Boy Meets Girl by Stacy Igel, FW 2011

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By Tatyana Titkova for Women’s Mafia

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” by Coco Chanel.

Though her style is very different from Coco’s, I would say that “fashion art” is the way how Stacy Igel opens her fashion shows every time. She creates the show filled with inspiration and it naturally extends to the runway. A live short performance at the beginning of this type of show is a very essential key to creating a “Rock & Roll” brand image.

Natasha Bedingfield was the first who appeared on the runway performing live during the Boy Meets Girl show in front of a packed house on 15th of February. Stacy Igel is the Founder/Creative Director and Chief Brand Ambassador of the Boy Meets Girl Brand. Projects currently in development include hosting a weekly online style show and a reality series for a major television network. She’s personally shopped and styled for celebrity clientele around the world, and continues to mentor young designers and advocate for causes that speak to her values.

Boy Meets Girl is a casually classic contemporary brand for people with a carefree spirit. The audience got a chance to see the new clothing and Stacy’s latest trends for Fall/Winter 2011. The collection contained light tops, dresses, sweaters, short-sleeve hooded T-shirt, sweatshirts & sweatpants, jumpers and skirts. Short shorts and leggings were paired with loose tanks, sweatshirts and loose tees. The outfits were not colorful and combined gray, black, brown, beige and forest green palettes. While there were some pieces that my Women’s Mafia colleagues and I liked from the show, and the Veronica’s rocked them in the front row, the looks were a bit too casual for New York streets and will probably work better in Los Angeles.


Luca Luca FW 2011

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By Mariana L. of Ms. Fabulous

Autumn brights hit the runway at the Luca Luca show.  A palette of warm gold, fushia, rust were mixed with more dressy black, silver and white.  The silhouettes were flattering and ladylike.  The pants were slim, pencil skirts, demure blouses.  Evening looks included flowing floor length skirts. A few pieces were elegantly embroidered with beading along the neck or waistline.

Spotted in the front row: Supermodels Carol Alt, Irina Pataeva

Mik Cire FW 2011

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By Carlos Aparicio for Women’s Mafia

In Mik Cire Fall/Winter 2011, the conversely named menswear collection by Eric Kim, only two pieces were made in a different color other than black, white or grey. The two pieces were both exciting red leather jackets that would definitely add some spice to your closet.

Now, creating an entire collection using such a small range of colors is a big challenge because all the focus goes directly to the different materials and textures used, and the harmony that exists between them.
The way he managed to make every outfit interesting to look at was by contrasting various materials that you wouldn’t usually see together. Leather, fur, cashmere and wool are examples of the materials he incorporated into the pieces.
Accesories used to enhance the looks include chic black leather backpacks and scarves used as belts, proving Mr. Kim enjoys experimenting when it comes to his collections.
Photos by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Mercedez-Benz

Rebecca Minkoff Fall / Winter 2011

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl was the Muse and musical act at Rebecca Minkoff FW 2011. She and Sean Lennon played a whole song before the first look appeared. It was a nice change of pace and they sounded wonderful live.

Photo Via Fashionologie

The theme of Ms. Minkoff’s collection is the Urban Gypsy, which isn’t new, but which, when done well, is always beautiful, effortless and timeless. That is what Rebecca understands. It’s what you and your best dressed friend’s wear to a Fall rooftop party and then to a chic dinner date. Looks wear seamlessly from day to night. The designs are sometimes loose in the “gypsy” aesthetic, but the tailored pieces dominated with their put-together, all-cinched-up appeal, paired with leggings or tights and denim with reinforced knees, the contrast is appealing. The diaphanous silk and chiffon print dresses were interspersed and one was featured on Ms. Kemp Muhl. They fit beautifully and had me thinking of warmer nights and trips to the South of France.

One thing is clear: Minkoff dominates the tailored jacket as well as her go-anywear hangbags.

Women’s Mafia Endorsed Designers Shauntele & Belabunda Showing Hamptons & Summer 2010 lines at Stone Rose

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Do you remember the gorgeous Fall/Winter 2010 collection of our “Are You Runway Ready?” 2010 winner Shauntele?

She is showing her new Summery looks for 2010/2011 alongside Belabunda Bikinis Summer 2010 collection, which was recently featured in Sports Illustrated. It is a perfect time to start picking out your Hamptons Wardrobe! (Have you reserved your weekends at our Hampton’s House yet?)

Our first 5 members to RSVP get comp tickets to this very high-end and sure-to-be-fun event!

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TALENT: Q&A with Shauntele, As Seen In The Women’s Mafia Fashion Show Fall/Winter 2010

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By Marcy Clark

Shauntele Richardson is one of the winners of our “Are You Runway Ready?” contest and was featured in our Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Show at Tela Design Studio. Her line Shauntelé is deliciously feminine, luxuriously well-made, perfectly tailored and quite modern.

From her first design internship at Nikka to her experience tailoring for the likes of Jessica Simpson and Judy Reyes, Shauntele has developed a style ushering in a new phase of appreciation for the female form. The lines are flattering yet concealing as she strives to highlight a woman’s very best assets. Jorge Ramon, former fashion editor of Teen People, has called her collection “newsworthy,” while women in the know, such as Ivanka Trump, are taking note of this new fashion gem.

Enjoy our Q&A with Shauntele below and contact her to order from her Spring or Fall Collections!
Q: Where did you learn to design and how has your aesthetic evolved over time?
A: That’s the first question?! Of course I think I’m expected to name FIT or Parsons as an alma mater but the truth is that I’ve only taken one illustration class and one sewing course. The rest is self taught through internships, past work experience as well as guidance from family and friends. I pick up any little fragment of knowledge, continue collecting it and depositing in into a mental reservoir I carry with me everyday. As I persist my aesthetic becomes more true to the woman I see myself becoming: a wife,  a mother, an entrepreneur, a voice in the community. All of those roles are so common amongst all women, it comes across in my silhouettes that i am designing for them and I am confident in the direction I am headed.

Q: You are mostly a one woman show, how do you handle it all?
A: I have a lot of people rooting for me to make it and so willing to give of their own talents without pause. Honestly and gratitude, coupled with an almost unwavering loyalty, has equipped me with an unimaginable, invisible “line of credit” amongst my colleagues of the garment district. In my earlier days, assistants doubled as models and day jobs became a cover for my designer alter ego. I would stay absurdly late at the office to print everything from lookbooks to garment tags. I think the more I have to do the quicker my mind works to make it happen, in theory anyway. Besides, I have to handle it, I’ve got something to prove.

Q: When did you realize you could make your passion your career? Is designing in your blood?
A: When I saw someone making an awful mess of their own fashion label, I thought to myself I see what they are doing wrong and it takes less time to do it right. I began seeking out people in the fashion industry who were sincere, helpful and humble. I knew that fashion could be more than superficial, it could be extremely intellectual and empowering. In the end all I want is for a garment to enhance a person’s mood, their appearance and their confidence. The women in my family used to make all their own clothes and still recount wonderful stories of them stepping into a dance as a trio of sisters with the best outfits in the place. The mental image of the creativity, class and fun they must’ve had is something that always keeps me inspired.

Q: What energizes you? Where do you go to find new inspiration when designing a
new collection?
A: It almost never begins with a visual inspiration. First I seek out the music. In my head the the melodies begin to suggest bodies and colors. I later come across an artist like Tamara de Lempicka or Henri Rosseau who appear to embody the visual aesthetic of a song or genre I’ve recently discovered. In my teenage years I wanted to be a singer and would always put together outfits to help the audience understand me as an artist. Even till this day I want my appearance to give people a clear understanding of who I am. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why should we be afraid for people to judge us by our appearance?

Q: You are sponsored by the Garment Industry Development Corp with a space in Showroom New York, because you make your clothes in New York’s garment industry. Why do you feel it is important that the Garment Industry remain in Manhattan?
A: Showroom New York has played a huge role in my collection over the past year. The designers that make up the collective are dedicated to seeing one another succeed and we make it happen by sharing our resources, criticism and encouragement. It would be impossible for us to do so if the Garment District became spread out over the 5 boroughs because zoning laws are forcing manufacturers out. I’ve had to do a lot with very little formal training, the pattern-makers and seamstresses who have supported me since my eager intern days are invaluable to me. They see my vision as well as expand it. Innovation is what happens when ideas are thrust into the air making the atmosphere fertile for a surprise, a movement. Right now fashion is stale, but at Showroom New York there is so much to taste. People are looking for something new and we are what’s new.

Q: Lastly, and please don’t be shy, what can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?
A: As if I wasn’t already fawning over Women’s Mafia and how great your approach is to supporting new talent. First, you can get me a tape of your awesome appearance on NBC. Second I think Women’s Mafia can help forge a solid connection to women who’ve been seeking out the aesthetic that Shauntele represents which is elegant with just the right bit of sexy to get a room buzzing.

Ports 1961 Fall/Winter 2010

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by Elisha Dang and Sonja Leix

The Fall/Winter 2010 collection, by Tia Cibani, consisted of a palette of delicious colors that included mulberry, chickory, clover and ginger, to name a few. Combinations of silk, leather, chiffon, tweed and knits created gorgeous silhouettes with unusual shapes that accented the female body beautifully.

Inspired by the theme of past meets future, it’s easy see how Cibani combined classic styles with a futuristic look throughout the collection. A unique combination of draped fabrics, embellishments, and accessories portrayed her theme perfectly.

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Live From The Tent: We Will Be Covering Mercedes Benz Fashion Week FW 2010

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by Sonja Leix

We got our press passes for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and will be spending the ensuing week in and out of the tents at Bryant Park! There will be no rest for the weary as we will be hosting our signature Fashion Show & Fashion Week Kick-Off Party on Feb. 9th and a second fashion show “Leather & Lace” at Bryant Park Hotel Cellar Bar on February 17th.

We will be covering not just the Fall/Winter 2010 trends that we see on the runway or the VIP’s in the front row, we will also be interviewing the designers to hear about their visions.

Check www.womensmafia.com regularly for the latest coverage, images, event invitations and videos.

Follow us on Twitter @WomensMafia and our Twitter account @LiveFromTheTent for live coverage of the events during Fashion Week – you can retweet us to your hearts content! (And if Twitter still confuses you, read Elisha Dang’s peerless Twitter tutorial “To Tweet or Not to Tweet”.)

Have a “must” go-to party or event that you want us to cover? Send invite to: Marcy@womensmafia.com