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Designer Ariel Cedeno Brings Latest Vibrant Collection to Couture Fashion Week

Designer Ariel Cedeno fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYDominican designer Ariel Cedeno will return to Couture Fashion Week New York with the presentation of his latest inspired collection. Part of the prestigious event’s 26th season, the fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Sunday September 10, 2017 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

Ariel Cedeno is one of the Dominican Republic’s top fashion designers. His creations have been featured in many important publications in Europe and the Americas, and he has presented his collections on the runways of major fashion events in Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome and New York, as well as in the Dominican Republic. He served as Creative Director for Tous, one of Spain’s major fashion accessories brands before launching his own label. In addition to designing for his own fashion line, Mr. Cedeno is also an accomplished theater costume designer. He designed the costumes for famed Spanish dancer and choreographer Sara Baras in her acclaimed production of Carmen, and most recently he is designing the costumes for the film Godzilla: King of Monsters currently being filmed in Atlanta. In addition, he is part of the team designing the costumes for Jennifer Lopez’s (J Lo) current Las Vegas production.

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Slovak Fashion Night Partners with Couture Fashion Week New York

Slovak Fashion Night Partners with Couture Fashion Week New YorkThe 12th Annual Slovak Fashion Night will be held during Couture Fashion Week New York at 8 pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. The special show is entitled “Blue Danube Soiree” and will present the latest collections by four outstanding designers: Veronika Kopálová, Laura Sporerová,  Rebecca Deak Justh and Cliché by Jelena Pirkmajer. Part of CFW’s 26th season, the fashion show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, Manhattan, during the Fall New York Fashion Week.

Slovak Fashion Night (SFN) is an original project that has become the most important presentation of Slovak culture and art on the American continent. The project was initiated by the +421 Foundation in cooperation with the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York and Couture Fashion Week New York. Its aim is to present Slovakia in the center of world trade, finance and the fashion industry in an attractive and modern way. The event is an opportunity for young artists and designers who are courageous, reject artistic stereotypes, and use their creative ideas to enrich individual genres of culture and art – not just in Slovakia, but also in settings where they can command attention in a great international forum at the center of the world, like New York City.

This season’s show will include the participation of acting Miss Universe Zuzana Kollárová, who personifies the charm and beauty of Slovak women. Designers Veronika Kopálová and Laura Sporerová are winners of the “Young Talents” competition, and are sure to enchant the New York audience with their cutting edge artistic creations.

The SFN show will be followed by the presentation of the latest collection by American designer and CFW founder, Andres Aquino. Mr. Aquino recently commented for the media: “I believe New Yorkers will appreciate the extraordinary fusion of cultures, fashion and other cultural genres on the runway of Couture Fashion Week this season.”

After the exceptionally successful collaboration between the +421 Foundation and the Slovenian Ambassador, Bernarda Gradišnik, for International Fashion Night 2017, which took place in Bratislava in April, the organizers decided to invite Slovenia and its artists as a guest country to SFN in New York. The Slovenian ambassador in Bratislava, a well-known supporter of culture and young artists, remarked: “New York provides a great opportunity to present top artistic creations and enrich world events with a new dimension in the interconnection of cultures and cooperation between different countries. At the same time, it will be a great opportunity to show the similarity or difference between our two countries, which are also close for the interesting form of names that causes frequent confusion of countries and their art.” Slovenia’s visit to SFN makes it possible for New York audiences to understand the uniqueness of these two successful modern EU member states from Central Europe and attract the attention of American media.

“Culture is the best marketing tool that every country has to offer; it just needs to be used correctly,” says Eva Staronova, the president of the +421 Foundation from New York. Together with the organizers, they plan to invite the most important representatives of American political and social life to the event. Among these representatives are Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, and a native of Slovenia, as well as Ivana Trump, a native of the former Czechoslovakia.

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Singer Candace Woodson Returns to Couture Fashion Week New York

Singer Candace Woodson to perform at Couture Fashion Week New YorkSinger Candace Woodson will perform during the upcoming 26th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. Marking her second appearance at the prestigious event, Ms. Woodson will perform Saturday September 9, 2017 to open the 4:00 pm fashion show, and at the after party that evening. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

Candace Woodson will tell you she is back on top. Back from breast cancer, a total mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The woman who began singing inspirational songs at church when she was barely 5 years old, has a personal message to share with the world: “Don’t give up.”

Ms. Woodson earned her music degree at Tennessee State University, and has worked as director of promotions for a record label and as a radio personality in Nashville. She launched her own singing career developing a distinctive sound that stretches from pop and R&B to country and jazz. For 5 years she was the headliner at the Omni Hotel in the resort area of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where she performed with her band, Candace Woodson and the Domino Theory Band.

National Cancer Survivors Day was recognized on June 7, and Ms. Woodson’s message of survival is one she is determined to share. “I’m a breast cancer survivor,” she says. “God let me live, so I’ve let it go, and I’m living life to the fullest.” That includes doing what she loves most. Less than a month after her surgery, she was back at work. Not in an office or at a desk, but on stage performing at the wedding reception of Justice Mellencamp – John Cougar Mellencamp’s daughter – on Hilton Head Island. Ms. Woodson left the audience exhausted from dancing to the “old-school grooves”—classic hits by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner and Michael Jackson.

Candace Woodson’s spunk and determination continue to drive her life and career. In Summer 2017 her first single as an independent artist will be released worldwide through Sony SMG Distribution. The single, All It Takes, was recorded in Nashville with producer Kendall Duffie. Her recording The Answer is No charted on the UK Soul Chart at number one, and her current single, Where You Are, was released in May 2017 through the Diva’s Got Soul Project. Most recently, Ms. Woodson has been recording in different studios and working with top music industry producers on a new project scheduled for completion by late Fall 2017. See VIDEO of Candace Woodson’s recent performance at CFW.

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EnRootz Designs Blend Traditional Elegance and Modern Style

EnRootz fashion show at Couture Fashion Week New YorkPrestigious fashion brand EnRootz will make its first appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York with the presentation of its latest collection. Part of the 26th season of Couture Fashion Week New York, the fashion show will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday September 10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the Big Apple.

EnRootz is a USA-based clothing line distinguished by its impeccable alloy of traditional elegance and modern style. The brand’s distinctive fabrics, designs and colors reflect an Asian cultural influence, but also convey a wide appeal to a global market. All EnRootz designs are handmade and unique. Each piece goes through a rigorous creation process taking several days of expert work and craftsmanship.

The driving force behind the EnRootz brand is the team of Mukta Ghangas, Manoj and Neeta Singh. Each has their own specialty.

Fashionista Mukta Ghangas is fond of custom-designed, fashionable, stylish, elegant and beautiful clothing. She is the designer and the heart of EnRootz. Mukta lives and breathes fashion, and style and innovation are her guiding principles. From designing the ensemble, choosing color combinations, and determining the type of fabric required – all the detailing is done by Mukta. Manoj Singh is the business force, branding expert and brain of the EnRootz brand. Manoj not only handles branding, but also operations in the USA. He deals with the when, what and how, and he is guided by a singular focus and goal orientation. Neeta Singh turns Mukta Ghangas’ creative vision to reality. She is the soul of EnRootz, from procurement to overseeing production. With a keen eye and understanding of fashion, Neeta takes care of operations in India and works in complete sync with Mukta’s vision.

Team EnRootz’s vision is to continue to build and achieve international success for this unique and high quality brand.

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Renowned Mezzo Soprano Benedetta Orsi to Shine at Couture Fashion Week

Mezzo Soprano Benedetta Orsi to perform at Couture Fashion Week New YorkRenowned mezzo soprano Benedetta Orsi will perform during the upcoming 26th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. Marking her first appearance at the prestigious event, Ms. Orsi will perform at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 9 during the Andres Aquino fashion show, and at 6:00 pm on Sunday September 10, 2017. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

A laureate of the 2012 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, mezzo soprano Benedetta Orsi is a graduate of the Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in the studio of tenor Sergio Bertocchi, and is also a graduate of Modena’s Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Orazio Vecchi. She has participated in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Luciana Serra, Fred Carama, Chuck Hudson and Teresa Berganza, who defined Ms. Orsi as “a perfect voice for bel canto.

No stranger to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Benedetta Orsi is one of only a few contemporary mezzo sopranos to have performed all three of Donizetti’s Tudor Operas: Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Sara in Roberto Devereux with Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music Theatre. Recent performances also include the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto with Amore Opera, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Miami Lyric Opera, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Other appearances include the title roles in L’Italiana in Algeri and Werther, Azucena in Il Trovatore and Teresa in La Sonnambula. Her latest Carmen in St. Louis was called “totally convincing as the most desirable woman in Seville. With a dark, sensuous voice and a lubricious stage presence, her Habanera exudes a smoky sensuality that dominates the stage”.

Ms. Orsi’s latest album, Christmas Around the World, was awarded the Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards as Best Album and Best Female Vocalist. She is working on her new recording to be released in 2018.

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Do Trinh Hoai Nam Brings The Golden Lotus Ao Dai Collection to Couture Fashion Week

Designer Do Trinh Hoai Nam fashion show at Couture Fashion Week New YorkCelebrity fashion designer Do Trinh Hoai Nam will present his latest collection entitled “The Golden Lotus Ao Dai Collection” during Couture Fashion Week New York’s  26th season. Marking the designer’s first time showing at the prestigious New York Fashion Week event, the highly-anticipated fashion show will be held during CFW’s opening day this season at 6 pm on Friday, September 8, 2017 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, in New York City. 

Award-winner Do Trinh Hoai Nam is a top fashion designer in his native Vietnam. He began designing in his early teens, and has gone on to build a highly successful career and brand which has been operating for over 20 years in the Vietnamese market. He has shown his designs at important fashion events worldwide and has been featured in major media. His distinguished clientele includes hundreds of top celebrities, models, business women, socialites and politicians. He recently had the honor of designing the “Ao Dai” (national dress of Vietnam) worn by Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as she took the Presidential oath of office during her inauguration ceremony in Hanoi’s Parliament in 2016. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is the first Chairwoman in the history of Vietnam’s National Assembly, as well as the first woman to hold the most important position of the Party and State of Vietnam. She is also a long time client of the designer.

Do Trinh Hoai Nam’s designs are known for their dramatic and sophisticated flair, full of elegance and beauty. Great attention is paid to every detail of his collection, from the hand embroidery to the glamorous and luxurious gold leaf and gemstone embellishments. His latest Ao Dai couture collection is inspired by the story of the castle princess in the first 30 years of 19th century. The ensembles will be presented in a dramatic runway show directed by the designer. The collection’s color palette was inspired by the lotus flower, with images rendered on a special silk pattern and hand decorated with gold leaf.  Do Trinh Hoai Nam has incorporated some of Vietnam’s finest artisan talents into this collection. The unique golden pattern technology is from Kieu Ky Trade Village in Hanoi, the special one-of-a-kind heavy rich silk fabrics are from Thai Binh province, and the exquisite hand embroidery and gold leaf 999 are by craftsman from Thuong Tin, Hanoi.

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“Blue Innocence” is the New Collection by Designer Evgenia Luzhina

Evgenia Luzhina fashion show at Couture Fashion Week New YorkReturning for the sixth time to Couture Fashion Week New York, designer Evgenia Luzhina will present her latest collection entitled “Blue Innocence” at 6 pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. A regular favorite of CFW audiences, Ms. Luzhina’s fashion show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, in New York City. Young and talented international vocalist Alex Berezin will add beauty to the runway with his powerful voice.

Evgenia Luzhina’s vibrant new high fashion dress collection blends Russian ferocity and Western cool, in a palette of blue mixed with gold and white. The stunning jewelry for the collection is made from recycled materials.

A native of Moscow, Evgenia Luzhina received a B.A. in Fine Art and Design from Moscow Art College, and went on to serve for five years as the Resident Set and Costume Designer for the Moscow Chamber Forms Theater. There, she designed numerous productions, which were staged in Moscow, Los Angeles and Washington DC. In 1991 Ms. Luzhina moved to the USA where she continues to pursue and exhibit her extensive experience in art and theatrical set and costumes design.

Ms. Luzhina’s most recent accolade was Maryland Fashion Awards 2012 – Winner High Fashion Designer. She also received the Helen Hayes Award 2010: Outstanding Production for Youth – Winner, and National Silver Archer Award in Public Relations 2014- Winner.

As a costume designer for the last 30 years, Evgenia Luzhina has worked for numerous theaters in Russia and the USA, creating costumes for over 50 plays.

Ms. Luzhina has participated in many prestigious fashion events including Couture Fashion Week New York, and Washington DC’s Presidential Inauguration Fashion Shows. Her designs have won critical acclaim in both local and national publications, on radio and television, including being featured in Collezioni Haute Couture magazine.

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Exquisite Designs by Hany El Behairy at Cannes Fashion and GSF Awards Gala

Couture designer Hany El Behairy to present his designs at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaProminent couture designer Hany El Behairy will present a selection of his stunning creations during the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France.

Hany El Behairy is one of the most prestigious fashion designers of haute couture in the Middle East. A native of Egypt, he has been creating unforgettable designs since the age of 15. Through his designs, and his fascination with color and texture, he strives to create a symphony of East-West luxury, style and elegance for his discerning clientele. Hany El Behairy’s exquisite designs are known for their elegance, attention to detail and the highest quality fabrics and embellishments. His feminine and luxurious creations include cocktail dresses, evening gowns and breathtaking bridal designs.

After earning his law degree, Mr. El Behairy soon decided to follow his true passion of fashion design. He has since become a favorite designer of many Middle Eastern socialites and celebrities including Yousra, Laila Elwy, Warda Al Gazaeria, Elham Shahin, Safaa Abu El Seoud, Latifa, Hanan Tork, Sabah, Shaimaa Saeed and many more. He has been featured in many Arab and European publications and TV channels including ART, Rai Uno, Rai 3, Odion, Cawale and Fashion TV. Mr. El Behairy has shown his designs at many prestigious events such as the Mediterranean Festival (Naples, Italy), Moda Week (Italy), LUX Festival (Lebanon), and the International Diamond Festival (Qatar). His numerous awards and accolades include a people’s choice “Oscar” by ART (International Arab TV), the LUX prize as Best Fashion Designer (Haute Couture) in the Middle East, and the International Fashion Week Award (Rome) presented by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Rome.

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From Boston to Cannes: Singer Songwriter Jared Hanrahan To Appear at the GSF Awards Gala

Singer Songwriter Jared Hanrahan will perform at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, FranceRising teen pop-rock star Jared Hanrahan is slated to perform at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and will include luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of this year’s winning film awards.

Boston-based Jared Hanrahan is a talented 15 year old musician, singer and songwriter. Steve Marshall from The Steve Marshall Band in New York mentored Jared on the electric guitar and gave him the opportunity to play for ALS, Hurricane Sandy, and breast cancer benefits with some very famous musicians like Les Paul Jr., Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) and Steve Gadd (Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin).

Jared started writing songs at the age of 12, and currently has 14 of his own original compositions. He performs all over Boston and New York to very enthusiactic audiences.  Jared recently performed at City Hall and at the iconic Faneuil Hall in Boston.  He was the focus of a spotlight feature on NBC Boston with Jackie Bruno.

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Dancer and Musician Ragunath Manet at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes

Musician and Dancer Ragunath Manet to Perform at Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaMulti-talented international performer Dr. Raghunath Manet is scheduled to appear at the upcoming Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and will include luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of this year’s winning film awards.

A native of Pondicherry, India, Dr. Raghunath Manet is an artist, dancer-choreographer, musician-composer, singer, writer, actor and filmmaker. In dance he specializes in the classical Indian Bharatanatyam, and in music he performs on the Veena stringed instrument. He has worked with many prominent international artists including Archie Shepp, Michel Portal, Didier Lockwood, Carolyn Carlson, Richard Galliano, Bik Régis, Dr. Balamurali Krisha and Drums Sivamani. Dr. Manet holds a doctorate degree in Cultural Anthropology, and has released more than 25 CDs and 5 DVDs in both dance and music. In 1989 he founded the dance and music Academy “TALA SRUTI” in Pondicherry for poor children where he teaches and conducts workshops in dance and music.

Raghunath Manet has performed all over the world including at the Opera de Paris in France, as well as at prestigious festivals and venues in France, Italy, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, Singapore, India, Mauritius, USA, Caledonia Islands, New Zeland, the Caribbean and the Reunion Islands. He has appeared at special events for Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, and other iconic brands. In 2017 Dr. Manet received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) 2017 presented by the President of India during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in Bengaluru, recognizing Dr. Manet’s contributions promoting Indian arts and culture in France. Other accolades include the Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2016) and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres  from the French Ministry of Culture, the Gopio Community Service Award in Jaipur, India (2011), and the Best Performer Award during the 2014 Chennai Music and Dance Festival.

Raghunath Manet has appeared in films including Diamant Noir by Arthur Harari, Le journal d’un séducteur by Daniel Dubroux with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chiarra Mastroianni, and Perduto Amor by Franco Battiato. His work as a filmmaker includes Dance of Siva, Aathma, Devadai (a documentary), and Karma.

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