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Adornment as Resistance: The Black Dandy and Street Style

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 PM
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd) New York

Join us as we celebrate the release of Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis, a companion to her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, which examines global black dandyism through photography and film. Lewis will be joined in conversation by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, photographer and Creative Director of The Brooklyn Circus Ouigi Theodore, for an exploration of “oppositional fashion” as a mode of self-expression and a catalyst for resistance to myriad social expectations and political ideas.

Today’s black dandies assume none of the privilege associated with dandyism’s European origins, but all the delight and careful consideration of one’s style. The evening will be presented as a seersucker social. Before the program there will be portraits taken of the public. We will also host a light reception and book signing after the conversation.

Lewis is a U.S.-based curator and researcher specializing in diasporic aesthetics, and the survival and evolution of African retentions.

For more information visit https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/07/11/adornment-resistance-black-dandy-and-street-style

Isaac Mizrahi and the Ben Waltzer Quartet

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents ISAAC MIZRAHI and the Ben Waltzer Quartet, hosted by Works & Process Young Friends in Café 3, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, NYC. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 8pm, followed by the performance at 9pm.

Direct from his sold-out Café Carlyle run, Isaac Mizrahi will perform a number of his favorite tunes and will tell (mostly) true stories in his quest to be loved by the audience. He will also re-gift items he’s picked up from overzealous fans, business associates and gala dinner swag bags.

Due to the intimate nature of Café 3, capacity is limited to just 50 tickets. Tickets are $250 ($150 for Young Friends Companion Ticket), and are available at http://wpyoungfriends.org/youngfriendsevents.

Join Works & Process Young Friends ($500) and receive a complimentary cabaret ticket ($250 value).

For more information call 212-785-0024 or email info@worksandprocess.org.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years – not merely for his work as a designer but also for his crossover presence into pop culture. He was the subject and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Unzipped, trailblazed the concept of masstige through a groundbreaking partnership with Target, has hosted his own television talk show, written two books, and has made countless appearances in movies and television. Currently he serves as a weekly judge on Project Runway: All-Stars and is at work on a memoir due
out in 2017. He has designed costumes for prestigious ballet and opera companies and Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Mizrahi has performed cabaret at Café Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, West Bank Café and City Winery.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
For over 31 years and in over 400 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Each performance takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. worksandprocess.org.

For more information visit http://wpyoungfriends.org/youngfriendsevents

Party Pics – Epson Digital Couture

Dove Cameron

Kelly Rutherford

Epson, the leader in global textile printing innovation, hosted its third annual Epson “Digital Couture” Fashion event on Feb. 7th, 2017, leading up to New York Fashion Week. Celebs and notables such as actresses Kelly Rutherford and Dove Cameron, “Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley, jewelry designer Karen Erickson, “Project Runway” season 1 winner Jay McCarroll, rapper Luz Wang, furniture designer Marc Englander, and socialites Chelsea Leyland, Chloe Norgaard, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Haya Maraka, Stacy Engman, and Cory Kennedy flocked to Chelsea’s Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building for a night of high fashion and innovation in technology with special guest DJs ASTR (Zoe Silverman and Adam Pallin). Built around the theme “Textile Stories,” 13 design teams from North and Latin America leveraged Epson’s world-class textile printing solutions in a one-of-a-kind fashion presentation.

Designers included: Alexandra Polo and Miguel Moyano from Ecuador, Carlos de Moya from Dominican Republic., Daniel Barreria from Brazil, Daniela Hoehmann from Chile, Leonardo Mena from Mexico, Lindsay Degen from United States, Philadelphia University from United States, Ricardo Pava from Colombia, Sarah Richards from United States, Sarah Stevenson from Canada., Sonia Chang and Daniel del Barco from Costa Rica, Susan Wagner from Peru, and Venesa Krongold from Argentina.

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Devotion Vodka, Hottie Tottie, Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita, and Zamaca as well as water from Sparkling Ice, Sixpoint Beer, and wine from Voga Italia.
Digital dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment technologies, a relatively new trend in the textile industry, allow designers to alter textile designs, make color selections with the click of a mouse, and hone in on the fine details of their creations. Epson’s SureColor® F-Series printers give fashion and textile designers alike an accessible means to bring their ideas and inspiration to life, with the signature quality that distinguishes the Epson brand. The SureColor F-Series printers are high-speed, low-cost solutions that produce sharp, vivid images and offer an abundance of rich colors, intense blacks, and smooth gradations onto fabric.

Special thanks to Erickson Beamon, Fine Jewelry by A​ntandre​, MakeUp Pro New York, Yukie Beauty Spa, and Hair Lounge.

Couture Fashion Week New York – 25th Season Celebration

Tuesday to Thursday, February 10 to 12, 2017

Attend the after party only (food, open bar, live performers and more)
Go for the all day PLATINUM VIP Experience (fashion shows, dinner party and more see below)

Venue: Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
1605 Broadway (between 48th/49th Streets)

Fashion Shows: Broadway Ballroom, 4th floor
Parties: Brasserie 1605, Lobby Level

– Prime placement front row seating at all fashion shows that day.
– Escorted backstage tour.
– Cocktail and snack break.
– Red carpet photo ops with designers and models.
– Admission to after party after 8:00 pm fashion show. Includes scrumptious dinner buffet, 2-hour open bar, music and dancing.

About the Event:
25th Season! Couture Fashion Week presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows twice a year in New York City.

– Fine designers from around the world presenting exquisite garments and accessories
– World class entertainment
– Parties
– Tickets are non-refundable

Reserve your spot today to experience an incredible showcase of luxury and style.

For more information visit http://www.couturefashionweek.com/party/


NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY: River of Dreams to be featured in Designer Malan Breton’s Fashion Show


River of Dreams to be featured in
Designer Malan Breton’s Fashion Show
September 8, 2016 at 4pm
at the Hammerstein Ballroom

The critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company announces that fashion designer Malan Breton in partnership with Taiwan Tourism Bureau will feature Nai-Ni Chen’s River of Dreams in his upcoming fashion show during Style Fashion Week for his collection inspired by Taiwanese Aboriginal patterns and ideas, including the Yami and Amis Tribse in the Taitung and Shanxiantai regions. The company will wear costumes by Malan Breton, with costume elements created especially for the show by the Tao tribe. The fashion show will take place on September 8, 2016 at 4pm at the Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th Street, NYC.

On the River of Dreams, Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen, Music: Forrest Fang
Lighting Design: A.C. Hickox, Costumes: Malan Breton, Dancers: Bo Pang, Guixuan Zhuang
This dance evokes the poetic image of a beautiful river. A fisherman paddles downstream accompanied by the spirit of the water through his long journey into eternity.

The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. The Company’s productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a vital resource of culture in the eastern United States. Each year, thousands of audiences are transported beyond cultural boundaries to the common ground between tradition and innovation, discipline and freedom, and form and spirit. According to The New York Times, they “…essentially recreated nature…”

Choreographer and dancer Nai-Ni Chen is an artist whose work defies categorization, as she is continually working on new ideas from influences around the world. Her mesmerizing and dramatic contemporary choreography has gained increasing recognition among domestic and international presenters and festivals. Recently, the Company was honored by a distinctive grant award from both the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and the Department of State to represent the United States in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico.

Presented by some of the most prestigious concert halls in the United States, from the Joyce Theater in New York to the Ordway Center in Minnesota and the Cerritos Center in California, the Company has mounted twenty national tours and seven tours abroad.  Ms. Chen’s work has been presented by such acclaimed international festivals as the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland, the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea and the China International Dance Festival.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company also has the unique honor of having received more than fifteen awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In the First China International Dance Festival in Kunming, Yunan, the China Dance Association presented to the Company its most prestigious honor for companies not based in China, the Golden Lotus Award.

The Company’s commissioned dances include American Landscape (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), Peach Flower Landscape (Lincoln Center Institute), Qian Kun (Joyce Theater),Tianji/Dragons on the Wall (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust), The Way of Five (Towson University) and Unfolding (Dancing in the Streets).

Originating from Taipei, Taiwan. Malan Breton, the designer, founded Malan Breton® collection in 2005, following his training at Turnbull & Asser, and Scaasi. Malan Breton® HOMME in 2010, Malan Breton® Bridal, Underwear, and Cosmetic lines for 2016. The Malan Breton® collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, also being presented in New York, Taiwan, China, France, and London to retailers. Breton has been designing since the age of eleven, and is known for his signature detailing, his ethereal gowns, and simple shift dresses. For men he is known for his sharply tailored suits, use of colour, and impeccable fabrics. The collections can be found at department stores, and specialty boutiques around the globe, Breton is also a master of the made to measure suit, and has a steadfast following of businessmen, celebrities, politicians, and royals globally. In 2007 the first flagship Malan Breton® store opened in New York City, with stores to follow in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beijing.

Malan Breton is the recipient of the 2016 FGI “Rising Star” award in Menswear, the 2015 European Fashion Council’s “Eirene” award, the 2015, and 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award for contributions in fashion, and media. In 2011 Malan Breton® and NBC Universal were a nominee for the WGSN Global Fashion Award  for Outstanding collaboration. Malan Breton®, is also the recipient of the 2015 NYIFF Award for best documentary short, for his work as a director on the fashion film “Malan Breton – A Journey to Taiwan” “Malan Breton takes us on a journey to Taiwan, to find inspiration, to revisit his childhood, to honor his grandmother, and to create the most pivotal collection of fashion he has ever shown at Mercedes Benz – New York Fashion Week.” IMDB

Malan Breton collections have been called  “Beautifully executed” -WWD, “Sleek” -W Magazine, “Classic,” -NY Daily News, “Glamorous” -Cosmopolitan, “Perfectly tailored” -CBS News, “Sleek and Slim” -Esquire, “Sharply tailored.” -LA Times, and “Red Carpet Ready!” -Maria Menounos for ELLE TV.

Malan Breton designs have appeared on the world’s brightest stars, and most elite red carpets. He counts the world’s top entertainers, royalty, and sports figures as clients, Ariana Grande, Keith Carradine, Scarlett Johansson, Ray J, Kiera Chaplin, Kerry Washington, Michael Buble, Martha Plimpton, Minnie Driver, Kylie Minogue, Ricki Lake, Daniel Craig, Katrina Bowden, Danny Burstein, Kathy Lee Gifford, Desmond Child, Sam Witwer, Omar Sharif, Frankie Grande, Paul Wesley, Jody Watley, Nolan Gerard – Funk, and Nate Burleson to name just a few.

Malan Breton design partnerships are vast and have included The country of Taiwan, Rado Switzerland, Warner Reprise, 20th Century Fox, Fancy Feast, Minute to Win It, Breaking Bad, Nintendo, Xbox 360, The estate of Marilyn Monroe, Jewelry TV, The Smithsonian Museum, Princeton University, J Renee Shoes, NYC Ballet, Oui for Mattison Bridal, NY1, MTV, Bravo TV’s “Shop by Bravo”, and Brother Sewing Machines. He has also had his own show on TheBravoTV Network, titled “The Malan Show”- “A six part series following the process of making it in America as an independent designer!” -Page Six.

For Fall 2016 Malan Breton will launch its first range of cosmetics.
Malan Breton is officially Ambassador of Tourism, to the country of Taiwan.

As a designer “Breton is self taught and never went to design school. Talk about raw talent!”-NY Daily News.

For more information visit http://nainichen.org/

Ana Golja Makeup


All eyes are on ANA GOLJA, the breakout star of the year. ANA plays the pivotal role of “Zoe” in the Emmy Nominated series DEGRASSIa show with the essence of 90210, but taking place in Canada. She inherited the role from NINA DOBREV (Vampire Diaries) in the show’s 13th season, propelling the 37-year-old DEGRASSI towards a whole new level of popularity, and freshness thanks to her charismatic personality, and undeniable talent. The latest season of DEGRASSI aired on Netflix in July 2016 and has developed a huge fan base in Canada and North America. The audience cannot wait for the next two seasons to premiere on Netflix in 2017. Before joining the DEGRASSI family, ANA starred in the critically lauded film FULL OUT based on the struggles of a gymnast and her dream of reaching the Olympics.

anagoljaANA GOLJA is all about style and current beauty trends as she has branched out and partnered with the Canadian cosmetics brand, DDM, for 2 collections, including an eyeshadow palette and a variety of beautiful lipstick shades whose names are inspired by iconic phrases from her character “Zoe” on Degrassi.

The 8 glamorous lipstick shades are every beauty addict’s dream come true. Thanks to the liquid lipsticks’ rich formula, you do not need to worry about constant touch ups as they promise to be long lasting. What makes Ana’s lipsticks a must-have is that they are cost effective at only $14! Now you can get all the shades for every occasion. From flesh nudes to bold reds, the lipstick line has an impressive variety of shades that are perfect for the fall and can transition beautifully for winter, to give your lips that perfect pop of color. Ana’s lipsticks are surely a great addition to any women’s beauty bag!

That’s not all! Ana’s cosmetic line also includes the “Self Expression Eyeshadow Palette”. It has something for every look with perfectly curated matte, satin and shimmer eyeshadows shades that is fail proof packed with minerals, jojoba extract, grapefruit seed extract and wildcrafted lichen. The eyeshadows are easy to blend with great color pay off so you can create your favorite look effortlessly.

See the new product line here: http://store.ddm-cosmetics.com/t/ana-golja-collection


Chic Sketch


Tuesday, February 9 from 6 to 9 pm
Beautique, 8 West 58th Street, New York

New York Fashion Week is right around the corner and there is no better way to kick off the festivities than with an exclusive party!

Chic Sketch, a fashion-forward mobile app that converts photos into Instagrammable fashion sketches within minutes, will be celebrating its one year anniversary plus the unveiling of Chic Sketch 2.0!

The event, which will be taking place at midtown hotspot, Beautique, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6-9PM, will be buzzing with industry insiders, members of the press, and key influencers. It will be the place to be seen and celebrate the kick-off of fashion week!

There will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and attendees will have the opportunity to get their very own, personalized Instagrammable illustration done on site!


Party Pics: Compassion, Fashion, and Cocktails

photo by Moxie Strategies

photo by Moxie Strategies

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Godfrey Hotel, October 29th 5:30-10pm

Israel Idonije knows how to throw a great party besides being an amazing retired NFL champion! Starting early evening with an open bar, hundreds of Chicagoans came out on this brisk evening to warm up. Food stands served amazing savory and sweet local delights. Restaurants participated with delectable dishes from gourmet pork shoulders to little flower shaped cupcakes.

Heritage Wine cellars provided wines for the wine tasting led by advanced sommelier Jim Bube.

Models walked the runway with gorgeous styles for men and women by Zadig & Voltaire. Eleven models walked the runway with easy to wear bold looks. The floor was packed, standing room only. After the show, people stuck around the Godfrey hotel’s stunning rooftop terrace to chill in the lounge under the stars.

Compassion, Fashion, and Cocktails benefited The Isreal Idonije Foundation which helps children in underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills. It serves communities in Chicago, Winnipeg and West Africa – all the places Idonije has called home.