Thursday, March 5, 2015

Press Preview: The Bene Collective Lounge at Bene Rialto during NYFW

If you are in the city or you are planning a visit, definitely make time to stop by Bene Rialto! I had the upmost pleasure of attending the Bene Collective Press Preview & Lounge during New York Fashion Week. I had such a great time, I hated to leave. I mean who can really get their fill of being pampered? I went up to the 3rd floor entering the spa like oasis.  Bene Rialto had different stations where you received a variety of treatments. I started mine at the Luluosophy who took me on a journey around the world with chocolate. I'm not a candy person, but I am a chocolate person and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. So tasty and so cute; it was a win, win.

From there I went to the Destiny Candle table. I sat down we exchanged pleasantries then she wanted to pour some of the liquid from the lit candle in my hand (yes, I said lit) promising it wouldn't burn. I was skeptical, but let it happen and you know what, I remained burn free. Turns out its not a candle per say, its made of oils that's perfect for moisturizing your skin or someone else's... Before I forget, the best part of this is that when you finish each candle there's an actual ring you can wear valued between $10 - $10,000! You can see some of them in the photo and yes there are gold ones too...

Next up, Key West Aloe and their luscious salt scrubs. I have a serious dry skin issue especially in the winter, so I'm always using a salt scrub in the shower once a week. What's fantastic about this brand is that the aloe helps protect it from being contaminated by bacteria. Being that the bathroom is a hot a damp place usually this was extremely beneficial for me to know and the sheer fact that the product was amazing! My hands were moisturized and felt so smooth; in case you were wondering I tried the coconut scent and it smelled delicious.

Now that my hands were properly moisturized it was a perfect time to stop by Jamberry nails. If you are not familiar with Jamberry they make nails stickers in basically any color, design or finish that you are craving to up your nail game. They last for about 2 weeks and they are so easy to apply. I chose a fun blue, green and gold diamond print to go with my already hunter green nail color.

My next stop is where I got something I desperately needed, my brows done by Wink! Believe it or not this was my first time getting my eyebrows threaded. I've always been more of a plucking & waxing girl. I was pleasantly surprised, it wasn't painful and they did a great job enhancing the shape without making them too thin. I definitely plan to go back. Eyebrows can change the entire look of your face, when you find somewhere you like you should stick with it.

Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to do everything like the makeup and hair although they seemed to be doing their best glam transformations on everyone that took a seat to be pampered. One of the most amazing products that I found over in this area was Color Wow. It's a temporary hair color product that you simply brush on your roots to cover up grays, roots, or even touch up highlights. The coolest part is it doesn't come off when you touch it, it looks natural, doesn't bleed onto your scalp and doesn't come out until you wash your hair. Pretty impressive stuff!

I got the chance to see it in action and the photo on the bottom left shows the dramatic change from grey back to brown.


My last and finale stop before leaving was with Black Lace Skin Jewelry. Black Lace Skin Jewelry recently feature on E! News, Today Show and others, takes temporary tattoos to the next level in artistic expression and in the level of quality. They were quite exquisite and very intricate. They also have gold and silver options if that's what you're into.

Image Source: Fashionable Petite 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Week: Zac Posen F/W 2015 Collection at New York Fashion Week

Well Zac has done it again! Another stunning collection full of chic evening wear, jackets and cocktail dresses. The setting was located in the timeless venue of Grand Central Station in Vanderbilt Hall with a cascading runway under the ever so lovely gold chandelier lights. As if the beauty of the clothes weren't enough, Naomi Campbell strutted down the catwalk in the phenomenal ball gown and once again with Zac Posen himself in the finale walk. Sigh, if I could be breathtaking as Naomi Campbell for just a day...

Fashion Week: Son Jung Wan Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week F/W 2015

Another show that debuted on Valentine's Day: Son Jung Wan, filled with romance partnered with a bit of glitz and glam. The metallics paired with the the bold orange and jewel tones were truly exquisite! Each time I see her collections, I can easily see the love she puts into her work along with the time in making outcome of the design impeccable. The collection was bold and playful with figure forgiving structure with looser fits and full coats.

More about the collection:
Inspired by the romantic MGM films of the 1950’s and the fashion photography of Gordon Parks the designer presented a collection best described as retro-meets-modern; chock-full of glamour with a touch of romance. Fabrics consisted of merino wool and handcrafted knits in unusual color combinations. Lively metallics, leather and multi-colored furs brought forth the relaxed yet chic mood of the era.
Standouts included wool coats in vibrant orange, adorned with either a fox fur collar, lamb fur details or beaver fur sleeves. Turquoise gaucho pants and voluminous skirts gave way to the finale look, a mint green, sequined cocktail dress, which references the effortless evening look of the fifties. A selection of menswear included cashmere and wool coats paired with rich colored trousers to complement the womens’ designs, exhibiting a cohesive line.

Collages images provided by photographer Rodin Banic

Fashion Week: The Super Hero Woman by Francesca Liberatore Fall 2015

This was my first time attending Francesca Liberatore's runway show and her second consecutive season at New York Fashion Week. As soon as it began you could definitely get a feel for the theme "The Super Hero Woman" with the use of flats, bags that look like shields and the stars on the fabric. The collection showcased a cool mix of everyday wear to formal wear. I liked the color palette for this; especially the gray, black, blue and purple on that fur vest! The vibe was more of an easy breezy on the go for the busy fashionista that saves the day and looks fabulous as she does it.

More about the collection:
Francesca’s Fall/Winter Collection brings to the catwalk a woman in evolution, divided between ordinary austerity, elegance and a provocative statement of a heroic ego in a moral quest for a courageous ideal. Strict tailoring, outerwear, precise lines and black and whites are deconstructed to provide a glimpse and then affirm prints akin to Medieval Knighthood, replete with strong fabrics, leather, furs, heavy jacquards and, for the first time, knitwear with the bold battle colors: red and silver.

The show featured styling by Joanne Blades, hair by Jorge Luis for Cutler, makeup by Fatima Thomas for MAC Cosmetics, shoes by Repetto and YIN, nails by Pattie Yankee and music by Ermal Meta. The show was produced by People’s Revolution and directed by Kelly Cutrone. Images by Getty.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fashion Week: Skingraft A/W15 Collection Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Skingraft, always a showstopper; using blacks, whites and creams as their base for their designs that could actually be worn during the unbearable temps we have been experiencing. Each season, Skingraft puts out an effortlessly cool collection that is a style of its own. The layering and draping of the scarfs and sweaters add a dramatic effect as the models glided down the runway. As always they used another amazing music mix followed by Marilyn Mason's The Beautiful People during the finale walk.

More about the collection:
The Autumn/Winter 2015 collection is inspired by young nomads trekking through the Peruvian mountains in search for new horizons. Also, inspired by the legends of alien activity around Peru, the new collection explores ideas of ancient and complex geometric patterns and brutal statue-like silhouettes.

Shearling. leather, silk, wool jersey, cashmere and hand woven tapestries equip the AW15 Skingraft nomad with a survivalist silhouette that remains soft and refined. The Skingraft AW15 show featured hair by Jon Reyman for Aveda, makeup by Kelly Thompson for Kryolan, casting by Anna Lev, nails by Pattie Yankee and styling by Joanne Blades. Images by Randy Brooke.

Fashion Week: HARBISON Fall/Winter 2015 at MADE Fashion Week

I took a trip downtown to the Standard Hotel making a cameo at MADE Fashion Week all for an up close and personal view of the HARBISON FW15 Collection. Although runway shows are exciting, its presentations that allow you a real look and experience with the clothing rather than a fleeting moment down the catwalk. It gives you a chance to admire and appreciate the detail and the beauty in even the simplest of designs. The collection was filled with whites, blacks, grays with pops of bold yellow and red color blocks. HARBISON gave off a sophisticated sporty vibe for their men and women ensembles, especially using footwear by Dr. Martens. I'm sure the models were happy with that choice.

More about the collection:
Comfort and classicism…filtered through a modernist lens. Brice Marden's rhythmic renderings, the optimism of “winter bright,” the gravity of Alexander Calder’s sculptures along Storm King’s landscape, the simplicity of a "90s" approach, not to mention Beverly Johnson's late-70s insouciance, all found its way onto the HARBISION FW15 mood board. It’s the "normal of now," if you will.

“Nothing has happened in the past... Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.” — Eckhart Tolle

HAIR: L’ANZA and Ammon Carver MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown NAILS: Priti NYC WATCHES: S-SERIES by G-SHOCK JEWELRY: PR Series / Pili Restrepo HATS: Helen Kaminski SHOES: Dr. Martens HOSIERY: HUE HANDBAGS: Graf & Lantz

Fashion Week: GEORGINE Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

One of the shows I'm always looking forward to is GEORGINE. For the upcoming fall/winter 2015 collection it was a parade of luxe 70s looks from the models heads to their feet! The show had so much energy and when you thought it was over, their were another set of models draped in fabulous furs. The collection was full of rich jewel tone hues mixed in with some metallics and of course some timeless black ensembles. 

Designer Georgine Ratelband continues to wow me with her beautiful creations. Each season her collections increase in beauty and really showcase what New York Fashion Week is all about: beauty and glam of course. The styling is always executed flawlessly, it transports you directly into the setting of her inspiration.

Video provided by Rightster & Images by MB Fashion Week

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fashion Week: IDAN COHEN Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

My Valentine's Day at the tents continued with its romantic theme with the AW15 collection by Idan Cohen. This was my first time attending one of his shows and I was wowed. The intricate beading, complex designs and delicate fabrics floated down the runway; it was a very glam collection! As a whole it felt vivacious and Jennifer Lopez-esque. I was lucky enough to score a front row seat, courtesy of People's Revolution. They treat me so well :)

More about the designer & collection:
Designer Idan Cohen, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is known in his home country for his bridal atelier and elegant, sensual eveningwear. On February 14th, the designer realized two of his dreams - marrying his partner Elad Borenstein at the first ever Fashion Week wedding, followed by his first ever fashion show in New York City. The wedding featured singing by “Nashville” duo Lennon & Maisy, who also sat front row at the show. 

Cohen’s inspiration for the collection was femininity, and the woman's body. The show featured hair by Marc Mena for Warren Tricomi, makeup by Regan Rabanal for MAC Cosmetics, styling by Masha Orlov, nails by Pattie Yankee and music by The Misshapes. Images by Randy Brooke

Fashion Week: Jay Godfrey Fall 2015 Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

If you were curious, attending the Jay Godfrey presentation was how I kicked off my Valentine's Day this year. Honestly, there could not have been a more perfect pairing. The clothes were full of whimsy and they brilliantly exuded the element of the day's theme, love. There wasn't an item in the collection that I did not like and that's rare to find. You could tell each piece was made with passion and precision; overall the Jay Godfrey Fall 2015 collection was lovely and elegant.

More about the collection:
The Jay Godfrey fall 2015 collection is an homage to the designer’s beginnings with a decidedly subversive takes on tailoring.  A deeply rooted love for Savile Row is demonstrated throughout a strong, feminine collection that includes luxurious albeit nonconformist takes on suitings, embellished tweeds, modern ultrasuedes, and metallic accented jerseys. Mood board inspirations look to glamorous references like 1970s YSL, British tailoring mavericks like Tommy Nutter and Ozwald Boateng, and counter culture icons like Sex Pistols manager Malcolm Mclaren.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fashion Week: August Getty Atelier Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The AW15 August Getty Atelier collection was all back everything and I loved it every moment of it! I found the collection to be rocker chic with its use leather, cut outs, lace and exceptional details throughout. This was August's second collection to be featured at New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. This was a more bold and edgy collection than his previous debut filled with delicate and sexy dresses. He's quickly turning into one of my most anticipated and favorite designers to experience during fashion week. 

More about the show:
The show featured hair by Eugene Souleiman, make-up by Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics, nails by Keri Blair for MAC Cosmetics, styling by Joanne Blades, casting by Julia Samersova/Cast Inc., music by Michel Gaubert (N.O.I.S.E.) and images provided by Firstview.

Fashion Week: KYE Fall 2015 Women’s & Men’s at New York Fashion Week

I've been a fan of KYE since the first time I saw her collection way back in Sept 2012 during the Concept Korea presentation. Her collections always have a cool edgy vibe with a hint of sophistication that recently caught the eye of Rihanna and landed 2 Chainz across from me at the show. So of course I was excited to see what she created for the upcoming Fall 15 line. KYE catches the symbols and images of luck - trump, fruits, tokens, 7s and slot machine emblems - with its usual sense of humor by displaying them on various parts of the collection.
More about the collection:
KYE presents different types of color palettes for various effects and introduces new techniques in pattern-making: the “grass” embroidery, acrylic studding and customized ribbing. Materials also reveal diverse sources, including manipulated velvet, cotton, faux fur and denim. KYE delivers the fashion’s symbol for the losers by offering new retro styling in contrast to its usual experimental offerings in previous collections. Perhaps, this points to KYE’s new direction in its fashion business.

The show featured music by The Misshapes, styling by Lysa Cooper, makeup by Dick Page for Shiseido, hair by Matthew Curtis for TRESemme and nails by Rose Velez-Miggins for Tat’z Nail’z. All images by Randy Brooke
Above: Cristen & Nigel Barker - 2 Chainz - Kathleen Kye - Leigh Lezark (The Misshapes)
Below: Images from Backstage prep before showtime