Marcia Ganem to Show Collection Linking Fashion, Art and Jewelry at Couture Fashion Week New York

imageInternationally renowned Brazilian fashion designer Marcia Ganem will present her latest collection at Couture Fashion Week for the first time at 2:00 pm on Saturday September 7, 2013. The runway show will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue, in the heart of the city’s Fashion District.

Marcia Ganem’s designs represent a strong link between fashion, art and jewelry with the use of innovative techniques and materials developed through extensive research. One of these techniques, now Ms. Ganem’s trademark, is the use of recycled Polyamide Fibers, be they natural, dyed, or knotted with semi-precious gems. Through the use of new materials and the incorporation of native tradition, Ms. Ganem’s distinctive designs are both backward- and forward-looking.

The designer, who has been in business for over 16 years, is part of a select group that regularly participates in Fashion Rio. The great link between innovation and Brazilian cultural identity present in her collections has earned Marcia Ganem a place in the spotlight of one of Brazil’s most prestigious fashion events. She has also shown her designs in London, Paris and Tokyo.

Marcia Ganem has a production project committed to research, innovation and the continuous involvement of artisan cooperatives and productive associations. This project supports traditional handicrafts, creating new market opportunities and generating sustainability in the communities involved. Because of the intricate work with semi-precious stones incorporated into many of her designs, Ms. Ganem is also a member of the Brazilian Guild, a group of jewelry designers well known in the international market, as well as the group Joias da Cor do Brasil, which promotes Brazilian jewelry internationally. Marcia Ganem is president of Bahia Fashion and Culture – ABC Moda and the Institute of Design and Innovation.

Marcia Ganem has been featured in publications worldwide including Vogue, Mag!, Brazil Fashion, Ibiza Style, and Trendsetter. Celebrities who have worn her designs include Alicia Keyes.

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Danny Nguyen Brings Dreamy Luxurious Designs to Couture Fashion Week

imageDesigner Danny Nguyen will present his stunning creations for the first time at Couture Fashion Week at 8:00 pm on Friday September 6, 2013. The runway show will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue, in the heart of the Big Apple’s Fashion District.

Lurid fluorescent light spills over a shadowy figure working deep into the night. Exacting needles, spools of fine thread, and luxuriant fabrics find their way in and around the dexterous hands of this diligent artist. Reckless passion is cast aside and replaced by the brutal will of a true fashion designer. To describe Danny Nguyen’s talents with words would be as futile as identifying infinity with a number.

A native of Vietnam, now based in Houston, Danny Nguyen learned his craft at his mother’s side: cutting fabrics and assisting with designs and alterations. During this period, he developed and refined many of the essential skills of a fine fashion designer.Despite his now bolstering yet enigmatic personality, Danny Nguyen’s foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility.

After settling in the rich and diverse culture of Houston, Mr. Nguyen opened his own studio for alterations and design entitled DNC (Danny Nguyen Couture). Here he pursues his dream which dances at the end of every needle he drives into his next exquisite creation. He is a son, a brother, and a friend but most importantly, he is the embodiment of a calling whose sound does not quiet until it has reached the end of the runway.

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Super Shuttle Discount for friends of Couture Fashion Week

Use the code “CFW12” when booking at to receive a discount on your trip to/ from any NYC airport.

How to book with Super Shuttle:

To book online go to Print two copies for your round trip reservation.

  • On the Welcome page, enter “CFW12″ in the Group/Discount code box.
  • On the Itinerary tab, add your roundtrip itinerary.
  • On the Address tab, enter “Hotel Name” and select “Search”

Choose specific Hotel, if various addresses on the next window

  • On the Service tab, select “Shared Ride Van Service”
  • On the Pick-Up Times tab, select the first time offered for fastest service
  • On the Payment tab, select Credit Card under payment type

Enter desired gratuity

  • On the Review tab, check your entries for correctness
  • On the Confirmation tab, please print TWO copies, since you will be using SuperShuttle for a roundtrip transfer.

Upon arrival into any New York City Airport.

  1. Claim your luggage.
  2. Follow signs to the Ground Transportation Information desk in baggage claim, (lower level).
  3. Guests should locate the courtesy phone next to Ground Transportation Desk.  Press the appropriate button marked “SuperShuttle” to be connected with dispatch. Identify yourself and give your confirmation number.

Guerlain Spa: an exclusive offer for friends of Couture Fashion Week

Mention “Couture Fashion Week” to receive 10% off your order at the luxurious Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria.

guerlain spa beauty salon

The Spa – Amenities & Complimentary Services

  • 14,000 sq. ft facility
  • 16 treatment suites; 1 VIP Couples suite
  •  interconnecting and double rooms for couples and groups
  • spectacular views of stunning urban landscape; natural lighting throughout
  • Guerlain Boutique offering skincare, fragrance, and makeup collections by Guerlain, Paris.

Complimentary services:

  • full access to the 19th floor fitness center reserved only for Waldorf Towers guests

Packages and Programs:

  • signature spa accommodation packages
  • exclusive special events
  • customized corporate or group programs

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Special

Couture Fashion Week guests are invited to stay at THE WALDORF-ASTORIA where the fashion event will be held at the special rate of $499 per night for a Deluxe King room. Space is limited at this very busy time of the year. To receive this special rate, please call 212-872-4549 during normal business hours and mention “COUTURE FASHION WEEK.”

(Valid for stays during Couture Fashion Week, September 15-18, 2011. Based on availability. Cannot be combined with another offer. Does not include tax.)

Art by Renowned Surrealist Michael Cheval to be Exhibited at Couture Fashion Week New York



Fine art by Michael Cheval

One of the fine artists and other product and service exhibitors at the next Couture Fashion Week event in New York City will be award-winning surrealist artist Michael Cheval. Mr. Cheval’s paintings will be on display at the prestigious event September 16-18, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

A native of the small town of Kotelnikovo in southern Russia, Michael Cheval grew up among paints and brushes, canvases and easels. His grandfather, a professional artist and sculptor, encouraged Michael’s love for drawing in his early childhood. At age 3, he could already draw complex multi-figured compositions, illustrating his fantasies and impressions.

In 1980, Mr. Cheval and his family moved to Germany. The new setting made a great impression on the young artist. Museums and castles, ancient streets and the wonderful landscapes of southern Germany permanently defined Michael’s tastes and predilections. Always interested in history and literature, Mr. Cheval became absorbed in music, organizing a band and devoting a number of years to rock ‘n’ roll. He composed songs and wrote poetry.

After finishing school and serving in the Soviet Army, Mr. Cheval moved to Nebit-Dag, a Turkmenistan city in the middle of the Kara-Kum desert, near the Iranian border. He absorbed Oriental philosophy and the character of Central Asia, and worked as an independent professional artist, shaping his style and surrealistic direction. He collaborated with several theaters and publishing houses in Nebit-Dag and Ashgabad and earned a degree from the Ashgabad School of Fine Art. Mr. Cheval’s first solo exhibition was held at Turkmenistan’s National Museum of Fine Art in 1990. A few years later he moved to Moscow where he worked for a number of publishers including the prestigious Planeta publishing house.

Michael Cheval’s decision to immigrate to the USA in 1997 marked the start of a new epoch for the artist. He returned to the Western culture that greatly inspired him in his youth, but now he brought his own experience, philosophy and vision. In 1998, he became a member of the esteemed New York National Arts Club, where in 2000 he was recognized with the Exhibition Committee Award at the annual club exhibition.

Mr. Cheval regularly exhibits in various New York and European galleries. He is a member of the Society for Art of Imagination (London, UK) participating in the Association’s annual exhibitions.

Since 2001, Mr. Cheval’s his work has been shown at Art Expo, the international trade show held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York. In 2003 Mr. Cheval participated in the famous “Brave Destiny” exhibition, held in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn along with such celebrated artists as H. R. Giger and Ernst Fuchs. In 2006 his work was included in the “Feast of Imagination” exposition at the H.R. Giger Museum Gallery, Switzerland. In 2008 he was accepted as a participant in the “Dreamscape 2009” exhibition in Amsterdam and his work was included in the booksDreamscape and Dreamscape 2010 along with 50 world-famous surrealist artists.

In 2009 Michael Cheval’s work was selected to be included in the Best Of Worldwide Artists, Volume I book series (Kennedy Publishing, USA), and in the same year he was recognized with the Palm Art Award by the Palm Art Award Jury and Art Domain Gallery (Leipzig). In 2010 Mr. Cheval’s art was published in the Danish book Imaginaire and he participated in “April’s Fool”, an exhibition organized by Fantasmus Art.

Michael Cheval recently completed the official portrait commissioned by world-renowned actress and artist Gina Lollobrigida.

Mr. Cheval’s first monograph album Lullabies was published in collaboration with Interart Gallery in 2003. In 2007 he published his second album, Nature of Absurdity, that defines his unique style and vision. Absurdity is a starting point of his creations. He identifies his art with the Theater of the Absurd of Beckett and Ionesco, and the films of Greenaway and Bunuel.

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Quintessentially Aviation Announced as Couture Fashion Week New York’s Jet Supplier

Couture Fashion Week logoQuintessentially Aviation

Couture Fashion Week New York is pleased to announce that luxury air charter Quintessentially Aviation powered by Blue Star Jets will be the official jet supplier for the 2011 New York Couture Fashion Week. The prestigious charter company will coordinate private jet and helicopter transport for the high profile individuals and prominent designers attending the fashion event.

Quintessentially Aviation is the ultimate resource for the world’s most prominent individuals. The luxury charter ensures its members’ requests are met, while surpassing their expectations. Each Quintessentially Aviation Jet-setter is guaranteed satisfaction at every level from entry to the most exclusive VIP events, A-list parties and stunning five-star hotels and spas in every major global destination.

“It is truly an honor for us to work with Couture Fashion Week New York,” says Lisa Murray, managing director of Quintessentially Aviation. “New York City is a perfect backdrop for this event that attracts fashion’s elite to showcase their magnificent collections.”

The event will be held February 18-20, 2011 in the iconic Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City. A stellar roster of exceptional international designers is being finalized including Sushma Patel, Catalin Botezatu, Jorge Diep, Kristin Zimmermann, Haya al Houti, Andres Aquino and more.

“This is an exciting collaboration for our event,” notes producer Andres Aquino. Quintessentially Aviation’s discerning clientele is a perfect match with Couture Fashion Week. It’s a great symbiotic partnership.”

About Couture Fashion Week New York:

Now in its thirteenth season, Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and chic after parties. The event is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. Visit the event website for more tickets and more information:

About Quintessentially Aviation:

Quintessentially Aviation is the ultimate resource for the discerning private jet traveller, looking after everything from jet bookings and airport transfers, to full access to the prestigious Quintessentially global concierge package for the duration of any trip. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Quintessentially’s aviation experts and fixers are always on hand to aid and assist clients – from sourcing the best aircraft and advising the best options, to finding the best tickets to sporting events, providing access to the hottest gigs in town, securing last minute hotel reservations and unique holiday experiences, or simply booking restaurants at the destination. What’s more, Quintessentially Aviation provides unlimited access to an unparalleled package of privileges, preferential rates and bespoke services, saving clients both time and money. With 57 offices worldwide, Quintessentially now also boasts an unrivalled portfolio of 29 expert sister businesses, covering all facets of the luxury lifestyle market. or