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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 .

REFRESH NY Fashion and Beauty Retreat: Rejuvenate and Recharge

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We have even more sponsors and perks to announce for REFRESH, the Beauty and Wellness retreat for NY Fashion Week this Thursday and Friday Feb 7th and 8th, steps from Lincoln Center at 67th St. & Broadway.

The theme is “Rejuvenate and Recharge” and guests can warm up with our Les Palais Des Thes tea lounge, indulge in a state-of-the-art cupcake by Gretel-Ann of TLC’s Next Great Baker and Cupps Cafe, get inspired by the new gowns by Dore Designs Couture (with an opportunity to shop!), enjoy a Spa or Beauty Treatment by Lora Condon, hang with celebrity host Nole Marin of AIM Model Management (formerly of America’s Next Top Model), work out with our Fitness Expert, get hair and makeup touch-ups and more!

Tweet with Us: @WomensMafia @TGATP #NYFWRefresh
Join us: Special Tableau Presentations at 2pm an 4pm featuring @DoreDesigns styled by @EngieStyle

Featuring: Pop-Up Boutique and Tableau Presentations by DORE DESIGNS COUTURE, Spa and Beauty Treatments by LORA CONDON “the Beauty Buster”, Haircare by DR. MIRACLE, Tunes by DJ SHARRI MODEL, Makeup by LiSi COSMETICS, Blowouts by PATRICK WELLINGTON of Wellington Hair Spa and Evelyn of LAURA’S BEAUTY SALON, COUTURE TRAINING sessions by Stacie Smeal, Tea salon by LES PALAIS DES THES, Cupcakes by GRETEL-ANN of TLC’s Next Great Baker and more!

Special Celebrity host: Nole Marin from America’s Next Top Model

Upstairs lounge at the Kaufman Music Center: 129 W 67th St. NYC. (2 blocks from Lincoln Center), 12-5pm Daily. RSVP’s required: rsvp@yellowskyagency.com

Event Recap: Dore Exquisite Gowns Spring 2013

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DORE DESIGNS DEBUTS EVENING WEAR AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
The Country’s Top Ballroom Dance Atelier To The Stars Launches A New Collection

Dore Exquisite Gowns, the top Ballroom design atelier in the country, headed by lead designer Dawn Smart, debuted their premiere collection of evening gowns at New York Fashion Week on September 12th, 2012. Arena NYC accommodated a glamorous audience of 300 guests, which included some notable editors from InStyle, Vogue, Haarper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Pinstripe Magazine, stylists, bloggers and fashionistas. Among the distinguished guests were Miss New York

Mallory Hagan, Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney, Amy Poliakoff and Maggie Schaffer of Bravo’s Gallery Girls, Heidi Dillon of Style’s Big Rich Texas, celebrity aesthetician and beauty author Lora Condon, celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane and Royal & celeb stylist Engie Hassan, the official stylist of the show.
Miss New York Mallory Hagan (Miss America Organization), Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney and celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane

The evening was an entertaining blend of fashion, music and dance. The show commenced with a scintillating dance performance by Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach who looked impeccable in outfits by Dore Designs. This was soon followed by the eagerly anticipated display of Dore Design’s evening gowns. The dresses showcased richness in color and style, featuring hand painting, Swarovski crystal elements (Swarovski was a sponsor of the show), and couture craftsmanship. Several gowns featured inventive details such as sky high slits, long feathered trains and even petticoat-like ruffles. The gowns did justice to the models’ figures with captivating flow and movement as they dazzled on the runway.



Right after the show was another brilliant performance by Vard Margaryan (of So You Think You Can Dance) and Sofya Fil. Sarah Atereth, a U.K. # 1 recording artist then took the stage and entertained the audience with two of her dance numbers to which the enthusiastic crowd sang along and danced.
The after party saw an enthusiastic crowd dancing away. DJ Eric Voz had the perfect music playing to set the right ambience. The evening full of entertainment and talent ended on a note of promise of many more glamorous events by Dore Designs. Special thanks to the sponsors and partners for the event : Swarovski Elements, Ecru New York, All Natural Snapple, EngieStyle, Yellow Sky Agency, Lead Makeup Artist Nesreen Hamdan and Boutique Artists.

Dore Designs is an industry leader in the United States for Ballroom fashion. The company sponsors 42 professional and amateur couples in the United States and Canada. Dore Designs can be seen across the globe on world champions, finalists and dance novices. Dore Designs thrives in the French tradition of haute couture, in keeping each Dore Designs ballroom or evening wear gown an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. The future success of Dore Designs will be expanded by couture and ready-to-wear lines for evening, as well as practice wear that can be customized for dance studios to brand themselves. For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” DoreDesigns on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs.

Royal and Celeb Stylist Engie Hassan with Designer Dawn Smart of Dore Designs

Win tickets to our NYFW event Dore Designs Spring 2013

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This NYFW Spring 2013, 5 lucky Women’s Mafia members have the chance to win  tickets for the Dore Design fashion show and after-party on September 12th.
Write to rsvp@yellowskyagency.com with the subject “Win Dore” to be entered in the contest! A limited number of tickets will also be available for sale if you don’t win. Respond by September 6th for your chance to be at New York Fashion Week!

Dore Designs Spring 2013  –  Wednesday September 12th at 7pm.
ARENA, 135 West 41st Street, between 6th and Broadway

Dore Designs has long been the leading purveyor of the finest couture ballroom dance gowns in the United States and is now launching their evening gown collection. Dore Designs can be seen on the amazing young dancers of the reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on the global stage in national and international dance competitions.  Dore Designs and CEO / Head Designer Dawn Smart are bringing haute couture to American shores with striking custom made gowns, which are highly coveted by ballroom dance champions and private clients alike.

In keeping with the French tradition of haute couture each Dore Design garment is an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore Design garments are produced in jersey, crepe, silk, elastin and various types of Swarovski crystals or hand painting for glamorous embellishments. Gowns are all draped and hand crafted for a stunningly singular look that allows the wearer to feel confident, comfortable and elegant.

www.doredesigns.com

TALENT Q&A: Dawn Smart, Leading Businesswoman and Designer To The Ballroom Stars

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By Marcy Clark with additional reporting by Gildas Rolland

Dore Designs and CEO Dawn Smart are bringing haute couture to American shores with striking custom made gowns, which are highly coveted by ballroom dance champions and private clients alike.

Dawn Smart, left, with Sales Associate Heidi Bucigross

Ms. Smart purchased the company in 2007 and with her at the helm sales of Dore Designs gowns have doubled, and the company now posts revenues in excess of 2 million dollars a year.

With her designs regularly featured on stars of television programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and in the feature film “Musical Chairs,” Dawn has an inspiring story and fantastic advice for young women eager to enter the design world, as well as anyone who is determined to follow their true passion.

Women’s Mafia: What does fashion mean to you?

Dawn Smart: As the head designer at Dore Designs I view fashion from a ballroom prism; gowns are created to accentuate movement. I am creating costuming and design is influenced by the champion who is wearing a Dore Gown. A dancer who has an incredible ability to spin might spark a trend for skirts that fly out. For me ballroom fashion is a collaborative effort with the dancers wearing my creations.

WM: How were you introduced to the Ballroom world?

DS: A friend took me to a ballroom studio for a party. He had said that we were going to a chamber of commerce function and then suddenly they turned off the lights and a big guy asked me to foxtrot. I resisted falling in love with the industry for a few months, and kept delaying the lessons I had purchased at that event. When I finally took my first step on the dance floor, I knew I never wanted to leave. For the first time in my life I really enjoyed exercise. Dancing with another person, being able to have a conversation, understanding the music; it was all fun and engaging on so many levels.

WM: Where do you get your design inspiration?

DS: My design inspiration for the ballroom world comes from the story of the movement. A lot of dancers have a story they are telling as a couple, a scene they are acting out, and they often share that with me as I begin the design process. For one champion couple, the woman was embodying a “Mediterranean Goddess” character and so we dressed her accordingly: in blues, silks and turquoises. The characterization informed the way her partner interacted with her and made them even more compelling to watch.

WM: What makes Dore Designs gowns unique?

We make our designs in the United States, they are all couture construction and they are all original. We make them on a body form, with a specific body in mind and that is why they fit our clients so well.

We dress Ballroom champions and also real women just entering the field, for over 30 years now. We use a lot of jersey, crepe and silk from Italy, as well as stretch fabrics of various types. We use many unusual fabrics to create one of-a-kind pieces.

We might have a fabric or a type of crystal that we only use on one dress. If I buy a print I will buy only enough for one dress and if someone else wants to order something in that print then I will create something completely different to keep integrity within the brand. All our gowns are crafted and draped by hand, so there is no pattern to duplicate.

WM: How would you like your brand to evolve in the next 10 years?

In the next 10 years I would like to have Couture and Ready to Wear lines for evening gowns as well as a practice wear line for the dance studios to brand themselves. The future of our company will grow in the real world as well as the ballroom world.

WM: How would you describe your creations in 5 words?

Classic lines, form-fitting, luxurious feel.

WM: Which designers have influenced you the most?

DS: When I was a teenager, Dianne Von Furstenberg was my idol. Now my favorite designers are Marchesa. Valentino, Versace, Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab. I am inspired by their use of unique materials and that they use layers and intricate construction in their gowns.

WM: What’s the aspect of being a fashion designer that you enjoy the most?

DS: I get to make women feel beautiful.

WM: Do you have any secrets for success that Women’s Mafia members could learn from?

DS: Get up every morning and try to be better than you were yesterday: more creative, more inventive. I use Seth Gordon’s book Purple Cow as a reference. Every gown needs to be extraordinary and worth talking about.

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

Six Ballroom Trends That Are Influencing Fashion Catwalks

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The Ballroom Dance industry has experienced an explosive rise in popularity as a result of hit reality television shows including “So You think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars“ and “America’s Best Dance Crew,” which have reinforced dance as not just an art form but also as a means of self-improvement. With every major network having jumped on the dance reality television bandwagon, Ballroom dance has become an accessible and enjoyable art for both dance fanatics and non-dance audiences.

Dore Designs, a top international dance apparel brand, can be seen on the amazing young dancers of the reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on the global stage in national and international dance competitions. With the largest international ballroom competition coming up this next week in Blackpool England, we decided to ask Dore Designs CEO and head designer Dawn Smart about the top Fashion Trends in Dance and which ones are influencing the global fashion markets. Here are her pics:

Bright Color Combinations

Professional dancer Maria-Khristina Shurupova in Dore Designs
CrOp by David Peck Spring 12

Nude and Lace

Anna Kovalova in Dore Designs with Roman Kutskyy
Marchesa NYFW 2012

Use of 3-D Elements and Texture

McQ at London FW 2012

Volume

Jenny Solosky and William Stansbury in Dore Designs
Zac Posen FW 2012

Hand Painted Prints

Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2011 Hand-Painted Dress

Beading and Crystals

Dore Designs 2012 Latin Rythms Couture
Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2012

“In designing for Ballroom champions, I get to dress another world,” explains Smart. “Fashion in the ballroom world is about movement and telling a story as part of a duet.” Inspired by designers such as Valentino, Versace and Alexander McQueen, for their use of luxurious materials and impeccable, intricate construction, Dawn Smart characterizes her own creations as classic, form-fitting wears with a luxurious feel inside and out.

About Dore Designs:

Dore Designs is an industry leader in the United States for Ballroom fashion. The company sponsors 42 professional and amateur couples in the United States and Canada. Dore Designs can be seen across the globe on world champions, finalists and dance novices. The future success of Dore Designs will be expended by couture and ready-to-wear lines for evening, as well as practice wear that can be customized for dance studios to brand themselves. For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs http://www.facebook.com/DoreDesigns.