Girl Power with Cynthia Rowley


Story & Photos by: Alexandra Castello for Fashion Avenue News

Sip with Socialites is a group founded in 2011 by Eve Edmond; the group is composed of 13 fabulous women that hold monthly events to raise awareness and funds to social causes and charities while having cocktails. Fun meets business.

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The socialites gathered on NYC in the magic Uptown store of Cynthia Rowley for an evening of cocktails, shopping with special sales and candies by Curious Candy .The charity chose for this event was Georges Malaika Foundation created by Noella Coursaris Musunka, 10% of all the funds from the shopping experience proceeded benefit GMF.Noella is a stunning model born in Republic Of Congo, her foundation helps hundreds of young girls by providing them tuition, meals, school supplies and uniforms assisting these children to grow in a healthy way and having opportunities in their future.

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The fun night provided by Sip with Socialites was a success; the mix of cool people and amazing designs was perfect. The girls got crazy with Cynthia Rowley scuba dresses, sequin dresses and metallic sandals. The collection for summer is vibrant, upbeat and modern. Only one word can describe the group that attended this event: Girl Power! Powerful and independent women helping young girls to have the chance to become like them in the future.

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Beyoncé partners Rent the Runway for a Boutique Range


Those who could not help but hopelessly drool over the impeccable dressing style of American singer and songwriter Beyoncé will now have a chance to imitate her gorgeous sartorial looks, thanks to the leading designer dress rental destination Rent the Runway.

The popular music diva has collaborated for the very first time with the premier online rental shop to curate a range, titled The Beyonce Boutique, based on her favourite looks.

The 31-year-old songstress has handpicked some exclusive pieces from the website’s expansive eclectic collection for her boutique range, which includes shimmery sequined party dresses, printed and patterned mini-skirts, skimpy sharp jumpsuits and mini lace ensembles.

Founded in 2009, Rent the Runway is a membership-based website that offers nearly 25,000 high-end dresses and accessories from over 165 designers on a 4 to 8 day rent basis.

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Christie’s to Auction Elizabeth Taylor’s Wedding Gown

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An oyster shell coloured satin dress, worn by the all-time favourite doe-eyed Hollywood beauty Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage with hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950, is set to go under the hammer, next month, at Christie’s in London.

Expected to fetch nearly £50,000, the bugle beads and seed pearls embellished wedding gown, which took three months to complete with the help of 15 people, was designed by the late legendary MGM costume designer Helen Rose.

Keeping the Cleopatra star’s curvaceous frame in mind, the custom-designed intricately detailed dress, made of 25 yards of luxurious satin, includes a cinched-in-waist built-in corset and a ten-yards-long shimmering silk net veil attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap.

Scheduled to be auctioned on June 26, 2013, the gown’s actual waist measurement was 20 inches, but the tiny waist size was later modified to a more generous 22.

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is an international fine arts auction house that offers private sales to clients across the globe.

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Parsons School of Design, Masters in Building Talents

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Story & Photos by Alexandra Castello of Fashion Avenue News Magazine

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most distinguished colleges for Design in the United States and in the world. Parsons helped launch many famous designers as Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez just to cite a few. The students are stimulated to be creative and find their own identity building along the course their own style. Parsons allow people to be themselves; they just help them to polish their talents and guide in the best way possible.

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Every year a graduate Fashion Show is presented to the public, the graduates of 2013 presented a fall collection on Chelsea Piers. The collection showed was clearly inspired by New York City, mixing urban sportswear with sophisticated structured outfits. Architectural minimalism and ethnical elements composed the enchanting collection. Accessories collaborated to give the edgy urban feeling with caps, colorful beanies, headphones, oversized clutches and backpacks very utilitarian and contemporary. The collection conveyed the quality and the sartorial excellence that Parsons are known for.

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The event had also the illustrious presence of the fashion designer for Armani Exchange who graduated at Parsons in 1989. Patrick spoke about the ups and downs in his career and the importance of keeping balance in rocky moments and passion for what you do. He advices the graduates to be fearless and go for what they want. Patrick stated that someone who never failed or is afraid of it, can never be successful because the failures teach and push you to success.


Black Fashion Week celebrates Afro-Caribbean talents

The just consummated Black Fashion Week, an international event which aims to celebrate the Afro-Caribbean talents in the world of beauty and fashion, showcased a range of dazzling creations before a packed crowd of over 1,700 people in Montreal, Canada.

Attended by viewers, buyers and the global fashion media, the event featured a women’s collection, which included a tailored cropped jacket made from traditional African fabric pagne tissé, floor-length pleated mousseline dresses and short tunics in tones of white or cantaloupe, by Adama Paris.

The soiree also presented a variety of ultra-fitted fine cotton and satin made men’s shirts, accentuated with sultry jacquards, multiple colours and prints, by Au Noir.

Additionally, other popular names like Montreal-based Helmer (originally from Haiti), Rush Couture by Claudette Floyd (Jamaica), Samuel Dong (China), Elie Kuame (Ivory Coast) and Emilia Torabi (Iran) also presented catwalk shows at the two-day event.

An initiative of the famous Senegalese fashion designer Adama Ndiaye, Black Fashion Week has been earlier organized in cities like Prague and Paris. The event will debut in the US next year.

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Gabi Gregg Partners Swimsuitsforall for a Plus-size line

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Gabi Gregg, the popular American fashion blogger, responsible for introducing sexy fuller women’s swimsuits known as Fatkinis, has collaborated with the famous swimwear specialist swimsuitsforall to create a stylish plus-size beachwear line.

Available in sizes ranging from 10 to 24, the funky, fresh capsule line features neon colored convertible bikinis that can be worn both as strapless or halter style pieces.

The five-piece range also includes a galaxy print bikini and cover-ups as well as a jewel-print one-piece backless bathing suit for the fuller-figured fashionistas.

Gabi Gregg started her personal fashion blog Gabi Fresh, which shares style tips for fashion conscious plus-size women, in September 2008.

Founded in 2004, swimsuitsforall specializes in a range of high-quality swimwear for women.

Courtesy:  News Desk – India



Story by: Alexandra Castello – Fashion Columnist/Blogger
for Fashion Avenue News Magazine
Photo Credits: Adam Z Lein

If you are searching for a fashion line that blends African ways with the sleek westernized culture in a sophisticated and colorful manner, then Amy Newton with her label “Fro-Nationale” should be on the top of your list.


With the skillful combination of her own original artwork, rich in color and texture, which she prints onto fabric, constructing dresses and coats, is the quintessential Africana line complementing the feminine figure. The line is powerful, effortlessly celebrating the sexiness of women everywhere.


Born in London, UK, Amy has been an NYC native for the last 6 years.  She was educated in NYC at FIT, expressing her creativity though her line with her unique designs and meticulous detailing.

“Fro-Nationale is a universal brand that creates beautiful pieces for the modern woman from all walks of life. My graphics depicts symbols of unity and strength, which I present in a vibrant format. My pieces are of the highest quality both in the fabric used and the contemporary cuts designed to flatter her in all the right places. My goal is to make women feel both beautiful and fashion forward, whether in the office, out on the town.”, says Amy Newton, CEO and designer.

“We recognize that there is so much talent that exists in the fashion industry and want to expose it to buyers and press. Amy Newtown’s ‘Africana’ collection is chic style epitomized.”, says Davina Reichman Schuck, Director & founder of NYC Fashion Runway.


Behind the scenes, celebrity hairstylists & makeup artists Shannon Davis, Christina Potapenko, Sony Hy & Rosalinda Biddle were working at lightning fast speeds fast creating the ideal pin-up glamorous look. “The front bun chignon was a daring yet classic vintage look for the models, accented with a smoky eye and iconic red lip. Paired with these glamorous garments, it was nothing short of amazing.“, says Shannon. Christina added, “Makeup, hair and fashion doesn’t define us, it enhances our beauty. It transcends us as exquisite.”

Models for Fro-Nationale: Martina Colombo, Carly Phillips, Alessia Cirilli, Kasius Williams, Shaina Renee’, Marta Cielepa, Rachel Ruiz-Ramos & Noellyta Bahonda.


‘Surprise!’ as Prince Harry joins Michelle Obama for Mother’s Day Tea

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Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Thursday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Britain’s Prince Harry drew cheers and shrieks of delight Thursday as he made a surprise appearance at a Mother’s Day Tea hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife.

Obama did all the talking as the guests in the State Dining Room of the White House, chiefly women in the military, their children, their mothers and some military spouses, snapped phone-camera pictures and chattered excitedly.

The first lady—President Barack Obama was out of town—emphasized Harry’s service in Britain’s military and noted he had returned in January from his second tour in Afghanistan.

“For the past few years, he has focused on honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans and military families, especially now that the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close,” she said.

“We are absolutely thrilled that he could be with us today,” the first lady said, adding that her husband “wanted to be here to personally thank you for your service.”

But then, a warning:

Harry “only has a limited time with us because he has a very busy schedule,” she said.

So the first lady, Biden, and Prince Harry went to the Blue Room adjacent with a plan to greet as many guests as possible.

“Prince Harry is going to stay as long as he can, and our goal is to get through everyone, but whenever he has to leave, we’ll pull him out,” Obama said. Shortly afterwards, a loudspeaker announcement advised: “Ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your table until directed by a social aide.”

Harry is on his way this weekend to the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs for wounded or injured soldiers.

Credits: Olivier Knox, YahooNews

BEYONCE ROCKS – Punk Fashion Will be Focus of Spring 2013 Costume Institute Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum

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Gala Benefit, with Co-Chairs Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour

Beyonce is to show off her fashion knowledge by helping to organize this year’s glitzy Costume Institute Gala in New York City.

The superstar singer has been named an honorary chairperson of the high-profile fashion event, also known as the Met Ball, which will take place at the Big Apple’s famous Metropolitan Museum of Art next month.

Beyonce joins famed Vogue editor Anna Wintour on the panel of co-chairs, along with designer Riccardo Tisci and actress Rooney Mara, who will act as hosts.

The spring 2013 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition, on view from May 9 through August 14, 2013 (preceded on May 6 by The Costume Institute Benefit), will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today.

The exhibition is made possible by Moda Operandi.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“Punk’s signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developments such as Dada and postmodernism,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “so it makes sense to present this exhibition in a museum that also shows the broader output of those movements. Indeed, that dialogue between art and fashion is what makes The Costume Institute so singular. Projects like this don’t happen without sponsorship, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of Moda Operandi, and its co-founders Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo.”

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013. Beyoncé will serve as Honorary Chair. Co-Chairs will be Academy Award© nominated actress Rooney Mara; Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder of Moda Operandi; Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of Givenchy; and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. This fundraising event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition, in the Museum’s second-floor Cantor galleries, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Organized thematically, each of the seven galleries will have designated punk ‘heroes’ who embody the broader concepts behind the fashions on view. The first gallery will be devoted to CBGB in New York City, represented by Blondie, Richard Hell, The Ramones, and Patti Smith. Next will be a gallery inspired by Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood and theirSeditionaries boutique at 430 King’s Road in London. The Clothes for Heroes gallery, embodied by Jordan, will examine designers who extend the visual language of punk, as it was originally articulated by McLaren and Westwood, by merging social realism with artistic expression.

Do-it-yourself, punk’s enduring contribution to high fashion, will be explored in the four final galleries: D.I.Y. Hardware, focusing on couture’s use of studs, spikes, chains, zippers, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades, with Sid Vicious as its icon; D.I.Y. Bricolage, highlighting the impact of punk’s ethos of customization on high fashion, including the use of recycled materials from trash and consumer culture, as epitomized by Wayne County; D.I.Y. Graffiti and Agitprop, exploring punk’s tradition of provocation and confrontation through images and text exemplified by The Clash; andD.I.Y. Destroy, examining the effect of punk’s rip-it-to-shreds spirit, typified by Johnny Rotten, via torn and shredded garments associated with deconstructionism.

Designers in the exhibition will include Miguel Adrover, Thom Browne, Christopher Bailey (Burberry), Hussein Chalayan, Francisco Costa (Calvin Klein), Christophe Decarnin (Balmain), Ann Demeulemeester, Dior, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce and Gabbana), John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Katharine Hamnett, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Christopher Kane, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Malcolm McLaren, Alexander McQueen, Franco Moschino and Rossella Jardini (Moschino), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Miuccia Prada, Gareth Pugh, Zandra Rhodes, Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent), Stephen Sprouse, Jun Takahashi (Undercover), Joseph Thimister, Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), Gianni Versace, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, and Vivienne Westwood.

The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, in the Met’s Costume Institute. Photographer Nick Knight is the exhibition’s creative consultant working with exhibition design consultant Sam Gainsbury (who was creative director for the Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition in 2011) and production designer Gideon Ponte (a set and production designer for photo shoots and feature films including Buffalo 66 and American Psycho). All mannequin head treatments and masks will be designed by Guido Palau, who also created treatments for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and last year’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

The design for the 2013 Costume Institute gala benefit will be created by Nick Knight, Sam Gainsbury, and Gideon Ponte with Raul Avila, who has produced the benefit décor since 2007. Additional funding for the gala benefit will be provided by Givenchy.

A book, Punk: Chaos to Couture, by Andrew Bolton, with an introduction by Jon Savage, and prefaces by Richard Hell and John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), will accompany the exhibition. This publication will be illustrated with photographs of vintage punks and high fashion. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the $45 catalogue (hard cover only) will be distributed worldwide by Yale University Press.

The Museum’s website at will feature the exhibition. Follow us on and to join the conversation about the gala benefit. Use #PunkFashion and #Met Gala on Twitter.


Nearly 7,000 attendees, more than 85 beauty brands, 50 keynote speakers and seminars, and top celebrity makeup artists packed the halls of Metropolitan Pavilion, May 5 and 6


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(photo credit: Nadav Vee Havakook)

The Makeup Show NYC, which took place May 5 and 6, at Metropolitan Pavilion closes with record breaking numbers and continues to be the largest pro-driven beauty event in the world.  In its 8th year, The Makeup Show NYC brought together nearly 7,000 attendees, a 20% increase over 2011’s landmark numbers.  Pro artists joined together for this rare weekend where they found an array of color and cosmetics in every corner, could shop at more than 85 beauty brands and be inspired from nearly 50 keynote speakers and seminars.

The Makeup Show is unique in that it brings a personal touch to this community, and a sense of connection.  With our 8th year seeing a 20% increase and attendees and brands raving about the show, it brings a validation to the reason why we hold this event five times a year.   We are now looking forward to bringing this same growth and inspiration to our other shows this year in Chicago and Orlando.” Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show

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The Makeup Show NYC Highlights

The Makeup Show NYC kicked off on the evening of Saturday, May 4 with an opening party that celebrated curated artwork and live model makeup applications by some of the top beauty brands in the business.  The evening kick off also paid tribute with a photo slideshow to Wojciech Inglot, founder of Inglot Cosmetics who was an industry visionary and inspiration to many.

The Makeup Show NYC featured over 85 top beauty brands including Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and Temptu PRO, Silver Sponsor NARS, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Stila Supporting Sponsors Smashbox, INGLOT Cosmetics, Alcone Company, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine.

Makeup Artists stocked their kits with the newest products and brands on the market. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, INGLOT, London Brush Company, Mehron, and Embryolisse USA each debuted new products exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC.

Some of the best makeup artists in the industry took main stage to bring a flood of inspiration over the pro-community, including Dick Page, Pati Dubroff, Brook Wall, Gina Brooke, Brigitte Reiss-Andersen, and Mathu Andersen. Makeup Artists also joined social media experts from Gorgeous in Grey, Beautylish, The Makeup Girl, and This That Beauty to learn about how they can use the Internet and social media to build their artistry business and take it to the next level.

Hands-On Workshops quickly sold-out.  These classes allowed a limited number of artists to be a part of intense learning with some of the largest names in the industry.  A few of the educators that coached the artists and critiqued them in an intimate setting included makeup artists Jon Hennessey, Esterique Aiden, and Orlando Santiago.

About The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Pavilion and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Chicago, Europe, and Orlando.  Bringing each destination a unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional.  Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community.  The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business.  For a complete list of show dates and schedule of events, please visit


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