Venexiana Spring & Summer 2013 Collection NYFW

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By Marcy Clark with additional reporting by Constance Zheng

VENEXIANA’s new Spring/Summer 2013 collection shone like a shooting star during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. She used colorful crystalline tones and magnificent heavy silk for her gowns. Showcased radiant crystals under see through chiffon, giving the embellished gowns a look more mystical than loud. Her collection seemed inspired by ancient Rome at times, with toga like draping. At the same time, her glamorous draping was expertly fitted so as to accentuate a woman’s body perfectly. Oranges, milk whites, bloody reds and lake blues shone throughout… dresses fit for royalty with luxurious twinkle silk.

Other clever details included white jackets with black lace embellishment and pants that creating an exciting contrast with the evening gowns. As my assistant Constance said after her first Venexiana show during her first time at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week “It was like walking in a fashion milky way.”

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Carlos Miele FW2011

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By Carolina Sanchez for Women’s Mafia

Carlos Miele’s Fall 2011 fashion week show was wide-ranging. He went from black and white, to neutrals, to a vivid palette of colors including blue, green, orange and red. His collection was casual yet elegant and incorporated jumpsuits, pants and dresses.

One of the best pieces was this jumpsuit which was shown in three different colors, but this flawless white one with the red belt was definitely my favorite.

He showed the popular Fall favorites which include fur and black all over, but added a splash of color and, in this case, the orange stripes really add life to this combination. There’s nothing left to say except that the scarf-like hoodie is the perfect accessory to complete this ensemble.

Miele brings Harem pants back for Fall 2011 in neutral and dark blue velvet.

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Runway Report FW 2011: Herve Leger By Max Azria Equals Fabulous!

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By Katrena Moore of The Katswalk

Yes, Fabulous! According to Max and Lubov Azria, this fall is all about neutrals and creams. That’s a far cry from the New York style hipster black everything we’ve become accustomed to. Well, there is still a little black, but that’s okay! Check out these sixties inspired ready-to-wear dresses that will make you want to go out and snag your own pair of knee-length suede black, white, camel, or fill in the blank riders with a heel, of course, to complete these runway looks!

Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2011

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By Saira Toppin

As usual, Betsey Johnson comes back season after season with eye popping fashion that is sure to turn heads and have you wanting more. But the underlying question is, where can you wear some of this clothing?

The Spring/Summer collection shouts out color, splash, and excitement. Themed parties that call for eccentricity, originality, and panache would be ideal.

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Leifsdottir Spring/Summer 2011

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By Saira Toppin

Urban Outfitters is doing exceptional work with their retail brand, Leifsdottir, which is sold in Anthropologie. The new collection is quite earthy and natural.

Designer Johanna Uurasjavi says the influence for this season was her recent trip to the Amazon. One can see the presence of the Amazon in the snake skin skirts, butterfly patterned dresses, and pangolin-like blazers.

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Dresses With Pockets: Effortlessly Mysterious

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By Saira Toppin

Dresses with pockets have been around for years and seem to be a trend that will succeed for a long time. Women have adorned both elegant and simple dresses, and taken it up a notch in some way shape or form. First, notice the additional dimensions added by pockets in this dress from Gucci Spring 2010.

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Isaac Mizrahi Spring 2010 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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By Saira Toppin

Isaac Mizrahi’s Spring collection features a bevy of satin and ruffles. The Women’s Mafia loves it.


Mizrahi  highlights traditional Spring pastels while including other colors in the spectrum. The yellows, greens, and pinks remind one of a beautiful Easter morning, but instead of eggs and bunnies, there are sharp-edged, sleeveless blouses and flowing, belted skirts. By adding big ruffles, big puffs, and long beads, the buyer will see more than just clothes this upcoming spring. The line enables women to step out of the box and be different, while still presenting themselves with an air of class and finesse. The spring collection also includes gorgeous black-tie gowns and attire, edgy blazers, and everything in between.

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Donna Karan Spring 2010 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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by Saira Toppin


Donna Karan’s Spring 2010 show sticks to a determined color palette. It expands its collection by presenting pieces in various shades of a few colors. I think come Spring that this collection will make getting ready in the morning quite a bit more fun. This year we see sheer grays, solid whites, and bold reds. The sheer grays provide a peek of what’s underneath, while the solid whites leave everything to the imagination, but the bold reds…you make that decision. Continue reading