#Cazal40: Forty Years of @CAZALOfficial

#Cazal40: Forty Years of @CAZALOfficial

To have something that is a true vintage you have to have something that was a true original. – Cari Zalloni, Creator of Cazal Eyewear.

Cazal is one of the world’s true upscale, eyewear collections. Created in 1975 by renowned designer Cari Zalloni, for whom the brand takes it namesake, Cazal frames have always been designed to be unique, unmistakable works of art. Always daring to be different, Cazal’s creativity and uncompromising quality remain at the pinnacle of modern eyewear.

Cazals are not made to be just a “pair of glasses”, but rather they are created for the person who has high fashion standards and a desire for originality. Designed and manufactured in Passau, Germany, each model is a masterpiece of design using exquisite materials and unparalleled precision. The attention to color is obvious through brilliant hand colorations that are exclusive to Cazal. Adornments are done by hand on each frame and include a combination of syringes, airbrushes, stencils, color baths, glitter, stones, acetates, glass, and lacquer inlays. High quality galvanization and lacquer protects from corrosion, scratching, and loss of color.

Cazal first obtained its popularity in the early 1980’s when it was embraced by inner city youths who quickly deemed the bold, gold trimmed, large zyl designs as “status eyewear”. Referred to as “Cazal Fever”, the collection became a sensation throughout the fashion world and was seen on the faces of such iconic legends as Run DMC, Sammie Davis Junior, Stevie Wonder and was mentioned in Michael Jackson’s video for the song “Bad”.

Having been among the most coveted cult accessories for decades now, the worldwide demand for these retro styles has hit a fever pitch reminiscent of “Cazal Fever” in the 80’s. Recently, Cazal Legends styles have been sought out and worn by a whole new generation of celebrities. Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Usher, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Brad Pitt, Will I Am, Fergie, Ne-Yo, James, Harden, Rhianna, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Cee Lo, Nelly, Meek Mill, Wale, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Nas, Spike Lee, and many more have all been photographed wearing these legendary models.

Presently comprising the Cazal Legends Collection are the 163, 607, 607/2, 616, 623, 627, 642, 643, 644, 873, 905, and 958. Each style is identical to the originals and is made from the same tools, hardware, plastic colors, and factory equipment that first constructed the originals over 25 years ago. In addition, new interpretations of the classics include hybrids such as the 656, 659, 670, 672, 680, 6004, 8021, 8022, and 8026.

On May 5th, Cazal will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a 40 Years of Cazal: a history of the iconic frames as well as a debut of their Spring 2016 eye-wear Collection.



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Fashion Vie Runway Show and Auction hosted by Access Hollywood’s Karamo Brown

Fashion Vie Runway Show and Auction hosted by Access Hollywood’s Karamo Brown

TV Correspondent Karamo Brown hosted the 1st Annual Fashion Vie Charity Runway Show and Auction, held at Bleecker Event Hall. The event brought together celebrities, designers, music artists, and influencers to help raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

The event was inspired by the life and vision of designer Chuks Collins, who served as a costume designer for major film-production companies. His fashions have appeared on runways across the globe, including New York Fashion Week. But at the height of his illustrious career, he suffered a kidney failure that occurred after a car crash, sending his soaring fashion career into a two-year tailspin. But Housing Works’ Asylum Project gave Collins the care and support that he needed to heal.

While patrons sipped on Exclusiv Vodka and champagne, music artist Mekia Machine serenaded the crowd with her beautiful voice. After the show, Collins had a silent auction where attendees had a chance to bid on his new collection. Partners and sponsors included: BLOOM, Brotherhood Winery, Cosmo Girls Glam Event, CVS, Eat nYc, The Bronx Food And Wine Festival, Experience Africa, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, High Society Event Management, iCu The Network!, The Kulfi Co., Lady O’s Coquito, Limation, Lulu’s Bakery, New York Model Management, Pende Ahne Beauty, and TABOO Bakery Bar.

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@ArtHeartsFashion Presents The Best of Serbia Fashion Week

@ArtHeartsFashion Presents The Best of Serbia Fashion Week

Serbia Fashion Week is a long-term project that works to create economic development and opportunities for the next generation of Serbian fashion, accessories and textiles designers as Serbia prepares for integration into the European Union. Like the other major fashion weeks in New York City, Paris, London and Milan, the Serbia Fashion Week is organized twice a year with both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter editions and has grown to become the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe.

On Day 2, Art Hearts Fashion welcomed the best of Serbia Fashion Week to New York Fashion Week. Designers Marina Micanovic, Zvonko Markovic Couture, and Bata Spasojevic showcased wonderful collections with European flair. Marina Micanovic opened the day with the collection “Rhythm of Asymmetric”. Recognizable cuts, unusual forms, and an abundance of unique handicraft details are her personal identity in design. The artistic and innovative approach to fashion combines elements of baroque and punk with clean lines.

Designer Zvonko Markovic Couture, a couturier from Belgrade, Serbia presented a stunning collection defined by a true sense of sensuality and a certain femininity. Zvonko recently presented at Paris Couture week and is the only Serbian designer to reach such prestigious accreditation.

Designer Bata Spasojevic closed the show with “HARD ANGEL” a collection for men and women. Inspired by a mix of styles, including punk rock, rock ‘n’ roll and futurism, the form and construction of the clothes showcases asymmetry and sculpted design.

Through their partnership with Serbia Fashion Week, they have connected designers from across the world to showcase as part of the official fashion week calendar in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.


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@PedramKarimi x @rosenthaltee Fall 2016 Runway Show Recap

@PedramKarimi x @rosenthaltee Fall 2016 Runway Show Recap

On February 14th, iFashion Network and CAAFD, are proud to present the next collective from a long line of promising emerging talents as part of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge; highlighting two emerging designers; Pedram Karimi and Rosenthal Tee for the New York Fashion Week .

The I’mpossible Challenge is all about empowering and bringing focus to young emerging and promising fashion designers who stand above the rest, and the designers in this set, Rosenthal Tee and Pedram Karimi, both have what it takes to be among tomorrow’s top creative moguls. These designers are great examples of what the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge sets out to highlight.

Pedram Karimi is based out of Montreal, and showcases an entirely unique style, creating his own brand of genderless clothing. He is known for focusing on structural forms and progressive silhouettes in luxury fabrications, something most people have never seen before. Gritty, sentimental, physical and sophisticated are words often associated with Pedram and his works. He gained his insight into the fashion world at the London College of Fashion, before moving to Canada and attending the International LaSalle College. His designs can be found on his website.

Rosenthal Tee, based out of the Philippines, takes immense pride in perfectly melding the contours of landscapes, the threads of culture, and the patterns of architecture from vibrant Manila and bustling London, two locations extremely important to her. Rosenthal is known for her luxury ready-to-wear in the Philippines, where it is a bestseller, and also for her works that have adorned countless Filipino celebrities. Her style is a mix of youthful creativity combined with a top of the line fashion education earned in the London campus of Istituto Marangoni, where she earned her Masters Fashion Design Womenswear with distinction. You can find Rosenthal’s designs at her website.

iFashion Network is an online portal for everything new and groundbreaking in fashion. It is a global fashion hub, providing articles on designers, events, menswear, women’s wear, shopping, trends, and all the behind the scenes info you could ever want, delivered by unique personalities who know the fashion world inside and out. iFashion Network also boasts several industry leading original fashion-focused internet television shows. More information can be found at: http://www.ifashionnetwork.com

CAAFD stands for the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers. CAAFD is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of backing designers who aspire to do business in the United States. CAAFD educates, promotes and empowers aspiring designers and fashion professionals in gaining a foothold in the fashion business, giving them every opportunity to become the renowned designer they yearn to be. More information can be found at the CAAFD website.

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Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) F/W 2016 Recap

Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) F/W 2016 Recap

Christian Siriano has quickly built both a luxury brand and a name for himself in the fashion community. Christian attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied fashion in London, where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. In the Fall of 2012 Siriano opened his first 1000-square foot concept store in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood and in June of 2013 was inducted into the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. September of 2015, he will show his 16th ready-to-wear collection. His designs have appeared in some of the most respected fashion magazines around the world. Christian has dressed stars of film, music, television, and fashion including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Allison Williams, Rihanna, Christina Hendricks, Lady Gaga, Shailene Woodley, Kaley Cuoco, Taylor Swift and many more.

Saturday, Feburary 13th, Siriano unveiled his fall/winter 2016 runway collection at Chelsea’s Artbeam Studios for New York Fashion Week. In attendance for the runway event were was Actresses Jaime King & Ashley Madekwe, supermodel Coco Rocha, Ghost World’s Thora Birch, Orange Is The New Black’s Jason Biggs and many more.

“My Fall/Winter 2016 collection was first inspired by artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit,” says Siriano. “After researching her work and the idea of yarn design as a form of art, I became inspired by all the many different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications. We looked at different ways to knit, twist and manipulate fabric into pieces that had structure but were still soft and elegant. To modernize these techniques, we digitally printed knitted fibers onto silk jerseys, cottons and wool in order to capture the idea of a knit – without the process of knitting. Just as Hicks weaves textured narratives with yarn, we tried to create a collection with story progression. This collection uses volume, texture, soft fibers, and masculine undertones in shape and silhouette. Menswear-inspired suits and tailored evening pieces balance it out. It was important to stay true to the inspiration while remaining mindful of our loyal customer and her love of femininity, and we are introducing her to a hint of tailored, Bowie-inspired androgyny.”

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Make-up by: M·A·C Cosmetics & Polly Osmond
Nail art by: Jamberry Nails
Shoes custom designed and sponsored by: Payless ShoeSource


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Arcology recognizes the necessity for radical reorganization of sprawling urban landscape into dense, integrated, three-dimensional cities ion order to support the complex activities that sustain human culture. – Paolo Soleri (1919-2013)

The Nicholas K runway show was simply entitled “Arcosanti”, named after the Cosanti Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization devoted to the support of late founder and visionary architect Soleri’s noted architectural and urban planning research. Today, the primary areas of the Foundation’s work are:

• Educating students, design professionals, urban planners, and the general public about Soleri’s architectural concepts and philosophy.

• Ensuring the continuing construction of Arcosanti, according to the Arcology concept. This has been the main ongoing project of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970.

• Hosting educational and cultural conferences, as well as performing arts events, on a regular basis.

Arcology is a portmanteau of “architecture” and “ecology”, is a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats. The concept has been primarily popularized, and the term itself coined by Soleri, himself.

Nicholas K’s Arcosanti collection consisted of ponchos, knitted dresses kafitans, headwraps and 70s silhouettes of mostly dark and earth palettes of monsoon, nightshade, carbon, and mauve; made in the finest materials of satin, velvet, peached cotton, and Pervian Alpaca.

“Arcosanti’s message is that “Life is in the thick of things,” Cosanti president Jefferey Stein says. “We are not futurists. We are not trying to predict the future with this project; we are trying to design it out of what we klnow about the present. Let me just confide what we do know: The current global tsunami of consumption – of objects, materials, energy and land – is leading to disaster, both economic and ecological. For the whole world’s population – 7 billion people – to live the way 314 million Americans live now, would take 5 Earths to support. This is no joke.”

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For more on the Cosanti Foundation, visit www.arcosanti.org


@EpsonAmerica presents the 2nd Annual Epson Digital Couture Project

@EpsonAmerica presents the 2nd Annual Epson Digital Couture Project

Epson, a global leader in printing imaging technology, announces the return of the Epson Digital Couture presentation Tuesday, Feb. 9th, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. for its new digital textile printing fashion week event. The show will be held in advance of Fashion Week in the heart of the Meatpacking district at Sixty Tenth (between 14th and 15th Street).

The following eleven selected designers from the Americas will showcase their collections created using Epson’s state-of-the-art direct-to-garment and digital dye-sublimation printing. To commemorate the return of this showcase of designers coming together for fashion, this year’s theme for the presentation is “Harmony and Peace Through Fashion.”

Chloe Trujillo from Los Angeles, Calif.

Cristina Ruales from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fabrizzio Berrocal from Costa Rica

GM by Gustavo Moscoso from Ecuador

Kaleidoscopic by María de Lourdes Ramírez and Isabel Navarro Landa from Mexico

LENERD by Felipe Santamaría Luque from Colombia

Matías Hernán from Chile

Ossira by Agostina Orlandi and Ludmila Osikovsky from Argentina

Pionier by Janet Ríos and Carmen Artica from Peru

Santika by Danny Santiago from Miami, Fla.

Tigresse by Fabio Yukio from Brazil

Digital dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment technologies, a relatively new trend in the textile industry, allow designers to alter textile designs, make color selections with the click of a mouse, and hone in on the fine details of their creations. Epson’s SureColor® F-Series printers give fashion and textile designers alike an accessible means to bring their ideas and inspiration to life, with the signature quality that distinguishes the Epson brand. The SureColor F-Series printers are high-speed, low-cost solutions that produce sharp, vivid images and offer an abundance of rich colors, intense blacks, and smooth gradations onto fabric.

This technology gives both young entrepreneurs just starting out in the fashion world, as well as established fashion brands, a way to produce their art in an efficient and affordable manner. It provides a whole new level of creative and functional versatility. These innovations in technology continue to reinvigorate the fashion industry and inspire creativity among new designers.

For the past two years, Epson’s digital dye-sublimation printing and its new direct-to-garment printing technologies have opened doors to endless possibilities, such as printing in real-time on a variety of fabrics, to include cotton and many synthetic fibers. Designers now have tremendous liberty, versatility and total creative design freedom, enabling artistic visions to become a reality. The end product is original fabric prints that are unique to each designer, fabrics that are of the highest quality and are of precision-detailed fabrication. Ultimately, Epson’s groundbreaking technologies are redefining what it means to be creative within the fashion industry.

The Epson Digital Couture event will once again demonstrate this new revolutionary marriage between fashion and technology. Alongside Epson in this event are a select group of designers from around the world who are pioneers in digital sublimation printing.

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Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson‘s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with EpsonAmerica on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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