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Only once in a lifetime does one witness such creativity as was shown at the Zang Toi SS2015 Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week entitled “A Privileged Life:  The American Dream.”

The collection, exhibiting 25 years in the fashion business, consist of purple and fuchsia color-blocked-knit dresses, fabulous purple robes to red tailored suits.  The collection took your breath away when the black and ivory empire waist strapless gown appeared on the runway. Another impressive part of the collection was the men’s evening wear.  An exquisitely tailored jacket and matching tie.  Handsome indeed.  Models were classy with fabulous waves and upswept hair dos.  Make up immaculate, done by Beauty by Rudy.

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Backstage was just as exciting as the front of the house, with celebrity Whoopi Goldberg stopping by to congratulate Zang Toi on 25 years of fashion.  Chery Wills of NY1 News exclaimed “I love this collection!”

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People love the House of Toi and it was evident when the entire Mercedes Benz Press Pit sang “Happy 25th Birthday” and the audience rose to their feet to give Zang Toi a standing ovation.

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 The just concluded fifth instalment of Africa Fashion Week in New York showcased an array of eclectic runway collections from seven African-born fashion designers.

Anaba Wisdom Chidiebube, the designer behind the Nigerian label Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, mixed both modern and traditional elements in his latest form fitting, long and short, elegant and gold detailed dresses whereas the London-based Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans’ fashion-label Eki Orleans showcased colourful dresses and bikinis made from different material combinations.

The Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013’s young designer award winner Igwedinma Rodney Emeka’s brand Mcmeka presented some 20 menswear pieces, including fitted elegant suits, while the founder of the Morocco Craftan New York label, Khadija Mouh, chose to feature both men’s and women’s creations such as bold coloured caftans and flowing dresses with hand embroidered bodices.

Designer Tiagbe of Kososhi displayed simple 1950’s silhouettes inspired vibrant ensembles that are fit to be worn to work as well as evening outings and the seasoned Kenyan fashion talent Sally Karago’s Mcensal Fashion House featured 10 designs made from indigenous African fabric, Kikoi.

Hilda Mauya, the founder of the Dahil Republic of Couture Fashion House, showcased her sophisticated couture pieces that accentuate the woman’s features with style and elegance. Made from a mish-mash of African fabrics with linen, cotton and dry lace, the line included several intricately detailed long dresses.

In addition to the catwalk parades, off-the-runway master classes and a presentation style event were also conducted on the sidelines of the three-day-long African American event.

The African Fashion Week NYC 2014 was organized under the P.A.T.C.H theme- where ‘P’ stands for Promoting Africa’s Economic Growth in Style, ‘A’ as in Awarding and Supporting Africa’s Young Creative Entrepreneurs, ‘T’ for Transforming Lives through Talent Grooming, ‘C’ means Creating Success Stories That Inspire and Resonate Globally, and ‘H’ is Helping Emerging Entrepreneurs Master Brand Development, Business Management and Revenue Generation.

Started in 2010, the 2014’s event was hosted by the New York-based fully integrated communications and brand strategy company Adirée. The firm specializes in public relations and promotions for Global business leaders in multiple industry segments such as entertainment, fashion, politics, media and government sectors. (PB)

Courtesy: AFW NY

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The rich fantasy and romanticism of Chinese culture, which has inspired designers like Paul Poiret and Yves Saint Laurent, will be celebrated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s upcoming spring 2015 exhibition.

Dubbed as the ‘Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion’, the display will aim to explore how China has fueled the creative imagination of filmmakers, artists and European designers for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations and mistranslations

Slated to take place from May 7 to August 16, 2015, the exhibition will feature more than 100 haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces by names like Giorgio Armani, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino).

Pieces designed by Craig Green, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Ralph Lauren, Ma Ke, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu and Laurence Xu will also be exhibited.

Andrew Bolton, the Curator of the New York City museum, said in a statement “From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with fantasy, romance, and nostalgia.”

“In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of ‘Telephone’–which the British call ‘Chinese Whispers’–designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions,”he adds.

In addition to the designerwear exhibits, ancient fashions dating back to the 17th century as well as apparels worn by the famous Chinese women known for their impeccable sense of dressing like Madame Wellington Koo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong May-Ling) and Empress Dowager Cixi will also form a part of the vast display.

Also Chinese opera costumes, belonging to the celebrated performer who had inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, Mei Lanfang, will be showcased.

Apart from the clothing exhibits, films by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and decorative art from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné and blue-and-white porcelain items, will also be featured. (PB)



MODEL: Natira Harvin, MUA: Isidora Griffero


Fashion Avenue News magazine Fashion Week September cover is a stunner.  When received at the Magazine Café in New York City, the owner loved the cover so much he immediately placed it in the window right next to Vogue Magazine.

At Fashion Avenue News we choose our covers and models wisely.  We want the cover to speak for itself.  Our covers say Hi End, Luxury Global Fashions from around the world.  We are a Class Act.

Fashion Avenue News caters to the Emerging Fashion Talent and has placed many unknown models on the covers.  We feature emerging fashion talent in our editorials as well.

We are your fashion home.  We have a Fashion Open House every month for Cover & Editorial Models, Designers, MUA, etc., just sign up on our website and you can stop by our New York Office located at 112 West 34th Street, where we have been for over 16 years.

We also give back to the fashion community by sponsoring a annual FREE Fashion on the Hudson Fashion Show slated for July 11, 2015.  We had 18,885 people register for this event this year 2014.  This event is always sold out so get your FREE ticket now at www.fashionavenuenews.com.

We also sponsor a $5,000 CASH SuperModel Showcase.  The models walks the runway and one goes home with $5,000 CASH.  We do not charge a registration or entry fee. For more information on our SuperModel Showcase, visit our website.

Upcoming we have the $5,000 Fashion & Beauty Olympics for Fashion Designers where one designer will go home with $5,000 in CASH.  This event is slated for Saturday October 18, 2014.  Tickets are on sale from our website.

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Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW) announces Project Runway season 12 and season 10 contestants Helen Castillo will be showcasing designs at this up and coming Jersey City Fashion Week at the Upscale Fashion Event with emerging designers.

Helen Castillo, a Hudson County native, was a contestant on Lifetime’s Project Runway Season 12.  Castillo is known for her one of a kind couture designs which were shown during Project Runway Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show. Her design aesthetic is partial but not limited to eveningwear, ready-to-wear, and bridal. In 2013 she was the “Vogue Young Talents’” design winner and has worked for industry legends like Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. This year she will be honored during the JCFW VIP Fashion Show as JCFW 2014 Person of Influence.

JCFW creates a week of shows and events to showcase local and up and coming talent.

Additional information about emerging designers show, “Catwalk in the Park” as well as the full line up for the week can be found by going to: http://www.jerseycityfashionweek.com

Contacts: Jersey City Fashion Week

George Walker RaStarr + PR Publicity & Media Relations Coordinator

April Jones |Assistant Media Relations Coordinator

Joi-Louise  |Assistant Media Relations Coordinator

Keisha Williams|Assistant Media Relations Coordinator

Jersey City Fashion Week is produced by DLJ Give to Live Community Foundation a project of United Charitable Programs a registered 501 c 3 charity.  Give to Lives mission to to support charitable causes through fashion, sports and entertainment.  The fashion week is in its fourth showcase and third year. This year Jersey City Fashion Week will be donating to charities that are assist the sick and disabled or are in the area of health and wellness including the Mo Hair Foundation and the Concordia Learning Center at the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind.

JCFW is sponsored by Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive & the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Skoloff and Wolfe Attorneys at Law, Investors Bank, Media Sponsor Hudson County Reporter and Jersey City Magazine, Fashion United, Fashion in the Fast Lane Magazine, Fashion Avenue News, VB3 3 restaurant and bar, Events Cherished, Uniiverse, YELP. JCFW Supporters include PNC Bank, Jersey City Medical Center- Liberty Health Care Systems, City of Jersey City, City of Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, City of Jersey City Division of Recreation, City of Jersey City- City Council


More than 60 lingerie styles, each giving an insight into the exciting history of the wonderful essential garment, have been put up on display at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

Dubbed as ‘Exposed: A History of Lingerie’, the exhibit aims to chart the development and changes in intimate apparel designs and styles belonging to the 18th century till the present day.

Organized by the FIT museum’s associate curator Colleen Hill, the event also focuses on the pivotal role played by intimatewear in inspiring outerwear designers, such as the set of exhibit where an Iris label created 1950s nylon nightgown is kept alongside an evening gown designed in the similar fabric and silhouette, from Claire McCardell.

Displayed in a chronological order starting from the oldest, the exhibition showcases a 1770 sky blue silk and ivory ribbon and whalebone corset, a full sleeved white cotton dressing gown with a smocked, pointed waistline from 1840s, an embroidered 1878 morning woollen robe, an 1880’s cherry red wool and silk piece and a bustle from the same period.

Some of the other attractions of the display are a Fernande Burel designed printed silk chiffon and lace tea gown from circa 1900, a brocaded silk 1920 corset with waist slimming elastic panels, an appliquéd mid-1920s yellow silk chiffon and ivory lace bandeau bra and a 1930’s peach silk satin all-in-one along with a lace skirt slip from the French luxury lingerie brand Cadolle.

The display also includes a 1940s diaphanous yellow silk crepe nightgown by the Hollywood-based couture lingerie designer Juel Park, a 1950s tulle, taffeta and horsehair layered Dior petticoat, a Rudi Gernreich-designed mid-1960s wireless pad-free bra, and a 1993 pyjama top and bottom set by Erica Tanov.

The display’s more contemporary lingerie collection features pieces designed by names like Jean Yu, Chantal Thomass and Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. x Hanky Panky.


By Rachel Strugatz


Crest & Co., a high-end and private clienteling service, is out to push the price boundaries of luxury goods online.

The company, founded by Nima Abbasi this year, offers its customers only exclusive, one-of-a-kind or limited-edition items and is testing the upper limits of what is typically seen in the world of e-commerce. Crestandco.com carries 40 brands and just more than 1,000 products, many of which Abbasi acquires from craftsmen and merchants favored by the royal families in the U.K., Sweden, Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, France, Japan and more.

Close to 80 percent of what’s for sale on the e-commerce destination is available exclusively at Crest & Co.

“It wasn’t about royalty per se,” Abbasi said. “We aren’t saying, ‘Buy this because the king of Sweden has one,’ but we realized [that] over the last hundreds of years when royalty bought product — whether silver, a candle or a bag — they went to the best manufacturer in the country.”

In practice, the site taps into what might be called “royal crowdsourcing.”

Abbasi was trained as a lawyer before venturing into business strategy consulting and starting social media agency WFG Media in 2007. Last year he sold the firm, which worked with clients such as Tom Ford, Reed Krakoff, Oscar de la Renta, Evian and Bentley.

The invitation-only site sells home decor items, fine jewelry, large and small leather goods, beauty and fragrance as well as gifts such as cuff links, barware and technology accessories. The site’s most expensive piece is a Marina B collar containing 61 carats of diamonds and 62 carats of emeralds set in white and yellow gold, which retails for well over $1 million. (The cost is listed at “price upon request.”)

Abbasi believes that fine jewelry has ample opportunity on the site and noted that it’s the “number-one or two investment for the superrich right now.” The site is selling a one-of-a-kind Suzanne Syz Lucy in the Sky ring fashioned from a 23.59-carat red spinel bordered in a “ribbon” of sky-blue Paraiba tourmalines and pavé diamonds for $310,000; Lydia Courteille’s fire opal, gold, tsavorite garnet, and orange and red sapphire necklace that retails for $246,180, and a Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger diamond necklace selling for $160,000

There’s also a selection of more affordable gifts that include Kilian scents that range from $245 to $475, Vicente Gracia cuff links for $620 and a Puiforcat Champagne beaker at $910.

Abbasi planned to launch a one-on-one service in time for the holiday season, but the demand for private clienteling was so high that he’s rolled out the service months early.

“We’re working with a very well-known singer, whose assistant is working with us now to help them find 120 gifts for Christmas,” Abbasi said, declining to reveal the client. “That is where it becomes superinteresting. It’s not them going to Tiffany’s or Hermès and getting everyone the same thing. There’s a whole romancing around gifting which makes it more valuable.”

An interior designer approached the service last week on behalf of a client seeking a chess set, and Crest & Co. has already commissioned a master trunk maker in Paris to produce trunks that come with a built-in chess set.

Abbasi sees the main e-commerce site as a mainstay — but he predicts the volume driven by clienteling will become the majority of the business, though it will constitute fewer individuals spending significantly more money. The budget and investment going into purchasing 120 handpicked and largely hand-sourced gifts is higher than a click-to-buy purchase on crestandco.com.

Abbasi’s goal for the site — which raised seven figures from Belgian-based Christian Cigrang, the original backer of Raf Simons — was always to become an omnichannel destination. He intends to keep building the clienteling business, while developing showrooms where the clients can come to Crest & Co. by appointment.

“When I started this, I never believed that e-commerce was the only way to go,” Abbasi said. “You have to have the hybrid model — showcase and sell things online but also have physical traction with the customer. Bonobos or Warby Parker did the same thing — its not very different from that.”

Courtesy wwd

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