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The runaway was painted red last night at the Red Dress Collection 2014 at Lincoln Center. This marks The Heart Truth’s first runway show held there.

The Red Dress Collection was formed by The Heart Truth and The American Heart Association to spread awareness of heart disease, which happens to be the #1 health threat in the US among women. These two organizations joined forces to create a great impact and help save the lives of women in America and around the world.

This year’s runway show was invaded by some of Hollywood’s best such as Taryn Manning, The Carrie Diaries’ AnnaSophia Robb, Kat Graham, Suits’ Gina Torres, Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and rock legend Joan Jett, all who wore red from some of the top designers in the world. 

With the help of the people of Macy’s, they have contributed over $46 million dollars to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement since 2004 and hope to end the fight against this silent killer. 

That’s giving from the heart.

To get involved, please visit and 

For more images of the Red Dress Collection, check out the Memoirs FB page!

sunny1An electrifying fusion of original style and diverse personalities, it is the natural chemistry of Sunny Daze that defines its very essence. The octet, which has been captivating fans for nearly a decade, blends the spirituality of John Coltrane, the rhythmic energy of Parliament, the exploratory element of Miles Davis’ electric period and the soul of James Brown. Founded by guitarist Jesse Urmey, its members delight the listeners’ auditory psyche with pieces that are sometimes explosive, sometimes understated, and always soulful. Expressive, jazzy tunes evoke memories of such enduring legends as Stevie Wonder and Sly and the Family Stone. With raw, edgy cuts creating an intriguing palette of jazz, Latin, and groove-intensive beats, Sunny Daze provides soulful garnish to satisfy a funk-happy meal.

Was hip hop always your thing?

No, music was always our thing, and hip hop is another great genre of music. Our Turntablist, Chris Lawand aka DJ C Reality, has been a hip hop DJ since the beginning of the hip hop movement. He is ‘official’ in regards to Hip Hop and it has always been his thing. It was his idea to do the Hip Hop remakes using the original MC’s. We all like hip hop and were open to the idea, but it was Kenny Summit, Owner of Good For You Records (our label), who had the idea to do a remake of a classic by each artist and then have the MC’s write lyrics to one of our songs. Chris contacted most of the MC’s and GFY records financed it and is releasing them as limited edition 7″ custom vinyl records. I think we were all hoping to do this type of collaboration at some point in our sunny2career. The time was right for us to try something different and GFY signed us and made it happen. All the members of Sunny Daze are very open minded about music. We are all influenced by multiple genres and artists. I think hip hop was very influential to us because most of us listened to a lot of hip hop during our “formative listening years” in high school. We were lucky enough to be listening to hip hop in the late 80′s into the early 90′s when hip hop was in it’s golden age. I feel like this is when the art form was in it’s true form and when artists still had lots of control of their product. Plus artists had a definite message pertinent to social change. You know, before corporate greed took over and the suits understood how to replicate and package it for world wide distribution. It was a great time in music all together and we were all soaking it in. I grew up listening to so much great music, hip hop as well as alternative and classic rock, metal, punk, & jazz. That is what I really admire about Chris Lawand/ Dj C Reality. Even though he is a hardcore scratch DJ, he is a resident bad ass when it comes to knowledge of music. He knows all the samples, all the records, and he is a virtual musicologist.

What does it mean to you?

Hip hop is yet another invention of African American music, in the great tradition of jazz and blues. It is inclusive of all pertinent elements of music from jazz and blues, such as ‘call and response’ and ‘improvisation’. In Sunny Daze we are all Jazz musicians and we see hip hop as an extension of the jazz tradition. The early hip hop producers listened to all sorts of music but sampled lots of jazz and funk from the greats, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and of course the most sampled artist James Brown, just to name a few. It just makes sense to have an open mind about music, and Jazz and Hip Hop seem to belong together just like PB&J.

sunny3How did you start collaborating with such great MCs? (Grand Puba, Artifacts, etc.)

DJ C Reality knows a lot of these guys from former groups and from his work on WBAI as a DJ on the longest running Hip Hop show “The Underground Railroad”. Some of these MC’s we meet through friend of a friend but all of them seem to be interested in an 8 piece band backing them up. In an age of mp3 DJ’s, I think we bring a lot to the table in comparison to playback. We are a tight 8 piece original groove band with our own original sound, and that is an attractive flavor for most MC’s. Most producers that MC’s work with are one man shows making beats on their computers using pre made loops. We bring more musical interaction, an original sound, and the power of an 8 piece band.

Tell me more about the upcoming album and what your fans should expect.

Our new album is an all instrumental album, consisting of 14 original songs written by all the members of our group. The main tracks were recorded back in February in two days playing time. We recorded this one with Steve Jankowski at his studio, Jankland, mostly because he had the sunny3right number of isolation booths to accommodate our large ensemble. We have finished the overdubs and we are going into mixing stages now. We hope to have it out on digital sources by April or May. Maybe sooner if we are lucky. These tunes are all original and each one offers a unique sound from our band. Even though the tracks sunny4were mostly electric, the album has quite an acoustic and organic sound to it. In the meantime we are also working on some new music with Masta Ace, possibly Buckshot and Cee knowledge, and a couple other MC’s. We hope to do more live stuff with these artists too. Our releases featuring the Artifacts are supposed to come out in February of 2014. These releases are my favorite of the Hip Hop collaborations so far. We remade “Wrong side” and they wrote lyrics to one of our favorite instrumentals. I remember that as soon as El started to rap on that track it sounded like an instant classic. That is always a good sign when you feel that way as you are recording. That song is called “The Game” and definitely is one of my favorites. Keep up with new info at our website and like us on Facebook to keep up with what we are doing.

Remember the 90s when artists came out with those cunty bitch tracks like “I Got My Education”,  “Illusions of  Taboo” or any Sweet Pussy Pauline track and them voguer kids just come out and work the runway like nobody’s business? DJ Vito Fun brings the days back with the help of celebrity make-up artist Asif Zaidi and DJ Roxy Cottontail with a fierce track called “Bitch, That’s NOT A Birkin”, a funny read that is just in time for the posers of New York Fashion Week!
Good Job, guys!

Out now on iTunes & SoundCloud

Marc Cain Arrivals - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014/15Under the motto “Stars, Dots & Hearts” the new looks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2014 collections by Marc Cain were presented Thursday at an exclusive fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.

Once again the front row was studded with illustrious guests: Elizabeth Hurley, Barbara Schöneberger, Minu Barati-Fischer, Frauke Ludowig, Natalia Wörner, Mareile Höppner and Natalia Avelon were all impressed by the looks of the upcoming season.

Nineties-style grunge combined with punk and biker details is the emphasis of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, enhanced with modern, feminine and luxurious elements.

“Fabulous! I really love the new collection!” said Elizabeth Hurley, who was fascinated by the modern style mix, expressing her enthusiasm to Karin Veit, Creative Director of Marc Cain, with plentiful praise. “All is wearable, elegant, smart and perfect for every occasion. My favorite look is the long evening dress with backless cuttout and the The End embroidery”

“The show has surpassed all expectations and with our performance we have sent out a clear signal of where the journey is headed: constantly and continuously onwards and upwards,” said Helmut Schlotterer, Chairman of the Management Board and the founder and owner of Marc Cain. “Both our customers and the press have expressed major enthusiasm and we are confidently looking towards a successful Autumn/Winter 2014 season – which we have already got off to a very successful start!” 

For more of the Marc Cain Show check out the Memoirs Facebook page.

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FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014On Tuesday night the high-end fashion label KAVIAR GAUCHE showed its latest collection “Celebrate Love” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. 200 invited guests enjoyed the runway presentation for the autumn/winter 2014/15 collection in the Former Metropol.

The designer duo Alexandra Fischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl are looking back on a successful ten-year career and so they invited their guests to an exclusive evening to celebrate their tenth anniversary together. The collection has love as its central theme. Personalities from the German film and art scene were gathered, amongst them Oskar Röhler, Heike Makatsch, Pheline Roggan, Lavinia Wilson, Bettina Zimmermann and model Eva Padberg . As well as the chief-editor of Harper´s Baaar, the biggest names in fashion journalism were also present.

Syoss is the official beauty sponsor and together with the designers they came up with the hair and make-up look for the A/W 14/15 season. The shoes for the show were designed in cooperation with Selve. The hats are from Kiss by Fiona Bennett.

There is also an eyewear collaboration with Eschenbach Optik – however the glasses are not being presented as part of the show.

The show was musically accompanied by the band “All the Ghosts” with lead singer and model Janine Henkels who sang on the bed of flowers.

It is meanwhile exactly a decade ago that Johanna and Alexandra founded the fashion label Kaviar Gauche, pulling off their first
coup in front of the entrance of the French department store “Colette”, with their guerilla fashion show.

FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014For their ten-year-anniversary the designers have chosen to celebrate with their new autumn/winter collection, aptly named “Celebrate Love”. It is an expression of fashionable contrasts in which the complimentary poles of feminine and masculine elements, black and white, opulent and restrained, build on previous collections and culminate in a heightened form.

“Celebrate Love” is the result of clearly structured forms and avant-garde feminine fashion that condense the essence of the highpoints of an entire decade.

Light materials, like high quality silk chiffon meet leather accents, whilst heavy wool crêpe meets delicate georgette. Fine and floral macramé lace in its lightness sums up the essence of conventional femininity and reprises details from the Bridal Couture collection. Perfectly consummated with the exciting use of shiny silk.

The choice of colors also reflects the interplay of yin and yang, with black and white dominating, as the main emphasis of the collection. Whilst a striking flame red innovatively expands the color palette of Kaviar Gauche, this romantic accent also serves as an allegory for the entire collection as well as mirroring once more the motif of love.

The highlights of the collection, in addition to the glamorous evening dresses, are dinner jackets and dinner capes that perfectly FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014highlight the striking interaction of femininity and masculinity. Feather details, again, reprising the past Bridal Couture collection, are also shown.

Condensed around the core theme of love, signature pieces are tailored to express that. In addition to heart-shaped bag designs, clutches with playful bow details round off the accessory range, in the collection palette of black, white and flame red. The aforementioned bow details are also present in the shoe designs, which again play with feminine/masculine extremes with classic high heels and an equally classic men’s shoe in dandy look. To top it all off, the designer duo go to town with opulent bridal hats in Bardolini style, echoing the 70s and referencing style icon Bianca Jagger’s wedding.

“Celebrate Love” is brought full circle in the true sense of the word with an engagement ring for the collection. The golden accessory picks up on the heart element in its filigree design and symbolically brings the collection of love to its conclusion.


For more of the Kaviar Gauche Collection, check out the Memoirs Facebook page.

Donna, Timo, Alan

Now in its 13th season, the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in support of emerging designers, and helped to launch the careers of many of today’s best and brightest fashion stars, including Zac Posen, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung.

Embodying the idea that good taste is always in style, Ecco Domani wines are crafted to add a special touch to the everyday. With bright fruit flavors and fresh, approachable wines, Ecco Domani is an effortless complement to any occasion. To celebrate this fusion of good taste in wine and style, Ecco Domani created the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. The Foundation celebrates this notion of style where little things—just as much as grand gestures—make all the difference. This year’s winners each reflect that unique attention to detail from hand-knitwear to hidden seams and re-interpreted vintage prints.

“Through the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation, we are able to support talented fashion designers who are committed to celebrating style every day,” said Courtney O’Brien, Director of Marketing for Ecco Domani Wines of Italy. “Today, we are proud to raise a glass to this year’s award recipients and welcome them into the exclusive group of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.”

“The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is one of the first and one of the most coveted emerging designer awards programs in the fashion industry,” said Marylou Luther, Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate and a judge for the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. “This year’s winners represent an exciting blend of backgrounds, influences and approaches that highlight the promise of today’s young designers and complement an already impressive list of winners. The words Ecco Domani are the perfect metaphor for what these awards represent to the American fashion industry literally and figuratively—here’s tomorrow!”


 DEGEN – Women’s Design

Designer Lindsay Degen began creating her quirky knits at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch. In pursuit of mastering her skill set, Lindsay attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. After graduating Degen moved to New York City to create her crafty, concept-based collections under the namesake DEGEN.

In February 2012, Lindsay launched her first full Ready-to-Wear collection that included sweaters, dresses, leggings, and even shoes. The collection, titled ASK TELL, garnered rave reviews and solidified DEGEN as an up-and-coming designer in the New York scene.

For her Spring 2013 collection, DEGEN was tapped by iconic American sneaker brand Converse to create custom platform shoes inspired by children’s roller-skates. The collaboration received critical acclaim and marked the beginning of a series of successful collaborations for the brand including partnerships with VPL, Suzanne Rae, Todd Selby, GERLAN and Victoria’s Secret.

After establishing herself as a top designer in the contemporary knitwear scene DEGEN set out to conquer another key market – baby apparel. In the summer of 2013 babyDEGEN made its debut and was both a critical and commercial success. The line features separates, onesies and accessories made from the softest and most durable fabrics incorporating the same cheeky aesthetic the designer has become known for.

DEGEN’s innovative and crafty approach to design has marked her as a designer to watch – one who is constantly cultivating excitement through her quirky and unique creations. DEGEN currently resides in Brooklyn where all of her pieces are conceptualized and brought to life.

NOVIS – Women’s Design

Jordana Warmflash is an old soul who embraced fashion at a young age – her unique blend of uptown and downtown sensibilities reflects her upbringing amidst the cultural vibrancy of New York City.

When Jordana was 14, her mother sparked her love of craftsmanship by teaching her to sew on her family’s old sewing machine. Jordana’s passion for the design and architecture of clothing matured during her time at Washington University in St. Louis, and her early career at Zac Posen, Peter Som, and Alice + Olivia.

In 2012, Jordana launched NOVIS, which celebrates her whimsical and irreverent approach to elegance. The name NOVIS is an homage to Jordana’s grandmother, Gwen Novis Warmflash. Jordana is inspired by a refined and courageous woman who, like her grandmother, is confident in her own eccentricities.

Jordana has long been devoted to constructing the perfect dress. Her garments are timeless, impeccably detailed and untouched by trend. NOVIS is defined by precisely tailored silhouettes and luxurious textures that call out to be touched, and worn with a wink.

Timo Weiland – Men’s Design

Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo Weiland expressed an early interest in fashion from his upbringing in urban and pastoral environments. Training from his mother at an early age in sewing coupled with an understanding of fabric, led to his eventual design pursuits.

Alan Eckstein was born and raised in Great Neck, New York, where he was immersed in music and art and supported by a close relationship with his grandmother who is a successful interior designer in Manhattan.

Donna Kang was born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada. She was a mover-and-shaker in the nightlife, music, and fashion scene in central Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and then worked in corporate investment banking for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. in New York. Alan attended Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and interned for ADAM by Adam Lippes for two years where he met Donna. After internships and freelance positions in the fashion industry, Alan and Timo met and quickly developed a compelling dialogue, which ultimately led to a design partnership. Donna worked at Carolina Herrera for two years before joining the team full-time.

Timo and Alan’s mutual interest in European history, travel, and underground music as well as a shared flair for dapper dressing promoted an engaging creative exchange. Debuting their first men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2010, the collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Based in and inspired by New York City, the Timo Weiland collection reflects Timo, Alan, and Donna’s personal aesthetic sensibilities and a broader desire to spur a return to the art of dressing.

Visit for more information and to see a complete list of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.



You may know her as a recording artist, singer, or the wife of Grammy Award winning DJ/Producer Louie Vega, or maybe you heard her at Funkbox, Ibiza, WMC, or even Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s tribute in Washington, D.C. Now you will hear her DJ like never before at the NYC Deep Underground Loft Party. And with an opening set by RUBI (R-TRES), and residents DJ Justice & DJ Bruno.. the dance floor vibe is sure to please your mind, body, and soul.. all night long..please arrive early.

ANANE VEGA (Nulu Music)
DJ BRUNO (Utopia/HOME Boston)
opening set by RUBI (R-Tres)

> Pumpin, clean, pure JBL Sound System
> Plush hardwood floors for dancing
> Big outdoor smoking area
> Intelligent Lighting > Visual > Effects
> * New Bartender *

Come as you are, dance like no one’s watching

Priority Admission given to TICKET HOLDERS. Limited super early bird tickets below
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