NYFW Preveiw 2012: EDITION Georges Chakra Resort 2012 collection

Fresh from his Couture show in Paris at Palais de la Découverte, designer Georges Chakra has done it again.  He has used luxurious fabrics in beautiful colors to create sweet yet modern silhouettes with extraordinary detail.

The result is a très chic, Parisian inspired collection of fun dresses, stunning evening suits & enchanting gowns.

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Georges Chakra has been featured in WWD, InStyle, Elle & has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Emily Blunt, Carrie Underwood, Katie Cassidy, Kelly Rowland, & Dania Ramirez to name just a few.

His EDITION collection can be found in retail stores across the world including select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Wynn Las Vegas in the United States as well as Harrod’s in London and Harvey Nicholas in Dubai & Istanbul.

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NYFW: Nanette Lepore makes a sunny splash for 2012

When Sam Bisbee and his five-­piece band opened the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 show with a fun, energetic beat, you could feel something delightful was going to come down the runway.  As the first look came down the runway, it is clear that color blocking is here to stay and the colors are getting brighter and brighter.  A citrine crop top and tangerine skirt began the show.  Each look was completed with a contrasting wedge or platform heel.

The collection had a sophisticated youthful feel with cut outs, crops, color blocking with longer hemlines and tailored jackets mixed in.  The silhouettes were kept simple.  She favored full skirts and shorts, although there was a series of slim-fit dresses and pants. As the show progressed floral prints were mixed in as well as under lays of color and striped looks.

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The swimwear kept with the same youthful feel but with a retro cut and design, again using the fun, flirty floral prints. The colors, the prints and the silhouettes combined with the fun, energetic live band left you desiring spring and sunshine immediately!

Article contributed by Kellie Hockless owner of “Mamma Know Best” a vintage clothing site

NYFW: CNC Harlequin Hardware manicures at Diego Binetti

I’m loving backstage.  While it is crazy, hectic and even a bit mind-blowing at times, there’s nothing like it.  This season’s hair, make-up and nails, especially nails are WOW.  Yesterday’s shows are no exception.

For the Diego Binetti show, Candice Manacchio delivered drama for digits, crafting “Harlequin Hardware” manicures stained in CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and Frosting Cream, capped in gold and silver metal for an artisanal finish. Toes were polished in Raspberry Parfait. Makeup embraced “mask as part of the model,” and hair was crimped and elaborately wrapped for a nighttime beauty look to remember

NYFW: Nail Art makes its way down the runway for spring 2012

A perfect manicure has long been one of beauty’s most important staples. However, due to budget and timing, it may be difficult to keep up with this trend. A cost-effective, stylish option that has gained popularity throughout the celebrity community is nail art – stones, stickers, and the old classic, the French manicured tip. But how do you make those styles last if you’re on a budget or don’t have the time to keep up a frequent routine? Here, Creative Director of Pretty Woman, Aija Vilemsonne, shares some advice for making your trendy manicure last.

Nail Care

“One of the most important things that you can do to prolong your manicure is to make sure that your nails are in good shape,” says Aija. “Without a healthy base, chipping and breaking occur more often.” Below are some valuable tips for taking care of your nails to maximize your manicure.

File and Trim Consistently

To maintain the look you want and prevent breakage and hangnails, it’s important to file and trim regularly. Your only tools in this attempt should be sharp manicure scissors and/or clippers and a fresh emery board.

Moisturize

We don’t typically think of our nails as requiring moisture, but like any other skin on our body, nails are sensitive and subject to drying. It is especially necessary to do this when you remove polish from your nail bed.

Paint Your Nails

Applying a thin coat of polish keeps moisture in your nails. If your nails are subject to breakage, use a nail strengthener or hardener to treat nails while sporting your new look.

Careful Application

“When applying new products, such as stones, French manicured tips, or sticker styles, it’s essential that you pay attention to the directions, and go slowly,” Aija cautions. “One small slipup can affect your look profoundly, and most nail art kits do not come with extras. If you provide enough time to create a careful, flawless look, it will last longer and be worth it in the end.” Aija suggests the following when applying these different looks:

3D Stickers

Apply nail polish and allow ample time to dry. Remove sticker from the product sheet and slowly place it on completely dried polish, taking care to position correctly. Push sticker down from the middle funneling outward, ensuring no ridges or creases. Apply a top coat of polish to protect sticker from chipping and maintain a lasting, glossy finish.

Stones

Paint nails, and before the polish dries, add the stones in the desired spots. Aija suggests placing the product closer to the middle of the nail so that the chance for chipping or loss is minimized. Allow time to dry, making sure that the stones stay in place. Apply a top coat to seal the look and to increase the longevity of your manicure.

French Manicured Tips

For this style, you can turn to a nail care tip guide, such as Pretty Woman’s version, available at Rite Aids nationwide. This ensures a more polished finish, and is great for those of us who aren’t as skilled in the nail department. Apply the guide over clean and dry nails, and the white accent liner over the nail tip. Paint your nails the desired color, and allow time for complete drying. Carefully remove the tip guide, and apply a top coat to prevent chipping and increase shine.

To learn more about Pretty Woman and their products, visit www.PrettyWomanUSA.com

NYFW: TEEN VOGUE Brings Fall Beauty & Fashion to Life

Throughout Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week, TEEN VOGUE will host TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot, an interactive fashion destination and lounge at Lincoln Center, providing young women with their own inviting, interactive environment where they can take part in fashion and beauty events created exclusively for them.  The space is open to the public, Sept 8-15, with daily events. So head over with your teen and find out what’s Haute!

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts  – Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery   40 Lincoln Center Plaza –  New York, NY 10023

Thursday, September 8, 3PM

  • Pia Toscano from American Idol performs
  • TEEN VOGUE Book Signing, 4PM

Meet TEEN VOGUE Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley while she signs copies of The TEEN VOGUE Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.

Friday, September 9, 4PM

  • Declare Your Denim Seminar

Join DIY guru, Erica Domesek of P.S.-I made this… and DIY your denim.

  • Shay Mitchell Meet & Greet , 4:30PM

Meet fashionable star Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars”

  • A Fine Frenzy, alternative singer, songwriter and pianist, performs, 5:30PM

Saturday, September 10, 11AM-1PM

  • Soyon An, American Idol stylist, stops by for a styling session.
  • Jill Stuart Runway Show Screening, 2-4PM

TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume and designer, Jill Stuart will host a screening of Stuart’s runway show.  Afterward, singer Sabi will guest DJ (5-6PM).

  • Wynter Gordon, pop singer, performs, 6PM

Sunday, September 11, 3:15PM

  • Declare Your Denim Fashion Show

Join us on the Plaza for a fashion presentation of fall’s hottest denim trends.

  • Later, TEEN VOGUE’s Eva Chen discusses the hottest beauty trends with

YouTube sensations, The Fowler Sisters, Elle and Blair Fowler

Monday, September 12, 3PM

  • Model Monday: Runway Coaching and Casting Call

Learn the tricks of the trade with runway coach Mac Folkes, and then strut your stuff for casting scouts from IMG Models.

Tuesday, September 13, 5PM

  • Erin Fetherston Runway Show Screening

Check out Erin Fetherston’s latest runway show with an exclusive screening, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Market Editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller.

Wednesday, September 14, 3-6PM

  • Tory Burch Runway Show Screening

Watch a special screening of Tory Burch’s latest runway show.

  • Nikki Lane, Country music singer, performs, 6PM

Thursday, September 15, 4PM

  • Phillip Lim Runway Show Screening

On the closing day of the TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot, designer Phillip Lim will treat guests to a screening of Lim’s latest runway show, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume.

PLUS….Daily Makeovers with Maybelline New York.  Sound like fun to me!!

NYFW: Rowenta moves full-steam ahead for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Rowenta is turning up the heat as it enters its fifth season as official garment care sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York. They will offer event attendees the opportunity to engage with the brand and experience Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as never before.  This is a very good thing and I’m sure welcomed.

If you’re not attending NYC Fashion Week, then join Rowenta’s Facebook and Twitter communities for the opportunity to win tickets to a Fashion Week show or win an exclusive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Pro Master iron.  Become a Rowenta fan on Facebook or follow the brand on Twitter for added instructions.  Let me say that this is a great product to put on your wedding registry!!

Custom Creations:

On Fri., Sept. 9, attendees will be able to create stylish t-shirts and tote bags using the exclusive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Pro Master iron and fashion designer and Rowenta style ambassador Althea Harper’s custom iron-on designs at the Rowenta iron-on pop-up station in the event Lobby in Lincoln Center.

Mix & Mingle:

Fashion Week attendees can meet with Style Ambassador Althea Harper on Fri., Sept 9

Walk the Catwalk:

All week, attendees will be able to work the Rowenta Runway in the Rowenta photo booth at Lincoln Center. Attendees can also enter to win an exclusive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Pro Master iron. Four winners will be chosen daily.

Thurs., Sept. 8- Thur., Sept. 15 while the event Lobby is open

Fri., Sept. 9 from 10:30am-2:30pm

FNO: Patricia Field is having a party

There are so many parties, events and just insane fun happening worldwide for fashion week I’m posting a few of my favorites.  I love  Miss Pat – she is an absolute scream!!  If you’re in NYC this is one of those parties you must attend.  Hey, it runs until Midnight…so lots of fun for ya.

This year Fashion Visionary Patricia Field is building on her infamous annual Fashion’s Night Out Party!

Fashion’s and Art’s Night Out: Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6pm to Midnight.

Two locations for twice the fun, fashion and art!

Patricia Field Boutique at 302 Bowery will celebrate FNO with designers V.O.N., Seville Michelle Anastos, M.Y.O.B, and many more.

Shop and enjoy refreshments by Vita Coco, snacks by PopChips and hors d’oeurves compliments of Veselka. DJ Cunty Crawford LaDosha. Raffle prizes by TannerHalltheFilm.com.

Veselka, the legendary East Village eatery, has opened a new, expanded outpost at 9 East First Street (across the street from 302 Bowery), and will feature a multimedia art exhibit curated by Patricia Field herself, with artists Fares Rizk, Hushidar Mortezaie, Jojo America, Keith Haring Foundation, Kevin McHugh, Maripol, Martine NYC, Paul Chelstad, Richard Alvarez, Scooter LaForge, David Dalrymple for House of Field, and Suzanne Mallouk.

Beats by DJ Kimiko and refreshments provided by Liquid Masons.

This dual event is sponsored by International Fashion Stylist Association, Aloe Cadabra, Apivita, Maybelline New York, U by Kotex, Meoko Vodka, and Liquid Masons.

Co-Host: Byrdie Bell

RSVP to: rsvp@PatriciaField.com