TEEN VOGUE hosts TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot at Lincoln Center

Teen Vogue opens Haute Spot, an interactive fashion destination, and lounge at Lincoln Center, providing young fashion and beauty lovers with their own inviting, interactive environment where they can participate in fashion and beauty events created exclusively for them. The space is open to the public, Sept 8-15 from 10:30am-7:30 pm. Haute Spot will feature daily events including editor, designer and celebrity appearances, runway-inspired daily makeovers, model castings, live performances, runway show screenings, blogger lounge, fragrance bars, and more.See complete calendar listing below:

Thursday, September 8, 3PM
· Pia Toscano from American Idol performs
· TEEN VOGUE Book Signing, 4PM
Meet TEEN VOGUE Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley while she signs copies of The TEEN VOGUE Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.

Friday, September 9, 4PM
· Declare Your Denim Seminar
Join DIY guru, Erica Domesek of P.S.-I made this… and DIY your denim.
· Shay Mitchell Meet & Greet , 4:30PM
Meet fashionable star Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars”
· A Fine Frenzy, alternative singer, songwriter and pianist, performs, 5:30PM

Saturday, September 10, 11AM-1PM
· Soyon An, American Idol stylist, stops by for a styling session.
· Jill Stuart Runway Show Screening, 2-4PM
TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume and designer, Jill Stuart will host a screening of Stuart’s runway show. Afterward, singer Sabi will guest DJ (5-6PM).
· Wynter Gordon, pop singer, performs, 6PM

Sunday, September 11, 3:15PM
· Declare Your Denim Fashion Show
Join us on the Plaza for a fashion presentation of fall’s hottest denim trends.
· Later, TEEN VOGUE’s Eva Chen discusses the hottest beauty trends with
YouTube sensations, The Fowler Sisters, Elle and Blair Fowler

Monday, September 12, 3PM
· Model Monday: Runway Coaching and Casting Call
Learn the tricks of the trade with runway coach Mac Folkes, and then strut your stuff for casting scouts from IMG Models.

Tuesday, September 13, 5PM
· Erin Fetherston Runway Show Screening
Check out Erin Fetherston’s latest runway show with an exclusive screening, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Market Editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller.

Wednesday, September 14, 3-6PM
· Tory Burch Runway Show Screening
Watch a special screening of Tory Burch’s latest runway show.
· Nikki Lane, Country music singer, performs, 6PM

Thursday, September 15, 4PM
· Phillip Lim Runway Show Screening
On the closing day of the TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot, designer Phillip Lim will treat guests to a screening of Lim’s latest runway show, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume.

PLUS….Daily Makeovers with Maybelline New York

For more information, follow @TVHauteSpot on Twitter. These amazing and fun events take place at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts/Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.


Win a Trip to Fashion Week from LOFT & US Weekly

Hello all you fashionistas, fashion obsessed and New York Fashion Week fan. Want to attend a Fashion show during the fashion holy week in New York? LOFT and US Weekly have partnered to give on person the chance to win a trip to New York City during Fashion Week. In addition, the winner will receive 2 tickets to US Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers Fashion Week Party” (a party I’d kill to attend), dinner at a downtown Manhattan hopspot as well as full looks from LOFT.

See some of the amazing fashions that’s coming for Spring 2012 before your friends in person, be close enough to touch the fashions and be surrounded by the energy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Visit LOFT’s facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/LOFT and enter every day through August 15th to win.

The Debut of Buenos Aires Runway

Designed to showcase local designers, last month’s inaugural edition of Buenos Aires Runway put some of the finest Argentinean styles on display for the Fall-Winter 2011 collections. With help from prestigious IMG Fashion, Buenos Aires Runway seeks to become a part of the international fashion calendar while also establishing the city of Buenos Aires as a symbol of design and fashion. This first edition served as a project platform to celebrate Argentinean fashion as a new creative field, as well as reinforce its integration into the industry and economy. Seven designers participated in the first edition of Buenos Aires Runway including

Min Agostini (142)

Min Agostini

Min Agostini studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and uses that background in her designs. She’s known for her short skirts with big volume, dresses and urban coats. In 2009, she was selected by the Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show her collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Mariano Toledo (164)

Mariano Toledo

Mariano Toledo is an Argentinian Designer who works on Latin America Project Runway. His Fall-Winter 2011 Collection included some leather goods and jackets that are typical of his design. He appreciates a masculine style that highlights femininity with personality, mixing skirts, ties, and transparent pants.

Mariana Dappiano (69)

Marina Dappian

Marina Dappian, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, she was inspired by pictures her daughter scribbled on the wall of the house. She works a lot with wool.

Marcelo Senra (70)

Marcelo Senra

Marcelo Senra, an Argentinean native, known for her ethnic and tribal designs, was selected last year by the Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show her collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Fabian Zitta (112)

Fabian Zitta

Fabian Zitta, once a doctor, studied design at the University of Buenos Aires. He is inspired by Art Deco and his collections have many layers.

Daniela Sartori (129)

Daniela Sartori

Daniela Sartori, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, works with organic material and specializes in tailoring. Her clothes are unisex.

 Laura Valenzuela (94)

Laura Valenzuela

Lastly is Laura Valenzuela, who graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1993 with a degree in Fashion Design. She has won several contests throughout her career.

The second edition of Buenos Aires Runway will include several new and exciting additions. The event, to be held in Fall 2011, will feature business rounds with buyers around the country, various conference cycles and a showroom similar to the main fashion event in Latin America. In all future editions of Buenos Aires Runway, new talent will continue to be selected, with the goal of offering these upcoming designers the professional tools and base to establish adequate connections within the local and international market.

LOFT’s Summer 2011 Preview

My LOFT card has already gotten a lot of mileage on it and some this summer…. I’ll be breaking a new record, and it looks like I’ll keep on breaking records thanks to LOFT’s Summer 2011 Collection. I also think I’m going through a floral phase because all of my favorite pieces from the LOFT’s Summer 2011 Preview had floral designs or accents.

My three top favs are below. The gorgeous pencil skirt with the bold pink flowers is of course my favorite.

Looks from LOFT’s Summer 2011 collection was inspired by everything summer has to offer- the warming sun, caressing wind, refreshing sea and cooling shade. All evident in the cool blues and vibrant pinks and oranges. Though I may be goingthrough a floral phase, several other pieces caught my eye. The nautical inspired looks for example
and the various pops of color which were mixed with prints or bold colored accessories paired with muted colored looks.
And speaking of accessories, LOFT offers some great footwear for under $30 – perfect for the beach and with just about any summer outfit.
LOFT’s Summer Preview also highlighted the capsule collection with Lela Rose, who offered her take on the perfect summer dress. And again, my favorite piece? The floral print sweetheart dress

Designer Collaboration – Rory Beca for Forever 21

Designer Rory Beca was on hand at Forever 21 Times Square to introduce her exclusive design collaboration, Rory Beca for Forever 21, with the retail giant. My days of shopping at Forever 21 are long gone or so I thought. Fashion does indeed take flight as the young designer introduces such gorgeous pieces as the Splatter One Shoulder Dress and the Splatter Drawcord Dress – my favorite print from the collection.

Other great pieces that are sure to be key in your wardrobe include an adorable Satin Swing Skirt, which goes great with a tee or a not so basic top, like Rory Beca’s Embellished Knit Top (seen paired below).

and another favorite, the very comfortable Beaded Collar Dress, which can be layered under a hot pink cardigan for a burst of color, worn with leggings or alone. It was quite a popular piece as you can see in the photo below.


I got a chance to speak with Rory Beca in between meeting/greeting the eager young girls patiently waiting to get insight into her design world and experience. She kept them entranced with her approachable and easy going personality.

rory beca 008 rory beca 015

But back to my interview – her story is an interesting one. Her whole business is literally a family affair. Her brother makes her wonderful prints, her dad  (a Dentist) made her deliveries, etc but I’ll let Rory tell you her story in her own words.

This wonderful collection is available both in-store and online but it won’t be forever. All items are while quantities last and judging by the numerous purchases I saw, it won’t be for much longer. Don’t you love these Rory Beca for Forever 21 pieces? What items from the collection collaboration are on your wishlist?

Attention Shoe Addicts – Enter to win LOFT’s MUST-HAVE BOOTIE!!

And I must have it (so you know I’ve already entered). LOFT’s has announced a fabulous Spring Sweeps (ignore what’s going on outside). One of us (hope its me) will win a pair of LOFT’s MUST-HAVE BOOTIE, a stylish peep-toe.

LOFT Sweeps

 Recently seen in the pages of Vogue magazine, this flirty, lace-up pair combines the sturdy coolness of a chunky heel with the feminine allure of a peep-toe. So whether your life demands pencil skirts or denim leggings (or both), this Bootie is a shoe-in to become your chicest, most versatile mainstay.
Visit LOFT’s Facebook Fan Page to enter and to receive more information but hurry—the contest ends Sunday, February 6th!!!

PORTS 1961 Debuts Menswear Collection

Tia Cibani has answered the prayers of men everywhere by finally coming out with a Ports 1961 Menswear collection. The collection, which debut in Milan during Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week, was influenced by classical sculpture. “These are clothes molded to the man and sculpted like a second skin. We dress the self-aware urban gladiator, a man who chooses pure and noble materials to express his inner nature, a man who needs his clothes to be tough and ready for action, but relaxed and comfortable when he rests“, says Tia and Ian Hylton.


The mood is über-masculine and fueled by the spirit of the renaissance, inspired in turn by classical art with its values of everlasting beauty, perfect proportion and harmony. Ports 1961 updates that mood with an exquisite freshness and a sophisticated contemporary feel. This season, Ports 1961’s menswear throws down the gauntlet to declare: from now on, only the best of everything…is good enough.

Tear Away the Wrapper Before Ingesting the Fashion

If you’re anything like me (and chances are that you’re probably not), you look out your window after waking up to a snowy winter morn and reflect on life’s most important questions. Questions like where are we going as a society, will I live to see another winter, where will life take me this year and most importantly, will I be dressed appropriately for it? Now I say you’re nothing like me since the first things that pop into my mind during rash decisions, hasty social movements, and sudden encounters are whether or not to complete the look. After the layers are peeled away is just as strong as with the layers still on. Or maybe you are like me. Maybe you remember important events throughout your life based on what you were wearing or what someone else was wearing and how well it was received. At any rate, if you’re anything like me you have a connection albeit a duty to fashion that just refuses to die. It’s this obligation, if you will, that keeps us tied to fashion as aforementioned through more than personal adornment grievances but life markers that shape culture and are immediate reflections of fiscal and societal times.

So here with a bit over a month left till the launch of the second Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at its new home at Lincoln Center, I reflect on this changing of the guards and the excitement behind it. What’s great about the new location more than anything is the excitement behind it. Last September there was an emergence of smaller designers, houses, and collectives that started out where many a major fashion brand once started out at. (You don’t believe me then zoom back to the September posts on this insightful blog and take a gander). There was a mix of the big and the small, the established and the “winging it”, the noteworthy and the “run that by me again”, but all were getting into the excitement.

Yet even with all this excitement, even the wow and the “huh?” came with a message. Fashion is multifaceted and multimedia. Check out these designers this blog’s Mistress of Media dug up to secure this thought. There were retail-friendly new guard tendencies at relatively new newcomer Andy and Debb.

Clearly a line for a young, fresh woman with a point of view that dabbles into classically shaped mini-dresses slightly askew with leather lattice overlays, shrunken geometry inspired lapels on jackets and sweet schoolboy collared shirts tucked into boy-short femininity. Shown as a presentation rather than a runway show was not only more affordable for a young house but it put you more in touch with the softness and delicacy of the fabrics that the brand seemed to be relaying

Then you have the divine Ms. Tracy Reese who runway presentation and presence at New York Fashion week have become synonymous with modern New York. The fresh faces on girls, the wonderful prints Ms. Reese has a penchant for, the easy to wear, retail-friendly, look-twice chic that makes this label a fashion darling. It was a collection that dived into the whimsical with an irreverent print combination and cool on-vacation chic all under the umbrella of sophisticated and sexy.

Now personally, although it’ll cost the other arm and half the other leg, I feel that if you are showing men’s and women’s then show them separately. Take for example the runway presentation of Guli. Did it need to be a show? No. The prints, silhouettes and accessorizing inspired by the Mideast and they were stronger than the need to see it on a runway.

While some of the silhouettes were interesting and techniques very beautiful, it would have been stronger had it been more to the American sense of fashion. For a newer designer, if the money is going to be invested efficiently then “Wow” is in your best interest otherwise balance and success can be achieved from other media means like a presentation complete with great complimenting interiors and sets depicting kazbah-like scenes like what I am almost certain was on the design mood board.

Rebecca Moses may have gotten the idea to stage a presentation right, but there needs to be more strength in her designs and themes to produce more of a heavy hit next time around. However, who knows, that may be what certain segments of the American market will lap up like water for the thirsty. Of note, her presentation was fresh in its artistry, like images floating off of a page and her shapes were relatable.

Ivana Helsinki gave an impressive runway debut that if she winds up showing again this February will be looked to by buyers and especially stylists. Her theme was one of being seaside or even shipwrecked with great shaped dresses and sportswear separates with nautical and ocean iconography adorned on them.

The rope boot (pictured above and in more detail below) is a key item for cheeky editorials.

I could go either way though as to whether or not she should have done a runway show or just presented but it was good to see the fluidity of the fabrics together with the rigidity yet pliability of the rope trimmings.


So now in a few weeks we can see how certain designers got it right or wrong, chose wisely or foolhardily and held it together or laid big eggs. At any rate, in a major election year with fiscal and social agendas on the table I’m sure the collections will be a reflection of how designers feel we should remain aware and connected through our expenditures or escape the madness through luxury. I just hope I’m carrying the right man bag come the first fall 2011 deliveries.

See you at the tents