Style & Champagne at Milk

New York City hadn’t seen a rainstorm quite like it had on Thursday in a while. It didn’t weary the guests that attended the Michel COMTE and MILK collaboration: A Collaboration 1996-2016, not one bit. After mixing and mingling with others at the event, it was hardly a blur of people. Instead, it was incredibly refreshing to see each person’s unique personality and style stand out—the perfect mix of individuals that were not going to let a few rain clouds take away their shine. Take a peek at the photos of the grand opening party—and be sure to stop by Milk to see the exhibit!

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.

Fashion Month Comes to an End: My Recap

And just like that, Fashion Month has flown by! From New York to Paris– the fall/winter 2015 season is looking cozy and eccentric with a wide assortment of looks that we’re all sure to be flaunting in one way or another. This semester has been keeping me on my toes with exciting new adventures between all the work and school that has been on my plate. Despite these detours, I was still able to still catch shows during New York Fashion Week. This week I’ll be recapping a few of my adventures at the shows.

Daniel Silverstain’s presentation in SoHo was first destination this season. The pop-up space was brimming with glasses full of white wine and a crowd waiting to be seen.  When the music stopped the crowd became hushed. The cameras clicking furiously were the only sounds until the first model rounded the corner and the music resumed. Model by model walked the runway and at the end lined up against the wall for onlookers to take closer views at each look. Silverstain’s fall/winter collection boasts of a punk-villain vibe. It’s hard edge looks have a “I’m going to a concert” look but the sharp tailoring speaks of a cool action figure that has super powers– hence the bold, bright pops of green and blue. A very specific group of women would wear his fall/winter line. My favorite was the emerald/black dress with feathers on the shoulders. Just the right amount of feminine and tough touches.

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Trickponi Pop-Up Shop Hits the Bowery

Last night I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the Trickponi pop-up shop at the Open Gallery. Trickponi, a highly acclaimed fashion boutique that pops up in the Middle East seasonally, is launching its first-ever highly anticipated retail experience in the United States.

Today marks the opening day to shoppers for their goodies displayed at the Bowery in NYC. Founded by Sara Al-Ajroush, Trickponi  is showcasing Middle Eastern designers, such as Noura Al Shaik, LaSuna, Arwa Jewlery, and more, and New York based designers, such as Katie Gallagher, DEGEN among others, for a mix of fashion influences from across the globe. This East meets West experience is both eclectic and beautiful. The curated pieces of the event are perfectly on point, as it mixes whimsical designs, pretty prints, in addition to modern sleek cuts. There’s a little something for every woman in this quaint little venue.

My partner in crime, a.k.a. my roommate, joined me to discover the gems hidden around the store while we jammed out to the DJ’s music and sipped on champagne. Take a look through the pictures to see the treasures we discovered. Better yet, pop-in to the pop-up shop this week before it closes! Trickponi is open starting today (go now!) through April 27th at 355a Bowery (between 3rd and 4th street), NYC.

For a great meal afterwards, stop by Gemma at the Bowery Hotel which is right next door– the prosciutto pizza and tiramisu are to die for!

New Obsessions from NYFW

One of the greatest opportunities at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is discovering new designers. It’s like finding a hidden treasure and being able to share it with your friends. Such a win! This season I was lucky to be able to discover many new, talented designers and brands. Let me give you the rundown of some of my favorites.

Georgine

Photos by John Aquino, on WWD

Immediately after the show I wanted to buy literally EVERY piece in Georgine’s collection. It was stunning. Think old Hollywood glamour meets 2014. Leather dresses, leather leggings, and leather skirts. Yes, please! I am loving the leather trend.  It was sophisticated, sexy and seductive. The luxurious pieces, over-sized cashmere coats included, were perfectly tailored and flattering.

Meskita

Photos by Blaire Brown

Designer Alessandra Meskita brought the most innovative and forward-thinking show that I’ve been to in a long time. At first I was skeptical of her many looks that included neoprene. Neoprene is the material used on wetsuits, in case you’re not a textile major.  I was wrong. Look after look (42 looks, to be exact) came down the runway with a chic, glamorous appeal. Her coats were draped flawlessly; then the show transitioned into sophisticated cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, bomber jackets, and leather corsets. I loved this show because Meskita used new materials which gave her line a futuristic feel. I’d love to try one of the neoprene ensembles myself. She made it interesting and incredibly tasteful, which is not an easy task to accomplish. I can’t wait to see what else is in store with this designer!

Mathieu Mirano

Photos by Blaire Brown

Meowwww! It felt like Cat-Woman’s stylist was present at the show because look after look strut down the runway in sexy, seductive leather pieces. Motorcycle jackets paired with skirts, sleek dresses and trenches made their marks. The Parsons grad broke up the dark color palette with copper rose metallics and winter whites. Mirano has a true talent for being able to combine quality, tailored and detailed pieces with the perfect balance of soft femininity and hard structure. Beautiful.

Walking Down the Aisle

Leanne Marshall, Project Runway season 5 winner, put on a gorgeous bridal show at Helen Mills on Sunday afternoon. The air was freezing cold and snow was fresh on the ground, yet the crowd still trekked into the venue ready to see a beautiful line of bridalwear.

For all of you that are engaged (or Pinterest-ing your future wedding anyway!) Leanne put on quite the show. Her effortless, laidback glamour style shone through exponentially. Each dress floated down the runway with ease and grace. Want to look like a princess on your special day? This is the line for you. The true showstopper was the final look: the flowing, blush pink gown. Just breathtaking.

Fun fact: sitting in the audience, one of the Baldwin brothers was checking out the show. You can spot him in the background of a few pictures– think of it as a Where’s Waldo? Baldwin edition. Can you spot him?  I also bumped into my friend Brittany from Chic Galleria, so we took advantage of the photo op together! xoxo

Shoe Heaven in the Empire Hotel

Forget diamonds—shoes are a girl’s best friend. Isa Tapia held a presentation of her phenomenal shoe line this afternoon in an intimate setting in the quarters of the Empire Hotel.  My fabulous fashion stylist friend, Liz Teich, and I were in shoe heaven. Tapia has created a line for every occasion—whether you need a classic pump, to a statement piece, it’s all there. The shoes are crafted beautifully to such full extent of detail. Absolute perfection. Take a peek at her line and let me know what you think! Shoes will be in stores starting in August.