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
In her third appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York, Atlanta-based designer Nina Gleyzer will present her latest collection at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday February 19, 2011. The fashion show will be held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City and promises to be a memorable event.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Nina Gleyzer is a master of couture design. An acclaimed European designer, Ms. Gleyzer moved to the United States in 1990. Soon after she opened her elegant boutique in the upscale Decorative Arts Plaza in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1996, Atlanta Magazine had already named her boutique a “World Class Best of Atlanta.” Ms. Gleyzer launched her own couture line in 2008.
Ms. Gleyzer’s style is classic with an edge. Her clothes are made for the woman with discriminating taste who doesn’t want to look like everybody else. For those who want their basics to look like classics, and reflect their personal sense of style, Ms. Gleyzer’s clothes will look just as good on a 30-something woman as they will on a woman in her 60’s.
Ms. Gleyzer is now focused on expanding her couture line of beautiful one-of-a-kind dresses, sequined accented taffeta skirts and cashmere lace suits. The flawless stitching, unusual trim and unexpected pops of color and texture are reminiscent of the signature styles of such fashion icons as Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and Catherine Deneuve.
Visit the designer’s website for more information: www.NinasCouture.com