Fine Art Fashions

Jessie Zhao
Jessie Zhao

I am always looking for the art in fashion, and Jessie Zhao’s collection at New York Style Week was able to combine music, art, dance, and fashion into a beautiful package.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw
Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw

The presentation began with incredible sounds coming from a violin. You could feel how much the violinist loved her instrument and when the interpretive dancer started moving with the violin music, we were already feeling drawn into the collection.

The violinist, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, created so much emotion that you just wanted the playing to go on forever. The music enhanced the mood of the collection and made it easy to appreciate the barefoot models gliding down the runway in soft flowing outfits.

The decorative designs of the collection are full of plants and geometrical shapes that are printed from original hand drawings. The designs remind us to enjoy the beauty and art in nature and shapes. Zhao’s designs also remind us that fashion can be comfortable. Click here to take a closer look at the entire collection.

Pia Gladys Perey at New York Fashion Week

It was, Un Nuit Avec Elle (“A Night With Her”), Pia Gladys Perey (“PGP”).

Pia’s solo show at the Craven during New York Fashion Week says a lot about the designer and her desire to seize opportunities and overcome challenges. We had a chance to meet the mother of four who proudly wears a tattoo of the place where all four of her children were born.

Pia's Tattoo
Pia’s Tattoo

We had a chance to see the energy and passion she puts into her designs and her brand. A chance to see her attention to detail and caring spirit.

Moving to Australia from the Philippines, Pia interned for a design house where she honed her craft. Pia’s talent and hard work did not go unnoticed and she was encouraged to submit her designs to Mercedes Benz Austrailian Fashion Week 2007. With only 12 slots available she didn’t think she would get in, but she did. When faced with the challenge of finding the money necessary to take part in the show, she didn’t give up. Pia found a way to get the money by asking companies to sponsor her, and one did.

In 2010, while pregnant with twins, she participated in Miami Fashion Week. Another company gave her an opportunity to create a design for her first major client, Angelina Jolie. She has been on the fast track ever since. Taking advantage of all of the opportunities offered to her and meeting the challenges in her own way, Pia continues to create and maintain a quality collection. Her fashions are a statement piece, a staple item to have in your wardrobe that is sexy, classic and simple. She creates fashion “to make a woman feel good”.

Shape Campaign
Shape Campaign

In celebration of her 10th year in business, Pia’s new collection represents her launch of the Shape Campaign with something in her collection for every body type because “every woman deserves to feel good about their body.”

Pia has recently opened her own factory in the Philippines where she continues to work hard to be a premium design house while promoting her vision.

“This collection is about the woman and her choices in life, including her choice of dress. To the PGP lady, it is not about the grand entrance. Instead, her quiet power and presence will linger in your memory and stay there to be remembered as the epitome of beauty and mystery.”

 

Pia continues to gather supporters for her brand; including:

  • Fashion 360 Magazine
  • Rachel Mulherin who provided all of the jewelry to accessorize Pia’s Designs, and
  • Super Model, Ms. Millen Magese who made a comeback after giving birth eight weeks ago and who agreed to model the closing outfit for the show after hearing about the Shape Campaign that aligns with Ms. Magese’s own mission to empower women.

Pia’s designs are now available in 11 countries and you can also purchase them from her website – www.piagladysperey.com.

Ionica

Ionica Moldovianu
Ionica Moldovianu

These are just a few of the designs that Ionica Moldovianu presented on the first day of Style Fashion Week New York 2017.

I first fell in love with Ionica’s designs in October 2016. This collection is even more interesting. I loved the simplicity and the textured fabrics. It was also nice to see the bold red print outfits and those unconventional black pants. Overall, a fun collection while still being sophisticated and classy.

 

 

 

Malan Breton Opens StyleFWNY

New York Style Fashion Week opened at the Intrepid Museum on September 7th with Malan Breton, a self-taught designer from Taipei, Taiwan. Malan’s show was a high energy stream of male and female fashions. The incredible fabrics and detailing made each piece stand out in unique ways. I am so glad I have video because the entire collection was full of masterpieces. I just want to share a few of my favorites.

Anet wearing Malan Breton StyleFWNY
Anet wearing Malan Breton StyleFWNY

 

Rebecca at Model Casting

For Day Two of Style Fashion Week Model Casting, I decided to focus on one model and her dream. Rebecca Burroughs, the youngest of four girls, is taking a year off from college to pursue her modeling dream. Waiting in line for the casting provides a natural networking event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The street art I noticed the day before seemed a good place to snap a photo.

Street Art
Street Art

The casting process is short and a place for hope and dreams. Even this 82-year-old actress decided to try.  It was nice to see models sharing advice and information about other castings and their experiences. Once you get inside, you check-in on the computer, place your comp cards on the table and get a chance to sit down for a minute until it’s your time to walk.

Style Fashion Week Model Casting
Style FW Model Casting
Comp Card Table
Comp Card Table
Networking and Advice
Networking and Advice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kuro Obi - Ippudo East Village
Kuro Obi – Ippudo East Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Model Casting, Rebecca and I walked to Ippudo East Village where I tried authentic Hakata tonkotsu pork soup (Ramen) and some wonderful little pork buns.

Union Square Park
Union Square Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hung out in Union Square Park all day talking and watching people. Rebecca is a voracious reader so we also spent some time at Barnes & Noble; took a quick run through Sephora and a stop at Starbucks.

We said our goodbyes at the subway station. I’m looking forward to another shoot with Rebecca with hair, makeup, and a few outfit changes. I hope she gets chosen to walk in this season’s style fashion week so I can get some images of her on the runway. Thank you, Rebecca, for showing me some of your city and sharing so much of your time with me.

Rebecca Burroughs
Rebecca Burroughs

From Brooklyn to Manhattan

I took a stroll from Brooklyn to Manhattan and ended up on the Williamsburg Bridge, one of the major crossings of the East River. One way. Once you’re on the bridge you are committed to walking the entire 7,308 feet. I was hoping for a place to go down and get on the J train, but no. I was hoping for a little hole in the wire fence to take photos, but no.

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

All I could think about was why would they put this fence on a bridge with no opportunities for taking photos. It would have been nice to have little 5″x5″ openings to stick our lenses through and get some clear images of the amazing scenes you see while crossing the bridge. What a waste! We need a reward for walking across the bridge. But complain as I may, the walk was awesome. Through the wire fence, I could almost position my camera to get an image of the Chrysler Building.

 

I saw graffiti – and new it wasn’t street art. Yeah!

I saw people walking and biking across the bridge and everyone looked so peaceful and happy. Just like me. When I started my walk, I had a destination. I wanted to get to the model casting for Style Fashion Week early.

But as I walked the bridge, I stopped a few times, inspired by what I saw and still trying to find a little space for my camera. In spite of the fence, I was able to get a few images. Once the walk started going downhill I was a little happier.

Welcome to Manhattan
Welcome to Manhattan

Looking back up the bridge, I could only think, “Did I do that?”

Williamsburg Bridge
Williamsburg Bridge

And, when I saw the sign, I was really happy.

Williamsburg Bridge
Williamsburg Bridge

 

 

 

At the end of the day, I walked back toward the bridge and considered walking over it again. After all, it wasn’t that bad and I did enjoy it . . . but not enough to do it again. At least, not until they put some little 5″x5″ openings in the fence for my camera lens.

 

Fashion Dreams

I walked from Brooklyn to Manhattan (across the Williamsburg Bridge) to take photos of the casting call, but they wouldn’t let me in. I was a little bummed at first but then decided to find a place across the street to see what I could see from the outside.

StyleFW Model Casting
StyleFW Model Casting

The view and the energy were awesome. The long line of models, stopped traffic and people passing by. Everyone wanted to know what was going on. As they surveyed the crowd, their eyes finally hit the sign “Model Casting”. Some even crossed the street to get a photo with a model or a photo next to the sign.

The line was down the block until a little after 4:00 p.m. when it started tapering off. But they still kept coming. Models working their cell phones and juggling comp cards, came and went in a relatively short span of time. Some met or joined other models. Some came in groups and some waited for their friends to finish. It was interesting to see the diversity in the models – all shapes, sizes, and colors. All types of hair styles and hair colors.

People watching is so entertaining. Some would see me taking their photo others just had interesting expressions or an interesting look.

Model Trio
Model Trio
Model Casting
Model Casting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many will apply? How many will make it? And what was that “Unstoppable” Hat? So many dreams. So many stories. I hope to get some of these questions answered today.

Dreaming
Dreaming of Possibilities

Hornblower Rocks

Hornblower Infinity
Hornblower Infinity

The “NYC Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise” kept us rocking for a couple of hours. With a boat full of people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, it wasn’t hard for the jazz band and DJ to keep us happy.

Omelet Station
Omelet Station

 

Every table had orange juice and champagne, and the buffet was full of tasty treats. What more do you need? I didn’t think I needed anything else until I discovered the Omelet Station at the other end of the room and couldn’t resist.

Sitting by big open windows to enjoy the sites is great but going on deck and to the top of the boat is the best way to experience the cityscapes and landmarks. We came to see the Statue of Liberty and afterwards, it was time move inside for a little more food and dancing.

Jazz Band
Jazz Band
Dancing
Dancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we knew it, we were back at the Pier and not ready to get off the boat. It was way too short.

Tracee Abbott and Crew
Tracee Abbott and Crew

Thank you, Tracee Abbott, crew and staff for taking such great care of us from beginning to end. Hornblower Landing at Hudson River Park Pier 40 – 353 West Street, New York, NY 10014  – 646-403-3955

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Store New York
Louis Vuitton Store New York

5th Avenue can be a little overwhelming on any day.

Louis Vuitton Store 5th Avenue
Louis Vuitton Store 5th Avenue

 

But when you enter the Louis Vuitton store and see yourself on the huge video monitor, the excitement is uncontainable.

A special thank you to Joseph Iglesian and Samantha Alston for allowing us to share in Janaye’s excitement.

The giant monitor was projecting Louis Vuitton’s 2017 Fashion Week Show in Paris, France which was Janaye Furman’s first show for Louis Vuitton.

 

New York Street Art

First day in a new neighborhood calls for a short exploratory walk. As you try to remember which way to go, you are pulled down side streets by bursts of vivid color that spread down the block and to the tops of buildings.

Street art was not one of the things I had planned to see in New York, but now I will need to keep my eyes open. A bit confused about Street Art and Graffiti, I took my granddaughter’s advice and “googled it”. Now I know the difference between graffiti and street art. I found an informative article from Columbia Journalism School and also found tours, activities, books and maps. This conversation will need to be continued after a bit more research.