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Polish Fashion Week and Interview with Nigel Barker

 

 

The Polish American Fashion Foundation in New York held a fantastic fashion show in the New Museum last September during New York Fashion Week to showcase the works of young and talented Polish designers on an international stage. The foundation hopes to encourage young designers and develop the future of Polish fashion both in Poland and abroad.

The event attracted many photographers and fashion icons, including talented celebrity photographer Nigel Barker whom I had the chance  to interview! He talked about how much he supports the Polish fashion scene and how he’s also planning to making a movie and writing a cookbook with his mother! Can’t wait to see it. I was so thrilled to have this once in a lifetime opportunity as I am a big fan of America’s Next Top Model, that show was an inspiration and learning curve for me when I pursued a career in fashion and modeling.

 

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Three designers, the duo Paprocki & Brzozowski, Viola Spiechowicz and MIA presented their Spring 2016 collections. Paprocki & Brzozowski’s collection with its elegant silk dresses, flowing chiffon skirts and brocade suits was inspired by the Renaissance.

 

 

Dramatic voluminous shapes, white and pastel shades were a constant theme for Viola Spiechowicz’s label, a clean minimalist approach for spring. She uses nettle, a unique material for her fabric as it helps hold the outfits’ shape better.

 

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MIA rocked it out with a sleek collection using mostly black and white with clean cut lines. Their collection was inspired by architecture as you can see from the modern construction of the outfits.

 

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I hope you like the designs from this inspiring fashion show! I noticed that the Polish have a refined and minimalist taste in fashion. I’m forward to seeing more Polish designers showcasing their work on the runway in the future!

 

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Dannijo X Cointreau La Soiree

 

 

Summer is the perfect time to throw parties, or as the French will call it – soirees. The Art of La Soiree with Dannijo X Cointreau event was an elegant affair to get inspired on how to throw a beautiful cocktail party!

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Who would know style better than Danielle and Jodie Snyder – the sisters behind the trendy jewelry label “Dannijo” themselves? Their jewelry is sold on Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman among several high end stores. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Kendall Jenner are also fans of their jewelry line.

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Just as exquisite as their fashion label, their event definitely set the bar onto how to add a touch of glamour to hosting a party. Cointreau – the famous French liqueur brand also provided special cocktails and recipes for us to try. We even got to mix our own signature drink with our preferred ingredients at the bar. Cointreau has a sweet, orange flavor which tastes great when it’s mixed with fruit juices or even muddled together with fresh berries, citrus and herbs. It does make it the perfect drink for summer!

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I really loved how beautiful and grand the whole place looked. There were harpists playing melodious music along with the DJ.  Arches of real orange branches decorated the ceiling,  Dannijo’s latest pieces of jewelry adorned statues of greenery and there were crystals, flowers and candles everywhere.

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We also were invited to sit down to have dinner at an opulent dining table that was absolutely breathtaking. French lavender was the inspiration behind it so was laden with  violet goblets, amethyst crystals and floral arrangements within glass prisms. To top it off, we were served with lavender lemonade mixed with the Cointreau.  Did you know that the lavender flower is edible? It adds a lovely flavor to drinks and food. I  just loved how it all the intricate details came together to present the color in such an elegant way. Lavender also happens to be one of my favorite flowers for its evocative scent and relaxing properties.

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I absolutely adored everything about the event – from the stunning decor, amazing cocktails and delicate French food. I soaked up some wonderful ideas on how to throw a stunning party that will definitely be a hit this summer!

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Met Gala 2016: Manus X Machina Press Preview

 

 

The Met Ball is one of the most star-studded and glamorous events of the year where celebrities, influential fashion icons and designers attend the unveiling of the Costume Institute’s new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was lucky enough to attend the press preview in the morning before the gala. This year’s theme for the exhibition is called Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.

 

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Anna Wintour and museum curator Andrew Bolton gave an opening speech to tell us more about the the exhibition. Manus X Machina explores the co-relationship of couture that is made by hand (manus) and the machine (Machina).

 

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Manus X Machina shows the history of how fashion has evolved over the years, from the founding of hand made haute couture, the invention of the sewing machine which has helped with the mass production of clothes, to the present day when technological advances such as 3D printing, laser cutting and computer graphics are used to create couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

 

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The collection of 90 stunning ensembles features a diverse range of outfits from handcrafted haute couture,  to 3D printed designs from the top fashion labels in the world such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.

 

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At the entrance, a magnificent Chanel wedding dress with a gold studded 20 feet long train made a grand impression. The dress is made of scuba knit while the baroque design on the train was hand drawn by Karl Lagerfeld and then digitally manipulated to create a randomised, pixelated pattern.

 

 

Other haute couture ensembles on display are adorned with hand-sewn embellishments, appliqués, sequins,feathers and flowers and excellent craftsmanship.

 

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A great example are the ethereal Venus and Janun gowns from Christian Dior shown on the left that are hand appliquéd with tulle petals and hand embroidered with sequins. The Alexander McQueen dress on the right is decorated with beaded silver paillettes that were sewn by hand onto the dress.

 

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Chanel had another breathtaking, ethereal wedding gown on display which is covered with at least 2500 handmade camellias and ostrich feathers, all sewn onto the dress by hand!

 

 

There are a wide range of futuristic dresses as well such as the gold metallic “Kaikoku” Floating dress designed by Hussein Chalayan. It is remote controlled on wheels, allowing it to float on the floor and release 50 crystal “pollen spores.”

 

 

The spiky, out-worldly headpiece and bolero ensembles befittingly entitled as ” Atmospheric Reentry” by Japanese designer Maiko Takeda were so fascinating to look at and reminded me of a science fiction movie. Maiko Takeda was also present at the preview, wearing another one of her mind-blowing headpieces. She explained that despite its futuristic appearance, the designs are made of hand-cut acetate fringes and acrylic squares that are all assembled by hand.

 

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One of the outstanding ensembles that caught my eye is this “bird dress” designed by Iris Van Herpen. It is made from laser cut silicone “feathers”  that are stitched onto the outfit by hand, to create a magnificent cloak that a fantasy character would wear in a movie.

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Gareth Pugh turned the humble drinking straw into a work of art, by embroidering hundreds of straws onto his outfits. That’s taking the idea of recycling everyday, overlooked items unto another level of awesomeness!

 

Alexander McQueen’s stunning “Cape Feather Dress,” designed my Sarah Burton was  inspired by the patterns on a moth’s wing. Although it looks as if the exquisite pattern was digitally printed, it was actually made up of thousands of feathers of varying colors, each and every feather being cut and stitched by hand onto the dress.

 

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These are just a few of the examples of the fascinating and remarkable designs on display. It was enlightening to learn more about the evolution of fashion. I could only imagine the hours of hard labour and artistic direction behind every outfit.

 

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To visit the exhibition, look for the Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is only open to the public from May to August 14.  I am sure you will be enchanted by not only the beauty of these works of art, but you will also appreciate to learn more about the history of haute couture and the construction of every outfit. It is a must see for all fashionistas and aspiring fashion designers to get inspired!

 

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Rocky Gathercole Fall 2016 Art Hearts Fashion

Hollywood designer Rocky Gathercole ended the finale of Art Hearts Fashion Week with big bang!

The Filipino designer renowned for his outrageous, avant garde designs dazzled the audience with his Fall/Winter 2016 collection of a golden mirage of fantasy pieces inspired by Greek and Roman mythology.

 

Models strutted down the runway in a glamorous array of works of art, from larger than life headpieces in the shape of golden Aries horns, Minnie Mouse ears to glittery cage corset dresses and outlandish bustiers embellished with dragons, cobras and firebirds.

He also designed some sexy intricately beaded bodysuits with gold fringes that moved with mesmerising perfection as the models sashayed down the runway. His stunning dresses also had full tiered skirts and elaborate metallic bustier decorations.

The men looked like fierce Roman gladiators, with laurels on their heads and golden chains hanging on their buff bodies. One of them wore a huge shoulder shield and a golden deer skull over his black shorts.

 

The finale dress was a showstopper, a full length costume of a beautiful lace gown and an extravagant golden Phoenix headpiece complete with wings.

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I have never been so amazed by a fashion show, every outfit was so extraordinary, exquisitely crafted and larger than life. They look like they belong to a fantasy Hollywood movie about Gods and warriors. You have to see the outfits to believe it. I’m so blessed to have witnessed a visual reverie of legends come to life.

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Thank you Art Hearts Fashion Week for another stunning finale!

 

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Jay Manuel #DiscoverYou Nyc

 

 

If you’re a fan of America’s Next Top Model you’ll recognize Jay Manuel as the show’s former creative director and judge of Canada’s Next Top Model. He’s also a celebrity makeup artist, fashion and lifestyle beauty expert. He believes that “beauty is deeply personal, purely individual and surprisingly public.”

 

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Jay Manuel’s #Discoveryounyc event marked the launch of the new Filter Finish Collection from his makeup line Jay Manuel Beauty, a premiere cosmetic line curated by cutting-edge glamour technologies. It was also a celebration for women to discover their true self-image. Three signature styles from his make up line are Iconic, Classic and Avant-Garde, all of them unique and glamorous looks to make you shine!

 

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The event started off with a presentation and Q&A session with Jay Manuel as the moderator and a panel of influential people in the fashion, technological and beauty industries such as Asmau Ahmed the CEO of the app Plum Perfect, Elisabeth Halfapp the founder of the Mind Body Program called Exhale, Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James, entrepreneur Jodie Patterson and On-Air Beauty & Lifestyle expert Milly Almodovar. They shared their insight on beauty, fashion tips and how to express your personal style with confidence.

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Jay Manuel himself. He is so warm, gracious and cheerful in person! I asked him for tips on how to look great in front of the camera. His answer was “ Be genuine with your emotions. If you want to smile, think of something happy. The most important aspect of your expression is in your eyes.” So there you go ladies! A picture perfect tip from the expert of America’s Next Top Model, himself.

 

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For the rest of the day we were pampered with amazing beauty, hair, nail and makeup services. Jay Manuel Beauty experts provided makeovers and beauty consultations. We also got to sample some of the exquisite products from his make up line. A unique aspect of Jay Manuel Beauty is that it uses crushed diamonds, pearls and precious stones to nourish and make the skin glow! I also love how the packaging is so sleek and compact so it won’t take up too much space in your make up bag. There’s a diverse, dynamic range of colors and shades for your eyes, lips and face to suit your skin colour.

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And the best part is, Jay Manuel Beauty has their very own phone app developed with the Plum Perfect phone app technology which you can use to take a picture of yourself to find which products from his makeup line can enhance your best features. And you can also receive Free customized samples that will be delivered right to your doorstep!

 

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The Peel Bar: Beauty Rx by Dr Schultz treated my face with a professional glycolic facial peel. Within just 2 minutes it removed my dead skin cells, making my skin glow and super smooth. Other than booking an appointment for a facial at The Peel Bar, you can also get The Progressive Peel Kit that you can use at home to get the same results for only $69.95!

 

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Pai-Shau, a hair-care line provided their incredible hair styling services. Pai-Shau’s products are infused with Exotic Tea Complex and advanced binary technology to rejuvenate and protect the hair. I received a sample bottle of the Biphasic Infusion, a hair serum that instantly moisturized and detangled my frizzy hair. I really loved how Stephanie Parziale, the creative director of the brand, glamorized and added dramatic, voluminous waves to my hair!

 

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SweetTess Creations satisfied our sugar cravings with their elegant desserts and Maven provided refreshing cocktails for the event.

 

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Jamberry pampered our hands with adorable manicures. Jamberry Nail Wraps are  a great alternative to gel manicures as they are customizable with over 300 designs, easy to apply at home and require zero dry time. Their unique nail stickers that can last for over a week or two!

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Photo Credit: JamBerry.com

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I had a fantastic time at the event! Not only did I get to meet one of my beauty inspirations Jay Manuel and learn great tips from fashion and lifestyle experts, I also had the chance to get pampered with state of the art make up, beauty and hair services!

 

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To find out more about Jay Manuel Beauty and discover your personal beauty looks to let the real “you” shine, visit his website on the link below.

www.jaymanuelbeauty.com/

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Stello Official Fashion Show

Stello Official brought us to the far East with their latest collection called Yuki-Onna. The dynamic collection is inspired by Japanese fashion, with metallic samurai-like silhouettes complete with shoulder pads and spiked accessories. Some of the sheer dresses are embellished with oriental floral motifs and patterns.

Flowing pants, kimono-style ensembles, structured bustiers were also part of the collection. The use of cut-outs and high slits added a sensuous element to the outfits. The color palette of black, gold, red and silver made a strong impact with the use of  lustrous leather, silk, lace and metallic fabrics. The men also wore tailored pants with metallic jackets.  The model’s sleek hairstyles were accented with chopsticks that twisted their hair into elegant half up-dos.

A memorable moment was the appearance of a contortionist who walked on the runway with her body bent over backwards at a steep 45 degree angle so her hands touched the floor, something that I thought was humanly impossible.

 

The collection blends sensuality and femininity with a tough edge. It made a fashion statement that challenged the idea of Asian fashion – it doesn’t have to be conservative, it can be elegant, flowing and provocative at the same time.

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Mimi Tran Art Hearts Fashion

Vietnamese fashion designer Mimi Tran showcased her Fall Winter 2016 Optical Illusion collection at Art Hearts Fashion Week. Mimi Tran grew up in Paris and her Vietnamese heritage created a sophisticated influence of both east and west in her designs.

Her collection exuded elegance and Parisian chic while accentuating the female figure. I love her attention to detail as the dresses were exquisitely embellished with lace, sequins, beads and floral appliques to create beautiful patterns which is probably how the collection got its name.

Solid shades of royal blue, gold and the bright oriental floral motifs accentuated the primary color black, which is also the color that the French love to wear. Fine fur stoles and long leather gloves completed the look of  timeless glamour.

For the finale, Miss new York walked out in an understated yet elegant white lace wedding gown.

 

What are your favorite looks from the show? Let me know in the comments below.

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Floral Fashion with Pantone Colors of 2016

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Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year and a season of new beginnings. Nature awakens from its winter slumber and brings forth beautiful myriads of colors from the greenery and flowers. I would of course seize the opportunity to flaunt my new floral dresses in the spirit of spring. Besides, floral prints and pastels will always be in season.

 

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Speaking of new beginnings, for the first time ever, Pantone has two shades for the color of the year, a tranquil blend of the feminine and masculine, soft warm pink called Rose Quartz and Serenity – a pale, cool shade of baby blue. It challenges traditional perceptions of color association and celebrates gender equality and fluidity.

This has inspired me to wear a delicate pastel pink and blue floral chiffon dress for my shoot. The flowers on the  dress are also embroidered with gold thread which gives it some extra sparkle. The dress is designed by popular New York designer Nicole Miller and I’m also wearing a necklace from  Kendra Scott, another designer from the city. For my makeup I used Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette and Blusher for a petal soft, naturally flushed look.

 

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How would you like to dress up for Spring? If you’re looking for a fresh bouquet of flowers that you want to wear, look no further! I’ve made a list out of spring’s hottest picks for you!

 

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Effortless Street Style

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The weather in New York can be unpredictable even during springtime, it could be warm  during the day and turn chilly within just a couple of hours. This look is great for transitioning from winter to spring and it also works for fall as you can play around with the different layers and textures. The neutral colors are universally flattering for anyone and blends into the spring and fall/winter palettes.

 

When I have to run around the city a lot to cover and photograph multiple events all day, I like to be comfortable and channel an effortless look. Sure, I wish I could look like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, but I don’t want to ruin fancy shoes on the streets or have my skirt trodden on when I’m taking pictures on the crowded risers. Living in New York has definitely influenced my style to be more edgy and practical.

Here I’ve layered a soft, mauve-grey sweater with a fawn-colored fur vest and a tan brown jacket. To complete the outfit, I paired it with dark blue skinny jeans and dark brown heeled boots. I like to keep my accessories simple too, with just a lariat necklace and aviator sunglasses.

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I’d like to thank Joie for the luxuriantly soft “Andoni” fur vest and Kendra Scott for the elegant tasseled necklace. They are very chic and versatile accessories for everyone! Photo credits belong to New York City Fashion Photography by Andrew Reid.

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Radmila Lolly Hope Music Video Shoot

 

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Radmila Lolly is an exceptional opera singer who is my regular client and a great friend of mine. She is a classically trained opera singer  and has been singing since the age of 6.  She has decided to make her approach to her music career more contemporary by infusing her operatic singing style into pop and house music.

These are some of her shots from her music video shoot for her 2nd single “Hope,” a romantic ballad composed by Julian de la Chica. The style of the video is set in the 1940s and exudes Old Hollywood Glamour.

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The stylist Laurean Ossorio did an incredible job putting together the outfits! The exquisite, intricately beaded gowns are designed by Dany Tabet and the elegant jewelry from Misahara . Luxurious furs added another air of  opulence from that golden era.

 

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Elegant pinned-up waves, smoky eyes and red lips complemented the vintage fashion direction we were going for.

 

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It was great working with such sweet and talented people. Our art director and videographer Rhonny Tufino did a phenomenal job directing the shoot and editing the video. With Radmila’s powerful voice, the poignant musical score and dramatic visuals, the music video is a rare gem that sets her apart from other artist.

The link to ‘Hope” the Music Video is here: Enjoy!

GET HER LOOK AND DAZZLE LIKE A STAR!

 

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