The recent fashion show by Peruvian designer Harumi Momota at Couture Fashion Week in New York City included this stunning evening gown featuring a brightly patterned bustier top and full layered fire engine red ball gown skirt. Click for more photos from the show.
Award-winning Middle Eastern fashion designer Amal Sarieddine will return to Couture Fashion Week in New York City with a much-anticipated fashion show to be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2010 in the legendary Grand Ballroom at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
Amal Sarieddine is a young Lebanese fashion designer who is following in the footsteps of her mother, acclaimed designer Nawal Sarieddine, who established her own prominent design house some forty years ago. After earning her degree in fashion and interior design from the Lebanese American University, Amal launched her own collection in Beirut in 2004, a city synonymous with luxury couture style and home to such fashion icons as Elie Saab, Georges Chakra and Georges Hobeika. Amal’s designs were immediately applauded and sought out by the cream of Middle Eastern society including many celebrities and the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Her clientele also includes prominent socialites and celebrities from Europe and the United States.
A gifted designer known for her lavish and opulent evening and bridal gowns, Amal Sarieddine has presented her collections in the Middle East, Paris and Hollywood. Her debut at Couture Fashion Week New York in 2009 with a stunning collection entitled “Eve”, was warmly received. Her designs have been featured in such prominent fashion publications as Collezioni Haute Couture, ModaStyle International and Book Moda.
“We are really looking forward to presenting Amal’s latest collection,” says event producer Andres Aquino. “Her last show at Couture Fashion Week was quite impressive and demonstrated her talent and creativity in the tradition of the top couture echelon of the field today.”
New York-based fashion show producer and designer Andres Aquino continues to build his international brand worldwide. His recent fashion show at Dubai Fashion Week was a well-received dramatic experience for a market is that heavily inclined to more conservative and traditional fashion collections and presentation styles.
Held on April 3, 2010 in the Godolphin Ballroom of the luxurious Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Mr. Aquino’s fashion show at Dubai Fashion Week featured his trademark theatrical elements enhancing the stunning ensembles shown on the runway. The show opened with a performance by Italian singer/dancer Cecilia Herrera Frioni wearing a tropical dress by Andres Aquino, and continued with vignettes and tableaux of models showcasing a range of gowns in different colors and styles. Artistic hair styles were beautifully executed by the Juice team and the creative makeup was done by the L’Oreal team. The overall style of the fashion designs was sophisticated, elegant and bright. Many gowns were enhanced by custom made oversized necklaces by Toronto-based jewelry designer Lek Nasuwan of Siam Gallery.
“My theater background played a lot into my designs”, notes Mr. Aquino. “I think women are dramatic in the way they walk, speak, and express themselves. I create clothes for many different types of women because every woman is different. No two women are the same, so the clothing should reflect their personality, like a character on stage.”
Andres Aquino’s worldwide fashion journey has seen him showing his collections in New York, Palm Beach, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Mexico, India, Dubai and soon in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. In each destination he leaves an impression of fashion as fun and entertaining by incorporating theatrical elements, dance, songs and drama into his runway shows. “I am flattered to see that other designers are starting to copy some of my stage presentation formula,” says Mr. Aquino. “It certainly makes fashion shows more exciting.” Andres Aquino is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.
“Aquino did his bit to inject a bit of drama and theatrics onto the catwalk. Kicking off with a live rendition of a love song, the models strutted down in a string of vintage gowns made in satin and lace and pleated dresses…Models who doubled up as celebrities trying to ward off paparazzi and women who shrugged off their suitors added much-needed drama… The accessories — the chunky pearls and metallic chokers (by Lek Nasuwan) — added a zany touch.” — Gulf News by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, staff reporter; April 5, 2010.
“Andres Aquino, based in New York, is a tireless fashion industry producer and designer. He has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and TV channels worldwide including Fashion TV, Collezioni, Book Moda and Moda Style International. His artistic endeavors have taken him from theater directing and writing to fashion design, whilst his designs have graced Couture Fashion Week runways for several years. The object of his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection is to bring out the inner divinity in every woman.” — SheClick.com; April 08, 2010
In a TV interview with Arabian Business, Mr. Aquino noted that he is known as the “Collaborator” because he welcomes other creative artists to his platform to share their creativity. The interview can be seen on line at http://www.arabianbusiness.com/585505-dubai-fashion-week-video-latest
“Beautiful colors and exquisite pleating, added detail and drama to this New York-based designer’s collection. I fell head over heels for this gown, which I call the “Layer Cake Dress.” — DubaisItGirl.com
Morgan Sarver presented her latest collection of inspired designs at Couture Fashion Week on Sunday, February 14, 2010. The fashion show was held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.
See photos from Morgan Sarver’s fashion show at Couture Fashion Week.
Morgan Sarver began designing gowns in 2001, starting with debutante and wedding dresses. She studied for nearly a decade in Europe while traveling extensively during that period throughout Asia and the Middle East. These visual experiences led to dramatic cultural influences in her collections throughout the years. Her exclusive designs have been showcased throughout Europe and the United States.
Morgan specializes in unique gowns, which are hand-crafted and may be designed according to each of her clients’ specifications. Her designs allow the modern woman to wear a gown that blends the lush fabrics and feminine forms of past couture with the excitement and innovation of young international fashion.
Her latest collection reflects the Russian influence of beautiful silk velvets, high collars, and fur trim with the long-standing European tradition of sweeping trains, cinched waists, and heavy satins for ball gowns. She has also included the fanciful, playful influence of tulle, an influence remembered from her ballet years.
For more information, visit the designer’s website: www.MorganSarver.com
Designer Walid Atallah Returns to Couture Fashion Week with Exquisitely Crafted Collection
Leading Middle Eastern fashion designer Walid Atallah will return to Couture Fashion Week in New York City on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The much-anticipated fashion show will be held at in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel.
After graduating from high school in his native Beirut, Mr. Atallah went on to study fashion design earning a degree from the University of Chicago. From there he settled in the fast growing city of Dubai where he launched his design career. His unique designs soon found a loyal following among sophisticated fashion lovers. Mr. Atallah had his first fashion show in Dubai in 1996 which was enthusiastically received by the industry and which included such special guests as famous Lebanese singer Najwa Karam and top international model Nathalie Fadlallah. His next fashion show was held at the world-famous and iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, presenting an opulent collection to a discerning audience, including royalty.
Since then, Mr. Atallah has presented his memorable collections at dozens of fashion events throughout the Arab world as well as in the fashion capitals of Italy and France, where he received an excellence in international design award from the French Association of Fashion Designers. His debut at Couture Fashion Week in New York in September 2009 was widely applauded and enthusiastically received.
Mr. Atallah has become well-known internationally for his exquisite evening and bridal designs, and for his skillful use of diamonds, precious gems and genuine Swarovski crystals, including a fabulous bridal gown valued at US$1.2 million. In 2005 Mr. Atallah debuted his own luxury line of jewelry made withdiamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, blue marine and Tahitian pearls, and fine watches have since been added to the line. The talented and versatile designer recently launched his pret-a-porter line entitled “W”, which includes trendy jeans and tops for today’s fashionable and modern woman.
“I have become more moderate with my designs, and now I concentrate more on the creation of original special effects which reflect a different type of femininity,” says Walid Atallah.
Walid Atallah’s accomplishments in the fashion industry have been recognized by numerous awards and honors from many prominent dignitaries, and his distinguished clientele includes many members of Middle Eastern royalty as well as well-known celebrities including singersDiana Haddad, May Hariri, Najwa Sultan, Hoda Haddad, Haifa Wehbe, Najwa Karam and Nanci Ajram. Mr. Atallah is on the advisory board of Dubai Fashion Week and has been selected by the Diamond Trade Company (part of the DeBeers group of companies) to be a judge at a diamond jewelry design competition in the Arabian Gulf region.
Walid Atallah continues to expand his business and reputation as one of the Middle East’s top designers with branches currently in Al Ain (UAE), Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. He is now poised to make his mark on the demanding U.S. fashion scene.
Couture Fashion Week in Book Moda