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.”
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com and two lucky readers will win two tickets each to this fun and memorable Fashion Week launch party and show.
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.
Entertainment: 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
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
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:
Ashmi Elizabeth Dang, Creative Visual Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 →
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Music by DJ Jay McElfresh www.sonodea.com
Videography by Anthony Bowman
Official Fashion Photographer: Shawn Punch www.shawnpunch.com
Event Photographer: Christopher London, Founder & Editor www.manhattansociety.com
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
With reporting by Nelson Venherle and Pernille Fristrup.