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In Style With @bowandarrow78

As a versatile garment, it has become a virtual canvas for broad strokes of popular culture expression and high fashion statements alike. And within four short years, Bow & Arrow has managed to perfect the art of intersecting the two – attracting the attention of both national retail chains and celebrities alike. By embellishing soft, quality cotton blend tees with original and imaginative graphics, the brand has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the apparel industry.

Established in 2011 by founder and CEO Peter Lee, Los Angeles-based label’s design sensibility embodies its East meets West ethos. Fusing elements of Western style and Eastern flair, their unique mens and womens designs adeptly illustrate their initiative of integrating a vast array of world cultures. Bow & Arrow’s maiden voyage in apparel commenced with The Bruce Lee Collection. Through an exclusive licensing deal with the Bruce Lee Estate, Bow & Arrow introduced a line of hoodies as well as v-neck and crew neck long sleeve and short sleeve tees featuring the martial arts legend and film icon.

With the objective to usher Bruce Lee into the 21st century in a fresh and dynamic way, Bow & Arrow cultivated a series of designs that frame him in contemporary pop culture settings. But resting on the power of Bruce Lee’s likeness as an easy mechanism to hock apparel. With that in mind, the collection’s flagship design, the Gung Fu Scratch tee, features Bruce Lee sporting designer shades accented with gold overlay and posturing behind a set of turntables. The shirt immediately struck a chord. Celebrities such as Will Smith, Nick Cannon, and Justin Bieber became early supporters of the label, sporting the Gung Fu Scratch tee at various high profile functions in Hollywood and beyond. Within the first year, more celebrities such as UFC president Dana White, Kevin Hart, Nelly, B.O.B, Joe Rogan, Nas, Ne-Yo, Stephan Curry, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rhonda Rousey, DJ Tiesto, Snoop Dogg, and Chad Ochocinco were photographed about town in the label’s various tees.

The company soon introduced their Tree Of Life tee, a resplendent full color all-over print shirt with black sleeves. The label’s impressive women’s line brings a touch of class to flowing cotton blend rounded bottom tanks and scoop neck tees. In addition to the Cream and Creep tanks, Bow & Arrow’s womens collection also features downtown chic graphics.

Bow & Arrow has since expanded The Bruce Lee Collection to include the Interview tee, the Fuel tee, the Hollywood Bruce Lee tee, the Skater tee the No Opponent tee, and the full color DJ Dragon Polaroid tee. On the heels of the increased celebrity endorsement and visibility, Bow & Arrow expanded beyond select boutique shops in Los Angeles to national apparel retail chain Urban Outfitters.

The popularity of the Gung Fu Scratch tee, however, has not subsided. Kevin Hart wore the shirt in an episode of his BET reality show Real Husbands Of Hollywood. The shirt was also prominently worn by Golden Globe winning actor and Bow & Arrow supporter Robert Downey, Jr. in one of 2015’s biggest box office smashes, Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Downey has since repeatedly and generously sung Bow & Arrow’s praises via his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The film star went as far as hosting a giveaway contest for the Gung Fu Scratch tee with his nearly 25 million Facebook followers.

In the wake of the film’s success and Downey’s social media exaltations, Bow & Arrow’s production has increased exponentially as the demand for the tee has spiked. The Gung Fu Scratch shirt has skyrocketed overnight as one of Urban Outfitters’ top selling items.

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Cirque De Elude: The Fashion Circus

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Opening the show up with a Juggling Unicyclist and beautiful models dressed like Circus Barbie dolls, Cirque De Elude decided to do it a little different this year with the theme, Carnival meets The Ringling Bro. With loud gasps filling the atmosphere and a sea of facial expressions, this was something the crowd was not excepting.

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Hosted by fabulous Rae Holiday who was definitely suited up for the theme, engaged with the crowd and kept the room filled with laughter. Patrons sipped on Drinks while watching the talented Models strut the latest fashion down the runway of this year’s Designers which included Contemporary Fashion line Diem, Pure Dope, Haddassar, Kira Nacole, JQ, Shades of Shea, Exotic Swim, Daresque, Riche Threads, Sew Uneek, & Lfant. During intermission the guests enjoyed sounds by DJ Fugi Slim & Olivia Dope. There was also a great performance by an Aerialist, & Contortionist, topping it off with a splash of Carnival with Stilt walkers. This amazing show was brought to you by VM Nation and Showcase ent. 6 years strong Elude and they are here to stay!

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Created in 2010, The ELUDE FASHION SHOW is an Event created to bring an exclusive glimpse onto the sketchpads of today’s local rising designers. Their stellar presentation of expertise, artistic precision and creativity has earned each designer a reputation for being one of the best amongst there urban peers and with “ELUDE.”

See footage of the fashion show here courtesy of WeinthemixTV.

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@enkshows Coterie Brands present Fall Winter 2015

IMG_20150223_105916ENK International, the fashion industry’s trade show powerhouse, hosts the world-renowned Coterie trade show on February 23-25. The three-day event will showcase premiere women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear Fall/Winter 2015 collections all under one roof at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. An exclusive gathering of established designers, retailers, and press, Coterie is the global marketplace for the future of fashion.

IMG_20150223_110636The event will be complete with 3 levels of 1400+ designers that will be visited by thousands of buyers from major retailers and niche boutiques hailing from more than 95 countries. This season’s pavilions will include TMRW, showcasing tomorrow’s premiere brands, French Rebellion, a collection of fresh international talent, Active, the bridge between contemporary sportswear and active wear and Sole Commerce, dedicated to footwear.

IMG_20150223_111827Contemporary brand highlights include Nili Lotan, 3×1, L’Agence, The Kooples, Mother, Rebecca Taylor, Clover Canyon, Frame Denim, Theory, Zadig & Voltaire, Pas de Calais, Elizabeth and James, Alice & Olivia, Calypso St. Barth, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Erin Fetherston, Haute Hippie, J Brand, Jill Stuart, Joie, Mara Hoffman, Rebecca Minkoff, Sachin & Babi and Vince.

Coterie is from February 23 – 25, 2015 at the Javitz Center in New York City.

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Art Hearts Fashion 2015 Recap

Over one thousand fashionistas and celebrities attend closing show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC to support AIDS awareness and artistically inspired designers.
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On Thursday September 11th 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ended on a high note with the Art Hearts Fashion show at Lincoln Center. One of the largest and most popular events of fashion week, this season’s Art Hearts Fashion fell on the 13th anniversary of September 11th. Appropriately enough the opening presentation by Erik Rosete’s Mister Triple X Street-wear line started with the star spangled banner leading into an exciting and edgy show featuring a special tribute to 9/11 with war veteran and model Alex Minsky walking down the runway. Other celebrities walking for Mister Triple X included Dancing with the Stars Anna Demidova and fitness models Travis Tardiff and Brock Yurich. Mister Triple X truly did roll the dice in his appropriately entitled collection “Pair-A-Dice” and his gamble paid off. Bringing the first amputee to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway not only showed his strong spirit and support of the disabled but also a strong support of our troops and war veterans on this special day. 

Photo: Ken Alcazar

Photo: Ken Alcazar

Control Sector followed opening with Albino model Shawn D. Ross and the evening continued in true spirit with lots of heart proving that beauty can take lots of shapes and forms. The crowd enjoyed the evening as could be seen by all the cheers and applause throughout the presentations. Following was a sleek and sophisticated collection by Hallie Sara, and a great mix of ethnic flair from designers Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, and Altaf Maaneshia.

MTCostello proved to be a show-stopper with glitter-monsters and cameos from ANTM Winner Jaslene Gonzales and a cameo by Sha’s of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi. The finale of the night was a fabulous presentation from designer Furne Amato who’s dressed every celebrity including Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, and Nicki Minaj to name a few. 

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This season’s Art Hearts Fashion NYC Edition was a true success and they are very excited for Art Hearts Fashion Los Angeles which will take place as the premier launch event for Fashion Week LA, bringing together an eclectic mix of top designers and artists over the course of 3 days of fashion and fun. October 12th to the 14th will prove to be a true treat for fashion fans on the West Coast, as Art Hearts Fashion has now grown to be the most popular Art Fashion Platform in the country. The beautiful new venue Taglyan Complex Hollywood and W Hotel Hollywood will become the future home of Art Hearts Fashion LA, and are sure to be packed with celebrity and fashion fans alike.

Check out pics from the runway shows of :

Atlaf Maaneshia | Control Sector | Mister Triple X | Furne Amato

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Don’t Forget to TXT “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to support AHF’s work in fighting AIDS in 34 Countries

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Nina Athanasiou Spring 2015 Runway Show

4F9A1740Nina Athanasiou’s Spring/Summer 2015 is draws inspiration from Japanese folklore set in a modern context. As part of the presentation, Nina will debut her much awaited fashion film, AKUMA. Directed by Huba Barat and starring Shaun Ross, AKUMA is the story about a demon (Shaun Ross) which comes to earth to hunt human beings in the streets of Tokio. Keeping true to her directional and avant-garde aesthetic, Nina utilizes contrasting materials to convey looks that are both innocent and robust. Crêpe de chine, latex, chiffon and leather comprise a subdued color palette of grey and brown pastels alternated with rough, distinctive prints. Crisp suits, blouses and shirts illustrate anatomical features while flies and insects adorn dresses and belts in the form of silver, porcelain, and copper. Athanasiou maintains her realpolitik romantic aesthetic opting for rounded collars, simple cuts, and petticoats for a 1950’s effect.

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POLO Spring 2015: Official Full 4D Runway Show

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To launch the Polo for Women Spring 2015 collection, Ralph Lauren created a film celebrating New York City—and projected it onto a 60-foot-tall wall of water in the heart of Central Park. Watch highlights and go behind the scenes of this groundbreaking fusion of fashion and technology, and don’t forget to shop the Polo for Women Fall 2014 collection at http://www.ralphlauren.com.

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Katty Xiomara S/S 2015 Runway Show Recap

PBN_4718On September 8th, Portuguese designer, Katty Xiomara, showed her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Nolcha Fashion Week; the destination for independent fashion during New York Fashion Week.

Xiomara, who is known for her geometric patterns, took the art form of a “chocolatier” as her inspiration this season by melting geometric shapes and creating more organic forms.  With this, the color blocks were exposed of their rigidity, leaving the structure bare and originating a set of intertwined lines and points, outlined by wavy cut-outs.   The result was subtle and lighter, offering her consumer “organic geometry in wire frames.” PBN_4678The collection was a futuristic and retrospective mix, with a very lucid and practical take on the urban woman.  Just like a chocolatier can’t predict the shape of an individual chocolate, the silhouettes bloom uniquely throughout the line.  White color and smooth materials were a constant, with black outlines and striking cut-outs seen consistently in the line.

To close the show, Xiomara unveiled her collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox®, and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones: “The OtterBox® Dress.”

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is overcoming obstacles,” Xiomara said.  “Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done.  Alpha PBN_3616Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”

Celebrity supporters who came out to the show wearing Katty Xiomara included actresses Kat Graham, Sammi Hanretty  and Kristen Ruhlin.

In July 2014, Katty Xiomara was awarded second place prize in the Pret-a-Porter competition for the SKETCHCOLORS project, which recognizes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design on a global level.