MBFW: W Hotels Global Glam FALL/WINTER 11

Last night, February 10th, W Hotels debuted it’s newest Global Glam collection of clothing and accessories for their second presentation at Lincoln Center. Models posed on platforms as photographers snapped shots and guests oohed and aahed.  Crimson was found to be the stand-out color of the season for W Hotels (as well as other F/W 11 collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week).  At the presentation it appeared on lips, dresses, necks and shoes!

Photos of models via MBFW.com

Tell us…are you WoWed by W hotels‘ newest collection?

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Designer Ann Yee is known for her obsession with detail. From buttons to seams, zippers to pleats, Yee pays close attention to each design.  This season, Yee has created a collection she describes as “abstract romanticism.”  The fanciful F/W 11 collection includes a pleated gown, romper, over-sized sweater dress, slit blouse, seamed capri, pencil skirt, moto jacket, seamed dress and torqued trouser.

The color scheme stayed true to Yee’s motto, “subtle with a hint of drama,” as it consists of soft greys, blues, and maroon. In an interview, Yee told me the collection has been inspired by the poem “When I Have Fears” by John Keats. It’s obvious that her garments mirror the poem’s themes of romanticism, magic and love.

During the presentation, Yee’s models wore dyed tights and dark lipstick (a trend we have seen in other F/W 11 collections). Their hair was pulled back into tiny braids and pinned sporadically.

I enjoyed the collection and found it to be very versatile. I particularly loved the black jumpsuit, titled “all in one” and the sculpted dress. I feel Yee’s work is classic and has the ability to transcend trends seasons to come.

The collection’s inspiration: “When I have fears,” John Keats.
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;–then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
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“Approachable, avant-garde, couture – IMPROVD.”

Fashion News Live attended the opening of Improvd’s new flagship store this morning in the Meatpacking District. The RTW collection launched last year and is sold both domestically and internationally at a variety of different department stores and speciality boutiques.

Their collection was displayed at the store through installations, live models and holograms of models wearing the clothing. All of the looks were very minimalistic and sophisticated, colors ranging from olive green to a cream beige to black. One thing I noticed was the mixture of textures and fabrics, giving all of the clothing the appearance of high quality. Materials like leather, wool, knitwear, denim are all mixed, washed, over dyed, and distressed to give a raw, wearable look. There price points are also reasonable, as Improvd creators, Valentino Vettori and Sam Ben-Avraham think couture should be available to everyone, not just the “elite”.

Thanks to Improvd for having us out & be sure to check out Improvd.com for more information!

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Nicole Richie and Bergdorf Goodman kick off MBFW F/W 2011

20 degree weather is not stopping New York from fashion week!  Last night, February 9th, Nicole Richie kicked off the start of Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 with a party at Bergdorf Goodman. The night was in honor of her vintage line Winter Kate | House of Harlow 1960. About fifty people (including myself) gathered on the seventh floor to sip champagne, nibble on macaroni and cheese crab cakes and mingle amongst fellow fashionistas. The verdict: a fabulous time.

Nicole Richie and Tracy AndersonNicole Richie and Charlotte Ronson

Nicole Richie and Linda Fargo

Photos via Mandi Meng


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Patricia Field’s Valentine’s Day Ball


“Patricia Field is excited to announce that we will be having a Valentine’s Day Ball celebrating not only the day of Love but the kick off of Fashion week and Patricia’s own birthday on February 11th at Capitale.  Patricia feels that Valentine’s Day does not usually get its due and has a sentiment about the day that is always alive within her.  She has longed to have a big party, which finally gives Valentine’s Day the importance that it deserves.  We want to celebrate Lovers with all of New York in the grand ballroom of Capitale.

Patricia is known for throwing fabulous parties that capture the imagination and the energy of the dream of New York.  Her parties are famously well-attended soirees, that accrue guests from every social scene, every socioeconomic strata. From musicians to socialites to Hollywood stars, Patricia has a loyal following. Uptown to downtown and beyond, people want to experience her magic and share her fantasy.”


Friday February 11, 2011

Come dressed ready to win a trophy and a grand prize of a $4,000 shopping spree.

Costume contest categories:

-Sexiest Couple of the Night

-Sexiest Single (M/F)

-Best Costume (Single/Couple)

Music by DJ Cassidy

Hosted by Susanne Bartsch, Kelly Cutrone and the House of Field.

Open Bar All Night!!!

Tickets are $100 and available at TicketWeb.com (type “Patricia Field”) and at Patricia Field Boutique.

Tickets must be purchased in advance! There will be NO tickets sold at the door.

For information please call (212)966-4066 or visit us at www.patriciafield.com/valentines.aspx

10PM-2AM CAPITALE 130 Bowery

info via Stefanie Skinner

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Nicholas K Fall 2011: “Into the Wild”


“New York, NY, February 6th, 2011: For the Fall/Winter 2011 season, designer Nicholas Kunz and her brother/business partner Christopher Kunz will show their Nicholas K collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Thursday, September 10th at 9 am in the Studio. This will be the second time the brand will kick-off MBFW, following last season when Nicholas K was the first show EVER at Lincoln Center.

Hailing from Arizona, Nicholas and Christopher grew up spending a lot of time in the outdoors and love to go fishing and camping. After living in New York City for several years, the brother & sister duo decided to finally look for a refuge in Upstate NY where they could bring their dog (the popular Boxer, Jake, who always makes the runway exit with them after their shows) and participate in the outdoor sports they love. This search for the perfect cabin, surrounded by protected land with reservoirs, trails for hiking, forests for hunting and streams for fishing, became an inspiration for this upcoming Fall collection.

As Nicholas explains, “For our Fall collection, I was inspired by the woods and rustic living; the survival instinct and going back to primitive ways. The fall colors of the forest are reflected in the palette and overall aesthetic and I used a lot of texture and incorporated Navajo inspired prints. Think log homes, gypsies,  stone fireplaces, owls, camping and migration.” Movies such as The Wilderness Family, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall and Into the Wild also served as inspiration.

The collection features fabrics such as; rich corduroys, hunter green silk velvets and butter-soft lambskin and warm Mongolian furs. Key styles include chunky hand-knit cable sweaters with hand knotted leather buttons, tiered ruffle skirts that can be worn as dresses and many pieces are made with multifunctional details. Colors include rust orange, hunter green, evergreen, moss, birch, snow, harvest, bark and mud brown. This season, Nicholas has collaborated with Vintage Shoe Co. to create limited edition  boots, including a unique “Creeper” update, which will be shown in several colorways and used for both men’s and women’s looks. Napoleon Perdis will the doing the make-up, with Rodney Cutler as the lead artist for hair, Nails by Dashing Diva and Tom Guinness styling (a first time collaboration for the brand).”

Press release and image via People’s Revolution
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MBFW- Fall 2011 Sponsors


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is proud to introduce some highlights from this season’s official sponsors. Each of these sponsors will be providing hospitality, services and amenities to make this exciting week of shows as enjoyable and pleasant as possible for all attendees. Below is the featured sponsor list for the Fall 2011 Collections.

  • Mercedes-Benz
  • DHL
  • American Express®
  • Maybelline New York
  • TRESemmé
  • Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink
  • W Hotels Worldwide
  • AOL Inc.
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Kim Crawford Wines
  • ideeli
  • The Heart Truth® Campaign
  • FIJI Water
  • The New York Times

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an IMG event. The Fall 2011 Collections will be held February 10-17, 2011.

photo courtesy of Dylan Reyes

Press Release courtesy of  IMG Fashion

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Deaf Seniors Foundation of Palm Springs

Our host Rocco recently attended and paid tribute to an amazing event for the deaf leaders in the industry at the Riviera Resort & Spa event extravaganza. The event paid tribute to the many talented and well-known industry performers who never let their hearing impairments eradicate their dreams. The inspiring event took place in Palm Springs, California and was filled with a variety of great talent and honor.

Guests in Attendance:
Marlee Mattin received worldwide recognition for her motion picture
debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God. In 1987, at the
age of 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Academy Award
Oscar for Best Actress and one of only four actresses to receive the
honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Ms. Matlin was honored
by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

Linda Bove is world renowned for her role on Sesame Street, where, for more
than 30 years, she entertained and enlightened TV audiences young and old,
deaf and hearing. In addition to that, Ms. Bove has the distinction of being the
first deaf actress to attain a recurring role on the television soap opera, Search
for Tomorrow. She also appeared in Sesame Street’s first full length feature, Follow That Bird.

Julianna Fjeld is an accomplished Deaf actress, director and producer.
Upon her graduation from Gallaudet University, she joined the National
Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) as a fellow performer and toured with them
for five yea rs. She su bsequ ently became Co-Artistic Director of NTD.
Deaf Seniors Foundation of Palm Springs Event

Other Respected Attendees: Herb Larson, Liz Tannebaum, Richard Ray, Mel Carter, Bernard Bragg and more!

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