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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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

Fashion Rocks: A Fashionable Love Affair With Music

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EngieStyle’s 3 Year Anniversary Soiree
Styled by noted celebrity and royal stylist Engie Hassan
Featuring a new capsule collection by Dore Designs and other notable designers
Hosted by Women’s Mafia founder Marcy Clark
This exciting New York Fashion Week presentation is Engie’s ode to the various genre’s of music that have made an impact in the fashion industry at large, and most inspired Engie’s styling eye. The live soundtrack for Fashion Rocks has been created in collaboration with Grammy nominated Producer/Remixer Jimmy Greco, whose credits include tracks for Beyonce, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus.

Fashion Rocks, which was once known to be the title of the double-feature magazine received in September with all Conde Nast’s publications, was a full glossed editorial spread styled by Vogue Editors dedicated to the musical artists who were most inspiring fashion at that moment.

Engie, a proud alum of American Vogue and French Vogue, had the privilege of being a part of the editorial team for multiple issues and recounts this experience as one of her most challenging, character building and exciting.

Born and Raised in New York, Jimmy Greco is a Grammy Nominated producer, song writer, and remixer whose credits include Carlos Santana, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Train, Miley Cyrus, and more. This year he’ll be releasing his self titled album featuring some of today’s most talented vocalists. “This is a project I’ve wanted to do for many years, it will give me the opportunity to have a free creative landscape to showcase and honor some of the best artists I’ve had the great opportunity to collaborate with.” Writing and production is still on the way for this release scheduled to hit the web and streets July, 2013.

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This will be a night to remember! The guest list is closing soon so get in your RSVP’s in by Monday Feb 4th before 12noon.

POP 242 Launch Party!

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The Women’s Mafia has teamed up with our sister PR Firm Yellow Sky Agency to create POP 242, part women’s wear and accessories Shop, part PR showroom for editors and stylists, and always a party!

Would you like to join us for our exclusive Launch Party on Wednesday July 11th from 6-9pm?

242 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Within 5 minutes of the Bedford L train and also accessible from the J,M,Z and G trains. to attend the launch party or to be added to our guest list for future events – we will have trunk shows, sample sales, art, music and cultural events all throughout July, August and September. Designers interested in learning more about POP 242 can email for details.

Five Key Tips for Rocking Summer Brights

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Recently, our resident Fashion Stylist Engie Hassan of EngieStyle created a gorgeous spread for Coco Magazine featuring everyone’s favorite new trend: Summer Brights. Here she shares with us her tips for rocking this trend and popping like a pro:

Coco Magazine shoot styled by Engie Hassan pages 10-11

Rules in fashion should not exist, but if there had to be one concept that everyone should stick to it would definitely be: always dress appropriately for where you are going and with who you want to be.

  1. Trying a pop of bright for the first time?  Start with a top; a blazer is the easiest way.  However, don’t try too much too soon.  Begin with a color you already love so that you feel comfortable, but make it one or two tones brighter than normal.  You can keep it simple by combining it with a basic tank or tee in colors such as white, black, brown, or navy.
  2. When you’re ready to try more make sure to mix up the colors.  Do not do a mono colored outfit like wearing all yellow.  Not everyone can pull of Big Bird.  A way to successfully do this for work would be a fuchsia blazer, neutral pants, and green pumps.  If you want to have more fun with mixing colors try a yellow dress with hot pink tights or an orange top with cobalt blue pants.
  3. Stay away from bright make up and bright clothing all in one look.  That should be left for editorials.
  4. Make sure that the color(s) you are wearing work with your skin tone.  Yellow is tricky.  Usually cobalt blue works for all skin tones.
  5. Accessories are great for this trend.  You can use them to tone down the look a bit by using wood and gold pieces.  Or if you are a full out fashionista go for the neon accessories to compliment the bright outfit.  Some great accessories for this are bags, necklaces, and watches.  The best investment piece for brights is scarves.  So if you are going to start purchasing for this trend, start there! They make a flawless transition from spring to summer.

Remember, this new trend is not the retro 80’s neon we used to know.  It is more grown up with a soft and feminine touch.

Coco Magazine pages 12-13 styled by EngieStyle
Coco Magazine pages 14-15 styled by EngieStyle
CocoMag pages 8-9 styled by Engie Hassan
Engie Hassan styled garment for Islamic Relief USA charity fashion show

Pop Star Carishma styled by EngieStyle
Engie's client Princess Ameerah in a lovely bright pastel

Fashion Stylist Engie Hassan dresses some of the most glamorous women and men in the world. Engie has styled and personally shopped for royalty such as Princess Ameerah Al Taweel, celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Lady Gaga and Kelly Choi, as well as a bevy of editors and models during Fashion’s key happenings including Mercedes Benz fashion week and The Met Gala.

Engie Hassan’s impeccable work can be seen on the red carpet and runways, as well as in magazines, print media and commercials. With a degree from FIT and an MA from NYU, as well as work experience at Vogue, Paris Vogue, Teen Vogue and Numero,Engie had the opportunity to work with some of the most sought after fashion stylists, editors, and photographers, providing her with a rare glimpse into the industry.

Engie pairs her vast experience with her innate and remarkable ability to style her clients in any way they would like to be perceived, while always maintaining their elegance. An avid traveler, Engie understands and draws from the fashions of different cultures, which has garnered her clients the world over. With modern energy and great flair, EngieStyle continues to offer exceptional style and service to clients by providing them with a highly personalized and unique experience. As of April 2011, Engie Hassan is the official Fashion Stylist for which is part of the Bauer Teen Network. For more details on Engie Hassan and EngieStyle’s broad array of expert services, visit or call her agents Marcy Clark and Alex Beitler at Yellow Sky Agency, 212.729.9619.

The Traveler’s Collection: Private Trunk Show May 2nd

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My brilliant friend and stellar client Engie Hassan of EngieStyle is hosting this chic trunk show with global tastemaker Jena Gardner (of JG Black Book of Travel). The Women’s Mafia has been given a few coveted invitations to this intimate Press Event at the private Norwood Club for The Traveler’s Collection. If you love Fashion and Traveling we hope you take advantage of this special invitation!

We will be celebrating artisanal crafts and global goods from The Traveler’s Collection. From signature pieces for your home to striking jewelry, clothing and accessories, each individually-curated piece reflects the distinctive style of its origin.

DATE: May 2
Time: 6:00 -8:30pm
Where: Norwood Club
241 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Relief On The Runway: Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark hosting Charity Fashion Show!

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Ladies, will you join us for Relief On The Runway on Saturday April 28th?

I am thrilled to MC this chic charity event, for women only, which will support Islamic Relief USA’s programs benefitting women all over the world. Their top-rated programs include clean water initiatives in Mali, Yemen and China, Vocational training for orphans in Afghanistan, Emergency Livestock intervention in Ethiopia, Educational programs in Africa and across the middle east, Food Aid programs in Egypt, Lebanon, China, the United States and many other countries, as well as dozens of other life-saving, inspirational programs in the areas women need them most. Tickets are selling out fast as they are extremely reasonable at only $40 for a luxe evening.

Islamic Relief USA Charity Event to Feature Women’s Fashion Show:

(New York, N.Y., 4/12/2012) Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area, will feature a women’s fashion show at an April 28 charity event in New York. Relief on the Runway will feature designs by Deepak Perwani, Nayna, Cosry, Guzel, Modern Mary, Razan Daker, Nzinga Knight, Nahda Designs, and Sahaili Styles. The event is for women only.  Musical performance by Omnia Hegazy and Spoken Word artist Tahani Salah.  Casting and Production by Aushim Raswant of 3V.

Styling and Production by Engie Hassan of EngieStyle. Hair and Makeup by Rare NYC.  Proceeds will go toward Islamic Relief’s programs benefiting women.

What: Islamic Relief’s Relief on the Runway Charity Fashion Show

When: April 28th, 2012

Where: Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad St.,
New York, NY 10004

Islamic Relief USA’s projects for women seek to improve maternal health, promote gender equality and empower women through education and income-generating opportunities.

Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA benefited more than 6 million people in 34 countries, including the United States.  In addition to its 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is listed on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

A Worldwide Leader in Alleviating Poverty |

Islamic Relief USA Awarded 4 Stars by Charity Navigator

Win A Ticket to Planete Chic’s New York Fashion Week Event

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Women’s Mafia members are eligible to win a pair of tickets to Planete Chic’s premier New York Fashion Week event, featuring top-tier international designers! Write to for a chance to win. Winners will be notified by February 3rd.

Fall 2012 collections

Planete Chic is focused on bringing both emerging and established  domestic and International fashion houses to the world’s leading Fashion Weeks in order to help promote designers in competitive markets.

Wednesday, February 8, 6-8pm
Open House Gallery , 201 Mulberry st, New York
Media/Press : 5:30pm – Show starts @ 6:30pm

New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Event featuring:

Espen Salberg
Born in Norway, after living in Italy for many years, he is Bali based since 2007. After presenting at Hong Kong Fashion Week past season, he is making its New York debut with ‘FIRMATO’ his Fall 2012 Couture collection

Shauntele presents a multidimensional femininity by combining tailored, body conscious constructions with details of soft draping. Alluring yet flattering silhouettes create a sophisticated balance between elegance and seduction. Her approach ushers in a new respect and understanding of modern woman’s duality. Both femininity and function meet to create versatile classics to be treasured as mainstays in any wardrobe. Launched in 2008, Shauntele’s clientele includes some of the most influential women on the Manhattan social scene, such as Ivanka Trump and actress Judy Reyes.


*This invitation is for one person and is not transferable.  RSVP required. Dress code to attend shows is ‘Elegant.’  21+ only

Win a Ticket to the ASTONISH Issue Two Fashion Week Event and Ken Chen Fashion Show

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This is THE New York Fashion Week event to be at on February 8th. If you loved ASTONISH Magazine’s epic launch party we hosted at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, or you just love hip, exclusive Fashion Shows featuring zeitgeist designers like Ken Chen, then email me at and two lucky readers will win two tickets each to this fun and memorable Fashion Week launch party and show.

Sponsors and Partners:

ASTONISH World, the digital community for ASTONISH Magazine

Sakiri Vodka

Lunae Moscato

Vendome Macarons

Engie Hassan of EngieStyle

Marcy Clark of Yellow Sky Agency, Public Relations

Phuong My Designs

W.i.P – Work in Progress, the new endeavor by the founders of Greenhouse

Champagne & Caroling: The Broadway Dolls Black Tie Benefit For Broadway Dreams

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— Exclusive Event Features Performances and Sing-alongs with the Broadway Dolls —

New York. December 7, 2011 — Guests of the swanky Champagne and Caroling Black Tie event will be sure to leave with a swing in their step and a song on their lips after enjoying a private concert December 20, at Winston’s Champagne Bar.

Financiers and art patrons David Cote and Adam Sansiveri of Bernstein Global Wealth Management are hosting a benefit for The Broadway Dreams Foundation featuring the acclaimed Broadway Dolls. In this intimate setting for only 75 guests, Broadway stars, celebrities, socialites, and fellow benefactors will enjoy champagne, delectables, exclusive original performances and the opportunity to sing along with the best female singers of the Great White Way.

“What gets me excited about this intimate holiday event is that it is a return to the style and sophistication of old New York,” said Cote. “We can’t wait to have our guests enjoy their favorite holiday carols, sung by the biggest stars on Broadway. We are taking a page from the Gatsby era of elegance to provide a magical experience for our guests.”

Sansiveri, who has also produced Broadway shows, added, “This dynamic event brings together the official girl group of Broadway, The Broadway Dolls, with a cause near and dear to their hearts: supporting educational opportunities for young people to go after their dreams of gracing the Great White Way. The Broadway Dolls, all triple-threat actresses currently working on Broadway, know that making it as an actor requires intensive training, mentorship and support.”

It is sure to be a stylish scene with David Cote and Adam Sansiveri debuting the new custom Tuxedo line from Black Lapel and the Broadway Dolls styled by Engie Hassan of EngieStyle with the timeless new jewelry from The Travelers Collection.  Guests will enjoy the superior Champagne from Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte along with some memorable delectables from Winston’s and will be treated to the unforgettable desserts from Lady M Confections. Additional sponsors and partners already confirmed for this prestigious holiday event include: One Sky Jets, Accounting Management Solutions, Inc. (AMS), Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services, Marcy Clark of Yellow Sky Agency Public Relations and Engie Hassan of EngieStyle.

The Broadway Dolls are the undisputed official girl group of Broadway with five of the White Way’s most sought after triple-threats. With four full-length production shows and counting, the Dolls pull from a roster of the most fiercely talented women in the business. The Broadway Dolls hail directly from the Broadway companies of “Mamma Mia”, “Chicago”, “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark”, “Rock of Ages”, “Memphis”, “Jersey Boys”, “Million Dollar Quarter”, “Rent”, “Hairspray”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Legally Blonde”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Grease”, “The Wedding Singer”, “A Chorus Line” , “Good Vibrations”, “Jekyll & Hyde”, “Spamalot”, “Wonderland”, and more.  No other entertainment company in the theatrical community boasts such an accomplished and diverse team of working actresses.  Recent television appearances include opening for the “World Champion Boxing Match” in Quebec (HBO), and headlining the “National Vocal Championship Finals” (ABC).

Champagne & Caroling
December 20th 7-10pm
Winston’s Champagne Bar at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, 420 Park Ave South

Hosted by:
David Cote and Adam Sansiveri of Bernstein Global Wealth Management
The famous Broadway Dolls
Marcy Clark of Yellow Sky Agency
Engie Hassan of EngieStyle

Open Bar, Appetizers and an Exclusive Performance for 75 guests
Sing along with the best female singers of the Great White Way!

Tickets available for a $125 Donation, while available.

By invitation only. Space is limited.
RSVP to to request an invitation.

The Broadway Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit arts-education organization, is dedicated to presenting training, mentoring and career opportunities in dancing, singing, writing, acting and performance to students and adults alike, regardless of their socioeconomic capabilities.  Intensive programs are offered nationally throughout the year, led by an exceptional faculty of high-profile and experienced Broadway professionals.  The unique programs offer highly personalized and supportive coaching, an exciting collaborative learning environment, scholarships and ongoing networking to build confidence and life skills that can only be learned through the arts. Former and current students are currently performing in Broadway shows.

Winston’s Champagne Bar is the foremost destination for collectors and enthusiasts seeking a menu of fine and rare Champagne. The venue’s buyers have produced relationships on a global level that gives Winston’s unique and consistent access to the world’s greatest Champagnes. For less practiced guests, Winston’s is committed to offering a full range of Champagnes and wines by the glass as well as inspired sparkling cocktails. Winston’s also offers a complete schedule of private and semi private tastings and creative educational tutorials.  Winston’s Champagne Bar is located at 420 Park Ave South, right off the lobby of the Gansevoort Park Hotel.

Accounting Management Solutions, Inc. (AMS) is the leading supplier of outsourced accounting and financial management services for the Northeast and the New York metro area.  AMS supports public, private and nonprofit organizations of all sizes with experienced industry-specific consultants, including CFOs, vice presidents of finance, controllers and senior accountants, on an outsourced part-time, interim, and project basis.  The company recently added retained search to its roster of services and has placed several nonprofit finance executives.

OneSky Jets is one of the largest Charter Jet companies in the US and is part of Sentient Jet. Onesky jet does not own or manage their own jets. Instead, we’ve built a unique model which unites the top private jet carriers into a cohesive network, empowering our clients and Members with access to the finest, most luxurious private jets. This access comes with peace of mind through our industry leading safety due-diligence program and added comfort through the knowledge that our state of the art command center is tracking every detail of every flight.

The event is by invitation only and space is limited. RSVP to request an invitation or learn about sponsorship opportunities. Email to RSVP and visit to purchase tickets.

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The Women’s Mafia Sky High Halloween Spectacular: To Benefit GEMS

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The Women’s Mafia, EngieStyle, Dynamic Outdoors and Dr. Nadia M. are coming together to support GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) and to have a most elegant, fun and memorable Halloween ever!

Out Guests will enjoy a costume contest hosted by EngieStyle, a raffle of amazing trips with Dynamic Outdoors and much more. There are Drink Specials till 10pm and admission is only $20 online or $25 at the door, all proceeds benefitting GEMS. Tickets will be at this link. RSVP to by Oct. 26th or and get your ticket sooner!

Ticket and Donation to GEMS