Mister Triple X At #ArtHeartsFashion | @MisterTripleX @ArtHeartsFashion

Mister Triple X At #ArtHeartsFashion | @MisterTripleX @ArtHeartsFashion

This is the fashion show that I wait for every single season.

Philanthropist, Mister Triple X designer and Art Hearts Fashion founder Erik Rosete dominated the Art Hearts Fashion show and never disappoints with his high-end street wear with an edge for the inner rock-star in all of us. Yes, you too! This season, along with the flash and flair, Rosete brings celebrity Italian models Andrea Denver and Andrea Melchiorre to the runway and for a little more pizzazz, the collection features L.A.M.B. Eyewear by Gwen Stefani.

Launched in 2011, Art Hearts Fashion events are a leading platform for artistically inspired emerging, celebrity and couture designers to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting. AHF events have been held coast to coast as a national showcase for designers to participate in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles Fashion Week. Participating designers can be seen on every major Hollywood celebrity including: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports.

Art Hearts Fashion is leading the way in combining fashion and philanthropy by raising awareness and funds for great causes all while celebrating the art of fashion. The runway shows presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and this seasons shows are dedicated to their #KeepThePromise campaign which highlights AHF’s mission to provide access to treatment to the millions living with HIV.

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Tom Ford To Stream Fall 2016 Collections Tonight | @TOMFORD

Tom Ford To Stream Fall 2016 Collections Tonight | @TOMFORD

Fashion designer Tom Ford decided to present his Fall 2016/2017 Menswear and Womenswear collections today to coincide with the delivery of the clothes in his store, thus closing the gap between runway and retail. The collection will be available to but immediately from the runway, online and in-store, same day as the presentation of the collection. In order to do so, Ford has cancelled all press appointments during NYFW in February.

“In a world that has become increasingly immediate, the current way of showing a collection 4 months before it is available to customers is an adequate idea and one that no longer makes sense,” Ford explains. “We have been living with a fashion calendar and system that is from another era. Out customers today want a collection that is immediately available. Fashion shows and the traditional fashion calendar, as we know them, no longer work in the way they once did. We spend an enormous amount of money and energy to stage and event that creates excitement too far in advance of when the collection is available to the consumer. Showing the collection as it arrives in stores will remedy this, and allow the excitement that is created by a show or event to drive sales and satisfy out customers’ increasing desire to have their clothes as they are ready to wear them.”

Ford has been experimenting with different formats to tradistional fashion shows for the past few seasons. For Fall 2015, he presented his show before the oscars in L.A., and this past season, he presented his Spring 2016 Collection with a virtual fashion show featuring Lady Gaga and directed by Nick Knight. Fall 2016 will mark the first time that Ford will show both collections when they are available in stores.

Tune in to the Tom Ford Runway show streaming LIVE tonight at 9:15 EDT on only on tomford.com


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Boston Caribbean Fashion Takes The Runway! | @BostonCFW

Boston Caribbean Fashion Takes The Runway! | @BostonCFW

This year’s BCFW took place in the middle of August and enjoyed an influx of newcomers. The week-long event showcased an homage to West Indian culture captured through the artistic visual expressions. Audiences treated to visceral fashion shows and eclectic pop-up shops. Opening night featured an exceptional performance by Reggae Artist Alandon under the elegant backdrop of Dorchester’s Caribbean Art Gallery. Additionally, Event Sponsor Oasis Cafe delighted guests with island flavored finger foods and delectable pastries. Most importantly, BCFW founder, Althea Blackford articulated her vision to a crowd of community business owners and members of the press.

The second day kickstarted with a Caribbean Pop-up shop titled All About Style Shopping Night.This event was held at event partner Pink Shoe Lounge Boutique. Attendees had the opportunity to shop at the clothing store. We featured BCFW Creative Director, Designer and Make-up Artist Sparklle Thames. She provided a unique experience where attendees can ask about their make-up questions and she used attendees to demonstrate the make up questions she received.

Day three commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’s Independence with a Cocktail Sip hosted by Dj Larry Jordan and DJ Warlock kept the crowd moving. The Experiential festivity wonderfully dramatized the vibrancy of Barbados culture. The fourth night stimulated minds and sparked creativity during the Live Design and Art Show. Visitors got an opportunity to handcraft their very own DIY handbag. The night featured handbag designer VLure Designs by Stephanie Voltaire. Attendees had the opportunity to see her latest collection’s painter Joseph Chery paint interesting designs on her handbags that were readily for sale. Which brings us to the main event that took place at Simmons College. BCFW Runway Presentation featured designers: Carnival Costume designers Island Oasis and One Love Xperience, Mt. Ida College Alum designers Amira by Fatima Brooks and Cece Marie Designs by Cece Marie,Caribbean Apparel, Tierrah Chere Designs by Tierrah Reynolds. With significant contributions from event partner Final Touch Boutique. With a 40% increase in attendees, the final night of Boston Caribbean Fashion was certainly impactful.

2016 marked a huge success for BCFW thanks to the dedication of VStyle Productions and their partners, sponsors and designers. Althea Blackford made significant strides in her mission to bring awareness to Caribbean designers. As a testament to this year’s success, many in the fashion industry have already started inquiring on their upcoming events.

To learn more about the designers and retail vendors who participated in this year’s BCFW visit www.BostonCFW.com.

Check  out the highlights here.


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@Fab Teams With @lennyletter For An Exclusive Collaboration

@Fab Teams With @lennyletter For An Exclusive Collaboration

Fab, the ecommerce destination for design, is excited to announce a collaboration with Lenny Letter, a lifestyle newsletter by HBO’s Girls star Lena Dunham and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner.

Lenny and Fab have partnered to turn eight of the eye-catching, provocative illustrations from their weekly newsletter into products on Fab. The pieces will be featured exclusively on Fab for one month, launching May 31st. Each art print will be available in multiple sizes (framed and unframed); the illustrations will also appear on products such as totes and mugs.

With this partnership, Fab is placing Lenny’s unapologetically feminist and topical artwork front and center, dismantling the patriarchy one tote bag at a time. Standouts in the exclusive collection include the “Pop Vanity” tote by Kristin Liu, the “Barbie Bouquet” print by Louise Richardson, and the “Selfie Hero” mug by Gel Jamlang. All of the work fits right in to Fab’s colorful, bold collection of products.

Laia Garcia, LENNY’s Deputy Editor said, “We are so stoked to be working with FAB and to finally be able to bring some of our favorite artwork into real life!” Olivia Harris, Fab’s Director of Special Projects & Collaborations added, “Fab is thrilled to partner with the Lenny team to produce merchandise with featured artwork from their newsletters. We’ve been fans of their newsletter since launch and are so excited to bring their stories to life in physical form.”

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#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.

Check out the photos here.

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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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