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7 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fashionable Woman Should Own

Nothing can be more time-consuming in the morning than thinking about what to wear. Despite how many clothes you have in your closet, getting dressed can still be a challenge. Fortunately, this is where capsule wardrobes come in.

Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few staple pieces that don’t go out of fashion. Not only does it save you time, but it also keeps you from spending unnecessary money on a shirt you’ll eventually forget about.

So what exactly comprises a capsule wardrobe? Here are some clothes to put you on the right track.

Black Dress

Every sensible woman needs to have at least one black dress in her wardrobe. In fact, it is one of the few that is truly worth investing in. Like we previously discussed on the Couture Fashion Week blog , you’ll be reaching for it whenever you attend cocktail parties or other formal events. So, you might as well buy one that is made from the best quality fabrics that is fit to last.

Plain White Shirt

The more basic the clothing piece, the more versatile will be. This is especially true for white shirts — the simplest of closet staples that manage to look effortless, perfect, and even appear better with age. But despite its uniformity, not all white shirts are created equal. There are various necklines for every style. For instance, Jungmaven’s hemp-cotton-blend V-neck tee has a classic look and feel that’ll make you look sharp even when paired with some normal pants.

Neutral Blazer

A neutral-colored blazer is one of those pieces every working woman needs, but it can be worn even well past your 9-5 work day. Pair your blazer with a plain button-up shirt, or wear a graphic tee underneath for something a little edgier. Take your cue from celebrities like Sofia Richie, who dons a blazer to complete her athleisure look.

Go-to Jacket

It doesn’t matter if it’s leather, denim, or your favorite hoodie from college; everyone needs to have that one versatile jacket that you can just grab in a hurry, and it’ll still make you look great. Woman Within’s lightweight hooded jacket works especially well for transitional weather as the soft twill material makes for a casual utility feel. The best part is that it’s comfortable without looking or feeling too bulky. There are plenty of options out there, but the most important thing is to look for quality fabric that can withstand any weather.

Denim Jeans

If a simple, classic plain white shirt is in this list, then why we certainly aren’t going to miss out denim, are we? A good pair of denim jeans are timeless and can be worn throughout the year. You can even elevate the look by choosing a darker wash, like indigo or black.

Black Pants

A versatile pair of black pants can get you through most occasions, but are still formal enough to go to work with because of the polished vibe it brings out. They should be comfortable, travel-friendly, and flatter every kind of body type. The best part? They’ll never go out of style. Confidence might be your best asset, but black pants come a close second.

Black Heels

Not too strappy nor too trendy, a pair of black heels are certainly essential when building a capsule wardrobe. They will be with you on most evenings, parties, and workdays — so make sure to pick a pair that’ll keep you standing after hours. LiveAbout recommends choosing heels that are medium in height, which means two to four inches for most women. This makes sure that you’re refined enough without sacrificing comfort.

Designer Carlos Benguigui Blends Avant Garde and Classic for Men and Women

Carlos Benguigui fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYVenezuelan designer Carlos Benguigui will present his latest inspired collection for men and women during Couture Fashion Week New York‘s 26th season. Marking the acclaimed designer’s first appearance at the prestigious event, the fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Sunday September 10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City.

A native of Spain, designer Carlos Benguigui is a top fashion designer in his adopted country of Venezuela. His impeccably tailored designs for men and women skillfully blend the avant garde with  the classic in a unique internationally-inspired style. In addition to his formal, bridal and casual fashions, Mr. Benguigui also designs accessories of the highest quality. His creations often include beautiful details like embroidery and fringe, and are crafted of the finest fabrics.

Carlos Benguigui studied fashion design in Miami, going on to open his first boutique in Venezuela. He launched his signature brand in 2006 with a stunning collection of evening wear and bridal designs for the bride looking to be a “diva” on the most special day of her life. Through the opening of various boutiques in Venezuela as well as his participation in numerous fashion events in New York and other cities, Mr. Benguigui has become a “go to” designer for men and women looking for elegant, stylish yet cutting edge fashions. His client list includes many top celebrities and socialites.

Carlos Benguigui has received numerous awards and accolades during his 20+ year fashion design career, and is a champion of the best in Venezuelan fashion and design.

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International Star Princess Long Long Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Princess Long LongAmong the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week in New York, is Princess Long Long.  Princess Long Long will sing during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Princess Long Long is a multi-talented international star. A singer, actress, TV host, model and designer, Long Long studied at the iconic Juilliard School in New York, the University of Sheffield, England and holds an MBA from Maastricht University in Holland. She has worked with the Manhattan Symphony, UNESCO, Italian National Folk Group “Belvedere”, the NYC Creative Stage Entertainment, JT Talents, Howard McCrary (Grammy nominee and Michael Jackson’s co-singer), Rodney Jones (music director for Lena Horne), KMC Ken Marlon Charles, Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory), Valentino (Grammy-winning Latin American star ), Andrew Anderson, Earl Cooter and Lenny Mangiapane. She has performed at prestigious venues in the USA including the Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Hall, and the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and abroad in Lima, Peru, Hong Kong and China. Long Long is the recipient of many awards and accolades from organizations including the United Nations, World Artist League, Asia Artists Association of the USA and CCTV (number one Chinese network). As an actress, Long Long has appeared in numerous stage and TV productions including the off-Broadway cabaret comedy Whatever Happened to Beverly Daniels?, MTV’s Soul on Fire, and films such as The Right to Live, Good Friday, Be Frank, and the What Women Want Chronicles. Long Long co-developed Blue Cat, the most popular cartoon in China. Her masterpiece mythology epic melodrama Moon Goddess is now the subject of a Broadway musical and feature film under production.

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Dauphine of France Couture Set to Make Couture Fashion Week Debut

Dauphine of France fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYLuxury lifestyle brand Dauphine of France Couture will present its latest women’s collection at Couture Fashion Week New York’s 23rd season. The fashion show will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday February 13, 2016 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway in New York City.

The creative force behind the Dauphine of France Couture brand is Chandra Peyton, CEO and international designer. The company creates a full line of garments and bags twice a year from its Kentucky headquarters, as well as custom special occasion and bridal gowns. The creations reflect a regal gothic style that celebrates the female figure as an art form. From oversized bags to beautiful crafted leather coats and lace dresses, the shapes and cuts are inspired by nature.

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Award-Winning Designer Addy van den Krommenacker To Show at Couture Fashion Week New York

Addy van den Krommenacker fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYAward-winning Dutch designer Addy van den Krommenacker will show his latest collection at the upcoming 23rd season of Couture Fashion Week New York. The highly anticipated fashion show will take place at 8:00 pm on Sunday February 14, 2016 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, at the “Crossroads of the World.”

Mr. van den Krommenacker has had a great interest in fashion since childhood. He began his career as a fashion retailer and buyer, and his expert fashion advice soon became sought after by many Dutch celebrities including Sandra Reemer and Willeke Alberti en Jette van der Meij. After selling clothes by international designers for a number of years, Mr. van den Krommenacker launched his own collection in 2001, and his career really took off.

Mr. van den Krommenacker’s first designs were shown at the Beau Monde Fashion Awards in 2002, and in 2003 he launched his entire haute couture collection. Since then, he has shown his designs at many prestigious fashion events including Alta Moda in Rome, Jakarta Fashion Week in Indonesia, Amsterdam Fashion Week and Perth Fashion Week in Australia, as well as at events in Kazakhstan, Sarajevo, Montenegro, Belgium, Budapest, Sicily, and Kuala Lumpur, among others. His designs have also been featured on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model, in which top model and host Tyra Banks wore a stunning gown specially designed by Addy van den Krommenacker. The episode aired in over 130 countries. His designs have been worn by many international celebrities and socialites including actress Thekla Reuten who wore one of his gowns at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Glennis Grace who performed in one of his gowns at the Eurovision Song Contest, Australian top model and pro golfer Anna Rawson, actress Carly Steel, actress Sofia Milos (CSI Miami), singer Mayra Veronica, three-time golden Globe Award Winner Mary Lou Henner, and Dutch celebrities including Tooske Ragas, Chantal Janzen, Estelle Cruijf and Wendy van Dijk. He has designed bridal gowns for the wives of soccer stars Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wesley Sneijder and Joris Mathijsen, among others. He has shown his designs at the Cannes Film Festival where Courtney Love and Lady Victoria Hervey both wore dresses designed by him.Addy van den Krommenacker fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NY

His numerous accolades include being awarded membership to the prestigious Swiss Camera Nazionale Moda in Lugano and being knighted into the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in recognition of his outstanding work and achievements in Dutch fashion. The real pinnacle of his career, however, was being requested to design a wedding gown for Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma. Both the veil and gown featured heirloom embroidery lace, which had originally been worn by her mother, Princess Irene, on her wedding day almost 50 years before. This spectacular gown was then perfectly complemented by two elegant Krommenacker outfits for both the mother and sister of the bride on that special day. During the inauguration of King Willem Alexander in 2013 in Amsterdam, the Princesses Irene, Margarita, Annette and Aimée, as well as the wife of the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke van der Laan wore creations by Mr. van den Krommenacker.

Recently, Addy van den Krommenacker launched his signature perfume, “Red Carpet,” and began a collaboration with the fashion chain Steps to create an affordable collection for a wide audience.

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Nepalese Model Dipak Ghimire to Walk the Runway at Andres Aquino Fashion Show

Model and Entertainer Dipak GhimireRenowned Nepalese model and entertainer Dipak Ghimire will walk the runway during the upcoming Andres Aquino fashion show at Couture Fashion Week New York. Part of the prestigious event’s 23rd season, the show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, New York City. It will present Mr. Aquino’s latest collection entitled “Elysium Fields.”

A well-known personality in India and Dubai as well as in his native Nepal, Dipak Ghimire began his career as an event organizer. Now based in Kathmandu, he and his team have produced numerous entertainment events including high-profile beauty pageants, fashion shows, musical tours, musical events and many more. Mr. Ghimire is also a successful fashion and print model, and has appeared in a number of music videos as well. He especially enjoys his work as a model. As a beauty pageant producer, where he gets great satisfaction from inspiring young participants to reach their potential and believe in themselves.

As an established media personality in the entertainment field, Mr. Ghimire looks forward to a bright future of event management. “We are seeing a steadily increasing number of events in our part of the world,” says Mr. Ghimire. “There are many positive developments and much growth potential in this sector of entertainment.”

At the February 13, 2016 show in New York, Dipak Ghimire will be part of designer Andres Aquino’s latest signature fashion and entertainment presentation.

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Singer Vicky Shu to Perform at Couture Fashion Week New York

Singer Vicky ShuSinger Vicky Shu is set to perform during the Andres Aquino fashion show at Couture Fashion Week in New York. Part of the 22nd season of the prestigious event, the show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015.

Vicky Shu is a well-known celebrity in her native Indonesia, noted for her golden voice as well as her proficiency on the guitar and piano. She was a finalist for Miss Indonesia 2007, and is also an accomplished actress, currently finishing a movie in Turkey. She is a former backup singer for the popular Indonesian band Yovie and Nuno. As a soloist, she released an album entitled Drink Me, and recently released her new album which includes six of her own original compositions.

In addition to her musical and acting endeavors, Vicky Shu is also a footwear entrepreneur, designing her own line of beautiful and elegant shoes under the label Shu Shu. Her shoe designs are now hitting the international market, being exported to Italy and Amsterdam in Europe as well as Japan and Malaysia in Asia. The exquisite designs along with impeccable customer service are attracting much international attention, and are favored by celebrities including Lenka and Kelly Osbourne. Vicky’s shoes will be accessorizing the fashion designs of Diana Putri on the Couture Fashion Week New York runway at 6:00 pm on Friday September 11, 2015.

Vicky Shu’s charitable efforts include joining with other prominent celebrities for a concert benefiting natural disaster victims, hosted by the Rumah Pandai charity and Indonesian business mogul and world-renowned guitarist Setiawan Djodi.

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Tickets on Sale for CFW’s 22nd Season: September 2015

Couture Fashion Week NYTickets for the 22nd season of Couture Fashion Week in New York City are now on sale. September 11-13, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the crossroads of the world. Get your tickets and mark your calendar for an unforgettable experience of exquisite fashion shows, trend setting hair and makeup designs, world-class entertainment, parties and more.

Also make your hotel reservations at our special discount to stay at the Crowne Plaza during the event. (Limited availability, special rate expires August 10, 2015).

Recent participating designers above (L-R): Solo Sposa Italia, Dian Pelangi, Luis Machicao, Asri Welas, Andres Aquino, SLO Collection by Sharmooz, Ly Giam Tien (winner Project Runway Vietnam). Click for more photos.

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Cannes Red Carpet Fashion: A Feast of Style and Luxury

Couture Fashion Week New York presents “Cannes Red Carpet Fashion”, a special program of fashion shows by exceptional international designers, produced by Andres Aquino on Friday May 22, 2015 at the Cannes Fashion Festival. The venue will be the Salon Croisette at the Hotel Majestic Barriere, across from the world-famous red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival. Andres Aquino is the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York, now entering its 22nd season. #CannesRedCarpetFashion

Designers scheduled to show on May 22 include:Designers to show at Cannes Fashion Festival May 2015: Fatema Ismaeil, Noor Al-Jandal, Hengki KawilarangFATEMA ISMAEIL (Kuwait). Fatema Ismaeil is one of the Middle East’s most prominent couture designers. She is the founder and driving force behind the Al Malaky Fashion House and has shown her designs at numerous prestigious fashion events throughout the region as well as in Europe. She is especially noted for her exquisite evening and bridal creations, and is a favorite designer of many prominent celebrities, socialites and members of royalty.

NOOR AL-JANDAL (U.A.E.) . According to Noor Al-Jandal, “there is no right or wrong in fashion, just the character you would like to be that day.” Dubai’s luxury and vibrant colors have always inspired Noor Al Jandal’s designs. Her couture line features signature cuts that emphasize a woman’s femininity, opulent fabrics and exquisite embroidery.

HENGKI KAWILARANG (Indonesia). Hengki Kawilarang brings legacy Bumi Ruwa Jurai to Cannes Red Carpet Fashion at the Cannes Fashion Festival. Mr. Kawilarang’s designs have been featured in various fashion and lifestyle magazines such as High End, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Clara and many more. His fashions are worn by celebrities in Indonesia as well as international clients from Asia to the USA.

Designers to show at Cannes Fashion Festival May 2015: Narine Tovmasyan, NIAPA presents "MOI", Andres Aquino

NARINE TOVMASYAN (Russia). With the theme “Live for Beauty”, Narine Tovmasyan’s creations strive to connect Renaissance styles with the modern age. Her distinctive evening gowns embody the stylish elegance and greatness of spirit of previous eras juxtaposed with the dynamics and rhythm of today. She recently made her USA debut with the showing of her latest stunning collection at Couture Fashion Week New York to enthusiastic reviews.

NORTHEAST INDIA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (NIAPA) presents “MOI” (India). With the tag line “Defining yourself”, MOI wants every woman and man to feel comfortable yet empowered with their own unique sense of self. The fashion house deals in designer menswear and womenswear, with its signature formal wear and bridal gown collections. Taking a step towards fashion marketing, MOI makes extensive use of the exquisite local textiles and indigenous silks, particularly those produced by local weavers from the northeastern Indian region, while infusing these into other readymade fabrics. The result is a unique brand with universal appeal.

ANDRES AQUINO (USA). Andres Aquino, a fixture of the New York fashion scene, is an award-winning fashion designer and also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York. He deems fashion to be wearable, stylish and fun. His semi-annual runway fashion shows in New York have become well-known for their mix of charm, fantasy, music and dance, blending Broadway entertainment with delightful luxury fashion and pleasant surprises. He has been featured in numerous top fashion media and publications worldwide including Collezioni, Book Moda, TotalPrestige, ModaStyle International, Fox TV, Fashion TV, Russian TV, Chinese TV, and many more.

Lauren Tormenta To Present Latest Collection Inspired by Medieval Castles

Lauren Tormenta fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYNew York City designer Lauren Tormenta will present her latest collection at Couture Fashion Week New York during the upcoming 22nd season of the prestigious event. The fashion show will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the Big Apple.

Lauren Tormenta is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and is a rising design star on the vibrant New York City fashion scene. Her signature brand specializes in unique and memorable custom designs, each telling its own story. The distinctive creations convey a rich powerful look through the mixing of materials including fine quality wools, knits, leathers, silk and lace, embellished with unique closures and embellishments. Ms. Tormenta draws design inspiration from the lure and mystery of medieval castles and the deep dark woods that surround them. Rich architecture, stone engravings and lavish gardens inspire her choice of fabrics.

When a woman wears a Lauren Tormenta design, she looks powerful, independent, and most of all, beautiful.

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