New York State First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson Graces the Catwalk at Couture Fashion Week

Andres Aquino fashion designer and Michelle Paige Paterson first lady of New York

The excitement and festivities of Couture Fashion Week at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on the evening of Saturday September 11, 2010 offered a delightful spectacle of high fashion, theatrics and unexpected guests. The fashion show by designer and Couture Fashion Week producer Andres Aquino had the additional goal to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research in association with the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure®.

A continuation of Mr. Aquino’s fashion journey, the latest innovative collection is inspired by classic romantic Latin songs and his own poetry about feminine beauty. (See photos and videofrom the show.)

A range of international models showed off New York City’s ethnic and cultural diversity and included such personalities as Miss Pakistan USA, and Miss Massachusetts. Mr. Craig Schley, a former Ford model now running as an Independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, escorted the model in the stunning bridal gown down the runway. But the night belonged to the First Lady of New York State, Michelle Paige Paterson. Mrs. Paterson charmed the standing-room-only audience in the Grand Ballroom in a dazzling white and gold gown with hand crafted feather detailing, accessorized with one-of-a-kind jewelry by Alejandra in Design and shoes by Goara. With her striking height and beauty Mrs. Paterson fit right in with the rest of the runway models and was greeted with enthusiastic applause when she took a bow with Mr. Aquino during the final parade of the show.

This season Mr. Aquino also designed a special pink gown for Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure®.

The event was covered by national and international press including RTL – Germany’s largest TV network, China’s NTDTV, Vogue India, and other major media from Pakistan, Italy, the Middle East, and South America among other areas. The audience included top socialites, VIPs, upscale fashion consumers and fashion buyers from upscale stores around the globe.

A number of other celebrities and performers took part in the evening’s presentation including actress and singerAshley C. Williams (star of the film “The Human Centipede”) accompanied by Russian pianist Prince Igor; Italian pop and jazz singer Cecilia Herrera Frioni who flew in especially for the occasion; jazz singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles accompanied by pianist Jesse Elder and bassist Ian Baggette; championship ballroom dancers Ting Ting & Michael; and the New York-based Cecilia Marta Dance Company. Hair styling for the show was done by Desiree Burris of Chevogue, and the makeup was expertly done by Tomy Rivero and team using cosmetics provided byMD Minerals by Dr. Janine Hopkins, the Official Makeup Sponsor of Couture Fashion Week this season. Dr. Stephen Greenberg was named Official Cosmetic Surgery Sponsor for Couture Fashion Week New York September 2010.

Mr. Aquino recently received the “Style Fashion Leader & Inspiration Award” from SUNY Westchester Community College, and has been dubbed the “Urban Renaissance Man” by Latino Future magazine. The New York-based designer and producer has been featured in numerous publications and TV programs in Italy, Russia, Dubai, China, India and other countries. His designs have been seen in Collezioni Haute Couture, FTV, Book Moda, NTDTV,Bond, ModaStyle International, Arabian Business, World News and many more.

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Andres Aquino to Show Goddess-Inspired Collection at CFW

Fashion designer and producer Andres Aquino will present his latest collection entitled “Legend” at Couture Fashion Week in New York City on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The fashion show will be held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel on the city’s legendary Park Avenue.

Mr. Aquino is a tireless fashion industry producer and designer who has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and TV worldwide including Fashion TV, Collezioni, Book Moda and ModaStyle International. His latest collection of original and classic designs is made from the finest fabrics and embellishments and is inspired by the goddesses of mythologies from around the globe.

“The object of this collection is to bring out the inner goddess in every woman,” says Mr. Aquino. To that end he has teamed up with an array of creative forces including fabulous Parisian jewelry designer Didier PeiroSheila Hill-Hightower and Jay Hightower, designers of stunning crystal bouquets, artist Susan Freda who creates museum quality wire dresses and accessories, San Diego-based shoe stylist and boutique owner Chamian Renee Coates, jewelry designerLek Nasuwan of Toronto’s Siam Gallery, Hollywood make up artist Mahealani Diego and trendsetting hair stylist Federico Calce. The show will also include performances by such world-class entertainers as tenor Eduardo Herrera, singers Material Girl and Maria Sciorillo, and pianist Prince Igor. The fashion show will be followed by the gala Couture Fashion Week Valentine’s Ball which will include a silent auction fundraiser by the National Diabetes Association. “Expect an evening of magical entertainment where fantasy and fashion combine,” says Andres Aquino.  Diplomats, celebrities, socialites and top VIPs are expected to attend the event along with national and international press.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion by some of the most creative international designers. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands, jewelry and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. Partners include Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf-Astoria, Blue Star Jets, Azad Watches and other luxury brands. 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.