Rootstein Mannequins Presents The Blonds: A Retrospective

New York Fashion Week kicked off with a bang at the Rootstein Mannequin launch party of The Blonds’ most iconic celebrity ensembles. The Blonds are known best for dressing starlets in gem-encrusted bodysuits, crystal corsets, and mini-dresses lavishly embellished with stars, chains, spikes, and sequins. You can catch celebrities like Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus donning the brand at red carpet events.

The sky is the limit for this designer—as long as fun and rock and roll are incorporated in the extravagant details. At the event, each corner had mannequins scattered in various poses. Some of them looked so lifelike it was a bit eerie! The fashion crowd that attended arrived dressing every bit chic and sipped on “The Blondini” cocktails all night surrounded by the mannequins.

Venexiana Shows Off Evening Gown Variety

Gown after gown, dress after dress marched down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during Venexiana’s spring/summer show. Turquoise, tangerine, periwinkle and pink florals all colored the dresses in such a cheerful manner—ready for the sunshine and outdoor awards festival season coming next year. Although there were a large amount of gorgeous red-carpet dresses, I have watched plenty of Project Runway episodes to know that this line needed to be edited down (thanks for the insight, Tim Gunn!) because there ended up being 73 different looks. After a while, you start losing the “ooh” and “ahhh” from the audience because the show kept going on and on. Despite the length, Venexiana put together a drop-dead gorgeous show that celebrities and their stylists will be clamoring to buy this spring/summer time. Check it out in the video!

Joanna Mastroianni Brings Flirty Dresses to the Runway

Inspired by the architecture of Gaudi (see images of his work here), Joanna Mastroianni designed a beautiful collection full of black, white, Mediterranean blue with tangerine pops. Her cocktail dresses had everything from A-line cuts to one-shoulder caftans over skinny jeans. The sweetheart dresses had impeccable tailoring and even hand-sewn embroidery. Transparent tops brought on the sex appeal making this flirty line not just for girls. It is a younger market fashion line, but held every aspect of sophistication. Each detail was well thought out and perfectly placed. Models strut down the runway as TLC’s “No Scrubs” started jamming from the speakers.  I’d wear her pieces to a cocktail party, date or a gala event.

GORGEOUS! See for yourself in the below video.

For more, see www.JoannaMastroianni.com

Step into the Ring at Zimmermann’s “Ringmaster” Fashion Show

Elegance, classicism, femininity with a rural touch are just a few ways to describe the Zimmerman collection. High end ready to wear with sophisticated draping is what the two Australian designers are best known for—and Nicky & Simone Zimmermann proved it to be true at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

With a very complex show of juxtaposition between fabrics and the different shapes, this season Zimmermann went with a theme called “The Ringmaster,” in which the proportions “defied gravity” with buoyant, coated fabrications floating like puffs of air around the body. Holding true to the theme, soft silhouettes flowed with each step—but sharp asymmetrical cuts and plunging necklines kept the line modern and fresh. Color is injected as though looking at old photographs; dreamy, feminine hues softening a bold base of black and white.

I fell in love with this collection, and not just because of the romanticism it portrayed. The colors, the styling, the movement of the fabrics, the creative structures: all create a gorgeous fashion line that I want to be seen in. Congratulations to the designers for a wonderful spring/summer show!

For more of Zimmermann, check out www.Zimmermannwear.com

Candela Brings Nautical Glamour to Fashion Week

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Gabriela Perezutti brought on her Uruguay roots at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week when presenting her Candela line at The Box. Long, straight silhouettes graced the models for the Fall/Winter 2013 season. This time around, Candela decided to go the nautical route. Strategically positioned throughout the quaint room—journalists and spectators were able to meander paying close attention to each intricate detail involved in the looks.

As a collection—this has to be one of my favorites so far. The feminine touches and beachside elegance made it a desirable line for all women. The soft silhouettes and quirky details made each look appropriate for summer sunset walks as well as cocktail parties. Both casual chic and glamour—Candela has set the perfect setting for Spring/Summer 2014.