Runa Ray Showed New York City That Sustainability Can Be Beautiful During New York Fashion Week

Not just a fashion designer, but a designer that uses her fashion to make a statement, Runa Ray showed New York City that sustainability can be beautiful with her Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week. “Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said Runa Ray.

Runa Ray was Born of Indian heritage and did her schooling in Bangalore, a city in the south of India.  After completing her studies at the Fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (India) and receiving the Best Design award for her final collection, Runa Ray moved to Paris to pursue her masters in Garment engineering under the Paris Chamber of Commerce at the Ecole Superieure des Industries du Vetements.

During her time in Paris she learned the fine art of Haute Couture while working with some of the most notable designers in Amsterdam and France, like John Galliano and the House of Dior, and decided to fuse it with her knowledge of ready to wear.

Her Spring Summer 2018 runway collection, named Imagine, opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail.  The collection displayed a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses, jumpsuits, to separates, and menswear.

Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress scripted with Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality made quite an impression with the audienceNotable attendees included wrestler Tami Roman of Basketball Wives, WWE star Danielle Moinet, actress Maria Cotto, Diandra Barnwell of So Cosmo, and Az Marie from Empire.

Runa Ray founded MOJO Design Studios with its manufacturing based in India in 2012. Soon to follow were retail expansions of Mojo a RTW line in Southeast Asia with its head office based in Singapore and Mojo Designs International with its office in London for Europe.

Catherine Njoo presented her New York Fashion Week Collection during NYFW FIRST STAGE : Indonesian Diversity

Native to the Indonesian island of Bali, characterized by intricate finger movements, expressive gestures, facial expressions, and impressive complicated footwork,  Legong, enacts traditional stories through a refined dance.

Finding inspiration from this dance, Indonesian Fashion Designer Catherine Njoo, presented her New York Fashion Week collection  Legong  during NYFW: First Stage. Catherine Njoo’s namesake label was established in 2013, the label is a couture and ready to wear fashion label based in Indonesia. Her collections combined traditional Indonesian fabrics with modern style.

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NYFW: First Stage is the newest fashion platform for  international designers to showcase their designs during New York Fashion Week. The shows ran from September 7 to 11 at The Gallery at the Dream Downtown hotel.


Spring has sprung during New York Fashion with Leanne Marshall Spring 2018 Collection

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The melancholy sense of the transient beauty of  the colors of spring is what fashion designer Leanne Marshall brought to life on the runway  yesterday in New York City during New York Fashion Week.

The vibrant colors  brought an ethereal feel to the runway, while the darker colors gave a sense of excitement of transitioning.   Adding an edgy feel to the collection,  bold patterns, ruffles, and asymmetrical shapes also dominated the runway. Almost like a slow metamorphosis, the collection gave a sense of rebirth when soft delicate silks and vibrant colors like yellow, teal, orange, fuchsia, and pink, emerged out of the darkness of the darker hues in a goddess like fashion.

Marshall is no stranger when it comes to creating timeless sophisticated gowns with a strong sense of femininity. She was the winner of season 5 of the reality show Project Runway and just like on the show Project Runway, Marshall is now keeping us all on the edge of our seats during New York Fashion Week, begging for more.


New York Fashion Week went to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang’s Spring 2018 fashion show

A #wangfest party bus, a remote street in Brooklyn, screaming fans, celebrity sightings, and surveillance cameras. Sounds like a scene from a movie, but these were the sights and sounds leading up to Fashion Designer Alexander Wang taking over Brooklyn for New York Fashion Week.

The street was transformed into Wang’s private runway outside under the night sky of New York.  Some where between a typical New Year’s Eve night and a regular Saturday nigh out in New York City, the 32 piece collection, like the show, made a statement that we were all here to party.

And with a sexy cool girl vibe, if sexy ever left, Wang definitely brought it back by combining various textures and pieces to give more of a disheveled sexy look. While  the little black dress, leather pants, and the over-size sweater paired with fish net stockings, gave us the signature party looks we all know and love.  Some models wore New Year’s Eve style crowns that read Party Animal and Wangover, which completed the party look and vibe of the entire collection.


Manaola Yap and Hawaii takes over Manhattan during New York Fashion Week

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After founding his own company two years ago, Manaola Yap just completed his first history making runway show. Hawaiian Fashion Designer Manaola Yap showcased an entire exclusive runway collection during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in collaboration of Oxford Fashion Studio in New York City, making this a first for a native of Hawaii.

Dominated by the commanding presence of black, the allure of luxurious gold, and bold prints, the collection brought the indigenous culture of Hawaii to life for a global audience with a high energy presentation of luxury.

The presentation included traditional Kakua Pa’u (a dressing ceremony) and other traditional Hawaiian protocol.  Through self-discovery and drawing from the inspiration of nature and the knowledge his mother bestowed upon him, Yap is a self-taught fashion designer.  Born in the majestic Kohala region on the northwest side of Hawaii island, Yap learned the technique and art of costume creation and styling from his mother.

Although Yap is the first native from Hawaii to showcase an entire collection during New York Fashion Week he is not the first native of Hawaii to appear at New York Fashion Week.  Ari South and Kini Zamora both presented pieces as part of the reality TV show Project Runway.

Desigual UNexpected SS18 Show: New York Fashion Week

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Every once in a while you come across a runway show during New York Fashion Week that is so electrifying, creative, and unforgettable that words can’t possible do it justice.

Desigual UNexpected SS18 Show directed by Jean-Paul Goude and choreograph by Ryan Heffington with music by Sam Spiegel is such a show.


Tom Ford: New York Fashion Week S/S18

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The 7th of September  might be the date on the official New York Fashion Week Calendar  for the start of New York Fashion Week, but Tom Ford had other plans.  Wednesday night Tom Fords reminded the world that he still owns the New York Fashion Week runway by transforming the Park Avenue Armory into the who’s who of celebrities.

Ford officially kicked off New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 with his Spring/Summer 2018 women’s collection runway show.  The event also marked his return to the New York City runway.  Fords debuted a collection reminiscent of the 80s with bold colors, blazer jackets, pointed toe shoes, and  mini dresses.  The weather might have been rainy and gloomy last night in New York City but Ford managed to bring out all the stars.

View the full fashion show below:

Alton Brown Announces New Show “Return of the Eats” at Dragon Con

We’ve heard the rumors, we saw the teaser trailers, and we have all speculated if Alton Brown would revive his fun and brainy cooking show Good Eats. The show ran for 14 seasons on the Food Network and ended in 2011.


Well, wait no more, just a few short hours ago at Dragon Con, the Good Eats host who regularly appears on Food Network Star, Iron Chef America, and Cutthroat Kitchen,  announced that on the Food Network, and streaming online, a show called Return of the Eats will premiere next year.

Style South Returns To The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Not everyone can make it to New York Fashion Week but your invitation is in the mail for Style South in Atlanta. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and The Southern Gentleman on Saturday, September 16, invites you to celebrate the best of fall fashion with a runway show and multiple in-store activations.

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is the South’s unrivaled luxury shopping and dining experience. This stylish haven spanning six walkable blocks invites visitors to shop, savor good food, and be pampered.

The Southern Gentleman at 12 noon kicks off the festivities with a welcome brunch. Tickets includes a welcome glass of Prosecco, followed by a sumptuous Southerner’s feast inspired by Garden & Gun’s The Southerner’s Cookbook – along with a brunch cocktail and a copy of The Southerner’s Cookbook. Guests can enjoy A Southern Shop Around from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The following are just a few of the participating stores offering special treats and promotions:

  • Christian Louboutin: complimentary Partida tequila-grapefruit palomas and complimentary manicures with purchase of any of Christian Louboutin nail lacquers
  • NARS: 15 minute glam session makeovers + Narsissist-ritas with Partida tequila
  • Joie: create-your-own mimosa bar paired with pastries
  • Shake Shack: complimentary scoops of Pecan Pie Oh My! Custard
  • Hottie + Lord: Botox pop-up party paired with prosecco pours
  • Diptyque: create your own potpourri with the Vetyverio Eau de Parfum launch and complimentary Partida tequila-grapefruit palomas
  • Hermès: custom fragrance engraving event
  • Jonathan Adler: receive 20% off any $150+ purchase and enjoy complimentary old fashioned cocktails with 1888 rum (exclusions apply)
  • Georgetown Cupcake: complimentary cupcakes for first 200 guests, with a build-your-own cupcake station. Guests can add their own “Southern Flair” on their cupcake with Southern inspired toppings
  • Lindbergh: informal modeling, complimentary Virginia Black on the rocks, live DJ and more
  • Theory: “Step Up Your Selfies” with an interactive photo booth and gift with purchase
  • Jimmy Choo: “Heels and High Tea.” Enjoy complimentary sweets and savories accompanied with a complimentary high tea cocktail
  • COS: enjoy 10% off and light bites from Le Bilboquet
  • Les Copains: Spend and receive shopping promotion and complimentary light bites and prosecco from Taverna
  • Cacao: preview the Halloween 2017 Skull Collection and enjoy complimentary champagne and “Cacao Daily Dose” dark chocolates
  • Billy Reid: complimentary Southern -inspired whiskey cocktail from Virginia Black
  • Warby Parker: complimentary popsicles from Steel City Pops (while supplies last)
  • Alice + Olivia: enjoy complimentary “Staceface” margaritas and spend $750+ to be entered to win a $1,000 Alice + Olivia gift card
  • Planet Blue: complimentary braid bar

Shoppers can refuel and dine on light bites and refreshments from several restaurants from  5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurants listed below offers the following:

American Cut & The Regent Cocktail Club for complimentary tuna tartare appetizers and handcrafted cocktails in the first floor lounge (while supplies last).

Shake Shack will continue to offer complimentary scoops of its Pecan Pie Oh My! Custard while

Le Bilboquet will offer complimentary servings of its “Porch Rocker” craft cocktail, made with pecan vodka, chicory root liqueur and blackberry pepper shrub.

At 7 p.m. participating retailers such as AKRIS, Alice + Olivia, Bella Bag, Bonobos, ETRO, Hottie + Lord, Joie, Les Copains, Lindbergh, Robert Talbott, Theory, Tod’s and Vilebrequin will highlight the season’s must-have looks with a fall fashion runway show.

All looks will be available for immediate purchase right off the runway. The runway show and in-store parties will be open to the public. Valet parking is available at American Cut, Fado and Dior.

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta also offers complimentary three hour parking with validation from any store or restaurant. No purchase necessary.  Normal self parking rate of $3.00 applies without validation.  For more information, visit for more information on Style South.