Art Heart Fashion Breaths New Life into New York Fashion Week With 3 Full Days of Runway Shows at the Angel Orensanz Foundatio

 

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Designer Rocky Gathercole Feb. 2016 Cover of Fashion Avenue News

(New York, New York)-Revolutionary bi-coastal fashion platform Art Hearts Fashion hosts New York Fashion Week shows February 15th-18th at the Neo-Gothic NYC landmark, the Angel Orensanz Foundation. A favorite of press and celebrities alike, Art Hearts Fashion brings an impressive lineup of over 20 acclaimed designers to the catwalk during 3 full days of runway shows and exclusive closing gala. The platform’s fresh take on fashion reinvigorates NYFW partnering with international platform FTL Moda in support of Global Disability Inclusion. The shows for Art Hearts Fashion will also feature an impressive lineup of designers from Serbia Fashion Week and acclaimed talents from around the globe. As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion’s philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. NYFW model sensation Madeline Stuart, the first model with Down syndrome to grace the NYFW runway, will return again this season with some of the other incredible diversely-abled models. For the full schedule please visit Artheartsfashion.com.

Featuring Designers:

FTL Designer Showcase, Gregorio Sanchez, Pineda Covalin, Willfredo Gerardo, Chaz Aracil, 7Crash, Shaco Couture, Catch Michelle, Charles and Ron, Walter Mendez, House of Byfield, Stello Official, Marina Micanovic, Zvonko Markovic Couture, Bata Spasojevic, EloCheé, Merline Labissiere, Mimi Tran, Mister Triple X, Hallie Sara, Lainy Gold, and Rocky Gathercole.

Each season, AHF works with The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Make-A-Wish granting wishes both behind the scenes and on the runway at the shows. The platform is proud to raise funds and awareness for organizations including: Aids Healthcare Foundation, Make A Wish, Children’s Hospital LA, & Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

The Art Hearts Fashion closing night gala will be hosted at the 40/40 club.

A very special thanks to our partners and sponsors: Official Media Partner The Fashion Social Network, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Make A Wish, Privé, Vektor Vodka, Monster Energy, Illy Issimo, SoyJoy, Luna Bar, Kristina George Handbags, The Angel Orensanz Foundation, Carat23, Monticristi and Makeup Pro.

Boulevard Nightlife Group/Boulevard Hospitality Group (BNG/BHG) partner in NYC, the Noctem Group, joins AHF as the bar partner for the week of shows.

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Designers:

7crash: 7crash F/W 2016 collection is inspired by the great vitality from nature that never ends. The extension, blossom, flow come from the withered autumn and winter, presenting the persistent transformation in life. We are impressed by both vitality and strength from the leaves, streams, insects, flora in the forests. Our F/W 10 print stamp design is inspired by staggered branches the image that is the concept of our 7crash. Through the illustrations, the rose collection demonstrates the joy of children and the romantic visual senses, extending the fashion canvas of the autumn and winter. Facebook: #sevencrash. IG: @7crash.

Altaf Maaneshia: Collection is called “Magic of Woman”. Altaf dedicates this collection to his beloved wife “Narmeen Maaneshia” and all the women around the world for their undefeated power. Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, around the table playing cards, doing social work, working as leaders or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. This is the reason why this collection is called “Magic of Women”. It is trendy, structured, chic, narrow waist to show elegance and high shoulder to show women power. Facebook and IG: @altafmaaneshia

Bata Spasojevic, founder of the fashion brand INDIVIDUAL, will present his a/w 2016 collection for men and women, HARD ANGEL. Inspired by a mix of styles, including punk rock, rock ‘n’ roll, and futurism, the form and construction of the clothes showcases asymmetry and sculpted design. Key elements in the collection include varying materials: leather, fur, wool striped fabric, croco leather, astrakhan, as well as the unique print material with the motifs of original fashion sketches, collages and paintings of designer. The designer’s specific mix gives a special touch of chic elegance and timeless valueto the pieces. #bataspasojevic #bataspasojevicindividual #sbs #sbsindividual #serbiandesigner

Catch Michelle: Mihaela Teleaga’s Fall Winter 2016/2017 collection titled “Dream Walker” is a women’s ready-to-wear collection based on religions and universal symbols inspired by Sigmund Freud. “Dream walker” has a strong pastel color palette for Fall Winter 2016/2017. Combining yellow and pink pastel with red, grey, gold and innovative patterns keep a quiet line in the mood and tone of the collection. The fabrics are natural fibers including wool, cotton, and silk combined with leather and other fine fabrics. IG: @catchmichelleofficial Twitter: @catch__michelle #CatchMichelle #CatchMichelleOfficial #CatchMichelleAW16 #MihaelaTeleaga

Charles and Ron: Fall/Winter 2016/17″Saints, Love and Mediterranean lights”. Charles & Ron are in love, in love with the Mediterranean, in love with their Maltese heritage, and in love with beautiful feminine shapes. The Charles & Ron signature in-house designed prints take on a more graphic style this Fall/Winter 2016/17. The vibrant collection is inspired by ecclesial color schemes and by the traditional decorative lights seen on a Maltese Basilica facade during Mediterranean village feasts. http://www.charlesandron.com#charlesandron Twitter and IG: @charlesandron

Chaz Aracil’s work that will be presented at NYFW titled “Spectral Cell” is a women’s haute couture collection based on ideas of growth, spectrality and generation. Synthesizing his inspiration from nature into tactile wearable experiences, the spectrum of materials featured range from the sleek and architectural to the gestural and organic. This collection includes natural wools, leathers and printed silks, derived from his original photography. Specific looks featuring the sculptural and vibrant rubber textiles are the product of a collaboration with fellow RISD artist Zoe Lohmann. Through the application and interpretations of extensive research, a sense of both spectral grotesqueness and elegance manifests upon the body. http://www.igg.me/at/chazaracilNYFWwww.chazaracil.com Twitter: @chazaracil

The core value of EloCheé is based upon the innovative combination of contradictory materials. It is all about the pursuit of immaculate craftsmanship – knowledge of trend, basic as well as complicated universal model & patternmaking. #EloCheé IG: @houseofelochee

FTL Moda: 7 designers will create an energized setting for the launch of the FTL MODA Collection. Founded and run by Ilaria Niccolini, FTL MODA reaches an additional milestone this year on its 10th anniversary. This season the FTL Moda showcase will feature Mr. Decurtis, FUMO Bespoke, Lulu et Gigi, Dunyah, Adolfo Sanchez, Dear Rain (performer), Josefa da Silva Once again we’ll see the familiar faces of diversely abled talents such as Madeline Stuart, the model with Down’s Syndrome, Rebekah Marine, the bionic model, and Shaholly Ayers, the first amputee model to walk in NYFW without a prosthesis. IG and Twitter: @ftlmoda

Gregorio Sanchez: For this Fall-Winter 2016 season, we will see very classic and unstructured silhouettes with contrasting textures and prints. The collection will feature Scottish prints with French sequins and lace as well as leather and Spanish wool. The collection is imbued with the classic touch signature of Mexican culture present in previous collections of Gregorio Sanchez. IG @GregorioSanchezdesigner Twitter: @rgsanchezmx

House of Byfield AW-2017 collection is titled “Safari”. The theme of the collection was inspired by a 2012 trip to West Africa (Gabon). Gabon was visually sublime, beyond the scope of beauty with clear blue skies, the freshness of nature, and the earthly warm people of Gabon.www.houseofbyfield.com IG and Twitter: @houseofbyfield

Kristina George is a contemporary brand with the vision to create timeless, luxurious and bold looks. Each handbag embodies creative design, geometrical elements and unique style. The debut collection was designed with one dream in mind – to create a memorable and exquisite look that encompasses both the practical luxury and evening glamour attitude of the modern woman. This season, Kristina George handbags will be featured in the collection of Gregorio Sanchez. kristinageorge.com Twitter: @kg_handbags

Marina Micanovic will represent her fall/winter 2016 collection, “Rhythm of asymmetric”. Recognizable cuts, unusual forms, and an abundance of unique handicraft details are her personal identity in design. The artistic and innovative approach to fashion combines elements of baroque and punk with clean lines. The collection expresses and energy of underground meets avant guard with an elegant thread that runs throughout. marinamicanovic.comSocial Media: @Marinamicanovic

Merline Labissiere: I design for the creative woman working in a professional, business environment. My brand is all about my quest to combine architecture and fashion. This season, my collection tells the story of the road which people in Haiti commute from one location to the next. The combinations of these roads create new, unexplored shapes and spaces. Looking through satellite lens at the road map running across the island of Haiti and combining these lines with contemporary architectural floor plans create the vision of this collection. Each architectural detail and geographic image inspired the new silhouettes and shapes that both accent and contour the female form appropriately for both work and play. My goal is to provide creative women, who may work in more traditional business environments, with garments that exhibit minimal, clean lines and architectures accents.www.merlinelabissiere.com @mlabissiere

Mimi Tran: Known for her contemporary style that enhances a woman’s natural beauty and celebrates her femininity, Mimi Tran’s collections of embellished cocktail dresses and evening gowns incorporate only the most luxuriant materials and rely on superior construction for a look that is elegant and sophisticated – with a hint of the sensual. When asked to describe her aesthetic, Mimi points to a hybrid of European luxury, Hollywood glamour and high-fashion couture. For her Fall/Winter 2015 collection, she channeled 1920s Paris: a black palette of intricate beading, lace and lattice work with gold accents accentuating the natural beauty of the feminine form.www.mimitrandesign.com Facebook: mimitrandesign Twitter and IG: @mimitrandesign Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mimitrandesign

Monticristi Straw Hats: All of our hats reach the exclusive and distinctive characteristics that are required to be the finest straw hats. Our fine pieces are certified by the Mayor of Montecristi and the Director of Tourism of Montecristi Ecuador since May 2012. Monticristi “toquilla straw” hats are considered the finest straw hats in the world because of the location of the straw plantations, the unique climate and the expertise of our weavers. Additionally, the ancient technique of straw weaving was inscribed by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity due to the product universal value. This season, Monticristi hats will be featured in the runway collection of EloCheé.www.monticristi.com Social Media: @monticristi_tm @monticristi_ca #monticristi #monticristilifestyle

Mister Triple X: Designer Erik Rosete will present his FW/16 creation “X ColleXion” featuring the brands signature metallic and bold prints. The colleXion will be the the next chapter in the brands unique fashion narrative.www.MisterTripleX.com Social Media: @MisterTripleX #MisterTripleX

Pineda Covalin was founded in 1996 by Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalin. The company’s main purpose is to expand the richness of the Mexican and Latin American culture and traditions all over the world through fashionable products such as ties, purses, scarves and shoes, with diverse patterns on silk. Twitter: @pinedacovalin Facebook: PinedaCovalin YouTube. Pineda Covalin Pinterest: pinedacovalinmx IG: @pinedacovalin. Tumblr:http://pinedacovalin.tumblr.com/

Rocky Gathercole: Rocky Gathercole, an ardent, plucky, provocative fashion artist, exudes his dazing ideas into his avant-garde designs. A highly aggressive fashion designer with a taste for the unalike, Rocky continuously stages inimitable works of art on the vogue runway. Rocky Gathercole has made a niche in Dubai and Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years now. And he has now brought his amazing and atypical designs back to the Philippines.http://rockygathercoleatelier.com Social Media: @ilabRG

Serbia Fashion Week is a long-term project that works to create economic development and opportunities for the next generation of Serbian fashion, accessories and textiles designers as Serbia prepares for integration into the European Union. Like the other major fashion weeks in New York City, Paris, London and Milan, the Serbia Fashion Week is organized twice a year with both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter editions. The SFW supports its new talented generation Facebook: Serbia Fashion Week IG: @serbiafashionweek #serbiafashionweek Twitter: @SerbiaFW http://www.serbiafashionweek.com

Since 2004, SHACO COUTURE by Sharon Cox-Cole has been designing high-end, elegant, day to evening apparel for ALL women inclusively. This season the brand will present the 10 piece collection, “You Are Worth It”-“YAWI” 2016. Shaco Couture offers pieces of timeless elegance, unique yet relevant day to evening looks. The collection features a diverse range of fabric including, 100% linens, airy chiffons, and 100% raw Indian silks. Original hand crochet capes will accessorize the designs. This collection in meant to spur confidence and empower beauty in today’s WOMAN because -“You are worth it”!!! http://www.shacocouture.com Like us-www.Facebook.com/ShacoCoutureTwitter @shacocouture

Stello: STELLO (formerly known as MTCostello) is a world (luxury lifestyle) made of emotions, passion and sensations for the confident and daring woman. The STELLO FW16: “Yuki-onna” Collection is Fall/Winter glamour with a Japanese, heavy-metal energy and androgynous aesthetic, heavily inspired by Yuki-onna, a vampiric snow spirit with inhuman beauty. Stelloofficial.com @Stello_Official IG @stello

Walter Mendez is one of the world’s next top designers, with an eye for texture, silhouettes, and timeless style. His work is regularly featured on celebrities, television, editorials and red carpets. He is honored to count the world’s leading ladies as clients such as Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Selena Gomez and many more. Mendez has also been featured in countless publications such as Vogue, People Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and Apparel News. Walter’s career propelled quickly to new heights as his quality, style and technique is highly respected. Walter lives for his work and will continue to create, as his brilliance will never dwindle. The desire to make the women’s body appear striking, eye-catching, and exquisite, is a calling that will never go away.waltercollection.com Social Media: @wltrcollection

Willfredo Gerardo: Born and raised in North Hollywood, CA, early into his young age Willfredo was always interested and involved with fashion. Style and presentation was a main component of his upbringing that filtered into his career. After attending several performing arts schools in Southern California and Sarasota Opera House, he started to migrate from performing arts and immerse himself into fashion. He moved to New York where he worked in retail and stumbled into designing bridal gowns for high-end clients, and embraced his love for designing couture. Willfredo now resides in Miami, FL currently expanding his couture line. Ninel Conde, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Alejandra Espinoza, and Daphne Joy are known to be a few of Gerardo’s star studded client list. Social Media: @WilfredoGerardo

ZVONKO MARKOVIC is a couturier from Belgrade, Serbia. His work is defined by a true sense of sensuality and a certain femininity that never fails to respect the woman’s body in its purest form, while creating contemporary choices, which are fully applicable to modern couture.www.zvonkomarkovic.com YouTube: zvonkomarkovicdesign Facebook: #zvonkomarkovicdesign

Sponsors:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation: The largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to nearly 365,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit:www.aidshealth.org, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and IG: @aidshealthcare. Mobile users can text “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to donate any sum of money to AHF’s work in 36 countries worldwide.

Privé: Welcome to the world of Privé. Founded by legendary stylist, Laurent D. We are Hollywood’s Choice for Apothecary Hair Care and live to give our customers the ability to create fantastic looking and feeling hair for their own glamour, red carpet, fashion runway and everyday moments. Privé Products are rigorously tested every day from backstage at Fashion Week, to photoshoots, film sets and on clients just like you in salons across the world.priveproducts.com Social Media: @prive_hair

Illy Issimo: FOR THOSE WHO DEMAND EXCELLENCE, THERE’S ONLY ONE COFFEE DRINK This isn’t just coffee. We think it’s the perfect coffee. A signature blend of 100% Arabica coffee from 9 different beans. An authentic espresso drink crafted over 80 years by 3 generations of very picky Italian masters. So bravo, as we say in Trieste, on such a wise choice. illyusa.comSocial Media: @illyusa

Make-up Pro was founded by Chika and Cheve Chan, sisters and pro entrepreneurs, whose mission is to give all women a platform that rejects traditional paths and instead offers a creative haven for the individual. They will be introducing a new line of professional makeup products for their artists backstage during Art Hearts Fashion NYFW. These paramount products are high in pigment and long-lasting – perfect for the runway and every day wear.www.makeuppro.org or follow us on IG: @makeuppronewyork.

Vektor Vodka is the international, multiple gold medal winning vodka, hand-crafted, distilled, and bottled by Ukraine’s oldest and most distinguished distillery. Created with artesian waters from the beautiful Cherkasy Region, and distilled 7 times from Russian Winter Wheat. The finest Lux class spirit gives Vektor its exquisite smoothness, and unparalleled clarity, texture, and luminescence. Naturally gluten-free. This is how a Luxury Vodka is meant to be experienced. http://www.VektorVodka.com Social Media: @vektorvodka

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