collection with cleaner lines // Lace dresses with Japanese knot waist // Great combination of different fabrics OLD: Too focused on Japanese inspired pieces // Very expected collection

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    New York Fashion Week: Nina Athanasiou Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    September 9th, 2014

    German-born designer Nina Athanasiou presented her first solo show in New York for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection at the Designer’s Loft during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) on Sunday night. The show opened with scenes from the fashion movie “AKUMA” which features Albino-Top Model Shaun Ross. The models strutted the runway wearing intense dark eye-make up and high wedge heels. The extensive collection which includes both female and male designs features green, white and gold Capri pants, beige leather dresses with silk pleats, silk pastel green dresses and silk tops. All together the collection was heavy on pastel and brown colors which underline the fusion of retro and Sci-Fi elements that is reflected in the majority of the pieces. The highlight of the show was the appearance by Albino-Top Model Shaun Ross who strutted the runway wearing a cameo print suit. Although not all of Nina’s pieces are ready-to-wear, I am sure that the unique designs will appeal to anyone who is looking to express their individuality rather than following the latest trends.

    Nina Athanasiou is a German designer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. She studied fashion design but worked in various professions before she decided to return to fashion and realized that it was her actual passion. The designer, who is known for her edgy creations that combine retro with futuristic elements, launched her career in the USA and some of her most recent accomplishments include the participation at New York BK Fashion Weekend and Nolcha Fashion Week / New York in September 2013. She also presented her collection at the Vancouver Fashion Week and won the first prize at the Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge during London Fashion Week in September 2013.

    Nina Athanasiou Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

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    BOLD: Great combination of leather & silk fabrics // Interesting mix of retro & futuristic elements // Ready-to-wear Capri pants and shorts for men OLD: Too heavy on pastel colors // Some designs were too edgy

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    New York Fashion Week: Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 13th, 2014

    Zang Toi took the audience on a journey to Shanghai and the 1930’s with his “Paris of the Orient” collection at Lincoln Center last night. The renowned designer, who is known for his chic and elegant creations, opened the show with cashmere glen-plaid 1930’s gangster trouser suits and trench jackets followed by English wool tweed skirt and blazer accompanied by instrumental jazz music from the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack. The tweedy looks were followed by gorgeous Shanghainese Tai Tai suits and coats, extravagant and beautiful long black and jade silk empress gowns, jade ostrich feather mini cape and pouf which were the standout pieces of the show. The color jade was the key element in Toi’s Fall/Winter collection and was featured in the majority of his creations worn by the models last night. All together, the collection was a vibrant mix of oriental inspired designs in a palette of opium, black and jade and highlighted what the House of Toi does best: creating sophisticated, glamorous and timeless beauty of the female form. At the end of the show Zang Toi walked the runway with one of his models while receiving a standing ovation from the audience for his latest Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

    Malaysian-born Zang Toi founded his fashion label and the “House of Toi” collection in 1989 and is considered a renowned designer in the world of Haute Fashion. He studied at the famed Parsons School of Design after moving to NYC at the age of 20. He is known for his chic and sophisticated designs that are both timeless and elegant. Toi’s contribution to the fashion industry has been recognized in various publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. His luxurious creations that are all hand made in NYC are popular with Hollywood celebrities and royalty alike.

    Zang Toi Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Beautiful combination of color black and jade // Jade ostrich feather mini pouf // Gorgeous evening gowns with diamond necklaces OLD: Too focused on color jade // Gowns too long and not easy to walk in

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    New York Fashion Week: Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 12th, 2014

    At last night’s show at Lincoln Center designer Pamella Roland showed her love for the Big Apple with a stunning collection that was influenced by TJ Wilcox’s recent exhibit of In the Air at the Whitney Museum of American Art and NYC’s architecture including its art-deco elements. The models walked the runway in Manolo Blahnik heels to the beat of a contemporary lounge, R&B and jazz soundtrack that complemented the NYC inspired creations. The very extensive collection includes black lambskin skirts and coats, oak brown silk satin parka with black fox trim, elegant evening gowns in navy and gold, maco beaded fringe gowns and sequin silver and pale gold cocktail dresses. Pamella Roland’s Fall/Winter line captures the architectural energy of NYC and I am sure her glamorous and elegant designs will be popular with style icons and celebrities alike. Pamella Roland closed the show by posing for pictures with her three children on the runway which earned her an additional round of applause from the audience.

    Pamella Roland, whose designs are all made in New York, launched her collection in 2002 and has since enjoyed great success with her brand Pamella Roland, which is sold at prestigious department stores and retailers in the US and abroad. With a degree in business management and her passion for fashion and commerce Pamella Roland oversees both the creative and business side of her label. She has become one of the leading American designers for evening wear and her creations are popular with A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry. Pamella is also a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

    Pamella Roland Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Great fusion of various fabrics and details // Glamorous sequin cocktail dresses // Very chic NY inspired collection OLD: Too classic evening gowns // Heavy on dark colors

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    New York Fashion Week: Meskita Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 11th, 2014

    Brazilian breakout designer Alessandra Meskita presented her first collection of ready-to-wear clothing at Lincoln Center on Sunday night. The Meskita models strutted the runway with sleek high ponytails and sunglasses accompanied by electronic dance music. The collection was heavy on functional fabrics, such as neoprene, and featured neoprene bodysuits and dresses, silk wool jumpsuits and dresses, bomber jackets, leather bustier and corsets. Inspired by the 100-year-anniversary of Beverly Hills and the Year of the Horse, Meskita’s creations combine sleek lines from the world of sportswear with 1950’s Hollywood glamour. All together, the collection was feminine and chic yet comfortable and ultra-modern. The usage of neoprene was definitely an eye-catching element of the show which makes Meskita’s Fall/Winter collection unique.

    Alessandra Meskita was born and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil where her artistic expression was influenced and encouraged by her mother, a sculptor and painter, from an early age. By the age of 15 she created her first clothing collection. In 2007 she started her fashion career working for French designer Christian Audigier as Global Creative Director who recognized her passion and talent in the design industry. Alessandra decided to launch her own clothing line, MESKITA, in 2010. Her designs that feature ready-to-wear, lingerie and swimwear are created to make consumers feel confident, glamorous, sexy and independent.

    Meskita Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Usage of fabric neoprene // Silk wool jumpsuit // Leather corsets OLD: Too functional & sleek // Not many romantic elements

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    New York Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 10th, 2014

    At this show Monique Lhuillier, who is known for her signature feminine designs, stunned the audience with a more mysterious and dramatic collection showing off a romantic dark side. The designer combined elegant embroidery and soft tulle with fishnet lace and leather elements. The extensive collection featured “noir” and grey lace blouses, fuchsia and black embroidered midi and cocktail dresses, an hombre pink skull embroidered tulle cocktail dress and a blush tulle high-low gown with black baroque embroidery. The designer’s new Fall/Winter 2014 collection including new provocative elements is simply gorgeous and I am sure it will be a self-runner in the stores and a red carpet favorite.

    Monique Lhuillier is one of the leading American couture bridal and red carpet gown designers. Founded in 1996 Monique’s label has become well-known for femininity, effortless sense of style and luxurious fabrics. The success of her bridal wear has led to the launch of a complete ready-to-wear and evening gown collection which is popular with celebrities such as Emma Stone, Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow. She introduced her couture footwear line in spring 2013. The designer has two flagship salons in Beverly Hills and New York City and her collections are also available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.

    Monique Lhuillier Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Tulle cocktail dresses // Embroidered dresses // Delicate lace OLD: Very expected collection // Too romantic

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    New York Fashion Week: Mark & Estel Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 7th, 2014

    If you are looking for ready-to-wear, young and rocker style clothing, then you should not miss designers Mark and Estel. The models strutted the runway with slicked back hair accompanied by contemporary rock music which complemented the rock ‘n’ roll inspired trends. Their collection featured dark-colored velvet jumpsuit and silk cape, brown and grey striped wool hooded sweater dresses, black wool overcoats and leather body armors which were the standout pieces of the show. All together, the collection was heavy on black and grey but I am sure the rocker-chic line will be popular with fashionistas and a younger hip clientele alike. At the end of the show the designers Mark Tango and Estel Day performed one of their rock ‘n’ roll songs which was definitely one of the highlights of the first night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 at Lincoln Center.

    The fashion and music duo Mark Tango an Estel Day, who work and live in Los Angeles, is well-known in the industry for their rocker style yet incredibly comfortable designs. They launched their fashion brand and band “Mark and Estel” in 2005. Their rock ‘n’ roll inspired clothes are now sold in over 300 retail locations in the USA and internationally in Asia and Europe. Their edgy pieces are popular with celebrities, artists and fashion designers such as Mary Kate Olsen, Mischa Barton and Lady Gaga, for whom the duo custom-designed their ‘Ripped & Holey Leggings’ on her Fame Ball Tour in 2009.

    Mark & Estel Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Wearable comfortable pieces // Leather body armors // Wool overcoats and sweaters OLD: Cheap-looking fabrics // Too heavy on dark colors

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