Closing Night

Philly Fashion Week concluded with the Couture Runway Show. Drama, Drama, Drama is the best way to describe this event. The exuberant crowd lined up in droves to see this show. The doors opened prematurely causing a commotion, while attendees rushed to find seating. The Crane Arts Building felt as though it was busting at the seams not only with people, but with energy. Photographers were fixtures in the back, positioned to capture the perfect shot as models walked towards them on the runway. IPhones, IPads, and cameras  snapped away during the show. Oohs and aahs were in unison as 12 designers shared their collections at this 11th season production.

Picking favorites is not really my style, but I will single out some to give you an understanding of the talent that evening. First, my overall impression was  I wanted to buy at least one piece from each designer. Gold is the trending color, texture is key to creating something with longevity, and less is not more- rather more is more.

Terese Sydonna celebrated brilliant colors that reminded me slightly of Mary Katrantzou. Watercolor effect saturated full silk skirts and dresses.

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Terese Sydonna

Dramatik Fanatic reinvented some of the 90’s classics. Quilted overalls and jumpsuits. Yellow and black fur trimmed sleeves on moto jackets with gold zippers. Mixed media designs. Embossed leather suits.

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Dramatik Fanatic

Lillie Designs reminded me of the regal and rich colors of the Baroque period, utilizing found objects like gilded clam shells as neck pieces. Ruffles and mermaid style gowns in cranberries, black and gold.

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Lillie Designs

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Lillie Designs

Nicci Hou closed the evening with an homage to 1940’s styles with modern refinements. Capes, peplum, cropped tops, peekaboo cutouts, and headpieces left a lasting impression as the final collection of the night.

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Nicci Hou

Muslimah Conventions International Modesty Event

The Modesty Runway Show was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. This event honored designers that focus on collections that are not only gorgeous, but created for women that do not need copious amounts of skin exposed. Dressing modestly does not mean compromising style. Muslim women and children can incorporate trends while remaining true to their beliefs.

Daishaneen Wallace, designer of DAW Fashion Design Inc. presented a vibrant collection with tailored creations that flatter all curves.

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DAW Fashion Design Inc

M’Squ2ared incorporated chic gold accessories over a traditional Hijab with leather trimmings and polka dot printed fabrics.

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M’Squ2ared

Zainahs Closet was a sight for the eyes with brilliant colors and vivid intricate patterns. Mustards, dark blues, golds, and olive greens jumped out of these twirling dresses.

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Zainahs Closet

Nasr Inc by Najla displayed stunning pieces that can only be described as luminous. These 70’s inspired, opalescent designs danced across the runway.

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Nasr Inc by Najla

 Who Else But Madinah delivered an ethereal collection, complete with billowing sleeves and majestic color pairings like gold and navy.

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Who Else But Madinah

Womenswear

Architectural, frilly, and feminine designs walked the runway of the womenswear collections Philly Fashion Week. The energy of the room was palpable for all those anxiously waiting for the show to begin. The beautiful models sashayed down the runway with attitude, clad in intricate fabrics from talented designers.

Bishme Cromartie kicked the evening off with structural designs, exaggerated sleeves and a neutral palette of light shades of grey. Clean lines created a meticulous execution.

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Bishme Cromartie

Gregory J showcased daring looks, demanding the attention of the spectators. The radiant collection was comprised of glistening gold and iridescent fabrics that reflected light in a hypnotic way.

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Gregory J

Tu Decor created a simply elegant line with black and white colorblocking and fitted blazers with decorative belts, but it was the unique quilted apparel that soared.

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Tu Decor

Season 12 Project Runway Winner, Dom Streater, accomplished a collection that was both visually assertive and ladylike. Pink tints floral prints, strong patterns were paired with delicate lines, backless dresses, and low cut tops.

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Dom Streater

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Dom Streater

Spring in my step

The Crane Arts Building housed the Women’s Ready to Wear Runway Show day 4 of Philly Fashion Week on February 21st. There was a slight reprieve from the polar vortex and the night was warmer than usual. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and wear something decidedly spring. I don’t care what that little rodent had to say, I was ready for spring and I believe it is on its way.

My hot pink Young Fabulous & Broke maxi dress was purchased at Nordstrom. This Boho chic collection with beautiful vibrant colors and flowing fabrics was the perfect design choice. I love the black and hot pink color duo, which is why I wore black patent leather peep toes (similar).

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Without competing with the dress, I complemented the bold color with Funny Face lipstick by NARS, Eyeshadow 2.0 in The 15 Minutes by Bare Minerals, and Orgasm blush by NARS.

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Menswear

Time for the men to shine! The Ritz-Carlton was the venue, menswear was the agenda, and I was ready. Swimwear to Suits walked the red carpet. Pattern work, mixed media, and color blocking were the dominant trends. I hate to play favorites, but I am partial to a man in a well tailored suit. The Clarenz Couture collection was for all of you men craving the bow tie! Traditional lines with a contemporary twist filled with skinny ties and waistcoats made this a snazzy and fun collection.

LAS Swimwear brought the skin to the runway with speedos and barely there square legs, embracing vibrant colors, bold patterns, and textured fabrics.

Creative Minds gave a taste of the international. A political statement seemed to be the theme in this thought provoking collection punctuated with gas masks, insignias, and camo.

Even though all eyes were on the models and designs, I would be remiss not to mention the crowd. Men and women styled their ensembles with statement accessories like scarves, prescription glasses and fur trimmings.

Next up Womenswear!

Ritz Menswear show

Another chilly night in Philadelphia, but it did not deter the throngs of fashion savvy enthusiasts and scouts from supporting the Menswear Runway Show.

I decided on a classic look mixing a shift dress with tuxedo jacket (similar) both from Zara. The color came from my Louboutin slingback pumps (mentioned in previous posts) and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.

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Fashion week begins

The SugarHouse Casino hosted the kickoff party to Philadelphia Fashion Week last night and I was there, camera in hand, at the ready to snap. Stylish men and women filtered into the event to commemorate an 11 season run for Philadelphia, which will showcase designers from all over the world.

Take a look at these lovelies from the evening.

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Beverly- chic and effortless

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Anjelica and Jennifer- sweet and sleek

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Ayanna and Deborah- picture perfect

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Michael and Katrina- dapper duo

Kickoff Party

Well, the time has arrived for Philly Fashion Week! Last night was the kickoff party at the SugarHouse Casino. Fashionistas arrived wearing the latest trends like neutrals with a pop of color, cutout dresses, and statement jewelry. I decided for the first night, I wanted to wear something sleek. I chose a black slinky jersey dress by L’agence.

I purchased my shoes at Nordstrom. In keeping with the black and white theme, I wore two toned pumps by Report Signature.

Jewelry is simple and elegant. I wore an adjustable crystal necklace by Alexis Bittar, which sparkled beautifully in the night.

The entire look needed to be paired with a jacket. It was bitterly cold last night and I definitely suffered for fashion. A full length puffer jacket would have been warmer! Instead, I went for the stylish option in a white leather moto jacket from Victoria’s Secret.

My makeup is pretty neutral with the emphasis on my eyes. I decided to create a chocolate and bronze eye with a nude lip and for the first time tried a Laura Mercier creme cheek color in Praline. This blush blended smoothly and had an incredibly silky texture- perfect for creating a contoured look.

More to come…

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Laura Mercier at Jenny Packham Fall/Winter 2014

Color and luxurious fabrics comprised the Jenny Packham Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

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Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier, created a contemporary makeup palette with the style icon Bianca Jagger as the inspiration.

Here’s what you will need.

Face:

Laura Mercier Moisture Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen- apply over entire face

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer-hydrading- apply over entire face

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage– cover any imperfections on the skin

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen- apply all over the face

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Smoky Topaz– apply to cheekbones to create a sculpted look

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Radiance Bronze– apply lightly over the Smoky Topaz

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Cameo or Hot Chocolate -Skin tone will depict the eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Luster Eye Colour in Bamboo

Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Baroque

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance- apply over tinted moisturizer for glowing skin

Eyes:

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Cameo- apply to the lid

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer– Radiance- apply on top of the shadow

Lips:

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Palm Beach and Mango- Mix the two together and apply to lips with Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush to the middle of lips and then work outward

Thank you to Laura Mercier for the photos.

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Laura Mercier at Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2014

Soft side waves, a sparkly romantic collection paired with the makeup artistry of Global Brand Ambassador, Matin Maulawizada made a truly beautiful Fall collection from Pamella Roland.

Here’s what Matin used to create this elegant look.

Face:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer– apply all over the face

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen- apply all over the face after the primer

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage– apply on top of the Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer, which will be available in April 2014- apply under the eye to reduce any swelling

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Praline– apply onto the cheeks

Eyes:

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Colour in Khaki– apply a heavy layer to the eyelids

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour in Black Ice– apply a thin layer over eyelids

Add more Khaki over the sparkle and blend using Laura Mercier Eye Colour Brush

Lips:

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Merlot– apply and create stained look by blotting the lips

Thank you to Laura Mercier for the photos

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