NYFW Rolando Santana SS 2012

The line of fashionistas wrapped around the block waiting to check in at Exit Art should have been an indication of how incredible the Rolando Santana collection promised to be; though much of the buzz surrounding the SS 2012 collection could be attributed to the designers’ collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, who supplied the shoes for the runway.

From the moment the show opened with the first vintage white dress floating down the runway I knew I was in for a treat.   The collection included a mix of vintage inspired looks with figure-conscious sheath dresses, silver beads and sequins that offered a nod to the roaring 20’s and gorgeous cocktail length dresses which drew inspiration from the 50’s.

The opposite end of the spectrum the collection featured a silver jumpsuit complete with silver sequins and diaphanous sheer details.  There was also what can only be described as sweater twin sets including cardigans and tanks over fitted skirts.












photo credit: Sherrie Wood, @GlamCollective

Lia Sophia- Red Carpet Collection

Whatever comes to mind when you think of Lia Sophia jewelry is probably way off base compared to the fabulousness of their newest red carpet collection.  I took a moment out from my frenzied NY Fashion Week schedule to stop by the Social Fashion Suite hosted by Lia Sophia and I fell in deep love with the Boudika collection designed by Dani Stahl. 

The collection runs the gamut from chunky on trend cuff bracelets made from lapis and black diamond crystals, to beautiful matte gold necklaces and rings in white resin pearls.

Each piece in the collection makes a unique statement and provides the perfect exclamation point to any fashionistas ensemble.


For more details on the red carpet collection visit the website:  http://www.liasophia.com



Pearl cage cuff with resin pearls $300


Rings range from $125-$175


bracelets range from $275-$375







NY Fashion Week SS 2012- Take One

I am fortunate enough to live a commutable distance to NYC so I tend to “do” fashion week in two parts- The first half usually involves the ultimate fashionistas shopping experience – Fashions Night out and for this season, I also had an opportunity to meet some of the most amazing fashion and beauty bloggers during the Independent Fashion Blogger’s Conference. The conference focused on really taking a critical look at the business of blogging, the role of social media and my favorite panel hands down was an open forum with Elle Magazine’s Creative Director- Mr. Joe Zee.

Independent Fashion Blogger Photo Recap


Shainna Tucker, A Thick Girls Closet


Heather Marie- 72 Luxe @72LuxeCeo

Sandy Gordon of Marley Simone


Marina in head to toe Missoni from Target




Ty Alexander, EIC Iconography Magazine @OhmyTy





Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion’s Night Out is so amazing; however there are so many activities around the city that you definitely need to be strategic around what events to participate in. When I saw that Solange Knowles was going to be hitting the wheels of steel at Lord and Taylor, they quickly jumped to the top of my list of places to hit for the evening.

The crowd in Soho


Solange Knowles on the wheels of steel


The second half of my fashion week experience will come later this week when I have an opportunity to check out some emerging designers as well as the Arise Magazine’s presentation which highlights designers from Africa. Check back later this week for my coverage from those collections.

NY Fashion Week- Live from Your Laptop

Fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders are all working themselves into a frenzy as they prepare to descend on New York City for the largest media event the city hosts- New York Fashion Week.   Most of the shows begin on September 8th which also marks the biggest and arguably the best Fashion Night out event.  Fashionistas will storm the city being plucked, made over, pampered, dined and of course there’s the shopping.   Not able to make it to the Big Apple to partake in the festivities? Don’t worry- just about every major city is hosting their own Fashion’s night out… check the full list of events http://www.fashionsnightout.com/fno/outside-nyc


You can also have the opportunity to view not only several of the digital (online) collections of your favorite designers- but also take a peek at what’s going on backstage before the shows.   Maybelline has teamed up with YouTube to bring you LiveRunway…. the Runway channel at www.youtube.com/liverunway. Beginning September 1st- you can log on to see behind the scenes of NYFW and the live shows will begin on September 8th.  Share your passion for fashion by using the hashtag #Liverunway in social media to join the conversation with other fashionistas/os!


Another really good source for viewing NYFW (and other runway collections) is http://catwalklive.tv/

So open your laptop, settle in and enjoy your front row seat at NYFW.

Mychael Knight is set to debut during NY Fashion Week


Mychael Knight


If you are a fan of the highly addictive show Project Runway, you no doubt remember Mychael Knight.  Well the designer is set to debut his Spring Collection during NYFW on September 10th.  In addition to the excitement and buzz building around his collection, Knight is also seeking both models and a fashion assistant to help him bring his fab frocks to life!


Check out the video for details on how you can win a chance to work behind the scenes during NY Fashion Week!


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