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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018: A Most Welcomed Fashion Storm

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 14 - 2018


Michael Kors, Sachin & Babi, Coach 1941, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. Photos: Imaxtree

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

As Hurricane Irma raged through and ransacked South Florida, grounding several fashion editors, Fashion Week swept through New York City with a storm of shows and presentations that had insiders and influencers traveling from Bedford to Bushwick and beyond. From September 7-13th 2017, designers showcased on the street and in gardens and garages this year with packed shows that proved that Fashion Week in New York remains as relevant as its counterparts abroad.  Read the rest of this entry »

Escape to Bimini: the Ethos of Bliss

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 16 - 2017
Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini)

Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini)

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Picture every shade of blue you’ve ever seen and a hundred more you can only imagine- to only begin to understand the beauty that is Bimini. The hashtag: #BiminiBliss is most fitting for this stunning island, located just 50 miles from Miami, where bliss is a lifestyle. Ask anyone about this magical place and you will be answered with a smile and a headshake which says, “You just have to go.” It’s hard to pinpoint just what makes Bimini so special. Is it the year-round sunshine, powder-white sand and turquoise sea? Or that this resort island still maintains a friendly, laid-back, rustic vibe despite its luxurious accommodations? Whether you seek a relaxing respite or a more adventurous experience, Bimini is the ideal vacation destination. Well-known for world-class diving and fishing, this seven-mile paradise is perfect for those who love to be on, in or near the ocean.

Stay: Resorts World Bimini
Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini) is the ultimate Caribbean retreat encompassing a sprawling luxury beachfront complex, comprised of colorful private condos and villas and the new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini. The Hilton Hotel is a tropical haven featuring spacious, elegant, luxurious modern guest rooms and suites with three pools, six restaurants, a live-action casino, serenity spa, fitness center, and two beaches offering countless water sports and activities to thrill travelers of all ages. The staff throughout the entire resort is friendly and welcoming. VIP manager, Valnardo Dean goes above and beyond to make sure that every guest feels like a VIP.


Swim and Play
Because the resort has three expansive pools, guests have ample opportunities to swim and relax. Enjoy sweeping, panoramic views of the entire island from the Hilton’s rooftop Infinity Pool. Splash around with the kids at the wrap-around Lazy River Pool which includes a swim-up bar or lounge at the peaceful Sabor Pool.
Clock in some beach time at the gorgeous Paradise Beach, with crystal clear water and powder-white sand. Enjoy the multitude of exciting water activities offered by Under the Sun Watersports. Whether your fancy is glass-bottom kayaking, paddle-boarding, thrilling jet-ski rides, laying on a water hammock or pedaling a water bike- the experienced and friendly staff at Under the Sun will keep you safe while you create a lifetime of memories. Edward Reckley, who owns Under the Sun can arrange a variety of excursion packages and even assist with private island tours and souvenir shopping. Contact Edward at

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Escape to Italy

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 30 - 2017

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Few places are as rich with both, history and natural beauty as Italy. From varied landscapes including rugged mountain terrain, sapphire oceans, verdant valleys, vineyards and bustling cities- Italy’s got it all.  Lest we forget the beautiful and vibrant people, and the food… Mama Mia- the food!  A lifetime of visits would hardly be enough to take in the magnificence of this spectacular country, we’ve created an itinerary of favorite experiences in ten days.




Luxury hotels abound in Rome. When traveling on a budget, especially with a family, Trilussa Palace Hotel Congress & SPA offers clean, comfortable accommodations with plenty of rooms and the most attentive staff in all of Rome. They will help you with any and all tour and restaurant accommodations 24/7. The daily gourmet breakfast buffet is the perfect start to every long day of sightseeing. The hotel is located just a short tram ride from the heart of Rome- where you can walk to all of the major attractions and a short walk to Trastevere- where you can find numerous authentic restaurants, bars and shops, where the locals hang out.


Aperitif and Relax

Hotel de Russie is part of the Rocco Forte collection. The outdoor garden is stunning and flanked by the hotel’s very own orchard! Via del Babuino, 9



Meridionale (Trastevere)This chic yet quaint restaurant boasts 1960s decor- you will feel like you are eating in your Nonna’s kitchen. Pastas are exceptional- the best in Rome. Service is attentive and the prices unbeatable.

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-PHOTO by: Seth Browarnik/

-PHOTO by: Seth Browarnik/

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat

The nation’s biggest food festival got an upgrade for its 16th year with events that brought a fun, club-like atmosphere- drawing in club kids from yesteryear and today. The Dave Grutman Experience on Sunday, February 26 at the Grand Tasting Village had revelers dancing and jumping around on the sand, leaving us to wonder whether it was 3:00 PM or 3:00 AM, and how and when this wine and food festival had become a mini-Ultra. Another terrific new addition was the Bacardi and Beats on the Beach- a late night party featuring none other than Run DMC’s Rev Run- in all his glory, accompanied by DJ Ruckus on the ones and twos. Needless to say, that was one heck of a party- with the quintessential party foods (think Shake Shack fried chicken sandwiches and croquetas from Versailles) and libations galore to fuel the energetic party goers who showed no sign of stopping long after the party officially ended. In all, the party atmosphere made this year’s festival even more of a blast than it always has been and drew a crowd of party people who came to play more than just to eat or drink. Below find some our favorite events of the magnificent weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Fashion Week Brought the Heat

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 22 - 2016


By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

To say that New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was HOT- would be an understatement. With temps reaching “center-of-the-earth” record breaking highs, attendees were ready to buy the cool looks right off the runways. Once again, various designers offered a runway to retail format this season—Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Siriano, Thakoon, Rebecca Minkoff, and Ralph Lauren among them, wherein the looks in the shows were available for purchase immediately, rather than six months from now. Some of the trends that dominated NYFW were off-the-shoulder and one shoulder styles, statement jackets, hoodies, bra tops, and athleisure, which was especially prevalent at DKNY, Lacoste, and Alexander Wang.

Common across the runways were florals, stripes, flowy/ethereal looks, pastels and bold colors; ruffles, and models with bare faces. Designers had guests traipsing across town, bringing the whimsy courtesy of unique venues and presentations. Tommy Hilfiger threw a carnival at the South Street Seaport, to launch his collaboration with model, Gigi Hadid, who opened the show. The carnival included rides, fair food and lots of VIPs who couldn’t get enough of the relaxed and fun atmosphere, despite the sweltering heat. Taylor Swift sat in the front row, singing along to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris’ blockbuster, (which she wrote), “This is What You Came For.” Alexander Wang’s show and afterparty were at Pier 94, with a sweaty/campy vibe- complete with a McDonald’s McRig and 7-11 pop up, serving Slurpees to guests including Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon. Rebecca Minkoff’s show in front of her Soho boutique had models strutting down the runway down the actual street, followed by a shopping event at her store, where guests could immediately purchase the runway looks. Donna Karan’s show was at the Highline and Club Monaco presented in the middle of Grand Central Station.

Fortunately, Lexus, Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and MADE New Yorkscreen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5_56_08-pm presenting sponsor, provided luxury transportation to editors and VIPs in their gorgeous and comfortable, luxury vehicles, 21 of which were custom- wrapped in prints by MADE designers Adam Selman, The Blonds, Brock Collection and 69, (previewing the runway prints), as part of its #HowFashionTravels campaign. Designers and their guests also took respite in the Lexus luxury lounge, which returned for the 8th season, providing refreshments and a chance to rub elbows with celebrities. September 2016 marked Lexus’ third consecutive season as the Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and the 11th consecutive season with MADE New York. Lexus aims to “ensure that designers and their guests arrive in style while traversing the official New York Fashion Week venues at Skylight Moynihan Station, Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios.” Below are just a few of the top shows and events of NYFW.

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Rebecca Minkoff showed her FW16 Collection at the first ever outdoor seated fashion show on the streets of Soho, (on Greene Street between Prince and Spring), in front of her New York flagship store, with a star studded front row and a live musical performance by Beau. Minkoff drew inspiration from her “love affair with New York City, her consumer, technology, and bringing awareness to a cause.” Minkoff’s #RunwayToRetail show featured folk rock girl duo, Beau, who gave a live performance as models walked down the cobblestone street that served as a runway at noon on September 10th. “After the success of last season’s See Buy Wear show, we decided to continue evolving the ways we can give our customer access to our product with immediacy. We elevated the experience for her and literally took our show to the streets with Runway to Retail,” said Rebecca Minkoff. Along with models, powerful influencers such as Arielle Charnas of Something Navy, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Gala Gonzalez of Amlul, Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea and Caroline Vreeland walked the runway. After the show, the store’s doors were opened, and guests and consumers were given the chance to shop the collection and meet Minkoff and the influencers. In order to bring awareness to an important cause, Minkoff partnered with Ann Lewis, the celebrated street artist gilf!, to paint inspirational words on the back of her signature leather jacket for the finale walk. This and other gilf! customized pieces were auctioned off with proceeds going to NOT ON OUR WATCH, a charity that has accomplished admirable humanitarian work. Notable guests included: Victoria Justice, Camila Alves, Coco Rocha, Olivia Palermo, Aimee Song, Eva Chen and Louise Roe among others.



Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano showcased his collection at the trendy Artbeam Studios. When asked about his inspiration, the Project Runway winner expressed, “My Spring 2017 collection is perfect for a getaway on the Isle of Capri. Vintage photos from the late 60s and 70s — particularly Settimio Garritano’s photos of Jackie Onassis’ vacations in Capri from 1969 to 1973 -inspired a cool, modern seaside collection fit for a world-traveled woman. Garritano captured Onassis’ effortless chic and elegant silhouettes. The turquoise waters and citrus orange-striped umbrella-lined beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea inspired a bright and bold color palate. In the collection are soft cotton stripes, woven raffia, textured lace, and sheer organza overlays: casual elegance for day and evening.” Of note and perfectly complementing the colorful looks on the runway, were multiple, striped, brightly hued beach umbrellas, which hung upside down above the runway.

Four looks inspired by the various prints, textiles, and colors of Siriano’s Spring/Summer 17 collection were available immediately after the show, exclusively on In addition to the see now, buy now runway collection, select shoe styles from Siriano’s signature fragrance, “Silhouette,” are also currently available for purchase. Several celebrities joined Siriano at his show, including actresses, Pamela Anderson, Neve Campbell, Jaimie Alexander, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Furman, Ashley Graham; models, Leigh Lezark and Coco Rocha; television personality, Kelly Osbourne and writer, Janet Mock.


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Binzario Couture debuted its Spring/Summer 2017 collection, “Daydream” at the Affinia Hotel Manhattan’s Fitzgerald Ballroom, drawing a crowd nearly three times larger than expected. The room was filled with fashion enthusiasts, celebrity stylists, and celebrities, including: D. Smith and Mimi Faust – cast of Love and Hip-hop, Darnell Thibodeaux and Ashley Roberts, of WAGs Miami, Natalie Eva Marie, WWA Wrestler, Bianca Espada, of E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and Marissa Jade, of Mob Wives.

Yabin and Nazario’s collection focused on the “Modern Woman, staying true to the essential feminine touch, which is the cornerstone of Binzario couture designs.

Of note were the extraordinary detail and beauty of each of the 20 pieces, which included light pastels, luscious embroidery and a mix of delicate and structured dressing. The wispy transparent fabrics, layered with a sea of pearls and stones were stunning. The brand introduced a number of rompers, jumpsuits and transparent dusters – all made with a high level of couture details.


Official partner of the Miami Open for the past two seasons, and outfitter to the tournament staff, Lacoste presented a collection during NYFW that embraces comfort, elegance and sensuality. Designer Felipe Oliveira was inspired by a dream of a chic tennis match on a rooftop in Capri; showcasing a wide range of hooded or shawl-collared bathrobes, along with terrycloth bustier dresses that are belted high on the waist highlighting the effortless silhouette. A faux-denim jacket, as well as reversible terry Bermuda shorts, platform sneakers, sporty track suits, and long tank dresses were just a few of the looks. Lacoste’s animal mascot appeared on a new generation of tropical prints, giving the athleisure line a sophisticated feel. Lacoste ’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection “lays the foundations of a new state of mind, one that centers on the notion of natural seduction.”

The Social Scene

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Tao Group co-owner Noah Tepperberg and actress Katie Holmes attend the Avra Madison grand opening party on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Avra Madison)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Tao Group co-owner Noah Tepperberg and actress Katie Holmes attend the Avra Madison grand opening party on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Avra Madison)

Avra Madison

The Tao Group’s latest restaurant outpost, Avra Madison, (14 East 60th Street), opened with the fanfare and celebrity presence we’ve come to expect from the “kings of restaurants/nightlife,” Tao partners, Noah Tepperberg, Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, and Jason Strauss. Actresses Katie Holmes, Elena Kampouris; TV personality/fashion designer Jill Martin; Tiffany Trump, TV personalities Richie and Kathy Wakile and Jonathan Cheban; TONY Award nominee Constantine Maroulis; Olympic track and field athlete, Tori Bowie, and Celebrity chefs: Eric Ripert, Todd English and Josh Capon gathered to celebrate the debut of the upscale Greek eatery. Guests enjoyed copious amounts of lobster, oysters, shrimp and all sorts of Greek specialties and delicacies, along with free flowing top-shelf cocktails, Champagne and wines. The party went on until late in the evening, with music by DJ Cassidy, who kept the dance floor packed. The bi-level 207-seat restaurant, which once housed the storied Copacabana and appeared in such films such as Tootsie, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way is yet another jewel in the crown of the Tao Group, serving traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and outstanding service.


A fashionable crowd gathered downtown at the trendy Café Henrie to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Tome, hosted by comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Guests indulged in an evening of flamboyant fashion and lavish amounts of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

CFDA Fashion Fund winners Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo welcomed friends and fashionables to dance the night away to beats by Kitty Cash and special guest DJ Lady Miss Kier (Dee-Lite). Additional notables in attendance included: Marisa Tomei, Lauren Hutton, Jessica Lowndes, and TK & Cipriana Quann (Urban Bush Babes). Moët & Chandon also debuted the newly-redesigned Moët Minis, which have quickly become one of the season’s chicest accessories. Guests enjoyed their Moët bubbly from golden flute-toppers.

NYC Bites

13173683_1066479153425791_407499421675687541_nBill’s Townhouse

Bill’s Townhouse, once known as the Bill’s Gay 90s, has reopened its doors with a speakeasy feel. The neighborhood gem is housed inside a 19th century landmark that has been around since the prohibition era; the townhouse evokes a “lived-in” feel complete with vintage art-lined walls and a piano bar. The restaurant offers an old-world elegance without felling stuffy and boasts one of the most eclectic menus we’ve tried. The extensive menu truly has something for everyone: from the classic New York strip steak to a variety of Bill’s house made buttered noodles (we recommend the lobster or the beef) to the most flavorful gazpacho with crab meat. Along with the extensive bar menu and private dining room, Bill’s Townhouse is the go-to venue for business lunches, romantic dinners, a wild happy hour and family gatherings. For more information, visit:

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Alain Ducasse’s upscale Midtown French Bistro is a true delight. Just down the street from Fifth Avenue, modeled after the French original, Benoit channels the classic feel of a Parisian parlor right in Midtown New York. With exquisite French fare, diners can expect excellent service with flair. To start, the fabulous hors d’oeuvres are served in choices of three or five per plate, to get the party started. We enjoyed the roasted and smoked eggplant, sea bass, and the Chicken Ballotine. For our second course our server recommended the classic French onion soup- the ultimate comfort food, as well as the crispy lump crab corn volute. The traditional French onion soup was one of the best, and can serve as a meal on its own. The crispy lump crab corn volute stole the show with the creamiest corn chowder and most delicious corn/crab fritters, beautifully served in a plate decorated with edible flowers. For our entrees we had the mouthwatering 16-ounce sirloin with a béarnaise sauce and seared Maine sea scallops with a cauliflower mash. Needless to say, not a morsel was spared. The pièce de résistance was dessert: profiteroles with a chocolate ganache- to die for! In all, the reimagined Benoit is an exemplary French restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Another success story for Alain Ducasse. For more information, visit:

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2016

NYFW-1Fashion lovers braved the frozen tundra that was New York City for a week of sensational shows and events from February 11-18. Despite temperatures in the negative numbers, the fashion forward jetted from show to show, scattered throughout the city. Inside Moynihan Station, Clarkson Square, Milk studios and a few choice locations such as the Highline Hotel, Chelsea Piers and designer showrooms, the crowds kept warm thanks to the hot looks on the runways. For the first time this season, various designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff and Proenza Schouler chose to show in-season, meaning that models wore styles suitable for spring, which is just around the corner, and perfect for Miami year-round. These styles are available for immediate purchase, a departure from typical Autumn/Winter Fashion Weeks wherein the clothing is unavailable for months. Presenting sponsor Lexus indulged VIPs and editors in two chic lounges, one at Moynihan Station and the other at Milk studios, home to MADE Fashion Week and shuttled them around in style in state-of-the-art luxury Lexus vehicles, ten of which had been custom-wrapped in designer Jeremy Scott’s vibrant, colorful prints. The week brought thrills and chills and lots of exciting fashion. Below are a few of Miami Socialholic’s favorites.


If awards were given for most creative fashion show, Diane von Furstenberg would be this season’s winner. Not only was hers among the most well-attended show, but it was actually a fun and engaging party. “For our Fall 2016 Experience we are bringing everyone into our house, recapturing intimacy. We are also offering, for the first time, a few silhouettes available for immediate purchase, just in time for Oscar parties and glamorous events,’ said the designer. The show and party took place on the first two floors of the DVF boutique. The first floor was set up like an office, complete with cubicles, desks, filing cabinets and models answering phones and engaging in “work-like” poses, which included throwing paper airplanes while “She Works Hard for the Money” played. The clothing consisted of beautiful, printed pieces perfect for the office or day-to-night outings. Upstairs in the showroom, Diane herself danced upon a stage/dancefloor alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Lilly Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, and Irina Shayk who were dressed in stylish jumpsuits and sexy dresses, ready for a night on the town. Diane welcomed guests including Carine Roitfeld to her stage, to sit with her on her red couch in the form of lips. Playing over and over- “We are Family” as the models, sang, danced, did Jello shots, played and partied on the fun-filled stage. The entire evening reflected Diane’s motto:


“Life is her journey, her clothes are her friends, as she becomes the woman she wants to be.” The wardrobe was inspired Diane+Von+Furstenberg+Presentation+Fall+2016+12FKp8vM0Npxby “the movement of dancing,” silk, chiffon, embellished appliques, beads and fringed jackets complimented blouses, bustier tops and leather skirts with insets of soft chiffon and, of course, the wrap dress made appearances in both the first and second floor vignettes. The palate included rubiate, amethyst, grey, gold, black and carnelian and an array of vibrant colors.


Diane was joined by granddaughter Talita von Furstenberg and son, Alexandre von Furstenberg, Princess Olympia, Rachel Zoe, Fran Lebowitz, Anna Wintour, Coco Rocha, Jaime King, Ashley Madewke, Skyler Samuels, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medine, Shea Marie, Cara Santana, Leigh Lezark, Chiara Ferragni, Giovanna Battaglia, Camila Coelho, Adriana Abascal, Margaret Zhang, Jenny Bernheim, Jessica Hart, Martha Graeff, Dani Song, Aimee Song, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Courtney Kerr, Peyton List, Danielle Bernstein, Eleanor Calder, Lily Kwong, Derek Blasberg, Fern Mallis and Chelsea Leyland.



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Mara Hoffman’s elegant presentation at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea showcased gorgeous prints and designs inspired by the 1970s, modeled after a party in someone’s opulent living room. The star of the show was 95 year old artist/model/television personality, Ilona Royce Smithkin, who dazzled guests with her antics on the sofa- leaving no doubt that she is Mara’s latest muse. Smithkin playfully posed with two gorgeous redheaded identical twin girls and joked around with guests, including: Mia Moretti, Hannah Bronfman, Chelsea Leyland, Jennifer Morrison, Danielle Panabaker, ZZ Ward, Cory Kennedy, Langley Fox Hemingway, Kate Greer, Athena Calderone, and Liza Voloshin, to name a few.

With live violin music from gorgeous duo, Chargaux, who played modern music and David Bowie covers, Mara’s message was clear: female beauty, confidence and power transcend age and time. “I wanted to create a presentation that’s experiential, where the pieces are bold in imagination. I wanted to create a moment that speaks to fantasy and inspiration.”

The theme was 1970s-glam with a collection inspired by her favorite icons from the disco era. “It was about bringing all my muses into one place,” said Hoffman, “Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, and Cher.” Hoffman’s sequined zebra prints, lavish jumpsuits, sexy halters and velvet detailing, juxta-positioned with her signature exotic prints dominated the collection.



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Dashing designer, Yigal Azrouël’s eponymous women’s collection was once-again comprised of high-quality fabrics to drape structured, ultra-feminine, modern silhouettes. The designer’s signature aesthetic, expert draping and precise attention to detail prevailed throughout his contrast of light and dark pieces. “I have a dark side in me, but the light is always there no matter what,” said Azrouël, evidenced in his black rose motif, a symbol of “beauty in darkness.” He opened the show with leather bomber jackets, with details of color-blocked mink. Pieces also included feminine dresses, ruffles, bell-sleeves and high-necks and textured pieces with brocades, jacquards, velvet and embroidery. Celebrity models Coco Rocha and Alexandra Richards were spotted in the audience.



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Music and fashion celebrities, including Chris Rock, Pete Wentz, Ne-Yo, Jeremy Scott, Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour flocked to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma runway presentation. The award-winning singer-turned-designer modeled her own designs, comprised of sportswear which parallels Rhianna’s street style. Models, including supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, sported hair coated in thick white paint and wore llace-up bodysuits, chokers, modern sneakers and boxing boots to accentuate the “hoodie-dresses.” Classic bomber jackets and other outerwear were key pieces in collection. “If the Addams Family went to the gym, this is what they would wear,” mused Rihanna. “I’m inspired by attitude more than anything, literally from my album to my collection, everything has been stemming from what makes me feel something, what moves me.”


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As electrifyingly vibrant as any Desigual store, the runway show set against pitch darkness was a colorful feast for the eyes. Set to blaring music, models worked the cutting edge looks, from dresses, to jackets to coats, all designed with Desigual’s signature patterns in bold colors. The Barcelona-based decorated the runway with playful brocade floral prints, bright colors, and striking accessories- obliterating any chance of the winter blues.







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Nicole Miller’s fall collection was a combination of colorful beading and embroidery with a youthful vibe. Vibrant sweater prints and furs were incorporated into the designer’s classic collection. Miller was quoted saying “I was thinking about how to make winter brighter, happier.” As a result, Miller created a whimsical fall collection displayed throughout the fog-filled runway in Clarkson Square. The entire space was set up with bench-like seating arranged in single and double rows, so every guests got a perfect view of her beautiful pieces. Her name was etched in an enormous block of ice, which served as the backdrop for the models who paraded around the expansive showroom. Spotted at Miller’s show and after-show dinner at Acme: Carol Alt, Necar Zadegan, and Roshumba Williams.





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It was a family affair at the Rachel Zoe Presentation. The designer well known for her chic and elegant bohemian styles was joined by her lovely family on Valentine’s Day. Drawing inspiration from the 1930s, the presentation included tailored silk slip dresses, beaded gowns, and luxurious textiles. After the show, Rachel posed for photos with friend, Brian Atwood, and her husband, Rodger, parents, sister, in-laws and niece and nephew.


Nighttime Pursuits

tumblr_o2e96ojhtC1u26p21o1_500As is often the case, NYFW was as much about the fabulous fetes as about the fashion on the runways. Several noteworthy events kept our social schedules packed and our dance cards full long after the last model had strutted her stuff on the catwalk. On February 11thWatch!, the official magazine of CBS, The Surrey, and the Cornelia partnered once again to sponsor their second “Evenings at the Surrey,” an invitation-only salon series that featured world-renowned violinist and fashion muse Charlie Siem, who is as pleasing to the eye as to the ear.

Siem, a 30-year-old music wunderkind who has earned international fame with his impeccable onstage performance, classic training and easy elegance, has become one of music and fashion’s most sought-after talents, performing around the world in the most revered music halls while appearing in ad campaigns for Dior Homme, Armani, Hugo Boss and Dunhill.

The violinist conducted a private performance for an intimate group of guests before participating in an interview with Derek Blasberg, the newly announced “Man on the Street” for Vanity Fair magazine, where Siem discussed his career in music and his role as a fashion muse. Guests also eagerly participated in an interactive Q&A session, asking Siem about his practice habits and if he ever tires of playing the violin.


Both Rhianna and Kanye West held their Fashion Week after parties at Chelsea hotspot Up & Down on different nights. Rhianna performed at hers while Jeezy was a no-show at his. A$AP Rocky brought down the house and we spotted Scott Disick clad in a head-to-toe mink coat.


Herve Leger threw a fun after party at the 18th Floor at the Standard Meatpacking (AKA the Boom Boom Room). Guests enjoyed sweeping views, free-flowing cocktails and great dance music, including disco.


But the talk of fashion week was the Diesel Madison party at a mansion on East 63 Street on Saturday, February 13. Despite single-digit temperatures, a crowd of a thousand turned out for Diesel’s flagship store opening on Madison Avenue and to the incredible after party in the mansion- the most fun of the week.

The party featured performances by Travi$ Scott and Joe Jonas’ band DNCE, Brian Newman. DJ sets by Virgil Abloh &DIESEL CELEBRATES: MADISON AVE FLAGSHIP AFTER PARTY Heron Preston and The Dolls: Mia Moretti + Margot and appearances by Naomi Campbell, Diesel creative director Nicola Formichetti, Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, Ladyfag, Adrien Brody, Chloe Norgaard, Coco Rocha, Virgil Abloh, Hari Nef and oodles and oodles of models. Diesel emojis playfully displayed throughout the voyeurist-themed party to tie in the campaign message of DECODED and will offer guests photo opportunities. The continuous campaign theme humorously comments on social media behaviors for SS16. With three floors of party experiences including all types of music: from a sexy speak-easy on the ground floor, to a neon-room with dance music on the second floor to an ultra-private upstairs den- this party was one for the books.


Other notable guests included: Carlotta Kohl, Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor, Lara Lieto, Hannah Bronfman, Ophelie Guillermand, Adam Selman, Mariano Di Vaio, Cleo Wade, Chiara Ferrangi, Richie Shazam, Julia Fox, Barbara Palvin, Chiara Ferragni, Masamichi Katayama, Mina Cvetkovic, Boychild, Alicia Rountree, Caroline Vreeland, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Casey Spooner, Gigi Burris, Jefferson Hack, June Ambrose, Sara Cummings, Sita Abellan, Phil Winser, Rianne Ten Haken, Tasya Van Ree, Chloe Norgaard, Calli Beckerman, Sam Beckerman, Amirah Kassem, Shaun Ross, Eniko Mihalik, Brendan Fallis, Jillian Mercado, Fiona Byrne, and Caroline Brasch Nielsen.


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Lexus, the luxury car brand, has taken over as the official automotive sponsor for NYFW. Lexus along with famed fashion designer Jeremy Scott collaborated to create 10 SUVs in the various prints from his space cowgirl/pin-up girl fall collection. Special VIP’s were treated to excellent fleet service to and from shows taking place at three separate venues throughout New York—Milk Studios, Moynihan Station and Clarkson Square.