Dreams Hotel – Bikini and Couture Fashion Event

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As I twirl out of the taxi and dash inside the Dream hotel, I fall in love with its elegance, instantly.  I get directions to the PHD Lounge and am met by a security office standing strong, “Yes, can I help you?” I say PHD Lounge, he says “name please” I say Fashion Avenue News, he says “OH, GO RIGHT UP…. I smile, I can get used to this.

I arrive at the PHD Lounge, and this place is breathtaking, with a panoramic view of NYC.  This event is produced by Avian of NYC Runway Shows and is set to be a night to remember.  She is a top notch, hi end promoter of fashion events around the world.  As I am escorted to my VIP (roped off) booth, people pour in; there is wall to wall Press, lights, camera, action…. The fashion show starts and the magic begins….

Burkhalter Couture (www.burkhaltercourture.com) opened the show with elegance dresses, beautiful gowns and models that looked like they stepped right off the pages of Italian Vogue, GORGEOUS.  The entire look is well put together, from head to toe.  The models “FEEL” the garments, it’s almost as if they have an emotional connection to the clothes.  The fabrics are beautiful, garments are detailed and colors are perfect.  This is true class and sophistication.

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Karo Swimwear (www.karoswimwear.com)…. You don’t swim, you pose.  The swimwear is bejeweled, and fitting the models perfectly.  There was a great sailor swimsuit that the crowd just went crazy for.  The models eluded that “Marilyn Monroe” sexy, totally fabulous.

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Topping off the looks were the Hair by Shannon Davis team and Make Up artist J. Guerra (International).   Celebrities like Miss New York stopped by to take in the wonderful fashions.

Events Director Lauren and CEO Davina of NYC Fashion Runway www.NYCfashionrunway.com was spectacular, with wall to wall press, Media, Editors-in-Chiefs, Creative Directors, and more.  What an elegant, fashionable evening.

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John Cena introduces clothing line for boys with Kmart

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John Cena, the American professional wrestler, has collaborated with the popular American discount store giant Kmart to introduce an exclusive clothing line for young boys aged between 5 and 16 years.

Tagged as ‘Never Give Up by John Cena’, the collection is inspired from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a publicly traded company that airs original wrestling-centric programmes in 150 countries and 30 languages.

Available at Kmart and its celebrity specific social shopping platform ShopYourWay, the range includes military-inspired camouflage print pieces, graphic T-shirts, hoodies, cargo pants, outerwear, headwear and other accessories.

In addition to the newly unveiled range, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion will also release a follow-up spring collection in early 2014.

Founded in 1962, Illinois-based Kmart is the third largest discount chain in the world, with stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

An innovative online shopping community, ShopYourWay offers fashion, beauty and household accessories designed by various A-listers such as Nicki Minaj, Sofia Vergara and Kardashian sisters.

Marge Simpson transforms into a fashion icon

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Marge Simpson, the adorable blue beehive bedecked cartoon character from the popular American animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’, has turned into a fashion icon, thanks to the famous fashion cartoonist Alexsandro Palombo.

According to vogue.co.uk, the artist has unveiled a collection, featuring the slightly neurotic character in some of the most iconic dresses that have helped in changing the course of the history of costume which ultimately brought major changes in the society.

Paying homage to the journey of women’s liberation since the 1900s, the images showcase the lovable fictional personality in Audrey Hepburn’s black Givenchy gown from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kate Middleton’s navy blue Issa London engagement dress and Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack ensemble.

The artist also re-imagined Marge in Kate Moss’s Playboy bunny suit for the magazine’s 60th anniversary issue, Versace’s safety pin dress (made famous by Elizabeth Hurley), Marilyn Monroe’s world-famous billowing white frock, Victoria Beckham’s loose-fit grey dress, Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink skirt suit ensemble and Lady Diana’s strapless floor grazing number.

FIT students unveil surrealist-themed holiday pop-up shop

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A Surrealist-themed holiday pop-up shop designed, installed, and merchandised by students in the Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design program with items for sale from The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop opened at FIT’s Pomerantz Art and Design Center.

Holiday Bizarre — named for its Surrealist and Dada art movement inspirations — will sell new and gently-worn women’s designer fashions, plus vintage pieces.

Products like clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and gift items will feature from designers such as Burberry, Alberta Ferretti, Halston Heritage, Marni, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Matthew Williamson. Stock will be replenished daily, so customers are encouraged to make repeat visits.

The pop-up shop is the brainchild of the students in FIT’s “Point of Sale” class, and every aspect is student-designed, from the décor (an upside-down Christmas tree, giant 48” eyeball ornaments and 36” lips, and iconic artworks wryly altered for the holidays) to the windows, music, hang tags, and shopping bags.

This is the first collaboration between FIT and The Society MSKCC Thrift Shop. 100% of the sales benefit the thrift shop, which supports The Society’s important patient care, education, and research programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Fashion Merchandising Management students will help run the shop, which will be open from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily.

Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries.

Rebecca Taylor unveils Louvre Pyramid-inspired line

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Rebecca Taylor, the New Zealand-born New York-based fashion designer known for her drool worthy feminine casual dresses, has come up with a new range of elegant eveningwear, inspired from the magnificent structure of Louvre Pyramid.

Titled as Rebecca Taylor Black Tie Collection, the line includes an array of crystal and beadwork adorned formal gowns and cocktail numbers in luxe materials like chiffon and lace.

Replete with clean modern lines, the sleeve and strapless floor-sweeping as well as short dresses are based in tones of blue, blush, black and white.

The Black Tie collection features delicately detailed dresses with more elaborate embellishments and luxurious fabrications, which the designer created in order to cater to her cosmopolitan customers.

The collection is exclusively available at Rebeccataylor.com and in some selected stores in the UK.

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Net-A-Porter unveils The Hunger Games: Catching Fire line

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Ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated second Hunger Games franchise series ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, the world’s premiere online luxury shopping destination Net-A-Porter is launching a brand new fashion collection on November 21, 2013.

Inspired from the looks of the movie’s teenage protagonist Katniss Everdeen, the clothing line titled Capital Couture has been named after the fictional online fashion magazine, set within the movie’s imaginary world of Panem.

Designed by the upcoming American film’s multi-award winning costume designer Trish Summerville, the wearable 19-piece range is replete with leather, sports and cocktail wear ensembles like metallic laser-cut dresses, bomber jackets, silk jumpsuits and T-shirts with slogans.

Set to release on November 22, 2013, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will see costumes crafted by some of the most innovative designers of the world, such as the Indonesian talent Tex Saverio, who has created a white frothy wedding gown for Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence).

Korean designer Juun J has designed outfits for Josh Hutcherson’s character Peeta and Elizabeth Banks’ onscreen avatar Effie Trinket will be seen in several theatrical gowns, from the house of Alexander McQueen, in the film.

The movie’s official designer Summerville has been recently honoured with the Costume Designer of the Year title at the 10th annual Style Awards. She has also won the Costumer Designer’s Guild Award for her work on director David Fincher’s 2011 film ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.

Launched in 2000, Net-a-Porter offers a range of latest women’s designer clothing and accessories from over 350 international labels.

The Hunger Games movie series is based on the young adult science-fiction adventure novel trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’, written by Suzanne Collins.

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Iconic unveils Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy line

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ICONIC, the fashion lifestyle destination recently unveiled the Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy at the ICONIC store in Dubai Mall with Khloe Kardashian, Raza Beig & Nisha Jagtiani launching the collection. Part of the Landmark Group, ICONIC is spearheaded by Raza Beig, CEO Splash & ICONIC along with Nisha Jagtiani, Business Head, ICONIC.

The Kardashian Kollection launch is the second successful celebrity association championed by Raza Beig, the first being the super successful launch of Being Human at Splash & ICONIC.

Talking on the association, Raza Beig, said “High-street fashion and collaborations are an instant way to gratify customers with looks that their favorite celebrities own and wear. Splash & ICONIC forayed into celebrity brand associations with the launch of Being Human, a brand pioneered by Salman Khan. The Kardashians have a huge following in the Middle East and therefore it was a strategic move on ICONIC’s part to launch the brand and host Khloe for the launch celebrations.”

With more associations planned in the future ICONIC is all set to expand its wings and create a strong footprint on the retail map of the Region.

About the Collection

The collection will be available for purchase in ICONIC stores in the UAE & Kuwait. Designed for Lipsy by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, the collection will feature a wide mix of high-end, trend driven looks, including a sequined biker jacket, tribal caviar embellished crop tops, lace jumpsuit and feather coats. Needless to say fail safe, go-to party dresses will not disappoint either with a variety of colours and bodycon styles that will become instant wardrobe staples.

Australian museum to show 100 French haute couture pieces

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A sumptuous collection of nearly 100 haute couture pieces, crafted by some of the most iconic names in the French fashion industry, will travel to an Australian visual art museum for a major international exhibition next year.

Sourced from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the spring 2014 and summer 2015 exhibit will chronicle the journey of fashion from the post World War II era to present times.

Scheduled to be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, the event will highlight the rarest masterpieces from the history of fashion, preserved in the Parisian museum’s archived collections.

Slated to take place sometime in late October 2014 to January 2015, the display will feature exquisite pieces designed by the likes of Cristobal Balenciaga, Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and Christian Dior.

Dubbed as ‘Fashion Icons: From the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris’, the exhibition will showcase the lavish creations of 1950s, futuristic fashions of 1960s, unrestraint works of 1970s, extravagance of 1980s and the subdued minimalism of the 1990s.

Among the important attractions of the display will be a selection of exotic ensembles from Dior’s relaunched haute couture line New Look in the year 1947.

The exhibit will be curated by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Chief Curator of 20th and 21st Centuries Fashion and Textile, Pamela Golbin.

Alexander McQueen unveils scarf line with Damien Hirst

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After flashing the news first in August, 2013, the British fashion brand Alexander McQueen is finally out with its maiden collaborative line with the well-known English artist Damien Hirst.

Created to mark the tenth anniversary of the London-based label’s ubiquitous skull-print scarves, the dark limited-edition 30-piece scarf collection is a re-adaptation of Hirst’s ‘Entomology’ series.

Exclusively available in McQueen boutiques and alexandermcqueen.com, the chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere made ensembles feature butterflies, bugs, spiders and other creepy crawlies laid out in kaleidoscopic geometric shapes to form the signature McQueen skull motif.

The fashion label has also released a campaign video, shot by the famous Norwegian fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø, showcasing some of the pieces from the latest collection.

McQueen’s signature skull-print scarves were first introduced by the brand’s late eponymous founder, Alexander McQueen, as part of the label’s spring/summer 2003 collection.

Known for its luxury fashion clothing and accessories for men and women, the Alexander McQueen label commands a strong client base that includes the likes of Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna.

Bristol-born 48-year-old Damien Hirst’s Entomology series showcases a range of colourful insects woven into a kaleidoscopic artwork.

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Swarovski pushes boundaries at Victoria’s Secret Show

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Since 2002, Swarovski has been adding sparkling glamour to the celebrated catwalk extravaganza, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, by exclusively providing the lavish crystals that adorn the costumes, jewelry, accessories and footwear by Nicholas Kirkwood.

This year, 20 eye-popping, custom creations will be modeled by some of Victoria’s Secrets’ most famous Angels, including Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel.

With the bar set higher every year, the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will, for the first time, look to the future with the sparkling Swarovski costume created using 3D printing. This innovative process has brought about a paradigm shift that has changed the way the world thinks about design, pushing the boundaries of manufacturing beyond the imagination.

Renowned for being at the forefront of innovation, Swarovski, together with Victoria’s Secret, has incorporated this technology in an incredible high-tech costume that will be seen in the breathtaking Snow Angel section of the show. Designed by architect Bradley Rothenberg in conjunction with world-leading 3D printing company, Shapeways, the costume was made to precisely fit Lindsay Ellingson from a 3D scan of her form.

Next, 3D computer printing technology was used to create the geometric filigree characteristics of the design’s snowflake motif that will be encrusted with millions of illuminating Swarovski crystals.

Swarovski not only dazzles on the runway, but also in-store. In addition to the spectacular creations specially made for the show, exquisite lingerie from the Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection.

“For over 100 years, Swarovski has been the first to bring the finest products, services and innovations to the marketplace,” said Alexander Wellhoefer, Senior Vice President, Swarovski North America. “As the only crystal company that ensures our partners are always on trend and ahead of the market, the strength of the Swarovski brand combined with the creativity of Victoria’s Secret not only results in cutting edge designs for the runway, but also captivates the consumer with collections made with Swarovski crystals at retail.”

“Swarovski has become an essential collaborator and vital ingredient to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show team. After working with Swarovski for over 11 years I can’t even imagine doing the VS Fashion Show without them,” said Monica Mitro, EVP Brand Communications & Events, Victoria’s Secret. “They bring sparkle and brilliance to our runway outfits and truly help to make the show the incredible fantasy that it is.”

“Shapeways is thrilled to help make the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show even more dazzling in partnership with Swarovski,” said Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways. “Shapeways’ 3D printing technology brings an unprecedented design element to the famed Victoria’s Secret wings, showing the immense opportunity 3D printing brings to creating beautiful, customizable items. This partnership helps push the boundaries and show what’s possible for the 3D printing industry, within fashion and beyond.”