Written By , on November 7, 2014

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To commemorate the launch of photographer Kenneth Willardt’s first art book, The Beauty Book (teNeues, Fall 2014), the Danish-born artist will mount an exhibition of his work at 558 Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

The Beauty Book which features 304 pages of more than 85 of Willardt’s most celebrated subjects— is publisher teNeues’ first interactive fashion book. A companion smartphone viewing app digitally animates photographs featured in the book, and The Beauty Book exhibition will bring to life these works as augmented reality artworks in the gallery.

Though Willardt’s work is varied in tone and subject, everyone from “Gigi to Gaga” (Gigi Hadid to Lady Gaga) has been captured by his finely structured compositions and striking sense of intimacy that reinforces our contemporary concept of beauty. Subjects likeJennifer Lopez, Hugh Laurie, Jane Fonda, Georgia May Jagger, Kelly Osbourne, Freida Pinto, Ryan Reynolds, Claudia Schiffer,Chloe Sevigny, Christian Slater, Lara Stone, Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima, Mads Mikkelsen and more are featured in the volume.

100 percent of Kenneth Willardt’s earned royalties from sales of The Beauty Book will be donated to Rescuers Without Borders (Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres/SSF), a medical organization dedicated to saving lives across the world regardless of nationality or religion.

The Beauty Book will be showing at 558 Gallery from November 8, to December 7, 2014, with an opening night and book launch event on Friday, November 7, 2014. The Beauty Book is currently available for sale from teNeues.com, and from 558gallery.com with a limited-edition cover that doubles as a display stand.

The Beauty Book app is available for download from the iTunes Store and from Google Play.

Over his career, photographer Kenneth Willardt has captured an impressive array of images that epitomize our contemporary concept of beauty. His editorial work has been published in magazines worldwide such as Vogue (China, Nippon, Brazil, Spain and Germanyeditions), Italian Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour (UK and US editions), SELF, A Magazine, Berliner, GQ, and Vs. Magazine. His advertising clients include: L’Oreal, Maybelline, Clinique, Christian Dior, Shiseido, Max Factor, Revlon, Neutrogena, Clairol, Garnier, Pantene, Aussie, Sunglass Hut, Kira Plastinina, Target, and Victoria’s Secret.

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Written By , on November 6, 2014

anna-wintour-british-fashion-awardsAnna Wintour OBE will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski. The iconic Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast will be honoured during the ceremony at the London Coliseum, on December 1st 2014, for her tremendous contribution to the fashion industry.

Ms. Wintour’s career began at Harpers & Queen magazine in London in 1970. In 1983 she joined Condé Nast as Creative Director of American Vogue and in 1986 returned to England to become Editor in Chief of British Vogue. In July 1988 she rejoined American Vogue in her current position. In March 2013, Ms. Wintour was named the Artistic Director of Condé Nast.

Ms. Wintour has been actively involved in fund-raising, particularly for AIDS research and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1990, she played a strategic role in developing the fashion industry’s AIDS charity, the CFDA/Vogue initiative through which she helped raise over $20 million. From 1995 to the present Ms. Wintour has co-chaired sixteen fund-raising galas which together have raised nearly $130 million for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

In 2003, Ms. Wintour directed the establishment of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an unprecedented initiative and award designed to aid emerging American fashion designers struggling to build successful businesses in the wake of 9/11.

In September 2009, in response to the devastating consequences of the economic downturn, Ms. Wintour developed Fashion’s Night Out, a global initiative designed to promote the retail industry, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. In 2014, Ms. Wintour spearheaded the fashion industry’s involvement in Born Free Africa, an organization aiming to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by the end of 2015, using funds from a dedicated clothing line comprised of pieces by world-renowned fashion designers who are also mothers.

Christopher Bailey MBE, Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Anna gives an extraordinary amount of her time nurturing and supporting creative talent around the world whether they are emerging or established names, part of fashion, literature, theatre, film, politics, sport or philanthropy. Her contribution to all of our global industries is a testament to both her passion, and her innate generosity. On a personal level it has also been a tremendous honour to have had her support, guidance and friendship throughout the many years that I have known her and I’m delighted that we are celebrating her at the British Fashion Awards in London.”

Christopher Kane: “Anna Wintour is awe-inspiring; her dedication and passion to the fashion industry, her work ethic, and her unwavering support of young talent are truly unique. I owe so much to Anna for believing in me since the very beginning; without her loyal support and friendship over the past 10 years I would not be where I am today.”

Sarah Burton OBE, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen: “Anna has such an influential hand in fashion, she cares about, and pioneers creativity. Her love and contribution to British fashion is truly outstanding and I am ever grateful for all the support she has given me.”

Natalie Massenet MBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council: “Anna Wintour has helped, nurtured and advised the careers of some of the world’s most brilliant and creative designers. There isn’t a person working in fashion who has not been inspired and influenced by Anna’s leadership.This is why we are honouring Anna at this year’s British Fashion Awards. An editor, business woman, philanthropist, mother, friend and icon; this award recognises and celebrates her extraordinary contribution to the global fashion industry and to popular culture. Anna is the creative industry ambassador and a great friend to the British fashion industry, which has benefited from her incredible support in driving the profile of our talent on a global platform as well as from her very personal care and attention. As one of Britain’s most successful exports, it is fitting to celebrate Anna Wintour’s lifetime of achievement in London.”

The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for the British Fashion Awards 2014: Principal Partner Swarovski; Official Presenting Sponsors Canon, M•A•C, Toni & Guy, Vodafone; Official Sponsors American Express, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes Benz, Penhaligon’s, Rightster. The British Fashion Council would also like to thank Fashion Monitor and Harrogate Spa.

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Written By , on November 6, 2014

ShopStyle, a global shopping search engine, announced the release of Fave by ShopStyle, a new personalized shopping app that connects users to the brands, products, stores, and tastemakers they love.

As the destination for fashion discovery, Fave allows users to do the following:

“ShopStyle has always been the destination for search. Now shoppers don’t have to just search the trends, but they can discover them with Fave,” said Brian Sugar, founder/CEO of POPSUGAR Inc., which owns ShopStyle. “Fave allows consumers to bring the social experience of shopping to their mobile devices.”

The Fave experience begins with guided personalization and leads to a style feed filled with unique content matched to the selected preferences. As consumers use Fave, it will learn their taste and style based on preferences, views, and the actions taken. The more one uses the app, the smarter the style feed becomes. Users can also create and share their own looks by uploading a photo, tagging the products in the photo, and sharing with friends on Fave and other social networks.

In addition to leveraging ShopStyle’s powerful shopping engine, the app also utilizes ShopSense, the company’s network of fashion and lifestyle bloggers, to populate the style feed with inspiring looks and current obsessions. All “Faved” items will be saved and easily accessible at any time to shop on the app or ShopStyle. Fave is currently available on iOS. Download Fave at fave.shopstyle.com.ShopStyle FAVE app

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Written By , on November 4, 2014

Global fashion and lifestyle brand, Paul Frank, has arrived in New York City with the launch of its first-ever pop-up shop, open now through January 30, 2015. Located at the Paramount Hotel (235 W 46th Street between Broadway and 8th) in iconic Times Square, the Paul Frank store is a true celebration of the creative and whimsical brand. This one-stop shop for all-new Paul Frank favorites features apparel, sleepwear and accessories and some great New York City-themed gifts as well.

“The Paul Frank shop is an exciting opportunity to bring an entirely new brand experience to fans in the Big Apple this holiday season,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “The infectious spirit and creative energy of New York City makes it the perfect location to bring Paul Frank directly to our customers.”

More than just a store, the Paul Frank pop-up will be an immersive brand experience with weekly interactive do-it-yourself (DIY), beauty and holiday events. Shoppers can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a variety of activations, including everything from make-your-own tote bags to nail art to karaoke nights and coffee tastings. A full calendar of dates, times, and details for each of these events can be found at www.paulfrank.com/newyork.

Visitors to the store can also participate in two digital activations featuring the iconic face of Paul Frank, Julius the monkey. Using Blippar’s image-recognition app, shoppers can enter the in-store photo booth and be transported into an interactive experience, finding themselves in the back of a taxicab with Julius at the wheel. Smartphone users can also interact with Julius to view and purchase merchandise through an animated vending machine directly from their mobile devices. To use these two digital activations, fans can easily download the Blippar App available in the iTunes App store or Google Play.

In the spirit of giving back during the holiday season, the shop will also feature an on-site PJ Donation Station benefiting Covenant House New York, the nation’s largest privately funded agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. When shoppers purchase one pair of pajamas to donate to Covenant House, they will receive a discount to purchase their own pair for 50% off. The donation period will begin the week of Thanksgiving and continue through the end of 2014. Paul Frank will also be providing a monetary donation and additional pajamas to Covenant House. The brand is proud to support the important work of Covenant House New York, providing loving care, shelter, and services to homeless youth throughout the state.

For those located outside of New York City, select items from the Paul Frank store are now available for purchase online atshop.paulfrank.com. For store hours and more information about the Paul Frank pop-up, please visit www.paulfrank.com/newyork.

And as of today, just in time for the launch of the new shop, Julius fans have the opportunity to download a variety of Paul Frank-themed digital stickers on Facebook and Facebook Messenger! These Paul Frank stickers are available for free in the Facebook Sticker Store; download them now to help make your digital communications more delightful and expressive.

For the latest news, follow Paul Frank on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Tumblr.

About Paul Frank
Paul Frank is a globally recognized, iconic fashion and lifestyle brand, which features artistic and entertaining designs for the young and young at heart. Acquired in 2010 by Saban Brands, Paul Frank began as an independent accessories company in a Southern California beach town in 1997. By creating relationships through exciting collaborations and strategic licensing partnerships, Paul Frank merchandise includes apparel and accessories for all ages, across categories such as books, stationery, eyewear, home décor, bicycles and more. To see what’s new at Paul Frank, visit www.paulfrank.com.

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Written By , on November 4, 2014

Redken Lea T

Redken is set to announce its newest brand muse, Brazilian model and anti-bullying and equality advocate Lea T. With her undeniable spirit, striking looks and stunning Brazilian hair, Lea T. embodies the essence and energy of Redken. Lea T. joins an elite collective of Redken muses and trend creators, including musician Sky Ferreira, international fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, renowned hairstylist and fashion industry legend Guido and celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham.

“Lea T. is a true pioneer for beauty,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US. “She shares Redken’s vision of global beauty, and has a unique sense of self and a beauty that is undeniably her own.”

One of the fashion world’s most in-demand and inspiring models, Lea T. was first discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and became the face of Givenchy in 2010.  She’s been featured in Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, Vogue Brazil, Numero, W, Hercules, Interview, Cover and Love magazines, as well as the cover of Elle Brasil.

Lea T. makes her Redken debut in January 2015, showcasing her lust-worthy color in print and social campaigns for an exciting new innovation from Chromatics haircolor. Featuring the same ammonia-free, fortifying formulas, this new innovation from Chromaticswill achieve an even broader range of haircolors with the same luxurious experience.

“We’re all people with our own personality, our own beauty, our own life,” says Lea T. “I love working with Redken because they appreciate all kinds of beauty. They believe in the individuality of the person, and I think that’s really important.”

Follow @Redken5thAve and @leacerezo for more to come.

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Written By , on November 4, 2014

LUMAS VOGUE Collection Presents Masterpieces of Fashion Photography

Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld and  George Hoyningen-Huene: these names are synonymous with iconic moments in the history of photography. Now LUMAS is introducing masterpieces from the archives of American VOGUE with the LUMAS VOGUE Collection. Starting today LUMAS is releasing more than 30 works by the most distinguished photographers of all time – available for the first time as limited editions.


For a long time, Horst P. Horst’s black-and-white prints, such as The Mainbocher Corset, have been unavailable on the art market, most available only as vintage prints selling for five-figure sums. Prints of his color photos have been even rarer. It was only when the original transparencies were rediscovered a few years ago that Horst’s talent as a colorist was revealed. The LUMAS VOGUE Collection contains limited-edition prints of these rare color photographs, such as the iconic Balance.

In addition to the pieces from the VOGUE Collection, works from the Condé Nast Archive can now be found in the LUMAS Portfolio, including photographs by Edward Steichen, André Kertész, and Arthur Elgort, created for other renowned magazines such as Vanity Fair and Glamour.

About the LUMAS VOGUE Collection and LUMAS Condé Nast Collection

Starting in 1909, publisher Condé Montrose Nast began assembling the photographic avant-garde of the early 20th century for American VOGUE magazine’s elaborate photo shoots. In the twenties and thirties, VOGUE established fashion photography as a distinct art form. Now these great moments from the history of fashion photography are united in the LUMAS VOGUE Collection. All of the pieces from the collection can be found in the enclosed catalog and online.

In 34 galleries around the world, LUMAS offers museum-quality art editions. More than 1,400 works by 160 established artists and many promising newcomers deliver a comprehensive look into the contemporary art and design scenes.

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Written By , on November 3, 2014

Victoria's Secret Lima and AmbrosioThis holiday season, Victoria’s Secret introduces the highly-anticipated Dream Angels Fantasy Bras designed exclusively for Victoria Secret by world-renowned jeweler, Mouawad.  For the first time ever, there will be twoVictoria’s Secret Angels, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, wearing the bras and body pieces on the runway at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which airs December 9th at 10/9 Central on the CBS Television Network.

Both valued at $2 million each, the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras are adorned with over 16,000 handset precious gems, including rubies, diamonds, and sapphires.  Accompanying the bras are body pieces of fine gemstones strung together with 18K gold. For all the luxury at a more pocketbook-friendly price, Victoria’s Secret has also curated a Fantasy Collection that includes Dream Angels Bras and Panties available at VictoriasSecret.com.

About Victoria’s Secret
Victoria’s Secret is the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products, dominating its field with modern fashion-inspired collections, prestige fragrances and cosmetics, celebrated supermodels and world-famous runway shows. A business of Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD), its more than 1000 Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and Beauty stores, the catalogue and VictoriasSecret.com allow customers to shop the brand anywhere, anytime, from any place.

About Mouawad
MOUAWAD – Enchanting customers with magnificent jewels since 1890
Led by 4th generation Co-Guardians, Fred, Alain & Pascal Mouawad, and backed by more than a century of excellence in its field, Mouawad remains a family business built upon artistic excellence, superb craftsmanship, trust and relationships. Mouawad designs, manufactures and sells its own exclusive jewelry and timepiece collections ranging from boutique collections and haute joaillerie to magnificent bespoke masterpieces and objects of art. The Mouawad brand has penetrated continents across the world, while retaining its eminent position as jewelers to royalty, high society, celebrities and those that appreciate the finest standards of dazzling craftsmanship. The vision at Mouawad has always been to enchant and build lifelong relationships with customers by offering a wide range of jewels and timepieces for all occasions.

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Written By , on October 30, 2014

The role of creative director or head designer, or artistic director—the actual title varies —is one of the most coveted in the fashion industry. The impact a creative director can have on a company can either make or break its brand. And it’s not just in fashion: the shift to a more innovation-driven economy is emphasizing the need for creativity as an essential component of entrepreneurial thinking and global success.

To help connect theory to practice, research from Columbia Business School and INSEAD recently examined the collections of the world’s top fashion houses to see whether foreign professional experiences of creative directors facilitate innovations for firms. They discovered that the experiences abroad of the creative directors were indeed driving the creativity ratings of their collections.

“The fashion industry is a one-trillion dollar machine and the success of individual brands depends on keeping the engine of creativity running smoothly,” said Adam Galinsky, the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School. “Our findings could prove useful to not only the world’s leading fashion brands but companies more generally when they’re assessing what their next executive should bring to the table.”

Through the study, Galinsky and his colleagues at INSEAD, Frederic Godart, William Maddux, and Andrew Shipilov introduced theForeign Experience Model of Creative Innovations to explain how three dimensions of foreign work experience—breadth, depth, and cultural distance—can be a critical catalyst for creativity and innovation:

The researchers found that the world’s top fashion companies delivered more creative innovations if their creative directors had professional experiences abroad. The breadth, depth, and cultural distance all had positive effects on the creativity of their firm’s fashion lines. However, there is one important caveat – although time spent abroad always remained positive, too much breadth and too much cultural distance began to have negative effects on creativity. So there is an optimal amount of breadth and cultural distance to produce these creative innovations.

These results have implications for both companies and individuals. Companies may benefit from ensuring that their leaders have or can acquire professional experiences abroad. Additionally, individuals who want to enhance their creativity might proactively seek to work abroad for substantial periods of time to increase their creativity, which would enhance their appeal to other organizations.

“While the effectiveness of professional foreign experiences on creative outputs varies based on the types and amounts of experiences, executives who have no professional foreign experience are at a significant creative and career disadvantage,” saysFrederic Godart, a Columbia alum now assistant professor at INSEAD.

The broader research stream explains how experience in foreign countries:

The Research

The study titled, “Fashion with a Foreign Flair: Professional Experiences Abroad Facilitate the Creative Innovations of Organizations,” is authored by Adam Galinsky of Columbia Business School and Frederic C. Godart, William W. Maddux, and Andrew V. Shipilov of INSEAD.

The paper examines 11 years worth of collections from 270 of the world’s top fashion houses. In addition, the researchers collected life and career histories of creative directors who worked for the various fashion houses.

The study found that breadth, depth, and cultural distance of a creative director’s foreign professional experiences all had positive effects on the creativity of their firm’s fashion collections. However, too much breadth and cultural distance had negative effects on fashion collections creativity. Overall the depth of foreign experiences turned out to be the most critical factor for these creative innovations. Deep foreign experience affords greater the opportunity for greater adaption whereas breadth and cultural distance offer variety, but not the same opportunity to adapt to one’s foreign environment.

To learn more about the cutting-edge research being conducted at Columbia Business School, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.

About Columbia Business School
Columbia Business School is the only world–class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real–time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real–world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment. The thought leadership of the School’s faculty and staff, combined with the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni and position in the center of global business, means that the School’s efforts have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day. To learn more about Columbia Business School’s position at the very center of business, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.

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Written By , on October 30, 2014

PepsiCo Masha Reva Designs

#PEPSIVOGUEIT – The culmination of a 10-month partnership program, Pepsi® today debuts its latest global fashion collaboration, “The Pulse of New Talent” collection in partnership with Vogue Italia. In celebration of Vogue Italia‘s 50th Anniversary, the two iconic brands have partnered to identify and showcase 10 cutting-edge, emerging design talents from around the world to create a 20-piece fashion collection featuring men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Presented in full for the first time today during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience 2014, “The Pulse of New Talent” collection captures the essence of youthful excitement, energy and self-expression through the fresh lens of 14 distinct personalities culled from six countries representing an exciting, international world-view. The designers include: Masha Reva (Ukraine), Stella Jean (Italy), Suno (USA), Little Shilpa (India), Plore (China), Madiyah Al Sharqi (United Arab Emirates), Au Jour Le Jour (Italy), Miuniku (India), Lulwa Al Amin (Bahrain) and William Okpo (USA).

“Pepsi goes beyond refreshment in a can  — it is an iconic lifestyle brand known the world over with creativity and culture as a touchstone of our DNA,” said Kristin Patrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Brands. “In keeping with that heritage, we want to reward, honor and showcase creativity in all its forms, as well as the people who make it NOW. This partnership with Vogue Italia is a perfect opportunity to support a whole new generation of talent.”

The 20-piece collection features inspired and inventive designs – from a visionary visor and imaginative tops and jackets, to youthful swimwear and architecturally inspired outerwear and accessories including bags.

Within a collection rich with talent and creativity, Pepsi identified one in particular – the Ukraine’s Masha Reva – as a designer destined for greatness. To help Reva continue on her design journey, Pepsi will support the development of her brand with a $50,000investment.

Reva will join fellow “Pulse of New Talent” designers in Dubai, UAE for the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience 2014, which returns to the United Arab Emirates metropolis for a second consecutive year to stage exclusive events developed to support emerging talents in fashion. The event, organized by Emaar in partnership with Vogue Italia, takes place at The Dubai Mall October 30November 1, 2014.

Dubai is pulsing with energy and talent; a city truly emerging as a 21st fashion capital. As a leader in the fashion industry, we continue our mission to support up and coming designers and are proud to partner with Pepsi to host these talented 10 on a global stage to share their creativity with the world,” said Franca Sozzani, Editor in Chief, Vogue Italia.

“We were incredibly impressed with the level of sophistication, vision and design capability that these young creatives brought to our partnership,” said Mauro Porcini, Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo. “Their re-imagination of our color palette and iconic logo put a refreshing spin on ‘The Pulse of New Talent’ collection and they are no doubt the talents who’ll be creating the designs and culture of our future.”

The Pepsi x Vogue Italia collection follows the success of the iconic cola’s first-ever global fashion capsule collection, the “Live for Now Collection,” which featured six global designers and was available at influential international retailers including Bloomingdale’s in the U.S., colette in Paris and Liberty of London. In addition, 2014 marked the brand’s exclusive partnership for fashion collaborations with Bottletop, a British luxury accessories brand, supporting the Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop Collection.

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Written By , on October 29, 2014

Le Jolie Runway Show

LeJolie.com  presented Style Fashion Week in LA last week, providing guests with an iconic runway show, eco-friendly goodie bags (including $25 discount cards and tank tops), a fabulous wrap party, and a Louis Vuitton purse giveaway contest, with fashion and beauty blogger Nica Adrienne as the winner.

Le Jolie’s closing show was a black-and-white themed party on the runway, with designer labels as the host. With media attendees such as Style Haul and Fashion Monster and celebrities like Najee De-Tiege and Derrick Whitney lining the runway, the fun and energetic fashion show changed the future of Style Fashion Week forever! “[Le Jolie] presented a high energy, bubbly and fun runway show like no others. They started off with the black and white swans ballet dancers……Bravo!!” – LA Fashion Week.

Guests were treated to a stunning black swan themed act by 2 ballerinas performing a dance to an enchanting string of violins, they left the audience in silence with high anticipation for what was next to come! America’s Next Top Model finalists Kiara Belen and Raina Hein animatedly opened the runway show in Balenciaga dresses, while black and white balloons poured down on the models and audience from above. After the attention-grabbing opening, Little Black Dresses by Gucci were exhibited one after another, followed by versatile black and white styles by Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and BCBG.

As the models lined the runway for their final walk, World’s First Supermodel and Top Model judge Janice Dickinson closed the show in a sea of black and white wearing a red Valentino bow tie dress.

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