Event Recap: TRIPTYCH Artisanal Footwear Launches SS 15

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The Women’s Mafia was so proud to be a media parter for the TRIPTYCH artisanal footwear launch party this past week at the hip G TECTS architectural space on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side. TRIPTYCH will be in stores in February 2015 and our members got to meet architect, Parsons professor and designer Tania Ursomarzo and preview the gorgeous samples direct from Italy’s finest footwear artisans. The collection is now available for pre-order and select shoes are available at cost in their unique Kickstarter campaign. (SO COOL!)

You can look forward to handbag and jewelry accessories collections by designer, architect and Parsons professor Tania Ursomarzo in the near future!

TRIPTYCH Artisanal Footwear Collection Premiers at New York Fashion Week

Unique Line Debuted on September 3 with Fashion Film Screening

NEW YORK, NY, September 2014—Beauty with an edge, and a wedge, was on show when accessories label TRIPTYCH unveiled its first collection of artisanal footwear on the eve of New York Fashion Week at the architectural studios of G TECTS in the Lower East Side on September 3. An eager audience of editors, bloggers, photographers, buyers, and fashion aficionados got what it had come for: a finely tuned presentation of exquisitely crafted shoes defying simple categories of design and season.

In a space well matched to the innovative yet comfortable cool of TRIPTYCH footwear, the shoes beckoned from mirrored platforms, installed among everyday office objects, in classic neutral hues—with the occasional punch of vibrant turquoise. “Life is about moving,” read some of the buttons playfully placed inside the wine glasses at the event, and movement no doubt is the driving force behind what makes TRIPTYCH tick. A short fashion film directed by Tania Ursomarzo, the label’s designer, highlighted her footwear’s functionality and beauty of form on dancing feet caught in the reflections of New York City windows.

Designed for treading city pavements—whether they lead to the office, a black-dress event, or just down the street on an errand—TRIPTYCH shoes in fact celebrate movement: that of the foot in motion and that of the fine materials used in fabrication. Folds, wrinkles, asymmetrical wedges, and unexpected cut-outs simultaneously support practicality and flatter the foot. And with time, the shoe’s soft leathers will mold to their wearer, tracing the individual’s unique patterns of locomotion.

Conceptualized in New York, TRIPTYCH shoes are meticulously crafted by master artisans in Italy, and it is this marriage of bold innovation and solid workmanship that defines the label. Ursomarzo, herself an architect by training, wants her footwear to move beyond the confines of fashion and trendiness: “The world doesn’t need more shoes,” she contends; “it needs good, ever evolving, and innovative design.” Why? Because good design not only delights but also makes us think and rethink the ordinary.

For more on the label and to follow TRIPTYCH on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, visit WWW.TRIPTYCHNY.COM.

For wholesale inquiries, please email TRIPTYCH at CONTACT@TRIPTYCHNY.COM.

For Q&A with TRIPTYCH creator, Tania Ursomarzo, go to http://www.womensmafia.com/2014/08/talent-qa-with-architect-and-accessories-designer-tania-ursomarzo-of-triptych/

For press inquiries contact Marcy Clark at marcy@womensmafia.com.

Alexander Wang Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

On Saturday the 6th of September Alexander Wang showcased his Spring 2015 collection to an eager crowd. For this collection Wang combined sporty with glamorous , he said it all started when he was thinking about sneakers (really?!). Sneakers were featured on the runway along with tennis style skirts to complete the sportswear look. Wang said his vision was to ‘ translate sneakers into the body’.

Wang presented the women in a much more feminine and sexy way than he has in some previous collections. Many garments showed a little skin, but they weren’t too revealing, it was just the perfect amount to look sexy, refined and fashion forward at the same time.

This collection proved how talented Wang is at producing clothing that flatters all women. Wang is serving as the current creating director of Balenciaga and preparing his upcoming collaboration at H&M in November.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Malan Breton Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

By combining beauty and culture on the 6th of September, Malan Breton showcased a diverse and energetic Spring 2015 collection at Lincoln center.

The inspiration behind Bretons’s collection was presented from the very beginning by two male and two female dancers. The dancers performed on the runway wearing traditional Asian garments which embraced the theme of the collection “A Journey To Taiwan: The Heart Of Asia.” Breton brought elements of traditional clothing from his past into this new collection. This made the collection feel very special as it was inspired by Breton’s hometown.

Using classic Taiwainese fabrics worked especially well for the menswear collection. In one men’s look Breton produced three quarter length pants with matching teal bow ties and completed the look with a gold bomber jacket. The traditional suits with the non-Traditional prints really captured Breton’s aim with the collection. By bringing back his traditional heritage and making it modern.

Photos by: Fashion TV http://www.fashiontv.com/gallery/malan-bretton-spring-summer-2015-collection_400574.html#66

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

In numerous previous collections, Monique Lhuillier has demonstrated her mastery of the perfect ball gown, but for Spring 2015 on the Mercedes Benz runway she instead presented a beautiful collection focusing on daywear.
It soon became clear her focus was on gorgeous pastel colors: pale pinks, sky blues, shades of yellows and purples. Lhuillier said her inspiration came from a recent trip she took to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. It was at sunrise where there were different shades in the sky that caught her attention, as they produced a special kind of sparkle that she wanted to put into every piece of her collection.
This  inspiration was beautifully presented on various different fabrics. It was featured on a cocktail dress made from liquid satin and again on a neoprene dress but instead with a printed landscape. Whether is was through flower petals, detailed beading or sequins, Lhuillier was able to beautifully add that little bit of sparkle into every garment of her collection.
Photos by: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com

Carrie Hammer Spring 15 Fashion Show

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By Beth Vickerman

On the morning of Friday the 5th of September Carrie Hammer showcased her Spring/Summer 15 collection at the prestigious Fashion Law Institute. It was a full runway show with 24 gorgeous models, however, there was a refreshing twist. Women’s Mafia insider Engie Hassan of EngieStyle was styling the show and our friend Bridget O’Brien was the press agent, so we got to go backstage and cover this exciting event.

For the second season in a row Hammer took a rather unique approach when choosing the best fitting models to capture the message of her collection.  Instead of using runway models to display her collection she used women who were role models in their communities. As Hammer’s collection is targeted at professional businesswomen, the idea of role models walking the runway was perfect. Some women were role models due to their achievements in the business world, where as others had powerful stories from their past.

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Photo by Abbey Rogers – Fusion.net

Photo by Abby Rogers – Fusion.net

Karen Crespo was the last model to walk the runway and graced the runway with confidence. Crespo sadly lost all four of her limbs due to a bacterial meningitis infection, so for her to WALK the runway in a custom red Carrie Hammer gown was such a powerful ending to an inspirational show.  This A-line dress was named ‘Karen’ in Crespo’s honor.

The collection itself achieved its aim by producing stylish clothing for professional businesswomen. This included trench coats, traditional Khaki coats and of course Hammer’s signature sheath dresses.  Hammer is known for creating garments that fit every body type. This was illustrated at the show – every article of clothing fitted each role model perfectly. The show was excellent in showing how work wear doesn’t have to be dull and shapeless, it can be stylish and flattering.

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Karen Crespo with Engie Hassan (right) and the styling team backstage including Michael Rosenberg and Daphney Lorene

Mischka Velasco Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

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by Beth Vickerman

On Sunday the 7th of September, Mischka Velasco showcased 26 looks for the spring/summer season. Last Rites Tattoo Gallery was buzzing with over 250 guests attending the show; exceeding the designed capacity of 200. Although it took a while to get everybody into the venue the show was certainly worth the wait.

Velasco is a New York based designer for both womenswear and menswear. Everything is designed and produced locally in her Soho studio. Velasco’s designs are unique as she embraces different fabrics than other designers in her collections. Feathers ruled the Velasco runway. Sometimes the feathers were the main substance of a dress and other times they were to add an edge, like a feathered neckpiece featured in the menswear collection.

The 26 looks ranged from the astronomy inspired onesie for the meanswear to the heavily feathered dresses in the womenswear.  She also featured silk gowns with pearl details, quite well made tweed shorts, lingerie looks with money printed fabrics and quirky crop tops. The contrasting looks kept the guests constantly engaged, as nobody knew what was going to follow each look. This was the beauty of Velasco collection. www.mischkavelasco.com

New Dore F/W 2014 Fashion Week Video

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Our friends at Reel Library created this excellent video 4 min recap of the Dore Designs NY Fashion Week event this past week. Enjoy!

Visit Dore Designs to learn more about this dynamic atelier and their new Ready To Wear and Couture collections available for order now.

Dore Debuts RTW, Evening Separates and Show-Stopping Gowns at NY Fashion Week

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Couturier Hosted Third New York Fashion Week Event at the Empire Hotel Crystal Room

Celebrity Guests Included: World Champion Ballroom Dancer Sasha PerzhuMiss United States Candiace Dillard, Broadway Star and Chicago Poster Girl Angel Reda

Event Partners & Sponsors Include: Styling by celebrity stylist Dawn Del Russo of BellaDawn, Swarovski Elements, Hair by Boyko & Co., Makeup by Valerie Vonprisk with Yaby Cosmetics, DJ Von Kiss, Bella Belle Shoes, Dollhouse Shoes and Green2O Water

NEW YORK, NY. February 2014 – Top American couturier Dore returned to the fashion capital of the world for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to showcase their new Ready to Wear and Evening Wear collections. This February 6th, in the well-appointed Empire Hotel Crystal Room, Dore Designs hosted a runway show at 4pm and a presentation from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Dore Designs unveiled their first Ready to Wear collection and their third collection of Evening Wear, featuring innovative Evening Separates as an exciting addition. Dore Head Designer and CEO Dawn Smart describes the type of woman that inspires their 2014 collections: “The Dore muse is an empowered, strong female who stands apart from all others in any setting. She has international influences and a European flair.  Her wardrobe is filled with head turning pieces that marry with timeless separates for a seamless approach to long-term fashion. She creates the trends.”

Known for impeccable quality and their longtime partnership with Swarovski Elements, Dore’s RTW, Evening Wear and Evening Separates featureed French corded lace, luxurious Italian stretch fabrics, English wool and cashmere knits, Indian silk, hand-painting and sumptuous designer weight jersey.

For over 35 years, Dore Designs has remained fervent in their mission: cutting edge fashion, the finest of fabrics and unsurpassed quality of construction to produce the best Ballroom, Performance Wear and Evening Gowns available in the United States.

Masters of motion, Smart and her expert Florida atelier are known for their exceptional Ballroom gowns and Performance Wear. They have been lauded for their work dressing the Knicks City Dancers, Olympic Ice Dancers and stars of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dore’s avant-garde approach to their dynamic designs has been filmed for two upcoming reality shows, including TLC’s “Ballroom Blitz” and Ryan Seacrest’s “Montecito Ballroom” project on A&E. This past summer, in Broadway’s “Forever Tango”, Karina Smirnoff and Maxim Chermovsky were also dressed by Dore.

The top American couturier for the Ballroom industry for over 35 years, Dore Designs can be found on almost every Ballroom Dance floor in the fast-growing Pro-Amateur competition sphere – on world champions, finalists and dance novices. The company sponsors 42 professional Ballroom couples in the United States and Canada. Dore produces over 1,000 ballroom gowns a year, each unique and one-of-a-kind formed to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore uses only the best of fabrics available in silk, velvet, elastin, jersey, and crepe and designing with exclusively Swarovski Crystals, as well as appliques and 3-D elements such as Swarovski-encrusted butterflies, silk petals, feathers and even fur.

For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs www.facebook.com/DoreDesigns and www.facebook.com/DoreEveningLine .

Photo Credit: Becky Yee, Around Digital Media. Full Runway and Presentation Photos available for press download: http://www.arounddigitalgallery.com/dore_fw_2014_collection_runway_nyfw

Designer Dawn Smart

The Women’s Mafia sister company, Yellow Sky Agency, was responsible for the public relations for this event.

5 Lucky Women’s Mafia Members Can Win Tickets To The Dore Designs #NYFW event!

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This Thursday February 6th five lucky Women’s Mafia members can win a ticket for them and one guest to attend the official New York Fashion Week event hosted by beloved American couturier Dore Designs. Dore is showing at the Empire Hotel, the heart of New York Fashion Week, with a formal runway show at 4pm and a dynamic presentation from 4:30-5:30pm. RSVP today with the subject line “Women’s Mafia Fashion Week with Dore” for a chance to attend! Winners will be chosen and confirmed by 2pm on February 5th.

Press Contact: Marcy Clark
Yellow Sky Agency
marcy@yellowskyagency.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DORE DEBUTS READY TO WEAR, EVENING SEPARATES AND EVENING GOWNS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Couturier Hosts Third NY Fashion Week Event at the Empire Hotel Crystal Room

Thursday February 6th, Runway Show at 4pm and Presentation 4:30-5:30

Event Partners & Sponsors Include:

Swarovski Elements, Hair by Boyko & Co., Makeup by Valerie Vonprisk with Yaby Cosmetics, DJ Von Kiss, Dollhouse Shoes, Bella Belle Shoes, Green2O Water and Styling by Dawn Del Russo of BellaDawn

NEW YORK, NY. February 2014 – Top American couturier Dore will return to the fashion capital of the world for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to showcase their new Ready to Wear and Evening Wear collections. This February 6th, in the well-appointed Empire Hotel Crystal Room, Dore Designs will host a runway show at 4pm and a presentation from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Dore Designs will be unveiling their first Ready to Wear collection and their third collection of Evening Wear, featuring innovative Evening Separates as an exciting addition. Dore Head Designer and CEO Dawn Smart describes the type of woman that inspires their 2014 collections: “The Dore muse is an empowered, strong female who stands apart from all others in any setting. She has international influences and a European flair.  Her wardrobe is filled with head turning pieces that marry with timeless separates for a seamless approach to long-term fashion. She creates the trends.”

For over 35 years, Dore Designs has remained fervent in their mission: cutting edge fashion, the finest of fabrics and unsurpassed quality of construction to produce the best Ballroom, Performance Wear and Evening Gowns available in the United States. Known for impeccable quality and their longtime partnership with Swarovski Elements, Dore’s RTW, Evening Wear and Evening Separates will also feature French corded lace, luxurious Italian stretch fabrics, English wool and cashmere knits, Indian silk, hand-painting and sumptuous designer weight jersey.

Masters of motion, Smart and her expert Florida atelier are known for their exceptional Ballroom gowns and Performance Wear. They have been lauded for their work dressing the Knicks City Dancers, Olympic Ice Dancers and stars of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dore’s avant-garde approach to their dynamic designs has been filmed for two upcoming reality shows, including TLC’s “Ballroom Blitz” and Ryan Seacrest’s “Montecito Ballroom” project on A&E. This past summer, in Broadway’s “Forever Tango”, Karina Smirnoff and Maxim Chermovsky were also dressed by Dore.

The top American couturier for the Ballroom industry for over 35 years, Dore Designs can be found on almost every Ballroom Dance floor in the fast-growing Pro-Amateur competition sphere – on world champions, finalists and dance novices. The company sponsors 42 professional Ballroom couples in the United States and Canada. Dore produces over 1,000 ballroom gowns a year, each unique and one-of-a-kind formed to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore uses only the best of fabrics available in silk, velvet, elastin, jersey, and crepe and designing with exclusively Swarovski Crystals, as well as appliques and 3-D elements such as Swarovski-encrusted butterflies, silk petals, feathers and even fur.

For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs www.facebook.com/DoreDesigns and www.facebook.com/DoreEveningLine .

ID Pop Shop’s 2 Week Summer Fling at Chelsea Market!

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25 of NYC’s Best Independent Designers at ID Pop Shop: Fashion, Jewelry, Art and Home
August 12th – 25th, 10:30am – 7:30pm daily. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

By popular demand, ID POP SHOP, the independent designer shopping experience, will be returning for a two week summer fling at Chelsea Market this August! Normally a one week event, ID POP SHOP but has been extended to two weeks to showcase over two dozen independent New York brands. Curated by designer-entrepreneurs Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja, ID Pop Shop is beloved by fans of high quality, original jewelry, clothing and art.

The huge success of the first Independent Designer Pop (ID Pop Shop) event in June 2011, paved the way for nearly 20 more shows in 2011 and 2012. This August event features the most popular and requested designers from the last two years and will be introducing a few new designers to the pop shop as well.

ID Pop Shop is successful in part because of how Wilkinson (of Barbara Wilkinson Jewelry), and Calleja (of Vernakular Photo Designs) curate the event, bringing together a wonderfully eclectic mix of brands. From event to event the designers change, but the one constant is that the brands included are always fresh, exciting, and ones you won’t find just anywhere. As designer, Christine Yoon, of BHON states “ID Pop Shop brings together an awesome diversity of local, high-quality NYC-based designers, so there’s something for everyone, whether it be a quirky tee-shirt, an intricate gold bracelet, or a silk cocktail dress for the weekend!”

Designers chosen to participate know that they will be in good company because of the reputation of ID Pop Shop as the most upscale independent shopping experience in Manhattan. Wilkinson and Calleja strive to keep every aspect of ID Pop Shop tasteful and impeccable, they truly care about working with the designers, because they are designers too and these are their peers.

Designs by Lois Eastlund and Verrier

Daniela Boari

“Our aesthetic is fresh, fashion forward and refined,” says Wilkinson. The shows are extended time-frames as well, usually a week at a time, so that customers can actually come back during the run of the show. Professionals from Google, MLB and Food Network are a big fan base in the building; they stop by several times during the week and are loyal customers.

Having the events at Chelsea Market Event Space is a big advantage. Currently one of the most buoyant retail areas in Manhattan, in part due to the Highline and the revitalization of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market attracts a healthy combination of tourists, locals, and business people. Now that word of the events has grown, the show boasts wait lists of dozens of designers who wish to participate in ID Pop Shop.

The Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop Shop), spearheaded by creative design entrepreneurs Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja is run with a clear mandate–to assemble New York City’s most exciting independent brands by designers who design and create their own products. The huge success of the first show in June 2011, paved the way for over a dozen more shows in 2011, 2012 and 2013. To keep the most up-to-date on ID Pop Shop happenings visit and follow them on Twitter: @IDPopShopNYC and “Like” their page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IDPopShop.

Designer’s Participating include:

Atlantis Jewelry, ATTITUDE by Jeanne, Avalove Design, Barbara Wilkinson Jewelry, Bellero Design, BHON, Cliff Belts, Corrente Handbags, Cynthia Rybakoff, Daniela Boari, Designhype, Elaine Arsenault Handbags, Engage Green, Handmade on Peconic Bay, Iwona Ludyga Design, LinePosters, Lois Eastlund, Morphicism, naturevsfuture, oh my word, Paintings by Yvoni, Pamela Barsky, Paste, Raul Frisneda Jewelry, Studio DuArte, Vale Jewelry, Vernakular Photo Designs, VERRIER

BHON

Studio DuArte

Barbara Wilkinson

Oh My Word Stationary

Cynthia Rybakoff

Vernakular Photo Design

Atlantis Jewelry

DesignHype

Paste

Paintings by Yvoni