Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: THEIA Spring 2014!


Over the past several years, designer Don O’Neill has been conquering the evening wear market with his sophisticated, elegant and sexy designs for THEIA.


You’ve seen Don O'Neill's designs for THEIA on the red carpet and most likely at events you have attended yourself and they are always stunning!


With every new season, Don O’Neill keeps THEIA fresh and exciting, offering gorgeous must have gowns and cocktail dresses.  


For Spring 2014, the THEIA Collection was presented at the Palace Hotel in New York.  Celebrities, socialites and industry insiders gathered to once again be awed by Don O’Neill’s spectacular designs in a memorable new THEIA collection.


Video Photography by Cassandra Past


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Bonnie Young Spring 2014!


Bonnie Young, Donna Karan’s long time creative director, traveled the globe for inspiration for each seasons collections.


Since leaving Donna Karan, Bonnie Young has channeled all of that creativity into her own lines, including a children's collection.  But this isn’t your everyday children’s line.  Bonnie Young creates clothing that is truly couture for kids.


Interesting fabrics, creative drapes and couture details truly set this line apart.  And for Spring 2014, Bonnie Young has created another collection that will mesmerize fashionista kids and parents alike!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: The Art Institutes Show 2014!


While it may still be cold outside, Spring is officially here.  And with Spring comes the final semester of the school year and commencement.


The Art Institutes, an art and design college with campuses all over the United States, presents its top fashion design graduates at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.



Pulling the best of the designers from their campuses around the nation, The Art Institutes puts on an impressive show that gives us a glimpse into what young, up and coming designers are inspired by and where the future of fashion is going.



A round of applause is definitely in order for this group of very different and very talented designers from The Art Institutes!



Video Photography by Cassandra Past & Josh Bell


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Zang Toi Spring 2014!


For Spring 2014, designer Zang Toi took his inspiration from the ballet, opening his show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with a performance by Cory Stearns, principal dancer with American Ballet Theater.


True to form, Zang Toi’s Spring 2014 collection displays his skills as a master couturier.  From impeccably tailored suits and day wear dresses to stunning evening gowns that take your breath away, Zang Toi’s collection is a testament to the love for his craft.

Designers often take their inspirations too literally and create collections that read more as costumes.  But, Zang Toi didn’t fall into that trap.  Instead he uses the ballet inspiration to subtly infuse his collection with an elegance, gracefulness and strength that are the signature of the real life ballerinas he takes as his muse.


The color palette is primarily black and navy, but a beautiful pastel blue and a soft ballet pink round out the collection to create a Spring 2014 collection that is a fine balance of sophistication and femininity.  The collection also exudes a drama and beauty that makes it unmistakably Zang Toi!


Video Photography by Cassandra Past


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Vivienne Tam Spring 2014!


Vivienne Tam is a master of merging East with West and for Spring 2014, she does it to perfection.  But she not only merges East and West, Vivienne Tam also merges past and present. Taking her inspiration from the iconic 1930’s Shanghai Calendar Girls and the vibrant modern day city of Shanghai she creates a collection that subtly references the past while being completely contemporary.


Vivienne Tam doesn’t translate her inspiration literally, instead using it to portray the pulsing Shanghai with architectural cuts and updated graphic prints that have classic Chinese themes, like her use of a lotus blossom print.

Also referencing traditional Shanghai paper cutting techniques, Vivienne Tam utilizes a lot of prints that have a graphic and paper cut feel to them.

Vivienne Tam calls her woman “the new Shanghai girl - a woman who travels a lot, is comfortable and free, and can go day to evening.”

And as Vivienne Tam described her new Shanghai Girl, the Spring 2014 collection also moves seamlessly from day to evening supplying chic options for today’s modern woman from Shanghai to New York and everywhere in between!


Video Photography by Cassandra Past


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Eureka by Christos Garkinos on HSN!


Christos Garkinos is not only the owner of the famous Decades boutique in Los Angeles, but he is also a celebrity stylist and designer!

And now, Christos Garkinos is collaborating with HSN to bring his chic style to you!  We met up with Christos in New York to find out more about his Eureka by Christos Garkinos collection for HSN.


Having spent his career dressing some of the most known women in the world who are usually size 0-8, Christos wanted to created a line that would offer clothes to “real” women.  The 14 piece Eureka by Christos Garkinos collection aims to offer fashionable choices to women of all sizes with an impressive size range from 2-24.


The collection is already available on the HSN website and Christos Garkinos will present the collection live on HSN on March 20, 9pm-11pm EDT and on March 21, 5pm-6pm EDT.

Offering silhouettes from slip dresses and a sexy peasant blouse to a versatile trimmed knit jacket and fisherman sweater, Eureka by Christos Garkinos has all of the pieces necessary to create a classic fashionable wardrobe.  The color palette is inspired by Christos’ Greek heritage with colors drawn from the Mediterranean.


The collection is also amazingly affordable with pieces ranging from a low of $24.99 to a high of $99.90.  Offering incredible prices and brilliant style Eureka by Christos Garkinos  at HSN is a line that you won’t want to miss!  So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!


Video Photography by Mariana Leung


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Byron Lars Beauty Mark Spring 2014!


It’s no secret that I am a major fan of Byron Lars and have followed his career since he first burst on the scene.


And through the years and seasons, he has consistently stayed true to his style of body conscious, sexy and above all fun collections.


We met up with Byron Lars in New York at the Lookbook photoshoot for his Byron Lars Beauty Mark Spring 2014 collection, where we got a front row seat to see what is going to be hot for this coming season.


The Spring 2014 Collection has all of the signature trademarks of Byron Lars: interesting fabrics, intriguing prints, amazing color and above all a fit that is flattering on a woman’s body, whether she is model thin or curvaceously sexy.


With Spring 2014 just around the corner, it is time to get excited about a Byron Lars Beauty Mark Collection that will brighten up your Spring and make your Summer sizzle!


Video Photography by Mariana Leung