Category: Fashion Designers

Alexandra Popescu-York Returns to Couture Fashion Week with “Mystic” Collection

Alexandra Popescu-York fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NY

Designer and artist Alexandra Popescu-York will present her latest collection at Couture Fashion Week at 4 pm on Saturday February 16, 2019. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street, New York City.

With an instinct for composition and color, Alexandra Popescu-York, the Romanian-born designer now based in New York, is bringing back the old Hollywood extravagance to transform it into a contemporary line of luxury dresses with a twist of avant garde.

Every piece from “Mystic”, her new collection, tells a story about authenticity and  also reflects the designer’s own bold and eclectic character. Ms. Popescu-York is the only designer in the world that presents artworks of different genres at the same show, at the same time: a collection of fashion couture and a painting exhibition.

Alexandra Popescu-York has been painting since the age of three and studied fashion design and plastic arts at the University of Arts in Bucharest. Now settled in the USA for over ten years, she has built an impressive record of national and international fashion shows and exhibitions. She is a regular favorite of Couture Fashion Week audiences in New York.

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Nigerian Fashion Icon Frank Osodi to Present Latest Collection at Couture Fashion Week

Frank Osodi House of Bunor fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYTop Nigerian fashion designer Frank Osodi will present his latest distinctive collection during Couture Fashion Week New York‘s 29th season. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held at 6 pm on Friday February 15, 2019 at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street in New York City.

Nigerian fashion mogul Frank Osodi Richard is the owner and designer for the labels House of Bunor and Frank Osodi for Bunor, both operating under Bunor Creazioni. Mr. Osodi is a former professional and West African top model. He is the recipient of numerous awards over the years as a fashion designer, most notably International Designer of the Year 1991-1992 and Fashion Person of the Year 2003. Mr. Osodi is also the brain behind the highly successful annual international fashion show Black, Bold and Jazzy, as well as the organizer of the West African Fashion Week which debuted in 2011.

Frank Osodi, called the “king of the bustier” in Nigeria by top fashion media personality Ruth Osime, is known for his creative and impeccably finished ceremonial gowns, evening dresses and bridal ensembles. He captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation and expands his horizon to make an impact on both African society and the Diaspora, by creating a harmony between fashion and life. Frank Osodi is undoubtedly one of the most talented and influential designers in fashion today. He enjoys working with African prints, Duchess satin, French lace chiffon and many other natural fibers and fabrics.

The House of Bunor clientele includes many top Nigerian celebrities, actresses, beauty queens, entertainers and socialites, as well as a number of first ladies. Frank Osodi also dressed Agbani Darego, the first native African to win the Miss World crown.

Frank Osodi’s career in the fashion industry ranges from fashion design and consultancy to model management, media events and make up artistry. He is a past vice president of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), and the current president of the model managers association of Nigeria (PROMMAN). Mr. Osodi’s distinctive designs have been presented at many top fashion events including South Africa Fashion Week, the Vukani Fashion Awards, Mozambique Fashion Week and the PAHBA Awards, as well as at events in Atlanta and Barbados and a host of other fashion fairs. Recently his label, Frank Osodi for Bunor, was one of four top Nigerian designer labels honored to showcase their creative pieces in conjunction with the Austrian Lace Manufacturers association in Vienna.

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IngaSez’s “Slee’Q” Collection To Be Shown at Couture Fashion Week NY

IngaSez Luxury Swimwear fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYIngaSez will return to Couture Fashion Week New York with a showing of her latest collection entitled “Slee’Q by Inga.” The runway show will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday February 15, 2019 at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street (at Fifth Avenue) in New York City. (Please note the time change).

Inga Murray-Hodges is the creative force behind the luxury brand. “My fabulous new collection, Slee’Q by Inga, is born and it’s better than ever!” says the designer. “My designs are inspired by a bolder Slee’Q look. These new designs are as sparkly, funky, edgy, and versatile as they are super comfortable.” With her latest collection, Inga creates a sense of drama, playing with varying tones throughout the line, resulting in a happy, sexy, glamorous, fun and lively feeling. “I added charm to this line with a more accessorized look on each design simply by adding a crystal or sequined bow or a necklace that connects,” notes the designer.

A joyous celebration of femininity, the collection comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes. According to Inga: “My main focus was concentrating specifically on the best parts of a woman’s body shape, keeping in mind and understanding the types of clothes that accentuate good features and minimize our less than perfect bits. I will also be introducing some lovely new textures and fabrics, as well as signature prints while keeping things Slee’Q to complement our new range.”

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Designer Andres Aquino’s “Tango Cabaret” Collection Set to Dazzle at Couture Fashion Week New York

Andres Aquino fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYProducer, designer and entrepreneur Andres Aquino will present his latest collection entitled “Tango Cabaret” on the runway during Couture Fashion Week New York’s 28th season at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 8, 2018. The fashion show and entertainment spectacle will be held in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway in New York City.

The beautiful “romantic couture” collection is inspired by Andres Aquino’s upcoming book of poetry book, “Legende de la belle.” The fashion designs will be accessorized by custom made handbags by D & L Prototype from Italy.

An array of celebrities and influencers is expected to attend and/or participate in the event, including Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, who will receive the CFW Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts. Also from the sports world, retired basketball great Charles Davis and his wife will be on hand to witness the fashion week runway modeling debut of their teenage daughter, Niija. Expected to attend the event from the music, film and press world are recording artist Carson Key; music producer and Grammy nominee, Lee Major; and film producer “Picture Perfect,” as well as Jennifer Eckhart from the FOX Business Channel.

The show will also feature live performances by international artists including Chinese music superstar BING, Broadway star Angela Michele Walker, opera star Oleksandra Hrabova, and Anna Khachatryan who will perform a special dance and choreography for the release of BING’s new record. From the world of beauty, the show will include appearances by Top Model of the World Ukraine 2018 Oleksandra Kashyrina, along with Miss Bikini Hawaii Model USA 2017, Candice Leong, Miss Global 2017 Barbara Vitorelli, and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.

During the event a special announcement will be made, launching “Q”, the first true glasses-free 3D phone connected to Qoobex, the first global 3D distribution platform.

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Dramatic Creations by Designer Nailuj Villarroel at Couture Fashion Week NY

Nailuj Villarroel fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYIn her second appearance at Couture Fashion Week NY, Florida-based designer Nailuj Villarroel will present her latest collection on the runway at 6:00 pm on Sunday September 9, 2018. The fashion show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, in the heart of the Big Apple.

A native of Venezuela, Nailuj Villarroel earned a degree in fashion design from the Monsignor of Talavera Fashion Institute in Caracas. For the past 16 years she has pursued a career as a fashion/wardrobe and costume designer in central  Florida, USA. She has worked at the three most important theme parks in the area: Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. She supervised the costume shops of well-known local production companies Metropolis Productions and World Gate Entertainment, including working on such projects as the “Living Statues” for Disney Springs and Epcot, and the Give Kids the World Gala, among other important events.

Nailuj also worked as wardrobe designer and producer for the “365 Tiempos Decisivos” film by Golden Brothers Productions, directed by Ariel Santiago. In addition, Nailuj has presented her designs on various local, national and international fashion runways including Winter Park Fashion Week – Emerging Designers Contest, Orlando International Fashion Week, Discover Your Beauty Fashion Show, Car & Couture Fashion Show, Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week New York and Dominican Republic Fashion Week. Nailuj has also served as an Exclusive Fashion Designer for Little Miss Universe and other beauty pageants including Miss Puerto Rico US, Miss Mundo Latina, Miss Central Florida USA, Miss Hispana International, and Miss Iberoamerica.

Nailuj was honored to dress Angel Lopez for the Premios Lo Nuestro 2018, Ivy Queen (Puerto Rican Regetton Performer), Migbelis Castellanos Miss Venezuela 2013, and Tatiana Liary for the Latin Grammy Red Carpet 2015, as well as the pop duet Sykno when they were nominated at the Latino Fama Awards in New York in 2017. She also made all the stunning flags, by special request, that were shown during the opening of the Latin Grammys for the Residente “Hijos del Canaveral” performance.

Nailuj Villarroel currently manages her own company, Ian Productions, Inc.,  where she designs and produces haute couture costumes and garments under her own brand for special events like the Latin Grammys and the Premios Lo Nuestro. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute in the Orlando area, and serves as a mentor to several up-and-coming design students as they build their careers. Nailuj is an Ambassador of the Orlando Fashion District and Fashion Editor for their online magazine. She looks forward to the day that Orlando becomes a major fashion hub.

She will soon launch the website www.nailujvillarroel.com which will offer online shopping for her new clothing lines, Nailuj Villarroel Couture and NAILUJ-JULIAN, for women and men.

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A Dazzling Showcase of Top Malaysian Designers at Couture Fashion Week NY

Top Malaysian designer fashion shows at Couture Fashion Week NYCouture Fashion Week New York, now entering its 28th season as one of fashion week’s most prestigious events, is pleased to present a brilliant showcase of top Malaysian designers on Friday September 7, 2018. The fashion shows will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

The designers represent the best of Malaysian fashion design. Fashion shows will be accompanied by electrifying performances by the Sarawak Tourism Board Dancers, bringing a tantalizing taste of rich Malaysian culture to the Big Apple.

Designers showing at 4:00 pm are Adli Afandi, P’Lo by Nancy Jullok, Adamaya, and Touch of Songket.

Designers showing at 6:00 pm are Raeesa, Hafilda Prestige, Alame, and MakCun by Erma Fatima.

Designers showing at 8:00 pm are Fiziwoo, V_Hijrah, Fazbulous and Rizman Ruzaini.

Sponsors and partners for this exciting day of top Malaysian fashion and culture in New York include: Peniagawati, AmaxMall.com, MaTrade (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak Tourism Board and Etihad Airways. A special pre-event invitation-only reception will be hosted by the New York City office of MaTrade on September 5.

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The Magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Sheri Autry at Couture Fashion Week NY

Sheri Autry Couture fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYSheri Autry will present her Spring/Summer 2019 collection, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at Couture Fashion Week on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Marking the designer’s second appearance at the prestigious event, the runway show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

Sheri Autry has been sewing for over 20 years, learning from her grandmother at the age of 10. Today, Sheri fashions stunning collections of couture gowns and lingerie crafted from the finest imported silks, laces, and illusion fabrics enhanced by unique, one-of-a-kind, embellishments. She has been a featured designer at the International Couture Presentation (ICP), several Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD area bridal expo shows, and most recently at the Couture Fashion Week show during New York Fashion Week in September 2017. Her fashions have recently been worn by local celebrities including Miss Maryland 2018, Adrianna David, and have been featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Most Magazine, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Shutter Magazine, Elegant Magazine, Style Me Pretty Blog, South Asian Bride Magazine, Valley Bride Magazine, Virginia Bride Magazine, and Editorial Magazine.

After a successful NYFW debut last year, Sheri has returned to present her new collection of high fashion evening gowns as well as a few new bridal gowns. In this collection, like her past collections, Sheri has put her main focus on the fine details of each dress with lots of hand beading, hand cut flowers, individually placed feathers, and hand applied Swarovski crystals. In addition, Sheri has added a special detail to a couple of the dresses to be revealed to the audience at the show. The additional detail she has incorporated this season is sure to light up the runway…. be there to see it in person!

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Timeless and Elegant Designs by Ellen Wise at Couture Fashion Week New York

Ellen Wise Couture fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYDesigner Ellen Wise will present the latest collection for her signature label on the runway at Couture Fashion Week New York on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

Ellen Wise Couture is a California couturier who brings her vision to the timeless art of custom couture. Each garment is designed and handcrafted to each client’s form using only the highest quality natural fiber fabrics. Often termed ‘Slow Fashion’, Ellen Wise garments are ageless creations of unmistakable grace and elegance.

It is the fusion of art, science and a discerning eye that enable Ellen to visualize and ultimately create each finished piece.  Her focus on magnifying femininity by shaping the finest materials to develop line and form while adhering to the strict rules of true couture has never been more apparent than with her latest work. Drawing inspiration from the exquisite fabrics she’s selected, Ellen designed her newest collection using the moulage method, in which patterns are draped and perfected on the dress form.

Ellen’s formal couture training includes intensive study with well-known couturière, author, and teacher Susan Khalje. Ellen also studied extensively with Parisian master draper and pattern maker, Julien Cristofoli.

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New Miuz Designer Pawan Kumar Returns to Couture Fashion Week NY with Innovative Midnight Blues Collection

New Miuz by Pawan Kumar fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYDesigner Pawan Kumar will debut his New Miuz Spring/Summer 2019 collection, “Midnight Blues,” in a Couture Fashion Week New York showcase on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, Manhattan.

Following New Miuz’s successful debut at Couture Fashion Week in 2016, Pawan returns this season with a highly-anticipated line of evening wear inspired by the tropical island nights of Mauritius. Known for feminine silhouettes and luxurious fabrics, he has broken new ground with this collection by featuring sustainable and eco-friendly denim in sophisticated, clean, and elevated designs.

Pawan, an award-winning fashion innovator with an extensive background in textile technology, was Mauritius’ first designer to be featured in New York Fashion Week. The designer drew this season’s inspiration from his native country, explaining, “There is nothing more soothing than to lay in a hammock at night and watch the deep blue sky in Mauritius.” Elegant, feminine and alluring, the colors and shades of the collection reflect the night sky, while the fabrics, cuts and silhouettes draw inspiration from that serene and calm feeling.

The collection takes denim and turns it on its head, from an everyday material to something exquisite, precious and high-New Miuz by Pawan Kumar fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYend. With the addition of pearls and stardust to add glamour, the collection is ultra-feminine and highly sophisticated. Designed to enhance the female form, each sustainable couture garment captures the identity of the young uptown woman. With hand-made plissé fabric, and original patterns developed from scratch, all garments are hand dyed and hand stitched, of striking quality and unique design.

The environmentally responsible denim garments used in Pawan’s “Midnight Blues” collection were created utilizing laser technology of Jeanologia, Spain and produced at SaitexVietnam using TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ Lyocell, among of the most sustainable fibers in the world. Cotton scraps upcycled from garment production and wood pulp harvested from responsibly managed farms are transformed into new virgin fibers through Lenzing’s environmental award-winning TENCEL™ closed-loop lyocell production process. The fabrics are woven by textile mills worldwide including Santanderina, Blue Diamond, Prosperity, Cone and Tintex, whose fabrics are used in this collection. In addition to their botanic origins, TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ Lyocell fibers live up to circular economy expectations as they are fully compostable and biodegradable in both soil and water at the end of their useful life.

About the designer. Inspired by the tropical beauty of his native island of Mauritius and steeped in global culture, Pawan Kumar brings a unique blend of creativity, innovation, and technical expertise to his label New Miuz. His elegant designs explore themes of the natural world, multiculturalism, feminine sophistication, and opulence. A rising international fashion design star, he made his debut at Dubai Fashion Week in 2015, where he was awarded “Designer of the Year,” for a vibrant collection of lush, couture gowns with hand-finished embellishments. He studied textile and fashion design at the University of Mauritius in Moka and joined the multinational design studio, Ciel, following graduation. His global success as the first Mauritian designer to present collections in Dubai and New York fashion weeks has made him an influential fashion leader and noted public figure in the island nation’s emerging economy. In Spain, Pawan built a longstanding relationship with world-renowned textile innovator, Jeanologia, and expanded his knowledge of socially conscious, technology-driven fabric finishing techniques. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of sustainable textiles, as well as consultative roles through Jeanologia with leading global fashion brands, including, Uniqlo, J Brand, Helmut Lang Cotton des Iles, Asos, Lenzing and Woolworths, he creates fashion-forward, eco-friendly denim styles in his role as the Design Manager for Jean Atelier in Los Angeles. His couture designs and collaborations have been featured in a wide variety of global press and media. Pawan currently lives in the urban jungle of Los Angeles, but considers himself a global citizen, with frequent visits to Mauritius and the world fashion centers of Paris, London, Barcelona, Cape Town, and Dubai.

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Flawless Designs by JAL Fashion at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows

JAL Fashion by Chirawan Lewis at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion ShowsAward-winning designer Chirawan Lewis will present the latest designs for her JAL Fashion label during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 19, 2018. Part of the third annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Chirawan Lewis has been creating exquisite designs for her JAL Fashion label since 2013 . Her latest collection is entitled “Siam International” and features the beauty, tradition and colors of her native Thailand, for which she is known.

“As a young designer I try to create flawless pieces that can be worn for special and important occasions,” says Ms. Lewis.

JAL  Fashion designs have been featured in prominent TV programs, Thai publications and on social media. JAL received an ASEAN AWARD in 2015 and the New Award in 2016. JAL’s clientele includes Miss Thailand, Thai movie stars, celebrities and many business leaders in Thailand and England.

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