Lord & Taylor: Project Runway Season 10 Wrap Party

Last night, several great events took place in the City. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt opened up the NFL kickoff season with a performance at Rockefeller Center, DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe were amping up a crowd at the DL1961 after party (if you haven’t heard them yet, you should definitely check them out!), and a fashionable fete was taking place at Lord & Taylor where Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia attended the Project Runway Season 10 “Wrap Party”.

Bonnie Brooks, President of Lord & Taylor, hosted the event at the retailer’s Fifth Avenue flagship store. The party celebrated the show’s first-ever capsule collection, created exclusively for the retailer by both past and present Project Runway designers. Full gallery below.

RH Gallery & House of Berardi Fashion’s Night Out

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Tonight, House of Berardi is teaming up with the acclaimed RH Gallery to offer shoppers a welcome respite from the circus of Fashion’s Night Out. Alexander Berardi first garnered attention as the youngest designer to show at Lincoln Center and has since become a favorite of trendsetters Emma Stone, Lauren Conrad, and Emily Blunt.

RH Gallery has commissioned artists Rebecca Burstein, Maria Kozak and Tracey Langfitt to pay homage to Jack & Miss Cooper, the artist’s pet bunnies, who have gained a neighborhood following from their home in the window of Berardi’s SoHo Boutique. There will also be a photo booth, spin art, face painting and an ice cream truck for attendees to enjoy.

Designer Biography: The Alexander Berardi collection is a reflection of Alex’s childhood spent between colonial Hurley, NY, Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and Martha’s Vineyard. The collection highlights his ability to transform these influences to create a new American look. In September 2010 he became the youngest designer to show on the runway at the new Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center as well as the first American designer to present on the runway at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week. Alexander Berardi launched his first ready to wear collection in 2009 to great fanfare in New York.

You can view the official invite after the jump…

DL1961 Premium Denim Spring 2013 Fashion Show

DL1961 Premium Denim thinks they’ve finally mastered the “perfect fitting jeans.” Tonight, the group presented its first ever runway show, during New York Fashion Week, to showcase their form fitting jeans for Spring/Summer 2013. The collection paid a tribute to the brand’s New York City roots with a display of men’s and women’s denim, showcasing the latest in fashion-forward and trendsetting washes, prints and textures, as well as distressing, hand embroidery and leather accents. The runway show took place at Pier 57 and unveiled what the company describes as “couture embroidery’ with cool metallic tones, muted pastels, a plethora of prints and a throwback to acid washed jeans, denim jackets and vests.

“This season, DL1961 honors New York City’s rich heritage and gritty aesthetic by honing in on the effortlessly chic and glamorous lifestyle New Yorkers are known for” said Sarah Ahmed, DL1961 Creative Director.

DL1961 Premium Denim partnered with Nylon’s Style Editor-at-Large, Dani Stahl, to style, as well as Julia Samersova Adler from E!’s “Scouted” to cast the show. Attending guests included British Singer/Song Writer Neon Hitch, Model Jessica White, Actresses Kristin Chenoweth and Jana Kramer, Actor Chaske Spencer, Chef Sam Talbot, Basketball Player Jason Kidd, Model Porschla Coleman, Saturday Night Live’s Nasim Pedrad, and ‘it-girls’ Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty and DJ Maia Wojcik.

DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe were the featured performers at the after party and gave an amazing performance following the DL1961 Premium Denim fashion show. The performance was truly awe inspiring; words can not describe the energy in the room! Check out my video and see for yourself!

Galleries:

DL1961 Spring 2013 Runway Images (Women’s)

DL1961 Spring 2013 Runway Images (Men’s)

DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe

Tonight DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe kicked off NY fashion week with an amazing performance following the DL1961 Premium Denim fashion show at Pier 57. The performance was truly amazing; words can not describe the energy in the room! Check out my video below!

 

Full performance can be seen after the jump.

Degen Spring 2013 Fashion Presentation

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This afternoon, I stopped by Industria Super Studio for the Degen Spring 2013 fashion presentation. The collection, titled ‘craftivised’, is full of fun pieces like the ‘pizza bra’, bright knits, crocheted hoodies, and super high, platform Converse sneakers. For make-up, which was applied by Jessica Berndt for Manic Panic, many of the models wore  intense glitter lip gloss and had matching gold glitter eyebrows. This collection definitely took me back to my high school days when me and my friends went through what we refer to as the ‘raver’ stage. I sewed panels into my JNCOs and also wore DIY platform Converse and experimented with just about every shade of hair color that Manic Panic had to offer (pink, orange, purple, etc.)!

Lindsey Degen is the designer behind these unique, brightly colored, and sexually flaunting pieces, which are not necessarily meant to be adapted by a mainstream crowd. Lindsey began knitting at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch. Later she attended Central Saint Martins and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. Photos and additional info below.

Chocolate & Spice Bakery, Las Vegas

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Over the years, I have developed a list of places I like to visit when I’m in Las Vegas; Sushi Samba for their unique sushi rolls, Olives for their outdoor seating with a great fountain view of the Bellagio, and now Chocolate & Spice Bakery for Chef Megan Romano’s great selection of fresh made pastries and savory brunch options like the vegetable frittata!

One of the first things I noticed when I entered the bakery is that Chocolate & Spice is full of whimsical treats like artisan chocolates, rock candy swizzle sticks, and lots of colorful pastries and sorbets. All of the items are made fresh on location and include a lunch menu that changes daily. If I were a local, I’m certain that I’d be here a few times a week, sampling the daily specials or large selection of exotic flavored chocolates, scones, and other tasty morsels. In fact, despite having only opened in May of this year (2012), Chocolate & Spice already has some loyal fans who come once a day for lunch and some dessert to go! Additionally, there are a multitude of reviews on sites like urbanspoon and yelp that are all extremely positive, similar to my own experience.

For my first trip to Chocolate & Spice,  I was able to sample quite a few of Chef Megan Romano’s creations – I’ve posted descriptions and photos below.

Papyrus Joins Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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One of my favorite, greeting card and stationary stores, Papyrus, will celebrate  fashion this September as a proud supporter of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, taking place at Lincoln Center in New York City September 6-13. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week provides a platform for top American and international designers in all genres to showcase their collections to the industry elite including buyers, editors, retailers, celebrities, and more. This is the perfect setting for the brand as Papyrus creates premium greeting cards and gift accessories with fashion-forward treatments, trend-conscious design and intricate techniques. Papyrus is the perfect complement to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week environment, which will highlight the artistry of Papyrus products to an audience that appreciates how much every moment and every detail matters.

“We are very excited to be involved with such an iconic fashion event,” said Sue Buchta, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Inc. “Having a presence among such a discerning audience of taste-makers is the perfect opportunity to showcase Papyrus as an industry leader of quality, style and innovation.”

Papyrus will be displayed in the Event lobby throughout the week. Visitors will be able to enjoy the attention to detail and premium quality of Papyrus products by browsing a selection of their most fashion-inspired cards. Visitors will also be able to share their Event experience and connect with family and friends by sending a card directly from the Papyrus display, a timeless gesture that never goes out of style.

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“For Spring 2013 the pamella roland collection is inspired by the iconic American artist Ellsworth Kelly. His stark black and white paintings are part of a body of work that resonate in particular because of their clean almost severe lines that speak to a harmony between the shapes that they create.” – Pamella DeVos, designer of pamella roland