Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pria Kataria Puri - SS 2010 CRUISE COLLECTION-“CC”-HIPPI CHIC. "seen at CIFW"



Showcasing her "CC" - HIPPI CHIC' SS 2010 Collection in Chennai Fashion Week,Chennai this December'09 Pria is all set to tie up with inter nation watch company as brand ammasador announcement to be made in Jan showing in Mumbai end Jan Spring Summer collection Show doing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in March.& much more to come says' Designer Pria Kataria Puri







November, Mumbai: Indian fashion is getting global as international celebrity Paris Hilton opts for Indian Designer Pria Kataaria Puri. Paris Hilton visited Dubai for a three-week filming of the new season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF, Hilton's Dubai BFF is a reality television show from Dubai. Where Paris Hilton searches for her new best friend in the Middle East. It is the fourth incarnation of the MY NEW BFF franchise.

Hilton desires to find a new BFF in a group of twenty female contestants - ten Arabic citizens of Dubai, ten of other nationalities currently living in Dubai.The last episode of the show concluded with a final shoot in Los Angeles for which Paris has taken some more of Pria’s outfits to wear. The first episode will kick off with a social event in The BED Lounge, a club in Dubai, where Paris is seen wearing Pria Kataaria Puri’s gold outfit.

Studio 8 in Dubai stocks Pria’s full collection. Studio 8 is owned by the style diva of Dubai Sarah Balhas. An excited Pria states, “It was a great moment of pride for me. Out of so many local and international designers Paris choose to wear my outfit”

Pria further adds “She also bought many more of my clothes to wear in LA. Paris loved my collection and had most of the contestants dress in them for her show!”


Among the original proponents of Indian ‘Nouvelle Couture’ Pria Kataria Puri stands in sharp contrast to her contemporary. Having won the ‘Bharat Yuv Ratna’ award along with ‘Bharat Vikas award’ for designing women’s wear, she has received vast recognition for her work since she started her label in 1990. Her collections are available at fashionable boutiques in USA, Europe and the Middle East. Pria received formal training in fashion designing from FIDM, San Francisco where she showcased her first occidental evening wear at the San Francisco Fashion Center in 1990 and the rest as we say is history.

Pria is committed in creating “occidental couture and luxury prêt ” which is an amalgamation of oriental and western ideas to add inner beauty and mystique to the female form. Her collections are modern in the styling and ethnic in the mode of expression with Asian colors, ancient heritage of fine embroideries and vintage prints playing a special significance as her distinctive area of specialization. Her label represents multicultural, multifaceted lifestyles of women today, who believe in elegant, luxurious, timeless, effortless, piece of art as clothing. ‘Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed it means being remembered”

PRIA is know all over the world for her unique luxury prêt line in digital prints and making KAFTAN popular all over the world-be it kaftan dress that paris Hilton wore or kaftan gown the princess francious OF GENEVEA wore or kaftan blouse donned by MADONNA OR EMBELISHED KAFTAN WORN BY QUEEN RANIA .of Jordon.

Pria’s mission and goal is to put india in world fashion map which she has very successfully done by dressing international personalities ,royalty and Hollywood stars and by showcasing her design in all international fashion weeks such as ,Rome fashion week, new York fashion week, London fashion week, Milan fashion week ,lakme fashion week ,wills fashion week and dubai fashion week.



Pria runs her fashion business from offices in Kuwait and Mumbai.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

FASHION - The Chivas Show/Chivas Studio/Bangalore


It was a melting pot of music, art, photography and fashion at the Chivas Fashion Studio that took place at the ITC Gardenia on December 4 and 5. Besides Prabuddha Dasgupta’s superlative photographs and KS Radhakrishnan’s installation that was on display at the venue on both days, the event saw designers Surily Goel and Wendell Rodricks wow Bangaloreans with their creations on day one. But before that, the Maske Trio from Australia (comprising Oz beauties who let their violins do all the talking) joined Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and Gino Banks on the drums to create what every music aficionado was impressed with. If the violins, sarods and drums pleased the ears, the Chivas Regal signature served by UK mixologist Max Warner won over the palates. Day two saw heavy-duty fashion with petite sisters Gauri and Nainika showing their breathtaking collection of evening wear. And then it was time for the Moghul of Indian fashion to do what he does best — conquer! Rohit Bal’s not just great with his designing skills, he’s also good at convincing people at the last minute. Vani Ganapathy was roped in at the eleventh hour to be his showstopper. As he took a bow in his signature style, it was time for the bubbly to flow and city folks Manjusha Maheshwari (just back from London), Leena Singh, Raj Shroff, Sheela and Krish, Prasad Bidapa, Meeru Pai, Zubair and Devdutta joined in to celebrate.


Sensual & chic and sexy & glamorous that’s how we would describe the collection showcased by Wendell Rodricks and Surily Goel respectively on Day 1. Inspiration from birds on a wing for his Collection. Graceful swoops, Plunging Dives & Fluttering Movements for a line of creative garments that are flights of fancy but anchored in reality. Layered with Feathered Strokes and Breezy Fabrics that float, the Wendell Rodricks ‘ON A WING’ collection in the designers favorite color: white.


Celebrating Chic Style in the Metallic Accents with a palette ranging from Pastels moving to Navy Blues & Blacks. Interesting Geometric Silhouettes & Drapes with Colour Blocking, Fringes & Coins. Jersey fabrics and sequence sheeting play between the ultra-feminine and understated strength stood out in Surily Goel's collection. The Feminine Collection was flirty, carefree, bubbly in vibrant colours; Candy Pink, Flamboyant Orange & Cyan Blue.

Models; Indrani Dasgupta, Nina Manuel, Pia Trivedi, and the likes walked the ramp.

Spotted; Raj Shroff, Sheela Krishnamoorthy & Krish, Anand Rao, Prasad Bidappa and Zubair in the audience.

A Resplendent show by Rohit Bal and Gauri & Nainika on Day 2 was attended by the city’s fashionistas and crème-de-la-crème. Bal’s Collection titled ‘Yasas’ inspired by the resplendent glory of India’s rich cultural heritage reflected the splendour and grandeur of the Golden Peacock, a name once India was known by, the glamour and inherent luxury that India once was a part of.

Showstopper; Bangalore socialite Vani Ganapathy


For Gauri & Nainika it was a Showcase of Intense glamour in exuberant hues & sharp dramatic shapes yet feminine. Can-Can Underskirts & Corseted Bodices, Luxurious wools & lush duchesse satins. - Collection reflected designers’ core philosophy- Understated Drama & evidently, Femininity.

Models; Sonalika Sahay, Carol Gracias, Laxmi Rana, Candice Pinto, Nina Manuel , Pia Trivedi and Indrani .

Monday, December 07, 2009

Neeta Lulla - Collection Showcase @ Chennai International Fashion Week (CIFW) Dec'09, Chennai

Showing at CIFW

The collection primarily in beige, dull gold and silver encompasses a look that is elegant and classic in its cut but magnanimous in its styling and co-ordinate. The jackets in this collection are essentially basic cuts in various lengths teamed with interesting bottoms like ghagra’s, saris, flare pants, dhotis and lungis.

Embellishment used on this collection is crystals, gota, cutwork and a multitude of cutwork fabrics, thus giving it a very occidental feel and a very modern contemporary approach to silhouettes and styles.

Champagne gold is dominant colour palette for this line. The fabrics used range from chanderi to hakoba, to textured lycras and sequenced fabrics.

Neeta Lulla

In different shades and hues of colour, Neeta Lulla fires up a canvas, creating waves across runways and the silver screen worldwide. She entered the fashion world 25 years ago and has played a pivotal role in setting trends ever since. Having cemented her position in the industry, her inimitable ability to mix grandeur and simplicity has made her the most sought after Indian designer.
Her several awards include two President Award for the films Lamhe & Devdas , the Bollywood Award in New York for the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the IIFA award for Taal and Devdas. With over 375 films to her credit she recently even extended her design expertise to Hollywood projects like Bride and prejudice, One night with a king, Mistress of Spices and Provoked.

Having earned national and international recognition, the Neeta Lulla brand has built a strong image amongst its consumers, the fashion and film fraternity. The USP of the brand is its ability to blend western and Indian silhouettes, prints and designs. The brand that has become a part of the luxury lexicon continues innovating by drawing inspiration from different cultures yet maintaining the quintessential ethnic-oriental feel

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Third Eye - (Sanchita Julka) (fashion flashback)

Sanchita Julka Collection at Kolkatta Fashion Week 1

Sanchita Julka

Eponymous line of clothing “SANCHITA JULKA " for the ones who dares to be themselves.

Sanchita Julka the Kolkata based designer who did a stint with NID. Her experience over a decade be-gins with an exclusive new label for women which is the perfect blend of western sensibilities and Indian ethos. Her debute was at the inaugural edition of KFW I ( Kolkata Fashion Week 'I') 2009,she had drawn wide applause for her collection from both critics & visitors alike. Collection is a diffusion line of luxury & pret, with innovative surface ornamentation and texturiization. The designs adheres to the high standards of creativity ,quality control and cutting edge modernism. Her signature store "FIKSHION" (Kolkatta) was honoured by guest like Bibi Russell the Bangladesh based international designer, Aparna Sen & June Malliah The store is a reflection of her creative fiction fabricated into fashionable facts is also the inspiration behind "FISKHION", a 700 sq.ft area Store with interesting elements in its interiors reflecting designer's thought.

Fikshion Couture Pvt Ltd: 5, J.B.S Halden Avenue, Silver Arcade,# Shop F-8, 1st , Floor, Kolkata-700105 Ph- + 91 33 32977316 Email:-

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS 2010, Black Book by Ramesh Menon & Manish Mansinh

Opening of the 2nd "Gayatri" by Gayatri Khanna flagship store.

‘GAYATRI’ Gayatri Khanna house of Fashion.

“Opening of the 2nd "Gayatri" by Gayatri Khanna flagship store” ‘GAYATRI’ is a brand name in the fashion world that creates modern and chic silhouettes that are trend setting and practical with new styles that look fabulous on women of all ages , tastes & style’s. Launched in 2006, the brand has come a long way with it being stocked by some of the top-notch buyers all over the country, a flagship store in Mumbai, and now a store in the heart of india Delhi.. In the past 3 years the label has had some exciting and successful associations such as the solo designer show for Mercedes Benz in 5 cities of India, The show at the launch of the New Audi, a show for the launch of Guess Collection Swiss Watches, a collection designed for Portico New York of bed and bath linens, designed costumes for Vagina Monologue etc… to name a few.. . With the immense success of her signature store on 16th Road, Bandra, Mumbai ; “Gayatri” is all set to embrace …dilwaalo ki nagri ..Delhi... with the launch of her 2nd flagship store! The Delhi Store is based on a concept space called ‘O Palacio’….. amidst an art gallery housing Indian masters, a fine Portuguese restaurant by the name ' Casa Portuguese Restaurante' and 3 other high end fashion Boutiques at Delhi’s latest addition. True to the “Gayatri” by Gayatri Khanna style, the store is glam and vibrant with a huge collection to put together an ‘evening look’ or a ‘day to evening look’ with ease.... You will find trendy styles in luxurious silks such as satins, jacquard, chiffons which are embellished with jewels, fresh cuts and silhouettes to compliment your style. Designed especially for the fashion conscious Delhi Clientele are the chic winter jackets, dresses and gowns ….expecially for the party season , red carpet or a night out with friends... Also it is no hidden fact that gayatri khanna embodies indianism and so the store will also feature – Chantilly lace sarees, embroidered lahengas and sarees, brocade suits . The launch of O Palacio will be a grand event on the 20th of November. A lso adding to this fashionable occasion will be live Fado music by "Sonia Shirsat". The guests will be able to enjoy the beautiful ambience while relishing on Portuguese food and wine and in the meantime checking out the amazing and wonderful work by the designer Gayatri Khanna herself.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Niket & Jainee

Feminie Flirtatiousness

The cosmopolitan outlook that doesn’t shy away from experimenting,The JN impression is all about gusto with a smattering of feminine flirtatiousness

Jainee & Niket

Making a mark in contemporary cuts and indo-western outfits dyed in sub muted hues started small, dreamt big, desired the sky and achieved therefore - success as a unique fashion house in the short span of 4 years. With a strong desire of blending the dreams conceived with the world of reality, they blend the feminine and the masculine, with softness & rigidity, delivering - which paints its wearer in colours & shapes of splendour and magnificence.

They have worked with geometric edges, sharp stripes & seamless symphony of striking ebony and subtle ivory, the timeless combination of black & white - revamping in a range of fusion and ethnic wear for today’s women.

A husband wife duo, put a part of themselves in each piece, their bond, the love that exists reflects on the colours, the textures and the cuts. Every dress carries their name & signature. The passion, the affection and the ecstasy is there for you to see, for you to wear!

JN is essentially a tag which carries with it warmth of tradition & a personal touch. Through this they hope to spread happiness and color & reach out to the world with there creations.

There participatons have been in several highly acclaimed fashion shows in India & abroad. JCK International Las Vegas Show, Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, Orra Jewellery Show, Bulgarian Embassy Fashion Show in association with Khushi (they have lent their names to), J&N have been official designers of Miss Delhi Show 2007, Mrs Gladrags 2008, Mrs Globe International Contestant 2008 & Dar London Hair Stylist Show. Designed outfits for Femina Miss India contestants & Grasim Mr India contestants who went on to win the crown of the Best Dressed Man. Been behind the designer clothes worn by Fardeen Khan during the Pan Parag re-launch.

Peers & clients have equally appreciatied their inventive genius.

They found their strength in fusion wear with a belief that they abide by - fashion resides in "one world". Their phenomenal range of Fusion Wear is enough to make one believe their claim. Their clothes represent Modern India, where rich heritage & ancient culture co-habit with the western thoughts & contemporary ideas. Playing in an arena where clones can be produced at the blink of an eye.

Collections available at: Kimaya, Araliya, Aura, Cypress, Crossover Bollywood, Shagun, Vedala - Newyork & Moksha-London.

Contact: Tanya C - Business Promoter +91 9868435 791
Niket & Jainee
5 J/1, 36, Shahpurjat, New Delhi-110049
Tel.: +91 11 64704525 Mob.: +91 9810537076, 9811100159

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Arabia Fashion Week, 2nd - 6th Nov, 2009

Arabia Fashion Week is the one of the leading fashion shows in the Middle East region and set to become one of the biggest and most prestigious fashion shows to be held in Dubai. The fashion show is backed by a strong team of experts, organizers and partners who are committed to the show and its success in all seasons. The team has the latest and most advanced tools as well as the will, determination and reach to make it an icon in the Middle East fashion world.

The organizer with extensive experience and presence in the events and fashion industries has a wide range of resources and tools to provide to the designers, sponsors and visitors a beyond a standard fashion show event.
The fashion show team includes some of the best expertise in the areas of market analysis, fashion, modelling, events organization, IT developers, customer relations management, marketing and a lot more. This combined talent from varied backgrounds and knowledge from all over the world come together here in Dubai to bring you the what will be one of the most exciting fashion shows creating a theme and atmosphere to make it an unforgettable experience for all participants and those who are involved in the show.

Our team has already with their in-depth experience have studied and analyzed the needs of customers, designers, buyers, sponsors and the media to provide greatest satisfaction and return on investment to those who choose and decide to work with us in the various areas of the Arabia Fashion Show.

Akl Fakih is a Labenese Fashion Designer.He studied in Lebanon After Traveled to Rome and Paris For Almost Years After That He came to Dubai and Opened his Fashion House In Al Makhtoum St. Which is Now One Of the Biggest And Most Popular Fashion House In UAE and Gulf Area.He Designed for VIP and Proncess And Sheikhs In the Arab World. He Has his own Boutique in Saudi Arabia,Sharjah,Dubai,Beirut and Jordan.Lebanon,He dressed Many Famous Singers and Actresses in the Arab world.He did the most Expensive weddinng dress which was worked by Diamond. He did many Fashion shows in the Arab Countries Like Abu Dhabi,Qatar,Bahrain,Oman,Jordan.His Last Fashion Show was At Burj Al Arab.He Honored By the King Of Dearborn city,Michigan,USA . For his Work and for his Good Reputation.

Djemila, a French artist of Arabic origins and roots, was born in France where she studied at the Fine Arts School of Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse. During her study path, she performed different kinds of art such as sculpture, steel engraving and painting with a big admiration for Cezanne, Munch, Van Gogh and Lindstrom. Djemila first moved to Dubai in 1996 where she stayed 3 years, she performed her art through artistic decoration for the GCC VIP's in different occasions, in addition to that she has won in 1997 the 1st place for her decoration. Now, she returned to the UAE where she settled down, she always felt that Dubai is the land of success. Djemila found the magic inspiration to adapt her talent to the UAE artistic sphere focusing on the UAE women interests.

Manal liked designing from her childhood and was inspired by her Father (Allah's mercy) Fashion Designer Egyptian Fahmi shaban as a hobby I love, not professional, and turned to the mantle of the Gulf because I grew up in the UAE and the Gulf affected attire. Liked the uniforms of women Arab Emirates and the Gulf, as has become the prevailing dress robe in most Arab countries, not only the Gulf and headed to the appearance Thought back romance in the design of abayas to suit the occasions and weddings, special events, with simplicity and power of expression at the same time to get a distinct set of abayas and shell and of the diverse nature of the hair cut between the wide open and narrow Turned multiple places and used many ideas out in the abaya to suit the taste of women and a high level of output upscale.

Aguilira Couture is the unique collection and the new age Abayas. It is mainly designed for Teenagers and Youth. The Funky style is Amended in Abaya for the first Time which makes it unique and rare amongst the other design. Bright colours are used in Design which reflects the Young Age group. It is specially made for Outgoing Fashionable ladies. Paints, Stones and different things are used to make it unique one. These Abayas are designed with Love and Passion for the Younger Youth and the Fashionable ladies. It is the different and a rare design each and every Abaya is different from each other.

Hilda Maha graduated from “Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design” in London in July 2008. She finds inspiration in her travels, books, architecture,technology, nature and her photography her drawings and her hand-craft work.Her work is full of passion and transmits optimism, warmth and a vibrant and exuberant lifestyle. The inspiration of Spring-Summer 2009 collection is Albanian culture, after a trip there last summer Hilda was quite impressed fascinated and inspired by the folk costume, the culture, colours and nature, and the result of it is this collection.Here old and new work together, digital print meets embroidery and technology works together with heritage in an exiting mix for a trendy, unique, confident, original and eclectic woman who likes to be different and not unnoticeable.

Al Yashmac Fashion was established in the year 1981. We are AL YASHMAC GENERAL TRADING LLC, based on readymade garments along with Jallabiya,Abaya , Shella for woman segment. We have more than 55 Retail Outlets at GCC . Eng. Mohammed Saleh Nasser Bin Smhan who is start AL YASHMAC Fashion business for the last 28 years. Al Yashmac Fashion designs shows and our new arrivals are sponsored so many fashion in the Gulf Countries. At time to time AL YASHMAC also introduces variety designs of seasonal wears to the world. Al Yashmac uses glittering colours, precious stones, crystals and high quality dress material to make distinctive clothes of Jallabiya & Abayas.

Sarah Gandapur Designs was founded in 2005, formally after the gifted designer started her own in-house studio.Being a graduate from Fashion School in Lahore.Sarah Gandapur is also the Fashion and Art Director for a very hip and renowned Life Style Magazine named Influence Lifestyles, based in Lahore.Sarah Gandapur’s distinctive identity was established soon enough for making clothes that have an emphasis on very chic but wearable design, cut and stitching quality while experimenting with all sorts of fabrics from soft printed to plain chiffons, to flowy georgettes and romancing with laces, using traditional rich fabrics such as Jam war and Brocade, as well as having to achieve a finesse in traditional hand and machine embroidered eastern and western clothes which are ready to wear and made to order clothes.

Bahnuni, a designer label that has evolved less than 2 years back as a label, has been groomed with exquisite sense of texturing different fabrics,modernnism & feminity that too with trendy and unique impeccable quality. Face behind Bahnuni,Jyoti Sharma(7th Jan 1984)is a fashion professional member of FDPC.her inherent creativity Was groomed in wigan & Leigh college.That Was a milestone in her career, ater that in December 2007 she felt this is the right time to give her own creation a name,then "Bahnuni"came to her mind which means charming women. As a promising designer she reflects a perfectionist for details & finish combined with selective fabric,her artistic textured finish as well as traditional styles contemporary art.

Tanya is one of Dubai’s most recognized super models and is a well known personality among the UAE's fashion elite, having won the Miss Qatar crown in the past. She is a featured face of many leading multinational lifestyle brands and has also appeared on the cover of several international fashion and lifestyle magazines. Apart from her foray into the world of fashion she is an excellent artist who has won several accolades for her paintings in the UAE and has exhibited her works of art in various international solo and group exhibitions to high acclaim. Her paintings are much sought after and are housed in various private and public art galleries and collections around the world. Tanya established Roxx in December 2006 with an outlook to bring her distinctive fashion sense to the world around her and beyond…

The collection is Jad Ghandours Thought to create a line that incarnates simple elegance. The collection combines the elegance of the oriental style and the smoothness of occidental shapes. It brings together the Elegant and the Original, the Oriental and the Occidental flairs.A beautiful palette of unique colors, including graceful and elegant shapes, defines Ghandour’s vision of a distinctive and exceptional femininity. The collection also highlights the designer’s dedication to detail and quality. Refined fabrics and crystal stones mixed together in an exquisite, yet discreet symphony.“I have a dream… and my dream is my dresses.” With these words, Ghandour describes the theme of his first fashion show.He says he was inspired by his own thoughts. “My inspiration comes from my own reality… My designs reflect my honest and very simple personality.”

True elegance relinquishes any kind of ostentation, excess or over-the-top effects that may detract from an expertly tailored design, the immaculate drape of a fabric or a perfect fit. Quality is the buzzword at a time where values are changing. This look adopts a strict, disciplined, self-assured style, but with high heels every step of the way! This collection pays homage to such legendary women as Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren.The Fabric Used is Simply cut styles with new fabric effects conjuring up the spirit of adventure, with metalic prints, reptile motifs, trimmings. Sequins and glossy effects adorn the finest fabric including delicate chiffon, soft denim, Silk jacquard, taffeta and finest lace.

Uniquely different and sensuous shapes, full of expression and emotion – this is what makes up an Ekaterina Kulikova collection. The beauty is in the clean – cut shapes of the dress, which is why “less and more” the maximum of her designs is. Intriguing detail such as Swarovski components and hand painting are included so as to underline the shape and individual character of each design.Fashion designer Ekaterina Kulikova is studying at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and at the same time at the University of Art and Design in Prague. Her style can be described best as a highfashion. After 5 years of designing she is still true to the classic and luxury materials she once started with.Ekaterina Kulikova focuses above all on design and realization of ladies´ model originals of high elegance an on design and realization of original jewels. Her specialty is hand painting on styles and hand overlaying or hand-scattering with crystals of label Swarovski.

Orkaïs a Fashion House based in Lebanon, the house principle activities is to design, develop and market women's luxury dress like prêt a porter, Haute couture, evening dress and bridal dress, Orkaïs, a retail atelier opened since 2008 with a unique pret a porter luxe line made with silk only. the designs are simple, mixed with glamour and elegance to represent the women's sensuality Our designer was honored from the French ambassador for her achievement of getting the 1st award of the jury (Advisory board) Orkaïs 1st collection was shown in the French fashion week and the Brazilian fashion week

When two artists combine their talents together in this glamour world of fashion, it's amaizing what can be done. NZ, two brothers, Nidal and Zihar Hassan have successfully combined the couture of hair, make-up, accessories and fashion wear in this company. Zihar is a professional fashion designer and Nidal excels in hair couture but together they present women across the world looking her best.They began their career 1989 when they established their first location in Lebanon. Many other locations have been branched out in Aley, Qaberchmoun, Bhamdoun, Verdun and soon in Qatar and Kuwait. Nidal and Zihar began their consecutive fashion shows in Lebanon presenting hair, make-up, accessories and exotic garments by 2003 at the Phoenicia.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New York’s Couture Fashion Week Spring Summer Sep 09

Raising the Bar on Style
Fashion, Art and Entertainment Shine at Latest Edition of New York’s Couture Fashion Week
Guests at the 10th edition of Couture Fashion Week at New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria were greeted by displays of fine art and an impressive ice sculpture bearing the event’s logo. Hundreds of upscale consumers, socialites, diplomats, celebrities and international press attended the prestigious high fashion event held during New York Fashion Week in September 2009.
An incomparable group of selected designers from around the world presented their latest collections, many making their USA debut. The event opened on the afternoon of September 11th with a tribute to the spirit of New York City and the victims of the 9/11 attacks by renowned cellist Gjilberta Gelaj. The moving performance was followed by two fashion shows: colorful Indian-inspired dreamlike creations by designer Sushma Patel in her fourth appearance at Couture Fashion Week, and a fresh collection by young Thai designer Pyndela. Jane Hunt, a native of England known as the "Violin Venus", enchanted the audience with her opening to the fashion show by award-winning Chilean designer Ruben Campos. Mr. Campos, often called the "Architect of Chilean Fashion", received a rousing standing ovation for his collection. Joy Washington of The Netherlands made a strong statement with her collection preview of three couture ensembles reminiscent of Russian royalty and reflecting meticulous craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail. Award-wining Romanian designer extraordinaire Catalin Botezatu returned for the third time to Couture Fashion Week with an outstanding collection entitled "Hot Rainbow" which was complemented by exquisite makeup, hair styling and accessories. Mr. Botezatu’s distinguished clientele includes prominent politicians, socialites, VIPs and celebrities. Amal Sarieddine from Lebanon made her USA debut at Couture Fashion Week New York with a collection of stunning designs before a very enthusiastic audience. Winning designs from the Global Han Couture Design Competition were presented to the delight of the attending crowd. Part of NTDTV’s 2009 Global Competition Series, the Han Couture Design Competition is a continuation of NTDTV’s ongoing effort to revive and preserve the essence and beauty of traditional Chinese culture, and to share that culture with the world.
In his second showing at Couture Fashion Week, renowned designer
Jorge Diep of the Dominican Republic was inspired by India and presented a collection of embellished hand-crafted caftans. Couture Fashion Week producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino presented a two part show. Hand embellished swimwear was adorned with Swarovski crystals and whimsical trains, and accessorized by diamond-studded watches by Azad, a favorite brand of many celebrities including Donald Trump and Joan Rivers. Evening gowns of fine French and Japanese lace were accented by jewelry from Italian label Bagaceous, handbags and cuffs by Russian designer Inna Roizin, shoes by British designer Silvia Campbell among others, and hats by Suzette Couture. Pop opera singer Kimera flew in from Spain to open Mr. Aquino’s show. The world-famous singing star is perhaps best known for her 1984 controversial classic-pop fusion recording, "The Lost Opera", with the London Symphony Orchestra, which sold over 10 million copies and was followed by seven additional album releases. World-famous violinist Alexander Markov turned in an unforgettable performance. The fashion show included an appearance by jazz singer Sarah Charles who performed her composition of "Ballerina" with lyrics by Mr. Aquino. The first Couture Fashion Week Ball closed the second day of the event with an evening of dancing, gourmet food and entertainment in the Louis XVI ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria. Tables were decorated with beautiful ice sculptures by Ice Sculpture Designs. A silent auction of jewelry by Judith Ripka for the Helping Hands charity generated considerable interest.Turkish designer Nedret Taciroglu returned for the third time to Couture Fashion Week presenting another fabulous and well-tailored collection of soft feminine designs in Spring pastels before an audience of diplomats, celebrities and top socialites, many of whom traveled from Turkey to attend. In his first showing at the event, designer Walid Atallah from Dubai presented a dazzling collection of evening and couture bridal gowns; "a perfect fit in Couture Fashion Week’s continued quest for exquisite fashion," according to producer Andres Aquino. Mr. Atallah recently made fashion history by selling a bridal gown decorated with sapphires and rubies for $1.2 million to a Middle Eastern princess.A collective of Nigerian designers impressed the audience with an array of colorful and beautifully crafted designs. The delegation from Nigeria was organized by designer Joan Isisoma Okorodudu of the House of Jola and included top designers Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Zizi Cardow and Hallero. The show opened with a lively performance by Project Fame winner Iyanya.Up and coming Australian designer Cristina Nitopi returned to Couture Fashion Week with a delightful collection of luxury designs. The show was opened by a performance by Blacker Conteh a well-known dancer from Sydney.Also turning in a riveting performance was 9-year old Reggaeton singing sensation Alesito, who delighted audiences between fashion shows on the third day of the event. The impressive fashion shows at Couture Fashion Week New York were complemented by displays of fine art by international artists including Gonul Engin Yilmaz (Turkey), Zhu Yi Yong (China), Esperanza Tielbaard (Colombia/USA), David Datuna (Georgia/USA) and Victoria Yin (USA).
Event media partners include Sahara One TV, NTDTV, and NTV America as well as print partners Moda Style International (Dubai and Lebanon), and Book Moda (Italy), among others.The impeccable and creative makeup for Couture Fashion Week was directed by noted film and TV makeup artist Mahealani Diego and associate Tomy Rivero and their talented team. Cosmetic sponsors Rouge Cosmetics and Christine Valmy International supplied cosmetic and skin care products and gifts. Trend-setting hair creations were artistically directed by Federico Calce of Federico Salon New York, a leading haute coiffure salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Body painting was the work of JVitalia.
Couture Fashion Week is now accessible on hand held devices thanks to a partnership with Mobile Matters. Text FASHION to 47201 for news, photos, wallpapers, special offers and more.The next edition of Couture Fashion Week will be held Valentine’s / President’s Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City.