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NY FASHION WEEK – WHAT SHOWS TO SEE

NY Fashion Week is here…. what shows are you attending?  Here is a short list of shows to see for NY Fashion week….

HARLEM FASHION WEEK BUSINESS OF FASHION SYMPOSIUM

It is vital that fashion and beauty professionals combine their creativity with strategic business practices. It’s not enough just to have a great show you must also have a sellable product. At the Harlem Fashion Week beauty and fashion symposium there will be a team of experienced professionals and valuable resources to provide the skills necessary to catapult your businesses to the next level.

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WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: 163 W 125th St – 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

HARLEM FASHION WEEK RUNWAY SHOWS

Harlem Fashion Week will be an explosion of culture that will bridge the Downtown fashion hub to the Uptown vibe for a rich community experience.  Our goal is to produce an event that will showcase the fashion industry, provide business education for emerging designers, grow Harlem businesses, create a cultural platform and just have fun!

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WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016

WHERE: 1220 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029

HFW FASHION BRUNCH

HFW will host a fashion Brunch as a final opportunity to network and say Thank You for a successful Harlem Fashion Week. 

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2016

WHERE: TBA

FASHION FOR CHARITY TO BENEFIT THE GEORGIE BADIEL FOUNDATION

On Thursday September 8th 2016, starting at 7:00pm Prive Group, Hype, Star Vodka, and DEG Production present the seventh annual Fashion For Charity Runway Show to Benefit The Georgie Badiel Foundation. The event will be hosted by super model Georgie Badiel to support her foundation. The finest of NYC’s society will be gathering for an illustrious runway fashion event. The Gala will feature an array of upcoming NYC designers including the designs of Feret Campos New York (https://www.instagram.com/ferretcamposdesigns/).

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The MC for the evening will be Charles Ferri from Esquire Network’s Lucky Bastards. There will also be an intermission with a live art show by Peace Simon. There will be a live performance that will feature Heidi Merrill, who has been labeled as the modern day Annie Lenox that meets Shania Twain with the influence of Pop, Country and rock fusion.

Sponsors include Star Vodka, Eurocircle, RARE Magazine, Styling on Showroom, Andrea Maack Fragrance Collection, & Dining Engagement Group.

The event will be hosted by international models and will include a one hour sponsored open bar from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. For table reservations, sponsorship opportunity and more info please email info@nycprive.com

The location is DL Rooftop Lounge on 95 Delancey Street, which is one of New York City’s premier performance venues. The multifloor club has a Miami-in-Manhattan vibe, with its roped-off VIP area, featuring plush red banquettes, and a dressy, eclectic crowd. Paul Seres, co-owner and operator, likens his regulars to the “days of Twilo and Peter Gatien’s empire, the suits hanging out with the rock stars”; now it’s a mash-up of extras from Girls with those from The Wolf of Wall Street.

SM GLOBAL CATWALK

AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

http://www.SMGlobalCatwalk.com

SMGlobal Catwalk is all about Fashion and promoting Talent within this Industry.

Our mission is to assist Designers in promoting and elevating their Brand into a profitable business by gaining global recognition and the opportunity to sell their collections at retail.

The SMGlobal Catwalk Retail Store and Online Store are scheduled for Spring 2016.

SMGlobal Catwalk is also a Talent Management company for:
Models, Make-up Artists, Hair Stylists and Photographers.

We recognize that it takes a team of experts for any successful business. We handpick individuals who are not only good at what they do but by offering ongoing opportunities and training we ensure that they are ready to take on this competitive market with industry standards and techniques that will give them the edge.

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HARLEM FASHION ROW

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

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HARLEM FASHION ROW

Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) is an Influential Arts & Entertainment organization that engages audiences and aligns brand partners with emerging designers of color in Fashion. HFR’s mission is to discover and showcase emerging talent of color through a platform of national events and customized multi-platform programs.

We initiate innovative events which attract a multitude of diverse influencers connected to the fashion industry. Within this industry HFR events have become the preferred event, providing a platform for emerging fashion talent of color. Harlem’s Fashion Row has defined artistic, cultural and social trends for the past 5 years, and helped launch the careers of countless influential designers and countless others have made their debut with HFR. Our objective is simply to provide real business opportunities to people of color in fashion to showcase their skills and abilities in an industry, which is often non-accessible to this group.

HFR’s signature events are media generating high profile programs that connect with the audience through unique creative conception, design, meaningful brand activations, original content development, competitions and media exposure and at the same time supporting the program’s talent initiative. HFR is a movement.

FASHION’S FRONT ROW BY MACY’S

Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row

The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Wed, Sep 7, 2016 07:30 PM

Please Note: Tickets are not available at the box office on the first day of the public on sale. ARRIVE EARLY: Please arrive one-hour prior to showtime.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S MOST POWERFUL EVENT FOR INDIE BRANDS ?

GET READY TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH SEASON OF FASHION’S MOST INFULENCAIL MEETING OF THE INDUSTRY’S INDIE ELITE.

SMALL BOUTIQUE FASHION WEEK IS PROUD TO PRESENT SEASON 10

SBFW is the only business oriented runway show and market geared toward small business owners, emerging designers, and novelty designers that are looking to get their start by selling to small boutiques and unique shops. Over the past 9 seasons , Small Boutique Fashion Week has debuted the collections of over 400+ brands launching the careers of some of fashion’s most powerful independent brands.

Sunday Sept 11th, watch the largest catalog of any indie fashion week event debut collections from designers and vendors from all over the globe. SBFW will host 3 separate high end runway shows (12,4,8pm) including press , and vendors providing a one of a kind runway show and shopping experience only available at Small Boutique Fashion Week.

SBFW has been featured in many notable publications and has been recognized by the corporate business world for contribution to the fashion industry. Past press and coverage includes, Fox Business Network, Forbes, CNN, The Huffington Post, People Magazine, & Fashion Bomb Daily. Join SBFW and the indie fashion elite during NYC Fashion week to celebrate this historic mildstone. Enjoy 50+brands, access to the boutique world’s most powerful owners, 30+ invited celebrity guests , and VIP gift bags and give aways from some of our best designers,  participants, and sponsors. Past sponsors include, 5 hour energy, Honest Tea, Illy International Coffee brand, and Huberts Lemonade.

ALL TICKET SALES ARE NON REFUNDABLE UNDER CIRCUMSTANCE  EACH SHOW IS 1 HOUR 

NYC LIVE FASHION WEEK

TUESDAY SEPT. 13, 2016
Xpozure Modeling, Xpozure Media & Model World Magazine, in association with Success With Teamwork, Online Media Success, JT Talent Enterprises, Runway PrestigeWear My Vest & Awesome TV, present … “NYC Live! @ Fashion Week” Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Showcase
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 — Stage 48 — in New York City.
Time —
6:00 pm — 2:00 am
Location —
Stage 48
605 West 48th Street
(Between 11th & 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
Located in Hell’s Kitchen, NY … Stage 48 is a multi-use venue that hosts Concerts, Night Life, and Private/Corporate Events. Built in the 1950s as a horse stable, the building has been completely remodeled utilizing the beauty of the old industrial architecture and incorporating complimentary modern elements to create an ambience that currently does not exist in any NYC venue. A large horseshoe balcony overlooks the main floor providing excellent site-lines of the 34 foot wide stage. Several elevated VIP areas are located on both floors and a state of the art Sound, Lighting and Video system will ensure an experience like none other.
The venue features a grand ballroom with an expansive mezzanine, a private lounge level with a performance space, and a beautiful rooftop terrace with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline.
Stage 48 official web site —  * www.Stage48.com
* Wm. Michael Reid, Publicist, Xpozure Media — (646) 260-9686, wmmichaelreid@yahoo.com, wmreid@modelworldmagazine.com, or via Facebook in-box —https://www.facebook.com/WmMichaelReid

PHILLY FASHION WEEK

CHIC: THE POOL PARTY – OFFICIAL PHILLY FASHION WEEK OPENING EVENT

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FASHION AVENUE NEWS

Monarch Philly, 1031 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA  7PM – 10PM

Sep 19, 2016

STYLE GALA, SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue  Philadelphia, PA  7PM, COMPLIMENTARY FOOD | MUST RSVP

Sep 20, 2016

PHASHION PHEST | FASHION FROM THE TOP, One Liberty Observation Deck | Rotunda At The Shops At Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street  Philadelphia, PA

6:30PM – VIP FASHION SHOW

7:00PM – COCKTAIL RECEPTION

8:30PM – GENERAL FASHION SHOW

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Sep 21, 2016

MACY’S FALL FASHION SHOW, Macy’s Center City  1300 Market Street  Philadelphia, PA  5PM

Sep 22, 2016

THE RUNWAY I Doors Open 7PM | Show Starts at 8PM  2300 Arena  2300 S. Swanson Street  Philadelphia, PA

Sep 23, 2016  THE RUNWAY II  Doors Open 7PM | Show Starts at 8PM  2300 Arena  2300 S. Swanson Street  Philadelphia, PA

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ATLANTIC CITY FASHION WEEK

Friday we will show case Ready to Wear collections from today’s hottest designers and retailers. Then on Saturday, we will feature 2 couture high fashion events as we return to the boardwalk in the 9th Atlantic City Fashion Week fashion event. Designers from around the world showcase their collections in a fashion extravaganza that rivals New York City, Milan and Paris.

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General admission tickets are available for Atlantic City Fashion Week Ready to Wear on Friday and our Couture fashion show and after party event on Saturday.

VIP admission to Atlantic City Fashion Week. Premium seating to Atlantic City Fashion Week fashion show. VIP Gift bag. Entrance into the VIP Pre Event Lounge area and the official Atlantic City Fashion Week after party.

Founded in 2011, Atlantic City Fashion Week is an event that rivals the likes of fashion week NYC, Paris and Milan. Twice a year thousands descend on America’s playground to take part in a high fashion event that includes fashion shows, seminars, celebrity appearances, retail events and industry parties.

Atlantic City Fashion Week is presented in part by fashionSTYLE Magazine and KingBee Media. Atlantic City Fashion Week is a multi-day showcase of Ready to Wear and Couture Fashion. It also includes a vendor exhibition, and pre-networking events for VIP guest. ACFW is held twice a year in Atlantic City and has been attended by thousands of fashionable attendees.

This season, we will once again feature the Atlantic City Fashion Week Awards on Thursday, September 22nd at Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City. We pay homage to past seasons Top Models, Designers and Photographers.

Please come out and support ACFW on their many endeavors in FASHION ……

http://www.atlanticcityfashionweek.com/purchase-tickets.html

 

 

Alexander McQueen pips Chanel in ‘cool brands’ list of 2015

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London fashion label Alexander McQueen, now under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, is the most wanted fashion label according to CoolBrands, the company devoted to create an annual list of the “hot” brands in Britain.

Alexander McQueen, now under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, was ranked two places higher than Chanel. The brand was the subject of a recent, sold-out exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum titled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Fashion labels considered cool enough to make the cut include lingerie company Damaris, luxury sleepwear brand Olivia von Halle, cult sunglasses brand Linda Farrow, jewelry designer Stephen Webster and shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. Luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter also made the list, as did Storm Models, the London-based agency which discovered Kate Moss and represents Poppy Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.

Revolutionary hairbrush Tangle Teezer was commended for using “disruptive technology” to achieve “global cult status” in the beauty segment.

Big beauty brands Benefit and Aveda were also listed as ‘cool’ alongside Jo Malone’s Jo Loves fragrance venture thanks to its founder’s “undeniable passion for fragrance, pouring undiluted creativity into innovative new products and entertaining experiences.” Hairdressing chain Toni & Guy also made the cut. (SH)

Alexander McQueen pips Chanel in 'cool brands' list of 2015

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

London fashion label Alexander McQueen, now under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, is the most wanted fashion label according to CoolBrands, the company devoted to create an annual list of the “hot” brands in Britain.

Alexander McQueen, now under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, was ranked two places higher than Chanel. The brand was the subject of a recent, sold-out exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum titled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Fashion labels considered cool enough to make the cut include lingerie company Damaris, luxury sleepwear brand Olivia von Halle, cult sunglasses brand Linda Farrow, jewelry designer Stephen Webster and shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. Luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter also made the list, as did Storm Models, the London-based agency which discovered Kate Moss and represents Poppy Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.

Revolutionary hairbrush Tangle Teezer was commended for using “disruptive technology” to achieve “global cult status” in the beauty segment.

Big beauty brands Benefit and Aveda were also listed as ‘cool’ alongside Jo Malone’s Jo Loves fragrance venture thanks to its founder’s “undeniable passion for fragrance, pouring undiluted creativity into innovative new products and entertaining experiences.” Hairdressing chain Toni & Guy also made the cut. (SH)

Bronx Fashion Week Fall Season Kicks Off

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Bronx Fashion Week Returns with a stronger vision and closer alignment with its mission of bringing high-end fashion events to the beautiful borough of The Bronx.  For this third installment the organizers will transform the Mall at Bay Plaza in Co-Op City into a showcase fashion theatre with designers, models, photographers, fashionistas and buyers from all over the United States.

The first show starts at 4:30 p.m. and will be complemented with a VIP reception in collaboration with Eat NYC The Bronx Food & Wine Festival and pre-fashion cocktail party with partial proceeds from Eat NYC going towards the Food Bank For New York City.

Both shows will feature similar showcases, showcasing designers like Miroslava from Aval & Co., Edward Ortiz (makers of Flee God), and Anita Rivers of Classic Royalty, all of whom are Bronx-bred.

CEO Flora Montes says “Bronx Fashion Week is excited to be able to provide a platform for top designers and models showcasing collections from The Bronx and across the world.”

The event will be hosted by La Bruja, aka Caridad De La Luz.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite  and stay tuned to Bronx Fashion Week’s Facebook Page and our event page  or visit http://www.bronxfashionweek.org/ for more information.

About Bronx Fashion Week, LLC

Bronx Fashion Week, LLC was founded in 2013 with a mission to bring high-end fashion events to the borough along with showcasing not only top models and designers but also sponsors and vendors as well. Bronx Fashion Week, LLC also strives to give back to the community by selecting various organizations to make charitable donations from a percentage of proceeds from the events held.

Bronx Fashion Week, LLC encourages sponsors to be a part of this major event as they reach out to businesses and organizations within The Bronx, across the region and internationally.

Sponsors are as follows:

Atlantico Rum

Bay Plaza Mall

Dolphin Gym

Eat NYC

Flaco Coquito

Fashion Avenue News

New York Botanical Garden

Poets & Writers

Stylaga

The Bronx Zoo

Trend Movement

Ulta

Wellcare

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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe 2015 – October, 21-23rd in Paris

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London – Major developments in green materials, sustainability metrics, ethical labels, and digital marketing will be featured in the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com/Europe). The summit will be hosted at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées on 21-23rd October.

With cosmetic and ingredient firms under growing pressure to reduce their environmental impacts, sustainability metrics are gaining popularity. The opening session looks at popular approaches to measure environmental and social footprints. Elizabeth Laville, Founder and Director of Utopies, will present the latest sustainability metrics on cosmetic products. Yves Rocher will show how it is using such metrics in its sustainability strategy, whilst Bruno Garnier from Carrefour will state how the supermarket chain is addressing its packaging impacts. Vicky Murray from Neal’s Yard Remedies will outline the steps it has taken to become the first carbon-neutral retailer in the UK. Featured speakers will also debate the practical use of metrics: do they over-complicate the green agenda, or help focus sustainability efforts?

The green materials session will give an update on the growing array of sustainable ingredients available to product developers and formulators. Henrik Vingaard, Sourcing Director of AAK, will highlight the pitfalls and opportunities when sourcing raw materials from Africa. Active Concepts will show how sustainable extraction methods can help with product innovations. As the cosmetics industry looks to move away from polyethylene beads, J. Rettenmaier & Söhne will outline the green exfoliant alternatives. Other speakers will cover green chemistry in cosmetic formulations, novel marine ingredients, and sustainable alternatives to palm oil.

With concerns about labels proliferation in the cosmetics industry, the ethical labels session will give an update on recent developments and give future projections. Details will be given of new labelling schemes, such as Vegan Society, Nordic Swan and Fairtrade. Farhan Tufail from Halal Certification Schemes will highlight the potential of the Halal labelling scheme for cosmetics. With over 20 standards now for natural & organic cosmetics, leading certification agencies will discuss recent developments.

Carmen Esteban from the ISO Working Group will give an update on the ISO standard for natural and organic cosmetics. Is this the solution to global harmonisation? Tom Hornshøj-Møller, R&D Manager at Urtekram, and Salma Chaudhry of the Halal Cosmetics Company will give the brands perspective on adopting ethical standards.

The digital marketing session will look at the disruptive influence of mobile technology on the marketing of cosmetic products in the context of sustainability. Manuel Fernandes from Friends of the Earth will show how its ToxFox mobile app is being used to screen safe cosmetics. Thorsten Kremser from Faktor 3 will highlight the growing potential of social media marketing: how can cosmetic brands fully utilise Facebook, Pinterest, You Tube, Twitter and Instagram? Sonia White, owner of the UK online retailer Love Lula, will give pointers to brands on how to maximise online retail sales. Other speakers will cover digital consumer behaviour and mobile commerce developments.

The agenda of the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit reflects the growing complexity of sustainability in the beauty industry. According to the organiser Organic Monitor: brands not only have to consider green ingredients / formulations and labelling schemes, but also packaging impacts, raw material sourcing, carbon and water footprints, operational efficiency, as well as the pervasive influence of mobile technology on marketing. This 7th European edition aims to help the cosmetics industry resolve many of these sustainability concerns.

About the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

Since 2009, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit has been covering sustainability issues in the cosmetic & personal care industry. The international series of summits now takes place in the major geographic regions of the world. The European edition will be hosted at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées on 21-23rd October. More information is available from www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com/Europe

The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit (20-21 October) will be hosted alongside the summit. See www.sustainablecleaningsummit.com

About Organic Monitor

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit is organised by Organic Monitor: a London-based specialist research, consulting & training company that focuses on the global organic & related product industries. Since 2001, we have been providing a range of business services to operators in high-growth ethical & sustainable industries. Our services include market research publications, business & technical consulting, seminars & workshops, and sustainability summits. Visit us at www.organicmonitor.com

How to Make Perfume Last

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  1. It is important to have clean, healthy skin prior to spraying or applying perfume (washing areas where you spritz fragrance will help).
  1. Humid or moist skin enhances the perfume. Consider buying a body lotion that is part of the perfume line and use it as a base before you apply. “Layering is key,” says internationally renowned perfumer Claude Dir. “Apply the body lotion first, and then spritz the scent.”
  2. If you don’t have a body lotion with the same fragrance as the actual perfume, then apply an unscented lotion. Using light anti-perspirants with perfume typically enhances the fragrance and does not conceal it.
  1. Identify your pulse points (these are typically the wrists, neck, and behind the ears). The ears contain glands that help perfume perform well in this area! Make sure these are clean and moisturized (ideally with complementary body lotion). After applying the scent on pulse points, spray the perfume into the air and step into it so it envelops your entire body gently. Remember that scent travels upward, so don’t neglect the pulse points that are found in the upper part of your body.
  1. It’s best to apply perfume before you dress so that the clothing does not sap up the fragrance. Also, keep in mind that lighter notes (like florals) dissipate more quickly than stronger scents like musk. Perfume on skin means that it becomes warmer and rises with your temperature.
  1. Also remember that scent does expire –typically after three to six months after the bottle is opened, says Lev Glazman, founder of and perfumer for Fresh cosmetics. This is because the alcohol and the aldehydes (the organic compounds) dissipate and actually change the chemical composition and nature of the scent. If you use scent past its expiration date, don’t expect it to last very long on your skin.
  1. Fragrances are typically classified according to the strength of their scent (typically based on the concentration of scent oils). “Parfum” or “Perfume” contains the highest concentration of these oils. Then come Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, Eau de cologne and lastly body sprays and lotions. If you are using “Parfum,” it takes very little layering to make the scent stand out, so layer appropriately.
  1. Avoid exposing the fragrance to sunlight because the light can unbalance the ingredients. It is best to store perfume in a cool, dark place.

MODEL WORLD MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE FASHION ICON AWARD TO PRAKASH PATIL

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This year at the annual Fashion and Beauty Olympics, $10,000 CASH Designer  and Model Competition, Model World Magazine will present Prakash Patil aka Mr. India Galaxy, with the Fashion Icon Award.  The event will take place Saturday June 13, at the Holiday Inn on W. 57th Street in New York City. For more more information visit, http://www.FashionAvenueNews.com and click on $5,000 tab.

Prakash Patil, already a Supermodel in his own right and a legend in his homeland, India, has carved a fashionable legacy in the United States.  He has numerous awards for outstanding work in fashion and film.  Below is some background information on his many achievements.  We are honored to present him with the Fashion Icon Award.

International Model / Actor / Young Entrepreneur – Prakash Patil

 Prakash Patil is the true living youth legend of passion, commitment, humanity and inspiration to this generation.  Prakash Patil is a Multi-talented, respectfully all-rounder icon, most humbled personality that USA has admired and handsome young man from India. Prakash is Winner of Couple of Pageants ie MR.INDIA GALAXY, MR.SOUTH ASAIN PRINCE, Winner of Jewel of India Calendar Hunt & reality episode.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Business Administration, and Masters in Managing Information Technology in the United States.

He is also recipient of many awards & honors for his service to community in IT career, Academic and Entertainment.  Just to name a few “International Youth Advocate Humanitarian Award” from The Youth Représentatives of the  National Council of Women of the United States, United Nations. “International model of The Year” from New York Fashion Awards, “Fashion Rock star of the Year” from Unsung Heroes, “Talent of the year ” from Nassua County State of New York,  etc.

His journey was far from being easy, but with his determination he has accomplished many honors at such a young age and being face of couple of media. Newspapers. He strikes a great balance between acting, modeling and IT Engineer. He is one of successful model featured in many magazines, walked for several famous designers and major fashion weeks in USA & aboard.  Played as a lead Actor in Film “The Other Side of New York” and has won awards in International Film Festivals.

In spite winning many title awards, people admire his humbleness and helping nature towards others.   After winning the most coveted title of Mr. India Galaxy, Prakash adds, “I wish to thank everyone for giving me such a great opportunity to showcase my talent across the globe. It is a great moment of glory as I am honored at such a prestigious event in front of such illustrious guests. I look forward to using this opportunity to achieve greater heights and giving back to those who have showered their love on me and believed in me. I will utilize my achievements for the welfare of people in the world.

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CFDA discusses race issue in fashion

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Though strides have been made in recent years to address the lack of colour on the runways, race remains a touchy subject within the fashion industry.

In an effort to tackle the issue head on, the Council of Fashion designers of America (CFDA) held a panel discussion in New York recently on the subject led by industry activist Bethann Hardison. With heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Edward Emninful, casting director Anita Britton, Elle’s Samira Nasr and Laird+Partners’ Hans Dorsinville participating in the conversation, the scene was set for a lively exchange, through the resulting candid manner in which the talk played out.

“It has been something that concerns me as I grew up in the industry,” Hardison, a pioneer of diversity in fashion said at the discussion, according to a blog on the CFDA website.

“The fashion industry has struggled a great deal with diversity,” the former model added. “If television can be diversified, so can we.”

Hardison pointed to the late 1980s and early 1990s as a moment in fashion when the ethnic makeup of modeling began to diversify, but that didn’t last long, prompting Naomi Campbell and Talley to approach her with the plea to champion change. The first town hall meeting on the topic was held in 2007.

A takeaway was how different people have different takes on diversity, which can range from models and designers to age and size.

Bitton, a native of England, recalled how, when she started out back home, “It wasn’t a question of race but class. I came to New York very neutral and green. There’s a lot to be said for the word inclusive.”

Enninful said that when he plans a shoot, he looks for a character that fits the concept. “Beauty for me is beauty — whether it’s black or it is Asian, it doesn’t matter for me. I only use whoever is right for the story.”

Dorsinville said there is a “continuum” from runway to advertising—when it’s a mass brand, there is an opportunity to create a campaign feature a diverse group of multiple models, whereas a designer may just be looking for a face – a muse – to represent the brand, limiting options.

Gurung added that “Race is an issue that is not just in fashion. We need to address that immediately. As a designer, I want to work with the best girls, who are the best girls for me. Sometimes, an agent says ‘If you want this black girl, you have to use this white girl,’ whom I may not like.”

“Diversity, not just in race but also age and size, is very important to me,” he added.

Nasr, who is Lebanese and Trinidadian, said the issue of diversity reaches beyond models, and includes the designer community and other professional fashion environments. Addressing the audience, which also included models of diverse backgrounds and modeling agents, she noted, “This is most colorful room I ever seen in the fashion industry, and I want to say if we want to have change, we need to grow this room.”

British Fashion Council to help UK designers

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British designers selling pre collections in London next month will now have the backing of the British Fashion Council.

Pre collections have gathered momentum and play a vital role in the growth of fashion businesses with the selling period often lasting several weeks.

In a statement, the BFC said it will leverage interest from guests attending London Collections Men (12-15 June) in addition to driving womenswear buyers and press by throwing the spotlight on initiatives supporting pre collection activity from the June 15 to June 17.

“The designer fashion sector has responded to the demand for collections that fall outside the traditional spring/summer and autumn/winter period with collections that in some cases now account for up to 70 per cent of sales for some fashion brands. It’s important that we celebrate the designers that are selling pre collections in London and make it a date in the diary for press and buyers from all over the world,” Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC said.

Chair of the BFC press committee and editor-in-chief of 10 Magazine, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou has been spearheading the activity in her BFC role, added: “These collections often represent possibly the most commercially successful section of a designer’s collection. I really feel that trying to find a way to help showcase this effectively is the future of our fashion landscape, a new chapter of understanding how to build a commercially successful brand without compromising everything London fashion stands for: innovation and creativity uncompromised.”

Over the two days between June 15 and 16, in a collaboration with The Hoxton, the BFC will launch The Hoxton Collective, a brand new showroom in The Apartment at The Hoxton, Holborn. The showroom will feature a curated group of collections from ready-to-wear designers including Alexander Lewis, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida, Phoebe English and Zoë Jordan.

Designers including Alexander Lewis, Amanda Wakeley, Bora Aksu, Isa Arfen, Issa, Jonathan Saunders, OSMAN, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda, Roland Mouret and Rupert Sanderson will host showrooms, presentations and salon shows in what is to become a focal period for pre collections making it easier for buyers to do business in the capital.

MILAN FASHION WEEK – GUCCI – The Contemporary is the Untimely

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‘Those who  are truly contemporary are those who  neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demand s. In this se n se , they are never at home in the present moment . But precisely through this disconnect ion and this anachronism, they are more capable than  others of perceiving and grasping their own time . Contemporariness, the n , is that relationship with time that adheres to it through a disconnection.’ (G. Agamben)

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The Autumn/Winter collection for 2015 -16 explores the world through this disconnection.  It doesn’t limit itself to a simple recording of the present, rat her it embodies that elusive threshold between the ‘no longer’ and the ‘not yet.’  This is a threshold of temporal fluxes, where relics of the past merge with signs of the future. Within this frame, forgotten fragments become incorporated into new horizons of meaning: flowers borrowed from tapestries abandoned in old attics, birds embroidering precious promises of love inspired by Georgian atmospheres, pleated dresses whose folds over flow with memories. The collect ion celebrates untimely details, quintessential interferences, discrepancies and diachronies, which reclaim t heir discordance with the present in order to better comprehend the present itself.

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There is no room for consolatory nostalgia. Rat her t he need to affirm freedom. The freedom to revive stored-up possibilities. The freedom to construct new meanings at the intersect ion of diverging temporalities. The freedom to choose who you are, beyond what has already been dictated.

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The contemporary city as background: a place of unexpected events, rifts, remnants and amnesias. But above all it is a place for the mingling of reality and desire, testimonies and prophecies, traces of pre-existing worlds and glimmers of worlds in the making: the clues required to create new languages and to envisage new possibilities of existence.

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