Posts Tagged ‘Designer’


In Events, Fashion, Updates on May 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

Every great fashion designer in the world has been trained by great professionals.

As a former student of the International Academy of Design & Technology–Tampa, I know that this institution offers just that: Great Professionals. As students perfect their skills in various aspects of fashion design, they are given the incredible opportunity of showcasing their own brilliant ideas in the annual IMAGINE fashion show. A spot in most big runway events would normally cost a design house a minimum of $50,000. For the IMAGINE fashion show, creativity is the only requirement for a designer to experience the pride and glamour of participation in a big runway show.

This year’s show will be held on Saturday, May 19th at the Mainsail Conference Center in Tampa. A VIP pre-party will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the extravagant runway show. Miss St. Petersburg USA 2013, Collins Medlin, will serve as the event emcee. Following a theme surrounding the uncertainty of the Mayan calendar and 2012, 44 students will present approximately 200 incredible designs ranging from beachwear to bridal.

With a plethora of exciting fashion, beautiful models and intriguing themes, the 27th annual IMAGINE fashion show presented by IADT is one event that must not be missed!

Dali Hernandez: Anything But Basic

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

Dali Hernandez is an amazing designer with bold, beautiful fashions and can’t wait to see her designs this Friday on the runways at Fashion Week. I eagerly checked out the House of Dali portfolio and boutique on her site several times – mostly because I found I needed to visit and revisit to fully capture the essence of the designs. She has everything from a ruffled top (a must see to fully appreciate) to party dresses and ball gowns.

Even though we have all seen ruffles, party dresses, ball gowns in basic black – these are like nothing you’ve seen before and are anything but basic. Check them out for yourself on her site, and you will see why you have to attend this year’s Fashion Week Tampa Bay to see Dali Hernandez and her designs on the runway. You will be glad you did.

Here’s to another beautiful night of fashions,


Savage Beauty

In Designers, Events, Fashion on July 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

My summer visit to New York City could not have been complete without stopping by the second floor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art – aka “The Met” – to tour Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. All organized by Curator Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda, both of The Costume Institute, along with assistance from his former fashion show production designers. Close to 200 ensembles and accessories from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, were grouped according to McQueen’s Romantic fixations.

Lines for the exhibit can reach up to an hour – more than worth the wait, although I was lucky enough to only stand by about half of that. Once inside, the packed crowd moved along surprisingly smoothly from room to room. The tour began by setting the tone with two mannequins who, like the theme of many of his collections, were polar opposites. On the left, a dress of red and black ostrich feathers adorned with red painted glass medical slides. On the right, a striped and varnished razor-clam shell dress, both from the VOSS, spring/summer 2001 collection.

Onto “The Romantic Mind,” showing McQueen’s signature “bumster” design – pants so low that they revealed, yes, the mannequin’s bum! Accessories such as shoes in the shape of a mutated spine, butterflies and headpieces all inspired by Edgar Allan Poe were displayed next in the “Cabinet of Curiosities.” The video in this room was such a unique element capturing Alexander McQueen’s ability to turn a runway into an artful performance. One of the most intriguing was a white dress worn by Shalom Harlow in the spring 1999 show, along with a video of the dress being spray painted black and yellow on the runway.

Romantic Gothic & The Cabinet of Curiosities

The atmosphere of each room kept perfectly in tune with the all of the pieces and music. In a proud, regal tribute to his Scottish roots, were McQueen’s first tartan designs.

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The exhibit went on to show “Romantic Primitivism,” the focus of McQueen’s first post-grad runway collection, complete with horsehair and antelope horns. While beautiful: definitely not for the faint of heart. Difficult to choose, but my favorite gallery may have been the “Romantic Exoticism” – think Asian-inspired silhouettes, silk and previously fresh flowers.

Romantic Exoticism

The journey ended with “Romantic Naturalism,” by far the most wearable pieces for us everyday fashionistas and Alexander McQueen’s last fully materialized collection before his February 2010 death. Included were dresses and leggings in vibrant, earthy colors accompanied by outrageously high heels – the same heels worn and made famous by Lady Gaga.

Romantic Naturalism

Overall, The Met was a great way to start my weekend in the city with the most unique designer collection I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Words really cannot do the exhibition justice, it is a must see for anyone visiting the city before August 7th!  If you can’t make it to New York, the Met store’s website has plenty of fashionable souvenirs.

PACE Provides Bright Opportunities For Girls

In Events, Updates on September 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Seeing the many beautiful and talented women who emerge year after year at Fashion Week Tampa Bay, one cannot help but wonder how they become so amazing.  As it turns out, there is a very special organization called PACE Center for Girls.  Providing girls and young women with the opportunity for a better future, PACE believes that each one deserves to find her voice and achieve her full potential.

With an impressive list of principles such as honoring the female spirit, focusing on strengths, and seeking excellence, PACE is the perfect place for girls between the ages of 12 and 17 to gain the tools necessary to become outstanding women.  This year, PACE celebrates their 25th anniversary, providing evidence of just how wonderful and effective this program really is.

That designer, model, actress or even doctor you admire so much?  She just may be a product of PACE.

Eastern Design Meets Western Trends at Fashion Week

In Designers on September 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

East meets west at Fashion Week Tampa Bay2009. Designer Sana Hassan will premier her newest one-of-a-kind collection that combines traditional Indian design with the latest western trends. Born in Bangladesh, Bengali, the elaborate patterns of Indian fashion remain close to Sana’s heart. Sana studied fashion design and has worked with leading fashion designers in Bangladesh. Sana’s goal is to bring color, pattern, design and the feel of the garment to bridge the gap between Indian fashion and modern style and elegance. Her collection will bring originality and distinctive style to the Bay area that is suitable for today’s lifestyle. Come get a peek of ancient India and become inspired by the tasteful fusion of Sana Hassan at Fashion Week Tampa Bay!

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Essence Flowers, Fashion Week Tampa Bay Designer

In Designers on August 24, 2009 at 3:51 am

Fashion extraordinaire, designer Essence Flowers, is making a name for herself in the state she calls home. At an early age, Essence was exposed to the art of designing and sewing by her grandmother in Haines City, Florida. Realizing fashion was her passion and calling, Essence further honed her craft at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa. Today, Essence is a recognized designer, consultant, buyer and business professional.

Her label, Remarquable Designs by Essence, is becoming a hot commodity in Atlanta and the Bay area. Essence has had the opportunity to be a pre-fashion week participant in New York and will showcase her newest collection for the second year in a row at Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2009.

Remarquable Designs by Essence mixes couture and ready-to-wear with high-fashion, elegance and sex appeal. Each piece in her swim wear, formal, wedding and accessories collection is like a vivid work of art and makes a statement. Her designs truly are remarkable and, as her website says, “Anything else is just ordinary.” I’m looking forward to seeing Essence at Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2009 in September!

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