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Belle of the Ball is the Latest Collection by Fashion Designer Andres Aquino

Belle of the Ball by Andres Aquino at Couture Fashion Week“Belle of the Ball” is the latest sublime collection by producer and designer Andres Aquino. The designs will be shown on the runway during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

The “Belle of the Ball” collection is filled with dreamlike grace. It is a beautiful waltz, a harmony of creativity and design. Classic and modern silhouettes merge to bring out the inner beauty and perfect individuality of each woman who wears them.

Andres Aquino is the founder of producer of Couture Fashion Week. He is also an award-winning designer renowned for his theatrical fashion show productions. This season will be no exception, with scheduled performers including singers Nadjah Nicole (The Voice), Princess Long Long and Pesvebi, the dynamic group of drummers, dancers and singers from the Republic of Georgia.

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Glamour Rush by Andres Aquino at Couture Fashion Week New York

Glamour Rush by Andres Aquino at Couture Fashion Week NY
Photo: Ron Carr. Makeup: Aimee Carr. Model: Farah Zulaikha.

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The rush is on! Designer Andres Aquino will present his latest collection entitled “Glamour Rush” during the upcoming 24th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. The highly anticipated fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 10, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the Big Apple. A dinner gala party will follow the show.

“Glamour Rush” is a fantastical place where time and fashion collide, and where music, art and fashion exist in harmony. It is a nostalgic look at the future, where the colors and shapes of the past take center stage.

The stunning luxury handbags which will accessorize the fashion collection are by VITVITY, inspired by the ancient Chinese arts, this is the first hand carved Chinoiserie style bespoke leather handbag collection ever introduced to the global market.  The intricate carving process, along with the delicate painting of the three dimensional leather and the embedding of exquisite natural pearls combine to produce the finest leather accessories in the world.

The dramatic hair creations to be seen on the models for this inspired show will be done by Tocco Magico of Italy and its team of master artists, bringing hair color and styling to another level.

A lineup of world-class performers is also set to delight the audience, including Romeo and Julia Saleno, the world’s first pop opera couple; award-winning soprano and a favorite with CFW audiences, Elisabetta Russo; soprano Victoria Miningham, who will also walk the runway in an Andres Aquino gown; acclaimed jazz songstress Candace Woodson, soprano Raquel Suarez Groen, who recently made her debut with Opera Carolina; rising pop star Magdalena G; and soprano Veronica Iovan, who has been delighting CFW audiences for many seasons.

Andres Aquino is known for his theatrical productions combining multiple creative elements such as singing, dancing, visual art, and dramatic hair and makeup, but always presenting wearable couture designs.  His work has been featured in major publications and programs worldwide, and he has shown his designs at prestigious fashion events in Dubai, India, France, Mexico, the Caribbean, Romania, and Nepal, among others. Mr. Aquino is the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week as well as the founder and director of the Global Short Film Awards Festival (New York-Cannes). Mr. Aquino recently partnered with the ZEE TV network to bring content from his show and highlights of other Couture Fashion Week shows to one billion viewers in over 170 countries.

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Couture Fashion Week Heads to Nepal

Couture Fashion Week Heads to NepalDesigner and Couture Fashion Week New York founder and producer Andres Aquino will show his recent collection entitled “Romancing the Himalayas” at the Nepal Couture Fashion gala event. The show will be held at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu on August 13, 2016. The event marks Mr. Aquino’s first runway show in Nepal which will feature a selection of his signature luxurious, feminine and wearable gowns.

“I am looking forward to finding new inspirations in the stunning natural beauty of this Himalayan country, known as the rooftop of the world,” says Mr. Aquino. He will be traveling to Nepal with four talented models: Belgica Suarez (Miss Honduras Universe), Sendy Caceres (Miss Paraguay Earth), Nea McClin from Finland; and New York runway model and stylist Kelsie McKenna. In Nepal the group will be joined by actress Shristi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2012), Anjali Lama (1st Face of Panache Runway), Malina Joshi (Miss Nepal World 2011), celebrity model Aastha Pokharel, Puza Stha (contestant for Miss Nepal 2015 and Miss Talent 2015), tecno artist Anish Anand, actor Gaurav Pahari, and a number of models, celebrities and VIPS. International model, actor and entertainment executive Deepak Ghimire, whom Mr. Aquino met and worked with in New York on a special Nepal showcase, has been instrumental in organizing the Nepal event.

Couture Fashion Week New York will be entering its 24th season in September 2016 as one of New York’s most prestigious fashion week events. Mr. Aquino is also the founder and director or the Global Short Film Awards, now entering its second year with events in New York and Cannes, France, among other cities.

The Nepal visit by Mr. Aquino and his associates will also include:
– The official signing of the Global Short Film Award Festival (GSF Awards) license agreement for Nepal.
– Discussions with government and business leaders on mutual cooperation to promote Nepal fashion and tourism, as well as to expand the fashion market for Couture Fashion Week New York in Kathmandu.
– Scouting for new talented designers and models.
– Enjoying the beauty and friendship of the country and people of Nepal.

The event is managed and organized by Everest Events & Exhibition Pvt. Ltd., a sister concern of Avenues Television. The main sponsor of the event is Jawalakhel Distillery (Ruslan Vodka). Thanks to Executive Directors Aseem Rana and Sanjeeb Pyakurel, Director Sambridhi Raj Karnikar, Rachana Gurung Sharma, Deepak Ghimire, Chief Program Coordinator Shrijana Pokharel and the staff of Couture Fashion Nepal, who are committed to making this year’s show one that goes down in history.

More information: www.CoutureFashionWeek.com | www.GlobalShortFilmAwards.com | facebook.com/couturefashionnepal


Artist Kevin Berlin’s New York Top Hats to Shine at GSF Awards Gala in Cannes

Kevin Berlin New York Top Hats to be shown with the Andres Aquino collection at the GSF Awards gala in Cannes, France.Internationally renowned artist Kevin Berlin will show original, artist-designed luxury top hats during the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France. Several hats will be worn by models as part of the Andres Aquino couture fashion show at the event on Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. The gala evening program will include a red carpet, fashion shows, awards presentations, world-class entertainment and auction. Tickets are available online.

Part of Kevin Berlin New York’s “Classic” Top Hat collection, these contemporary Top Hats are ‘unisex,’ perfect for both men and women and for ‘everyday’ wear. The handmade creations are of the world’s finest quality and come in three heights: X, XX and XXX. The North American launch will take place in New York in July 2016.

"Large Cup of Coffee" a print by artist Kevin Berlin will be audtioned at the GSF Awards Gala in Cannes, France.
“Large Cup of Coffee” by artist Kevin Berlin.

Kevin Berlin’s art is found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Quincy Jones, Bill and Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, and Ron Rice founder of Havana Sun, among many other prominent art collectors. Mr. Berlin has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, Tokyo Television, BBC Radio and over 40 television stations across the United States. Mr. Berlin was honored by President Reagan at The White House, and his recent solo exhibitions include New York, Miami and London.

In addition to the presentation of his beautiful top hats at the Cannes event, Mr. Berlin will also offer one of his original, signed, silk screen prints for auction. “Large Cup of Coffee” is almost five feet tall and features the New York skyline, the Empire State Building and New York’s famous ‘We Are Happy To Serve You’ coffee cup. Even if you are not a New Yorker you probably recognize this cup from movies and television shows including Brooklyn 99, Nurse Jackie, Men in Black, Mr. Robot and many others. The print retails for $10,000. A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to charity.

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Celebrity Model Candice Zhao To Walk the Runway at Couture Fashion Week

Celebrity model and actress Candice Zhao at Couture Fashion Week NYChinese celebrity model and actress Candice Zhao will close the “Elysium Fields” collection by Andres Aquino fashion show, 8:00 pm on Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City.

Candice Zhao is the winner of the 35th Miss Bikini International competition in China and runner up in the World competition. She is also the winner of the reality TV show The Transformers for China talent search, chosen from 70,000 contestants. As an actress, Ms. Zhao has appeared in films including Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, Monster Trucks, Can I Borrow Your Phone and The Truth, as well as in the remake of the Chinese film We Are Family. She has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines such as Man’s Uno, Esquire, Face, and Milk among others.

“I am so glad to have Candice close my show,” says designer Andres Aquino. “She is a triple threat: talented, beautiful and smart, representative of the 21st century woman on the rise, bringing grace and style to the catwalk and inspiring other women around the planet to excel.”

Mr. Aquino’s “Elysium Fields” collection is a magical place where the immortal heroic paradise of Greek mythology meets the Champs-Elysees in a blissful confluence of art and fashion.

In addition to being an award-winning fashion designer, Andres Aquino, is the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York, now in its 23rd season. He is also the founder and director of the recently-launched Global Short Film Awards Festival, which had seen entries from 81 countries for its inaugural edition. In addition, Mr. Aquino is the publisher of Couture & Luxury magazine, a photographer and poet. His work and innovations in show production have been recognized by publications and media around the world. He has appeared in such media as FOX TV Networks, major TV outlets in Russia, Indonesia, and Turkey, as well as Slavi’s Show (Bulgaria), Algebra of Fashion (Ukraine), and publications including Collezioni Haute Couture, Book Moda, Prestige, Rendezvous de la Mode, Moda International and many more.

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“Elysium Fields” is the Latest Inspired Collection by Andres Aquino

Elysium Fields by Designer Andres AquinoDesigner Andres Aquino will present his latest collection, entitled “Elysium Fields”, during the upcoming 23rd season of Couture Fashion Week in New York City. The highly-anticipated runway show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 13, 2016 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the city that never sleeps.

“Elysium Fields” is a magical place where the immortal heroic paradise of Greek mythology meets the Champs-Elysees in a blissful confluence of art and fashion. The collection by Mr. Aquino, who is also the founder and producer or Couture Fashion Week, features two sections: mischievous vixens with plenty of sex appeal versus angelic maidens with elegant allure.

The show will include musical performances by world-class entertainers as well as the designer’s signature surprises.

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Renowned Soprano Elisabetta Russo Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Elisabetta RussoRenowned soprano Elisabetta Russo will perform at Couture Fashion Week New York for the first time during the event’s upcoming 22nd season. Ms. Russo will perform during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015, as well as before the 4:00 pm fashion show on Sunday September 13, 2015. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the “Crossroads of the World.”

A native of Bari, Italy, Ms. Russo received a Bachelor’s degree in singing and a Master’s degree with highest honors in singing specializing in chamber music from the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome. She attended master classes with Edda Moser, Renata Scotto, Renato Bruson and Alberto Zedda. A winner of many important contests, Ms. Russo has performed in Italy and abroad and has collaborated with many acclaimed conductors and composers. Among the most important roles she has played are Norina in Don Pasquale by Donizetti, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte by Mozart, Tonina in Prima la musica poi le parole by Salieri, Gilda in Rigoletto by Verdi, and Nannetta in Falstaff (starring Renato Bruson) by Verdi. In 2011 she won “Best Female Vocal” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She has recorded Brise de Mér, Leoncavallo’s arias for voice and orchestra on the Suoneria Mediterranea label, with the direction of Luigi De Filippi. In 2013 she opened for Andrea Bocelli at Paramount Studios, performing with David Foster and Eugene Kohn, and performed at the Ann and Moss Theatre in Santa Monica with Maestro Andrea Morricone and the Amor Symphonic Orchestra. In 2014, together with pianist Giulia Spinedi, she won first prize in the Chamber Music section of the XVII International Competition V. Scaramuzza. As winner of the Beverly Hills recital series in 2014/2015, she performed at prestigious venues in the City of Beverly Hills. Currently she is writing for the Italo-Americano newspaper as Opera reviewer. Recent performances include a concert in Toronto for the Italian National Day Celebration at Casa Loma Castle in May 2015. For her appearance at the Couture Fashion Week New York soprano Elisabetta Russo will wear a Mark Belford gown.

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Acclaimed Tenor Luciano Lamonarca Returns to Couture Fashion Week

Tenor Luciano LamonarcaAcclaimed tenor Luciano Lamonarca will return to Couture Fashion Week New York’s 22nd season with a highly anticipated performance at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015. Part of the Andres Aquino fashion show, the event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

A native of Italy, Luciano Lamonarca was born in Italy and studied voice with such teachers as Gino Lorusso Toma, Franco Corelli, Carmen Sensaud, Salvatore Fisichella, Roberto Scandiuzzi and Daniele Barioni. He has performed solo concerts at prestigious venues worldwide including Lincoln Center, the New York Theater for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Palais Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, Austria, Great Hall of the Palace National Philharmonic Orchestra, in Minsk, Belarus, La Vallisa auditorium in Bari and the Teatro Politeama in Palermo. Tenor Lamonarca has performed under the patronage of the highest national and international institutions: the United Nations, UNESCO, the European Union, the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Youth, the Regions of Puglia and Sicily. He was the special performing guest at the Commemoration in Westchester County (New York) of the attack of the Twin Towers, broadcast by NEWS 12. In 2011 he spearheaded the project “United Academia” with the U.N. Academic Impact.

Mr. Lamonarca has performed as a special guest on multiple occasions at Couture Fashion Week in New York. Other artistic projects include concert tributes to the great tenor Mario Lanza in Milwaukee and an online music project Ricordando Mario Del Monaco, a tribute to legendary tenor Mario Del Monaco with the collaboration of famous stage director Giancarlo Del Monaco. Luciano Lamonarca performed in Passau, Germany at the Europaishes Jugend Musik Festival in a concert dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. In 2007 he became the youngest opera singer to perform at the United Nations in New York when he sang in the “United We Are Peace” concert as the sole representative of Italy at the invitation of the Zaraspe Foundation. He returned to perform at the U.N General Assembly in a concert held in the presence of ambassadors and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. In 2008 he performed at the world premiere of the film Carnera – The Walking Mountain at Madison Square Garden in New York City where the guests of honor were American actor Burt Young and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham. In 2013 Tenor Lamonarca received Proclamations for artistic merit from New York’s Westchester County Executive Hon. Robert Astorino, and from the New York State Comptroller, Hon. Thomas DiNapoli.

In 2009 Mr. Lamonarca released his first album entitled Mamma, dedicated to his mother and benefiting the missionary project “City of Hope” in Zambia. In 2012 he released his second album The Impossible Dream, an outstanding compilation of Italian operatic arias and American pop-operatic hits, made in partnership with The New York Choral Society and benefiting the Mini Maestros Program. Luciano Lamonarca has been featured in numerous media outlets including Rai Uno, Rai Tre, Rai International, Tele Norba and TGS Sicily, as well as ithe New York Daily News, New York Post, The Italian Times, The Italian Tribune, The Italia Magazine (in Russian), La Repubblica, America Oggi, Il Quotidiano.Net, Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno and Il Giornale di Sicilia.

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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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Jewelry Designs by Monalisa Okojie at Couture Fashion Week New York

Nehita, Inc. Jewelry by Monalisa OkojieCelebrated jewelry designer Monalisa Okojie will present her latest jewelry collection with world-renowned fashion designer Andres Aquino at Couture Fashion Week New York during the upcoming 22nd season of the prestigious event. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on September 13, 2015 during New York Fashion Week.

Monalisa Okojie, founder and CEO of the exclusive Nehita jewelry brand, uses a wide variety of gemstones in her designs such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, topaz and diamonds. Clients include such celebrities as Natalie Cole, Alan Cumming, Josh Henderson, the late Whitney Houston, Meagan Good, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy and Tyler Ferguson, and her jewelry has been featured in many publications. Ms. Okojie started out as a practicing attorney in Nigeria, but gave up a promising career to become a world-renowned jeweler. Nehita has now expanded its product line to include brilliant colorful silk scarves inspired by African prints. These scarves are perfect for both men and women. A percentage of the proceeds of the new collection will be donated to Upward African Woman, Ms. Okojie’s charity which is focused on helping to provide underprivileged African women and children with educational materials and support.

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