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

New Dore F/W 2014 Fashion Week Video

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Our friends at Reel Library created this excellent video 4 min recap of the Dore Designs NY Fashion Week event this past week. Enjoy!

Visit Dore Designs to learn more about this dynamic atelier and their new Ready To Wear and Couture collections available for order now.

5 Lucky Women’s Mafia Members Can Win Tickets To The Dore Designs #NYFW event!

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This Thursday February 6th five lucky Women’s Mafia members can win a ticket for them and one guest to attend the official New York Fashion Week event hosted by beloved American couturier Dore Designs. Dore is showing at the Empire Hotel, the heart of New York Fashion Week, with a formal runway show at 4pm and a dynamic presentation from 4:30-5:30pm. RSVP today with the subject line “Women’s Mafia Fashion Week with Dore” for a chance to attend! Winners will be chosen and confirmed by 2pm on February 5th.

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Couturier Hosts Third NY Fashion Week Event at the Empire Hotel Crystal Room

Thursday February 6th, Runway Show at 4pm and Presentation 4:30-5:30

Event Partners & Sponsors Include:

Swarovski Elements, Hair by Boyko & Co., Makeup by Valerie Vonprisk with Yaby Cosmetics, DJ Von Kiss, Dollhouse Shoes, Bella Belle Shoes, Green2O Water and Styling by Dawn Del Russo of BellaDawn

NEW YORK, NY. February 2014 – Top American couturier Dore will return to the fashion capital of the world for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to showcase their new Ready to Wear and Evening Wear collections. This February 6th, in the well-appointed Empire Hotel Crystal Room, Dore Designs will host a runway show at 4pm and a presentation from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Dore Designs will be unveiling their first Ready to Wear collection and their third collection of Evening Wear, featuring innovative Evening Separates as an exciting addition. Dore Head Designer and CEO Dawn Smart describes the type of woman that inspires their 2014 collections: “The Dore muse is an empowered, strong female who stands apart from all others in any setting. She has international influences and a European flair.  Her wardrobe is filled with head turning pieces that marry with timeless separates for a seamless approach to long-term fashion. She creates the trends.”

For over 35 years, Dore Designs has remained fervent in their mission: cutting edge fashion, the finest of fabrics and unsurpassed quality of construction to produce the best Ballroom, Performance Wear and Evening Gowns available in the United States. Known for impeccable quality and their longtime partnership with Swarovski Elements, Dore’s RTW, Evening Wear and Evening Separates will also feature French corded lace, luxurious Italian stretch fabrics, English wool and cashmere knits, Indian silk, hand-painting and sumptuous designer weight jersey.

Masters of motion, Smart and her expert Florida atelier are known for their exceptional Ballroom gowns and Performance Wear. They have been lauded for their work dressing the Knicks City Dancers, Olympic Ice Dancers and stars of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dore’s avant-garde approach to their dynamic designs has been filmed for two upcoming reality shows, including TLC’s “Ballroom Blitz” and Ryan Seacrest’s “Montecito Ballroom” project on A&E. This past summer, in Broadway’s “Forever Tango”, Karina Smirnoff and Maxim Chermovsky were also dressed by Dore.

The top American couturier for the Ballroom industry for over 35 years, Dore Designs can be found on almost every Ballroom Dance floor in the fast-growing Pro-Amateur competition sphere – on world champions, finalists and dance novices. The company sponsors 42 professional Ballroom couples in the United States and Canada. Dore produces over 1,000 ballroom gowns a year, each unique and one-of-a-kind formed to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore uses only the best of fabrics available in silk, velvet, elastin, jersey, and crepe and designing with exclusively Swarovski Crystals, as well as appliques and 3-D elements such as Swarovski-encrusted butterflies, silk petals, feathers and even fur.

For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs and .

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2013

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by Bianca Rada and Marcy Clark

Lhuillier’s inspiration for her new collection started with one question: “What do I want to accomplish this season?“ She wanted the collection to be “glamorous, sexy, precious and colorful.” Lhuillier definitely accomplished her goal with these red-carpet-worthy gowns from her new Fall 2013 collection which she showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Embellishment and intricate stone work featured extensively through the collection, as well as sumptuous knits alongside light and airy silk chiffon gowns with lots of movement and play of light. Metallic shine, both woven into fabric and as accent work was a bright aspect of the collection, as were her refreshing prints, fringe and lace details.

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David Tlale Fall/Winter 2013

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By Bianca Rada and Marcy Clark

David Tlale presented his third collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this winter. This Fall collection is a mix of stunning evening gowns and really chic day-wear. Tlale featured a wide range of rich materials and colors.  In a collection that combines the best of 70’s working girl style with forward-thinking necklines, proportions and color combinations, Tlale created clothes perfect for the smart individualist. We liked the gold detailing, the inventive accessories and statement jackets that are present in the whole collection. Tlales collection was really strong, easy to combine and definitely ready to wear.

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REFRESH NY Fashion and Beauty Retreat: Rejuvenate and Recharge

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We have even more sponsors and perks to announce for REFRESH, the Beauty and Wellness retreat for NY Fashion Week this Thursday and Friday Feb 7th and 8th, steps from Lincoln Center at 67th St. & Broadway.

The theme is “Rejuvenate and Recharge” and guests can warm up with our Les Palais Des Thes tea lounge, indulge in a state-of-the-art cupcake by Gretel-Ann of TLC’s Next Great Baker and Cupps Cafe, get inspired by the new gowns by Dore Designs Couture (with an opportunity to shop!), enjoy a Spa or Beauty Treatment by Lora Condon, hang with celebrity host Nole Marin of AIM Model Management (formerly of America’s Next Top Model), work out with our Fitness Expert, get hair and makeup touch-ups and more!

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Join us: Special Tableau Presentations at 2pm an 4pm featuring @DoreDesigns styled by @EngieStyle

Featuring: Pop-Up Boutique and Tableau Presentations by DORE DESIGNS COUTURE, Spa and Beauty Treatments by LORA CONDON “the Beauty Buster”, Haircare by DR. MIRACLE, Tunes by DJ SHARRI MODEL, Makeup by LiSi COSMETICS, Blowouts by PATRICK WELLINGTON of Wellington Hair Spa and Evelyn of LAURA’S BEAUTY SALON, COUTURE TRAINING sessions by Stacie Smeal, Tea salon by LES PALAIS DES THES, Cupcakes by GRETEL-ANN of TLC’s Next Great Baker and more!

Special Celebrity host: Nole Marin from America’s Next Top Model

Upstairs lounge at the Kaufman Music Center: 129 W 67th St. NYC. (2 blocks from Lincoln Center), 12-5pm Daily. RSVP’s required:

Event Recap: Dore Exquisite Gowns Spring 2013

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The Country’s Top Ballroom Dance Atelier To The Stars Launches A New Collection

Dore Exquisite Gowns, the top Ballroom design atelier in the country, headed by lead designer Dawn Smart, debuted their premiere collection of evening gowns at New York Fashion Week on September 12th, 2012. Arena NYC accommodated a glamorous audience of 300 guests, which included some notable editors from InStyle, Vogue, Haarper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Pinstripe Magazine, stylists, bloggers and fashionistas. Among the distinguished guests were Miss New York

Mallory Hagan, Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney, Amy Poliakoff and Maggie Schaffer of Bravo’s Gallery Girls, Heidi Dillon of Style’s Big Rich Texas, celebrity aesthetician and beauty author Lora Condon, celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane and Royal & celeb stylist Engie Hassan, the official stylist of the show.
Miss New York Mallory Hagan (Miss America Organization), Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney and celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane

The evening was an entertaining blend of fashion, music and dance. The show commenced with a scintillating dance performance by Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach who looked impeccable in outfits by Dore Designs. This was soon followed by the eagerly anticipated display of Dore Design’s evening gowns. The dresses showcased richness in color and style, featuring hand painting, Swarovski crystal elements (Swarovski was a sponsor of the show), and couture craftsmanship. Several gowns featured inventive details such as sky high slits, long feathered trains and even petticoat-like ruffles. The gowns did justice to the models’ figures with captivating flow and movement as they dazzled on the runway.

Right after the show was another brilliant performance by Vard Margaryan (of So You Think You Can Dance) and Sofya Fil. Sarah Atereth, a U.K. # 1 recording artist then took the stage and entertained the audience with two of her dance numbers to which the enthusiastic crowd sang along and danced.
The after party saw an enthusiastic crowd dancing away. DJ Eric Voz had the perfect music playing to set the right ambience. The evening full of entertainment and talent ended on a note of promise of many more glamorous events by Dore Designs. Special thanks to the sponsors and partners for the event : Swarovski Elements, Ecru New York, All Natural Snapple, EngieStyle, Yellow Sky Agency, Lead Makeup Artist Nesreen Hamdan and Boutique Artists.

Dore Designs is an industry leader in the United States for Ballroom fashion. The company sponsors 42 professional and amateur couples in the United States and Canada. Dore Designs can be seen across the globe on world champions, finalists and dance novices. Dore Designs thrives in the French tradition of haute couture, in keeping each Dore Designs ballroom or evening wear gown an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. The future success of Dore Designs will be expanded by couture and ready-to-wear lines for evening, as well as practice wear that can be customized for dance studios to brand themselves. For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit and “like” DoreDesigns on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs.

Royal and Celeb Stylist Engie Hassan with Designer Dawn Smart of Dore Designs

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.