During NYFW FW2012, I had the pleasure of going backstage at the Czar by Cesar Galindo runway show. This show was a great mixture of a runway with a presentation thrown in as people enjoyed brunch. I loved the attention to detail! Fast forward to tonight, I didn't know what to expect as Cesar Galindo showed tonight but will be at Lincoln Center tomorrow morning with an amazing after party tomorrow night. With invites to all of his activities this season, I was pumped to see this presentation.
On 5th Ave, Feb 8th - Feb 10th, you can pop into Immortal Love Pop Up Experience where people can learn about two new shows taking place on AMC with air dates on Feb 14th - Immortalized (a show about a Philadelphia based taxidermist Beth Beverly of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy who is pictured with the very tall man in this image - she is known for creating wearable taxidermy) and Freakshow (looking at human wonders). At the launch of the space last night, characters from both shows entertained in the room and were posed next to creations that were from Cesar's collection and paired with Beth's pieces. Models and mannequins stood on platforms so that everyone could see the intricate work.
There are plenty of things to see in the space and on Fri, the cast from Freakshow will be there. It's definitely an interesting experience to partake in and it was great to see some of Cesar's clothing as it was a great tease for what is in store for tomorrow.
Earlier this week, Victoria's Secret hit the runways at the Armory to present their much anticipated Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Above, Adriana Lima, Lindsay Ellingson, Jasmine Tookes, Lily Aldridge, Liu Wen and Doutzen Kroes were just a few of the models that hit the show. This lingerie show airs on CBS Dec 4th with performances by Justin Beiber, Bruno Mars and Rhianna.
As my loyal Kitten know, I am apart of Crest's Ambassador program which allows me to go to a number of fun events, dinners and so much more. At the beginning of this season's NYFW Fall/Winter 2012/2013 fashion show, I was able to go to Gen Art's event which was hosted by Crest 3D White's spokesperson, Whitney Port, who has her own line which we saw in the making while she was on The City. I loved being able to see her talk about why she loved creating her line and launching it during a Gen Art event in Miami as well as being aligned with Crest 3D White!
Early this morning, I headed to the backstage of Whitney Port's Whitney Eve and obviously Crest 3D White was backstage ensuring that models utilized these strips in order to ensure a dazzling white smile for their walk! In addition, I happened to see Zoya Nail Polish (we all know my obsession with Zoya's Indigo and having them done at Polished Beauty Bar) that was used for this show - 2 fabulous colors - Kristen and Maisie!
Sitting front row, I snapped a number of amazing pieces that incorporated fab uses of accessories such as geometric necklaces and eye popping footwear! Whitney Eve showcased a number of darker hues that were appropriate for fall but I loved many of the leggings and longer shirts. It was such a playful look. She also incorporated a number of peplum shirts and cute dresses - perfect for west coast winters to be sure! Enjoy the final model walk through and of course an appearance by Whitney Port.
Theophilus London closes Rebecca Minkoff NYFW FW 2012/2013
I love hitting the shows as you never know what you are going to get! As many of you know, Theophilus London is everywhere and I hung out with him this past summer while designing in Dominican Republic and enjoyed one of his concerts as well! Well, yesterday he opened and closed the Rebecca Minkoff show which was full of fun motorcycle jackets and great pieces you will want to rock later on this year
After taking care of some stresses that on a normal day wouldn't matter but during Fashion Week does - I was off to cover backstage for Dashing Diva for Cushie et Ochs! This show dominated in hues of nudes, navy and a few metallics. Because of this, it was decided that the nails would rock the same colors in a new way of colorblocking. As opposed to the nails being colorblocked on their own, the concept became whatever color dominated the apparel, the nail would reflect it as well. See the Dashing Diva team at work as well as at rest (enjoy the video)! Also, I love seeing the model charts of who will be walking - it's fun to see them in their snapshot and then while they are being made up!
Tadashi Shoji is one of my favorite lines to see each season at Fashion Week! This season the line plays with velvet, sheers and this awesome blend of 1920's meets modern which is always nice to have! During this show, I actually sat with someone that works within the Bridal section of Nordstrom's store in Paramus, NJ. Many of the pieces that hit the runway would be perfect portions to include within bridal events and she was taking notes. I'm always interested in those that attend the show and of course someone in the Bridal Industry is always amazing. Above, the picture on the left has the calm before the fashionable storm. I love the motif that is set within the show before it even starts (Billie Holiday was being played) and when the first looks hit the runway, everyone was swooning over "You Only Live Once". On the right, see the runway in motion and enjoy the video which has all the looks take a final walk.
Fashion Week here in NY is a few days away and I have been immersed in Fashion Week coverage around the globe! It's only appropriate to highlight a fun show that took place during the 2012 Fall/2013 Winter Menswears shows earlier this month with Dean and Dan Stanton's line, Dsquared2! As we continue to bundle up, I loved seeing the line which rocked sexy suits which is always something that I can appreciate with classic and casual denim looks! I love that denim was accessorized with fun outerwear and amazing leathergoods (ladies this comes in handy as you can share a bag when going away on a weekend). Anytime Paul and I travel together, he loves when our items can fit in one bag which makes heading out easier! On the upper left hand corner Dean and Dan, the designers of this line, rock out a classic suit while their models hit the runway showcasing fabulous and flawless style!
Yesterday my sister and I headed down to my favorite section of the city! As a former lingerie model, I love going to showrooms to see a number of undergarments. After getting to Hanes Showroom, we made our way to the Barely There presentation. I love the fact that this brand is all about seamless underwear - seeing lines is uber tacky but I also love the comfort that it provides when you're just wearing it around your home, running errands or when you're traveling! In addition to previewing new items from the collection, I loved that we met Christina and Kim Scali (as well as their fab mom) from the hit show Jersey Couture on Oxygen Network (currently filming their second season now) - they also have a fabulous boutique in Freehold, NJ - Diane and Co.
I loved seeing the full collection from shapewear, to push ups, comfy items and so much more. There are a number of fun hues and colors and seeing Kim and Christina walk us through the line and talk about their experiences as well as fitting women in their boutique was definitely a nice add in to the event. Once we left the event, we had a phenomenal series of bras, panties and shapewear as well as a very nice gift certificate from Macy's. Above are images from the presentation, the fabulous sisters (as well as a peek into their new accessory line that they received literally the day before), models rocking the line, their fab mom who looked fabulous and a quick pick of all my goodies! I'm personally obsessed with the t-shirt bras whether they have foam or don't have foam in them. Because they are so soft, you can also take the straps down, make them a one shoulder and so much more - fab!
Paul and I ended the night at Good Units at the Hudson Hotel (which is also in our neighborhood and is super convenient) with Eva Minge which is an amazing Polish designer that I became aware of last year! I knew that the show would have some interesting pieces as I know she is about the drama but being able to see the entire collection in a French runway style definitely allowed me to see the lifestyle components of the brand. The show had a bit of something for everyone with mens and womens fashions hitting the runway, fab black and white pieces and everything from work, casual, evening and lingerie was included. In addition, I loved seeing the models who represented a myriad of looks and ethnicities which is always something that I love seeing. Make sure that you look at the video which includes the final walk as well as to find out more images that we have included!
This morning marked the 2nd official day of Fashion Week and my 3rd day as I had shows prior to the official season. With a long day of shows and events yesterday as well as Fashion Night Out (loved being able to do Style Sessions at Henri Bendel with fab designer Ted Rossi) - it was a full day. But I popped up to head to Emerson (yet another show produced by People's Revolution and my third day in a row to see Ms Cutrone in action) at Lincoln Center. This season was the first one that they had done in the tents which is always an accomplishment and creates additional buzz. They also had eyewear that was provided by Eyefly. There were a number of cute dresses and separates. As a whole the collection had a fresh look that was dominated by white and black with pops of blues and purples. As always, I have the final walk of all the models and the designer herself that popped out as is custom!
Karl Lagerfeld is phenomenal without question and you can't think of the Chanel runways now without thinking of him. His talented eye has also been included within a number of other fun collections and next Wednesday, "The Kaiser" will launch Impulse Only at Macy's which will be available at select Macy's as well as on Macys.com. Today I'm flying out to HSN so I wanted to leave you with fab video of him behind the scenes doing what he does best - sketching, commenting and seeing his vision on models! I enjoyed checking out the collection a few days ago and this is yet another perfect way to spend the day whether you're staying indoors braving Irene or waiting for the runways of New York Fashion Week to begin.
06/20/11: A model displays a creation as part of Gucci Spring-Summer 2012 Menswear...
We know that last month it was all about Menswear as a number of male models hit the runways rocking out a number of looks that we can't wait to see up close and personal for Spring/Summer 2012! Sometimes it's best to take a moment and reflect on how amazing a trend in a show was by giving it a little breathing room. Today's His Style shows us that he needs to rock a little red. It's not about wearing it head to toe but it looks best when it's paired with a fresh palette that contains or is a mixture of black, white and/or grey. Whether you opt for leather goods that have red in it, a jacket that has a pop of it in its colorway or you go all out wearing the hue - you're guy is all set for a day to do what he does best! We're loving that Gucci reminded us of this fab trend and we can't wait to hit the streets to see this.
There are so many shows that take place during NYFW which ran from Sept 9th - Sept 16th; however, people also have their shows right before or after. Unfortunately, I missed this show as it happened Fri right after NYFW when I was officially in detox mode. After hitting one of the larger fashion trade shows this week, I think you'll enjoy this video to see all the lingerie looks that hit Theater Bar (Teatro) in Tribeca (soon to open) with items by Affinitas and Parfait by Affinitas. In the video you'll see models evoking the roaring twenties with smoky eyes, red lips and finger waves by The Temple (Paul Mitchell Partner School). As the models hit the runway, guests enjoyed Karlsson's Vodka which is always a great way to watch a show!
Yesterday was perfect to see one of my favorite designers Oscar de la Renta! If you ever wanted to see a fabulous show then this is the one for you! Luckily you can enjoy this live stream of the entire show! Fashion Week is a crazy time and it's totally worth all the hard work when you see how many shows that you've been blessed to watch and cover. If you'd love to see the images to see your favorite looks, check out Elle.com.
You'll see that this show was definitely one of my favorites. My birthday was yesterday and although I was backstage at Lela Rose at 9am, this show set the tone for many of the amazing shows that I saw throughout the day. Being able to see Ted Gibson and his team work magic on the models was phenomenal yet again. I loved that in this show, Lela Rose was inspired by Peru and being out in the ocean and Ted conveyed this look with side swept, windblown braided hair - loved the look and it had such a romantic vibe. You felt that each girl had just gotten off a horse. The videos will show the looks being created with the hair and Ted actually speaks with me about the inspiration as well as finding out about his accessories (how can an Accessories Expert resist this).
The videos show the madness of backstage and Mary from Real Housewives DC was backstage (I've seen her quite a bit this Fashion Week as well as shows from yesterday - love her shoes), I got a moment to talk with Lela Rose herself and to hear about her shoe line that is sold at Payless (the ones that she is rocking - $39.95 and available)! In addition, there is footage of accessories laid out for the show, girls getting in their items and of course the final walk on the runway to close the show! Lots of goodies and it's a great way to see what I see when I am attending shows! I also loved meeting the Beauty.com team that was backstage! As always, my fave two looks!
We will be updating this section as more pictures come in but until then, I'm ending the week with the way I kicked it off! This past Mon, Walk on Water Fashion Show sponsored by Forever 21 and Smashbox Cosmetics hit the runway at the Frying Pan (which apparently is a dog friendly space according to a reporter from the Examiner) as I co-hosted this along with Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot and Celebrity Stylist, Lauren Rae Levy. Having a runway show as the sunsets with video and of course a breakout of four vignettes on a night that's not too hot. For those who were unable to come, Forever 21 streamed the show live so that everyone had the chance to enjoy this amazing show that took place with the Hudson as the backdrop.
As people came in droves to the show walking the bbridge to get there, we had our step and repeat with a number of our sponsors including APART (which dressed Jeannine and I), Forever 21 and many more! Then people began filling up the boat. We were definitely at or over capacity as many people were turned away (including some of our VIPs but this was one event where being fashionably late. There had to be over 500 people in attendance but many included Jaimie Hilfiger, Richie Rich, Kwame Jackson (from Apprentice) and various socialites. Of course it was awesome to see many people that I have the pleasure of working with including Kitty Bradshaw, Charu Suri, Aly Walansky and PR firms (big shout out to LippeTaylor) that I deal with daily as well.
I could go on and on about the event and there are videos with the show which will make their way here; however, I am so appreciative of those that came, the girls who walked the show and brought my vision of the choreography into reality and of course the team that it took to put it all together! It's an amazing experience and although there are events that are coming up over the next few weeks, I learned so much with this one. It's yet another great experience that I can add to Kitten Lounge's list and another reason why this site's birthday celebration in October will be phenomenal! It's been an amazing almost 3 years!
Love the pics? Want to see more, they continue to be added right here.
Fashion is merely another language it just happens to be visual and if you know where to look, you get a deeper insight into the individual. I may feel this way as I started as an intimates model and learned a lot about the underwear industry from the quality of various fabrics to how wearing something that only you could see totally changed how you walked and interacted throughout the day - who knew? I think that that job definitely let me know a lot more about how we go about dressing as a means to say who we are and how we want to be perceived.
Recently, I started taking some courses at S Factor - yes the pole dancing class that combines dance, yoga and of course the pole. I love that these women only courses allow you to come for 2 hours to work out and dress in whatever way you need to dress in order to do your best. You may see a girl in yoga pants or in cute boy boxers. It's yet another way to express yourself. All of this brings me to Lolly38.
If you haven't checked them out in our Holiday Gift Guide, you definitely should! They're all about letting out your wild side via your underthings and your yoga gear as well! Whether you purchase one of their super cute undies that have one of various slogans imprinted on them or you decide to get you and your friends something custom, they've got you covered. Whether you wear them under your clothes, to exercise or any number of outfit combinations, the perfect phrase can be purchased to let that portion of your personality out to those who you wish to know about it!
For my daily readers, I'm well aware that I have already covered 'A Love Affair Fashion Show' by Aiisha Couture; however my previous post highlighted various pictures of the show that took place at the Dubai Mall earlier this month. Recently, the fab designer herself, Aiisha sent me the video footage from her show. The video takes you on the runway behind the scenes with models backstage and yummie cupcakes. If you enjoyed the last post, you'll love seeing more looks and all of the shenanigans that happen behind the stage! Take some time to check out the video and then head on to Aiisha Couture to see her collection! The more I see her collection, the more I'm convinced that one day I will walk a red carpet in one of her fab pieces which is not only a love affair but like it's walking in a dream!
We have so many shows that we love to watch and Lipstick Jungle is one of them. So since it starts later on today, enjoy some behind the scenes footage of the models that are not only Janice Dickinson models but they are also found within the pages of Bonfire Magazine! Have fun reviewing the clips and let me know what you think of the show so far!
Last week I was in the thick of things at New York Fashion Week and I ended it on my birthday! As exciting as this was, I can only be giddy about my next location to cover Fashion Week. This year, the Bahamas will have the Islands of the World Fashion Week taking place Nov 5th - Nov 8th! It is definitely going to be a lot of fun in presenting designers from various islands all over the world! These designers come from Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Madagascar, Fiji, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Haiti and British Virgin Islands. All the action will take place in The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton and Atlantis.
In addition, the entire team will make its way down with our Food Editor, Paul covering local foods and restaurants and our Development Editor, Arlene, covering hotels and real estate developments. Arlene is a new member added to the team who I am excited to have as apart of Kitten Lounge. With my love for HGTV's House Hunters (International and Domestic), when we have the opportunity to leave the city, she will look at the market from a tourism and a relocating stand point! This is a great time to enjoy beautiful weather and amazing hospitality. We'll give updates as we get closer and of course, I can't wait to give all the details as well.
So Sarah Conley and I (Style It Online), made our way from the tents to West Chelsea to see Cynthia Rowley's show! In attendance were members of Gossip Girl. I wasn't able to confirm who was there but I saw the excitement on Sarah's face and knew that it was them. The show took place within a lofted space and although it is not completely visible through this video, I loved seeing the runway having a large clock on it. The hands actually moved throughout the show and all the music had the sound of a ticking clock in it as well! This was definitely an interesting factor. Here is footage of the show!
I enjoy watching Project Runway and hearing Michael Kors' thoughts and I have to say that one of my favorite judging moments came when his mom sat next to him adding in her two scents as well! Well it was with much anticipation that I attended Michael Kors' show and I will say that he definitely showed a lot of primary colors from the 60's. I do love the hats and here are some of the best looks from the runway with an image of the man himself!
At the Tony Cohen show, I knew I wanted to show you a little bit about the dressing process. As I hung out with Sam (Sam Dark PR) and Robert (Dashing Diva), I enjoyed seeing the ladies of Dashing Diva doing mani/pedis of the girls that were about to walk the show. As they finished hair and makeup, they were sent out to the dressing area where their dressers made sure that they had everything they needed to complete each look. This is some footage to give you an idea of what's going on!
I have always been a fan of Dashing Diva. Even when I was tight on cash, I found a way to get a mani here. It's always been a place that is clean, professional and just relaxing. Within the last few months, I have enjoyed meeting and working with Dark PR and because of the two, I was able to attend the backstage area of Erin Fetherson to see the makings of this show. I loved seeing the models and watching everyone prepare for this show. More importantly, Dashing Diva did the nails of all the girls in the show! This clip shows the general area where everyone gets their hair and makeup done. Thank you guys for letting us be there! I also caught peeks of the designer as I became very interested when I saw her in the MAC video for the Cult of Cherry video.
We were also able to see the Dashing Diva team come in (they had just come over from the Liz McClean show). Lead by Claudia they entered through the Hair and Makeup area, then went into the area that had the models' clothes arranged (see how they stay organized with the rolling racks and each models names placed on them) and then through another sitting area. They are being lead by Claudia!
I love that we live in an age where many rules of fashion are meant to be broken and what we took to be truths at the time, are being reinvented. Yes, it is true that in fashion we are all learning new tricks and many of us that may have always been able to wear something are just coming into the realization that we can wear a number of styles, colors and much more.
The other day as I was on Facebook, I happened to learn about a Petite Fashionista Show that will take place in Canada. Christa Jean is a Petite Stylist and has put together this show with tickets still available It's aim is to showcase the beauty of models that are 5'4" and under. In addition to being intrigued by this event, I came across one of the sponsors - 5ft2in. This fabulous company makes pants for women within this height range! In addition as I talked to the designer, Sunny, she was so excited to show me her most popular pant style! This capri pant is not only popular but she definitely wanted to let me know that it is a complete and total myth that petite women are unable to wear this length of pant. I think that those who strive to focus their efforts on certain demographics of women that may have a harder time in shopping are absolutely amazing and should be commended without a doubt! Take a peek at her site and contact her directly if you are in need of having a pair made for you or someone that you know. I am always a fan of attainable fashion and love presenting those that make that dream a reality for women everyday!
She's Kimmie is a virtual scrapbook and is the best way for fans of Kimmie to connect with her, see where she's heading next and of course to get fab insider info!
As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie appears on HSN, designs, is quoted/featured in various publications talking about style from an Accessories Forward perspective! To work with Kimmie or to see project portfolio, visit her site here.
Kimmie is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Shoe Week which launched during NYFW Sept '12 and is styling a number of shows as well as having evening leading up to our second season of shows during NYFW Sept '13.
Co-Founder, Kimmie, connects brands with bloggers in intimate event settings via Style Tweetup.