Bibhu Mohapatra Spring-Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week Collection Debut Celebrates American Beauty 

“To know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light. What the light reveals is danger, and what it demands is faith.”  Inspired by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s book, “Nothing Personal,” designer Bibhu Mohapatra created his Spring-Summer 2020 collection.

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However,  I should mention that “Nothing Personal” was not just a book, or any ordinary project, but a major collaboration that began in 1963 during a time of civil crisis by former high school friends.   The collaboration between author James Baldwin and photographer Richard Avedon explored the individuality and identity of Americans.  Bibhu Mohapatra Spring Summer 2020 collection celebrates the American beauty and its diverse identity of strength, courage, and originality.


Known for his elegant designs and the love of vibrant colors, luxurious fabrics, and crafts from his native land, Orissa, India, Bibhu Mohapatra consistently raises the bar each fashion season with his collections.  His unique twist on the classic and traditional has won the hearts of celebrities, making him one of the top choices for red carpet looks.

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Bibhu Mohapatra Spring-Summer 2020 collection was revealed during a runway presentation during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios. The cast of models for his New York Fashion Week presentation further reinforced his commit to diversity, strength, courage, and originality.  Sheer fabrics, tulles, and lace emerged out of the darkness revealing light, transparency, and a sense of freedom.  While the vibrant colors of the collection revealed courage, strength, and the need for individuality without compromise. The juxtapose of the opposing elements in the collection is what makes this season’s collection probably one of my favorites.  You could be whoever you want to be at any time of the day without compromising style, grace, and glamour, and still be sexy, beautiful, and powerful.




Michael Kors and Estée Lauder Brought An Experiential Treasure Hunt to New York City

Beginning at the Michael Kors Rockefeller Center store, fans were invited to join an adventure by picking up a Michael Kors experience map.   Launching this summer, the newest Michael Kors Wonderlust creative is a blue-skied, sun-kissed dream brought to life by Gigi as she indulges in the magic of paradise and its endless possibilities.  Michael Kors and Estée Lauder brought this experiential treasure hunt to New York City to celebrate the launch of the newest Michael Kors Wonderlust campaign and the celebration continued until July 16th.

Travelers  followed the treasure map to three interactive stops which included an in-store photo booth, a special “shellphone” in Rockefeller Center, and a customized, immersive Michael Kors Wonderlust Scent Bar in order to discover the fragrance franchise and unlock exciting prizes (including Michael Kors Wonderlust beach bags, towels and deluxe samples, while supplies last).

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Michael Kors Rockefeller Center Store 
610 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Tuesday, July 16th







Rewordable the first non-digital game to be accepted as part of the NYU Game Center’s Incubator program is a unique word game that reminds me of scrabble.  Rewordable is a game for 2-8 players and is the result of a computer-aided game design process.

The three creators of Rewordable all met as students at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). The creators took their idea to Kickstarter and exceeded their $15,000.00 goals and 1,232 backers help bring their idea to life by contributing a total $43,342.00.

The game includes 120 cards, 16 reward tokens, and an 8-page full color rule booklet. I had an opportunity to play this game with friends and we all agree it was a welcome break from constantly looking at a cell phone screen.  We definitely enjoyed the human interaction, something we often take for granted.

Anne Burrell and The Spotted Cheetah takes New York City to a Cheetos filled Nirvana

If you are a cheese lover and you’re absolutely in love with Cheetos, then Food Network Star Chef Anne Burrell had a very big surprise for you. Complete with an orange carpet and cheetah print table cloths The Spotted Cheetah opened its doors to guest in New York City on Tuesday night, and closed its door last night. On the menu, Cheetos filled entrees and appetizers.

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However, if you didn’t score a seat to the sold out pop up restaurant, you can still enjoy the Cheetos filled recipes at home with a free downloadable Digital Cookbook. Just head over to The Spotted Cheetah website and download  The Spotted Cheetah Digital Cookbook . Please note the download might take a few minutes.

In the words of Chester Cheetah “it ain’t easy being cheesy,”  but I can tell you it was definitely fun trying.


Raun Larose: New York Fashion Week (Men’s) S/S18


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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Designer Raun LaRose credits his mother for his aspirations in becoming a designer. LaRose grew up watching his seamstress mother design high-end womenswear. Later, LaRose would take what he learned from his mother regarding fashion, fabrics, and designing and eventually enroll in FIT where he studied menswear. However, before enrolling in FIT, LaRose spent one year in the Art Institute of NYC studying womenswear.

Sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), La Rose debuted his first menswear collection during the Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Yesterday, Larose’s Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week: Men’s collection entitled “System Down” continued to define his avarde garde designs. LaRose known for his futuristic designs brought back much of what we loved such as the wide leg pants, but also adding new elements by redefining silhouettes, adding prints, and tech fabrics.




Todd Snyder Headlining Runway Show: New York Fashion Week (Men’s) S/S18

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It’s that time of the year again when who’s who of the fashion industry for four days flock the streets of New York City. New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the love child of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has officially begun and we were not disappointed. Now in its fifth year, NYFW: Men’s has taken its rightful place in the world of fashion.

Designer Todd Snyder, Iowa native, was the headliner for opening day of NYFW: Men’s. Snyder ended the day with a strong conviction of unequivocally bold trendsetting designs.  Snyder well-known for his exquisite classic tailoring, emphasized on versatility, luxury, and comfort, all important key elements for today’s modern man.

Snyder opened his first Flagship store in New York’s Madison Square Park in December 2016. The CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominee, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist, was also named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers.

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New Journeys Begins With AmaWaterways Luxury River Cruise

Modeled after sister-ships AmaKristina, AmaStella and AmaViola, AmaLea, a 156-guest ship, is the newest addition to AmaWaterways European fleet set to sail the Danube and popular seasonal Tulip Time itinerary. AmaLea will debut in 2018 and today AmaWaterways launched the company’s 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Extensive Brochure.

Whether sailing as a couple, solo or with a multigenerational group, AmaWaterways has a list of offerings in 2018 that will meet the expectations of our cruisers,” said Karst. “!It’s essential that we remain at the forefront of industry innovation – whether that involves ship design, food and wine experiences or new exploration – and we will continue to add opportunities for our guests as we progress through the years ahead!

For the very first time, AmaWaterways has introduced ten- and eleven-night cruises on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and a new seven-night Danube itinerary that begins or ends in Vienna. AmaWaterways is giving travelers more choices to explore the most sought-after destinations around the world introducing six new Europe itineraries and two new exotic itineraries in Africa and Vietnam & Cambodia.

Guests will enjoy the luxury, service, and complimentary choices for which AmaWaterways is known, including the intimate Chef’s Table specialty restaurant – complete with a twelve-course tasting menu developed by award-winning executive chef, Primus Perchtold – and new daily complimentary “Sip and Sail” cocktail hour.

New 2018 itineraries include:

Rhine & Moselle Delights – ten-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam with optional three-night land extension in Zurich
Rhine & Moselle Fairytales – eleven-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel with optional three-night land extension in Zurich
Danube Serenade – seven-night cruise between Nuremberg and Vienna with optional three-night land extension in Prague and two-night land extension in Vienna
Medieval Treasures – seven-night cruise from Basel to Nuremberg with optional three-night land extension in Zurich and Prague
Rhine & Moselle Splendors – seven-night cruise from Luxembourg to Basel with optional three-night land extension in Paris and Zurich
Magical Christmas Markets – seven-night cruise between Nuremberg and Vienna with optional two-night land extension in Prague and Vienna
Charms of the Mekong – two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, a seven-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam, two nights in Siem Reap, three nights in Hanoi and one night in Ha Long Bay
Wildlife and the Falls – one night in Johannesburg, a four-night African river safari, two nights in Victoria Falls, two nights in Johannesburg and two nights at a luxury safari lodge in Greater Kruger National Park.

In addition, a new Wellness program will be rolled out, which includes a dedicated wellness instructor offering group yoga, running and tai-chi classes and health and wellness lectures. Guests wishing to continue with their healthy lifestyle while onboard can do so with AmaWaterways’ award-winning biking and hiking tours along Europe’s historic rivers. These guided tours are included in the cruise fare and are provided at a variety of paces. AmaWaterways has also expanded their collection of healthy food choices – including vegetarian and gluten-free options to help accommodate health-conscious guests.

For pricing, Early Booking Promotional Offers, and specific itineraries, download AmaWaterways’ Extensive 2018 Europe, Asia and Africa brochure at To request a print brochure, please contact a travel professional, order online or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at and Twitter @AmaWaterways.

MET Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Fashion’s biggest night of the year, The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, took place last night in New York City, in celebration of the opening of the spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour were Co-Chairs, while Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy served as Honorary Chairs.

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There were no shortage of show stopping designs, celebrities, models, and fashion designers on the red carpet last night. Some guests decided to wear Rei Kawakubo inspired designs by other designers, paying homage to Rei Kawakubo, the Met Gala honoree. However, Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna, kept with the theme of the Met Gala, and stole the show with a Rei Kawakubo designed Comme des Garçons dress.

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The exhibition will be The Met’s Costume Institute first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983, featuring approximately 150 examples of Kawakubo’s designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection.

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The Metropolitan Museum spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, will be on view from May 4-September 4, 2017. The exhibition is made possible in part by Condé Nast.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Was A Keynote Speaker At The AIA Conference on Architecture

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Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President Robert A. Ivy and President Thomas Vonier welcomed a large crowd in the ballroom of the Orange County Convention Center at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday.

The former first lady was a keynote speaker, with her keynote taking place on the first day of the three-day conference, making the AIA Conference her first post-White House public appearance. Other keynotes on the first day of the conference included architects Alejandro Aravena, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Elizabeth Diller.
During Michelle Obama tenure as First Lady, she launched several initiatives that include, but not limited to, ending childhood obesity, promoting higher education, and education for adolescent girls around the world.

Mrs. Obama also worked for the city of Chicago as an assistant to the Mayor, as well as, Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. Graduating cum laude from Princeton in 1985 and receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988, her primary focus has always been the betterment of the communities she serves.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed life after leaving the White House, race and gender equality in architecture, her hesitancy to run for a politic position, the need for architects to consider taking on projects in lower income neighborhoods, mentoring, and the presidential library. Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien were selected to design the presidential library back in June.

Enjoying her new-found freedom as a civilian, the former first lady reminded the audience that she doesn’t have to be a first lady to be influential. Mrs. Obama believes that she can be just as productive away from the political baggage and spotlight and will not be seeking a political position. The AIA Conference on Architecture runs from 27 to 29 April 2017 in Orlando, Florida.