Written By , on March 2, 2015

On February 19, 2015, MTCostello, designed by Michael and Stephanie Costello, unveiled their Fall/Winter 2015 collection in the Art Hearts Fashion showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.  The presentation left the audience on the edge of their seats with its theatrics, including the continuation of the penis exploitation trend initiated by Rick Owens during Men’s Fashion Week Paris.

MTCostello Photo by BigPictur

The nude model left spectators in awe as he strutted down the runway in a shimmering, crocodile printed cape, sporting nothing underneath but a golden jewel embezzled snake wrapped around his penis.

While there was never a display of full frontal nudity due to the placement of the model’s hand, IMG halted the live broadcast, pulled the footage from the internet and refuses to syndicate the video because of its controversial content.

The naked male model was not the only one who dared to bare in the MTCostello runway presentation. The showcase opened with a female model draped in a delicate lace cloak covered in nothing but beautifully decorated body paint, applied by artists of MehronCosmetics.

The entire Fall/Winter 2015 collection was inspired by exotic reptiles and swampy grasslands, featuring earth tones, faux skins and unique hemlines. The theatrical performance signified the shedding of skin to convey self confidence, revealing one’s inner animal.

MTCostello’s showstopping presentation brought never before seen moments to New York Fashion Week, unveiling to the world why they define themselves as, “Unapologetically breaking the rules, raising the bar and influencing the power of sex, love and rebellion.” The runway was not only used as a platform to present the new collection, but to express creative freedom and challenge boundaries imposed by conservatives in the American fashion industry.

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Written By , on February 23, 2015


EXPRESS, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) unveils the EXPRESS Spring 2015 Campaign, starring brand ambassador Kate Upton. Shot on location in Miami, Florida by the acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, the campaign debuts in February 2015.

“Visionary photographer Mario Sorrenti and fashion icon Kate Upton were the perfect combination to channel the new Spring Campaign in South Beach. Sorrenti brings an innate sexiness to his images, and we love how he captured Kate’s beauty and confidence too,” said Elizabeth Crystal, Chief Marketing Officer at EXPRESS.

Available in-store and online at express.com beginning this month, the Spring Collection features tropical florals, nautical stripes and bold colors, heating up classic warm weather silhouettes for the season. “After a long winter, I’m excited to slip into the new EXPRESS collection. I’m a Florida girl at heart and feel most confident wearing sundresses, breezy tops and of course, my go-to classic shorts and camis,” said Upton.

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Written By , on February 23, 2015

CD Capital Developments and Freed Developments announced today an exclusive partnership with style icon Karl Lagerfeld to design the residential lobby spaces in the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, a new mixed use development at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto, Canada. The first condominium project in North America to involve the creative direction of prolific designer Karl Lagerfeld, the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos will include ‘Lobbies by Karl Lagerfeld‘; two residential spaces that will reflect the designer’s exceptional style and eye for detail, with features, finishes and furnishings selected by one of the world’s most influential and iconic designers.

Freed Developments and CD Capital Developments Karl Lagerfeld

This exciting collaboration on the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos marks Karl Lagerfeld’s first ever major project in the Canadian market. Working with the developers of the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, as well the project teams at architectsAlliance and Cecconi Simone,Karl Lagerfeld will be designing two lobby spaces, with plans to attend a media event and invitation-only launch celebration in Toronto, in early, April to kick off the project.

“We are especially honored to collaborate with Karl Lagerfeld – one of the world’s most celebrated and prolific designers – to execute the ‘Lobbies by Karl Lagerfeld‘,” says Jordan Dermer, Managing Partner of CD Capital Developments. “My partner Todd Cowan and I approached the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos with the goal to develop an iconic architectural landmark destination in the heart of Toronto.  With the involvement of Karl Lagerfeld we are doing just that. A true pioneer of design, his mastery of fashion, photography and interior design are unparalleled. Combining property with possibility; it is this talent that will give the building a timeless identity and bring the ‘Lobbies by Karl Lagerfeld‘ to life.”

“What I really like is what I’ve never done before,” says Karl Lagerfeld.  “I am always looking for opportunities to expand my range of creative expression, and am excited by the opportunity to design this in Toronto, Canada as part of the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos. I’m excited to be part of the CD Capital & Freed approach to the Art of Change.”

“We have always sought to find ways to partner in our developments with some of the great design minds of our generation, and share their style,” says Peter Freed of Freed Developments. ‘We look forward to sharing Karl Lagerfeld’s distinctively ultramodern, highly structured style for the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos and believe that his premier Canadian condominium design will create spaces that will be valued by our residents, treasured by our City, and appreciated by the world.”

The Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos will be located at 2131 Yonge Street, in Toronto, Canada.  It will feature a 28-storey tower on the north side of the property stepping down to a 12 storey mid-rise building of lofts to the south. Suite options in the development will range from studios to one and two bedrooms.

For more information about the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, visit www.artshoppecondos.com

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Academy Award Winning Actress & Presenter, GWYNETH PALTROW, wears Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie’s Fire Phoenix Earrings and Pétales d’Amour Ring.


These one-of-kind earrings feature two pear-shaped cabochon Rubellites weighing 101 carats and two pear shaped Rubellites weighing 22.88 carats, set in a blaze of white and yellow Diamonds, blue, pink and purple Sapphires, Spinels, Paraiba Tourmalines and white gold.
weight: 123.88 carats $425,000


This exquisite one-of-a-kind ring features a rare pigeon blood Burmese Ruby weighing 6.27 carats, pink Diamonds, and brilliant cut white Diamonds, set in rose and white gold.
Price Upon Request

Academy Award Presenter, NAOMI WATTS, wears Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie’s Wallis Simpson Bracelet and Modern Art Deco Earrings in Sapphires.


This modern pair of Art Deco inspired earrings features oval Sapphires weighing over 50 carats, purple Sapphires and round brilliant cut Diamonds set in white gold.
Total weight: 55.90 carats


Inspired by the Duchess of Windsor, this one-of-a-kind bracelet features 5 baguette cut white Diamonds weighing over 10 carats and 380 brilliant cut white Diamonds set in white gold.
Total weight: 34.06 carats

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Written By , on February 23, 2015

LIM College, which is located in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, has announced that its 2015 Summer Fashion Lab program for high school and visiting college students is now accepting registrations.

Among this year’s courses are:

Fashion+Tech: This brand-new course will delve into the burgeoning trends of wearable technology and athletic apparel and show how design and technology are merging to create new and exciting fashion items.

Fashion Speaker Series: Students will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with fashion insiders including stylists, buyers, bloggers, and successful LIM alumni.

Fashion Field Trips: Students will visit New York City fashion companies to meet buyers, publicists, trend-spotters, stylists and manufacturers and learn what it takes to succeed in a variety of fashion careers. In previous summers this class has visited a diverse array of companies, including Macy’s, Buffalo Jeans, and Pronovias.

The Stylist’s Role: This course explores opportunities in fashion styling, from publications to live events. Participants will learn about the stylist’s role and responsibilities along with tricks of the trade. Students will also conceptualize and execute a live fashion photo shoot.

Fashion Blogger Boot Camp: Aspiring fashion writers will learn how to craft fashion-related blog and social media posts as they begin to acquire the skills needed to get started in the field.

Other courses include, but are not limited to: Introduction to Fashion PR, Event Planning, Fashion Forecasting, Fashion Magazines, Fashion Photography, Fashion Sketching & Drawing, Fashion Buying, and Social Media & Mobile Marketing.

LIM College’s 2015 Summer Fashion Lab will run for four consecutive weeks, from July 6 – July 31. Non-credit courses are $250 each and courses that offer college credit are $425. Students are permitted to register for a total of up to 8 courses.

According to LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “Our Summer Fashion Lab gives high school and visiting college students the exciting opportunity to study fashion in New York City. Taught by talented industry professionals at LIM College, with the City as their campus, Summer Fashion Lab participants will get a firsthand look at the many exciting career paths the fashion business has to offer.”

This year, LIM College expects to enroll a record-setting 400+ students in its Summer Fashion Lab program. Last year, students came from as far away as Poland, Mexico, Brazil, California, Oregon, Texas and Montana to participate.

LIM College offers housing to Summer Fashion Lab students in its residence hall on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The residence hall has staff on duty around the clock and features air-conditioned double and triple rooms with private bathrooms. Summer Fashion Lab students who stay in the residence hall can also take part in activities such as New York City sightseeing tours and outings to Broadway shows.

For more information or to register, email fashionlab@limcollege.edu or go to: www.limcollege.edu/summerfashionlab

About LIM College
LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion. Offering MBA, MPS, BS, BBA, BPS, AAS and AOS degrees, LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. LIM College is located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital – giving students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus.

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Written By , on February 11, 2015

The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection presented by Macy’s will be back at the tents at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February 12th at 8 p.m. to raise awareness for heart disease nationwide. The livestream begins at 8 p.m. with a pre-show hosted by actress, singer and songwriter, Laura Bell Bundy. Emmy Award-winner Rosie O’Donnell will open this year’s show that is slated to feature more than 20 celebrity walkers and a performance by American girl group Fifth Harmony.

Despite the publically held misconception, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. In fact, 1 in 3 American women die from heart disease and stroke. Celebrities such as Star Jones and Laura Bell Bundy – both heart disease survivors – are helping to break the barriers on gender disparities, reframing this serious health issue. Many of the celebrity walkers are also breaking barriers in their own industries: Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, Thalia is one of the best-selling Latina artists of all time and Bethany Mota is one of the most popular YouTube celebrities.

“We know that by reaching people where they are—in this case, not only here in New York, but those following New York Fashion Week from around the globe online and on social media—we can raise awareness of the serious issue of heart disease in women,” said Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association. “We’re thankful for the support of our friends in the entertainment and fashion industry in sharing this message with so many people. Raising awareness is critical to helping women live healthier lives, and for that reason we couldn’t be happier to play host to the Red Dress Collection again this year.”

The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection also breaks traditional fashion week barriers by showcasing up-and-coming designers who would not normally have the opportunity share their designs on the runway. This year, the show will feature three looks from designers in the not-for-profit, independently run Fashion Incubator Programs housed at Macy’s in Chicago, San Francisco andPhiladelphia: Agnes Hamerlik, Stephanie Bodnar and Jovan O’Connor. Even some more well-known designers such as Tamara Mellon have never showcased their collection during New York Fashion Week, and for this cause, she is custom-making a dress forAlexa Ray Joel, who lost her grandmother to heart disease.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, known for the iconic red dress symbolizing the continued fight against the No. 1 killer of women, and its national sponsor Macy’s, are teaming up with 20 female celebrities including, Alexa Ray Joel(musician/model), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Bethany Mota (social media star/model), Carla Hall (The Chew), Catt Sadler(E! News), Ciara (musician), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black), Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Hoda Kotb (TODAY), Irina Pantaeva (supermodel), Jennette McCurdy (Nickelodeon’s iCarly), Kristin Cavallari (The Hills), Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Star Jones (TV personality), Thalia (Latin pop star), Tracy Anderson (celebrity trainer), and Zendaya (singer and Shake It Upactress). These celebrities will wear red dresses from notable designers including Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Monique Lhuillier, and Carmen Marc Valvo.

“For me, this isn’t just a charity fashion show. This is personal,” said Donna Mills. “This is an opportunity for me to make my mother, who I lost to heart disease, proud. By taking a stand–in a fabulous dress by the incredible Mark Zunino–I‘m advocating for more women to know their risks and join me in the fight against this largely preventable disease.”

Macy’s, the American Heart Association’s founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women for more than a decade, is the presenting sponsor of Go Red For Women’s Red Dress Collection. Macy’s has raised more than $50 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped to fund women’s heart health research and education by the American Heart Association. Additionally, Thalia will be walking the red carpet in her own collection available exclusively at Macy’s, which also features a dress that benefits Go Red For Women.

“Macy’s is a founding partner of the Go Red For Women movement and has proudly helped raise more than $50 million for the cause since its inception,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “We are excited to be a part of Red Dress Collection for the second year, which will feature emerging designers from the Fashion Incubators housed at Macy’s in Chicago, San Francisco andPhiladelphia – as well as the newest member of the Macy’s family, Thalia Sodi.”

To view, the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection Livestream, go to GoRedForWomen.org/RedDressCollection. For media materials, visit GoRedForWomen.org/media. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Red Dress Collection 2015 is nationally sponsored by Macy’s. Go Red is trademark AHA, the Red Dress is trademark DHHS.

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Written By , on February 10, 2015

Desigual has selected Canadian model Chantelle Brown-Young, also known asWinnie Harlow, to star in their new Spring/Summer 2015 campaign as the newest brand ambassador.  Chantelle perfectly embodies the spirit, values and attitude that have always characterized the company. She’s a model who breaks the established conventions and canons.  With her confident, optimistic attitude she proves that being different is not only beautiful, it gives you personality, makes you more special and therefore even more attractive.


Chantelle personifies “Life is Chula”, Desigual’s modus vivendi.  She is pure inspiration, a whirlwind of positive energy, an example of strength and achievement, who demonstrates that we are all special and can achieve what we set out to do. She shows us that it’s up to us to make life chula and that’s why she’s become the Spanish brand’s epitome of beauty. And what better occasion to count on her than the Say Something Nice campaign, which offers a collection overflowing with optimism and joy?

Chantelle and Desigual have joined forces to offer the world messages that spread smiles, and they do it in the way they know best—through their clothes, with a collection that’s lively, spontaneous and full of messages that go straight to the heart.

About Desigual

Desigual (www.desigual.com) is characterized by its distinctive, optimistic, and colorful designs. The company was founded in 1984. Desigual’s slogan, La Vida es Chula, reflects the way it views fashion and life. This phrase explains Desigual’s raison d’etre and is enshrined in the brand’s DNA and the values it reflects. It’s a manifesto that describes how to face the world each day and is reflected in a fun, fresh and original way of dressing in clothing made with a passion. Desigual currently has 95 of its own stores and over 3,500 points of sale nationally. The fashion brand closed the year 2013 with 405 retail stores, 11,000 multi-brand stores and 2,500 corner concessions in department stores. It also sold over 28 million garments worldwide through its different sales channels.

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is pleased to announce the launch of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, a standalone showcase for American men’s fashion. Skylight Clarkson Sq will serve as the official home of New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Kicking off with the Spring 2016 collections, the event is scheduled to run July 13-16, 2015. CFDA, which owns the Fashion Calendar, will organize the biannual initiative aligned with New York Men’s Market Week.

New York Fashion Week: Men’s will be presented by Amazon’s fashion sites – including Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit – with additional support Shinola.

“American menswear has never been stronger or more creative. There are many reasons the CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “It gives the designers a business platform to show during their market dates and is an opportunity to demonstrate the collective talent of an important segment of our industry. The effort to create standalone men’s shows is not just backed by CFDA and participating designers, but also by the American editors and retailers who have contributed as we have built this, and they will continue to be involved in our planning. We are so appreciative to have, from early on, Amazon’s fashion group as our Presenting Sponsor, and we are thankful to have Shinola involved as well.”

“When the CFDA decided to create a dedicated men’s fashion week in New York, we knew we wanted to help in a meaningful way,” said Cathy Beaudoin, President of Amazon Fashion. “We are committed to our menswear business across Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit, and are proud to support an initiative that both celebrates strong design and talent, and solves a very real challenge for menswear designers today.”

New York Fashion Week: Men’s will feature a combination of runway shows, presentations and special events.

CFDA Board Member Tommy Hilfiger was an early champion of New York Fashion Week: Men’s and will take part in the inaugural event. Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons,Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Timo Weiland and Kent and Curwen are also among those participating in New York Fashion Week: Men’s, with more names to be confirmed.

The program was developed  under CFDA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Adam Roth. Mark Beckham joined the CFDA in a consultant capacity as Project Director for New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The event will be produced by Inca Productions.

About the CFDA 
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 480 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.

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Written By , on February 10, 2015

Breaking into the fashion world takes talent, determination, and the unique opportunity to showcase a collection in front of the industry’s biggest names. Twelve students and alumni of The Art Institutes system of schools will put their talent and determination to the test on one of fashion’s biggest stages—Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week—to prove that they’ve got what it takes. These budding designers will debut their Fall/Winter collections Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., at Lincoln Center in New York City.


This marks the fourth season that The Art Institutes has partnered with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to provide a career-starting platform for up-and-coming designers. To earn the honor of showing their collections, the 12 designers competed against fellow students and graduates from across The Art Institutes system of more than 50 schools. Their submissions were judged by a panel of fashion experts including David Siedlarczyk, designer at Calvin Klein Men’s Intimates; Thuy Diep, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and principal at wFOURTH/Creative + Consulting; designer Douglas Hannant; and Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi, Creative Director at Etienne Aigner.

Since their selection, the 12 finalists have been closely mentored by faculty and staff as they finalized their runway collections to debut at the show. This year’s crop of designers brings an international component to the show, having spent their childhoods in countries ranging from China and Thailand to Italy and Mexico. The designers featured in the show are current students and graduates of The Art Institutes locations in Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Vancouver.

A number of the designers changed careers to pursue their passion for fashion. Three are veterans of the United States military, including Parker Trumble, a Navy veteran who graduated from Miami International University of Art & Design in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. While stationed in Italy for most of his service time, Trumble studied fine leather and metals. His desire to learn more led him back to school and on a new career path in the fashion world. While still a student, Trumble created a collection that caught the attention of the Perry Ellis Company. The relationship led to a scholarship, internship, and finally a full time job as an assistant designer with the company. “I got into fashion to create wearable art. [Friends] call me a fashion scientist because I am always testing and figuring out way to achieve what is in my head,” Trumble said.

The Art Institutes have partnered with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Iron Hope to make one young lady’s dreams of walking the runway come true. Megan Silcott, whose dreams were put on hold when she was paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a tragic illness, will walk the runway as a model in The Art Institutes fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Silcott will wear the fashions of designer Nina Perdomo, an Associate of Applied Arts in Fashion Design student at The Art Institute of New York City.

Want to see the show? The Art Institutes is hosting a live runway event on its website, www.artinstitutes.edu/mbfw, at 8 p.m. EST on Feb. 17, when viewers from across the globe can watch as the designers debut their runway collections. Additional information about the designers and their inspiration for their collections will be posted to The Art Institutes blog, http://new.artinstitutes.edu/blog.

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Written By , on February 10, 2015

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) named digital star Claudia Sulewski as the host of Teen Vogue‘s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/teenvogue). Claudia is the first star to take on the role of” host” for a Conde Nast branded YouTube channel. Additional influencers will be rolled out across Conde Nast brand YouTube channels in the coming year.



Sulewski is the second YouTube influencer to be named to the official CNE roster.  Last fall the company named beauty guru Kandee Johnson as first-ever Lead Digital Contributor for Beauty, working collaboratively with CNE on digital content creation, distribution, audience development and media sales.

“Claudia is a talented young star that speaks directly to the Teen Vogue audience and we’re thrilled to have her on board,” saidMichael Klein, Executive Vice President, Programming & Content Strategy, Digital Channels at Conde Nast Entertainment. “This is another step in our broader CNE strategy of celebrating YouTube audiences by bringing on the right influencers for the right channels.”

Sulewski will work closely with CNE and the Teen Vogue editorial teams to create a personal, insider experience online. Through her unique voice and lens, Claudia will bring to life on video all that is relevant in the Teen Vogue world and will join the YouTube online conversation with Teen Vogue fans.  At launch, Sulewski will curate a weekly YouTube experience for the Teen Vogue audience; the first episode launches today and can be viewed at youtube.com/teenvogue.

“Being a long time reader of Teen Vogue, I’m so honored to be their first ever YouTube Host! 2015 will be filled with so many exciting opportunities and collaborations. It’s such a dream becoming a part of the Conde Nast family,” said Sulewski.

A Chicago native, Sulewski is a rising YouTube star who reached a milestone 1 million subscribers last week on her channel, BeyondBeautyStar. Based in Los Angeles, the 18-year-old has made a name for herself in the digital community as a tastemaker in the worlds of beauty, fashion and style. She has partnered with brands such as Free People and Mink Pink, among many others, to create video content. Sulewski has also hosted red carpet and review shows for Teen Vogue Young Hollywood and Yahoo.

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