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 Presents a Collection of Charm and Romance at Couture Fashion Week

blue dress by designer andres aquino

Fashion designer Andres Aquino will present his latest collection at Couture Fashion Week on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on New York City’s Park Avenue.

Mr. Aquino is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.

A continuation of Mr. Aquino’s fashion journey, the latest innovative collection is inspired by  classic romantic Latin songs and lyrics about beautiful women. The couture evening gowns and luxurious cocktail dresses are accessorized by a one-of-a-kind custom made handbag and shoe collection. Specially made jewelry by Alejandra in Design will complement many of the ensembles. Mr. Aquino coordinates all aspects of his fashion shows, from concept and styling to staging, music selection and creating the mood of the presentation.

The fashion show is part of Couture Fashion Week’s support this season of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. A representative of the charity whose mission is raising breast cancer awareness and support, will walk the runway in one of Mr. Aquino’s couture gowns, resplendent in pink, the organization’s signature color. A number of other celebrities and performers are expected to take part in the gala fashion show.

2010 has been a busy year for Andres Aquino. He has participated in a number of fashion events in cities around the world including Dubai, St Croix and New York. He also recently showed his designs at events in New Delhi, Palm Beach, the Dominican Republic, Romania and Mexico. At each destination he leaves an impression of fashion as fun and entertaining by incorporating theatrical elements, dance, song and drama into his runway shows. “Thinking outside the box makes fashion shows more exciting,” says Mr. Aquino.

Andres 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, Book Moda, NTDTV, Bond, Moda, Arabian Business, World News and many more.

Visit the designer’s website for more information: www.andresaquino.com

Couture Fashion Week Partners with Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure®

In its tradition of support for charity organizations, Couture Fashion Week New York has announced that it is partnering with the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® at its next fashion event.Couture Fashion Week will be held 10-12 September 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on New York’s Park Avenue.

The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was founded in 1990 by friends of the late television journalist Benita Feurey — friends committed to keeping her memory alive by providing breast health education, screening, treatment, and other services to individuals in the five boroughs of New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Since its inception, Komen Greater NYC has raised over $50 million. Seventy-five percent of net monies raised supports local breast health education, screening and treatment programs; twenty-five percent goes to national peer-reviewed research to find the cures. In 2009, Komen Greater NYC awarded nearly $4 million in grants related to breast cancer prevention, screening, research and support. The nationwide organization is supported by many celebrities including Ann Curry, Christie Brinkley, Ellen DeGeneres, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, James Woods, Laura Bush, Mimi Rogers and Trisha Yearwood, to name a few.

Since 2003 Couture Fashion Week has presented a series of couture and luxury high fashion shows multiple times each year in New York City, Palm Beach, and other selected cities and countries. The event presents runway shows by exceptional designers from around the globe and also features world-class entertainment, exhibits of fine art and luxury products/services, plus VIP dinners and receptions.

This coming season, Couture Fashion Week will contribute 10% of tickets purchased here to the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Couture Fashion Week’s founder and producer Andres Aquino – who is also a seasoned and accomplished fashion designer – will present his latest collection at a special “Pink Night” at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday 11 September, with a representative of the Komen organization walking the runway in a custom-designed pink gown.

“We are delighted to cooperate with Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®“, notes Andres Aquino. “The organization does wonderful work. As a fashion concern, women’s health is especially dear to us because good health is fundamental to beauty.”

The Race for the Cure® will celebrate its 20th anniversary the next day, Sunday 12 September, with a 5K run in Central Park. Every year the Race for the Cure® draws thousands of runners from around the world along with many celebrities, press and VIPs.