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New York Fashion Week-Style Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week  is over and I finally have time to start writing about what I saw during what is always a whirlwind filled week. This season I got to see some really great collections varying in jeans to gowns that reminded me of my Couture Fashion Week volunteering days in college. I took a few days off simply because I was not feeling great, it was raining or I was too exhausted. As much as it is a privilege to get invited to shows and events, it can be a nonstop week where you lose track of what’s next without an organized calendar. Thank goodness for my mother who always knows how to screw my head back on. How will I survive this week when I’m older? I’ll manage with experience, I guess… or with an intern! If you haven’t already read my The Fashion Industry, Is it for you or Not post, you’ll know I’ve been doing this since I was 18, so I guess I’ll continue to learn as I go.

 

I started off the week, which if you didn’t know always starts in the middle of one week and runs into the next week by attending the Style Fashion Week Shows. Later on in the week I attended the Cenia Convi Jean fashion show which also showcased t-shirt designs my the designers sister. Next stop during the week was a showcase on jewelry by Midori Linea and then a private showing at the JSong showroom. My last stop during the week was the Gypsy Sport show, which was my first time seeing that designer at fashion week. Here’s a roundup of my first set of shows. Click pictures to enlarge.

 

Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion week runs for three consecutive days and features various designers, artists, singers and smaller companies. I attended two out of three days as the third day I felt I wanted to stay home. The shows that I saw during these days included David Tupaz, Bahmardi, Raul Penarada, Hirun Bangkok, Elie Madie and Rocky Gathercole and more. The following were some of my favorites by far.

 

Raul Penaranda

 

 

 

Hirun Bangkok

 

 

Yas Couture

 

Overall all my week was quite a light one in comparison to fashion weeks I’ve covered in the past. I’ll have more  NYFW posts up soon. Which collection was your favorite? -T.S

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Bandelettes Annual Gala

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Sponsored post featuring Bandelettes.

Ladies! Lets chat real quick on how much we love the thigh gap! NOT!! In fact I’m pretty sure that most of you ladies reading this are perfectly fine with not having a thigh gap. As you should be, because lord knows we don’t all need to look like the original Barbie. As someone who has worked on multiple sides of the fashion industry, including production of clothing I have seen how the industry has struggled to get the correct sizing for plus size women. But slowly over the years with voices like that of Ashley Graham, screaming load and proud about her natural curves the industry is changing. Because there is one thing that all women want, to feel beautiful! As a Bandelettes model told us at the end of the night ” I want to wear sexy clothes too!” As a professional FIT model, she has grown an understanding of how clothes are supposed to feel and fall on the body. Which also means she knows how many times a brand has to fix or remake clothing to correctly fit a plus size woman. Getting it right the first time in what women needed was Bandelettes. This genius invention of sexy thigh bands allows you to wear your skirts and dresses without fear of chafing! No more uncomfortable sweating or painful cuts or having to wear shorts under your cute skirts, dresses or shorts.

 

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Created by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, these boss women came from their native countries with non fashion backgrounds. Once they met, they knew they had to create something groundbreaking which lead to the creation of Bandelettes. With a body positive message behind the brand it didn’t take long for women including Project Runway designer Ashley Nell Tipton to take notice. She made an appearance at their first Annual Gala with testimonials on how much she loved the brand. And her tune has not changed as she and the brand recently unveiled her own limited edition designs earlier this month.

The annual gala was held downtown at the recently opened event space, The Mezzanine in the financial district. Special guests included Becca McCharen-Tran, designer and creator of the boundary pushing brand Chromat. The CFDA Fashion Fund Alumni first partnered with Bandelettes last September when she sent models down the runway in the SS18 Serenity collection accessorized with Bandelettes. The partnership, a merriment of body positive brands continued in the AW18 Wavy collection and hasn’t stopped breaking molds since. Becca was the absolute sweetest and took a picture with me! Also in attendance was drag queen extraordinaire Coco De’Ball who performed. The drink of the night was a strong “Thigh-Piranha”, a take on a Brazilian cocktail. While a fun photobooth, a great DJ, hor d’oeuvres (that I and other bloggers stuffed our faces with) and cupcakes with mini sugar Bandelettes filled the room.

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I seriously can’t say enough how Bandelettes have saved my thighs during the warmer months. A question I was asked by a fellow blogger was “Can you see the lines under your dress”? And honestly I’ve worn a pencil skirt with Bandelettes and they were not visable at all. Thanks to the thin fabric and strudy silicone bands they are virtually invisable and stay in place. Bandelettes come in a range of colors and designs from neutral to bold, thanks to their designer collaborations. And ever the inclusive brand they come in sizes A-F (pantyhose sizes). Have you tried Bandelettes? Let me know in the comments and on social media. Read more about Sparkling Carla here and read more about Bandelettes here!

– T.S.

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Fashion exhibit The Museum at FIT

Norell: Dean of American Fashion

Considered the “American Balenciaga” Norman Norell was the father of creating ready-to-wear with haute couture techniques and quality. His collections were worn by celebrities, first ladies and were featured in many films and tv shows during the 50’s and 60’s. His creations and improvements on ready-to-wear clothing and their everlasting impact of fashion revel him the Dean of American Fashion.

With a background in costume creation Norell chose only the best fabrics for his ready to wear collections. Every detail down to the lining of each garment was made in his NYC atelier. Although his work was worthy of boutique prices, Norell insisted his collections be sold to the masses in department stores. A lover of the past and yet ahead of his time Norell drew inspiration from 1920’s and designed culottes in the 1960’s, pants that would only be popular years later.

After the Indiana native moved to New York to gain a fashion design education he quickly moved into costume designing. Although by 1928 his career as a fashion designer began when he designed for Hattie Carnegie, a prestigious New York fashion house.

Norell for Hattie Carnegie

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Norell for Hattie Carnegie 1932

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Norell for Hattie Carnegie 1939. Gingham Hostess Gown

 

 

Before creating his own line Norell worked with garment manufacturer Anthony Traina in 1941. Under this partnership they created the Traina Norell label.

Triana-Norell New York

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Right-Traina-Norell NY Off-white sailor dress 1957

 

By 1960 Norell bought out Traina and created the Norell line.

Norman Norell New York

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Norman Norell NY black rhinestone dress, 1972.
Norell: Mink fur and velvet evening coat, 1970.

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Norman Norell New York. Nutmeg Sheth Dress 1965. Turned inside out showcasing the silk lining put into his creations. This was one of the many hand applied couture details Norell put into his garments.

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Norman Norell NY 1960-64.The ‘mermaid” gown was one of Norell’s signature pieces. The style was inspired by Hollywood glamour, which he created into ready-to-wear. It was one of his most popular creations.

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Norman Norell NY: Camel suit 1972 and heather 1969 suit. Techniques here included lining the jackets in sequins.

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Both Norman Norell NY 1966. In these pieces he used silhouettes that originated in the 1920’s. These belonged to actress Lauren Bacall.

 

 

 

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Norell: Double breasted coat 1963-67. In the 1940’s followed the trend of infusing menswear into women’s garments. His wool coats are some of his best menswear infused pieces.

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Norman Norell NY 1968 Sailor Gown. Inspired by the sailor suits he wore as a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the styles that Norell perfected with his couture techniques and ready to wear collections:

  • Mermaid Gowns
  • Culottes
  • Wool Jersey and Colorblocking
  • Flappers
  • Fur Trims
  • Double Sided Breasted Silhouette
  • Pant Suits
  • Shaped Suits
  • Wedged Shaped Coats
  • The Pussycat Bow
  • Belts
  • Collars and Capes
  • Color Choices
  • Sailor Suit
  • Kimono Style Wrap dress
  • The Perfect Little Black Dress
  • Empire Waist
  • Full Skirts
  • Fantasy Coats
  • The Ultimate Evening Skirt
  • Mermaids

Scroll through the slideshows to see the styles mentioned above designed for the Norman Norell, Triana and Hattie Carniege collections.

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This highly respected and beloved American Couturier won the Coty Award five times and a honorary doctorate from the Pratt Institute. He was also the second president of the Council of fashion designers of America and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst many other accolades. Norell: Dean of American Fashion is open until April 14, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week And Youtube

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New York Fashion Week recently ended and it was another whirlwind filled week. I’ve been putting up the fashion shows and events that I went to on my brand new YouTube channel. I opened a YouTube channel because that was the easiest way for me to get content out during the week. Usually during Fashion Week I get home around 1 or 2 in the morning with the need to be up the next morning to go to my next event. Each year since I was in college my participation in NYFW has grown exponentially. Including my position as Editorial Manager for Latinista.com, this leaves me no time to write! In comes Youtube with a quicker alternative to creating and distributing content. Check out my New York Fashion Week videos here!

As usual I wanted to share with you the outfits I wore during New York Fashion Week. Some are already up on my Instagram, while others due to my strapped time schedule during the hectic week had to be photographed at a later date. For this fashion week I decided to get a bit creative with the pieces I wore. The theme for my outfits was transforming pieces to give them a second life. I did however invest in coats in preparation for NYFW, because it becomes your most seen and potentially photographed piece. I only attended four days out of the week, taking one day to create my YouTube channel. New York Fashion Week is fun, exuberating, electric and exhausting! If I’ve learned anything since I started attending fashion week at 18 years old, is taking a day off is not the end of the world!

 

Outfit 1

White Rampage business pant. Tan Perceptions shell. Cape found at the Sugarloaf craft fair, no tags. Payless Boots. Target purse.

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Outfit 2

Creativity was the name of the game when I turned a dress into a shirt. Derek Heart sweater dress (tucked under the skirt), Diversity leather skirt, Urban Hearts animal print jacket, Maxx New York purse. Payless block sandal and Angelina black coat.

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Outfit 3

H&M dress (on sale for 15.99!) Enzo Angiolini boots, Calvin Klein coat, Target purse.

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Outfit 4

I got creative with this outfit as well by turning a maxi dress I usually wear during the summer into a skirt. DKNY puffer jacket, Bitten jean jacket, Faded Glory white tee, Miss Avenue black dress. Enzo Angiolini boots, Target purse and long necklaces that were gifted to me.

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The unsung heroes of these outfits? My undergarments keeping me warm during what was a very rainy Fashion Week! Leggings, tights and camisoles for the win! I hope you were inspired to use your clothing in diverse ways! You can see the fashion shows on my YouTube. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE!

T.S.

Beauty Event

Glambition Beauty Night Out ’18

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I love empowering events that help entrepreneurs and especially women entrepreneurs. That’s exactly what Glambition ’18 was! As one of the guest said to me what’s not to love when glam and ambition are combined? The event was held at the gorgeous Google NYC Headquarters in Chelsea. The day was full of powerful speakers and businesses with innovative products and services. The event started with delicious light refreshments and a chance to network with the beauty businesses there. Here is what else this great event had to offer!

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Exhibitors and panel speakers included the following:

New York Life

The life insurance company educated the various age ranges at the event on this topic that many feel nervous about. The educational talk taught me among other things that you can start your life insurance savings at any age even at a few months after birth!

Vera Moore Cosmetics

With a background in acting Vera saw first hand the struggle makeup artists had in finding makeup that was suitable for people of color. With a new-found passion, she set out to create cosmetics that would not turn greasy, rub off or change colors when applied. Her years of experience have gained her many accolades not only in the beauty industry but in acting, publishing and business.

Jane Carter Solutions

Jane Carter herself was at the event along with her well-known line of hair products. Catering to women with curly hair her line has products for every type curl.

NY Beauty + Cosmetology Chamber of Commerce

Founders of the Cosmetology and Beauty Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance giving great business advice. The commerce offers education, guidance and create opportunities for those looking to grow in the cosmetology and beauty arena.

Salud

With a focus on health, wellness and beauty Salud offers all natural solutions to everyday needs. I was recently featured in a YouTube video for Salud and wrote a blog post on why I use their products. They were also showcasing a most delicious tea!

Glamazon Cosmetics

Created by model Kim Baker, Glamazon Cosmetics caters to all women who want coverage and color variety within their makeup. Originally a model for Whilimenia she like Vera Moore has full knowledge on the struggles women of color have with makeup. Glamazon Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are one of my go to’s as their longevity is reliable.

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Celfie Cosmetics

Known for bold colors this NYC start-up had everyone saying ohh and ahh to their Matte and Glitter Palette. Another ingenious invention by Celfie? The lipstick with a light built-in and mirrored cap! And as one girl exclaimed “perfect for the club!”

Swisse– Australia based Swiss offers vitamins and supplements that are loved by Nicole Kidman and many stars alike. I’ve started taking their Blood Orange Hair, Skin and Nails dietary supplement. The drink contains only orange extract, Silica that promotes hair growth and Vitamin C which can help prevent sun damage to the skin.

Faces Beautiful This vegan makeup line showcased their Face in a Case magnetic makeup organizer. Not only does the case hold makeup but it doubles as a wallet and cell phone holder. Carrying makeup in a messy bag is longer necessary!

Model Citizen– A rental, lending and shopping platform that allows you to share your great fashion finds.

Cocotique-A deluxe subscription box curated for women of color.

Minfo An app that allows you to scan or hear an ad and directs you to the company website immediately. No need to wait to hear the ad again to catch what you missed!

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Speakers also included C-Suite Coach creator and Google Digital Coach Angelina Darrisaw, Editor-In-Chief of Bella Magazine Courtenay Hall,  Hello Beautiful  editor and Model Citizen creator Daniel James and Google’s Strategic Partnership and Program Lead Aisha Taylor. While I got the chance to lead the Blogger Round Table speaking about the goodies in our swag bags. You must attend Glambition’s next event to take in all the advice that comes with such knowledgeable business owners and successful women. I’ll be sure to share info on my social channels when the next Glambition is planned. Did you go to Glambition Beauty Night Out 18? I look forward to the next one!

T.S.

 

 

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What’s in my purse: New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has been a time of year that I’ve taken part of in some form or another since college. Attending shows is a whirlwind where a week feels like a month. Now I am used to a non stop paced because that is just the name of the game in the fashion industry but during the week that is amplified. These are the things I have in my bag that gets me through the week and also help with everyday life here.

Press/ Media Pass

These plastic cards are the keys to every entrance for fashion shows and events. These are usually registered to attendees months in advance and are given out at the events. I personally like to keep all my passes, which helps remind me of all the work I’ve done. How many end up mixed up in my bag depend on how many events and fashion shows I attend during the week. Like the fashion industry,fashion week is ever changing and what I might want to attend can change.

New York Fashion Week

Portable Chargers, Camera lenses

This is a must if you work or live in NYC in general, but a absolute must especially during fashion week. The amount of videos, live streaming, pictures, editing, emailing and more that goes on during the week kills any battery. Many people don’t realize that regular work and owning a blog doesn’t stop just because of fashion week. So I must be ready and able to answer work and blog related emails. I also take so many pictures during the week of various clothing and products a variety of portable lenses for my iPhone can be helpful.

Metro Card

Another absolute must if you live or work in NYC. Although I try to use the subway during fashion week it is not always such a good idea.  Why?….. Because I am most likely looking soooo fashionable and I don’t want to get sweaty and ruin my look! So depending on where the next show is a taxi, Uber or car service is the best way to go during fashion week. ( General Tip: if your driver was awesome, add a tip. Don’t be stingy! That is their livelihood.)

Business Cards

I don’t go anywhere without them, but especially during New York Fashion Week. For people who attend fashion week this is also a week of networking. Photographers, Editors, Bloggers and more from all over the world converge on the concrete island during the week. You never know who you might sit next to at a fashion show or meet at the after parties.

Snacks and Water

I never leave my house without these but during fashion week its harder to grab a bite to eat. If I have multiple shows back to back I’ll eat a quick snack and sip water during a taxi ride or as I’m walking to the next event. If I’m lucky an event will provide water and food, what’s never on shortage at an event? Liquor! Which doesn’t help if I’m hungry, so snacks are a must. I’m luckiest when I have an hour or two in between shows or events. That’s my chance to find a proper place for a meal.

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Makeup, Saline Solution, Nail Kit, Hand Sanitizer,Sunglasses

I always have extra lipstick in my purse, a touch up is bound to happen. Preferably in the back of a taxi in between events. I wear my contacts must of the time during fashion week. Glasses can fall off your face while running around, so I almost always leave them at home. Plus sunglasses are in need as September here is a mix of sun and clouds. A nail kit helps keep my nails in check so I don’t snag my outfit. While hand sanitizer is an everyday must, but the amount of hand shakes done during this week can be excessive. I just added blotting papers to my bag as well, which helps keep facial shine at bay.

Flats!

Because although those heels make me camera ready once I’m done for the night its time for flats!

Almost every day of New York Fashion Week is an extremely long one. So by the time I get home by midnight to one or two in the morning I’m exhausted. If I’m lucky I can go straight to bed but sometimes my work doesn’t end there. Editing and saving pictures to my hard drive or submitting them to people I’m working for is a priority as well.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my bag during New York Fashion Week. Like many people it is a hectic time of year for me and hope to have blog post up soon.

Happy NYFW- T.S.