Couture Fashion Week – a memorable experience of beauty, glamour and luxury – was held Friday, February 18 through Sunday February 20, 2011 at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. One of New York Fashion Week’s most elegant events, CFW surpassed expectations delivering eighteen fabulous fashion collections to large appreciative audiences, proving that high-end couture fashion is alive and well. In addition to the amazing runway shows held in the iconic Grand Ballroom, the event included world-class entertainment, a charity tie-in with the American Diabetes Association, displays of fine art and luxury products, and the attendance of fashion lovers, press and celebrities from around the world.
The event kicked off Friday afternoon with a fashion show by Atlanta-based Indian designer Sushma Patel. Ms. Patel is a regular participant at CFW, always showing unique East-West fusion collections. Other returning designers included Haya Al Houti (Kuwait), Jamil Khansa (Lebanon), Janerations (Lithuania/USA), Nina Gleyzer(Russia/USA), Sisa Designs by Simone Rodrigues (Brazil/USA) and Andres Aquino. Designers showing for the first time at the prestigious event included Kristin Zimmermann (Germany), Hadi Katra and Edward Arsouni(Lebanon), Autumnlin Atelier (USA), Kostas Gagasoules (Greece/USA), and Suzie Turner (U.K./USA). Alaric Design, a team of two young Russian-American floral designers, presented a selection of exquisite floral concept dresses. Ivelli Couture showed a beautiful line of limited edition scarves. Under the banner Focus Nigeria four prominent Nigerian fashion houses presented delightful collections: House of Jola, Berrys Couture, Reedas andHouse of Farrah.
One of the highly anticipated hallmarks of CFW is the lineup of top notch performers. This season saw stunning performances from opera singer Christine Reber, who flew in from Germany for the occasion, singer Angeles Dominguez who traveled from Spain and Kaya who came from Malta to perform “Timeless” by noted film composer William Camilleri. Other stellar performances were delivered by singers Era Chorna (Russia/Canada),Cristina Fontanelli, Sarah Elizabeth Charles with pianist Enoch Smith, Jr., Lara Janine with guitarist Dani Tersini, saxophonist Sweet Lew, and pianist Laura Korpa.
A silent auction was held at Couture Fashion Week by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) raising awareness for this deadly disease. Among others, designer Jamil Khansa of Lebanon donated a stunning couture gown.
Sponsors and partners at Couture Fashion Week this season included Quintessentially Driven providing impeccable car service for VIP guests; MD Minerals by Dr. Janine Hopkins providing the cosmetics for lead makeup artist James Toribio assisted by Elizabette Quezada and team; hair styling by the Tearsheet and Platinum Salon team headed by Giovanni Giuntoli, Ariella Mendez, and Rosanne Carusso with products by Redken; Empire Steak Houseand Ben & Jack’s Steak House where the after parties were held; Davler Media; Sakae Lace which provided many of the exquisite fabrics for the Andres Aquino collection; Modastyle Magazine, Collezioni Magazine andQuintessentially Aviation.
The next Couture Fashion Week New York is scheduled for September 16-18, 2011. Visit the event website for tickets and more information on participating: www.couturefashionweek.com
Prominent Lebanese-American designer Jamil Khansa will present his latest opulent collection at Couture Fashion Week New York. The fashion show at the prestigious event will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday February 19, 2011 in the iconic Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.
Like so many great Middle Eastern designers, Jamil Khansa studied fashion design in Beirut He went on to hone his expertise in Los Angeles starting in 1994, where his style developed to suit his discerning clientele’s exquisite tastes. Mr. Khansa’s fashion talent goes beyond a passion for fabric or color; his designs are a statement of femininity, elegance, charm, and the embodiment of a woman’s constant quest to be unique and personalize her presence. Mr. Khansa has shaped his vision of fashion by taming nature’s diversity and customizing it in a classic original silhouette to fit every woman’s perception of beauty.
“A woman’s beauty is portrayed through her heritage, culture, and tradition,” says the designer. “I strive to capture that essence and sew it to perfection one stitch at a time. I am inspired by meeting and dressing women from America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.”
As a young designer, Mr. Khansa was invited to be the first Lebanese designer to show at Couture Fashion Week New York where he presented his Fall/Winter 2005-2006 collection to rave reviews. That year he was honored by the event as the “Fashion Designer of the Year” for his collection.
Jamil Khansa continues to build his iconic brand showing his distinctive creations on the important runways of Beirut, the United States, Dubai, Rome, and Paris, as well as the entire Arab world.
Visit the designer’s website for more information: www.JamilKhansa.com