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Jersey City Fashion Week announces Helen Castillo of Project Runway fame as emerging and VIP designer for the “Catwalk in the Park” show on Saturday September 27, 2014.

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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:

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

NYC’s FIT Museum exhibit charts the history of lingerie


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.

Crest & Co.’s High-End E-tail Approach


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. 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

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.”

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Style with Significance. Fashion for the greater good on the right side of the Hudson.

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September 2014 marks the fourth installation of Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW). The week will be held in Jersey City, NJ. The week is focused on showcasing talent from the tri-state area and beyond including Jersey City designers. JCFW was created to celebrate fashion and entertainment while highlighting local businesses and giving back to the community.  JCFW is produced by the 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.  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.

Reality TV star and rapper Jim Jones will showcase his Vampire Life clothing line at this year’s VIP exclusive fashion show. National Ms 2014 and Miss New Jersey USA, Jeanette Josue will host an Upscale fashion event at the Liberty Center which will feature designs by the very talented Marco Hall.  Top model Louis Allen will walk the runway for the cause during our week.

Great clothing from the The House of Sadia with designer Sadia Hussain, designer Kenya Smith of Planet Zero Motors, FashionSixty 4 by designer Samanta Samuels and Chablis Designs designer Tyrone Chablis will also be shown during the week.

This years’ Fashion Week calendar will also feature the following:

Wednesday – Opening Night Fashion Soiree with International Designers 6-10PM at VB3 Restaurant and Bar. Hosted by Lori Bryant (Ms. Black NJUSA – 2010)

Thursday – A Walk-thru In the Park – an exclusive VIP Fashion Event 6-10PM at the MaritimePark in Jersey City featuring the Vampire Live clothing line by Rapper and Reality TV Star Jim Jones.

Friday – A School of Fashion – Children’s Fashion Event 6-8PM at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ.

Friday – Featured Store Night and Night of Lights featuring Gentlemen’s Attire in Greenville, On the Ave in the Heights and Aaraa in Hoboken.

Saturday – New Faces: Catwalk in the Park – An upscale fashion event with Emerging Designers. 6-10PM at the Liberty ScienceCenter in Jersey City, NJ with a live Internet radio broadcast by Jeff Foxx from WBLS and Sirius XM satellite radio.

Sunday – Estilo Moda Comida – Where Style, Fashion & Food Collide for the Soul. The JCFW’s Fashion brunch. 12 to 2 pm Liberty Prime Steakhouse.

Through JCFW Give to Live has donated to over nine charities including Dress for Success (Hudson County), Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, York Street Project, Art House Production’s, Rising Tide Capital, Hope Center for the Visual Performing Arts, Snowflake Youth Foundation, Jersey City Recreation Foundation and the Gridiron Group.  This is a fabulously fashionable charity fashion week that is sure to bring in lots of talent and style while giving back to the Jersey City Community. To attend JCFW you can purchase tickets at  For more information please check out the website at

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 Media Sponsors Fashion United and Fashion Avenue News Magazine, 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


Designers Remember Lauren Bacall


 By Rosemary Feitelberg

Indelible as her film career was, Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at age 89, also left a lasting impression on the fashion industry. On Wednesday, a bevy of designers sized up her influence through the years on their work and on American style in general.

“Lauren Bacall was a true American beauty. She was beautiful, bold, talented, funny, adventurous and loyal,” Diane von Furstenberg said Wednesday. “For me she represented the best of American style! I was lucky to know her and call her a friend. I will miss her voice, her laughter, her heart.”

Isaac Mizrahi, whose first encounter with the screen siren occurred when he was a 19-year-old working at Perry Ellis, said, “There was not a false bone in her body. She had a very deep sense of integrity on every level. She embodied a certain level of taste for women that was just smart. And she did that by being true to herself and being honest, which is what they teach you in design school and on fashion shoots.”

With her very New York way of looking at fashion, which called for “this kind of skepticism,” she made a case to rebel against anything loud or vulgar, Mizrahi said. “I don’t know that I could find another New Yorker, or American for that matter, who has that,” he said. “I never saw her with an entourage. There was never too much makeup. The hair was never too high. You only notice her in the dress.”

Bacall actually got her start in the Garment District. As a high schooler in 1941, she took to modeling for the long-since-shuttered David Crystal and Sam Friedlander collections, as well as famed composer Stephen Sondheim’s late father Herbert Sondheim, who owned a dress company. At a 1996 book party for Bernard-Henri Lévy, Stephen Sondheim told WWD on spotting Bacall, “Here comes one of my father’s models.”

“I was a terrible model,” Bacall protested to Sondheim. “I was terrified and bony.”

That didn’t keep Diana Vreeland from giving Bacall her seal of approval at Harper’s Bazaar and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe from photographing her. In 1942, she was green-lighted for a magazine shoot and the result was a stark full-page image in March 1943 of a solemn-looking Bacall standing, with her hands in her pockets, in front of what appears to be an American Red Cross blood donor bank — caught the eye of Slim Keith, who was married to Howard Hawks at the time. Before long, Bacall had relocated to Hollywood, dropped her given name of “Betty” and added a second “l” to her surname to try to avoid any mispronunciations.

As her film career and box office might rose, thanks in part to marrying Humphrey Bogart, she maintained major star status without ever giving too much away about her personal life, or barely anything to be more precise. During the party Diane von Furstenberg threw for Bacall’s book “By Myself and Then Some” in 2005, Bacall told WWD, “I can’t answer any questions. It’s a party and I’m too excited.”

Exuberant as she was at that event, Bacall — unlike many of today’s paparazzi-seeking starlets — never wore out her welcome on the red carpet or on Seventh Avenue. While she avoided being in lock step with any one designer, the honorary Academy Award winner would make the occasional cameo appearance — for example, popping up beside Bianca Jagger at Yves Saint Laurent’s 1974 fashion show at The Pierre hotel. While Norman Norell and Jean Louis were go-to designers early on, she wore many others over the years, including Ferragamo, Adolfo, Halston, Armani Privé and Eksandar.

In the Fifties and Sixties, Bacall was a familiar face with the Ferragamo family as one of its more loyal clients, along with Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Anna Magnani. Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo USA, said Wednesday, “For my father Salvatore, Lauren Bacall was one of the most elegant and ladylike actresses he ever had the pleasure of making custom shoes for. She was a very special woman and a true example of grace and class. She will be greatly missed.”

In one of her more successful films “Designing Women,” Bacall played a fashion designer inspired by Helen Rose, whose designs she often wore. In her biography, Bacall said she took the part to avoid facing Bogart’s eventually terminal illness. The actress beat out Grace Kelly for the role and later wrote, “She got the prince, I got the part.”

Decades after helping to define the Golden Age of Hollywood with her side-parted wavy long bob and bold red lipstick, Bacall landed on People magazine’s Most Beautiful People list in 1997 at the age of 72. Vanity Fair ranked her on its International Best-Dressed List in 2000 and three years later the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored her iconic style. Former CFDA president Stan Herman said Bacall was “a unanimous choice. There are very few women who look the way she did.

“When I called her to tell her the news, she was very surprised,” Herman said. “She also wanted to know if there was money involved. I’m not sure if she was kidding or not.”

While on-screen, Bacall favored traffic-stopping styles like a fitted bodice Falkenstein off-the-shoulder taffeta cocktail dress and an Athena sharkskin suit with scallop details and a fur-trimmed stole, she opted for an all-black pants and jacket combo for the CFDA Awards. Her consistently pulled-together yet devil-may-care fashion sense continued to cast an influence on such designers as Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. Striking as she was on-screen and on-stage, Bacall’s stylist-free wardrobe was noticeably unrehearsed.

Adolfo Sardina recalled Wednesday how he had recognized the actress immediately when she wandered into his West 56th Street hat boutique for the first time one afternoon in 1960. “She came to my place and said, ‘Oh, I like the way you do what you do. Would you make me some berets?’” he said. “She really had a great style. The way you saw her in the movies was really the exact same look that she was in person. Later in life, when we all got old, she still had that same chic.”

After the designer expanded into ready-to-wear and moved into a 57th Street store “when life became more exciting,” Bacall continued to buy his clothes through the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. “I really truly was a great admirer of Miss Bacall’s. She was marvelous,” Sardina said.

Karan said Wednesday, “Lauren Bacall was a true icon. She was a woman of style and strength, one that inspired us all, especially those of us in the fashion world. She seduced us with her deep voice, her glamour and amazing sophistication. We will remember her always.”

A native New Yorker, the actress never lost sight of her straight-shooting ways. At a candlelit Gucci-sponsored dinner during the 1999 Venice Biennale, Bacall told WWD, “I don’t even know Tom Ford, but I intend to become his best friend tonight.”

London-based designer Eskandar Nabavi experienced that razor-sharp wit in working with her as a private client. At the opening of his New York store, Bacall was bowled over by the bountiful Beluga caviar “She said, ‘Oh, fabulous — this is like the old days,’” the designer said.

When Bacall was disappointed to learn she couldn’t shop during the party, he suggested she return to see him. “She looked at me with those eyes and said, ‘Will there be caviar?’” he said with a laugh. And much to her delight he did: a half-kilo tin, which she assured Nabavi she would share with her son, Sam Robards, when he was in town.

When browsing with Nabavi, she would walk around and look at everything, but always wanted pants, especially loose-fitting, flowy ones. Cashmere sweaters, suede shirts and heavyweight silk pieces were often on her checklist. And once her order was in place, Bacall liked to chat over tea. “She would talk about herself some, but not very much. She would talk about her dog, Miss Sophie, who had to travel on the seat beside her on American Airlines or she wouldn’t go on the trip. She would talk about how everything had become so expensive in the world. She would talk about anything really,” Nabavi said.

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Brooke Shields Collaborates With MAC Cosmetics

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 By Julie Naughton

She’s been in show business since before she could crawl and no stranger to controversy (remember, nothing came between her and her Calvins at the age of 15), but don’t make the mistake of pigeonholing Brooke Shields.

The Princeton-educated model, actress and author is about to add another skill to her wheelhouse: makeup creator, in collaboration with MAC Cosmetics.

Shields called the deal “serendipitous.”

“There’s this little place I go to get coffee after I drop my kids [daughters Rowan, 11, and Grier, 8] off for school and after a yoga or spin class, where I think no one will see me without makeup,” she said with a laugh. “Of course, who do I run into but James [Gager, MAC’s senior vice president and creative director], Mr. MAC? After we talked a few times, he approached me about the next Icon line and asked if I would consider designing it with them.”

And Shields couldn’t wait to dive in. “I’m a perpetual student — I treat everything like homework,” she said. “The minute [James] planted the seed, I went to work on my [inspiration] book. I was smearing lipsticks and making smudges of products, tearing out ideas. I brought it to the first meeting, and the surprising thing is that they cared,” she said with a self-deprecating smile. “I was like, ‘You’re punking me.’ They were treating me as an equal, and it encouraged me to have my vision. I’m very accustomed to taking other people’s ideas and just making them work, because that’s what you do as an actor. Or being told to ‘wear this’ or ‘show this’ as a model. So it’s always about someone else’s needs that take precedence over what is natural to me. Even when I changed my mind, we found a through line.”

Next, Shields took a hard look at the products she already owned. “I went through all of my makeup, opened it all up, looked at it all and started to decide what of each product I loved — whether it was from MAC or some obscure brand I got on a shoot in Japan. I’ve always paid close attention on shoots — I love learning new techniques, and there’s always some trick you learn. I’m so used to having my makeup done by someone else — this was really my first time to delve in personally, rather than it being a mask that’s put on for a certain photo shoot. And so many times you get asked to ‘create’ something, but it ends up being ‘put your face on this.’ I got to run with this, and I loved every detail of it. I loved being a part of the process and having my taste incorporated into it. It’s not a frivolous process. There is real attention paid to quality and I’ve been spoiled by the people I got to work with and the freedom I was able to have. That invests you [in the project.]”

Shields was so inspired that she created two cosmetics concepts. “One was this really fresh-faced, cleaner, daytime look and the other was much more vampy with a big focus on the eyes, and I’m both of these things,” she explained. “I like the natural part of myself, and I like the sexier side, too. James asked me what I liked best, and I just could not make up my mind between these two very diverse looks. So I thought, ‘Maybe they’ll like one better, or say this is the one for the market.’ It was like trying to pick a wedding dress.”

Instead, Gager and Jennifer Balbier, senior vice president of global product development, artistry brands for the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., decided to move forward with both lines, which will make their debut in October. “We got into this conversation, and every woman we know, even if they have a predominant style, definitely has two sides,” said Shields. “So we decided to highlight the richness of both of those.”

It’s the largest Icon collection to date, Gager said, at 15 stockkeeping units which range in price from $17 to $85. The centerpiece is a 16-shade eye-shadow palette, the first time the brand has done a celebrity palette so large, Gager noted. The $85 offering includes shades ranging from Pretty, a soft golden peach beige, to Carbone, a matte black shade. She was adamant that the palette contain not only a range of finishes — from satin and frost to Veluxe pearl and shimmer — but a full complement of shades. “In every palette I’ve ever bought, there always seems to be something missing — like a highlighter or a crease color,” she said. “I always have to get a second one. So I wanted to make sure we got it all in one with this. The ability to vacillate between different parts of my personality — and a woman’s strengths in each — was important. Once women start having children, they seem to be lumped into this mom category, but some of the sexiest women I know have had children. I think beauty is seen in confidence — the confidence to be whatever they want to at that time.”

And how could the woman with arguably the best-known eyebrows of all time not have a brow product? Shields has that covered with Veluxe Brow Liner in a midtone muted gray, $20, and a brow set with clear gel, $17. Two Veluxe Pearl Fusion Shadows, $44 each, will be offered, as will a Cremeblend Blush Duo, $31; two shades of lipstick, $22 each; a bronzer, $27.50; two Lipglasses, each $22; two shades of nail lacquer, each $17, and Optimum Black Opulash mascara, $17.


The gray packaging with orange accents — a departure from the brand’s stark black compacts — was modeled after a recent redecorating project in the actress’ home in New York’s West Village. And the names? “I kept coming up with names and lists. I’d sit and have sessions with myself. Then, once you run through sort of your children’s names and your dogs’ names and your towns, it’s like ‘Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I can be creative.’” She passed on naming any of the shades after her daughters. “It felt a little too precious [to do that],” she said. However, the dog made the cut with Pepper, a dark charcoal eye shadow.

“Brooke resonates globally, and she keeps reinventing herself,” said Gager. “She’s an ageless beauty. She’s also a mom, an actress, a model with everything happening all at once, like most modern women.” Balbier agreed: “She’s the consummate all-American girl and a great role model.”

The collection will enter North American MAC stores on Oct. 2 and will be in international doors, in 76 countries, later that month.

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot the in-store visual. “I’ve done shoots for shows I’ve done in the past, but shooting this beauty look was like being back in the olden days,” she said, referencing her long and successful modeling career. “It was fabulous. It was the first time in nearly 50 years of modeling where I’d ever been on a photo shoot where they’d hired a ballet dancer. He was a friend of Inez and Vinoodh — and he danced behind them and acted out what I should do.” She leaped to her feet and demonstrated. “I almost died [laughing.] He was from the German ballet, and like 8-feet tall, just doin’ it. It was absolutely hysterical.”

While all involved declined to discuss sales projections, industry sources estimated that the limited-edition collection could do $5 million at retail in its time on counter.

Shields is currently writing another book, her sixth. Like 2005’s “Down Came the Rain,” it’s a still-to-be-titled memoir, expected from Dutton in November. “It’s not an autobiography — I figure I can do that in a couple of decades, I have a couple more rounds in me,” she said. “It’s a story about my mother and our relationship. I found it a topic fraught and wonderful to delve into.” Shields’ legendarily business-minded mother, Teri Shields, died in 2012. Shields also revealed that she and her husband, Chris Henchy, are developing a TV show, although she kept mum on further details.

Clad in Rag & Bone boots, Barbara Bui jeans and an orange Hugo Boss top as she spoke exclusively to WWD at MAC’s offices, Shields noted that her daughters were glad she “finally got some cool-mom clothes.”

“My daughter [Rowan] was, like ‘Two things. Mom, please wear makeup.’ She gets so mad at me if I take her to school without makeup. She’s like, ‘Mom, you really need to wear makeup.’ My response? ‘Well, I’m not working. I don’t really have to wear makeup.’ And she is like, ‘Um, you do.’ And I’m like, ‘How old are you?’ And if I wear funky boots, she looks at me and says, ‘Well, all right!’ She’s a tough critic. She came out of the womb that way.”


Lady Gaga Announces Second Fragrance


GAGA RETURNS: Lady Gaga is headed back into the fragrance fray with licensee Coty and Gaga’s Haus Laboratories. The entertainer revealed via her Facebook page that her newest scent, Eau de Gaga, will launch this fall, commenting, “It’s for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her.”

The woody-floral-citrus scent, built around a heart of white violet and containing hints of leather and lime, was concocted with Givaudan’s Ursula Wandel. Global markets will include Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, the Middle East, Romania, Russia, Spain and the U.K., but seemingly not the U.S. Gaga’s first fragrance, Fame, launched in 2012.


By Julie Naughton

Alexis Mabille Couture Spring 2014


The theme for Alexis Mabille’s couture collection could not have been more classic — in the literal sense of the term. The French designer was inspired by Greco-Roman statues to create a variety of “vestal goddess” gowns designed to showcase his skill with pleating.

The execution was a different matter. As the first model emerged, her hair and face covered in paper butterflies — including one perched on her nose — it was clear that Mabille would be giving the subject an idiosyncratic spin.

There were a couple of flawlessly executed gowns, such as a white jersey dress with a portrait neckline and tiny amber-colored vertical crystals scattered across the bodice. Striking, too, was an ivory jersey number with a pleated front, split down the middle to reveal a slice of cleavage, and a three-quarter length cape back.



But all too often, the outfits — with their frothy styling and sugared almond shades — evoked a Disney-fied version of ancient Rome. An extravagantly pleated Mark Anthony coat in a metallic yellow curtain material looked straight out of a theater costume department.

Mabille clearly has a talent for producing evening gowns in the old-school glamour vein, but one can’t help wishing he would evolve his aesthetic into a more sophisticated vision.

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Fashion Industry Cover Model Event – Friday August 15th from 5pm to 10pm at the INC Lounge 224 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor.  Let’s show our beautiful Cover Model Shante Armstrong how fabulously friendly New Yorkers are, I am asking everyone that is available to come out to meet and greet our FABULOUS Cover Model.

We have modeling agencies coming out:  Blush Modeling Agency, Edge Modeling Agency, i-Fashion Model Management, Heartland Modeling Agency.

We also are looking for Cover Models for our upcoming issues, Models can sign up on our website ( attend the event and that evening we will choose a Cover Model by audience participation and fashion industry judges.  To participate you must sign up and get a FREE COVER MODEL ticket so when you arrive you can receive the information.  Tell your friends to attend and vote for you, it’s going to be a blast.

There is also two fashion shows, Designer Peter Giscombe will show his beautiful swimwear line and Norman Josey will show his Resort wear line.  We are grateful to have the singing sensation “Simplicity” in the house to do a tune from their upcoming album.  4 birthday parties for the Celebrity Fashion Insiders:  Lady Andrene Williams, Ja’Dee Murphy, TJ Wilson, Petia Bradshaw (social media expert).

You will be able to skim thru our new Resort Issue and see the cover of our Couture (out September).  We always have our eye out for good fashion talent, so come on out.

Book authors attending the event are:  Keri Singleton – author of the Wanderers Game, Eartha Watts Hicks – author of Love Changes, Miriam Kelly Ferguson – author of Weaver.  Come out and support these fine authors.

You can also sign up for the $5,000 CASH Supermodel Competition coming May 2015– there are no fees to participate in this show, auditions are presently being scheduled.

If you just want to have some fun on a Friday afternoon, stop by the Fashion Avenue News magazine event, it’s free and fabulous – we are the friendliest people in the fashion industry.