California Dreaming: DAISY FUENTES presents 10TH Anniversary Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Show

Runway Images photographed by Kat Rabbit

As she celebrates her 10th Year Anniversary Spring/Summer 2014 show during New York Fashion Week at Eyebeam, Daisy Fuentes can be justifiably proud of herself and her accomplishments. She has done something not too many other “celebrity” designer can boast about: She has demonstrated major longevity and achieved an estimated $1.5 billion in sales, all while not  grabbing the magnifying industry glare like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony or Sophia Vergara. More importantly, she has done so while designing clothes a majority of American women seems to want to buy and proudly wear.

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Fuentes herself knows that her success as a fashion and lifestyle brand in the increasingly competitive marketplace was not pre-ordained just because she was in the spotlight as a former model and MTV VJ (when MTV was worth watching, just saying) and that hard work, determination and many other factors went into making her clothing line the success it is today.

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

Daisy Fuentes 2014 Spring-Summer Collection

As she told WWD in a fashion week article celebrating the 10th year anniversary, “There are so many elements to it. It’s so moody; it’s so of the moment and on to the next. It’s hard to find customer loyalty. So when you find it, it’s like a rare gem, and you have to celebrate that. That’s why we are celebrating the longevity. I didn’t start doing this because I wanted a celebrity line. I wanted to be involved in fashion and be creative with something that had to do with fashion. The opportunity came, and I thought it would be a dream. I really took my time with every category. I didn’t just put out a line with everything. I chose partners carefully and made sense of the whole thingContinue reading

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid 2014 Fall/Winter Collections – Part Three

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid 2013 Fall-Winter Collections – Part Two

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

ÁGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Getty Images )

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The Best of Miami Fashion Week 2013: Part Three

By Phillip D. Johnson

Runway and Other Images photographed by Sheldon Baldie and Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographers

Other Images Provided by Miami Fashion Week/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: CARLOS MIELE

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Over the year, Carlos Miele has become a mainstay of the semi-annual New York Fashion Week shows (formerly) at Bryant Park and now at Lincoln Center; so his absence this past February was very much felt and noticed. Rest assured he didn’t take a break from the runway. Instead he was in Miami at Miami Fashion Week 2013 being honored as the International Designer of the Year where he was the featured collection on the first night of the week’s events. To say that he hasn’t lost a step would be an understatement. His 2013 Fall/Winter collection, as always, had a strong eveningwear section but it was his ever-expanding daywear designs that were the story of this showing. Standout pieces included his brown alligator and sable coat, his “bondage” dresses paired with sharp shouldered motorcycle jackets and jodhpur-style trousers that are perennial pieces in and of themselves. In addition to building an internationally successful business, Brazilian-born and -based, Miele strongly believes in giving back to his community. He developed the Atelie Alta Costura (High Fashion Studio) Project to train the Sao Paolo community’s unemployed women — as well as other unemployed women in other parts of Brazil–in becoming efficient in the details that makes his designs so special (patchwork, embroidery, crochet, lace work, intricate knitted adornment). Once trained, he, in turn, employs these women to create his collections, thus addressing a business need while breeding a new era of self-sufficiency in these women. His collections can be found at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and at other prestigious department stores around the globe.

 

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

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Fashion Show Review: Michael Kors 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Images by Getty for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors 2013 (Men's) Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors 2013 (Men’s) Fall/Winter Collection

For Spring/Summer 2013, Michael Kors looked to the California desert, resulting in a winning collection and a masterful ad campaign. For Fall/Winner 2013, it was all about the “Bright Lights, Fast City….Urban athleticism meets uptown polish…An attitude based on speed, edurance and glamour” and yes, it was yet another winning collection from the modern master of American sportswear. What’s not to love about electrifying colors (neon orange, taxicab yellow and royal blue) merged with bonded cotton, parachute fabric, rubberized cotton and cashgore (a blend of cashmere and angora) setting the tone with edgy, pulsating energy? Add the sumptuous camouflage mink stoles (and killer olive/black camo mink coat) and dogstooth check print pieces and what you have is an ode to urban city living that Kors does so very well. As always, his coats, jackets and other outerwear pieces are outstanding.

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid: Fashion and Creativity with a Spanish Accent (Part One)

More Than 40,000 People Visited Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid 2013 Fall/Winter Fashion Shows in February 2013

Runway Images Provided by Getty Images (via Image.net)

Organized by IFEMA, MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK MADRID staged its 57th Edition (the 2013 Fall/Winter Collections) from 18th- 22nd February at Feria de Madrid‘s Hall 14.1 celebrating the most comprehensive overview of the world of Spanish fashion creation and design.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid - DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid – DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Throughout its five-day duration, the event sought to promote Spanish fashion and its creative diversity, welcoming a total of 40,322 visitors to the fashion shows and presentations, while also introducing them to the latest new features from the leading fashion brands and publications taking part at CIBELESPACIO, the stands area located alongside the two catwalks.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid - DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid – DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid - DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid – DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid - DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid – DAVIDELFIN 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

The event brought together some 42 designers, together with 20 up-and-coming designers who exhibited their collections at the EGO SHOWROOM within the framework of CIBELESPACIO, featuring direct sale to members of the public. Continue reading

The Best of Miami Fashion Week 2013: Part Two

The Bridal and Eveningwear Collections 

By Phillip D. Johnson

Runway and Other Images photographed by Sheldon Baldie and Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographers

Other Images Provided by Miami Fashion Week/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event

BRIDAL COLLECTIONS

The modern bride would be well-served to further investigate the bridal designs shown at Miami Fashion Week 2013. The sleek yet elegant designs by Robin Fleming of Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) and Nicolas Filizola (Venezuela/USA) are totally on-trend and as far away from a bride being a “Swiss Alp” as she could get– and that’s a good thing. (Miss Fleming is also the “Gown Guru” for titlists at Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss America and the Miss Universe competitions.)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Provided by Miami Fashion Week 2013/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Provided by Miami Fashion Week 2013/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Provided by Miami Fashion Week 2013/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Provided by Miami Fashion Week 2013/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

Duchesa Bridal Couture by Robin Fleming (USA) (Photo Credit: Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographer)

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