Lehigh Valley Fashion Week April 29-30th

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Lehigh Valley Fashion Week (“Fashion Week”) is held twice a year to highlight all the Fashion Seasons (Fall/Winter) (Spring/Summer), and occurs on April and August of each year.

Season 1 was held on August 14th to 21st, 2015, and it was sponsored by the Renaissance Hotel Allentown.  Kathy Avila owner of Style Beauty Lounge, located in Bethlehem, had her fashion show during that week.  Restaurants such as Corked, located in Bethlehem and Hook, located in Allentown, collaborated with Lehigh Valley Fashion Week.  The Fashion Week was a success and lovers of fashion came out in groves to attend the Premier nights.  Lehigh Valley Fashion Week’s sponsors were Metro Beauty Academy, Barbizon Chique, Style Beauty Lounge, LV Happening, Davis, Nelson and Associates and other companies/individuals who supported and helped with its success.

For Season 2 of Fashion Week Spring/Summer2016 (“S/S 2016”) styles will be presented by designers and boutiques.  This Season is sponsored by Holiday Inn Center Allentown, and will be held on April 28th to April 30th.   During this Fashion Week on April 29th, BW Nice – Lehigh Chapter will have their annual Red Shoe Charity Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Style Beauty Lounge will participate again by having a Trunk Show.

All the Lehigh Valley Fashion Week premier events will be held at the Holiday Inn Center Allentown, 904 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101, and starts at 7pm.  This venue was recently renovated and fits the growing attendance of the Fashion Week.  If you don’t want to miss a beat during Fashion Week book your room by calling 610. 433.2221. The emcees will be Heidi Uracius from Barbizon Chique and Kari Holmes from Lehigh Valley Fashion Week.

Heidi is the former Ms Pennsylvania US 2014 and awarded 3rd Runner up Actress of the Year at the IMTA Convention in Los Angeles.  She is currently the events manager for Barbizon Chique and continues to model and act locally and in New York.  She was on the television special “On the Road to the Fashion Hero” on ABC last June, and will be in the upcoming reality show “The Fashion Hero”, as the Season One Winner.

Kari Holmes is the Fashion Director of Lehigh Valley Fashion Week, and has hosted numerous events.  She manages the designers and models for Fashion Week, and ensures that everyone is organized for the fashion events.

Barbizon Chique of Philadelphia will be providing models and partnering with Lehigh Valley Fashion Week again for Season 2.  Barbizon is celebrating 77 years in the industry and their models can be seen on TV, in Movies, Magazines, on the Runway, and more.  If you are interested in learning more about Barbizon and finding out how you can get started, go to barbizonchique.com, or visit their booth during intermission or after the show.

On April 28th, Thursday, there will be a networking event, where a panel of professionals in the fashion industry will speak to aspiring models, make-up artists (“mua”), and hairstylists to help them to become successful in the fashion industry.  Our host for this event will be Kari Holmes, Fashion Week’s Fashion Director.  The panel will consist of the following professionals; local top model and actor, Yasminda Rodriguez and Jacinth Sutphin, photographer, Jeff Levy, makeup artist, Faces by Fre Umarah, model agency, Heidi Uracius of Barbizon Chique, to name a few.


On April 29th, Friday, the premier night designers will showcase S/S 2016 couture and ready-made collections. Here are some of the designers and boutiques who will be showcased; Dartanya, Clotheversity, Clothes Mentor, Victoria Wright, Art 2 The Skin, Stay by Stacy Angela, Abundant Style, and Glam2Mod2Chic.

On April 30th, Saturday, the finale night will showcase S/S 2016 urban collection.  Here are some of the designers and boutiques who will be showcased; Clothes Mentor, Level 9, Cat’s Meow, Urban Varieties,

Purchase your tickets for the Premier and Finale fashion shows at www.lehighvalleyfashionweek.com.

To celebrate Lehigh Valley Fashion Week’s Team hard work there will be an after party at The JetPort Restaurant and Lounge on April 30th after the fashion show.  JetPort is located at 3400 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA, and it starts at 10pm.  This is a chance to meet the designers, mua, hairstylists, models, and the Fashion Week Team who participated in Fashion Week.

About Lehigh Valley Fashion Week

Lehigh Valley Fashion Week is a Lehigh Valley organization highlighting the fashion industry in the area.  Our Fashion Weeks consist of fashion shows at malls, boutiques, and other venues around the Lehigh Valley. Fashion Weeks are celebrated around the globe and has been proven to be the number one medium for presenting the work of fashion designers and other fashion-oriented crafts.

It is known these events boost visibility and profit to the surrounding businesses.  There will be multiple fashion and promotional events throughout the Lehigh Valley, where we will collaborate with sponsoring businesses.  If you are interested and would like more information please contact us at contact@lehighvalleyfashionweek.com or 484.994.2572.

The hash tags used for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are #lehighvalleyfashionweek and #LVFWSS16.  The hash tags will be used for marketing purposes.

Press Contact
Name:                         Winsome Condra
Mobile:                       201.936.9102
Email:             winsome@lehighvalleyfashionweek.com



Ms. Katherine Neal, Executive Director
Vogue Modeling

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The SuperModel competition is BACK in Raleigh North Carolina, produced by Vogue Modeling Executive Director Katherine Neal.

The SuperModel competition, started a few years back, reels in a host of celebrity guest and participants.  Model World Magazine, Editor-in-Chief, Sofia Davis is one that loves the event.  “This is a great event to give emerging fashion talent a platform.”  The other area of the event that is so important is the fashion seminars that are taught there.  It helps new models navigate the industry and more experienced models sharpen their craft.  The event takes place June 19th in North Carolina and has many models signed up.

Katherine Neal has a long history in the Fashion Industry producing excellent events.  This is a “You Don’t Want To Miss This” showcase of Emerging & Established Fashion Industry Talent.

Visit the website http://www.voguemodeling.com  for more information.







GET YOUR TICKET TODAY http://www.themakeupshow.com/nyc/tickets/

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Coming to New York this weekend is the Make Up Show, Sunday and Monday, May 1 and 2nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.

The Make Up Show features hands on training, seminars, and “how to” for every level of industry professionals.  They also have deep discounts on any industry product you can think of.  This is the “MUST ATTEND SHOW” of the year.

The Makeup Show NYC is only open to professionals working or studying in the beauty or fashion industries. Along with your ticket confirmation you will need to show professional credentials at the door.

Credentials can be: a business card, comp card, call sheet, tear sheet, student ID, enrollment papers to a beauty school, professional license, work ID or pay stub from a beauty related business.

The Makeup Show is a beauty event open to those individuals and companies involved in the makeup artist and beauty industries. Makeup artists, retail artists, aestheticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists, fashion stylists, buyers, agents and photographers, models, costume and theater designers, face and body painters, etc….  Students enrolled in courses related to makeup, hair or aesthetics are invited to attend as well and will be required to show student ID.

Entrance fees to The Makeup Show include the exhibit floor, main floor seminars as well as Keynote and Business Forums. Show admission tickets can be purchased via an online reservation system or at the door of the event, based on availability. For an additional fee, The Makeup Show offers hands-on workshops; these workshops are offered on a first come, first serve basis sold in advance.



Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant





Lane Bryant is excited to announce the anticipated debut of world-renowned designer, Christian Siriano’s evening and ready-to-wear collection exclusively for the special-sized retailer. The collaborative line hit stores and online today, Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.

Regarding the collaboration, Christian Siriano had this to say, “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes.  I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.”

Christian Siriano combines old-school glamour with a modern whimsical twist using beautiful tailoring and intricate detailing. The designs in the newly debuted collection, ranging in price from $48.00 to $198.00, boast vibrant coloring and patterns as well as versatile chic silhouettes. A member of the CFDA since 2013, Christian brings a fresh point of view to American sportswear. Christian Siriano will be the fourth designer collaboration for Lane Bryant joining the successful Isabel Toledo, Sophie Theallet and Lela Rose collections.

About Christian Siriano

Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is now shown each season at New York Fashion Week. Christian is known for show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to tailored sportswear, to modern shoes and accessories. In 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle, his designs have appeared in countless editorials and have been worn by the world’s leading ladies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj, Tina Fey, Lea Michele, and Christina Hendricks to name just a few. He is the youngest person ever to appear on the prestigious Crain’s “40 Under 40” list in addition to the Forbes “40 Under 40.”


About Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant® is the nation’s leading women’s specialty apparel retailer, providing stylish and high-quality fashion in sizes 14-28. The Lane Bryant collection includes a wide selection of career to casual apparel as well as accessories, footwear and Cacique® intimate apparel. Lane Bryant fashions are available nationwide at its 775 Lane Bryant stores, and online. Lane Bryant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASNA). Please visit lanebryant.com and cacique.com for store locations and the latest fashion trend information.





We are excited to be invited by Joycie Mederick of Cinnamon Productions to cover the Hot Couture Fashion Show as well as shoot our legendary SwimWear Issue at the Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia.

This is the location that Matt Damon from Oceans 12 got married. George Clooney and the rest of the cast stayed.….DARLING…. and we are Over The Moon to be able to utilize this luxury resort.

The Fashion Avenue News Team consist of Celebrity Photographer and Managing Partner, Allison V. Brown.  Allison will direct the SwimWear shoot and scout the ideal locations at the Sugar Beach.  Paul Walker, known for capturing that right photo at any event or runway show, will work closely with the models, getting that photo just right.   Dwight Eubanks, Styling Director for Fashion Avenue News magazine, will make sure everything comes together……FABULOUSLY…….

Editor-in-Chief, Sofia Davis will, of course, be Networking to…

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We are excited to be invited by Joycie Mederick of Cinnamon Productions to cover the Hot Couture Fashion Show as well as shoot our legendary SwimWear Issue at the Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia.

This is the location that Matt Damon from Oceans 12 got married. George Clooney and the rest of the cast stayed.….DARLING…. and we are Over The Moon to be able to utilize this luxury resort.

The Fashion Avenue News Team consist of Celebrity Photographer and Managing Partner, Allison V. Brown.  Allison will direct the SwimWear shoot and scout the ideal locations at the Sugar Beach.  Paul Walker, known for capturing that right photo at any event or runway show, will work closely with the models, getting that photo just right.   Dwight Eubanks, Styling Director for Fashion Avenue News magazine, will make sure everything comes together……FABULOUSLY…….

Editor-in-Chief, Sofia Davis will, of course, be Networking to build a Fashion Bridge between St. Lucia and New York City.  The goal is to develop Fashion Avenue News Magazine – St. Lucia, and we start with the SwimWear issue.

We look forward to a long term Fashion Relationship with the island of St. Lucia and Joycie Mederick of Cinnamon Productions.

Here is a little background on the Sugar Beach Resort.

Awards & Accolades

2016 Fashion Avenue News Magazine – Shoots Legendary SwimWear Issue at Sugar Beach
2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings – Best Hotels in the Caribbean
Telegraph Ultra Travel 50 Greatest Hotels of the World 2016
Conde Nast #5 Top 40 in the Caribbean 2015
Favourite Caribbean Luxury Hotel, Telegraph 2015
Best Spas in the Caribbean, Departures 2015
Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award, Best Resorts in the Caribbean
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014
Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2014
Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award 2013, Top Hotels in Caribbean
“Travel + Leisure It List 2013,” Best New Hotels
“Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2013,” Best New Hotels of 2013
Forbes “10 Honeymoon Havens for 2013”
Top 30 Hotels in the Caribbean and the Atlantic, Sugar Beach #19
Sunday Times Travel Magazine World’s Best 100 Hotels 2011
“Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards 2011”, Featured in “Caribbean’s World’s Best Debut”
“Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2011,” Readers’ Selection of “Best Places to Stay in the World”

China Beauty Expo Cements its Position in the Beauty Industry


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Shanghai’s Original, Unparalleled Beauty Event since 1998

China Beauty Expo (CBE), Asia’s leading beauty trade, recently concluded its 20th edition on a high note, reinforcing its status as the definitive exhibition for the market.

2,120 (an increase of 15% from 2014) suppliers from all over the world, including Cheislie Formulations, Jala, L’oreal, P&G and Reef Cosmetics, Shanghai Jahwa, showcased the latest beauty and cosmetics innovations during the three-day event.  This year’s event occupied over 150,000 sqm (an increase of more than 20% from 2014) of exhibition space.

Held in Shanghai New International Expo Center from 19 to 21 May 2015, CBE registered a total of 312,000 visits from trade professionals from across the region, which represented a 14% increase compared to 2014. This year, a large proportion of visitors were senior decision-makers, including executives from companies such as SASA, Sephora, Watsons and a number of leading distributor Claudia BONFIGLIOLI, International Director, Informa Beauty and Informa Baiwen (CBE), said, “The global beauty market has been projected to reach new heights, with Asia continuing to lead the global market in the years ahead. The show is well poised to support the industry’s growth, and we look forward to bringing more of the industry together to help them realize the full potential that the market possesses.”

Professional Trade Event

Exhibitors at this year’s event were pleased with their decision to participate, citing the show’s audience, the focus on doing business, and its level of professionalism as key benefits. In addition, returning exhibitors found the show had grown in stature, not just in terms of attendance but also with the addition of new visitor attractions, such as the WeChat Conference and CBE-Beyond Beauty Trends Conference.

“The highly-charged atmosphere, as well as top quality discussions, are what characterized China Beauty Expo 2015. We are optimistic that several business partnerships will develop from the contacts established during the exhibition. We will definitely be here again in 2016!” said Mr Christian PALIX, Founder, YESforLOV SAS (France).

Creating Opportunities and Building Connections

CBE aims to bridge the gap between suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors, as well as facilitate business and learning opportunities that ultimately inspire new product development. As part of its efforts to connect businesses, the organizers held the inaugural Business Meetings Asia, where a carefully selected group of exhibitors presented their products to specially selected senior buyers from China and six other countries.

Popular with attendees and providing further opportunities for business ideas included the Asian Brand

Building Lab and the Beauty Ingredients & Formulation Shanghai Conference.  These visitor attractions help visitors maximize their time at the show by drawing their attention to the upcoming beauty trends, as well as complimentary one-on-one vision consultations.

Having received critical acclaims from participants all around, the next edition of CBE looks set to be a bigger and stronger business platform as the organizers, Informa and Shanghai Baiwen, are committed to serve the global beauty industry with this event in the years ahead.

Response to the next edition has been overwhelming, with over 70% re-booking already committed onsite.

China Beauty 2016, 18-20 May 2016

The 21st edition of CBE will once again be held in Shanghai, from 18 – 20 May 2016. “We are pleased to announce that we have signed a long-term contract with the Shanghai New International Expo Center (上 海新国际博览中心), where CBE has been held since 2005. We are looking forward to welcome more than 2,300 participating companies, over 180,000sqm of exhibition space. In addition, CBE will continue developing more beneficial and more in-depth contents, to continue the support of the development of the beauty industry,” said SANG Jingmin, Chairman of China Beauty Expo Organising Committee.

Press Inquiries:
Mabel Ong
Group Marketing Director, Asia
+86 21 2326 3668


Christophe Gaillet, the ambassador for the l’Oréal Professionnel brand on the Cover of Fashion Avenue News April Hair Issue



Fashion Avenue News, the Global, Luxury, Multi-Generational Fashion Industry Trade publication is proud to have Christophe Gaillet, the ambassador for the l’Oréal Professionnel brand on our April cover.

Christophe Gaillet, the ambassador for the l’Oréal Professionnel brand, and member of the team of Haute Coiffure Francaise (The Great Hairdressing of France), organises trainings known as “ARTISTIC MASTER CLASS DEVELOPMENT”, for hairdressers at various levels of expertise. Acquaintance with the nature of hair, stylisations, plaits, geometry, colouring, the art of making buns, introduction of innovations to traditional haircutting, etc. is his abundance of experience, which he is ready to share.


For Christophe Gaillet transferring these “skills” to others is OBVIOUS. This artistic meeting will allow you to acquire perfect skills and techniques.


Fashion Avenue News is excited to feature Christophe’s outstanding work.  Kindly pick up a copy at the Magazine Café, 15 West 37th Street, NYC or order on line at http://www.FashionAvenueNews.com




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The renowned designer returns to her roots for the show of a lifetime!

Couturier Clariscia (pronounced Clar-ee-sha) Gill is clearly passionate about her work. Not only does it show in the fine attention to detail displayed in the cut and finish of her designs, it is clearly evidenced by the 15 year strong loyal clientele whom visit her Mayfair based Atelier.

A mixture of men and women from all the five continents which includes musical artists and celebrities.  All are united by their discerning style savvy attraction to Clariscia Gill Couture’s famous three C’s. Cloth, Cut and Colour.

Clariscia’s passion for design and the cut of good cloth came from her mother.  Her mother was born in French Guiana and as a young teenager emigrated to St Lucia where she met Clariscia’s father, George Gill.  Losing her mother from a sudden death at the age of ten was a shock but it somehow spurred Clariscia on to want to make her mum proud as she was the one who sparked Clariscia’s fashion interest. Clariscia would sit fascinated watching her mother sew.  Clariscia cherished the small hand wheel Singer Sewing machine her mother had given her as a child.

A keen eyed relief needlework teacher at school saw early on that Clariscia showed a particular talent in sewing and drawing so he made it his duty to encourage her to attend the London College of Fashion where he worked part time.

St Lucia Hot Couture Show, May 3rd-8th 2016

Saint Lucia Hot Couture

Next month, Clariscia is billed as a headlining International Fashion Designer at this years St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, hosted at the prestigious Sandals Grande, Design District Serenity Park, St Lucia. Gill will be joined by international sponsor, Iman Cosmetics and reality TV Star Dwight Eubanks from The Real House Wives of Atlanta (responsible for Phaedra Parks lavish and extravagant fashion parties) plus performances featuring Musical Icons: Shaggy, Marc Anthony (J-Lo) and George Benson and a host of other celebrities’ (for full line up, visit: http://stluciajazz.org)

Each designer has been awarded:

Professional Hair and Makeup provided by Iman Cosmetics, a professional team of experienced dressers, a designer bio feature in Commemorative Magazine, an introduction to the most influential buyers in the Caribbean (approximately 40 buyers ranging from local boutiques to regional and international stores), 100% Press attendance rate, with front row features by the best fashion writers from around the Caribbean and the US. From Fashion Avenue News to NYC Vogue.

The collection comprises day, evening and a bridal wear range.

The relaxed interchangeable suits and separates portray a modern look suitable to take you from the office to that evening reception.

Clariscia reveals the single most frequently requested item to be trousers of which she has developed styles to accommodate the rich variety of body shapes we all come in.

Clariscia insists each new client has a unique pants toile made first in calico in order to get the correct fit before the trousers are made in the finest plain or pinstripe wools, some available with a slight stretch for all important comfort.

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Over the years, demand from clients for her to make their wedding dresses grew and it became clear that Clariscia’s designs for the modern bride who had no desire to go down the aisle looking like ‘Tinkerbelle Fairy’.

These brides wanted a more subtle elegant style, sometimes even a non-white dress, maybe something with sleeves or a shorter dress.  As a result, the first bridal range was designed, again taking into account the interchangeable aspect by including neat shrug jackets and light organza coats to go with the dresses two-pieces and even trousers for the different body shapes and personalities.

The Atelier

Discreetly housed for the past 15 years in a charming 18th century Courtyard Mews next to world Fenwicks of New Bond St, the setting of her appointment based operation provides her clientele a haven of tranquillity to retreat to and stop for a lunch time treat in one of the many high profile restaurants that surround.

It is easy to see why the clients return as Clariscia gently guides them through the motions of selecting essential pieces from her collection. Clients experience advice on dressing for the given season without compromising on their own personality and skilfully, Clariscia refuses for clients to be moulded into fashion clones.

Clariscia’s ethos is that the garments must earn their place in your wardrobe so the pieces are carefully designed in order that the wearer gets maximum looks by being able to interchange the key items.

Clariscia Gill – CG Couture
9 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY
e: info@clarisciagill.ocm
t: +44 (0)20 7 495 2121



EVE PEARL booth # 510

HD Bridal Beauty: From Natural to Hollywood Glamour
April 9th, 11am- 12pm
Location: Mainstage

The bridal industry is one of the most important and consistent sources of income for make-up artists. Emmy-winning artist and author Eve Pearl focuses on the bride and wedding party, paying special attention to skin tone, color theory and the EVE PEARL® method. Pearl shares her special way of applying eyelashes, creating a natural facelift, remedies for dark circles, blemishes, tattoos, scars and more. Learn how to coordinate bridal trials, book jobs, create bridal contracts, what to charge for services, preparation and organization. Learn how to achieve a long-lasting look on all skin tones, step-by-step corrective make-up techniques and how to advertise and promote your services to brides.


IATSE Local 798 Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 9 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Main stage

IATSE Local 798 President Valerie Gladstone will lead a discussion with a selection of working make-up artists, including Eve Pearl. Topics will include getting started in the business, what the union really is (and isn’t), how the industry has changed and where it’s headed. A question-and-answer session with viewers will cap the event.

High Definition Beauty for Every Complexion and All Ages
April 10th, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Location: Mercer Stage


Five-time Emmy winner Eve Pearl discusses the best products and techniques for high-definition cameras and lighting. Learn how to correct imperfections, give skin a flawless finish, work with all skin tones, match foundation and concealer and choose eye, cheek and lip colors for HD. Pearl also demonstrates her technique for applying eyelashes, creating a natural facelift and remedying dark circles, blemishes, tattoos and scars