Ready to Runway? Kia Vonvega, Celebrity Designer, Certainly Is


By Sofia Davis | Photos by Adam Z Lein

Kia Vonvega turned heads at NY Fashion Week, produced by NYC Fashion Runway, on Friday 26 September at LQ NY.


Bringing more pizzazz and bold color, the models strutting down the runway in gorgeous party dresses and playful pants suits. Sexy, cropped jackets paired with high-wasited pants and dresses in solid shades with cutouts, black-trimmed gold, sky blue, and a rich Bordeaux. Clear Boutique’s full embellishments, lavish and delightfully excessive, turned up everywhere.

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Photos by Adam Z Lein

Stylists: Shannon Davis, Rosalinda Biddle, Kate Duckworth, Rosanna Ippolito, Jasmin Moon, Gina Mendoza, Rosanna Andrade, Chloe Lynn, Melissa Andrade, Erica Maisonet-Romero, Rachael Bailey, Elaine Hughes, Aisha Campbell, JPMakeupNYC, Pascale Nurse, Michelle Buongiovanni.
Models: Maria Vitetzakis, Holly Merten, Bianca Jagger, Erin Diviney, Shauna Tuso, Shea Edwards, Erica Moore, Danielle Alura, Justyna O. Ruszczyk, Karonlay Cueva, Nicole Cameron, Icylynn Rivera, Naomi Cosman, Tatiana Beyer, Olivia Gabrielle DeMattio, Ksenia Prina, Angela Shoulders, Amaya Thornton, Nicole Sully, Jessica Goehner, Noelle Yuen, Lucy Postell, Darina May, Angelica Lee, Jaja Levons















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Come out and Network with the Friendliest People in the Fashion Industry.

NYC Fashion Runway along with Partners Shannon Davis & Rosalinda Biddle Styling Team, Fashion Avenue News Magazine, 20-Twenty bring you celebrity designer with sexy classy dresses and bikinis, 25 models on a real runway and appearances by Miss Mexico, Miss East Coast, Miss Malaysia Universe (2002) and Mr. India Galaxy.

Friday September 26, 2014, come out and enjoy an evening of Fashion with some of the TOP Fashion Show producers, Celebrities, Elite & Couture Fashion Magazines and great, fun people.  This is all FREE.  Get your FREE TICKET at – Free Fabulous Fridays, or get on the list by emailing:  Location: LQ NYC, 511 Lexington Ave, between 47th St & 48th St, New York

Fashion Avenue News, (Media Partners) will be looking for Editorial & Cover Models so bring your comp cards.  We are the nicest people in the Fashion Industry.

NYC FASHION RUNWAY brings you upscale fashion events all year long.  

When:   Friday September 26, 2014

Time:    5:30pm

Where:  LQ NYC, 511 Lexington Avenue 47th & 48th Streets

What:   Free Fabulous Fridays with Fashion Show


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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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Africa Fashion Week New York 2014 shows seven designers


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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

Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate Chinese culture

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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)