Award-winning fashion designer and entrepreneur Isabel Lopez will present the latest collection for her Isabel Original International label at Couture Fashion Week New York. Part of the 37th season of the prestigious event, the runway show will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday February 5, 2023 at the Prince George Ballroom in the Flatiron District of New York City.
A native of Colombia, Isabel Lopez moved to the USA in the 1990’s to pursue her fashion dreams. She studied at the prestigious Esmoda School of Fashion in Cali, Colombia and at the Burdette School in Boston. Now based in Miami, she is renowned for her unique couture designs that accentuate the sensual curves of a women’s body, capturing the spirit of elegance. Each original design is personally created by Isabel Lopez, from cutting to stitching, from embellishment to embroidery; reflecting the designer’s talent and passion. The signature phrase of the Isabel Original International brand is “Be Sexy, Be Beautiful, Be Original!”
Isabel Original International designs have graced the red carpet at many of the most important events around the USA, including the Latin Grammys, the Billboard Awards and Premio Lo Nuestro, and have been featured in major media worldwide. They have also been shown on top fashion runways such as New York Fashion Week, Boston Fashion Week, Boston Fashion Awards, the Raw Awards, Catwalk for Cure for the American Cancer Society, Rock the Runway, Naples Fashion Week, Fort Myers Fashion Week, and more.
In addition to running her fashion label, Isabel Lopez has experience as a model and actress, and served as founder/director of the Miss Colombia New England pageant. She is also the founder and publisher of Original Living Magazine, another facet of her brand, which gives her the opportunity to feature artists, including herself, on a platform to share their inspired work.
Designer Camila Sarasty will present the latest creations for her By Sarasty label during Couture Fashion Week New York’s 37th season. The fashion show will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday February 5, 2023 at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City.
A native of Colombia, Camila Sarasty is a professional in Fashion Design and Marketing, and a graduate of the prestigious Arturo Tejada Cano design and fashion school. She is the creative director of her own By Sarasty brand, which focuses on versatile, luxury, handmade garments, suitable for a wide range of occasions. Her signature pashminas and bandanas are fresh and light, highlighting the intrinsic beauty of women. By Sarasty has shown at New York Fashion Week and has been featured in press worldwide. Her beautiful designs have garnered a large enthusiastic clientele. With an environmentally conscious mission, all By Sarasty designs are made with recycled fabrics with water or digital printing.
By Sarasty is working to become a transformational fashion brand. “I want to impact people’s lives by offering something different: handmade luxury pieces that connect on a physical and personal level in any part of the world,” says Camila Sarasty.
Luxury accessories designer Suzanne Houston Simms will make her debut at Couture Fashion Week New York along with fashion designer Doriana Rosca for the Waletty label. Part of the 37th season of the prestigious event, the show will be held at 4 pm on Sunday February 5, 2023 at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City.
Suzanne Houston Simms, a renowned fashion jewelry artist, is presenting her latest exclusive luxury eyewear couture and jewelry designs, a private signature collection called IC-Cocktails, under her Inspiritus Creations brand, in retro Hollywood glam and glory and Casino Royale style.
A native of Sweden, Suzanne was inspired by her parents from an early age in her lifelong interest in music, entertainment and fashion. After graduating from the Academy of Apparel and Fashion Design, she moved to New York City and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She went on to launch her fashion haute couture business specializing in hand painted silks for her luxury evening wear private signature collections. She picked up client accounts with casino boutiques in Las Vegas, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue and Hollywood celebrities.
After returning to Europe, Suzanne worked in the beauty industry. Now back in the USA, she is based in Florida and is inspired by the wonders of nature and her spiritual beliefs connected to positive energy and love. Inspiritus Creations focuses on unique fashion statements of beauty and strength for powerful women, with bold and chunky “bling” style. In her Florida art studio, Suzanne uses sparkling European crystal elements with mirrored cubes and plates creating 3D-effects mixed with pearls and the brilliance of colored glass crystals. Many of her creations feature the Maltese cross, expressing the artist’s faith in Christ. Suzanne shares a story and message in each collection; recent collections are Mind Body and Soul, Blue Therapy, Sun Explosions, Pearls of Hope, Manhattan Skyline Windows, Mirrored Reflections and Gratitude and IC-Bijou pour les Yeux.
Inspiritus Creations has been featured in a bestselling music video by Robbie Rivera, as well as at Milan Fashion Week, and at major events in Paris and Stockholm.
Andres Aquino is the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York. A fixture of the New York fashion scene, he is an accomplished designer himself, and has shown his designs at important fashion events worldwide including in Dubai, Nepal, India, Romania, Paris, the Dominican Republic and multiple cities in the USA. He is also the founder of the Global Short Film Awards, with an annual black-tie awards gala held in Cannes, France held to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
Equal Rights for Children is an active partner for the 17 sustainable goals under the United Nations on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), with a special focus on mothers and children born out of wedlock and both of their legal rights. The non-profit organization’s main goal is that no child is discriminated against no matter when, where, or how they were born. ERC was founded by Amadea Angela Aquino (no relation), and its Board of Directors includes boxing legend, humanitarian and former Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao, and H.E. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan. The organization’s supporters include UNIK Advertising, Nicole Miller, the Foreign Press Association, as well as the Philippine Mission to the United Nations which is also a partner in promoting children’s rights and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Couture Fashion Week (CFW) is one of New York Fashion Week’s most prestigious events. It showcases the work of exceptional designers from around the globe. It is an important platform for fashion industry professionals, celebrities, and media attention, and has a reputation for presenting the latest trends and styles in the world of couture fashion along with delightful musical performers, makeup and hair styling by top industry professionals, red carpet, and after parties.
The upcoming show is a unique opportunity to raise funds and awareness for ERC’s work and mission. The collaboration of CFW and ERC highlights the importance and value of working together to make a difference in the world.
Designer Geraldina Shabani will present her latest collection for her signature Geraldina’s Couture label during the 37th season of Couture Fashion Week New York. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held at 6 pm on Saturday February 4, 2023 at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City.
A native of Albania, now based in the New York area, Geraldina Shabani began designing and sewing her own designs at the age of 10, and has never looked back. For economic reasons, she eventually moved to Greece, where she took a series of jobs and was able to bring her son to join her after a few years. Soon after, she established a network of clients and supporters who recognized her exceptional skills, and helped her launch a startup business specializing in tailoring and alterations. Her endeavors led to work on furniture and décor for hotels and villas, eventually supervising uniforms for 750 employees in a large hotel.
After emigrating to the United States, and with her young son serving as her translator, Geraldina landed a plum job with renowned fashion designer Peggy Jennings at the iconic Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. As she continued to improve her English skills, Geraldina garnered a number of private clients and offers from top fashion brands looking for skilled seamstresses and designers. She went on to work for Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and Prada. In 2015 Geraldina realized a lifelong dream and opened her own couture atelier in Hartsdale, New York, outside of New York City, and quickly became known for her impeccable quality and exquisite workmanship. When the Covid pandemic hit, Geraldina found herself making face masks, and was recognized in the effort by the media and even City Hall. This attention had all of Westchester County lining up at her door to buy masks, and she also donated many masks to local health care workers. At this point, Geraldina needed a larger space, so she moved to her current location in Scarsdale, New York.
As Geraldina’s Couture gears up for its first major fashion show in New York, the designer reflects on how she is determined to bounce back from the pandemic challenges, keep and grow her valued clientele and workers, and bring her brand to the next level. Geraldina’s Couture has launched a GoFundMe campaign for the show, and invites her current and new fans and supporters to donate.
“Raising this money for my fashion show in February will be my way of thanking everyone who helped me get to this point,” says Geraldina. “All of the love that was given to me and my son did not go to waste. I am now working to pay fashion show fees along with my workers, staff, models, fabric and materials, transportation and more. Every bit helps.” She adds: “All the designs we will be showcasing are handmade by myself and my team. I want to inspire other women — and especially mothers that survived or are trying to survive — that there is love and hope, and it’s never too late to go after your dreams.”
Top model and celebrity Daiana Canales will appear as a special guest model for designer Andres Aquino at his fashion shows in New York and Malaysia in February 2023. Mr. Aquino’s latest couture collection is entitled “New York Fashion Symphony.” On February 4, the fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City, as part of Couture Fashion Week New York’s 37th season. Then on February 25, the fashion show will be part of a festive gala event at the luxury Wyndham Acmar Klang Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“I am looking forward to working again with Daiana on these exciting events,” says designer and producer Andres Aquino. “She is always on point, always a top professional. She was born to shine.”
A native of Romania, Daiana Canales is the winner of numerous top modeling accolades including the Global Short Film Awards Cannes Best Model, Miss Summer World 2019, Miss Super Globe 2019, Top Model Universe Hungary 2019/2020, Miss Saint Tropez 2017, Miss Romania, Miss Tourism, Germany’s Next Top Model 2018, and more.
Daiana has been featured in print ad campaigns for Jaggad Australia and Waletty in Germany, among others. She was featured in the popular reality TV show The Power of Love in Istanbul, Turkey. She has appeared in many major publications worldwide including Vogue, GLW Magazine, Unique Magazine New York, and Deamina Magazine in Milan. Daiana has also walked the fashion runway at events such as New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week New York, Dubai Fashion Week, the Venice Film Festival, Bucharest Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival, and others.
Daiana is an avid fitness buff, a professional fashion model full of energy with a killer smile and always positive attitude.
Award-winning fashion designer Andres Aquino will present his latest collection entitled “New York Fashion Symphony” at two prestigious events in February 2023, with the extraordinary creative journey spanning two continents. On February 4, the fashion show will be held at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City, as part of Couture Fashion Week New York’s 37th season. Then on February 25, the fashion show will be part of a festive gala event at the luxury Wyndham Acmar Klang Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“New York Fashion Symphony” is a couture collection inspired by the sounds of New York City. Mr. Aquino has created a series of surrealist and fantasy art illustrations that will be custom printed on fabrics creating unique looks. “Bringing together fashion and art marks a new direction in my creative journey,” says Mr. Aquino ” The designs embody a New York of my imagination, a poetic dream, if you will, of the capital of the world and beyond.” Mr. Aquino designs exclusively one-of-kind and very limited-edition sophisticated and creative outfits for the red carpet, socialites, performers and other clients.
“I recently became involved in a number of exciting mining and technology projects, so art and fashion represent a delightful opportunity in a lighter and more imaginative sphere, Mr. Aquino says. “It is also a way to leave a cultural legacy while providing opportunities and making history with a team of other creative minds in the world of entertainment.”
Both the New York and Kuala Lumpur shows will feature live performers, highly creative makeup and hair designs, and top international runway models, including Daiana Canalas from Romania, and Leyla Murugova from Tatarstan.
About The Designer
In addition to being an acclaimed fashion designer, Andres Aquino is an artist, poet, entrepreneur (technology and mining), theater director, and event producer. Often called the “Urban Renaissance Man”, he is the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York, one of New York Fashion Week’s most prestigious events. He is also the founder of the Global Short Film Awards, entering its 8th year in 2023, with an annual awards film and fashion gala held during the Cannes Film Festival.
Top fashion model and celebrity Leyla Murugova will appear as a special guest model for designer Andres Aquino at his fashion shows in New York and Malaysia in February 2023. Mr. Aquino’s latest couture collection is entitled “New York Fashion Symphony.” On February 4, the fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm at the historic Prince George Ballroom in New York City, as part of Couture Fashion Week New York’s 37th season, one of New York Fashion Week’s best events. Then on February 25, the fashion show will be part of a festive gala event at the luxury Wyndham Acmar Klang Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A native of Tatarstan, Leyla Murugova is a rising star in the world of fashion modeling. She has walked for numerous designers at prestigious events during New York Fashion Week and Miami Fashion Week, among others, and she is also a celebrated pageant winner, holding titles such as Ms. World International, Ms. Universe World International, Mrs. Planet and Mrs. Millenium Universe.
There are just way too many clothing and accessories brands in the market these days. It might take ages to find the best brand that sells everything you seek. It may feel like a needle in a haystack at times. However, if you are looking for something specific, feminine with playful use of space and color, chic, or bohemian, you should shop atAlice McCall dresses and more.
Additionally, designer clothes are worth every penny— made from high-quality materials— and are made to last. So, when you have a collection of these clothes you should wear them the right way and here are the steps to do just that:
You Wear One Brand, Loud And Proud
The best way to pick an outfit for the day is to stick with one brand. It’s just easier that way, especially if someone asks you, ‘Who are you wearing today?’ Instead of naming different brands, you can say I’m wearing this brand. Also, it’s essential to know about the brand you are wearing. Just in case somebody asks you about it.
How do you pick an outfit for a day?
Check the weather forecast and decide on a specific look suitable for when it rains or when it’s a hot sunny day.
Think about the look you are going for, and consider the activity you will be doing that day. Don’t wear something sporty to a formal event or a long gown at a cocktail party.
Wear something that will last you all day.
You Wear It With Confidence
It doesn’t matter if you wear luxury clothes; it will show if you don’t feel good in them. How you dress up tells so much about you, how you carry yourself, how you perceive the clothes you’re wearing, and how it affects your mood.
So, how do you feel confident in your clothes?
Choose the proper cut and style for your body type.
Wear something flattering that shows off your best assets.
Choose clothes that match your personality.
Walk with confidence. Don’t slouch. Keep your head up, always.
Choose clothes that fit you perfectly.
You Wear It Like It’s An Extension Of Your Body
When you think of it that way, you can move without checking yourself in the mirror every five minutes. Think of your clothes as the outer layer of your skin; then you won’t be self-conscious.
You Wear It Like An Investment
You bought it for a reason, and it didn’t come cheap. You should find a way to ROI (Return on Investment) it. Choose clothes that you can repurpose, something you can wear during the day for work and at night to party. Significant Other clothing and dresses have the kind of clothes just for that. Wear it with conviction like, ‘I bought this with my hard-earned money; therefore, I deserve this.’
You Wear It For Yourself
Aside from thinking about it like it’s an investment piece, it would be best if you always considered why you bought it in the first place. Perhaps you believe in the brand’s vision, mission, and values, or you love their products. Overall, you wear the brand’s designer clothes because you love their sense of style and fashion.
Here are a few tips and tricks to style designer pieces:
Know How To Layer Your Clothes: you should know what goes on top of what.
Mix and Match Designer Pieces: if you want to wear plain clothes, top them with a textured jacket or cardigan.
Wear The Right Kind Of Shoes: choose something you can wear all day that compliments your entire look.
Accessories Are Key: stick with one kind of jewelry, all gold or silver. Please do not mix them; they won’t look neat. But don’t overdo it.
Pick a Bag: think about what you’ll be doing for the day, and bring all the essentials with you.
Finally, take one good look in the mirror and see if everything matches. Otherwise, repeat the entire process.
When you wear designer clothes, you’ll have to consider a lot of things: if it fits, if it matches your style, if it has the right cut, if you are fond of the color or if you like the texture; but more importantly, is how often you will be able to wear it.
You didn’t wear it because you feel compelled by society, but you are wearing it because you love everything about it.
Furthermore, these designer clothes are expensive; therefore, your goal is to get good value for your money.
Iona I. Lewis is a fashion guru who has a wide collection of designer clothes. She loves fashion week and she is curator.
When selecting jewelry, you want something comfortable to wear, wonderful to look at, and that will last a lifetime, so your jewelry materials should be top-notch, and the style of jewelry must be timeless. From a statement watch like a Rolex to the most expensive chain around your neck, certain pieces of jewelry ooze confidence. Here are the top six timeless jewelry pieces to add to your collection that are worth the investment.
Choose Your Metal
Jewelry materials affect resale value, as well as the longevity of the piece. There are three fine metals that people choose for jewelry – gold, silver, and platinum. Gold has three different colors for you to choose from: yellow, white, and rose. When you’re looking at different pieces, make sure the gold you buy is of high quality. Karats refer to the metal’s purity and shouldn’t be confused with the word carat, which is the measure of weight or density in a gem.
Although traditional fashion guidelines once dictated that you should pick one metal for an outfit and stick with it with all the jewelry pieces you choose, it’s fun and daring to break these fashion rules by combining mixed metals. However, certain metals match specific skin tones, so consider how your skin looks with yellow gold or white gold to bring out the best in your complexion and your jewelry.
Key Timeless Jewelry Pieces
Here are some of the most classic pieces to add to your jewelry collection. You’ll find that you will be reaching for these pieces again and again.
1. An Heirloom Luxury Watch
Golden or gem-encrusted, a watch is not merely a time-keeper; it is also a style statement, an investment, and a family heirloom to pass on to future generations. When you choose your timepiece, you must pick something you will wear on your wrist for decades.
Many luxury watch brands, such as Rolex, offer models that feature multi-metal bands and cases, with gold and silver links and gems. Choosing a watch made with different-colored metals enables you to wear platinum, silver, or gold jewelry with your watch without clashing.
Look for a watch with a sapphire crystal covering the dial. Sapphire crystals are more chip-, corrosion-, and scratch-resistant than acrylic or mineral watch glasses. Many luxury watches also come with waterproof features, ensuring that they continue working at depths from 100 feet to an astonishing 12,000 feet for the Rolex Sea Dweller. These details increase the watch’s durability, a crucial factor considering you likely wear your watch every day.
2. A Classic Solid Gold Chain
One of the most reliable and timeless pieces for both men and women are high-quality chains. With a variety of styles, you can find a chain to fit your every mood. Some are ropy like the Figaro, and some lay flat on your collar bones like the Herringbone. If you’re feeling courageous, you can stack your chains, wearing multiples at once for a layered, lavish look. Stagger the length and style, and use a pendant as a focal point if you wear multiple gold chains for men.
3. Simple Earrings
For men, the two types of earrings that you see the most are earlobe-hugging hoops and studs. Of the two, studs are the most versatile and timeless because of their slimmer profile and endless configurations. Diamond studs are trendy due to the stone’s versatility. One large diamond is a significant style statement; however, pure gold studs are ideal for a more minimalist look.
4. A Statement Ring and an Everyday Ring
Plain rings make an excellent starting point if you’re new to the world of jewelry, and a solid ring collection never goes out of style. As you build your collection, two timeless pieces are a statement ring for special events and a plain ring that you can sport on any occasion.
A signet ring is the perfect statement piece and ideal for customization. Often adorned with a family crest, large gem, or another important symbol, these pieces exude power and confidence and make excellent heirlooms. Perfect for formal evening wear, this brilliant ring, traditionally worn on the pinky, is a sophisticated statement sure to attract many admiring glances. However, for a ring that you can wear every day, opt for a slim gold or mixed metal band. These sleek, minimal pieces add a touch of refinement to your outfit without looking ostentatious.
One of the more subtle pieces in your collection may be the pair of cufflinks at the end of your sleeves. While many shirts no longer require links to secure the cuffs, many men invest in gold and jewels to attach the cuffs of a button-down shirt or French cuff as a powerful style statement.
However, cufflinks aren’t just for men anymore. Women can adorn their favorite formal shirts and work attire with a little bit of bling at the bottom of each sleeve instead of a bracelet.
Bracelets are a great way to add a bit of bling to your outfit. Several classic designs never go out of style, including a solid gold cuff, bangle, tennis bracelet, and a chain. A tennis bracelet is a single line of diamonds encircling your wrist, set in the metal of your choosing. On both men and women, tennis bracelets are chic, durable adornments, offering a subtle silhouette.
The great thing about inline diamond bracelets is that they are understated enough to wear during the day or during more informal events, yet timeless enough to sport at galas or on other important occasions. A cuff is a great unisex statement piece. These bracelets are rigid with a single opening that slips over the wrist. They sit close to the skin and look just as impressive with a casual t-shirt as with a gown. A chain bracelet is a chic piece you can wear every day. Opt for solid gold and a slightly thicker link than you would wear around your neck.
Start Building Your Jewelry Collection
With these six elements in your jewelry collection, you will feel you have the foundation to a fantastic lifetime of looking suave and feeling sophisticated. And it’s not just you; investing in timeless pieces means you will have a legacy to pass on to your loved ones. From a classic Figaro chain to the omnipresent Rolex watches, you can’t go wrong with these six timeless jewelry pieces that will last your lifetime.