Initiatives in Art and Culture to Hold Annual Fashion and Design Conference

The Initiatives in Art and Culture will present its annual Fashion and Design Conference next month.

This year marks the event’s 19th iteration. It is to be titled “White: Palette Prism, Possibility.” The conference will be held on Nov. 10 and 11 at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York.

IAC founder Lisa Koenigsberg said of the conference’s theme: “A central visual and cultural communicator, color is an incredibly important element in creative industries, both from an aesthetic standpoint and when we examine the associated deeper meanings. In this conference, the color white is examined as a powerful statement of purity and tradition, and as a catalyst for change — a color of origins, of new beginnings and of hope. We believe this hope and the notion of new beginnings is manifested through design and is a driving force throughout the world.”

Speakers include Jason Wu, Hilldun Corp. chief executive officer Gary Wassner, Zac Posen, Shinola president Jacques Panis, Robert Verdi, Daphne Guiness and Ralph Rucci.

Discussions include symposiums like “50 Shades of White: Exploring Color.” That particular talk is to be led by Donald Kaufman, founder of Donald Kaufman Color.

Other discussions include panels on sustainability and the bridal jewelry market.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | formal dresses sydney

Is ‘Dynasty’ the New Big Fashion Show

Before there was “Gossip Girl,” which — in celebrating its 10th anniversary earlier this year — was once again championed as one of the key “fashion shows” on television of all time, there was “Sex and the City,” and before that there was “Dynasty.”

“When ‘Sex and the City’ went off the air, that was right before ‘Gossip Girl’ emerged, and we felt like that was an opening for us in that area,” says Stephanie Savage, who is behind the remodeled “Dynasty” for the CW generation along with Sallie Patrick, co-creator, and Josh Schwartz, with whom Savage also developed “Gossip Girl.” “And we feel that same opportunity right now.”

Together with Meredith Markworth-Pollack, who was “Gossip Girl” costume designer Eric Daman’s wardrobe assistant on the first few seasons of the series, the team has set out to deliver the drama the original “Dynasty” was known for in the Eighties, as well as larger-than-life fashion moments.

“When we first heard the ‘Dynasty’ title was available for a potential reimagining, it felt just incredibly relevant to the world we’re living in now, because like it or not we’re living in an age of dynasties and it’s inescapable in our culture right now,” Schwartz says. “Examining that from the inside out and reconstructing it was a really fun opportunity, while also trying to lock into all the ways that the world has changed. It also feels like right now we could all use a fun escape; something to change the channel from the news and escape into a world of fun and excess and characters who just can’t help but do bad things.”

“We tried to be inspired in the same way the original show was, in creating something that is really speaking to the time that we’re living in,” Savage says. “And we were so inspired by the original story architecture and characters of the show, which is something that anyone that’s been working in the primetime soap world for the last two or three decades has been a beneficiary of. Fashion was a huge part of ‘Gossip Girl’ and was a huge part of the original ‘Dynasty’ and I don’t think that those two things are unconnected.”

“I’m not going to lie, it was a little bit daunting,” says Markworth-Pollack of beginning work on the series, which she says she mostly bought for instead of borrowing. “You’re not going to top it, so how do you do it justice? How do we do our modern version of it? One of the points from Josh and Stephanie in the beginning was ‘it’s not an homage; we’re definitely going to honor the original and let’s take moments from the fashion for sure, but also it’s the CW and the demographic is a little bit younger. We know a lot of these young men and women watching the show won’t know what “Dynasty” was. So it also has to stand alone.’”

The original show drew heavily on the Forties, while the 2017 version is fittingly looking to the Eighties for inspiration.

“It was great timing, because the Eighties are having such a huge moment in fashion,” she says. “Balmain was the first one who popped into my mind, and they were the first one to respond. Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Alexandre Vauthier, Tom Ford, even Stella McCartney with her suiting, she puts in a little shoulder bump. Even some Michael Kors Collection and Ralph Lauren.”

She drew inspiration for Fallon Carrington from Giovanna Battaglia and Gigi Hadid, women she says can “wear many hats.” Speaking to the Mugler dress that Fallon wears in the pilot episode, Markworth-Pollack says she “didn’t want to pigeonhole her. I had this idea with Fallon that she dresses for the moment, she dresses for herself.”

The other female lead, Cristal, was dressed in a more “feminine, softer” way, wearing a blush Burberry lace trench and matching Gucci handbag when the audience first meets her. Stella McCartney, Chloé and Zimmermann were all used, as were various Latin designers such as Johanna Ortiz and Juan Carlos Obando. “Given her capability now that she’s married into this wealthy family, [Nathalie Kelley, who plays Cristal, and I felt that] she would support designers from Latin America,” Markworth-Pollack says of the Latina character.

Markworth-Pollack notes that “Gossip Girl” took time to catch on; designers weren’t eager to loan clothing initially, but once the show and its characters established itself as major players in the fashion world, brands were eager to have their pieces seen on the show. For the new “Dynasty,” which is now in its third week and is off to a slow start, with just 1.3 million viewers for its debut, the jury is still out — though the quantity of Gucci seems to suggest it aims to leave its mark.Read more at:pink bridesmaid dresses | purple bridesmaid dresses

Fashion fever grips Chinhoyi

The usually sleepy town of Chinhoyi will come alive as the spacious CUT Gym hall host the much anticipated 2017 CUT Fashion Finale on Friday the 20th of October.

Director of the event who is also a designer Tariro ”Tari Hope” Ndoro confirmed that the show will go ahead as planned.”CUT fashion Finale will take place this Friday,and as I speak models and designers are working flat out to make sure that the show will be a success.”She added that she has patnered Zimbo Events and the University athourities in the organising of this year’s exhibition.

One of the designers showcasing at the show Chiedza of Chichie Designs said she expects a great turn out and also that the show should provide lessons for upcoming designers.She will be joined backstage by over ten designers including male designer Prince NjaiNjai Malopai.

Organisers of the show, Zimbo Events’ Lincoln Shokobishi assured fashion lovers glitz and glamour, ”The show will be a red capert event, so people should come dressed to kill.The event will start at 7 pm and end before mid night.”

Shokobishi encouraged attendees to buy advance tickets for $2 from the organisers and avoid paying $3 at the gate and also come early to occupy the front seats . ”He added that there will be enough entertainment,” Artist perfoming will include JAZ, Maye and many more”.

The 2017 CUT Fashion Finale will allow students, designers and models to interact and share ideas with their mentors whilst showcasing their patterns to fellow students and members of the Chinhoyi community.Fashion lovers will also be given an opportunity to take photos with models and designers on the red carpet. Some of the designers taking part indicated that people attending can also grab a chance to buy the designs after the show.

Reigning Miss Tourism CUT Sassy Naidoo who is also taking part reiterated the need to mantain class and also give upcoming designers and models an opportunity to showcase their talent.This year’s show will see models like Former Miss Personality CUT Marylin Zingwe and male models Conilious Toga and Jesse Msitini taking part.Read more at:grey bridesmaid dresses | white bridesmaid dresses

PFDC fashion week ends on high note

PFDC fashion week ends on high note

LAHORE-The three-day 7th PFDC Bridal Fashion Week concluded on a high note with a fair share of top celebrities walking the ramp as showstoppers for their favourite designers.


The star studded event took place at Nishat Banquets, where Pakistan’s best designers flaunted their fabulous collection featuring a true synthesis of modernity overlaying tradition with an opulent grand finale. The surprise package of the night was the Raees actress Mahira Khan. She walked the ramp at PLBW and officially announced herself as the first Pakistani spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris Hair Care.


While talking to the media she said she was proud and honoured to be the first Pakistani Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal. “L’Oreal celebrates women empowerment and it goes beyond beauty. Let nobody’s opinion define who you are because all the women out there, including me, are worth it,” Mahira said. The final day of PLBW17 started with early evening bridal showcase featuring Tabya Khan, IVY Couture by Shazia and Sehr, Zuria Dor and Farah & Fatima. This was followed by evening bridal showcases featuring Nomi Ansari, Saira Shakira, Nickie Nina, Sadaf Fawad Khan Bridals and Fahad Hussayn.


Day3 of PFDC was opened by Tabya Khan with her bridal collection titled ‘Feroza’. She showcased wonderful designs. The collection left the audience mesmerized in its beauty and design aesthetics. Stunning actress and model Iman Ali was show stopper for the designer. Next up was IVY Couture by Shazia & Sehr. they showcased their bridal collection ‘Rang-e-Perahan’ in collaboration with Amrapali Jewellery. The collection was edgy yet sophisticated. It incorporated an eclectic mix of rich and contemporary fabrics such as tissue, organza, net, jamawar (kamkhwab) and Indian zari. Beautiful sisters Urwa and Mawra Hocane were the showstoppers. Zuria Dor was third to present her collection ‘King of her castle’. The collection was wearable. We loved each piece from the collection. It incorporated a variety of fabrics including organza, raw silk, kundan net, kumkhaab and net. The silhouettes were a fusion of western and eastern cuts. The collection comprised an eclectic mix of lehnga choli, traditional gharara, long and short jackets paired with culottes and long trailing, two-legged shararas, trousers with skirt, Dhaka pants with exaggerated sleeved choli, peplum tops with cigarette pants, long slit shirts with straight trousers and capes.


The early evening show ended by the collection of Farah & Fatima titled ‘Meraki’. They presented a perfectly dazzling show that infused elegance of phulkari and chintz with contemporary designs that compliments the essence of a traditional bride. The collection draws its inspiration from the meaning of the Greek word itself doing something with soul and creativity.


The evening bridal showcase opened with Nomi Ansari’s presentation ‘Qabool Hai’ in collaboration with Hamna Amir Jewellery. As always he brought something worth seeing for the audience. The collection was the biggest hit of the day. His glittering new designs were a dreamy romantic bridal wear with a contemporary twist. Maya Ali was looking resplendent as the showstopper for the designer. A series of custom-made digital prints canvassed with traditional flora and fauna motifs including the Mughal lotus flower; the perennially romantic rose as well as ornamental miniatures and exotic birds were transposed onto a bevy of statement lehengas. Infused with floral motifs, Saira Shakira collection was high on glamour and ideal for every bride to make her feel like a queen on her special day. Juxtaposing edgy silhouettes with traditional embellishment and intricate patterns, the design were really impressive. Iman Ali turned up the heat on ramp for Saira Shakira collection. Nickie Nina showcased “ADEENA – Generation IV” in collaboration with renowned jewellery brand, gold by Reama Malik. It was a breathtaking collection. Overall the designs were coherent and very elegant. Re imagined with a contemporary twist; delicate gotta embroidery and wasli textures surround bright and bold borders, precious pearls were intertwined amongst Turkish motifs in karchob and sequins and stones sit upon traditional chunri prints. In quintessential Nickie Nina style, vibrant pops of colour in gold, silver, royal blue, and coral were featured across the collection – topped off with rose cut diamantes for an extra air of elegance amongst gold and silver detailing. The much awaited collection at PFDC grand finale was by Sadaf Fawad Khan titled ‘Elayna’. Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan stole the show when he came on the ramp as the showstopper for Sadaf. He received a standing ovation from the audience. Each design of the collection was set in singular metallic tones of red, blue, yellow, lilac and peach, reflecting the brilliance of the night sky. Incorporating the reflection and refraction of light that forms a rainbow, the motifs were embellished with crystals with zardozi setting and appliqué work for outfits that shine and dazzle the senses. Using rich fabrics such as such as tissue with a hint of net, texturing and detailing, the collection was designed to be a celebration of Pakistani handcrafted workmanship, fused into unique silhouettes of elegant simplicity.


The grand finale concluded with the collection Fahad Hussayn titled ‘Hoshruba: Dara Shikoh Aur Sunehri Churail’. Actor Meekal Zulfiqar and model Amna Ilyas added grandeur to Fahad’s collection, while Ali Sethi and Zeb Bangash performed on the ramp for the brand and mesmerized the fashion forward people. The collection incorporated intricate silk thread embroideries, interlaced with delicate hand work of exquisite craftsmanship on custom nets, organza, tissue, chiffon and other exclusive surfaces, alongside their in-house hand painted and vintage revival print. It also featured exclusive one-off cuts, hues and designs with majestic detailing that combine the best elements from the world of art, architecture, and avant-garde.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | sydney formal dress shops

Here’s what you can expect from Delhi’s five-day fashion fiesta

Festivities and fashion are inseparable, and keeping in tune with the celebratory spirit of the month, runway action is ready to take over Delhi.Organised by Fashion Design Council of India, the five-day fashion week, that starts on October 11 (Wednesday) at NSIC Grounds and wraps up on Sunday (October 15), will celebrate many milestones. It’s the 30th edition of the extravaganza, and many designers are also celebrating 25 years in the industry. These include Payal Jain, Abraham & Thakore, JJ Valaya, Anju Modi and Ashish N Soni. “I’m delving into my archives, revamping my sketchbook and re-inventing some key things done in the past. It might seem like it is very easy to work with blacks, but it’s a big challenge, something I wanted to take on,” says Soni, who’ll present all-black eveningwear for men and women, with textural innovation.

Focus is also on fabric engineering, with Rimzim Dadu’s opening show. “I have taken my fascination for cords and yarns further this season. Last season, I played with steel wires and this season, I have taken traditional metallic zari and tried to change its characteristic and behaviour by way of deconstruction and construction. So, it’s a modern take on zari and other traditional yarns like silk threads. Having said that, the steel wires do make a come back, in a new more fluid form,” she says.

Muses also take on centerstage, like Rina Dhaka’s modern nomad. Dhaka is also part of the two-tiered finale which will see prêt and couture come together. Ashish N Soni, Krishna Mehta, Pankaj & Nidhi, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna will wrap the showcase, with Suneet Varma closing with couture and celebrating 30 years in the industry.

“I believe fashion is the politest way of speaking about sex. But, i like the subtle unspoken word, left to the imagination of the wearer. The glamour and sensuality in this collection comes through the use of sheer and lucid fabrics, the delicate placement of embellishments, the drapes and the unexpected details, and, what they reveal or conceal. Couture is like a sixth sense of seduction. It has its own vocabulary and language, like an elaborate braid entwined with history, myth and tradition. It may be modern, whimsical or demure, but always magnificent and carefully crafted ,” says Varma.Read more at:formal dresses online | formal dresses brisbane