Katharine Hepburn’s Film & Stage Costumes on display


She is still remembered for her headstrong independent nature and revolutionary wardrobe. And once again the spirited personality of the late American actress Katharine Hepburn will be celebrated through a costume exhibition at the Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Scheduled to take place from September 13 to December 15, 2013, the event titled ‘Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen’ will feature a rarely exhibited collection of nearly 40 costumes, worn by the Broadway star in her long acting career spanning more than six decades.

Partly sourced from the legendary actress’s personal collection, currently owned by the Kent State University Museum, the stage, screen and television costume exhibits will include the famous little black evening dress from 1949 American film ‘Adam’s Rib’.

In addition to the black dress, the event will also feature an array of gorgeous gowns and smart slacks as well as a novel ensemble, comprising of khaki pants paired with a blue shirt and a white turtle neck.

Died on June 29, 2003, Katharine Hepburn was the proud winner of four Academy Awards in the Best Actress category.

30 South African designers feature at Durban Fashion Fair

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More than sixteen runway shows that featured latest Autumn/ Winter-14 and resort wear collections from a bevy of 30 South African designers were staged at the recently concluded Durban Fashion Fair 2013.

Award-winning fashion talent David Tlale presented a spectacularly created haute couture collection, replete with dreamy flowing gowns, at the four-day-long event.

Durban-based designer Zama Mathe displayed a feminine range titled Zarth. Made from lace and leather, the ensembles were based on natural tones of mocha and cream.

Popular design talent Francois Vedemme featured a heavy on white and cream hued lace-made collection, decorated generously with crystals and appliqué patches.

In addition to classic catwalk shows, Durban Fashion Fair 2013 also organized workshops, fashion pavilions and trade shows as well as buyers and media networking sessions.

Latinista Fashion Week Presented By Iman Cosmetics & Dee & Co Group Sponsored Latina Magazine – FABULOUS


I’m running late, I just know I’m not going to make it, as I dash inside, there is a line for the Press…. I’m feeling better because I know the show has not started yet.  As I attempt to check in, out floats Dee Rivera, a megaton star, bursting with energy, she sees me and says “This is Sofia Davis of Fashion Avenue News” and whisk me off to a front row seat.  Soon as I get settled, the show starts, I just made it.

The designer, Cesar Galindo showed a beautiful collection of rich colors, beautiful fabrics and great models.  Each piece, elegant and wearable.  The models were flawless, not a hair out of place.  A fabulous complete collection.  IMG_2073

Iman Cosmetic, the title beauty sponsor had a great Beauty Bar.  The beauty bar stayed FULL of glam girls interested in Iman Cosmetics.  There were plenty of Celebrities and VIPs that attended this star studded event.


The sponsors for the event were; Iman Cosmetic – Beauty Sponsor, Latina Magazine – Media Sponsor and Dee & Co. Dee & Company, another successful, wonderful event.







Gucci recreates 70’s style for action thriller film ‘Rush’


Gucci is pleased to announce that Creative Director Frida Giannini has collaborated with two-time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard to help recreate the glamour of the 1970s for his epic action thriller, RUSH, set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing.

RUSH portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl.

Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, RUSH follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.  If you make one mistake, you die.

Frida Giannini said, “The Seventies has always been a decade that has inspired me greatly, so it was extremely exciting to be asked by Ron Howard to help design wardrobes for RUSH. It is hard to think of a more glamorous profession than being a racing driver in the Seventies.

“James Hunt’s style is full of animal sensuality, perfectly brought out by Chris Hemsworth in the period-evoking outfits. While the style of Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde, is the essence of Gucci as it captures the mixture of sexy allure and innocent naturalness that defined the style of the time.”

In the film, James Hunt and Suzy Miller’s characters, both wear wardrobes from the Gucci archive. While the film is set in the Seventies, the thoroughly researched and carefully selected designs from the Gucci archive are in fact from Frida Giannini’s past collections, which have often taken inspiration from the House’s archive to recreate the sensual, luxurious look that has always defined Gucci.

For RUSH, Howard, a two-time Academy Award winner (A Beautiful Mind), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). RUSH is co-financed and produced by Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures, in association with Imagine Entertainment. Working Title Films, Brian Grazer and Revolution Films are also producing.


L’Oreal Paris to sponsor ‘Rent The Runway’

rent the runway_150995160671Rent the Runway, the leading online destination for designer dress and accessory rentals, announced its largest marketing partnership to date – a landmark program in which L’Oreal Paris will become the Presenting Sponsor of RTR On Campus, the Company’s brand ambassador program. RTR On Campus Presented by L’Oreal Paris has a presence on over 200 college campuses nationwide and a total reach of over 1.1 million female students. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) facilitated the marketing partnership between the two brands.

Rent the Runway’s network of over 1,000 college brand ambassadors, or “Runway Reps,” will market L’Oreal Paris alongside Rent the Runway to every girl on campus by promoting both brands via social media and hosting hundreds of grassroots marketing events such as trunk shows, fashion shows and charity events, among other activities. L’Oreal Paris will also conduct campus-wide product sampling at each RTR On Campus school and will be included in seasonal RTR On Campus digital catalogues themed around college events.

“Our mission is to empower women everywhere to feel their most beautiful and self-confident,” said Jennifer Fleiss, Co-founder and Head of Business Development at Rent the Runway. “We are thrilled to be partnering with L’Oreal Paris to bring this mission to life by giving women access to the complete head-to-toe look, while also offering our RTR On Campus representatives increased experience in the marketing and entrepreneurial fields.”

“At L’Oreal Paris, we are committed to helping every woman embrace her unique beauty while reinforcing her sense of self-worth,” says Kristen Comings, VP, Media, Digital, Content and Consumer Promotions at L’Oreal Paris. “Our Rent the Runway partnership builds on this philosophy and provides a new generation of women with the tools they need to look and feel beautiful. Through compelling brand experiences, we hope to inspire these women to embody our iconic philosophy Because You’re Worth It.”

L’Oreal Paris will promote the program across digital and traditional media, including L’Oreal Paris’ social media following, on nationally syndicated television programming, and through engaging digital content. Both companies will also offer access to recruitment interviews and internships to participating Runway Reps.


Rent the Runway has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. With door-to-door delivery, a free second-size, and access to personal stylists, Rent the Runway is a service that enables women to look and feel their most confident for any occasion.

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New Zealand’s first Miss Universe’s Dress on Display


Fashion and beauty pageants go hand-in-hand and once gain the twain met at Wellington’s Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which has exhibited the historical ball gown donned by the country’s first-ever Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the former beauty queen’s Miss Universe win in 1983, the fabulous dress, worn during the final rounds of the international pageant, will be on display for public viewing till the end of January, 2014.

Designed by Television New Zealand’s wardrobe designer Dawn McGowan, the taffeta, lace and netting made midnight blue evening gown features a body hugging top and a full skirt which sways down the hips.

Teamed up with a finely embroidered pair of lace gloves, the exhibited ensemble also includes the model’s official Miss Universe crown, sash and trophy.

The Auckland-based, 49-year-old Lorraine Downes is now a well-known television personality in Australia.

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New York to host Back-to-School Fashion Show

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Fashion Week starts early on the High Line. New York City’s elevated railway-turned-park—described as “the most extraordinary fashion promenade you can imagine” by Bill Cunningham of The New York Times—is getting ready to host its first official runway event, which will be free and open to the public.

As part of its Community Engagement initiative to serve the needs and interests of New Yorkers living and working near the High Line, Friends of the High Line will present the High Line Back-to-School Teen Fashion Show, on Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 PM within the Chelsea Market Passage, the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets.

Curated by Friends of the High Line and 13 local teens, with production assistance and artistic direction from Harlem’s Fashion Row and Caravan Stylist Studio, the High Line Back-to-School Teen Fashion Show will feature professional models wearing fresh fall fashions for young adults, designed and styled by local teens in collaboration with emerging and established American fashion designers, including Boy Meets Girl, Huminska, Junk Food Clothing, LaQuan Smith, Tabii Just, and Synderela, and complemented by shoes and accessories selected by the teens from HSN.com and Michelle Vale.

The runway fashion show was created by the teens as part of a two-month-long workshop series organized by Friends of the High Line, with leading support from the Ford Foundation. Over July and August, the teens attended information sessions in the studios of fashion designer and Project Runway Season 9 designer Kim Goldson, clothing stylists from HSN.com, make-up artists from Pop Beauty Cosmetics, and hair stylists from Salon Grafix.

The series culminated with studio apprenticeships in which teens paired off with the individual designers to create new looks for the High Line Back-to-School Teen Runway Show.

New Jersey designer debuts at New York Fashion Week

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On Saturday, September 7, 2013 designer Haneefah M. will debut her Spring/Summer 2014 Women’s Wear Collection at the Hotel Pennsylvania (NY) at 1 p.m.

The feminine, fun and flirty women’s brand brings clean lines of flowing textures to the stage. Reflective of the poised yet playful designer, Haneefah M. debuts a line that could be found hanging in a boutique in the Beverly Hills or on a summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard.

“NYFW has been a childhood dream that has now become a reality. From reading fashion magazines in grade school to sketching dresses in high school, dressing models in college then designing full time. Everything has come full circle and I’m enjoying the ride,” says Haneefah M.

With decades of designing, in 2011 Haneefah began focusing on production. For seasons, Haneefah has worked many positions in production including with the Emerge! Runway Showcase, B. Michael, Nicole Miller, DKNY, and the Isabel Toledo Retrospective Collection.

Learning key aspects to runway show production coupled with attending some of the best runway shows New York Fashion Week has to offer, Haneefah M. has been able to develop her line and present a runway show to the standard and expectations of New York Fashion Week.

The Haneefah M. Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Runway Show will be held at The Hotel Pennsylvania, Penn-Top Ballroom 18th Floor 401 7th Avenue NY, NY 10001 at 1 p.m.

About Haneefah M.

New Jersey native, Haneefah M. received her Bachelors of Fashion Design from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pa. While attending college Haneefah M. began working with some of New York’s top brands including walking in legendary urban designer Karl Kani runway show and interning at Tommy Hilfiger and Nappy Sportswear.

Directly after graduating, Haneefah M. became an associate designer at a children’s dress manufacturing company where her designs have been featured on ABC’s Modern Family and Jimmy Kimmel. In 2008 Haneefah M. was an assistant to Brenda Edwards- designer of Sasha Obama’s Election Night 2008 dress. Haneefah also participated in Glamour Magazine’s Reader’s Night 2012. She is currently working with comedian ‘GL’ Douglas from VH1.

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Kate Middleton’s Fuchsia Dress in Royal Portrait Sells Out

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That she is the most blindly copied fashion icon of current times is not unknown to anyone—the royal fashionista Kate Middleton has once again proved her immense fan following when the fuchsia coloured dress, which she wore in the first official family photograph holding the newly-born Prince George, sold out within two hours.

Created by the famous UK-based brand Seraphine Maternity, the short sleeved Jolene frock, which has again gone into reproduction to meet the humongous demand, features a flattering knot front and a deep V-neckline.

The Duchess of Cambridge had earlier worn a different version of the same dress in blossom print and a Renata polka dot frock as well as a white Colette long skirt from the London maternity clothing label.

With self-owned boutiques in West London, Seraphine sells a variety of maternity swimwear, nursing, jeans, sweaters and other forms of apparel through various stores in the United States.

News Desk – India

Kate Moss spearheads Liu Jo’s A/W 13 Advertising Campaign

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World-renowned supermodel Kate Moss is once again fronting the Italian fashion company Liu Jo’s Autumn/Winter advertising campaign.

The 39-year-old English model, who has been the face of the brand for the past three consecutive years, posed in a range of warm wintery ensembles for the campaign.

Shot by Norway-born fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo in London, the advertised range features glossy leather skirts teamed up with cosy blazers, knitted sweaters, skinny jeans, faux fur coats and sequined jackets.

Founded in 1995, Liu Jo is a prêt-a-porter brand which operates more than 30 boutiques in Italy and 110 stores worldwide.

Termed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by ‘Time’ magazine, Kate Moss had designed a clothing collection exclusively for the British high-street retailer Topshop in the year 2007.

News Desk – India