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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Photo by Abbey Rogers –

Photo by Abby Rogers –

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

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.

Press Contact: Marcy Clark
Yellow Sky Agency



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 .

Nicole Miller: Fall 2013

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By Miriam Miedler and Marcy Clark

On Friday the 8th of February, Nicole Miller presented her new Fall 2013 collection at Mercedes BenzFashion Week. Most of her designs were black and ivory, perhaps because she had so fully embraced color for Spring. She got her main inspiration from a piano-key motif. In addition the crowd enjoyed many diamond-patterned jacquard pants, smart black jackets and pretty floral patterns. Her collection was a mix of elegant styling with very fresh and young features. One model sported memorable yellow and orange ombre hair with a full sleeve of tattoos. She seemed to embody this new, bolder “Nicole Miller” attitude.

NY FASHION WEEK: Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011

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By Mariana L. aka Ms. Fabulous

The Statue of Liberty was France’s gift to America.  On the fashion front, designer Catherine Malandrino brought Parisian chic stateside.  Her collection for Fall 2011 was presented in a raw loft space in Midtown Manhattan.
There was a mix of tailored jackets, form-defining knits and sophisticated dresses for the Lady who does everything.  The color palette included deep red, royal purple and emerald with some basic black thrown in.  Stripes and polka dots accented a few looks as well.  My personal favorite was the stand-alone mirror embroidered skirt.
Ms. Malandrino explained that she designed the season’s looks for women to wear from day into evening.  The presentation represented the wardrobe of the woman she represents…Successful and confidently stylish.
With intellectual glasses and hats, the models looked like they walked directly out of the designer’s own closet.  Other accessories included large pieced necklaces and chunky embellished bracelets.

Spotted in the front row mingling: Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford and Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter

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

The Women’s Mafia Fashion Show at Bryant Park: “Leather & Lace”

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The Women’s Mafia Fashion Show at the Bryant Park Hotel on Wednesday Feb. 17th was an experiment in controlled Chaos. As word had spread throughout the fashion community about the subversive and sexy 10pm show and private party across from the tents, the venue was almost completely filled before the event had officially began at 9pm. The anticipation and buzz was palpable in Cellar Bar as it was backstage.

Downstairs our talented hair and makeup teams worked at a relentless pace to create our signature “Rock-Chic-meets-bedroom-eyes” look. Headed by celebrity makeup artist Chris Lanston for makeup (artist to the stars such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce) and inventor and entrepreneur Jamey Nash of Latest-Additions on hair, we knew we were in good hands. While working the phones to make sure our Vogue, WWD and Bergdorf contacts made it into the packed venue, our stylist Engie Hassan, designer Alisha Trimble and I styled and re-fitted the lingerie looks on some fabulous new models that were replacing some last-minute no-shows. Miraculously, everything came together in time and every look found its muse.

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Souls4Souls: Haiti Fundraiser at Shoegasm SOHO Saturday Feb. 20th

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Our good friends at Shoegasm, our shoe sponsor for our NY Fashion Week Events,  is partnering with Soles4Souls and they’re hosting an awesome Haitian cultural celebration THIS SATURDAY February 20th from 12pm-5pm at Shoegasm’s Soho location! The event will have live Haitian music from musician Tiga Jean-Baptiste, mouth-watering traditional Haitian food and drink from Chen Bakery and even a exhibit by artist Igor Mecklembourg! You can even donate some of your unwanted shoes! Why not enjoy free food and music all while supporting a great cause?

Location: 383 Broadway, NYC


Fashion Fashion Week

By Rene Melchor

Samantha Liistro and models

Up and coming designer Samantha Liistro presented her first fashion collection at the Madison Towers. Ms. Liistro exhibited a high quality collection with very luxurious fabrics like laser cut pony hair, lightweight wools and python. Her palette goes from touches of cream to dark cherries, midnight blues, vibrant opals and rich blacks. Continue reading

Vassilios Kostetsos Fall 2010 – “Love unconquered in the battle”

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by Sonja Leix

Vassilios Kostetsos presented a beautiful collection, filled with color and life, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Inspired by Eros, the god of Love, Vassilios captured passion and love in every piece and all the detailing in his Fall 2010 line.
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Ports 1961 Fall/Winter 2010

Fashion Fashion Week Video

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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