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It's almost that time again! Don't forget to get your tickets for the flavor packed food and wine festival in Greenwich. This year the line up of chefs, restaurants and musical performances (Tim McGraw) are sure to delight the crowd. Why should you miss out on this amazing weekend full of fun and deliciousness! Click here for more details and ticket info.

Being a NYC resident summer time is all about getting out of the city and living that Hamptons life. One of the best events to capture that feel is at James Beard Foundation's Chefs and ChampagneJBF's year-long "Rise" celebration—a salute to the countless ways our food community rises to meet the world’s challenges and makes it a more delicious, diverse, and sustainable place for all. It was a beautiful day to be surrounded by endless champagne and food from top chefs around the country. This annual culinary highlight of the Hamptons summer season will showcase chefs who embody the leadership and commitment that JBF supports everyday through its many programs including Awards, Women’s Leadership, Impact programs, and Scholarship, including announcement of the 2018 recipient of Christian Wölffer Scholarship at Chefs & Champagne. This years honoree was the lovely Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Bravo’s James Beard Award–winning and Emmy award–winning Top Chef, food expert, model, actress, and best-selling author.

The name MEI LI is derived from the Mandarin word for “Beautiful”. The San Francisco-based MEI LI team of James, Akiko and Olivia sought to make a line of handbags and leather goods for women designed to be beautiful and elegant on the outside, smart and  functional on the inside, and effortlessly styled for day or night. 

Often, handbags look great on the outside, but on the inside, it’s like a black hole for belongings. At best, it’s muddled odd sized pockets that serve no real use. Standing at the intersection of fashion and function, MEI LI is the solution to this problem. Their genuine leather handbags - the crossbody, medium tote and large tote - are perfect for keeping your daily essentials in order, no matter where you go. Organization is built into every item in the MEI LI line providing seamless function inside every beautiful bag. 

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve lost your keys or your phone. Or fumbling to find your lipstick. With key straps, card holders, zippered pockets, and secure closures, all of our MEI LI bags put an end to frustrated fumbling. And they protect belongings from theft or loss in transit.

MEI LI totes cater to technology driven lifestyles with thoughtfully designed, custom sized inner compartments to protect tablets, eReaders, laptops and important paperwork. There’s even a designated water bottle compartment - no more worries about tipping and spilling. Whether for a night out or a night at the gym, the largest MEI LI tote offers enough space for a change of clothes making it the ultimate daily companion for a modern woman’s busy lifestyle.

Min Crossbody

Only from MEI LI. The Min Crossbody was inspired by the idea that a crossbody bag could hold and do more. Featuring an inner key ring an inner zippered pockets, this bag is structured to securely hold all of your essentials. The flap and lock easily opens up for quick access to the contents inside, while concealed magnetic buttons on the back fuse with the Mei Li magnetic wallet allowing your full-size wallet to become a part of your crossbody.

Lian Medium Tote
The Lian tote reimagines the daily handbag for the modern woman. The intentional compartments, key ring, and internal and external pockets make it the perfect busy life companion, while the premium Nappa leather and luxe design make it a style icon. Sized perfectly for work and business dinners, the Lian is our most versatile design.

Compartment/Holders for: up to a 12 inch slim laptop, an iPad/tablet/Kindle, Computer accessories, umbrella, water bottle, cables and earphones & cellphone.

Lily Large Tote

The Lily tote reimagines the work tote for the modern woman. With the same amazing features of Lian, the Lily tote expands on that innovative design by just adding more room. Designed with the woman who needs it all in mind, the Lily tote has space for not just your everyday essentials, but for items like gym shoes and binders. For a woman who has a lot to fit into her day, the Lily is spacious enough to carry everything she needs to get through it.

Compartments/Holders for: 15 inch thin laptop, 
an iPad/tablet/Kindle, Computer accessories, umbrella, water bottle, cables and earphones & cellphone.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign for more & a video of these stylish and functional bags here!

The inspirations for Kristina Fidelskaya’s new Ready-to-Wear collection are multiple: a touch of androgyny in reference to Bowie coming out of the Carlyle Hotel in New York in the 70s, the nonchalance of Parisian women walking down the Avenue Hoche in the 90's blended with the timeless and chic simplicity of Elsa Peretti for Halston. And of course, the presence of the signature Kristina Fidelskaya dress coat.

A collection with a touch of Montana, with its oversize shoulders, its precise silhouettes that mark and draw the waist, in a spirit of deconstruction, soft tailoring and natural elegance. Geoffrey Beene's graphic line blends into the fluid movement of the silk fringes of the 1970s. A resolutely elegant wardrobe, easy to wear, but also and above all timeless, punctuated with coated shearling and silk mousseline fil coupe, for a cocooning effect.

Throughout the silhouettes, there is comforting pure cashmere mixed with laminated cotton, dry wool and silk, inspired by the colors and textures of the work of Alberto Burri on the combustion of vinyl, which one imagines taking life on a Stella Tennant.

We also can feel this signature, on the glossy gabardines for an ultra-soft touch, in the ebony black metallic jersey, the matt papery leather and the fluid silk fringes.

Kristina succeeds a mixture of idealized past and assumed modernity, a revisited search for lost past, for a strong, rebellious woman who can let go when she decides, and only then, the soft flaw of an immaculate white mousseline. 

Last Thursday, renowned celebrity graffiti artist, Alec Monopoly, celebrated his 32nd Birthday party as well as his exclusive representation by Eden Fine Art with the opening of his latest exhibition at the SoHo based gallery.  The show was primarily inspired by Robert De Niro’s films (including Heat, Godfather, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, among others), as well as his signature muse: the Monopoly Man.

Alec Monopoly is the alias of the unidentified art provocateur who never reveals his face.  This marks the native New Yorker’s first NYC-based exhibit in over 10 years.  He first gained notoriety after the 2008 market crash, and is well-known for his meta-narrative exploring socio-politics and iconic pop culture characters in urban spaces.  More recently, he has collaborated with names like Madonna and AVICII and brands including Philipp Plein and Tag Heuer.

The party, which unveiled over 25 new pieces of art, also featured impromptu dance performances throughout the 4-level gallery, sounds by celebrity DJs Alexandra Richards and Alix Brown, food trucks serving savory fries out of Monopoly-inspired top hats, and a custom designed graffiti cake.  

Notable attendees included: The Clermont Twins, Julia Fox, Niki Takes, Nicole Pollard, Logan Horne, Ezra J William, Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), Alex Carapetis, Oskar Metsavaht, Vika Levina, Riccardo Ambrosio, and Alex Ordonez.

Eden Fine Art is an international gallery owned by Cathia Klimovsky.  Founded in Jerusalem in 1997, there are now 10 galleries in the world’s most prime art locations including New York, San Francisco, London, and St Barth.

Photo Credit: Gallery: Eden Fine Art www.eden-gallery.co Artist: alecmonopoly.com 

Mac Duggal is a brand that inspires princess day dreams. The garments are so luxe and beautiful in each collection. The styling was perfectly paired to accentuate and compliment the styles with free flowing curls and glam head pieces, smokey eyes and bold lips. Its not hard to see why it draws a crowd season after season...

More about the designer:
Mac Duggal brand is positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections driven by Designer Mac Duggal’s artistic, modern and luxurious design with couture-inspired t and sizing.

Born in India, designer Mac Duggal’s enthusiasm for women’s couture fashion was honed at an early age when he began to merge the rich, royal history and opulent traditions of his native land with a sophisticated and contemporary design aesthetic.
Today the Mac Duggal Design House continues to showcase seasonal collections known for their statement and entrance-making drama, feminine detailing and modern sensibility. From couture one-of-a-kind styles fabricated for red carpet, performance, stage and screen to cocktail dresses and gowns to mark special occasions and milestone moments – every Mac Dug- gal design is a timeless and ageless fashion statement that defines every stage of a woman’s life and fashion lifestyle.

Leena & Mac Duggal
Holy Mountains : A Journey Through Peru
Inspired by their sourcing trip in the Puno region last year, Nicholas K partnered with the trade commission of Peru in New York to return and capture the rich surroundings of the sacred valley, the highlands and Lake Titicaca.  Tranquil stays Ateco hotels, el Albergue and Colca lodge, and a visit to Pacomarca, a sustainable alpaca farm, delivered a soulful and fervent journey. 

Since moving to a new visceral format for fashion week, the brand creates their visuals with destinations aligned with their focus on sustainability. 

“Creativity should be an elevating force. Peru is rich with artisanal traditions, beautiful cottons and the world’s leading luxury fiber, alpaca del Peru. This trip is a journal of the land, people and our pursuit of conscious design. It’s fulfilling to share this journey with partners that strive for development that pachamama would bless- prosperity of people, culture, and environment. Nods to the film holy mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky intertwine a modern edge and rebellious turn from destructive commercialism. 

“The rising stone facades and sprawling grass fields of the Peruvian highlands deliver a palette of clay,sage, totora, coca leaf, sienna, stone. The traditional qorillazos, morochucos and chalans of Peru fused with the surreal visuals of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s the holy mountain inspired layered silhouettes of mantas and ponchos, flared and skirted pants, short and long tops and oversized dresses meant to be layered with pants that could fasten to a slimmer silhouette; all complimented with the traditional elongated Andean Bowler style hats. 

“Our quest to craft products that nurture our customers, our partners and the environment led us to undyed natural colored alpaca fiber. We were able to visit Pacomarca, whose mission is to increase genetic diversity and save the naturally colored animals, and secure access and continued development of this scarce resource. Due to commercial pressures for dye-able yarn the colored stocks dwindled as local herders focused on breeding white alpacas.” 

Nicholas K will be working on an exclusive project to produce the now rare natural black alpaca fiber to highlight its superior qualities and ultimately to ensure balanced demand.

This FW18’ Ready-To-Wear collection brought a revised and an amped array of styles to the table. This collection is definitely one for a power woman on the go, who is seeking out signature coats with transformable details and exquisite furs; shawls with textured material, raincoats that are reversible and trimmed with fox, sleek styles inspired by Aspen meets Street Lux. Romeo Hunte’s signature styles have been seen worn by celebrities like Halle Berry, Zendaya, Beyoncé, and Victor Cruz, who appreciate high-quality craftsmanship that is produced locally.

ROMEO HUNTE NEW YORK the brand is a definitive street luxury brand created for all women. It is a line that is cool, conservative and intricate with a balance of feminine and masculine. Powerful and impeccable outerwear such as the signature buffalo check shawl, which is transformed in PVC and wool materials, is representative of the core elements of the Romeo Hunte brand. The vision is to create modern classic apparel that is luxurious, transitional and transformable at a contemporary price point.

Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). Concept Korea began in the spring of 2010, and this F/W 2018 season marks the organization’s seventeenth time showing at New York Fashion Week. I have been attending Concept Korea shows since 2012 and I'm still full of excitement each season to see the creative and unique designers chosen to showcase their collections.

Since 2009, designer Younhee Park has captured the authenticity of haute couture but with an eye on sustainability. Describing the look as ‘futuristic modernity’, Park creates a feminine look with masculine undertones that manages to be both classic and directional. GREEDILOUS has grown into a global brand loved by celebrities and influencers worldwide. The brand has participated in Paris’s Who’s Next, Seoul’s Generation Next and NYC’s Capsule and Coterie tradeshows. Most notably, the designer was nominated for the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize.

Lee Chung Chung was born and raised in Seoul to renowned designer parents who founded the legendary Korean fashion house LIE SANGBONG. Commencing his design career in menswear on the famed Savile Row under the guidance of the celebrated menswear designer Oswald Boateng, Chung solidified his tailoring skills, which eventually led to launching his own line. Upon the introduction of his first collection, Chung received critical acclaim by notable fashion magazines such as Vogue UK and GQ UK followed by multiple awards including two consecutive “Winner of Ones to Watch” awards in 2010 and 2011 by Vauxhall Fashion Scout, “Bright Young Things” by Selfridges, and “Menswear Designer” award given by Fashion’s Finest Awards in 2011. Since its launch, LIE has grown to include two free standing stores in Korea, multiple pop-up shops throughout Asia and a permanent section in the flagship LIE SANGBONG Concept store in New York’s Meatpacking District. The line is distributed across the globe including select boutiques, specialty shops and department stores.

Fashion, feminism, and politics have always been heated territory. This year, amidst political upheaval, social strife, and natural devastation (globally, but also locally on the sunny Island of Puerto Rico) perhaps we can say that Mother Nature and Women have had it. For 2018, Stella wishes to highlight the one positive movement which has been gaining much strength: the new wave of women's rights. Stella's Fall/Winter 2018 collection aims to give power to the phrase "FEMINIST BUT FEMININE."
Stella imagines a confident woman who is not afraid to embrace her sexuality and who claims the respect she deserves. "Clothing is a way of expression, but you should not have to sacrifice your feminine essence for the world. Girly and feminine can be strong." Sheerness, lace, feathers, and soft silhouettes can be embraced by the woman of the 21st century who knows her rights and her capacities. Maybe we must seek to effect change not by challenging contemporary fashion ideals of femininity, but by conforming to them.
"There is some black in this fall/winter collection, however, colors predominate. That is how life should be..." says Stella Nolasco. "When my home was flooded, all of the plants in my garden died. One plant survived, however - the "Red Kiss Rex Begonia," whose leaves are red and heart shaped. This inspired the last group of the collection, which is composed of richly textured pieces in red tones."
Stella was working on her S/S 2018 collection before the hurricane hit the island, and her Spring fashion show was scheduled for the third week of October. Not only was Stella's home flooded, many of her seamstresses lost everything and her studio in San Juan still to this day must run a power generator as they have no electricity. From what she was able to rescue, Stella has created a F/W 2018 collection which was presented during the runway show at NYFW. 
Stella is collaborating with Foundation for Puerto Rico to spread the message of awareness as well as donating a significant part of the collection shown on Feb.8th, to be auctioned off at a later date benefiting the cause.

See full collection >> Here --- Photos by Zimbio
The second showcase of Global Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week presented the work of progressive cutting-edge designers. Their experimental F/W 18 collections create powerful messages by the influence of personal and artistic expression. 'Conceptual Artistry' is an avant-garde selection of conceptual work with an haute couture feel.

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To begin the show with a bang, the sound of military drums blasted through the space. NiuNiu Chou of Chinese brand MRHUA MRSHUA presented a feast for the eyes with the 'Vintage Soldier' collection, a Military styled colour collision with Pop Art fabric dyeing. Fitted tailored pieces adorned with lace, tassels, and embroidery, featured unique patterns and vibrant clashing colours. Gold buckles, plaited aguiliette rope, and toy soldier hats invoked feelings of playfulness. A salute to psychedelic soldiers, a strong collection with brilliant visual appeal.

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Canadian designer Kirsten Ley's eponymous label features designs carefully crafted with a deep consciousness embracing the natural female form. The artistic collection NERŌ explores the concept of abandoning the fear of death and yearning for the afterlife. NERŌ highlights the exquisite and undeniable dichotomy of beauty and destruction with hard and soft surfaces in the collection's textiles. A dark feminine energy was expressed with deep greens and inky blacks. The interplay between sculptured leather pieces and ruffled textile manipulations was balanced with fitted midi skirts and straight leg pants. A long length jacket with fitted leather bodice and sizeable fur sleeves made a bold statement.

Kim Tiziana Rottmülle

More about the collection:
German designer Kim Tiziana Rottmüller's signature is provocation in a feminine but playful way. The collection BITTERSWEET is a fusion of the concepts 'Prison' and 'Barbie'. The designs are an artistic interpretation of a person wishing to break free from mental constriction, looking to the invisible prisons that exist only in people's minds. Volume and shape have influenced the designs, with oversized cylinders adorning the sleeves and an iron skirt representing the cage. A collection with impact, there was dramatic contrast in the large solid shapes and soft knitted textures. A minimal colour combination of black and pale pink symbolizes the aspects bitter and sweet.

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