A Fashion Feast in New York City
In September 2007
Couture Fashion Week New York exceeded all expectations and
delivered the largest and most distinguished audience of
socialites, diplomats and VIPs during New York Fashion Week at a
single event. Also attending were press and media from around
the globe including Book Moda (Italy), CBS, Fashion TV, PBS, and
television coverage from Turkey, Costa Rica, China, Russia as
well as photographers, editors and writers from a full range of
fashion and lifestyle publications. An Andres Aquino production,
the three-day event featured beautiful runway fashion shows,
world class entertainment, cocktail and networking parties
creating a one-of-a-kind opportunity for participating
exhibitors, designers and sponsors.
From the electrifying performances by award-winning violinist
Alexander Markov and the Masacote Dance Company to the intricate
garments by international fashion designers hailing from all
corners of the globe, the shows were a feast for the senses. The
venues this season were the Westin in New York's world-famous
Times Square and the exquisite St. Regis Hotel. At the Westin,
the stunning atrium soaring seven stories was transformed into a
glamorous catwalk and filled to capacity with appreciative
guests enjoying the shows from the main floor as well as from
the balconies overlooking the runway. The fashion shows at the
St. Regis were held in the breathtaking Roof Ballroom with
cocktails and exhibits in the Versailles Ballroom accompanied by
the performance of accomplished guitarist Kenny Cunningham.
Sponsors and exhibitors included Cunard, Trump, Susan Winston
Diamonds, Bluefish Concierge, Palm Beach Real Estate, Soho
Sanctuary and La Amada Residences Cancun.
The economic impact of Couture Fashion Week is significant as
the event attracts designers and affluent guests to New York
from as far away as Australia and Indonesia.
One of the hallmarks of Couture Fashion Week is the ethnic
and racial diversity of the fashion models reflecting the
melting pot of the city of New York and this season was no
exception. The models represented a range of fresh faces and
seasoned models, natives of many countries including Russia,
Curacao, Mongolia, Albania, Colombia, the USA and many others.
The hair and makeup styling was done by acclaimed stylist
Federico Calce, who operates his own exclusive salon on
Manhattan's upper East Side; and Crystal Glass, Inc., and their
respective teams. Again this season, as in the past, the event
was assisted by the efforts of enthusiastic student volunteers
from the Fashion Merchandising Program at Westchester Community
College and the New England Fashion & Design Association.
The fashion collections were as creative and versatile as the
variety of designers and the countries from which they hail.
The models in the Maria Pryor (Argentina) show were barefoot
strolling on a sort of mystical journey garbed in intricate
gowns of delicate lines and soft silhouettes.
Award-winning designer Romanitza (Romania) presented an
exquisite collection of finely-crafted gowns reminiscent of a
bygone era of aristocratic grandeur.
Tatyana Parfionova (Russia) showed hand-worked garments,
elegant, artistic, futuristic and somewhat whimsical with
embroidered elements and decorative details.
The collection by Rabia Yalcin (Turkey) seamlessly combined
western and eastern elements accented with intricate embroidery
and handmade accessories.
Katerina Bocci, a native of Albania now based in Michigan,
showed a sumptuous collection of gowns, dresses and evening
trousers in luxurious fabrics like imported laces and silks,
designed with a European flair.
The focus of the feminine collection by Margaret Nagel
(Canada) was handcrafted one-of-a-kind vintage gowns.
The latest collection by Kenneth Flanagan (USA) for his KAS
label included top-quality fabrics and tailoring of creative
designs for both men and women.
The Lourdes Libman (Dominican Republic/USA) collection was
feminine, fresh and bright with a generous helping of her
trademark handcrafted details and flourishes.
The event also featured ready-to-wear designers such as
Maureene Dinar (Argentina), Cristina Nitopi (Australia) and
Annia Hatch (native of Cuba, now based in Connecticut), as well
as Los Angeles-based Jazmin Whitley for the Li Cari label whose
show was filmed for the new reality program Catwalk, for
broadcast on VH1 next season.
New York-based Andres Aquino created a shimmering line of
cocktail and evening gowns entitled "Nocturne", specially
designed to show off accessories. The show was accessorized by
fabulous handbags by Lautrec (price range $8,000 to $20,000
each), crystal studded bags and shoes by Hautelatitude, jewelry
by Glam NYC and diamonds from the famous collection of Susan
Winston, which closed the show with a diamond and ruby necklace
valued at over half a million dollars worn with a stunning red
satin strapless gown. The music for this show was performed by
incomparable violinist Alexander Markov, who thrilled guests
with classical Paganini right through his rock version of the
Star Spangled Banner.
The next Couture Fashion Week event will be held in New York
in February 2008. Other upcoming events include a couture
fashion show in December 2007 as part of the grand opening of
the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City, and couture fashion
shows in Palm Beach, among others. Details about upcoming shows,
branding and sponsor opportunities and ticket information is
available on line at CoutureFashionWeek.com.
Events are open to accredited members of the trade and press.
Pre-registration online required at:
Couture Fashion Week and
USA International Fashion Shows.