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Trend Fashion Stylist and Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti poses for a photo-op at the Liberty Shows

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LIBERTY FAIRS

This tradeshow in NYC was held July 23-25, 2018. It's all about fun streetwear brands for the trendy and hip guy. The photo above is in the Pillars Lounge that supports new and upcoming non-mainstream brands that are committed to art, sustainability, textiles, celebrities and fashion. Some other segments of the show: Quest collections for the modern man that wears suits that are a bit more on the edgy side; The General Store has homewares, apothecary, and small batch goods alongside well-crafted clothing lines and Atl-Above Tree Line products that are for the outdoor man. New to the show was an area called Stocked which showcased sneakers that cater toward the Hip Hop culture that was available for anyone attending to buy on the spot and take home with them. Most of the clothing and accessories were for Spring 2019 but so much of what was shown was to order for Fall delivery.

Some other fun happenings going on at the show to break up your walking up and down the aisles looking for that new brand that no one else has yet. Paintball Mural is where you got your frustrations out by throwing colorful paintballs at a wall along with everyone else. I tried it and it was fun but you'll have to look at my Facebook page to see me doing it. Fulton & Barber Shop/Cuts by Etiket a small barber shop in the show where guys could get their haircuts and shave free. Joe's Coffee which gave me the real pick me up that I needed when I arrived at the show because I had walked to Pier 94 where the show was being held from the Javits Center along 12th Avenue. Brooklyn Gin Bar that made very tasty summer cocktails. Candle Making with Manready Mercantile where you can make a handmade scented candle. HTTP://WWW.LIBERTYFAIRS.COM

PIG & HEN

This collection of men's jewelry is made in Amsterdam, Holland. The owner Dominic Bakker who is seen making the jewelry in the photos above has 45 craftspeople making men's bracelets by hand. It's pretty much an all-natural line of jewelry that uses marine grade metals, sailing rope and waxed based thread. The colors are changed every six months except for navy and black to keep up with the fashion colors in season. As you can see in the photos he uses metal components in silver, black, gunmetal, copper, stainless steel and gold tones. Cute story about the label is that it's taken from tattoo's worn on old sailor's feet. When the ship would sink everyone would drown except the pig and hen because they were kept in wooden crates on deck that would float and the wind would bring them home. You can shower or swim with these bracelets on because they are allowed to get wet and not ruin. I am modeling a bracelet made just to fit my wrist in the photo. Jewelry priced from $79.00 - $89.00 and comes in the sturdy wooden box that can be used to store your jewelry. To order http://www.pighen.com

GLOBE

Designed in Australia, this massive collection is a surf, skate, skateboard and snowboard brand. They also specialize in clothing, hats and shoes to go with this outdoor lifestyle. What caught my attention of this booth was the colorful Impala Rollerskates for Women in sherbert flavors that retail for $100.00. I definitely want a pair for myself for it will be my new way to get around town😊. Skateboards are made of bamboo, Maplewood, plastic board in graphic prints done in conjunction with an artist. There are fun colors in the wheels as seen in the photo, price $120.00 - $200.00. To look cool in the skate/skateboard crowd they make lifestyle and technical skate sneakers, work boots and vulcanized shoes for $50.00 - $175.00. Tee shirts are a throwback to the 1990's with a look of a long sleeve shirt under a short sleeve shirt that is washed out looking on purpose. Since this is also a Streetwear clothing collection they have shorts ranging from super short to board shorts that are washed out looking but with an elastic waist for comfort in prints. Don't forget you can match your Cabana shirt to your shorts! To order http://www.globebrand.com

CULT OF INDIVIDUALITY

I love this collection because it reminds me of my Rock and Roll Club Days! This is a denim-based collection with retail prices as such: jeans $189.00, jackets $269.00, tee shirts $60.00, hats $40.00 and sweatshirts $150.00 -$160.00. Ron Poisson (the cool guy in the photo above) designed this line because he thought there was too much disposable fashion out there so he wanted to do something more artistic. What he's doing is building a culture around the brand encasing the music community and cross-pollinating many music genres ranging from Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal, Country and Latin. When this clothing is worn it's says something different about your personality. What it means is that your unique/different and that you don't follow the masses, precisely why I gravitated toward this booth when I first saw it. Distressed denim, stretch denim, patchwork denim which by the way is biggest up and coming trend in the denim scene, embellished jackets and hand painting. You can get all these trendy items in children, men's and women's clothing and accessories.

This is all in collaboration with other companies and artist. Bikes by SE and jewelry by KingBaby. To order go to http://www.cultofindividuality.com


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Fashion and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti poses for a Photo-op at The PROJECT SHOW

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PROJECT SHOW

Project Tradeshow took place at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, July 22-24, 201 8. This show previewed Spring 2019 trendy men's clothing, shoes and accessories for the contemporary and hip guy. Alongside Project, the other shows were MRket which caters to the more conservative and traditional man; Project Womens for the urban female; Fame that focuses on the contemporary or junior market and Accessories The Show that features all classifications in women's accessories. All shows are part of UBM Fashion http://WWW.UBMFASHION.COM.

The newest menswear trends for Resort and next Spring/Summer season were linen blazers in plaids/tweeds, slim fitting double-breasted jackets with wide lapels, neutrals colored small floral prints in cotton shirts that coordinate with jackets, suede loafers worn with slim fitting pants and wingtip shoes worn with no socks showing and rolled up pant cuffs (low cut socks and no-show socks are what you would wear and they are made for men nowadays.) By the way, this is how the hot and sexy Italian men (no matter how young or old they were) wore their suits at the show with the no socks look. 

EPTM.

An upscale urban brand bringing current trends to the urban fashion landscape for the everyday guy at an affordable price. Think athleisure wear for the hip-hop or any guy who identifies with that whole streetwear and music scene whether he lives in the city or suburbs. Fabrics used are nylon, techno, and poly cotton that stretches. Comfort here is the key with drawstring waist track pants that have elastic bottom openings, slant front pockets that zip and back pockets to store your wallet in. Track jackets have elastic waist and cuffs and mesh linings. I loved the use of color blocking/racing car checks and that is what attracted me to this collection. The tee shirts are designed after Baseball jerseys. Speaking of trends this is the new way on how to wear bags, in front of your chest and the bags shown in my photos above have lots of front pockets to put your phone and pens in. Prices $30.00 -$50.00 are so reasonable considering some of the items are made in the USA. HTTP://WWW.EPTMUSA.COM


PENINSULA

A line of swimwear from Rome, Italy that also is made in Italy. The collection is based on the 1960's & 1970's leisure life wardrobe of Film Director, Luchino Visconti. The prints are taken from old majolicas which are tiles from old family homes by the sea. Fabrics in the swim trunks are microfiber and they are all lined with a drawstring or elastic waist and some come with a button fly. The best feature about these swim trunks are the mesh underpants that cover all your private parts so nothing falls out the bottom leg of the shorts (see photo above.) Many colorful prints to pick from and sized to fit everyone from S - XXXL. Priced at about $120.00 but well worth it because of the mesh underpants.    https://www.peninsulaswimwear.com/

PRINCE & PETE

This is the cutest idea I've seen in socks in a long time. Instead of buying a pair of matching socks you can buy socks that mix prints and colors. This idea was conceived because the owner Donna Pappalardo had three sons who were always losing their socks so she came up with this concept of mix and match socks and no more odd socks in the laundry basket. Made from Bamboo fabric that wicks moisture away from your skin. The base colors are named after streets in Manhattan: Navy = Hudson, Black = Bleaker, Grey = Ludlow, Slate Blue = Mercer. Charcoal Grey = Worth Ave in Palm Beach, and Purple = Melrose in Los Angeles, CA. Look at the hidden pocket in the photo above, so perfect to stash money or condoms in for when you're out on the town at night in tight pants or jeans and you don't want any bulging pockets.😉Sizes 8- 10 1/2 and 10 -14. The socks come in a heavy cardboard box to be reused again for storing your accessories when not in use. Online you order 1 sock of style and color to mix with another sock that you like but I would stick to the same color family to not look crazy. Priced at $12.00 per sock. HTTP://WWW.PRINCEANDPETE.COM


LAJOIE

All handmade in Montreal, Canada with pride. An excellent quality collection of men's briefcases, wallets, card cases, passport cases, tote bags and bracelets. First using laser cut patterns then hand stitching the pieces together with a linen thread by a French Company that Hermes also use in their production so you know you are getting the best for less than that big-name company from France. The leather is cowhide (which is very durable/won't wear out fast) that is tanned in Chicago Illinois and Japan. To keep these handcrafted products looking new just polish them with colored cream shoe polish that you can buy at the shoe repair shop and buff with a soft cloth when the color starts to fade a bit. These are the kind of accessories that you hand down from generation to generation because they are made to last. A reason to buy leather is because of the quality and PVC/vinyl peels (which is what most wallets are made of nowadays) whereas cowhide leather won't split apart. Prices $45.00 - $725.00. Colors are brown, navy, forest green and black. HTTP://WWW.CHEZLAJOIE.COM


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RESORT AT COTERIE

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STUDIO BY MARIS COLLECTIVE AT COTERIE

There's a saying out there "Life's a beach" then if that is true than Studio By Maris Collective showed all the beautiful fashions that you need for this summer's beach life and for when the weather turns cold up North then you go away to a resort where it is warm and sunny. Most of the designers in this Collective were from Brazil or Columbia since this was a resort women's trade show and those countries specialize in warm weather beach fashion. Columbia Design Space was an area within Studio by Maris pertaining to high end designers that brought their collections to this trade show to allow American store/website buyers a chance to buy high quality and handcrafted clothing/accessories for the American public.

Resort and beach trends were all about bright tropical colors and soft ice cream pastels. All the clothing collections that I saw had focus on Boho, feminine fashions featuring ruffled, eyelet and chiffon fabrics. Prints were soft florals on flowy fabrics or gingham in red, white, blue and black. Navy and white stripes were featured in knit dresses meant to be worn as a cover up over your bathing suit and then accessorized with a straw hat/bag and thong sandals to go shopping or to eat in a cafe in town. Men's shirt stripes in cotton that was a huge trend this summer will be continuing for resort 2018 in dresses and blouses. Thong sandals continue but mules or slides are the new trend being either flat or with a block heel. For evening ankle boots with spike heels and open toe/backs are perfect to dress up any Boho outfit for dinner or dancing. 

CHARMOSA

You have been working hard at the gym or just got Plastic Surgery/Liposuction for your beautiful figure, now show it off with these sexy swimsuits! I had the pleasure of interviewing Founder/Designer Neide Hall about her sexy collection of designed/hand made in Brazil swimwear and coverups. Fabrics are eco friendly in spandex/polyamide with a high concentration of spandex to hold you in like a girdle and for the suit not to stretch out from wearing. All the swimsuits in the bikini styles are reversible which means you can wear the same suit two days in a row and look like you brought on your vacation two different suits. The handmade macrame beach cover-up as in the photo above is made from women who work from home in Brazil there by giving them an income and the ability to stay at home with their children. The bottoms of the 2- piece suits come in the following styles: FULL - for lots of coverage of your butt and BRAZILIAN which is cheeky meaning showing lots of your butt cheeks. Tops - CLASSIC - which is a triangle shape for women whom are either flat chested or have big beautiful breast and want to show them off and the suit ties in the back. Fits bra cup sizes A - DD. On the green and red one piece swimsuits in photo the lacing in front of the suit in the photo can be tied up or down on the torso of your body, low cut front and high cut legs makes you look like a Sex Queen!😃 The pink long sleeve top is either a bodysuit or bathing suit for the days you had too much sun on your arms/chest. All swimsuits have 50 SPF Sun protection too and are fully lined. The prints are hand dyed in purple, fuschia, emerald, blue and orange. Retail prices $180.00 - $250.00. To order: WWW.CHARMOSASWIMWEAR.COM

OROPENDOLA

Designer Carolina Velez makes contemporary fashions using traditional Colombian techniques. What attracted me to this collection was that I made a Macrame necklace in high school (still have it but don't wear it) and I haven't seen this art as fashion in years so I wanted to find it more about on how Macrame clothing was made. I found it all these exquisite and unique pieces are hand made from ladies in remote villages in Columbia as a way to give them work to survive. Wax covered cotton yarn is tightly woven to cover skin or loose to expose the skin. The ladies who make these pieces work on craftsmanship and perfection not mass production for it takes 1 -2 weeks to make each vest. Gold plated beads are woven into the garments for added shine. Bright yarns are considered contemporary and neutrals are considered traditional but in many of these garments brights and neutrals are mixed beautifully together. The silhouettes are VEST which can be worn with a cotton summer dress to give it some pizazz. Retail priced $335.00 - $1,200.00. Jewelry dresses up any caften to take you from poolside/beachside to a dinner or party. Retail priced $48.00 - $150.00. Even wearing just a pair of earrings will add some fun and color to your swimsuit or resortwear. To order: WWW.NOATRADE.COM  

BUSINESS & PLEASURE

Beach and patio furniture with vintage inspired prints derived from 1980's Australian beach culture. This company is based in USA with pretty much an in-stock position so you can go to their website, order it now for Summer 2018 and get it fast for they ship from California with FREE SHIPPING in USA. You can have a beautiful Summer/Resort/Beach home because you can order all the furniture/umbrellas in matching or coordinating prints so your patio doesn't look like a bunch of unrelated pieces and ugly😏. Natural cotton fringe is used along with aluminum hardware (so no rust) and hardwood poles on all the beach umbrellas. Tops of the umbrellas are UV coated cotton canvas so you are even more protected from the sun and water resistant. They come with a matching carry bag to bring to the beach and priced retail at $150.00 - $250.00. Matching print fabrics come in all the chairs so your patio or beach area will always look coordinated. Chairs are made of beachwood and come in the following three styles: 1. A 2 -piece chair which is a fold up chair and easy to carry to the beach $120.00, 2. Tommy Chair that has a zip pouch in back of chair to carry all of your essentials in with backpack straps to carry the chair to the beach. I tried this chair on my back and yes it's even so lightweight I can carry it to the beach without a problem on the subway. 3. Sling chair that folds for easy carrying for people that drive to the beach (chair will most likely fit in the trunk of your car) or to be stored after beach season is over for next year. Retail Price $200.00. To order: WWW.BUSINESSANDPLEASURECO.COM 

BALETTI, LLC

A collection of bags and purse accessories made in Columbia using Italian full grain leather that is resistant to wear if you take care of them by keeping them clean using leather cleaner and applying a bit of cream shoe polish and rubbing it in (same color as the bag) on the wear spots just like I do with all my leather bags/shoes/accessories. Some of the unique features of the bags are interchangeable base and covers with magnetic snaps for closure for easy on and off so that you can customize any bag in color ways to suit your funky or conservative taste. Top handles to make the bag take you out from work to dinner/party and convertible shoulder straps to carry your bag on the subway or with loaded hands to a business meeting. Metal feet on the bottom of the bag so it doesn't touch the ground and stays clean. Inner back pocket holds a card case that is removable. The card case back holds plastic or business cards and the front holds money with a flap and snap to stay shut and protect your money from falling out. All bags are lined in neutral cowhide so that you can see what's in your bag when you open it. Besides this is a sign of a high quality bag for we all know those cloth linings always rip and black linings make it impossible to find anything in your purse! Going out dancing at night then they make a belt bag where the bag detaches from the belt and can be used on it's own because it has a top handle (see photo). Some of the purse accessories shown in my photo are small wallet, clutch wallet and coin pouch. All bags come with a cloth dust bag to store them in also. FREE SHIPPING TO USA FROM COLUMBIA! Retail prices $475.00 - $995.00. To order bags that you will own for at least 10 years and maybe pass down to your daughters and granddaughters go to: WWW.BALETTISHOP.COM

To find out more about Coterie Trade Show: WWW.UBMFASHION.COM 


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CAPSULE

This show is about well...brands that have a capsule collections meaning small collections. Capsule is a women's high end ready to wear and accessories trade show featuring up and coming designers that sometimes make their products themselves. The show was held February 24 -26, 2018 at Pier 94 in NYC. WWW.CAPSULESHOW.COM

Gretchen Maull Berger who is the Founder/Creative director got her start working for Juicy Couture's bag division and when they closed she got offered to take the machines/leather and then hired their pattern maker whom had 25 years in the business to start her own bag business. As I told her she is smart to use all leather products because the PVC or vegan leather peels after awhile but a leather bag can last forever! Leathers used are Python, Watersnake, Italian Calf Leather and she sources all the skins from the same tannery that Gucci uses so you know the skins are of the highest quality. 

The line has such cute styles that I haven't seen elsewhere such as Rebel Holster Bag that turns into a belt bag, Grande GG that is a day into evening bag with a shoulder and a hand chain that comes off and attaches to a pouch inside the bag, Mini GG this is the perfect nightclub bag for it has a detachable chain that can be turned into a belt bag so you can dance and a Cocktail Clutch with a chain handle that can wrap around the wrist and hook to itself so you don't have to hold your bag and your cocktail in one hand. Retail prices $395.00 - $2,495.00. To order: WWW.GGMAULL.COM

GG MAULL

Gretchen Maull Berger who is the Founder/Creative director got her start working for Juicy Couture's bag division and when they closed she got offered to take the machines/leather and then hired their pattern maker whom had 25 years in the business to start her own bag business. As I told her she is smart to use all leather products because the PVC or vegan leather peels after awhile but a leather bag can last forever! Leathers used are Python, Watersnake, Italian Calf Leather and she sources all the skins from the same tannery that Gucci uses so you know the skins are of the highest quality. The line has such cute styles that I haven't seen elsewhere such as Rebel Holster Bag that turns into a belt bag, Grande GG that is a day into evening bag with a shoulder and a hand chain that comes off and attaches to a pouch inside the bag, Mini GG this is the perfect nightclub bag for it has a detachable chain that can be turned into a belt bag so you can dance and a Cocktail Clutch with a chain handle that can wrap around the wrist and hook to itself so you don't have to hold your bag and your cocktail in one hand. Retail prices $395.00 - $2,495.00. To order: WWW.GGMAULL.COM

Mina makes each bag by hand all by herself in Brooklyn, NY. She definitely makes them with LOVE because they are very time consuming to make. The leather is vegetable dyed cowhide tanned with traditional tanning techniques. Notice the front of the bag and how beautiful it is? So you want to know how it's made? Mina uses color changing pigments and hand paints them on to the leather. The back of the bag is hand carved with embossing. All the hardware is brass. To stitch the bag parts together holes are poked into the outer edges and then waxed nylon/leather thread is laced thru the holes with a whipstitch and this is all done by hand. The insides are finished to match the outside of the bag. All components are made in USA. All bags are shipped with a dust bag in a cute box to store them in. Retail price $1,100.00 To order: WWW.MINAY.LOVE

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MINAY

Mina makes each bag by hand all by herself in Brooklyn, NY. She definitely makes them with LOVE because they are very time consuming to make. The leather is vegetable dyed cowhide tanned with traditional tanning techniques. Notice the front of the bag and how beautiful it is? So you want to know how it's made? Mina uses color changing pigments and hand paints them on to the leather. The back of the bag is hand carved with embossing. All the hardware is brass. To stitch the bag parts together holes are poked into the outer edges and then waxed nylon/leather thread is laced thru the holes with a whipstitch and this is all done by hand. The insides are finished to match the outside of the bag. All components are made in USA. All bags are shipped with a dust bag in a cute box to store them in. Retail price $1,100.00 To order: WWW.MINAY.LOVE

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TAMBONITA

Company slogan is "Weaving art with style." All the bags are made by hand in Los Angeles, California. An interesting concept is these bags can be up-cycled meaning you can send them back to headquarters and they can be rewoven in new color ways or with new trims. Now this is a great way to recycle your old bag, keep it out of landfills and have people employed in America. Some of the unique styles are Hipster which literally sits on your hip when it hangs from your shoulder and this is the perfect nighttime party bag because you can also wear it cross-body, Circle Bag is crocheted over CD's on each side and it has a bamboo handle, Rainbow bags have glitter elastic woven into chain (see photo above) with a drawstring to keep the top closed and a clutch bag with reflector ribbon that is perfect for all of you ladies who drive to the clubs/bars at night so that in the dark parking lots the lights from the car shine on your bag and they won't hit you. Photo above shows how the bag is woven. Retail price $470.00 - $595.00. To order: WWW.TAMBONITA.COM


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Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Parenti poses for a photo-op at Coterie

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COTERIE

This is an upscale contemporary women's trade show featuring ready to wear, shoes, accessories and beauty. The show took place at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC on February 26 -28, 2018 and put on by UBM Fashion. The clothing trends for Fall 2018 are wide leg pants, high waist skinny jeans but big bell jeans are making a comeback, knit skirt and sweater sets, skirt lengths are mid calf and styles are pencil, A-line and circle and 1980's tailored clothes are a major trend. In Accessories the major trend in handbags is still the bucket with a shoulder strap, thin gold chains worn layered still seem to be the prevailing jewelry trend, berets are making a huge comeback as far as hats are concerned so I'm sure every trendy girl in NYC will be wearing them on the streets this coming Fall/Winter. [email protected] and Sole Commerce were the two areas of the show featuring shoes. I saw a vast amount of sneakers that had been embellished, heels were chunky and 2 - 4 inches and Maryjane styles seem to be trending. WWW.UBMFASHION.COM

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DALDOSSO

For the "Love of the glove" I had to interview designer Elisa Santamaria because I never saw such beautiful

collection of gloves and we all know I'm huge lover of gloves, wear them all the time and all year-round. I use to sell dead stock vintage gloves so I'm considered an authority on gloves. The company was started in 1974 with sport gloves and emerged to men's and ladies dress gloves. All the gloves are made in Italy out of Italian Sheepskin Leather. Plain just won't due for these gloves. The collection consist of 67 styles with the same base but each style trimmed differently according to seasonal trends. Colors are dark's, bright's and metallic's. Fashion forward describes these gloves that are embellished with chains, zippers, ruffles, chiffon flowers, patchwork, studs, appliques in lips & eyes and big stones. Styles consist of finger-less, driving, gauntlet, and the following lengths in inches measured from the fingers up the arm 10", 13", 16" and 20 1/2" which are opera length. All gloves are treated to be water/stain resistant and dirt repellent which is a great idea for those of us who live in cities and walk in bad weather. Even though these gloves have been treated the leather remains soft and breathable. Easier cleaning is made in the leather dying process. Speaking of cleaning you can clean these gloves with a cream leather cleaner that doesn't require water and please don't put wet gloves near heat for then they do will get stiff. I'm seen in the photos above modeling some of the styles I thought to be exquisite. Prices $150.00 - $250.00 retail. To order: WWW.DALDOSSO.COM

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THACKER

Practical bags designed in NYC out of Italian leathers. Designer/Founder Toni Hacker (whom I interviewed) really gets women’s lifestyle needs when it comes to handbags in today's world. She works with Italian Tanneries to create special textured leathers just for her line. Some of the special leathers she created for her bags are a pebble texture in solid colors, metallic s in silver, gold, rose gold and an oil slicked iridescent look. The fall collection is embellished with studs. Most purses will have matching tassels and a circular metal ring as a handle. This is a great feature when going out to evening parties for the handle goes up to mid arm so you can hold a cocktail and plate of food at the same time. Your bag will be out of your way but still on your body and you don’t have to keep wondering if it’s safe. Some of the styles are: Nolita clutch with tassel and ring for all clutch bags because nowadays you need a handle because this isn’t the 1940’s when you could just tuck a clutch bag under your arm and walk down the street and know that your bag will stay on your body, La Pouch bag has a strap and ring which is smart if your like me and taking the subway going to cocktail parties, Sabine which is a saddle bag, Beatrix is a backpack and Ladybird which is a clutch. Retail price range $98.00 - $298.00 To order: WWW.THACKERNYC.COM

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BUTRICH

This collection stole my heart away because it was so me; meaning fashion that was fun and glitzy! Jessica Butrich owner/designer said “the D & A of the brand was to make woman happy and put a smile on their faces when they got dressed in the morning.” This collection is designed/handcrafted in Peru and in bright/pastel/metallic leather and suede. This line is all about theme collections such as hearts, stars, polka dots, palm trees, appliques, stripes, glitter and flowers so when you wear the shoes you will feel you are in paradise. Think the Glam Rock era in music (mid 1970’s) when you look at this vintage inspired 2-inch platform with 5 ½ inch chunky high heel Maryjane style shoe. Talking in the booth I had Jessica look at photos of the NY Dolls (a Glitter Rock band) on her computer to see that I was referencing that her style shoes were a throwback to that era. Some other style shoes are flats, mid heel pumps, over the knee boots, slides, mules, short boots and oxfords. Even her shoe boxes match the polka dot shoes. I loved the shoes so much that I had to model them for the photos above and you know what they fit my feet perfectly and were comfortable too. She also makes cutesy earrings in enamel over gold-plate in such shapes as 2-tone large hearts, palm trees and watermelons $180.00 - $200.00 and glitter sunglasses in shapes $200.00. Retail prices for shoes $250.00 - $450.00 To order WWW.BUTRICH.COM



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INDEN

A line of handbags and purse accessories created in Japan since the year 1582. This collection is craftsmanship at it's best for everything is hand done by artisans. The process in making this line is over 400 years old. First using deerskin leather and then putting wooden lacquer in layers over it which protects the leather, makes it more durable and shinny. The patterns such as the black and white are silk screened in the deerskin then processed with with two colors of paint and finished with the lacquer. A classic line of high quality purse accessories for ladies such as a mirror compact, clutch wallet that zips/snaps shut with plenty of room to hold all your credit/debit cards, bills and coins, small double zip wallet perfect size for an evening bag, tiny old fashion coin cases that use to be fashionable in Grandma's era that hold rings, pills, coins, your thin gold chain necklace, small snap/flap case has a bottom where you can safely put all those rings you take off when you don't want to appear married or engaged and lipstick case. Unisex cases are business card case that fold over for one side is to collect cards from other people and the other side is for the cards you give out, Metrocard/ID cases, key ring and key cases with magnetic snaps to keep shut. A great selection of different size purses such as mini bags with chain straps that are small enough to hold just your essentials to go out in the evening but some have back pockets and are lined with cowhide all the way to tote bags with removable shoulder strap, a zipper case inside, two pockets in the back of the inside of the bag for your shoes because many of us need to bring an extra pair of shoes to change into depending what our day is like and a dust bag to store it. Accessories come in a beautiful high quality cardboard box that you can store your cases in when not in your bag. Colors most items come in red, tan, black, navy and black and white combo. Patterns are flower, lattice, chevron and seven treasures. You might want to order as many cases as possible so all your purse accessories coordinate and the inside of your bag looks beautiful and not a mess when you open it in front of people. When you carry these beautiful cases no one will say "what a mess her purse was in!" Photos of inside the bags show you the great quality and bag compartments. Price range $42.00 - $1,200.00. Even though these products are made in Japan they are shipped out of California usually in 10 days. To order: WWW.DESIGNEDSTORE.COM  


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Hey ladies I've got a new idea for you to feel and stay fresh even if you can't go home one night and change your panties!. I found this great new product called "PANTYFRESH" AT CURVE (upscale lingerie tradeshow for women) at the Javits Center in NYC. This small box, (2 3/4" X 2 3/4") contains a seamless bikini or thong panty in black/white/nude in in sizes S-M-L-XL, a wipe to cleanse your crotch and behind area, a pantyliner to place down on the inner bottom of the panty to keep the panty clean and a wash me bag to put your dirty panties in for laundering when you get home. This box is small and discret enough that you can throw in your purse, tote/gym bag and will even fit in your party purse or pocket. This is the perfect item for all you ladies who just happen to not make it home after a night of parting at the clubs or bars for this way you won't feel you are dirty or smell in the morning😉 Other great uses for this are vaginal surprises, flight cancellations/delays/layovers, lost luggage, long road trips/far travel destinations, long work day and then going out after, campers/backpackers/hikers and before/after sex. $10.00 a box. For every photo you post on Instagram using the hashtag #PantyFreshGivesBack the company will donate $1.00 to Autism Awareness and Autism Research. To order WWW.PANTYFRESH.COM 


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LIBERTY FAIRS

This menswear tradeshow was all about new up and coming brands with some established brands showing at Pier 94 in NYC on January 23 -25, 2018. Looking for fashion trends and trendy hipsters then this was the place to find it. What I noticed is a return to tailored clothing in high quality fabrics that will last more than a season but in non classic shapes. www.libertyfairs.com

POCKET SQUARE CLOTHING

Men's suit and sport coat accessories consisting of colorful prints in plaids, polka dots, paisley, fruits, and florals. Textured fabrics used are wool, cottons and silks in pocket squares, ties and bowties. Nothing in the line is meant to match but to coordinate with each other says Andrew Cheung the designer. Everything is made in Los Angeles, California. Bow tie styles come in butterfly and diamond shapes. Pocket squares measure 11 inches x 11 inches and ties are 2 to 3 inches. Prices $26.00 - $56.00. To buy visit the store 205 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, California 90014, Hours and days open Monday thru Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Phone 213-375-5111 or shop the website www.pocketsquareclothing.com

MUROEXE

A line of unisex footwear made in Spain and China out of 100% vegan leather and melange fabric with a polyurethane sole that is lightweight and water resistant. very comfortable/functional to wear for they have memory foam insoles. Styles consist of oxfords and booties in such colors as tan, black, grey, charcoal, navy and plum. They fit women's sizes 5-13 and men's sizes 9-13 with prices of $100.00 - $160.00. To order www.muroexe.com

ARTPHERE

Where packback meets briefcase that is made in Japan. I love the fact that the backpack closes in the front for my shoulders are small and backpacks always fall off my shoulders or the straps drag down but with these the strap goes around the front so they stay on. Great for bike riding especially. They are made of PVU or horse leather with inside and outside zipper compartments, side pockets for your water bottle and they have a bass (fish) mouth opening. The frame of the bag is aluminum so it retains its shape. The cases come constructed or unconstructed in colors red, black, navy and forest green. They come sized (see photo) small, medium, large. Priced at $225.00 - $995.00 but they should last for a long long time. To buy www.artphere.com 


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PROJECT MRKET TRADE SHOWS

Both menswear shows were held together at the Javits Center in NYC January 21-23, 2018 and are part of the UBM Fashion family of trade shows. The difference between the shows is Project caters towards a hipper younger man that wears jeans while MRket is all about tailored clothing and high quality fashions from Italy. Project has a few divisions such as Project Sole which is all about men's contemporary footwear, The Foundry carried men's grooming products, home goods and refined men's apparel, Blue @ Project is all about denim and Move @ Project highlights activewear brands. MRket has special sections for luxurious tailored clothing such as Brits in New York and Made in Italy and The Tents that features contemporary fashions from well know quality brands. www.ubmfashion.com 



VINCENT D'AMERIQUE

Contemporary sportswear specializing in unique prints designed in house. This company is based out of Montreal, Canada and has been around since 1981. They are part of Montreal Fashion Week and they should show at NYC Fashion Week because they have a unique look in the men's contemporary market that is different from what I see in NYC. The great features about this brand is trousers have stretch in the fabric and elastic at the waist inside the pants for comfort and to hold your shirt in so it stays tucked in your pants and you don't end up looking disheveled. Their dress jackets has an inside stretch knitted panel next to the armhole for freedom of movement that is great for guys that work out or go dancing. The beautiful prints can be seen at the bottom of under collar and they have matching print shirts/pocket squares that go with them. Now I want to see all the guys that go to nightclubs wearing these because they will certainly get noticed in a dark club with these fashions on. 100% cotton shirts are treated so they are wrinkle free and have contrast prints on the cuffs/collar/placket with a looser fit. The ties match jacket linings. What I love about this collection is it's a total concept from head to toe that allows you to get dressed without much thought. Still don't have a clue of what I'm talking about then just look at my collage of photos and it will all come together for you. Oh you don't know how to measure well then their website shows you exactly how to measure yourself for their clothing that you can order. Prices $178.00 for a jacket/shirts $108.00. To order go to www.vincentdamerique.com

DOCE CERO TRES

I fell in love with this collection because of its uniqueness and the fact that it made any man look hot and sexy! The designer Vincent Agostino started this collection 12 years ago because he was a singer/model and wanted to put together his two passions which are music and fashion. All 100% lambskin leather bomber and motorcycle jackets are made in Mexico that feature metallic, studs, crystals, fringe, patches and embroidery. The metallic transfers are ironed on or spray painted to the leather but don't worry it doesn't peel off as if it were on PVC or vinyl. I have many metallic leather purses and headbands for many years and this has never happened but with the vinyl bags it always happens and I have to throw them away. The leather comes from Mexico and is tanned there also. 1,200 - 2,000 studs are put in by hand on each jacket. All the zippers, studs and transfers come from Italy in order to make this a high quality jacket. Hey your not a rockstar or ride a motorcycle then you can just look cool no matter what your age or body shape just by hanging out with your friends in one of these jackets. To order via email and it can be shipped to the USA or if in Mexico City you can buy from the designer in person. www.docecerotres.com 

CORDS

The slogan for this company is "For the Love of Corduroy". Mikael Soderlindh the owner from Sweden started this collection because he was looking to buy some corduroy pants and couldn't find any. He did his research and found no company in the world that offered corduroy pants year round like in the 1970's. His vision is to be the Levis of corduroy. This line is geared toward hanging out in a casual setting when you just want to be comfortable, relaxed and want an alternative to denim. It's perfect for country living also. The guys in the booth explained to me the meaning of each size cord: 8 wale cord (wide wale corduroy) = 8 wales to an inch, 13 wale (medium wale corduroy) = 13 wales to an inch and 21 wale (thin wale corduroy) = 21 wales to an inch. All the fabric has stretch in it for ease of mobility. The line even features a very lightweight cord fabric that is cool enough even to wear down South in the heat of the Summer. There are 3 fits: straight/relaxed, slim/straight leg, skinny for slim guys, and pleated trousers so we can bring back the 1970's. Sizes are 26 - 38. This is a lifestyle brand featuring jackets, tees, button down shirts, hats and shorts. Prints come in florals hand leopard. Prices $150.00 and up. They just opened a store on West Broadway in NYC or go to the website for listings of stores that carry the brand and locations of their own stores. www.thecords.com.

BRACKISH

This collection of bow ties, cumberbunds, pocketsquares and Plum Thicket Pins are all handmade in Charleston, South Carolina. NO ANIMALS WERE KILLED OR HURT IN MAKING OF THIS COLLECTION!!! A very unique line of men's dress accessories this is because it's made with all natural, sustainably sourced feathers which consist of combinations of Guinea/Peacock, Guinea/Pheasant, Rooster/Quail/Guinea, Partridge/Pheasant/Quail all harvested in American farms. I never heard of a Plum Thicket Pin until I stepped in this booth at the tradeshow but a Plum Thicket is a thorn part of a tree in South Carolina and is only hand harvested in certain times of year in order not to disrupt nesting birds. The feathers are put on the pins with burlap wrapped together and retail for $55.00. The pins match the prints in the bow ties, cumberbunds and pocket squares so a man can be totally coordinated for a formal occasion. Cumberbunds have custom selected feathers stitched on by hand and retail for $695.00. A useful feature of the bow ties is an adjustable neck strap and they retail for $195.00. The feathers are backed on to silk fabric which makes this a luxury item. The pocket squares have feathers attached to grosgrain fabrics and retail for $85.00. Great gift giving are these men's accessories and perfect for Groomsmen gifts. They are shipped in natural wooden boxes so they will stay in perfect shape when you store them and not end up a mess with all the feathers torn as if stored in a drawer. To order go to www.brackishbowties.com.


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VINTAGE @ INTERMEZZO


A show about beautiful, timeless clothing, accessories and shoes made in high quality fabrications with great construction for women mainly from the 1920's - 1990's that you could buy right on the premise. The show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, January 7-9, 2018 and was open to the trade and public. Vintage is iconic pieces, one of a kind that the consumer takes into her own hands and makes it her distinctive look all while mixing it with the fashions of today. You ask why buy vintage? Because she doesn't see herself coming and going in the same looks as everyone else. Vintage is the opposite of fast fashion but fast fashion takes its cues from vintage. The reason to buy vintage over fast fashion or most modern clothing on the market today is value and quality for the price. Meaning vintage will last for a long long time but fast fashion might only last one season! The public came to buy for themselves and the designers bought silhouettes and prints to copy. Many designers buy a garment then send out at once to the factories to reproduce for fast fashion. This show was put on by UBM FASHION 

MORPHEW

Where past and future connect in style. Bridgette Morphew, who is the owner founded this company in 2013 from Morphew's sister company Paradox which is a studio that carries fashions and fabrics for designer inspiration. The company decided to carry pieces for stylist and designers to buy and collect and by doing so they opened up a jewel box of treasures for the world to have. Bridgette shops all over the world but mainly in Europe for very unique pieces that are in excellent condition and might have been only worn once or twice. The fashions this shop carries range from a 1920's lace duster to a 1970's crochet maxi dress as seen in the photos above. The emphasis is on distinctive and not ordinary looking vintage pieces that stand out on their own or can be mixed with fashions out in the market now. One thing I really liked was the colorful suede fringed vest that is produced in Columbia of the companies own design because it is a statement piece that you can mix with jeans (see photo above). Everything they have is to buy not rent. You must call (212-564-4331) or email ([email protected]) for an appointment with the store to see all the special pieces they carry for no walk in customers are allowed. The store is located at 260 West 36th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10018 right in the heart of the garment center. To see more fashions go to: www.shopmorphew.com

ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE

Meika Franz the owner is featured in a photo above wearing a colorful stripe vintage Missoni outfit. The store has two floors (to buy only not rent) and the focus is on wearable quality, on trend and classic fashions from the Victorian era to the 1990's with specialization on mid century. They even have guys clothing such as denim jeans and jackets, rock and roll tee shirts, boots and sweaters. Looking for black tie, big gala, prom, wedding and designer vintage fashion then this is the place to go for the shop specializes in this kind of clothing and accessories. Even if your not a huge vintage person you can always find a funky pin or a cloth patch to put on your denim jacket. There is something for everyone here from the everyday person to the vintage collector. Besides clothing they have lots of shoes, costume jewelry, scarves, household stuff, and cameras. The fun part of the store is they have an old telephone booth which was converted into a listening booth for music. You can shop 7 days a week. Monday - Saturday 11 -8 and Sunday 11-6. Location: 195 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 and is accessible by PATH train from NYC and NJ. Phone 201-860-9990, www.amtvintage.com

LES FEMMES VINTAGE NYC

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LES FEMMES VINTAGE NYC

This is a online store by Proprietress Monika Darby who is a costume designer for many vintage inspired movies and TV Shows such as Boardwalk Empire. After the movies are out and the TV shows are aired she gets to buy many of the vintage fashions the actresses wore on set. This website offers vintage garments and accessories from the early 1900's to the 1980's for females only. Everything featured on the site is hand picked by Monika herself and selected for its historical relevance to fashion and design. Her booth featured vintage magazines also. Their slogan is "Dames & Mademoiselles who have that certain je ne sais quoi personify all things Les Femmes!" www.lesfemmesvintagenyc.com

ORLANDO VINTAGE


Proprietor Lisa Smith has a 3,000 square foot store where you can buy or sell vintage fashions. Looking for theatrical quality costumes then this is the place for you for all your film and TV needs. Lisa has worked on many TV shows for costuming and styled corporate executives for events in Orlando, Florida so she definitely is considered an industry pro on vintage in the Television business. She told me that the true vintage customer buys because of the way they look and feel in a garment. I can tell you from my own experience vintage clothing makes you feel better about yourself because of the quality of the fabric and the way the silhouette of the garment flatters your figure. Her collection starts at the Edwardian Era and goes up to the 1980's for women. Every item is hand picked by Lisa and she buys because she likes the color, texture of the fabric and the silhouette of the garment or accessory. 

 She only buys major statement pieces that speak of a specific era in the 20th century. The shop specializes in very feminine styles, deadstock shoes, vintage magazines, many Whiting and Davis mesh purses and beaded 1980's dresses. She gets her mint condition vintage fashions at estate sales, vintage stores and customers that are looking to sell their gently worn clothes from the past several decades. When buying she looks for special details in the garment or accessory, more complicated construction because that means it's a well made garment, color and interesting texture fabrics. Location: 1500 Formosa Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Open: Monday - Saturday 11 - 6, Phone 407-599-7225, www.orlandovintage.com


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EVENING @ COTERIE


This was a show for the stores and websites that cater to a luxury clientele that attends charity events, galas, proms, debutante balls, homecoming dances, quinceaneras, weddings and any other parties where black tie attire is required. Coterie is wholesale trade show for upscale ladies clothing, shoes and accessories that was at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC from September 17-19, 2017 and part of the UBM family of fashion trade shows www.ubmfashion.com. The evening dress and gown trends for Holiday 2017 are vibrant jewel colors, dresses with lots of beading, sexy/tight fitting, poofy with peblems to hide hips/bellies or more modest styles with lace and sheer illusion . Many of the vendors I interviewed have websites that you can order your dress or gown just in time for that holiday party you have to go to. I attend many fancy charity events in NYC and Long Island, NY with Cognac Wellerlane whose website I write for and notice too many women in "the little black dress" and think how boring and safe they look. I'm aiming to show you my readers how to look dazzling and beautiful in a gown. Teens lots of the gown styles are tight fitting so you will look sexy at your special event. Ladies it's time to break out of black dress habit where you blend in with the crowd at the party and the night itself. This holiday season it's time to stand out in the crowd in a beautiful, sexy gown and get noticed! I guarantee you more people will come over to talk to you and you will feel more confident about yourself. Shoes can either be strappy sandals or pumps with 2 -6 inch heels. You can either match the shoes to the gown color or wear black or metallic shoes. Don't forget to add big rhinestone jewelry with the dress! Oh by the way ladies leave your big work bag at home and carry one of the beautiful evening clutches that are roomy enough for the cell phone and have a chain strap so you can dangle the purse from your arm and free up your hands for food and cocktails. Many of the gown styles in the photos call for elbow or shoulder (opera) length satin gloves.  







GABY CHARBACHI

These gowns are made in Lebanon. The collection is shown for fashion week in all major cities in the world. I loved these gowns for they are very feminine and ladylike. Gaby the designer is very detail oriented and uses precision cuts to make his silhouettes fit the body perfect and not have the bodice of the gown fall down. Special details are structured sleeves and gorgeous fabrics from Europe such as lace, silk, laser cut flowers applied by hand onto the bodice of the dress with a 3-D effect on his organza fabric. The reason the bottom of the gown stands out is there are three layers of fabric from the waist down - 1st layer underneath is mesh, 2nd layer is a thin lace and the 3rd (top) layer is the embroidery. All these layers make the overskirt stand up for an entrance making on the red carpet and I can tell you most charity events have a red carpet with a step and repeat where you can pose for photos nowadays. The bodices are very fitted and some flare out from the waist and some don't and they come boned on the inside which makes the bodice fit snug to the body so the straps don't fall down. As you can see in the front and back photos of the cream lace dress their is an illusion of see thru but it's not really see thru at all! Looking to be the Bell of the Ball then these are the right gowns for you. Sizes 2-16. Prices $1,200.00 - $2,000.00. To custom order WWW.MNMCOUTURE.COM and this company is based out of Los Angeles, California and is the designer's representative in USA but the dresses can be shipped around the world









MILANO FORMALS

This company has been in America for 36 years and has been a textile mill in India for 96 years so they are definitely considered a pro when it comes to quality fabrics. They have exquisite beaded dresses that have 1,500 beads in one gown and it takes 2 weeks to make each dress. They have a unique beading technique that ensures if one bead or sequin falls off the whole row stays on which makes this company the perfect resource to buy a beaded dress from in my professional opinion. Styles are short beaded cocktail dresses, sexy jersey fabric dresses with cut outs for those of us with perfect bodies, low back sequin jumpsuits to show that you work out at the gym, A line dresses to hide big hips, ball gowns, off the shoulder dresses to show off pretty shoulders and 1920's style fringe dresses for the Jazz scene in NYC. You definitely can find a dress for pageants to bridal party. These styles come in limited production so you won't see yourself coming and going. Fabrics are high quality and I know since I use to buy fabrics for many companies in the high end accessory industry. The dresses are made in silk satin, Mikado which is a certain kind of satin, organza, and some of the softest chiffon fabric around. Polyester jersey is of high quality and dresses are lined which will hold their shape and not stretch out after wearing. A size range to fit everyone in sizes 00 - 30 which means for the skinny teen to the plus size mother of the bride. Prices are $200.00 - $1,000.00. To find stores that carry these dresses and gowns go to WWW.MILANOFORMALS.COM or WWW.GOWNCITY.COM







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DECODE

This line has been around since 2009 and caters to the average Missy lady who needs cocktail, formal or evening gowns but doesn't have a model figure and doesn't want to look outrageous in something over the top. It's perfect for the average working woman. A great factor is they have plus sizes since so often a plus size customer says "I like the dress but it doesn't come in my size." These are the dresses that a woman/teen looking for mother of the bride or groom, guest at the wedding, prom, home coming oaol.comr cocktail party clothes can wear without her friends and family saying "what are you wearingThinking face!" Many face flattering neckline styles such as halter, V-neck, round neck and high neck. Some styles come with a shawl which is smart for overly air conditioned venues. Dress styles are fit and flare, crossover back straps with an open back, semi circle skirt with embellished crop top and one shoulder. Pretty pastels for Spring are blush, sage, mauve, lavender, light blue, pale pink, nude, ivory and peach. Hey they even have long sleeve gowns for the religious customers which is a great idea. Some fabrics are beaded, lace, embroidery, polyester chiffon, spandex. For the holiday season the colors are royal, fuchsia, emerald, wine, red, magenta, turquoise and gold. Sizes 0 - 16 Misses and 14W - 24W Plus Size. Prices for short dresses $149.00 - $209.00 and long dresses $189.00 - $300.00. Where to buy: Norstroms, Dillards, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale's Department Stores and at an exclusive specialty store called Rouge and for a list of over 300 boutiques where this line is carried WWW.DECODE18.COM. 


JESSICA ANGEL

Sexy is the perfect word for this made in California collection of evening dresses. The name of the company is named after the owner's daughter whom I met at the show and really looks/acts like an "angel." If you have a great figure (young or old) work out and want to flaunt your figure that you worked so hard on then these are the right shapes of gowns for you. Wearing these gowns at that event you are attending you will surely get noticed and might even make some woman jealous because they would love to look like you in these gowns. All the gowns have a column shape. Features of the gowns are stretch fabrics with draping and trains, fitted bodice thru waist, off the shoulder, fitted bodice thru waist, high- low styles and low backs. Short cocktail dresses are also available for the times when you go to an event after work. I felt the fabric and it's certainly a heavy enough silk jersey to stay down on the body and not ride up. Horsehair (not real but a fabric) is placed on the inside of the hem of the train to keep it down around the floor. Sizes 2 -16 and XXS -XXL which fits up to size 22. Prices $450.00 - $550.00. For a list of stores that carry this collection visit WWW.JESSICAANGELCOLLECTION.COM


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Designer Zang Toi was inspired by the fascinating landscape of Lake Garda in northeastern Italy for his

 Spring 2018 Collection.

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Designer Zang Toi at his Store Opening on 74th and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY After his 

Spring 2018 Collection

Designer Zang Toi was inspired by the fascinating landscape of Lake Garda in northeastern Italy for his Spring 2018 Collection. Zang revealed in my interview that he stayed on vacation in a gorgeous, gorgeous villa and want to interpert into his Spring Collection.


Zang signficantly re-created the lake’s intense hues in his collection, which was mixed with vibrant green and blue shades. Tunics, pants and jackets were cut in simple, flattering silhouettes for a sophisticated elegance. Lace not only appeared as applications on many of the pieces, including a relaxed caftan-like dress, but it was also printed on tunics.


Zang reinvents a handkerchief skirt worn with a white shirt, while beaded ribbons injected a lively spin on a chic elongated vest worn over a fluid blouse and matching pants. Zang also experimented with colorful 3-D studs, which made a statement on many of the elegant pieces and suits.

His collections are always elegant, glamorous and fabulous.


For more information please www.zangtoi.com


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HELEN YARMAK SPRING 2018 A COLLECTION OF LIGHT RICH JEWEL TONES

 AND FROSTY PASTEL FURS

Helen Yarmak is one of the top international brands in the world today. A mathematician by training, Helen combines precision and attention to detail with creative flair, exquisite design and dedication to the highest quality.

Her luxurious fur collection, spectacular jewels and fabulous croc accessories have dressed the fashion elite for the last ten years. The Helen Yarmak brand can be viewed at her exclusive boutiques in Moscow, Milan, Zurich, Odessa and Kiev. Her newest signature boutique is nestled in the famed Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Helen’s high profile clientele include Rihanna, Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson, Chloe Sevigny, Goldie Hawn, Sandra Bullock, Lucy Liu, Whitney Houston, Steven Speilberg, Melanie Griffith, Anna Kournikova and Catherine Deneuve. Helen Yarmak’s furs have been featured in "Sex and the City" and "The Devil Wears Prada" and “Ugly Betty”.

Highlights of the Helen Yarmak luxury collections can be seen on www.helenyarmak.com





HELEN YARMAK SPRING 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Helen Yarmak Spring 2018 at Her Penthouse Suite in the Crown Building during NYFW Spring 2018


HELEN YARMAK SPRING 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op wearing Helen Yarmak Furs  at Helen Yarmak Spring 2018 at Her Penthouse Suite in the Crown Building during NYFW Spring 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Helen Yarmak Spring 2018 at Her Penthouse Suite in the Crown Building during NYFW Spring 2018

Helen Yarmak’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection was inspired by "Life and Love," revealed the designer as I sat by her side taking in the fabulous and very glamorous furs surrounding us.


As always her show was held in her penthouse showroom suite in the Crown Building and the New York City skyline is always the perfect location to showcase her magnificent elegant furs.


As the pink champagne was served by handsome waiters, the collection was shown with informal modeling and racks of furs were set up in every corner of the space allowing guests to feel the furs and to try them on as well.

Helen Yarmak's furs stand the test of time. Every piece is luxurious, feminine and timeless. Helen always adds a modern and fresh spin to traditional sable fur coats, the looks utilized striped or animal print patterns, pastel and metallic colors and embellished inner linings. Tassels, quilted inserts and bold zippers added a funky vibe to the form-fitting coats, vests, capes and dresses.


I also modeled a variety of furs in hues of pink and rose, just perfect for the Spring.


Sable is Helen's favorite fur for its timeless wear, comfort and luxury.


At the end of our chat Helen revealed "Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/helen_yarmak/

Thanks to Tina Panariello https://tinapanariello.com/for her handpainted nail designs and for sponsoring Cognacscornermagazine.com for NYFW Spring 2018


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Founder Malena Belafonte Present The Journey Fashion Festival Spring 2018 At the Mercedes Club in New York City During  NYFW

"The Beauty of PopImpressKA" by Designer Olga Papkovitch at The Fashion Journey Festival hosted by Malena Belafonte and David Belafonte - Photography and Post Production by Tony Filson for KissMyKite and PopImpressKA Journal - Floral Designs by Erika Szabo Kiss - Venue Mercedes Club — with David Belafonte, Malena Belafonte, Olga Papkovitch, NYFW, Mercedes Club, PopImpressKA Journal, KissMyKite and PopImpressKA.

"When creating a dress design there are original pieces of art are created, Art is a passage for all people to get connected and develop its mind, body and soul.

This Particular Design is in 3D effect as we are using incredible Sandra's Donath's Florist exotic Bridal Bouquet with the same color combination to create that unique look and effect to see this impressionistic realism image painting in a form of a dress and bring it Live.

NYFW 2017 The Journey fashion Festival

PopImpressKA Art Couture: Marilyn Painting Oil On Canvas from PopImpressKA Art Collection by Baroness Olga Papkovitch, NYFW The Journey fashion Festival; Fashion Art Photography by Tony Filson, Flowers: Erika Szabo Kiss Sandra's & Donath's Florist

Thank you to everyone: Beth M Donnelly, Brana Dane, Tony Filson, Helene Filson, Erika Szabo Kiss, David Karges, Ksenia Mergourieva, Natalia, Konstantin, Malena Belafonte, David Belafonte, The Journey Fashion festival Staff, all of the models, Hair and MUA, all of the photographers. To our incredible Press: Gail Margaret King, Shelly Cohen, Cognac Wellerlane, Jose Rivera and His Extremitez team. Thank you all for your incredible input and support," revealed Designe Papkovitch.  For more information about the brand please visit https://popimpresska.com/





PopImpressKA Spring 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Host Gail King at The Journey Fashion Festival Spring 2018 at the Mercedes Club during NYFW


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with 

Shelly Bromfield and Patricia Parenti at The Journey Fashion Festival Spring 2018 at The Mercedes Club during NYFW

 Founder of The Journey Fashion Festival, Malena Belafonte, is a singer, dancer, producer, model, writer and entrepreneur based in NY. She started her modeling career in Paris with famed Danish Photographer Gunnar Larsen. Signed to Wilhelmina Models in NY Malena worked for the likes of Elle, Vogue, Bazaar, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Manolo Blahnik and Lancome. She appeared in numerous commercials, music videos, TV series, talk shows and movies and established multiply companies.


Malena spent most of her childhood performing with her parents, professor at the Royal Music Conservatory, Irmgard Knopf Mathiesen and composer and conductor of Concentus Musicus Aksel H. Mathiesen whom she also recorded with. She has worked with artists like Cool and the Gang, Carol King, Jean Beauvoir, Harry Belafonte and Ulrik Cold. She was signed with Sony Records, Edel Records, represented by the William Morris agency and had a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell. She co-founded the Magazine Top Model, wrote a weekly column and had her first nationally published story as a teenager. She released several records and toured with her band Wilhelmina as well as others. Malena Belafonte continued her full time modeling career doing shows and campaigns all over the world but when others met up for drinks after a shoot or a show, Malena felt the need to establish a production company that could take advantage of all the experience and relationships she was developing. She started a production company doing documentaries, writing stories, and consulted where ever she ended up and when she had a free moment. This need to always be on the go, create new projects and find a new way to fill a void, is apparent in everything Malena Belafonte puts her stamp on. During her first pregnancy she created a cosmetics company, during her second pregnancy she released a Perfume benefiting The Refugee Foundation.


Malena Belafonte is a singer, dancerRealizing that her fast paced career would not allow her to be the kind of mom she wanted to be, Malena stepped out of the public eye and turned her efforts towards education. Malena Belafonte co-founded The Speyer Legacy School, the first private school in New York City for gifted and talented children. The school won "Best New School”, “Best Gifted and Talented Program " among the many awards it has won since its opening in 2009. Same year and while opening the school, Malena trained for the Danish Version of Dancing with the Stars. With her professional dancer Silas Holst and her swo small children, she would pendle back and forth between NYC and Copenhagen every week, until it became too much and even Malena had to stay put in order to accommodate the heavy training that was needed and which ultimately won her a second place in the finale.

Always with her children in tow, she did Fort Boyard, 4 Stjerners middag, Til Middag Hos… Liebhaverne and became a favorite on TV2’s Fredags Panel. All while producing and co-producing, chairing and co-chairing events on the other side of the ocean such as Person of the Year honoring Mads Mikkelsen, Inspeyered Gala Benefits featuring YES, Reebok DISHES events hosted by Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer. Malena performed for Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark who was honored by the Danish American Society as Person of The Year in New York. In 2013 she launched a campaign benefiting at risk schools in the US. Malena is on the board of 6 foundations internationally, writes a column for a US magazine, has a doctorate in psychology and is currently recording a solo album and producing a TV series.


Whether it is art exhibits, fundraising campaigns, concerts and musical performances. Malena Belafonte always tries to incorporate her Danish roots. She has hosted various event with Georg Jensen, brought over Danish artist Per Hillo, and has been an ambassador for Denmark throughout her entire career. All of her love and life experiences are now culminating in a show project and an agency that will represent International Designers in New York. “This is a dream I have had for a very long time, and I feel that now is the perfect time to marry my two worlds that I know so well.” When asked if there is anything else she would like to do instead of sitting down with a cup of coffee, she excitedly says: ”I would really like to consult for the Danish Ministry of Education. I see so clearly what is needed and how to restore and use the brilliant part of the Danish educational system while using the best of what is successful in other countries.”


Malena Belafonte is married to David Belafonte, son of legendary singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. Her pride and joy remains her 2 children, Sarafina and Amadeus.


With a radical paradigm shift happening within the fashion industry, Malena Belafonte has created THE JOURNEY FASHION FESTIVAL, a platform for established and emerging international designers, giving them a high profile presence during Fashion Week in both NY and Los Angeles, in a new and innovative format.

With the recent complacency in the fashion industry alongside an exclusion of 98% of international designers from the 4 key fashion cities, New York, London, Milan and Paris, the fashion industry was bound to fall behind in a world that surpassed even this fast moving industry. The current “system” has traditionally worked for only a few privileged designers and has excluded the public at large.

All designers hope to have that one show that will catch the eye of the industry and the public. Editors hope to show their readers the newest, exciting designs that will sell all over the world. THE JOURNEY FASHION FESTIVAL will level this historically exclusionary playing field, giving these gifted designers, the fashion industry, and the public the exposure and the voice that has been missed for far too long.


Thanks to Tina Panariello for her handpainted nail designs and for sponsoringCognacscornermagazine.com for NYFW Spring 2018


For more information please visit  https://www.malenabelafonte.com/


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CAAFD (the Council of Aspiring American Designers), working together with iFashion Network





CAAFD SPRING 2018


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT THE

 CAADF AFTER PARTY


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT THE

CAADF SPRING 2018 BACKSTAGE 

CAAFD (the Council of Aspiring American Designers), working together with iFashion Network, are entirely elated to host a wholly unique group of four designers and brands during its next Collective Showcase during Fashion Week on September 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Pier59. The four designers and brands being featured are Fesvedy from the country of Georgia, Frances Jerard from New Zealand, Mikelsen from the San Francisco Bay area and Samantha Leibowitz hailing from the New York area.


As part of the I'mpossible Challenge program, CAAFD is bringing in and turning over the spotlight to this masterclass set of designers. The I'mpossible Challenge is all about changing impossible to possibilities, empowering and bringing focus to young emerging and promising fashion designers who stand above the rest, and CAAFD believes that you cannot find a more fitting group of designers to represent the I'mpossible Challenge.


Fesvedy is a brand composed of the designer Marita Mamuchashvili and artist Kakha Beri. This fashion brand may only date back three years, but it has developed a truly unique style that is distinctive of British Columbia but with very ethnic and original designs that can only come from Georgia. Contemporary shapes and colors pump innovation through the collections, and this designer and artist together plan to bring their Georgian-laced culture to New York City.


Frances Jerard designs with women in mind at all times and her trans-seasonal collection will blow away all expectations. Her feminine style is brimming with bright floral designs and intricate lace trims adorn her pieces in the pursuit of spreading womanhood all over the runway.


Mikelsen and its designer Mike Seneriches create designs to be timeless, chic, and simply elegant. This emerging fashion designer is best known for his "Mikelsen" woman. She is beautiful, strong, and stylish. Seneriches mixes femininity and edge in his modern "Me-nimal" collection. The look is defined by peplum styles laced with golden hues, and this sleek collection will have boundless grace at New York Fashion Week as it effortlessly floats across the stage.


Samantha Leibowitz' versatile and art-inspired collections will grace Fashion Week with a bold, independent, and adventurous style. This collection will promote an eventful and exciting lifestyle, while remaining down to earth. That is where her philosophy comes from; it is everlasting designs from dusk until day.


iFashion Network is an online portal for everything new and groundbreaking in fashion. It is a global fashion hub, providing articles on designers, events, menswear, women's wear, shopping, trends, and all the behind the scenes info you could ever want, delivered by unique personalities who know the fashion world inside and out. iFashion Network also boasts several industry leading original fashion-focused internet television shows. More information can be found at:http://www.ifashionnetwork.com


Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, [CAAFD] is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of promoting designers who aspire to expand their brand awareness and do business in the United States. CAAFD educates, promotes and empowers aspiring designers and fashion professionals in gaining a foothold in the fashion business, giving them every opportunity to become the renowned designer they yearn to be. More information can be found at: http://www.caafd.org


BFDPR is one of the fastest growing strategic communications agencies that specialize in the art of public relations. By providing services in all areas of public relations counseling, BFDPR guides clients from conception to completion. The driven Public Relations team proactively pitches your brand to the media, getting you the attention you deserve as well as making your publics aware of the benefits that come from associating with your brand.

For further information about this event & schedules etc please visitwww.ifashionnetwork.com orwww.CAAFD.org. 



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Mac Duggal Spring 2018 Shows At Art Heart Fashion During NYFW Spring 2018

Designer Mac Duggal Walks the runway after his Spring 2018 Show




Mac Duggal Spring 2018


NYC Socialite Eric Andrew Ruiz poses for a photo-op with Nick Cannon

 after The Mac Duggal Spring 2018 Show


Recording Artist Nick Tangora poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane after the Mac Duggal Spring 2018 Show


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Designer Mac Duggal after his Spring 2018 Show at Art Heart Fashion 

Ms. Wellerlane's Furs provided by Helen Yarmak

Born in India, designer Mac Duggal’s enthusiasm for women’s couture fashion was honed at an early age when he began to merge the rich, royal history and opulent traditions of his native land with a sophisticated and contemporary design esthetic.


Arriving in the United States at the age of 23, Mac continued his success by expanding his collection to 12 distinct lines. Today, the Mac Duggal brand has transformed into a highly sought after label that is courted by A list celebrities, TV personalities, athletes, pageant titleholders and influencers globally.


Today the Mac Duggal Design House continues to showcase seasonal collections known for their statement and entrance-making drama, feminine detailing and modern sensibility. From couture one-of-a-kind styles fabricated for red carpet, performance, stage and screen to cocktail dresses and gowns to mark special occasions and milestone moments – every Mac Duggal design is a timeless and ageless fashion statement that defines every stage of a woman’s life and fashion lifestyle.


"The inspiration for this collection was about the 1920's. You see a lot of beadwork from that era and it is fused into modernism because it is monocromatic so we have a lot of ice blues, a lot of ice shade tone on tone and you see a lot of range from that era. It is inspiration from about a 100 years ago," revealed Mac Duggal. Fifty four pieces were shown on the runway.


For more information please visit https://www.macduggal.com


Thanks to Tina Panariello for her handpainted nail designs and for sponsoringCognacscornermagazine.com for NYFW Spring 2018.


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Anthony Rubio Spring 2018

Anthony Rubio Spring 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op after

 the Anthony Rubio Spring 2018 Show

Designer Anthony Rubio continues to dazzle us with his pet couture and women's fashions.


This is Anthony Rubio’s fifth Canine Couture collection with women's fashions at NYFW. The women's line is really the accessory to the the doggy couture which continually is emphasized in every interview. Never the less the dog fashions and the women's fashions are upscale perfectly coordinated and yes darling, very very glamorous!

A total of forty pieces were show at Art Heart Fashion. The collection was inspired by Anthony's recent trip to Greece. "So there were a lot of Greek Godesses, the colors of the Mediterrean and it was just so much fun," revealed Anthony during our interview backstage.


For more information about the brand please visit www.anthonyrubiodesigns.com


Thanks to Tina Panariello for her handpainted nail designs and for  sponsoring  www.Cognacscornermagazine.com for NYFW Spring 2018


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David Tupaz Spring 2018 and Grace Moon Spring 2018 Show At Style Fashion Week





David Tupaz Spring 2018


Grace Moon Spring 2018


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Style Fashion Week after the David Tupaz and Grace Moon Spring 2018 show

Grace Moon designed her collection through a range of gentle pleats. Her designs and silhouettes moved freely and gave the effect of continuous fanned material with little to no cuts in the material.


Grace was inspired by her South Korean roots, incorporating traditional Hanbok clothing into many of her colorful, silk designs. She experimented with lengths exploring styles from mini to maxi. One color-block pattern dress was even a combination of the two.


What also caught our eye were the open silk sleeves, ribbon-scarf layers, and striking multi-toned color combinations often decorated with Korean symbols or beautiful flower and leaves.


Grace Moon’s spring 2018 collection was all about the pleats and symbolism.


David Tupaz Spring 2018 was inspired by the ancient elegance of China.  The collection was bursting with gold accents especially in oriental patterns dominating each classic gown. There were gold bows, jewelry, handbags, and other accents, all adding a rich, decadent look to simpler tones of red, black, and white. 


The most ornate reflection of gold was the grand finale of the show – shiny gold legging-style pants with a gold top worn with a sweeping, multi-layered covering for maximum drama. This spring collection also saw Tupaz let his imagination run wild creating a variety of looks with polka dots and sheer material. The classic black-and-white checkered pattern with a red floral design, for example, topped off with headscarves reminiscent of Jackie O elegance.


Tupaz, who works out of Las Vegas, is known as a designer to the stars, but his new collection isn’t limited to Hollywood. With lengths suitable for daily excursions as well as eveningwear, this collection is ornamental but accessible. And his billowing black dresses and long white evening gowns styled with gold lived up to David Tupaz Couture’s reputation for capturing elegance in romantic, yet tailored, designs.

for more information about this exciting designer please visit davidtupaz.com


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MALAN BRETON SPRING 2018

TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS STYLE FASHION WEEK 

FOUNDER VERONICA KERZNER





TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Style Fashion Week after the Malan Breton Spring 2018 Show

The MALAN BRETON Spring Summer 2018 collections for men and woman is  inspired by mid century pop art, the nine muses, and the fall of Icarus.


This seasons collection was presented as a multimedia, pop art film, featuring strong details, soft silk chiffons, embroidered silks, and linen tweeds, drawing strong inspiration from turn of the century British tailoring, Taiwanese construction, and silhouettes that are bold, and colourful.


Presented at Style Fashion Week, with the animations of NYC Pop Artist Bob Bottle, Hair by Vivienne Mackinder for Joico, beauty by Janice Daoud, Jewelry by Swarovski, styling by Montgomery Frazier, and international recording artist Kristine W will perform her Number 1 Billboard hit "Fly Again"

Fly Again with us this fashion week...


About Malan Breton :

Known as "The Internets Fave Designer" (Yahoo News) Originating from Taipei, Taiwan. Malan Breton, the designer, founded Malan Breton® collection in 2005, following his training at Turnbull & Asser, and Scaasi. Malan Breton® HOMME was introduced in 2010, and in 2016 Malan Breton® Bridal, Handbags, and Underwear.

The Malan Breton® collection is shown each season at London Fashion week, and New York Fashion Week, also being presented in New York, Taiwan, China, France, and London to retailers. The collection is known for its signature detailing, ethereal gowns, and simple shift dresses in incomparable fabrics. For men the collection is known for its sharply tailored suits, use of colour, and impeccable fabrics, fit, and detailing. The collections can be found at department stores, and specialty boutiques around the globe, Breton is also a master of the made to measure suit, and has a steadfast following of businessmen, career women, celebrities, politicians, and royals globally. In 2007 the first flagship Malan Breton® store opened in New York City, with stores to follow in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beijing.

Malan Breton® is the recipient of the 2016 FGI “Rising Star” award in Menswear, the 2015 European Fashion Council’s “Eirene” award, the 2015, and 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award for contributions in fashion, and media. In 2011 Malan Breton® and NBC Universal were a nominee for the WGSN Global Fashion Award for Outstanding collaboration. Malan Breton, the founder, is also the recipient of the 2015 NYIFF Award for best documentary short, for his work as a director on the biographical fashion film “Malan Breton - A Journey to Taiwan” "Malan Breton takes us on a journey to Taiwan, to find inspiration, to revisit his childhood, to honor his grandmother, and to create the most pivotal collection of fashion he has ever shown at Mercedes Benz - New York Fashion Week." IMDB


Malan Breton® collections have been called "Beautifully executed" -WWD, "Sleek" -W Magazine, "Classic," -NY Daily News, "Glamorous" -Cosmopolitan, "Perfectly tailored" -CBS News, "Sleek and Slim" -Esquire, "Sharply tailored." -LA Times, and "Red Carpet Ready!" -Maria Menounos for ELLE TV.


Malan Breton® designs have appeared on the world's brightest stars, and most elite red carpets. We counts the world's top entertainers, royalty, and sports figures as clients, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Jessica Pimentel, Keith Carradine, Scarlett Johansson, Ray J, Kiera Chaplin, Kerry Washington, Michael Buble, Martha Plimpton, Minnie Driver, Kylie Minogue, Ricki Lake, Daniel Craig, Gavin Creel, Katrina Bowden, Danny Burstein, Kathy Lee Gifford, Desmond Child, Sam Witwer, Omar Sharif, Frankie Grande, Paul Wesley, Jody Watley, Nolan Gerard - Funk, the Prince of Wales, and Nate Burleson to name just a few.


Malan Breton® design partnerships are vast and have included The country of Taiwan, LALIQUE, Cartier, Rado Switzerland, LALIQUE, Cartier, Richard Mille, Joico, Batiste, Warner Reprise, 20th Century Fox, Fancy Feast, Minute to Win It, Breaking Bad, Pepsi, Nintendo, Xbox 360, The estate of Marilyn Monroe, Jewelry TV, The Smithsonian Museum, Princeton University, J Renee Shoes, NYC Ballet, Oui for Mattison Bridal, NY1, MTV, Bravo TV’s “Shop by Bravo”, and Brother Sewing Machines. The Malan Breton® brand has also been featured, on its founders show, on The BravoTV Network, titled "The Malan Show" - "A six part series following the process of making it in America as an independent designer!" -Page Six; Season 4-8 of The Housewives of New York, Vanderpump Rules, Breaking Bad, The BET AWARDS, DOVE Soaps beauty campaign, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, Australia's Next Top Model, China's Next Top Model, Lifetime Network, MTV's VMAS, The Superbowl half time show for Pepsi, NBC's Minute to Win It, The Today Show, and many, many more, the house was also considered to design the royal wedding gown for Katherine Middleton in 2011.

For February 2017, the brand saw 2.8 billion global impressions and counting for its NY Fashion Week, and London Fashion Week collections, due to the brands diversification in the media and social media over the years. Also being noted in "InStyle Magazine" as one of the top five (number three) most tweeted brands in fashion. (follow the link for more information)


Malan Breton, the brands founder, is officially Ambassador of Tourism of Taiwan, and has designed the official government workwear, and stationary.


As a designer "Breton is self taught and never went to design school. Talk about raw talent!"-NY

For more information please visit www.malanbreton.com


Thanks to Tina Panariello for her handpainted nail designs and for sponsoring Cognacscornermagazine.com for NYFW Spring 2018 


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OR Movement and Tahor Group Present Desert Flower by

 MATANSHAKED Women's Collection Summer 2016 At NYFW





The Desert Flower by

MATANSHAKED Women's Collection Summer 2016


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The Desert Flower by

MATANSHAKED Women's Collection Summer 2016


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Reality Star and President of Madame Paulette's John Mahdessian at The Desert Flower by

MATANSHAKED Women's Collection Summer 2016

OR Movement and Tahor Group presented Desert Flower by MATANSHAKED Women's Collection Summer 2016 including an exclusive creation by Aviad Arik Herman at the Opening of New York Fashion Week in support of OR Movement on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 666 Fifth Avenue, New York.


While the center of Israel becomes increasingly overcrowded by the day, the Negev and Galilee remain vastly underpopulated. In order to ensure a secure future for Israel, The OR Movement believes we must build with a strategic and far-sighted plan.


In time for the year 2048, OR Movement will bring the Negev and Galilee to their full inherent potential in terms of population, social structure, economy, and infrastructure; with populations of three million each – which will turn them into thriving centers of population and catalysts for national growth. This will be achieved through action relating to all aspects of life and all streams of society.


Tahor Group was established in the Spring of 2014. The company’s goal is to provide both the skills and experience of a large agency with the ingenuity, singular attention and affordability that can only be offered by a boutique firm. After client evaluation, Tahor Group's team develops a tailor made plan that addresses all areas of the business from marketing to finance.


For the opening of New York Fashion Week in September 2014, the Tahor Group put on a groundbreaking event that closed Central Park South. A "moving runway" of couture laden models paraded in New York City’s famous horse and carriages.  Their clients were Victor De Souza and The Horse and Carriage Association. The collaboration received 92 million media impressions. CNN praised the Tahor Group, saying they "staged a different kind of runway celebrating everything New York”. The Tahor Group then went on to do several campaigns with the Horse and Carriages, one of which was titled “High Tea at the Stables”.   Another one was a collaboration with Amazon.   All of  their  marketing campaigns are covered by major publications such as New York Times, The Daily News, Reuters and Wall Street Journal.


The Tahor Group created TLV RUNWAY NYC, which was endorsed by the Consulate General of Israel. The marketing campaign exposed the Israeli brand to it’s first NYFW. The occasion at TAO exhibited the creativity and innovation of Israel's achievement in design with Maya Negri and Nirit Dekel.


Tahor Group's marketing plot was a love match between Inbal Dror and Madame Paulette. The goal of the project was to introduce the talents of Israeli designers to NYFW and to increase the footprint of Inbal Dror in the United States. The event, titled "Happily Ever After", featured The Real Housewives of New York, Dorinda Medley, as host. The event showcased one of Beyonce’s World Formation Tour ensembles. The press praised  their event saying it was "Not Your Average Peep Show".


TOBI RUBINSTEIn, Creative Director and NANCY TORRES KAUFMAN, Chief Investment Officer presented Designer MATANSHAKED and his fabulous collection Desert Flower.


At a very early age, Matan's interest in fashion design started with dressing Barbie Dolls and continued with his love of classical ballet. Appreciating the exquisite costumes of the ballerinas and the movement of a woman's body. Matan accepted the gift of his grandmother's sewing machine and started design a look of his very own.


At the age of seventeen, Matan became of the youngest students to attend prestigious Shenkar School of Fashion Design. Shaked then opened his own brand at age eighteen in B'er Sheva, capital of the Negev, the Southern region of Israel. He specializes in couture wedding and evening dresses. He has been chosen as one of the "30 most successful people under 30" in Israel. His luxurious creations are worn by Israeli top TV celebrities and socialites.


He has been named by fashion experts as "The wonder boy of the Fashion World." His creative journey started at the heart of the Negev Desert, to the big city Tel Aviv and continues with his debut during NYFW in New York,  the Fashion Capital of the world.


Aviad Arik Herman (Israel/Sweden) is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, having extensively designed special costumes for dance, theatre & beauty pagents.


"Ever since I was a child – I designed. Fashion sketching had been my way to express my imagination & creativity. My drawings were like a fantasy diary, where instead of writing words, I translated my emotions and memories to designs.


I grew up watching both my grandmother and mother creating beautiful dresses for themselves all the time. It inspired me and strengthened my sense for aesthetics and style.


During the past 15 years I built a name as an internationally renowned performing artist and Fashion Designer, with an extensive experience of special costume design for dance, theatre & beauty pageants.


"I participated as a finalist in Sweden’s annual fashion contest for promising designers, studied Fashion Design at the Swedish Art College, was featured in the American “Uptempo” Fashion Magazine, Vogue Italy, Malta Fashion Week, Tel Aviv Fashion Week, NYC Times Square bill boards, Cannes Film Festival & New York Fashion week.


In 2013 I was appointed as the chief designer for Miss Universe Sweden. My design for Miss Germany 2014 was nominated as Top 5 Best Costumes at the 63rd Miss Universe pageant. A silver medal for Best National Costume I designed for Miss Sweden was awarded at Miss Earth 2016 in the Philippines.


Over the years I proudly collaborated with many amazing choreographers and directors. I had the pleasure to design for the National Dance Company of Spain, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, BalletX, Whim W’him, American Academy of Ballet, Dominican National Ballet, Israel Ballet, Kamea Contemporary Dance Company, Fresco Dance Company, Royal Swedish Ballet School, ilDance, Cullberg Ballet, Ballet Mainz, Ballet Chemnitz, Delattre Dance Company, Polish TV show “Must be the Music”, Miss Austria, Denmark & Israel, Israel Culture Minister Mrs. Miri Regev’s famous “Jerusalem of Gold” dress from Cannes Film Festival, and even for the world’s most famous fashion icon – Barbie, in Mattel’s original musical – “Barbie Live!”


For more information about the OR Movement please visit ormovement.org. For more information about the Tahor Group please visit http://www.tahorgroup.com/ and for more information about Costume Designer Aviad Arik Herman please visit http://www.aviadarikherman.com


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CHILDREN'S CLUB


Children's Club (part of UBM family of trade shows) is all about upscale kid's fashions and took place at the Javits Center in NYC on August 6-8, 2017. The show featured sizes for newborn all the way up to tween. This show is all about luxury with many vendors coming in from Europe. Trends for Spring/Summer 2018: 1.Girly Girl with feminine styles such as sweaters over tutus, ruffled socks, glitter sneakers and for babies crinolines worn under dresses and bloomers. 2.Boyish looks consist of cargo shorts worn with blazers, button down shirts in stripes and printed backpacks, 3.Tween fashion is all about scaled down versions of junior dresses but not so sexy and short.

petite PARADE @children's club 


petite PARADE @children's club 

This runway fashion show featuring children models was so adorable and fun to watch. My famous Fashion Week Photographer friend Richard Renda was at the foot of the runway telling the kids how to pose for the photographers and they certainly hammed it up for the press. All in all the little ones really enjoyed walking down the runway and weren't shy about posing for the camera either. Brands featured in the show were Hudson Kids, True Religion and AG Kids (Adriano Goldschmied) and are famous denim lines for adults.





FIVELOAVES TWOFISH

This is the perfect dressy dress line for that little doll in your life. All of the clothing is made in San Diego, California and of very high quality fabrics. The designers Heather and Kit believe that girls should live with inspiration in their everyday life. Very feminine styles such as fit and flare and A line are designed for all ages plus they flatter all figures. They have 2 sizes: Fiveloaves sizes 7 - 16 and Littleloaves sizes 3 months - 6X. The beauty of this line is the original hand drawn in the office prints that are then put on 100% cotton fabrics at the mill. Special treatments to the dresses are lace, crochet and mesh with cotton overlay cutouts, tassels and fabric flowers. You don't even have to go looking for hair accessories/party hats that match for they make those in house to match the dresses. What attracted me to this booth at the show was that the dresses have crinolines under their party dresses and they are trimmed with lace. Gee I'm not a little girl but I still dress up in party dresses with crinolines underneath! The prices are quite reasonable at $36.00 - $106.00. The styles for fall and holiday 2017 can be ordered off the website www.fiveloavestwofishclothing.com and Norstroms stores





BLU & BLUE

This label comes from a heritage of a family business in fashion of 35 years so you know it's of high quality because all garments are tested and approved by a quality assurance team for safety. The clothes from this line were also featured in the runway fashion show "petitePARADE". Fashion and printed-Light Blue to Indigo shades of denim fabrics are sourced from Japan, Italy and Turkey. Sizes are Infants 0-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24 months; Toddlers 2T-4T; Girls and Boys sizes 6-16. Prices $40.00 -$60.00. Comfort is key here with styles ranging from play clothes to school clothes. Just because it's denim doesn't mean it's not for birthday parties or luncheons with grandma and mom because certain dressier styles in skirts/dresses/capes are perfect for those occasions. Oh no this is not your ordinary plain collection of denim clothing because the styles are adorned with jewel collars, embroiderery, appliques, beaded trim, fringed seams, studs and sequins. Some other styles are jackets, jeans, bibs, and head-wraps with bows. Go to the website for a list of stores selling this collection. www.bluandblue.com





VINGINO

This fun collection of clothing is from Holland and stated in 2001 to bring grown up looking clothes down to kids sizes. Denim fabric and inspiration for this line is out of Italy. Boys styles feature longer tees but with a rounded hemline, hoodies are longer than most on the market now with slits on the sides for ease of mobility and frayed edges. Many style jeans to fit all size boys. Banana fit = rounded legs that are roomy with a lower crotch; Skinny = tight fit with a massive amount of stretch; Slim fit = wider in legs and Regular fit = the old fashion style with the widest fit that use to be called "husky" back in my day. Girls styles are in neon colors with art work and that distressed ripped look that is all the rage right now. Many styles to fit all size girls also. Jegging = looks like a legging out of denim and the tightest fit; Skinny = tight fit and Slim for a thinner girl with a boyish figure. Shorts and mini skirts have matching jackets. Great neon accessories such as bags/belts make these outfits pop. Everything is made in Turkey and trust my expertise on fabrics they have the highest quality outside of Europe and USA. Prices are $35.00 - $150.00. Sizes: 1.Newborn - 2T is their mini collection; 2.Kids 2-16 and 3.Teens 16 -18. To buy the collection go to www.vingino.com


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NYFW LIBERTY FASHION & LIFESTYLE SHOW


OSKLEN


DANIEL PATRICK


BAND OF OUTSIDERS

These two shows were combined at the Javits Center in NYC and held July17 - 19, 2017. The difference between the two shows is (Capsule) has emerging designers while Liberty Fairs has more established vendors. Since not everyone attending had a chance to make it to Men's New York Fashion Week the tradeshows had a Spring/Summer 2018 presentation of some of the designers that did runway shows with the Council of Fashion Designers the week before. These designers also had booths at Liberty Fairs so the buyers could actually place orders for the collections. On Monday, July 17 I took photos of the collections on live models of the designers Osklen and Daniel Patrick, and on Tuesday, Band of Outsiders. 

HONNS 


HONNS 


HONNS 

We all know I have the "Love of the Glove" so I had to interview a glove vendor of course. This company for over 30 years has been making gloves for men and women. They first started making gloves for other people but decided to go on their own 4 years ago. Leathers/sheepskin used are all from Pittards which is a famous leather sourcing house out of England. Fun prints on leather are snake, leopard, camouflage with touch screen fingers as seen in my photos. To keep your hands warm they are lined with micro fleece. One of their dress gloves comes in a genuine python skin. Other styles are a wool and leather combination on the outer side of the glove with a wool lining inside. Special details are gussets along with zippers on the sides which make the glove easy to get off and on. Tasty flavors (colors) are wine, cognac, camel, gray, mocha, light pink and of course black. Sizes S - XL for men and S - L for women. Prices $110.00 - $120.00. Winter will be here in a few months so you better order yourself a pair now at WWW.HONNS.COM

DEADWOOD 


DEADWOOD 

These two young men are from Sweden and they started out from having a vintage store in Stockholm, Sweden. They started remaking vintage clothes which led them into reworking recycled leather motorcycle jackets from old black leather garments like the kind that everyone wore in the 1980's in NYC. No chemicals are used, only natural polish to touch up any imperfections in the leather. DDT which are recycled plastic bottles make up the lining fabric of the jacket. I felt it and it feels just like polyester fabric but this way we are saving the earth all while using a fabric that feels silky and is long lasting. Timeless, classic styles that never get outdated are what makes up this collection. The linings are so cool with a mad dog on a red background and a leopard print. Their artist friends custom write on the backs of the jackets which make them even more unique then ordinary black leather motorcycle jackets. You can see one of the designers looking very sexy modeling the many style jackets in my photos. Famous celebrities that have bought the jackets are the notorious bad rocker boy from the 1970's Iggy Pop and TV star Norman Reedus of Walking Dead. The styles are unisex and they have the cutest kids jackets also. Sizes for women are XS - L and men's S - XXL and priced at $300.00 - $350.00. Kids collection $160.00 - $180.00. To order because you know fall is right around the corner and your going to be needing that jacket end of September. Of course guys you'll want to look hot in these jackets just like the guy in my photos!! WWW.DEADWOOD.SE


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PROJECT AND MRKET MEN'S FASHION TRADE SHOWS


PROJECT AND MRKET MEN'S FASHION TRADE SHOWS


PROJECT AND MRKET MEN'S FASHION TRADE SHOWS


PROJECT AND MRKET MEN'S FASHION TRADE SHOWS


PROJECT AND MRKET MEN'S FASHION TRADE SHOWS

Project and MRKET are part of the UBM family of fashion trade shows and took place at the Javits Center in NYC, July 16 -17, 2017. The wholesale only shows are geared to a man who is the luxury customer and likes to wear the latest fashion with the best quality fabrications. The shows are broken down into classifications: THE TENTS that caters to designer and contemporary collections, VANGUARDS GALLERY where to find new and emerging designers, PROJECT SOLE is luxury footwear, BLUE of course is all about the premium denim business, MOVE means athletic and performance wear, MODERN PREP home to traditional preppy brands with an updated twist and MADE IN ITALY/BRITS speak about luxury tailored men's wear with traditional styles.


In the photos above you will see the new and trendy styles men will be wearing for Spring/Summer 2018. Trends are shorter jackets (hip length) that are slim fitting with skinner lapels meant to be worn with flat front slim fitting pants cuffed at the ankle. These suits are to be paired with nubuck or suede oxfords in pastel or bright colors. A guy who wants to be seen in cutting edge fashion will be wearing the new double breasted jacket. Holiday 2017 calls for Old Hollywood Glamour with the return of evening jackets in velvet, satin, sequins, and jacquards which are meant to be worn with sequin, velvet or satin evening slippers and black tux pants/jeans. For more information go to WWW.UBMFASHION.COM

TILLEY


TILLEY


TILLEY

Alex Tilley started this brand in 1980 because he was a sailor and needed a hat that didn't fly off his head in the wind and wouldn't sink at sea. The collection starts with all hand sketched silhouettes and is made in Toronto, Montreal, and Belleville, Ontario in Canada. Geared toward the outdoorsy type guy that wants to go boating, fishing, hiking, hunting and for the country life in general. Now Mr. Tilley made three styles originally T1, T2 and T3 which he decided he liked best. The T3 features a wind cord strap to make it stay on the head with 1 strap in the back of the to tighten up for a custom fit and another strap under the chin as seen in the photo. He put foam in the crown so it floats instead. As you can see in the photo that the hat is upside down there are Velcro pockets to hold your boating licence. The outer hat is made with cotton duck with a durable/water resistant finish. The brim has a heavy interfacing to avoid flipping up in the wind and it snaps up to allow wind to pass by your face all along with a dark under brim to prevent glare in your face. Some of the other great features about this hat are large eyelets in the crown to allow breathable, lockstitch on all seams, Hydrofoil sweatband that wicks moisture away from your face. In my opinion a great price of $75.00 that comes in five neutral color ways and because it has a 50 UPF sun protection. Another interesting style in the line is the Airflow Broad Brim Collection which is longer in front and back then the sides. Available in medium brim, snap brim, wide brim in 100% nylon, recycled organic cotton, polyester and rayon all woven together. This comes with the same great features as the T3 but with a higher crown and a 3/4 mesh panel and is $85.00. To keep these hats clean they can be machine washed/air dried. Besides all this they are insured against loss and guaranteed for life. To order go to WWW.TILLEY.COM

MAURITIUS


MAURITIUS


MAURITIUS

45 years ago this German brand started and today it's the largest leather company in that country. These lambskin leather jackets for men and women come in three fits: slim - fits tight as on me in photos and skinny rock and roll guys , regular - not skin tight but not too roomy either and what I would call a Missy fit or a great style for the middle age man, comfort - a relaxed fit and great for layering over sweaters or for a person who doesn't like anything fitted. Every jacket is handmade and unique with features such as airbrushed watercolor treatments, metal studding, linings that have heat pressed appliqués and embroidered backs. Fashion pieces are washed/tumbled for a distressed look just like denim. High quality zippers that won't bust with constant zipping up and down. Here are some of the styles not featured in my photos but you can buy off website. Basic biker style with no collar and regular fit, zipper motorcycle jacket with a slim fit, zip front 3/4 length coat, blazer with leather lacing and metal studding and black distressed motorcycle jacket with metal studs for all you hipsters, Every style is European sized with women's XS - 3XL, men's S - 3XL. Priced $250.00 - $450.00. In Germany these jackets are called PERFECTO and it's an old word for motorcycle jackets just like the character Schultz would say in the 1960's TV show Hogan's Heroes which was about WW11. To order online WWW.GIPSY.EU

DEABREU


DEABREU


DEABREU


DEABREU

Ruben De Abreu is the designer of these luxurious bags, and being an architecture gave him the inspiration for this collection. Designed in USA but made in Florence, Italy. These bags are for the true luxury traveler who doesn't like anything with logs. Surprisingly they are handmade out of veal leather tanned by hand and even have zippers made in Europe. True luxury leather comes out of Italy for supposedly they have the best cows. Each bag comes with a cloth storage bag to keep it dust free when not in use. Smart to use these cloth storage bags in your closet as I do for it keeps your leather bags from getting dirty or mildew. Plain or quilted leather styles come in gym/carry on bags for the plane and they come with luggage tags, 2 handles, shoulder strap, large inside zipper pocket and 2 small pockets for phone and wallet with silk lining as seen in the photos above. Some other styles come in backpack with 2 zip compartments, back compartment for your laptop, zip pocket on the outside with adjustable back strap in leather; briefcase that includes a pocket for laptop, zippered compartments, 2 pockets in the back with a shoulder strap and handles; laptop and tablet cases can also be used to hold paper documents. Colors are navy, black, mustard, gray, taupe, cobalt blue. Priced at $300.00 - $1,300.00. Tired of looking at the logo bags when you travel then go to this website and order these bags which will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Meaning they have to be cleaned with leather cleaner when dirty and any wear spots can be treated with cream shoe polish in the matching color of the bag. WWW.DEABREU-ITALY.COM



MALINGE FOR LARRY MONDIE


MALINGE FOR LARRY MONDIE


MALINGE FOR LARRY MONDIE

As I was watching artist Emmanuel Farre use patina paint on these blank handmade in France leather shoes by Malinge for Larry Mondie, I thought this is a story I must write about. Emmanuel starts off with a made in France dye with 8 - 12 coats of dye using a brush or sponge then blending it with his fingers. Next shoe creams are used to moisturize the leather. In the last step he uses a soft cloth moistened with water and natural bee's wax and rubs it in to give the shoes a high gloss shine. He has been a patina artist for 10 years and can be hired to do this on bags, wallets and shoes for you. For more information and to contact him go to WWW.MAISONPATINA.COM

After I interviewed founder Maylis de Lacoste Lareymondie of the Malinge for Larry Mondie shoe brand and who is in the phone above. He is a descendant of the founder whom stated the company in 1889. Years ago lots of shoes were made in France but this company is one of the last in the business. All the shoes are made of full grain box calf leather in the outer part, sock lining and outsole. All the leather soles are slow tanned for quality. They use Blake-stitching, Goodyear-Stitching, Norwegian-Stitching, and Lock Stitched construction. The classic European styles are Oxfords, Short Boots and Loafers priced $650.00 - $850.00. These shoes are well worth the price for if taken care of properly with polishes that you can order off their website thereby lasting at least 10 - 20 years. For more information and to order them go to WWW.CHAUSSURE-LUXE.FR 


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