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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Shauntele Spring 2013 Collection NYFW

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By Constance Zheng from Women’s Mafia

Shauntele Spring 2013 Collection was inspired by the sunset. She mixes pastel colors with dark shades. The collection reminds us of the classic pattern making once used by Christian Dior. She features A-line silhouettes and a Rorschach pattern that the guests of her suite presentation at the Empire Hotel adored.

Mathieu Mirano Spring 2013 Collection NYFW

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By Constance Zheng with Marcy Clark for Women’s Mafia

Mathieu Mirano’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation stood in sharp contrast to the season he was purportedly designing for. The stunning models (excellent casting for this show) posed as a snow queen in elegant gowns, capes, jackets, pants and short looks, as the beats thumped in the glacial background. It was fire and ice, with striking phoenix imagery. The model’s make-up  was an effective nude look with a poker face and clean hairstyle. Time seamed to stand still in the Box at Lincoln Center for Matheui Mirano and his intricate, glamorous and impeccable new collection.

Kara Laricks Spring 2013 NYFW

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By Jaja Nwokeabia

Kara Laricks distinctively genderless designs won her top prize on the first season of Fashion Star. For her much-anticipated debut Spring 2013 presentation, she stayed true to her design philosophy, unveiling a 15-piece collection rich in masculine elements, and starved for color. Perched on podiums inside a raw industrialspace on Pier 57, models in  black lipstick and slicked hair pulled back into frizzy ponytails  displayed conservative high necklines, loose fit shorts and midi-dresses. Although Laricks has cleary mastered an androgynous aesthetic, she still seemed to be struggling with incorporating femininity into her pieces. Some models seemed to drown in shapeless shift dresses and  baggy rompers. The collection could certainly have also done without a dowdy and bulky skirt-pant that cropped above the ankle. But the grade school teached-turned-designer did achieve a alluring balance with a few pieces. For example, a beautiful white organza maxi dress layered with a silk charmeuse slip lent a romantic touch. A tangerine collared dress in organza and silk added a much welcomed burst of color toLarick’s otherwise monochromatic choice of black, white and pale yellow. And one could just imagine the perfectly cut navy blue organza/silk playsuit on a Hollywood starlet. Clearly Laricks’ talent rests in having created a strong brand identity anchored by genderless garments, like the ones that made her a reality TV retail “fashion star.” But in the real world, there are no VIP retailer judges on stage critiquing garments and tweaking details to make them easier to digest for the mass market. This is Fashion Week and all training wheels are off. Perhaps, Laricks could have benefited from a friendly reminder that at the end of the day her menswear-influenced garments still must be wearable by women who also seek to embrace their feminine side, not hide it.

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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

Fashionista Halloween Ball Hosted by Our Friend Toni Russo

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Our friend Toni Russo invited us to attend his Halloween bash as well as our own with GEMS. It is his birthday and the venue is super glam, so why not!?! With how hard we work on our Halloween costumes we all need to attend at least two Halloween parties, right?

Boutique Artists and Boutique Models cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual Fashion Industry – Fashionista Halloween Ball Featuring Fashion Designer Runway Show and Special Live Performances at newly renovated Stone Rose Lounge. Voted #1 on Halloween 2010, this renovated Hotspot has Mind Blowing Views over the Central Park.

2nd Annual Fashionista Runway Show by Hillary Flowers
Special Halloween Live Performances by Jennifer Logue Band
Bday celebration for Boutique Models Founder: Toni Russo
Food menu and appetizers available upon request
Music by Dj Uri Dalal spinning Top Hits
Costume prizes and giveaways
Halloween Party Favors
Central Park views
Fashion Industry, Press and VIPs
Event Sponsored by Boutique Artists and Models

Door Policy:
8pm – Doors Open For Cocktail Reception
10pm – Fashion Show and Live Performance
11pm – Halloween Ball and After Party

Dress your Halloween Best. Costumes Highly Recommended. All Advanced Tickets Must Present Confirmation Email Print out and Valid ID at the entrance.

$15 Advanced Admission Tickets available before 10/25/11. Price may increase After and More at the door. BUY ADVANCED TICKETS

Important Price Note: unlike other overpriced Open Bar Halloween venues with slow bar service and watered down drinks, designed to save the bar money, Stone Rose is known for a superb service and outstanding quality of its Cocktails and Foods, every time.

Table Reservations: For Table Reservations, please call 212-823-9769

Backstage at the Women’s Mafia Fashion Show (PHOTOS)

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Enjoy a fun glimpse backstage at Tela Design Studio in these New York Fashion Week photos by the extremely talented photographer Dolores M. Clark. (Who I’m lucky enough to call my aunt!)

Contact her at if you would like her to photograph your upcoming events in San Francisco or New York.

Tela Creative Director Jeffrey Reltz working with Model Lorianna Izrailova

Runway Rundown: The Women’s Mafia Fashion Show & Fashion Week Kick-Off Event: Spring/Summer 2011

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We were thrilled, as ever, with the outpouring of support for the talented the designers who won our “Are You Runway Ready?” Competition and who were featured in our September 9th 2011 Fashion Show at Tela Design Studio. It takes a village to create a hot-ticket, sold-out, take-no-prisoners event like ours, and we couldn’t have done it without our guests and our event and media partners below.

Enjoy the first look photos by Arthur Eisenberg below and see the galleries for additional featured photographer galleries soon.

The Winners of Our “Are You Runway Ready?” Competition:

Phuong MY

Dominique Auxilly


Look by Phuong My, Photo by Arthur Eisenberg
Dominique Auxilly with model Alexis, photo by Arthur Eisenberg
PriestessNYC by Cody Ross, photo by Arthur Eisenberg

Produced by The Women’s Mafia: Marcy Clark, Sonja Leix and Elisha Dang

Fashion Stylist: Engie Hassan of EngieStyle

Stylist Engie Hassan with Philip Pelusi and Models Backstage

Styling Support by Celebrity Stylist Wayne Harris

Hair by Tela Design Studio, the home of Tela Beauty Organics

Backstage with Master Stylist and Tela Beauty Organics Founder Philip Pelusi and Models

DJ: Sharri Star   Model/DJ 424.213.3238

Makeup by Leora

Featuring Smashbox makeup

Chocolate and Wine Tastings by ChocoVin

Documentary: WFIT directed by Anchor Kristen Dudek

Ashmi Elizabeth Dang, Creative Visual Consultant

Media Partners and judges for the competition include:
Daniel Saynt of FashionIndie and Envy, Fashion Photographer and Huffington Post
Contributor Alex Geana, Danielle Suaro of Ferohhhsh, Katya Moorman of Style Defined
NYC, Rick Weaver of Icon Americana, Celebrity Hair Stylist Philip Pelusi of Tela Design
Studio, Style Expert & TJMaxx Spokesperson Pamela Pekerman, Celebrity Stylists Engie
Hassan and Wayne Harris, WFIT Anchor Kristen Dudek and more.

Special Thanks to:

Jeffrey Reltz, Philip Pelusi, Jennifer Danilchick, Alex Beitler, Ashley Crossman, Jennifer Griffee, Lorianna Izrailova, Carlos Aparacio, Sam Lavey, Stephanie Luzuriaga, Veronica Lee, Myra Harmon, Beverly Clark, Dolores Clark

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More image highlights from the night (Full-Show images in the Women’s Mafia Photo Galleries):

Phuong My

Lorianna in Phuong My

Phuong My with Last Looks

Dominique Auxilly

WFIT Anchor Kristen Dudek in Dominique Auxilly
Dominique Auxilly Last Looks
Dominique Auxilly with Lorianna

PriestessNYC by Cody Ross

Women's Mafia Founder Marcy Clark with PriestessNYC's Cody Ross and models Steph Rai and Alexis

Deadlines, Delegating & High Design: Behind the Scenes With Lighting Designer Stacy Harshman of Andarina Designs

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By Stacy Harshman

Andarina Designs was just coming together.  Inspired by a set of antique glass swizzle sticks, I had been working everyday, designing lamps and chandeliers that threw beams of light through rods of colored glass.

I told my good friend Marcy Clark how excited I was about starting my company.  After watching Marcy conceive of and launch Women’s Mafia, and attending fantastic Women’s Mafia and Yellow Sky Agency events for years, I told Marcy that within a couple of months, I’d be ready to let her plan the launch for Andarina Designs.

But Marcy had another idea.  She suggested I design the lighting for The Women’s Mafia and EngieStyle fashion presentation and launch party “Once Upon A Time” which would benefit a cause I love, the MillionTreesNYC project.  Marcy said she would love to see some of my pieces hung right over the runway.  I was thrilled!  And Engie’s first collection, Rouge et Noir was done in a palette that seemed just right beside my first collection’s rich jewel tones.  Oh, just one thing: the event was only two weeks away! Continue reading

The Women’s Mafia and EngieStyle Come Together to Support Million Trees NYC: Event Recap for “Once Upon A Time”

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Presented at Union Square Ballroom on June 8th at 8pm

NY, NY. June 2010 – On June 8th The Women’s Mafia and EngieStyle hosted “Once Upon A Time” a fashion presentation and show featuring the debut women’s wear collection of top stylist Engie Hassan, “Rouge et Noir”, a line inspired by Old Hollywood Glamour and the silhouettes of the 1930‘s and 1940‘s. The room was packed with editors, socialites, supermodels, television and radio media, top fashion buyers and top fashion photographers alike. The event raised funds and awareness for Bette Midler and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC Initiative and was a who’s who of a New York’s young, hip charitable set.

Sonja Leix, Iman Hussein, Engie Hassan, Shauntele, Elisha Dang, Marcy Clark, Sam Lavey

The successful event was the third fashion show collaboration between EngieStyle and the Women’s Mafia. The Women’s Mafia hosted and co-produced the event and debuted its first print magazine that evening, which featured Engie Hassan on the cover. EngieStyle co-produced, directed and styled the fashion presentation for “Once Upon A Time” which also featured acclaimed couturier Shauntele and jewelry designer Ananda Khalsa, and the show culminated in the a preview of “Rouge et Noir.”

Displayed on gorgeous models provided by FentonMoon Media, under a dramatic $30,000 custom lighting installation by Stacy Harshman of Andarina Designs, the “Rouge et Noir” pieces were elegant, sophisticated and classic, and at the same time still had a modern sensibility. The presentation received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd, which was followed by an energetic after-party and launch celebration for EngieStyle.

Looks by Shauntele in the EngieStyle Fashion Presentation
Looks from "Rouge et Noir" Engie Hassan's debut collection

Sonja, Engie, Elisha and Marcy: The Women's Mafia and Engie Hassan

“This event was very much in line with the Women’s Mafia mission of supporting independent design and providing fun and priceless experiences for our members. I was extremely proud of the amazing audience that we generated for this show and the unforgettable reception that the fashion presentation received. The EngieStyle team are fabulous partners and we look forward to planning with them for our New York Fall Fashion Week calendar”, says Women’s Mafia founder Marcy Clark.

Christina Vescovo, Engie Hassan, Wendy Levene-Goldberg, Iman Hussein, Marcy Clark

The glamorous event supported the New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) MillionTreesNYC initiative. Thanks to all the participants the organization will be closer reaching it’s goal of a million new trees being planted and cared-for in New York City’s 5 boroughs by 2017.

Event Co-Chairs
Emily Conner, Matt Schmeelk, Wendy Levene Goldberg, Pamela Pekerman, Rachel Shulman, Anisha Joseph, Constance Victory

NYRP Junior Board
Jane Kelsey, Maya Rodale, Stephanie Owens, Christina Vescovo, Heidi Wolf, Sally Wolf, Allison Beck

Artistic Director, Designer and Stylist: Engie Hassan, EngieStyle
Producer and Head of Public Relations: Marcy Clark, The Women’s Mafia

Fashion Show Designer: Sam Lavey, EngieStyle
Featured Presentation Designer: Shauntele
Featured Jewelry Designer: Ananda Khalsa

Jewelry Designer Ananda Khalsa and Engie Hassan picking Jewelry before the presentation.

Shoes: EngieStyle’s proprietary collection
Accessories: EngieStyle’s proprietary collection
Hair by Tony Kelly, Cutler Hair Care
Makeup by Leora Edut

Public Relations: Marcy Clark and Alex Beitler,
Magazine and Graphic Design: Sonja Leix
Web Design: Elisha Dang
Lighting and Atmospheric Design: Stacy Harshman
Associate Producer: Wendy Levene Goldberg

Music by DJ Jay McElfresh
Videography by Anthony Bowman
Official Fashion Photographer: Shawn Punch
Event Photographer: Christopher London, Founder & Editor
Senior Associate to Ms. Hassan: Iman Hussein
Assistant to Ms. Hassan: Emily Endean
Assistants to Ms. Clark: Kristin Wahle, Nelson Vanherle
Additional Press and Promotional Partners: Cynthia Parsons McDaniel, Toni Russo, Myra Harmon

Special Thanks: Cutler Salon, GELMOR LACE, Austins Steak and Ale House, Bahar Shaarawy, Cindi Penrod & Penrod Studios Photography, Roberta and Gary Lavey, Elsayed and Salwa Hassan, Beverly and Barry Clark, Lysette Drumgold (Makeup/Hair), Shpresa “Elssa” Duli (Makeup/Hair), Kevin Uhrin, Amouage Fragrances (Gift Bag) FaceIt Beauty Bar (Gift Bag), NYC Points Acupuncture PC (Gift Bag), Sarah Anolik, Dr. Ameer and Summer Hassan, Jen Reck, Kelly Owens, Katrena Moore, Angelique Velez, Elssa D., Lysette Drumgold, Lauren Killip, Nikki Black, Cody Shultz, Anthony Pla, Nancy Diglawi, Areej Belal, Shergoh Alkilani, Celia Ammerman

Fashion Show last looks, under Andarina Designs Chandelier
Engie Hassan and Emily Endean
Pamela Pekerman, Event Co-Chair and Founder of Bag Trends

Supermodel Zuzana Snow
Personal Shopper John Sweiss, Engie Hassan, Tom Ford Specialist J.R. Mumford
Kevin Uhrin, Tracey Macgill, William Self
Iman Hussein of EngieStyle, Engie Hassan, Sarah Anolik of Vogue
Designs by Shauntele featured in the EngieStyle and Women's Mafia Fashion Presentation
Jewelry Designer Ananda Khalsa, Marcy Clark, Christina Vescovo, Model Lorianna Israilove, Stephanie Owens
NYRP Junion Board Members: Maya Rodale, Heidi Wolf, Christina Vescovo, Sally Wolf, Kristin Blumm, Jane Kelsey
EngieStyle and Friends: Amy Harmon, Iman Hussein, Engie Hassan, Sam Lavey, Myra Harmon, Emily Endean

With reporting by Nelson Venherle and Pernille Fristrup.