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Desigual @ New York Fashion Week FW16

Layers, layers, and more layers…at the Desigual show at New York Fashion  Week.

We witnessed an explosion of texture, color, and patterns at this Fall/ Winter 2016 runway show. The collection was inspired by the vibrancy of city life and “its creative lifeblood.”

The models came down the runway wrapped in geometric, floral, and metallic printed outerwear layered over printed brocade knits and topped off with animal friendly bright faux-fur coats and wraps. Some of our favorite looks included and all black-and-white mix of patterns coat that stole the show. Paired with some of the outfits were vegan leather backpacks, printed sheer gloves and suede pouch bags.

Along with such vibrant and vital patterns we were definitely all about the vegan animal friendly style.

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A Greek Dream Team is taking over Fragrance OSCARS

The signature annual event of Fragrance Foundation Arabia was held in November 11th 2015 in Mina A Salam Hotel.
fashion-fragnrance-oscars-greece-1 fashion-fragnrance-oscars-greece-2Fragrance Awards Arabia, internationally known as “Fragrance Oscars” were the 6th edition in the Middle East. The event is an offshoot of the Fragrance Foundation established by legends Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein and Coco Chanel in New York in 1949, and supports the region’s industry through marketing, promotion, research and education. The Fragrance Awards, established in 2010, are considered the industry’s Oscars.

These awards are celebrated internationally in 7 other countries including, USA, Paris, London, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. Fragrance awards gala dinner is attended by top/ prestige fragrance brands from Chanel to YSL, Arabian Oud to Abdul Samad Al Qurashi, Armani to Gucci and Miu Miu.

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The event attracted top elite from Media regionally and internationally.

Head of Jury was Ali Jaber, TV director of the Middle East television giant MBC, and judge on the popular Arabs Got Talent.

Host of the event was the very famous Lebanese TV presenter, Raya Abirached. She is the co- host, along with Qusai, of the hit TV talent show Arabs Got Talent. She is also the host of her own TV show Scoop, which provides the latest Hollywood news and interviews with notable actors. The show has been dubbed as being “the Arab version of E!”. Raya traveled all the way from London where she’s based just to present the Fragrance OSCARS and kept the audience excited throughout the whole night with her happy spirit and great presenting skills.

Caterina Ciacatani, the Greek Social Media Marketer of many Fashion and Lifestyle Brands in Italy, Greece and UAE and a well known blogger in Dubai (www.dubailoving.com) was in charge of the Digital Marketing & PR of the event. Caterina studied Fashion & Luxury Brand Management and she’s specialized in Online Brand Management of Fashion & Lifestyle brands. She also has certificates in Personal Shopping and Image Consulting and she worked as a Creative Director of numerous fashion photo shootings. Mr. Haider, the Chairman of Fragrance Foundation Arabia recalled her past as a Stylist of VIPs in Italy and called her to find the best team to dress the host of the event as well as the models.

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This is where Myrto Dramountani came into the scene.

Myrto Dramountani is a Fashion Designer and Architect with quirky, sexy, stylish and avant- garde designs, known for her signature laser-cut dresses. She is actively working in London and Dubai. Studying fashion at Parsons the New School for Design, gave Myrto early exposure to the New York City fashion scene. She was accepted at Parsons with a full scholarship (Parsons Graduate Dean’s Scholarship and Vardinogiannis foundation scholarship). After graduating from Parsons, Myrto Dramountani worked with leading fashion firms and designers such as Magaschoni Apparel Group and Victor De Souza. Her first capsule collection was sold at Imilla Road store, in Soho, Manhattan. In March 2011 she opened the 9th Athens Exclusive Designers Week with her winter collection 2011/2012. Her work has been published in magazines such as Vogue UK, Glamour UK, Tatler UK, Grazia Middle East, Marie Claire, Madame Figaro. The inspiration for her collections is the fabric itself which she approaches as a three dimensional surface. The laser cut patterns create visual illusions and give spatial properties to her designs. This approach is achieved by using the latest computational design techniques and digital fabrication technology.

The great looks Myrto created for Raya and the models had to be completed with the perfect pair of shoes. This is where Tsakiris Mallas, the well known Greek shoe brand that has just brought to UAE by Katerina Deligiannidi came into the pic. Since she was a little girl she had a passion with women’s fashion and she was been helping her mother who was the owner of a local store of women’s apparel and footwear. Her love for the Tsakiris Mallas brand and her strong belief that they should not be missing from the UAE market, gave her the push to set up the first, temporary Tsakiris Mallas store in Dubai, which is located in Global Village, Italy Pavilion. (http://www.tsakirismallas.gr/en)

With Myrto Dramountani’s garments and Tsakiris Mallas shoes Caterina was positive that she had created the perfect looks. But they wouldn’t be as fabulous as they ended up being without the Magic Touches of the very talented Greeks: Eirini Hannah – Make Up Artist and Stylianos Gigkakis – Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist.

Eirini is an international makeup artist with 10 years experience in makeup and special effects. She has worked mainly in England as well as Greece and currently in Dubai. After leading Kryolan’s UAE makeup artist team, Eirini founded My Makeup Moments (www.mymakeupmoments.com) along with fellow makeup artist Nitasha Saxena where they lead makeup workshops and also provide provide their expertise for any project, big or small along with their trustful team of beauty professionals covering all types of corporate and private requirements. Eirini and Nitasha were recently awarded the Masala! Magazine “Unsung Heroes” award for their innovative workshops to breast cancer patients.

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As per Stylianos, he’s a professional hairstylist and makeup artist with over 16 years experience of high-end salons and for high profile events and celebrities in Europe. The last two years he’s been working in Dubai at Jetset Hair Salon in Emirates Towers. He’s worked on numerous magazines, events, photoshoots and catwalks. His strong communications skills allow him to understand very well his clients’ needs. Apart from a great hairstyle and make up expert, Stylianos has been successfully managing many well known beauty salons.

Among the beautiful models of the night were 3 lovely Greek ladies.

Dimi Koutraki – Emirates Crew & Blogger: www.fourpassion.com

Evita Douropoulou – Digital Media Manager & Mina Karaiskou – Marketing & Event Manager

Last but not least, the 3rd Katerina of the Greek Team that took over Fragrance OSCARS, Katerina Dimaki, a newly arrived in Dubai young lady with Finance Background and a huge passion for event management, worked closely with Fragrance Foundation Arabia’s Chairman Mr. Shahzad Haider and Editorial Manager of Hia Magazine Mr. Adnan Al Kateb in order to make Fragrance OSCARS event a night to remember! Her event management skills along with her pleasant and kind personality were some of the key elements of the event’s success.

Greeks are known for creating buzz wherever they go with their happy spirit and strong personalities! That’s what the Greek Team did for Fragrance OSCARS 15. That’s what the Greek team is hoping to do in many more prestigious events.

Fashion Designer Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield Talks to Runway Passport

Shop Prints and Perfumes at House of Byfield

Click here for Runway Photos and here for Pre-Show and Backstage.  Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia

Runway Passport could not be more excited to talk to one of our favorite creative fashion designers who is a star of the Amsterdam Fashion Scene. He is about to blow up internationaly as well, with plans to show at he upcoming New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Get to learn about the very talented Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield.
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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?

As early  as the tender age of six. Fashion was already in my blood throughout various family members who were steamstresses while growing up in Jamaica in the early 70’s. Therefore the trend lives within me, and now i’m here living this dream as an International designer.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

I love to see models on the catwalk wearing the designs and have heads turn/turning. It gives me unexplainable feelings to have accomplished taking something from a dream to reality.

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE? AND YOUR BIGGEST DREAM?

My biggest challenge/dream was the struggle to have the money paid for the MBFWNY in Feb 2015, that challenge pushes me harder to chase the current dream I’m living.

 

WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PERSON TO DRESS?

Tyson Beckford, Growing up in New York in the early 90’s and having seen him-Tyson as an Icon dominating {Ralph Lauren} collections on many billboards, gives me the urge to have him one day wearing my designs. Either on the catwalk or to a fashion event.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER YOUR FASHION SHOW TO CELEBRATE?

There isn’t anytime to celebrate. Once the fashion season in the Netherlands is over, then I work rapidly towards and be prepared for the next fashion seasons globally.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

My inspiration came from established known designers such as: Versace, Moschino, Ted Lapidus, Nicole Miller & Donna Karen.

 

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER MADE AND HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE THEN?

The first piece I ever made was this design –  And it took me 3 hours to complete the suit. Afterwards it was shown on the runway at the AA show in Rotterdam. Seeing the countless publications from this design gave me the growth in the Netherlands and globally.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO ANY STARTING OUT DESIGNERS?

To all starting designers, NEVER give up! Nothing in life is easy or for free, so continue pushing, work harder, make a way when there isn’t a way and most of all believe in yourself.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY SANE AND CALM AMID GETTING READY FOR THE FASHION WEEK CRAZINESS?

LOL, I stay calm because I am already an experienced designer, I know exactly what I want and all I do is put everything in place and excute the plans.

 

WHAT IS NEXT?

My next mission in a fashion tour in the Unites State and starting with the NYFW 17th September, then the LA Fashion Week 5th-8th October.

Backstage at House of Byfield @ Amsterdam Fashion Week SS16

Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia

Backstage and pre fashion week show run-through at House of Byfield, designed by Charmichael Byfield during Amsterdam Fashion Week.

Check House of Byfield’s runway show here
Read our Interview with Fashion Designer Carmichael Byfield

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Jeff Montes FASHION SHOW @ AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK SS16

Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia 

Emerging Fashion Designer Jeff Montes present their show at The Future Generation Show,the closing show for Amsterdam Fashion Week SS16.

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Emerging Fashion Designers to Watch – Future Generation at Amsterdam Fashion Week SS16

Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia 

The Future Generation Show was the closing show for Amsterdam Fashion Week SS16.

The show was curated by Peter Leferink, the senior teacher at the rewnown Dutch Fashion school AMFI. This show launched two emerging new designers – Jazz Kuipers and Jef Montes.

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JAZZ KUIPERS - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JAZZ KUIPERS – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JAZZ KUIPERS - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JAZZ KUIPERS – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Future Generation: JEF MONTES – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week S/S16. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

RP Interviews Fashion Designer Katty Xiomara From Portugal

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NAME: Katty Xiomara
WEBSITE/BLOG: http://www.kattyxiomara.com/
CITY + COUNTRY: Portugal

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN INSPIRATION FOR THIS SEASONS COLLECTION AT NOLCHA?

Re-Evolution

Evolve in a revolutionary perspective.
Like the battle that nature crashes with the mankind evolution, this collection claims the right to be female. It’s an elixir of irreverence that pushes for a more feminine outline the concepts more masculine of military uniform. And in a more optimistic vision speaks to us of the need to respect what is natural and alive.

This collection seeks the natural organic our urban direction in contrast with the countryside. It’s about understanding the nature and then integrates it in our society in an urban valorization.

As a result this mixture, revolutionary military and naturalist, a wave of free and spontaneous movements; emerge pure and clean forms, involving and textured.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ASPECT OF BEING A DESIGNER?

Like what I do, see my ideas materialize, transcribe what the colors, the fabrics and textures to convey.

One of the thing that helps me to refresh old memories, it’s the clothes you wore at one point in my life. I love the possibility that one of my pieces can be part of someone’s life story.

 

WHATS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The growth of the brand in a sustainable way; conquest of new markets that help to achieve this and brand recognition

 

WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I in every collection I try outweighs the challenge to achieve my greatest piece, but try to do it with the simplicity that makes it even harder.

 

WHATS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER DESIGNED?

When I was a youngster design some dresses for my girlfriends, however the first piece I design after starting the fashion school was a Cape-style “poncho andino”

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?

Since my first collection until today the evolution is remarkable and in some ways tracks the technological evolution. How to learn/seize, how to study and how to work; 15 years ago was quite different from today. On the other hand, the experience and maturity make all the difference in the time to make decisions.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE/RELAX AFTER YOUR NOLCHA SHOW?

I will try to use the two days left in NY to slow down a bit, enjoy a long lunch and discover new places.
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Interview with Charles + Ron: Fashion Designers @ Nolcha Fashion Week AW15

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WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN INSPIRATION FOR THIS SEASONS COLLECTION AT NOLCHA?
We were inspired by “Ganutell” which is a Maltese art form where intricate Copper, Silver and Gold wires become handcrafted flowers. These flowers are than carefully placed under a glass dome. They were the Grandmasters; favorite gift to the Popes and Royalty. An artistic treasure still admired in the 21st Century. Opulent and decadent. Fragile and feminine.

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ASPECT OF BEING A DESIGNER?
The most exciting aspect of being a designer is that we are always creating. The journey from original idea to the final garment is something very special.

 

WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
We are very proud of our new collection and printed silks but especially proud of our final gown that features an original handcrafted “Ganutell ” necklace.

 

WHATS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER DESIGNED?
The first collection we designed together consisted of several hand painted white dresses, we can’t remember which was the very first one, as this was quite a few years ago.

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?
Yes we have definitely grown through the years ,as we have found our style and we have made the history and culture of our home country an important part of our work.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE/RELAX AFTER YOUR NOLCHA SHOW?
We will be hosting a fabulous after party on February 15th together with Nolcha FW , so that is where will celebrate our new collection!

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INTERVIEW WITH FASHION DESIGNER AZIZ BEKKAOUI

Click HERE for Photo Preview As He Preps for Amsterdam Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015
Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/
Model: Jolie Van Dijk

The most exciting part of being a designer is… “Creating your own world, your wildest dreams – and realizing that you have a keen esthetic eye and talent that can surprise myself, my peers, friends and followers by creating.”

Visit Aziz Bekkaoui’s Page HERE

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YOU REALLY DO MERGE FASHION AND ART AS A DESIGNER IN MANY MEDIUMS – HOW DO THE DIFFERENT MEDIUMS COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER
BOTH IN TERMS OF YOUR CREATIVITY AND IN TERMS OF THE END RESULT?

The mediums may be different, the inspiration and message are the same. I use design and fashion in my performance art pieces, and get inspired by daily life for my couture collections. I show my collections through strong and focussed performance pieces, and so the circle is round.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION? AND HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED SEASON AFTER SEASON?

Cities/street life used to be my main inspiration, but the city centers in the Western World like New York, Paris and Amsterdam are becoming the new suburbia, flooded by tourists and obsessed by consuming. I live in Amsterdam’s city center and still love parts of NYC, but I diversified my sources of inspiration: on line, street life in new centers like Beirut, Tanger and Istanbul, and in my own mind. The latter is an infinite source – that will only stop at the end of my days. Still much more to come, I live quite healthily……..

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF BEING A DESIGNER?

Creating your own world, your wildest dreams – and realizing that you have a keen esthetic eye and talent that can surprise myself, my peers, friends and followers by creating.

 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER MADE?

It was a chair on my 6th birthday. My parents loved it.

 

WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

An impossible question – hence easy to answer because I just picked one of my many favorites, for an artist I love: the big dress I created for Marina Abramovic’s amazing performance at the MOMA in NYC.

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BRING TOGETHER DIFFERENT ART FORMS?

Your can better ask: what forced you to do it! I think in images, in designs, in colors, in patterns. It’s impossible not to mix those millions of impressions I have accumulated in my head throughout my career.

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

Absolutely still growing each day. My best work is yet to come.

 

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?

Always knew that this was my calling – so it was not a real choice. But on the Arnhem Art School (ARTEZ) I started to realize I had some talent – which can be helpful when one wants to become a designer.

 

WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?

Marcel Duchamp, who by giving us a new kind of art liberated all contemporary creators. This new art not only triggered the eyes, but the imagination and the intellect as well.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STARTING OUT DESIGNERS?

Be honest, work hard and don’t get too excited about fame, fashion, glitter and glamour. If you’re a true designer this recipe will lead to a fulfilling career.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF FASHION WEEK? AND WHAT’S THE MOST STRESSFUL?

The most exciting part: to see, right after the show, on the faces of the people I admire the reflection or their thoughts, their questions, their love.

The most stressful: how to capitalize on my new designs, in order to create the next collection. People with good business propositions to the front of the line please.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RELAX/CELEBRATE AFTER THE SHOW?

My good friend Gert will cook a Dutch – Moroccan meal for me and my team: Boerenkool (Kale) with mashed potatoes and Moroccan Merquez sausages. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.Yoga also helps, but Boerenkool/Merguez helps better.