This past weekend, Amsterdam in the Netherlands was the place to be for many emerging designers. Although, we did not physically cover the event, we were glad to be contacted by the organizers and to get the rundown on the work they do to promote emerging talents.
A few info on Amsterdam Fashion Week and its aim.
AFWA was founded by Diana Tambe, a young designer from Africa known for her red carpet clothing line Black Pearl’s Secret. Due to a need for a platform doing justice to African and African inspired fashion, culture and art in the Netherlands, she founded AFWA.
A unique three-day event organized on an annual basis in the capital city of the Netherlands. AFWA 2014 aims to emphasize the influence and contribution of African fashion designers in today’s international fashion scene. Never before has this city witnessed such a big multicultural fashion event before.
Africans as well as African inspired designers from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe presented their collections to an international audience in Amsterdam. This year 20 designers were invited to present their collections through inspiring fashion shows, in order to titillate the fashion loving audience.
For more info on how you can sign up for their next event or attend as a fashion blogger or journalist. Visit their webpage here.
Hey all and happy Monday! Last week, I attended a launch party for Snowman’s SS14 line that took place in their Manhattan showroom. We reported on this cutting edge brand a few months back, so I was excited to be invited to view the clothes in person. The focus of course, is on quality and femininity as most woman want to maintain that fashionable edge while still keeping warm in frigid temperatures. I got a chance to meet the husband and wife design team behind the brand and they were more than gracious in opening up about their design and marketing processes and where they see the brand heading. Here’s a sneak peak at what was on display and if you’d like to get your hands on one of these pieces, you can purchase here!
On those cool crisp days when you want to keep things minimal, this shrug is a great piece.
I definitely have my eye on the olive, metallic vest with the fur trimmed hoodie…I could rock that for a few Fall’s to come for sure! Thanks again to Murrill for inviting us into the showroom!
Last night Leah and I were invited to attend American fashion designer Dennis Basso ‘s flagship store opening on Madison Avenue in New York City. It was a night of cocktails, champagne, wine, music and celebration for a man who has been designing clothes for the past 30 years. Celebrities in attendance were Debra Messing, Olivia Palermo (not pictured), supermodel Carol Alt, Dj Kiss and actress Brooke Shields (pictured) and more… At any rate, a special thanks from Leah and I to Basso’s team for the invite and putting together a great evening.
Brooke Shields arriving at the Dennis Basso Flagship New York Store Opening.
The event was about fashion, and Basso’s latest fall couture were on display and I must say that his evening/red carpet gowns are really gorgeous!
Celebrity DJ, DJ Kiss spinning provided the latest beats at the party and she looked gorgeous! Great personality and very nice in person.
If there is one thing Basso is known for is his couture furs and they were also on display last night with some beautiful diamond pieces.
Last Tuesday, Leah and I attended singer/songwriter Esnavi and Dazzle Dry nail polish launch event at swanky lounge EVR in Manhattan.
As you may recall, last month, I wrote a post about the line that is eco-friendly with no harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor and nitrocellulose. A win win for many people who suffer from terrible allergies, and for those looking for other alternatives to what ‘s currently available on the market right now.
The ESNAVI LIVE COLLECTION by DAZZLE DRY features three nail lacquers ( see photos) named after her songs Morning Dew, Oh My! and Planet E, off her album EXIT E. Shop the Esnavi’/Dazzle dry line here.
See more photos of the event and watch the video below courtesy of Esnavi.
A special “Thank You” for Esnavi and her manager for this beautiful event. I love you guys.
The house of Tadashi Shoji has much reason to celebrate as this year marks their 30th anniversary as an iconic brand in fashion. In honor of the occasion, it was decided to create six dresses for a special capsule collection from their archives, two of which is shown directly below. We’re positive he will continue to conceptualize beautiful design and be successful for the next 30!
We are huge fans of Mr. Shoji here at SM, so imagine our excitement when Roberte and I were invited to view his Fall/Winter 2013 collection last week in NYC. As we walked around examining the intricate looks in his showroom, his team graciously engaged us in discussions about the line, his inspiration (think exiled nobility fleeing the Russian Empire to Siberia against a dark, wintery backdrop), his use of color, mainly burgundy, gold, sapphire and carmine red hues as well as his process for dressing women of all walks of life, from the 9-5 lady to the Hollywood starlet.
Even though each piece projected opulent femininity, I found them to be very wearable as Tadashi really knows a woman’s body. He uses fabrics that compliment and cinch in all the right places. For example, neoprene made an appearance in quite a few of the gowns; not only is the fabric forgiving it is very durable and travel friendly. Love it.
I also appreciate that as a thrifty consumer, the price points are very reasonable considering the detail and quality of his pieces. Overall it was an honor to visit the showroom and would like to extend a special thanks to Alicia and Nicole.
While we have designers that don’t shy away from using fur and other non eco-friendly materials, others on the other hand are all about eco-friendly fashion.
During the Brooklyn Fashion Week-End, Leah and I discovered Miami based designer Luis Valenzuela, an ethical avant-garde fashion designer. Luis is not only a designer but he is also the founder of Green Art USA, Earth Day Miami, Eco Art Fashion and created the first Eco Art Fashion Week in the world, a platform to express the present state of the ethical and new sustainable fashion world.
On Thursday February 28, his collection, especially the masks covering the models’ faces were entirely made of eco-friendly/recycling materials that anyone whether into green living or not would most likely appreciate. I was really blown away by his pieces and I was glad to discovered such a talented man. Visit his webpage to know more about his designs. You will not be disappointed.