Sunday, September 27, 2009

City Harvest Charity Event and the Grand Opening of La Pomme

Royal Pain's Reshma Shetty

Boola & Mitsue
Photos courtesy of Workhouse PR

The last night of Fashion Week, September 17th, was a fun one, with a special City Harvest Charity Event during the grand opening celebration of La Pomme (37 West 26th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue).

The event was hosted by Royal Pains star Reshma Shetty. A one hour open bar was sponsored by Pama and Sagatiba and music was provided by DJ Claudius Raphael.

Guests enjoyed drinking and dancing for a great cause! Upon a $5 donation, guests also received a fabulous gift bag.

City Harvest
is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City, through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

- Kim Weling

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MCM New York Collection Launch at Saks Fifth Avenue

Coco Rocha

Rain, Coco Rocha, Sung Joo Kim, Terron Schaeffer

Jessica White

Alexis Phiffer
Photos courtesy of Factory PR

On September 15th 2009, MCM, the luxurious and classic European handbag, luggage and accessories brand, celebrated the launch of its New York Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue. The Manhattan-inspired collection is exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue and the MCM boutique at The Shops at The Plaza.

Handbag and shoe designer Joy Gryson collaborated with MCM to design the New York Collection, which retails from $695 to $2800.

The MCM New York Collection launch was hosted by supermodel Coco Rocha and Terron Schaeffer (Group SVP, Saks). New York's fashion and social elite was in attendance, including Sung Joo Kim (CEO of MCM), Fern Mallis (VP IMG), actress and model Lydia Hearst, Joy Gryson, Jessica White (current girlfriend of Sean Penn), model Julie Henderson, designers Alexis Phiffer and Kai Milla, Korea's pop sensation Rain and socialites Anne Dexter-Jones and Emma Snowden-Jones.

DJ Harley Viera Newton had guests feeling the beats, while enjoying 42 Below signature vodka cocktails.

- Kim Weling

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Allude Spring 2010

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If it's one thing I look forward to wearing in colder weather, it's cashmere. Although you may not think to wear cashmere in the spring, you may change your mind when you see what's in store for Allude Spring 2010.

The cashmere is so lightweight and versatile, you can layer and mix and match colors. Sheer sweater dresses are paired with matching or color contrast open cardigans, with high waisted cashmere underwear worn underneath. I'm not normally drawn to pastels but the palette is perfect for the luxe fabric - pale pink, soft hues of green, blue and purple. I love how the wide belt completes the look, accentuating the waist.

- Kim Weling

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Essie Weingarten at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Lounge

I spent a few moments backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Lounge with nail polish innovator Essie Weingarten of essie, the authority in nail color and care.

Inspired by the 2010 E-Class vehicles, Mercedes-Benz teamed up with Essie to create a limited edition nail color Capri Blue. Capri Blue is the newest addition to a few other Mercedes-Benz inspired colors - Mars Red, Safet-E, Palladium Silver, Black Series and Diamond White.

If you are looking for this color it would be very hard to come by. VIPs attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park are able to get their hands on Capri Blue, as well as the following salons - Samuel Shriqui, OC 61 and Kay Runn Hirsch.

- Kim Weling

Essie Weingarten talks about the exclusive Capri Blue, and shares nail tips

Toni Francesc Spring / Summer 2010

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Water's Mood

The collection is inspired by the poetry of water.

If we move away from the aesthetic and artistic view of water, a range of bluish shades appears contrasted with mauves, showing the way water shines with rays of light. Khaki, sandy shades come from lakes and ponds, and whites, greys and blacks show the colourless quality of water.

Vaporous materials, like silk, worked based on pleats, draping and superimposition, sketch the enveloping silhouette of a dreamy, sophisticated woman.

By contrast rigid materials, like cotton, are handled with clean, simple cuts highlighting the female body. Using details and refined pattern work, they are garments for a sophisticated, sober woman who likes to take risks.

Toni Francesc Spring/Summer 2010 is my favorite collection this spring season. It was refreshing and impressive - each piece is a work of art. I am really impressed with the draping and the way volume is added to each piece without making it appear frumpy. You can really see the effort that went into this collection. The dresses are gorgeous and move with such fluidity. The separates are modern, classy and elegant. I can just imagine how well these pieces would elongate a petite figure such as mine. Take a look at the video clip, as there are some images not shown that are amazing.

- Kim Weling

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Tibi Spring 2010

Designer Amy Smilovic debuted her Spring 2010 collection for Tibi at the tents and sent her models strutting down the runway to the all-time classic tune “Sweet Child of Mine”; and the line was indeed just that: sweet, youthful and of course, unforgettable.

Showcasing 36 looks, Smilovic infused the line with airy, easy-flowing silhouettes in a light, pastel color palette for a truly ethereal collection. Overarching ideas included bias cut dresses, floral splashes and watercolor imagery in contrasting pop colors, high waists and high hemlines, and of course, one of the season’s most popular trends, the exaggerated, defined shoulder. Each look was accessorized with minimalistic, strappy nude or electric blue sandals and no jewelry to keep the emphasis on the clothes.

The entire collection was beautifully, tastefully done and it is difficult to pick a single favorite look; however, my favorites did include a lavender silk cami paired with a 3-D ruffled violet skirt, the silk ¾ sleeve jackets, which were the perfect piece to pull together any of the outfits, and a black and white graphic-printed sheath with exaggerated sleeve (a little reminiscent of a dress Marc Jacobs did a couple seasons back..)

All in all, it was a great show of clean, feminine looks that Tibi has become known for throughout the years, and come spring of next year, it will send us running to the stores for those sherbet minis and sexy, silky gowns.

- Stephanie Wu

Geren Ford Spring 2010

Left: Teal tie waist jumper, grey charmeuse blazer, fuchsia paillette obi belt, untanned skin rivet heel, and gold flat stone grate ring
Center: Hibiscus grommet tank, elephant suede mini, ecru dots obi belt, blue collar heel and gunmetal flat stone grate ring
Right: French blue flutter arm mini, untanned skin rivet heel, and long open square necklace and gold deep grate ring

Left: Melon gather shoulder dress, untanned skin collar heel, gold short open square necklace and gold deep stone grate ring
Second from left: Chambray western oxford, elephant suede mini, elephant hole punch obi belt, blue collar heel and gunmetal/black open circle necklace
Second from right: Silver pleated up sheath, black collar heel, gold deep stone grate ring and open pyramid necklace
Right: Grey tie waist dress, warm grey paillette obi belt and black rivet heel

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Geren Ford Spring 2010 is inspired Geren Lockhart's trip to South America 4 years ago. Lockhart uses silk in a plethora of vibrant colors including teal, hibiscus, blue, fuchsia, bright green and melon, as well as multi ikat, purple dots, flag ink splat and tiger ikat prints, and leather and suede in black and grey.

Throughout the collection, you'll see jumpers, elephant suede minis with obi belts, dresses and gowns.

Take a look at my interview with Geren, as she talks further about her spring collection, the jewelry used on the runway and recommendations for a petite frame.

- Kim Weling

Rachel Bilson at the Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TRESemmé Lounge

Rachel Bilson and model Ronnie Kroell,
runner up from Season One of Make Me a Supermodel

On Tuesday, September 15th, Rachel Bilson stopped over at the
TRESemmé Lounge right before attending the Brian Reyes show. She looked gorgeous in a Brian Reyes dress.

TRESemmé is partnering with Conde Nast for an exciting new “Steal the Show” campaign with Rachel Bilson, giving readers the inside scoop on hair-to-toe trends, debuting in November.

TRESemmé proudly sponsored and created hair looks for the Tracy Reese, Whitney Eve, Mara Hoffman, Nicholas K. and Brian Reyes shows.

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010, attendees who stopped by the lounge got goodie bags filled with TRESemmé products, including their #1 selling Vitamin E Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner and Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray. The lounge offered dry styling and touch ups to attendees(tip: your best chance of getting your hair blown out or curled is to go early in the morning to beat the crowd!)

- Kim Weling

Monday, September 14, 2009

Inside Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010

Here's a look inside Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010

MCM bags and luggage on display

Jewelry by Lulu Frost

At the first season of the Maybelline Lounge.

Each day during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, attendees were able to choose a Maybelline lipstick or mascara as featured at the lounge. I foucsed on the mascaras - Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara, Lash Stiletto, The Colossal Volum' Express and Define-A-Lash. Can't wait to see which mascara I like the best!

- Kim Weling

Gottex Spring 2010

'The Gottex Spring 2010 Collection takes a modern direction without forskaing its DNA. The collection is an exploration in the fusion of technology and luxury. Statement pieces range from artisistic hand-crafted details to imaginative prints with a finely tuned color palette. Innovative fabrics such as laminated tulle, plasticized lycra and laser cut jewel-like embellishments can be seen throughout. A new interpretation of swimwear and beachwear.'

The swimear is revealing and sexy, especially the high waist bottoms, so be prepared to show a lot of skin. Many of the suits are accessorized with grosgrain gold accent or jeweled belts. The palette includes white, mixed cream, sand, desert, ochre, gunmetal, cobalt blue, coral and black.

- Kim Weling

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Elise Overland Spring / Summer 2010

Elise Overland Spring / Summer 2010 is dominated by black, especially seen on lambskin dresses, blazers and skirts. The palette also includes neutral tones of rose, skin, ivory and taupe, brightened by copper and crimson. There are a few prints, including spotted and burn-out dot prints.

- Kim Weling

Left: Rose nude perforated lambskin dress
Right: Slate lambskin bolero with black rouched panels with black stretch-lambskin cap-sleeve dress.

Left: Skin knit dress with crimson red panels with black lambskin fencing jacket
Right: Crimson red strapless silk dress with nude panels

Left: Burn-out dot print dress with black lambskin leggings with taupe panels
Right: White matte sequined dress

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