Latest Couture Fashion Week Event Showcases Diverse Luxury Creations
Fashion Article Posted March 7, 2007

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In February 2007 international fashion designers converged at New York City's world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel to present an array of couture and luxury collections. Each designer brought a unique fashion perspective based on their experience, background and creative spirit. The shows were as varied as the diverse collections presented. Twelve glittering shows were held over three days along with networking events and after parties. Attendees included an array of diplomats representing many of the participating designers countries of origin including Lebanon, Croatia, South Africa, Moldova and the Philippines.

The designers and presenters:

Haya Al Houti: This gifted young designer's creations are breathtaking combinations of the finest satins, silks, taffeta, chiffon, organza, tulle and lace with rich beading, embroidery and jeweled embellishments. A collection inspired by the sea and fit for a princess.  We were delighted to present the first Kuwaiti couture designer to show in New York City," says producer Andres Aquino. Ms. Al Houti's exquisite designs were received enthusiastically with applause, and ooohs and aahs from the appreciative audience. Her opulent collection is both fresh and artistic.

Katya Leonovich: A stunning collection which the designer calls an experimental interpretation of glamour includes creative uses of nylon with aluminum, silk and cotton with fur, lace with metallic taffetas, linen with lam thread, feathers and patchwork. A fresh take on the modern woman's elegant image. Ms. Leonovich is the recipient of numerous fashion design awards, including Best Russian Stylist 2000 , Mittelmodal Premio, 'smirnoff Competition Prize , the Nadejda Lamanova Prize of the Russian Federation, and is listed in the Encyclopedia of Fashion in Russia as a premiere representative of the new generation of Russian fashion. Katya Leonovich is now based in New York. At Couture Fashion Week, Ms. Leonovich presented both a couture collection and a luxury line.

Silva Levit: "My goal is to refine my client's personal style without turning her into a fashion victim," says Ms. Levit. This expert designer's creations range from casual attire to funky sexy club-wear to elegant evening and holiday wear to South Beach-inspired party dresses in deep colors and interesting textural combinations. Ms. Levit is not afraid to experiment with all kinds of fabrics: silk, chiffon, satin, taffeta, leather, faux fur, and more. She is the first fashion designer from Moldova to present at Couture Fashion Week New York.

J.J. Schoeman made his second appearance with Couture Fashion Week, following up on his stunning New York debut last season. A creative flair for the dramatic and an ability to bring out his clients
best features. Have made well-known for his skill at melding African and Euro-centric fashion into a stylish, striking blend. A native of South Africa, Mr. Schoeman's expertly crafted designs are a favorite of beauty queens, brides and discerning fashionistas. His flagship boutique is located in Johannesburg's exclusive Rosebank district.

Jamil Khansa: The award-winning Lebanese designer marked his return to Couture Fashion Week with the presentation of a stunning collection entitled "Andalucian Princess
featuring elegant silhouettes and sparkling detailing rendered in the highest quality fabrics including silk, dentelle lace, tulle and satin.

Gordana Radic: The "Magic Night" collection from this accomplished Croatian designer is dedicated to woman in love: her everlasting wish to conquer and aspiration to be conquered. Black, black and black again; color of the night, color of the universe and color of the secret. Glittering gold detailing represents the reflection of her inner glow, the spark of hidden fire in the magic night. Ms. Radic has a passion for the preservation of native Croatian embroidery patterns which she incorporates into her finely tailored designs.

Andres Aquino presented Deco Couture inspired by the clean geometrical lines of the Art Deco era. This multi-talented designer and producer's latest creations are meant to be the foundation for fabulous accessories, making each wearer the designer of her own unique look. Jewelry by Dana Blair completed the dramatic looks on the runway.

Stefan Daniel Bell. Through his unique line entitled metacouture , this innovative designer has created handcrafted pieces that may be worn in multiple ways for a variety of occasions: a hood as a skirt, a dress as a scarf, or a scarf as a cape. "I design clothes that are at once high fashion, couture and, at the same moment, beautiful clothes that you can wear like pajamas, or your favorite sweater."

Henrieta Duffner presented a collection of superbly crafted feminine designs made for the sophisticated woman who appreciates the best in elegant and flattering clothing of the highest quality. A native of the Czech Republic, Ms. Duffner is now based in Germany and is now extending her line into the New York market.

Other designers participating in Couture Fashion Week this season included :

  • Nigerian-born Estella Ogbonna who presented a vibrant collection of Afro-centric couture under her label Estella Couture
  • New York-based Denimaxx with an exciting line of luxury outerwear in both leather and fur
  • Furrier Kostas Gagasoules, a native of Greece, now based in the New York area who closed Couture Fashion Week with the presentation of a $100,000 coat to the delight of the attending audience in the beautiful Starlight Room of the Waldorf-astoria.

Couture Fashion Week guests were treated to delightful performances by guitarist Kenny Cunningham and the classical duo of cellist Gjilberta Gelaj and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich.

Among the event's sponsors and partners were broker Gail Hughes from the Corcoran Real Estate Group, FIJI bottled water, Laser Cosmetica premier medspas with multiple locations in the New York area, Book Moda Italy, Puerta de Europa Bridal Fashion Week Madrid, EVideo Productions, distributor of the Beehive bra clips, manicures by Luna Llena Management, official hair stylist of Couture Fashion week Shereese Slate, and Empire Model Management, artist Tiffany Reeves, Resident Magazine, Marriott Vacation Club International, and Dana Blair Jewelry.

See photos from the fashion shows:

For information on attending, sponsoring or participating in the next event scheduled for July 13
16, 2007, please visit  , or e-mail  or fax 212.202.4604.

For information on attending, sponsoring or participating in the next event scheduled for July 13
16, 2007, please visit  , or e-mail  or fax 212.202.4604.

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