I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz/MADE Fashion Week: David Tlale Overview + GIVEAWAY!!!!

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 Welcome to my fourth post about my experience at New York Fashion Week. Today I will be posting about the incredible collection by David Tlale. Now, the beauty of fashion week is that you sometimes are able to get into shows that you weren’t originally invited to. This was the case for my experience at the David Tlale show, as I was given a spare invitation from a very kind friend. This show took place at the Pavilion, a more intimate setting similar to that of Milk Studios located at Lincoln Center.

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Music: The David Tlale had the most soft, alluring music of all the shows that I was able to attend. I wish that I could have asked the editor who composed the pieces, as it was absolutely beautiful. Imagine living in a majestic world of faeries who wore amazing clothing – this was the David Tlale show. The mix of beautiful piano pieces and strong ballads emphasized the femininity of the collection.

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Beauty: Brows, brows brows!!! I couldn’t help but notice that one of the consistent factors of the show were full, strong brows with a prominent arch. Along with this, the models were also given a subtle makeup look with excess amounts of highlighter and bronzer to add dimension to the face. The hairstyles were very sleek, all of which led to a very soft and feminine appeal.

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 Clothing: Now, time to get the most important aspect of every fashion show: the clothing! This collection was absolutely amazing. Unlike the Czar or Ostwald Helgason collection, David Tlale’s clothing had very little to no masculine themes — the clothing screamed classic femininity through the use of soft fabrics, flowing silhouettes and tasteful sequin. The clothing were excellently created, however, there wasn’t too much concentration on construction. All in all, I am in awe of the collection – even if my personal preference calls for a few more edgy accessories.

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 This is just a photo of what I wore to the show. I really love the intricacy of the tweed trench coat and the bright pop of color found in the red sweater. Also, remember that my giveaway for a LORAC Pro Palette is still open here!!!!

❤ Naa

I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz/MADE Fashion Week! : Ostwald Helgason Review

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 I can’t tell you how amazing New York Fashion Week was! I met a plethora of amazing people, and attended 6 shows! To be only a teenager and be given such an amazing opportunity is absolutely incredible. Before I started to cover the shows, I wanted to make sure I gave myself optimal time to properly cover each show. On February 8th, I attended the Fall/Winter Ostwald Helgason  show. In the photo above, you can see me and one half of the design team (Ingvar Helgason) posing in a pic (he is awesome!!!). Now, here are some pics of the shows:   

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Music: This show had my favorite soundtrack of all the shows that I had the pleasure to attend. The music sounded like a underground remix of popular hip hop and techno music, which just highlighted the modern ambiance of the collection. I very quickly learned that music is a very important factor in creating a show, and the Ostwald Helgason show was incredibly well-versed in this fact. 

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 Beauty: The hair and makeup on the models was very sharp and sleek – with little to no bright colors or heavy product. All of the hair styles were either bone straight with a brilliant shine or slicked back in a sophisticated ponytail. This system allowed for the clothes to the stars of the show, as it should be. 

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 Clothing: I was completely in awe of the collection. Like most of the general population, I was not as knowledgeable about MADE fashion week in comparison to the more mainstream Mercedes-Benz counterpart. However, this collection (which was the only MADE show I was able to attend) completely blew me away with its futuristic aesthetic and clean cut silhouettes. I suggest this collection to any person who wish for modern clothing with a technology inspired twist.  

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 I was given the amazing opportunity to go backstage, and took this photo of the vision board of the collection. All in all, this collection was breath-taking, and I suggest that all bloggers should take the time to read about this superhero designer duo. 

❤ Naa

P.S. My giveaway is still open here!!!!

Blogger, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My: Makeup Crazy

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Today I am doing another installment of Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My! This time, I will be profiling a blog which creates different makeup looks for all occasions: Makeup Crazy. This young lady is such a kind spirit and has an absolutely beautiful face. Here is an in-depth view of her site:

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This is Lucy from Makeup Crazy. You can find and follow her blog here. Lucy is a talented young lady that uses inspirations from nature, celebrities and holidays in order to create beautiful makeup looks. Lucy says that her blog are for those who “don’t want to wear the same makeup look everyday”. Her looks go from neutral, everyday colors to avant-garde creations. Here is some of her work:

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Makeup Crazy Look of the Day #2: Neutral 

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Makeup Crazy Look of the Day: Cool Blue

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Makeup Crazy Look of the Day: Natural Fall Contour Look

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Makeup Crazy Look of the Day Shay Mitchell Inspired Smokey Eyes

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Makeup Crazy BFF Tage Makeup Look

This is just a very small variety of Lucy’s looks. Like the other bloggers that I have profiled, her blog is regularly updated in order to make new looks (which is impressive due to her huge array of looks already)! To me, Lucy is different then other makeup bloggers due to the vast array of different looks she creates: no two looks are the same. PLEASE FOLLOW HER BLOG HERE!!!

❤ Naa

Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My: Amriaa’s Blog

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This is the second installment of Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My! Today, I will be giving a spotlight to one of the first blogs that I followed when I started my fashion blog: Amriaa’s Blog. This young woman is absolutely gorgeous, and incredibly talented in makeup (especially eyeshadow)! Here is an in-depth look into her blog:

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This is Maria from Amriaa’s Blog. You can find and follow her blog here. Maria is an stunning young lady who not only shows proficiency in fashion-related endeavors, but who is also a Medical-School student. I was so surprised when I learned that Maria was not a full time blogger, as her pictures are so clear while her work looks professional. Maria posts about fashion, makeup and hair tutorials. Here is some of her work:

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Amriaa’s Blog Blue and Green Makeup Tutorial 

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Amriaa’s Blog Neutral Makeup Tutorial 

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Amriaa’s Blog Orange, Green and Purple Makeup Tutorial 

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Amriaa’s Blog Christmas Look

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Amriaa’s Blog Gold and Green Makeup Tutorial 

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Amriaa’s Blog How Do You Take a Decent Selfie Picture? 

Above are just a very small assortment of Amriaa’s Makeup Tutorials! Her blog is regurarly updated, so you don’t have to worry about waiting weeks for a new post. Once again, due to the holiday season I want to see if we can get Amriaa to 900 FOLLOWERS BY JANUARY 1ST!!!! Please follow her blog here and her Facebook page here

❤ Naa

Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My: Dazed and Beautiful

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I have decided to start a new series known as Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My! Basically, the series will concentrate on up-and-coming fashion and/or beauty bloggers or vloggers. I feel that there is a large array of underrated gurus on the internet that deserve some recognition, and this series will do just that. Here is for our very first guru:

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This is Lisa from the blog Dazed and Beautiful. You can find her blog here and her Youtube channel here. Lisa is a beautiful 16 year old girl who loves fashion and makeup. She started her blog in April of 2012 after some convincing from a close friend. Her blog includes celebrity makeup tutorials, DIY tutorials, hair care and fashion tips. Here is a little look into her channel:

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Dazed and Beautiful Ariana Grande Tutorial

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Dazed and Beautiful 3 Last Minute Makeup Tutorials

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Dazed and Beautiful Charli XCX Inspiration Makeup Tutorial

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Dazed and Beautiful H & M Haul

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Dazed and Beautiful 3 Last Minute Costumes 

Above are just a few of her blog post and Youtube Videos. Because it is the holiday season and the year will be over in less than a month, one of my goals for the end of this calendar year is to get Lisa to over 150 subscribers on Youtube (HER VIDEOS ARE AMAZING)!!!! Please help me help her by subscribing to her channel here and her blog here

❤ Naa

Designer Decoding: Katie Gallagher

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Following my post on the dearly deceased and established designer Alexander McQueen, I once again decided to concentrate on an up and coming designer. Today, I wish to give a spotlight to the hypnotically beautiful and talented Katie Gallagher. Her aesthetic is dark, mysterious and inspired by nature. She concentrates on both ready to wear looks and haute couture pieces. Here we go:

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Born on August, 15 1986 in Western Pennsylvania, Ms. Gallagher did not come from a fashion capital. As a child, Gallagher has claimed that she “never wore shoes” and “hated wearing clothes”. She later attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design for apparel design. She was incredibly successful in school, participating in internships with Anna Sui during her sophomore year and threeASFOUR during her junior year. Her senior year collection was a symbol of her gothic aesthetic, being completely comprised on black. Her first fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week would be only three months following her graduation during September 2009 at the Tribeca Grand.

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These looks all appeared in one of Gallagher’s first collections, named “Shroud”. This collection once again concentrated on Gallagher’s use of black, but it also demonstrates her talent for draping. Now, drapery has become a lost talent for new designers–too many concentrate purely on creativity and construction. While some may find it quite strange, I also love her use of mask on the model, as it exaggerates the mysterious nature of her clothing.

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In my opinion, Gallagher’s Spring and Summer 2013 collection (seen above) is not only my favorite collection to come from her, but also demonstrate her versatility. While the cutouts and body con fit allow for the looks to continue to be edgy, the light cream colored fabric and gold accessories give a slight touch of glamour to the look. Once I so this collection, I realized that Ms. Gallagher is not just any run of the mill designer–she is a legacy in the making.

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This is a photo of R & B star Keyshia Cole in a Rebecca Minkoff pant, Giuseppe Zanotti black booties and a Katie Gallagher coat. This is one of the best examples of constructions that I have ever seen, and the jacket fits perfectly on Ms. Cole’s frame. I am also in awe of the color, which is the most beautiful shade of yellow that I have ever feasted my eyes on.

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My second celebrity that Ms. Gallagher has dressed is….herself! I think that wearing your own clothing is the best type of advertisement. Ms. Gallagher wore this dress to Wildfox Swim Cruise 2014, and for this reason the sheer material is appropriate for the event. I just love how she keeps her aesthetic at an unrelated event-it shows her dedication to her style. I really do believe that Ms. Gallagher will continue to grow, and I hope that I have the ability to see her show in this upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

❤ Naa

Designer Decoding: Mathieu Mirano

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My post on Oscar de La Renta was very popular, so I decided to write another post on a designer! I have decided that I will be always follow an established designer with an up-and-coming designer. As a newer blogger, I feel almost obliged to help out fellow newbies to the fashion industry. Now, for this edition of Designer Decoding, I have an astoundingly talented designer who, at the tender age of 22, has already had a show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie. Here you go:

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Born and raised in the fashion capital that is New York City, Mathieu Mirano attended the Huntington School of Fine Arts before eventually moving on to the highly esteemed Parson School of Design. Mirano’s designs are distinct for there perfect mix of creative whimsy and impeccable construction. Mirano claims to be inspired by “his extensive travels and cultural experiences in Europe, Asia and Africa.” With all that Mirano has and continues to accomplish, it is quite difficult to believe that he is only 22 years old!

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All of these outfits appeared at Mirano’s Spring 2013 collection, and show his talent with bold colors, prints and overall tailoring. The first look on the far right consist on a simple white, long sleeved top paired with a cream colored short. I love how well it fits the model and how understated it is in comparison to the other pieces. I am particularly a fan of the tiered overskirt on the second dress (do I spy a new peplum trend) and the golden fossil-based print on the fourth dress. 

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Now, all of these outfits appeared in Mirano’s most recent collection for the Spring 2014 collection. This shows his extensive knowledge on sequins along with his great eye for cohesion. By using the same fabric in each outfit, the audience can tell that the outfits come from a similar collection. Also, while sequin can easily go very wrong, Mirano is able to use understated pieces to balance out the glitz and glam. 

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Now, these are 3 of my favorite looks from all of Mirano’s pieces. They all were in his collection last year, and include a leather skirt. Now, for my regular readers, you know of my love for edgy/glamourous fashion, and leather skirts are the perfect balance of each. These three looks are a perfect example of Mirano’s aesthetic, which is chic, powerful and whimsical. 

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This is Nicole Richie, or the Boho-Chic Queen, in Mathieu Mirano at the 2012 Alma Awards. I first have to start by saying this dress immediately reminds me of Blair’s Marchesa prom gown that Leighton Meester wore at the end of season 2 of Gossip Girl. I love golden sequin mixed with black linen, as I feel that it is the perfect mix of bright and dark. This gown looks wonderful on both the model and Nicole, however, I wish that Nicole would have gone slightly lighter on the eye liner and shown off her natural beauty in this amazing gown. 

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Now, this gown definitely portrays Mathieu’s versatility as a designer. Not only can he create beautiful Ready to Wear outfits, but he can create magnificent Haute Couture works of art. This custom made gown was worn by Lady Gaga during her Good Morning America debut of her hit song “Applause”. I just love how the shoulder pads look like two beautiful wings on her back, and how clear and simple this look is in comparison to some of her other looks. 

Please check out more of Mirano’s work at: http://mathieumirano.com/

He is such an excellent designer and I hope he has years of success!

❤ Naa