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.

Jazz Legends Marion Cowings & Kenny Barron Release Exciting New Remastered Album

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It is my pleasure to invite you to listen and secure the newly remastered album: “Marion Cowings and Kenny Barron.” Now available on itunes, this album is thrilling for jazz lovers and those who love a rich sound.

Jazz aficionados everywhere will have the opportunity to warm their hearts this spring with the smooth baritone voice of jazz legend Marion Cowings. Well known as the lyricist on the standards “For Ceora” and Miles Davis’ solo in “Freddie Freeloader,” listeners will experience Cowings’ rhythm and sounds that go beyond age, trends or style. Accompanied in his latest album release with pianist Kenny Barron, these jazz masters express impeccable collaborative musicianship. With these classic songs played faithfully to the composer’s intent, they will satisfy the hearts of audiences.

Barron is widely recognized as a world-class virtuoso, and band leader. Cowings is known for his work with singer Kim Kalesti and his collaboration with many jazz artists including Hank Jones on their compilations; this album will be Cowings’ debut as a solo artist.

Jazz singer Marion Cowings is a native New Yorker. His smooth baritone voice and considerable range have been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Mentored by the legendary Jon Hendricks, Cowings is a master of vocalese and singing technique. He has appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Village Vanguard, as well as many prestigious jazz festivals and venues abroad. Currently Cowings headlines regularly at Smalls Jazz Club in the West Village and his sets are broadcast live to a faithful global audience.

Upcoming NY Concert Dates:

March 21, 2012 8pm
New York City, NY

Smalls Jazz Club
April 27th, 2012

Irina Shebayeva FW 2011

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By Tatyana Titkova for Women’s Mafia

New York City is arguably the fashion capital of the United States and the entire world. This season we are looking  forward to attend many leading designer’s Fashion Shows that are taking places all over the city. And the hottest two spots for them are in  Lincoln Center (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) and the historic Garment District near Bryant Park.

Irina Shebayeva made FW 2011 her debut last night in the Garment District. Inspiring is the first word that comes to mind. She used the concept of “modern warrior women in New York City” to express her vision. Her vision rings very true nowadays; this is the 21st century where the women have to be pretty tough and strong emotionally to rule this world.

Irina used a cold palette in  her collection, the white, black and gray colors dominated. Plus the the outfits were highly accessorized for true runway drama. There were also at least five different fabrications integrated into one outfit. She featured a lot of feather, leather and fur, which made the collection seem warm. The whole collection was very creative. The young designer applied “Birds” wings” silhouettes into her collection, so the audience had image of flying birds on the runway. It was very tactile and I fully appreciate the innovative thought processes that went into each creation. Irina Shebayeva’s entire collection was received as a great success and we are very much looking forward to the next one.

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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Images From NYC Fashion Week Feb 2010

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by Rick Weaver, for Women’s Mafia and Icon-Americana

I recently had the opportunity to hang with the ladies of Women’s Mafia during my first ever Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Below are just a few of the photos. The fashion shows themselves were amazing, but what I will remember most is the energy inside the tents, which was electric! I’m glad I was able to experience it before NYC Fashion Week takes its show on the road to Lincoln Center in the fall. Continue reading