Category: Fashion Shows

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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Singer Nikolay Gladskikh Brings Dramatic Performance to Cannes Event

Nikolay Gladskikh at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaAcclaimed operatic singer and actor Nikolay Gladskikh will perform at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017. The event will be held in the Grand Salon at the world-famous Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Nikolay Gladskikh is the lead performer in Crude Furie, recipient of the 2017 Global Short Film “Best Music Film” award. He is also a finalist in the “Best Actor” category. Crude Furie is directed by Andrey Nyanchuk and produced by Yuri Khorol.

A native of Novoshahtinsk, in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation, Mr. Gladskikh studied piano at an early age, and went on to study voice at the Moscow State Classical Academy, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. He won the singing competition “Bella Voce” (Russia, 2004) and was awarded Third Prize at the International Vocal Competition “Tommaso Traetta” (Italy, 2006). During his studies in Holland he sang the roles of Sorceress and Spirit in the opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, and the role of Orestes in the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach at the summer opera festivals in Mosset, France. Mr. Gladskikh has performed in numerous concerts in Russia, Germany and The Netherlands.

He worked with Belgian director Sigrid T’Hooft on the production of the opera Prince Igor by Aleksandr Borodin at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia and on the production of Händel’s opera Imeneo at the Händel-Festspiele Festival in Göttingen, Germany.

Mr. Gladskikh’s repertoire consists of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Gluck, Pergolesi, Hasse, Bononcini, Scarlatti, Caldara, Durante, Caccini, Stradella, Falconieri, Purcell, Mozart, Strauss, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Offenbach, Bernstein and other composers.

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Soprano Valeria Florencio at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala

Soprano Valeria FlorencioWorld-renowned French soprano Valeria Florencio will perform at the upcoming Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France. The event will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Valeria Florencio studied voice and theater with a number of great masters of lyrical art, including Lauren Nubbar at the famed Juilliard School in New York. Her critically acclaimed performances have included concerts and recitals at concert halls and theaters in France and abroad including Halle aux grains, Capitole, Zénith de Toulouse, Rhine Opera House, theaters of Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca accompanied by the Moroccan Philharmonic, and numerous prestigious international festivals and TV programs. She has appeared with such luminaries as conductors Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Zedda, Valery Gergiev as well as theatrical director Georges Lavaudant, and has also performed for Monaco’s royal family. In addition to her performing schedule, Ms. Florencio is also a music therapist and a UN Ambassador for the NGO Martial Art Academy based in France.

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DJ Koceila Chougar Spices Up Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala

DJ Koceila Chougar at Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaDJ Koceila Chougar is one of the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform at the upcoming Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

DJ Koceila Chougar was born in north Algeria and developed a love of music at an early age. Since 2013 he has been wowing the French West Coast with his flawless turntable skills, innovative production and musical versatility. With his solo projects, collaborations and live shows, DJ Koceila has quickly become an internationally renowned artist in Europe and the USA (Spain, Italy, Sweden, Miami). In 2015, he founded St-Germain Paradise Concept with Etienne Gentet, a famous French sax musician who has worked with Carl Cox. In 2016, soul singer Sabrina Rahmani joined the journey.

The concept offers high-end live shows in France and abroad (Champagne Les Barons de Rothschild, The Boxers of Bordeaux, Miss Prestige Aquitaine, Azahar Fashion show, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux, and more). DJ Koceila is currently working with Bordeaux new artists and is completing an album project with Sabrina Rahmani to be released in the summer of 2017.

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Grayling Purnell Brings Divine Designs to Couture Fashion Week New York

Grayling Purnell fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYDesigner Grayling Purnell will present his latest collection at Couture Fashion Week New York’s 26th season. Marking the designer’s first time showing at the prestigious event, the fashion show will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday September 10, 2017 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

Grayling Purnell is part of a new wave of American designers proving the country’s fashion is not limited to floaty dresses and swimwear. Professionally trained in both Menswear and Womenwear, Mr. Purnell is based out of New York City and Los Angeles.

Grayling Purnell is a former child star, actor, model, singer and dancer turned fashion designer. He was featured in his first movie at the age of 8 (Meteor Man, directed and written by Robert Townsend). Mr. Purnell has always worn custom clothing, and as a child his mother always included him in the design process for his wardrobe. He started his first clothing line, Orphic Streetwear, in September 2013 and within six months he designed Six Shirts in Top Man in London, UK in Oxford Circus. Mr. Purnell attended the Parson’s New School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He launched his signature line, House of Grayling Purnell, in September 2015. His voluminous separates and side cascade detailing are subtly man repelling, while more sharply tailored pieces are sure to get the tick of approval from both sexes.

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Designer Tjasa Skapin To Show Sophisticated Creations in Cannes

Tjasa Skapin fashion show at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsSlovenian couture fashion designer Tjaša Škapin will present her latest creations during the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday May 20, 2017 in the Grand Salon at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Tjaša Škapin creates unique clothing under the Tjaša Škapin Atelje and Tjaša Škapin Couture brands. Tjaša finds inspiration for her creations in nature, architecture and relationships. Her passion is ignited by the magnificence of art, which is reflected in her haute couture collections. The distinctive designs bring together a fusion of history and modernity with a dash of glamour and femininity. All pieces are made of natural materials of the finest quality.

The woman who wears Tjasa Skapin’s creations is sophisticated, elegant and expressive, with refined taste. She is gracious and knows what she wants.

Tjaša Škapin has shown her designs at prestigious events in Slovenia and Italy, and exhibits her creations in a number of Slovenian castles and show rooms. She works with fashion designers and celebrities from Slovenia, Italy and Croatia.

Collezioni Haute Couture and Collezioni Donna is media partner for the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards.

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