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Gelareh Mizrahi Opens Pop-up in Miami Design District
How does an emerging brand’s store compete against multimillion-dollar buildouts by the likes of Hermès, Prada and Dior in the Miami Design District? A 40-foot, mini-vert skate ramp, for starters. Installed in fashion designer Gelareh Mizrahi’s yearlong pop-up in Paradise Plaza, the throwback to the neighborhood’s pre-gentrified days was a hit at the grand opening last week.

“When my skater friends arrived, it changed the whole energy of the event,” said Mizrahi, who also added the amenity as a gesture of goodwill to a community in transition and as a nod to her first piece, a python-swathed skateboard. “A skateboard ramp in the middle of all these designer stores is a physical manifestation of everything I had in my brain, of taking luxury materials and making them street.”

Miami became her jumping-off point for retail after her husband’s career relocated their young family from New York. She called Dacra, the local real estate and development firm behind the design district, for showroom space and wound up with a storefront. Her signature python handbags are available in exclusive colors at the new store. Her designs stand out for their witty motifs, such as model Lara Stone’s gap-toothed lips and New York references, from pizza slices to universal plastic bags emblazoned with “Thank You.” A small assortment of Ts is only carried at the boutique, too, part of her recent push into lower price points.

“Like my pins in the same fun themes as the bags, Ts allow people who can’t afford a $600 bag to connect to the brand,” said Mizrahi, who still believes in bricks-and-mortar retail despite building her five-year-old company initially through social media. “Some items won’t even be available on my web site, so people have to come in and experience if they really want them.”

Mizrahi studied fashion marketing at The New School’s Parsons School of Design and comes from a retail background. She grew up in Washington, D.C., where her mother founded Signature, a longtime destination for eveningwear and prom dresses. Harvey Nichols Kuwait placed a $300,000 order at her first trade show, Coterie, but Mizrahi eventually gave up wholesale when she became pregnant with her first son and Instagram took off.

“I saw it was the bloggers and not the buyers who had the power,” she said, limiting wholesale distribution to Barneys New York through an exclusive partnership.Read more at:http://www.queenieau.com/semi-formal-dresses | www.queenieau.com/formal-dresses-adelaide
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Saudi Arabia Holds Its First Fashion Week – But Only Women Can Attend
In the lobby of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, two Russian models with slick high ponytails glide past a woman draped head-to-toe in black.

Heading for a cigarette break during Saudi Arabia’s first-ever fashion week, Naya Efimova and Ira Titova were both excited and bored. Excited to be “part of history” as the conservative Islamic kingdom opens up, said Titova, 25. Bored, because they’d been told they couldn’t leave the hotel without a male chaperone.

The Riyadh edition of Arab Fashion Week, which showcased local and foreign designers, was another example of the government’s effort to ease social restrictions -- and the internal tensions it creates. Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s trying to overhaul the oil-dependent economy, the government lifted a longstanding ban on women driving and started holding mixed-gender concerts. Contrary to what the Russian models had been told, many women go about the city on their own.

Still, the kingdom is a deeply traditional society, and sometimes it seems like officials aren’t sure how far they can push. There’s been pushback by some Saudis against the concerts, and the unchaperoned women had better be dressed in loose-fitting robes in public.

It was a women-only audience at fashion week, where 1,500 people paid 500 riyals per show to watch models saunter down the runway wearing shoulder-baring dresses and flowing gowns that could never be worn in public in Saudi Arabia. (They’d be OK for private parties). A Russian ballet troupe performed, and Jean Paul Gaultier was among the international designers to strut his stuff.

“We have a lot of potential and amazing Saudi designers,” said Princess Noura bint Faisal, president of the Arab Fashion Council. “It is a major industry in this market, and the event is just the beginning.”

Princess Noura wants to bring a top fashion school to Saudi Arabia and has dreams for a “fashion city” someday. But for now, the fashion council is treading carefully. The information packet distributed to foreign journalists included a 14-point list on local laws and customs, with reminders that alcohol is banned and homosexual activity and extra-marital sexual relations are “illegal and can be subject to severe penalties.”

Leaving the final show on Saturday, Saudi attendee Fatima Al Otaibi was excited that a Saudi designer had participated.“It’s the first time in my life I’ve attended a fashion show, so it’s really amazing,” she said.

Between drags of their cigarettes, the two Russian models mused over the fact that they had been cooped up in the same hotel that had recently been used to jail Saudi royals and businessmen accused of corruption. Not the worst thing in the world to be stuck in a luxury confine like the Ritz, they said.Read more at:http://www.queenieau.com | http://www.queenieau.com/formal-dresses-sydney-au
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Guidance counselor creates a donation closet for prom season
BONIFAY, Fla. (WTVY) - Susan Bell came up with the idea to bring dresses to school for those who'd love one for prom."My daughter just got married in December, so I just started cleaning out a closet and thats kind of what sparked the idea,” said Bell.

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Two of L.A.’s Coolest Labels Stage an “Anti-Fashion” Show
The line to see ComeSesso, a collaboration between fashion label No Sesso and small-batch clothing line Come Tees, wrapped around a warehouse near the banks of the Los Angeles River where the event took place this past Saturday. Long queues like this are usually the reserve of rock concerts, but on the east side of L.A., fashion tends to have a little more grit.

Both camps are part of a vibrant and radically inclusive underground scene, so of course the show was open to the public. The collection reflected that renegade spirit. Models came down a runway deejayed by Asmara of Nguzunguzu and Venus X from Ghe2G0th1k, in looks that were wearable but also decidedly punk. The common thread between these two emerging labels is undeniable—they both connect the dots between fashion and art, creating clothes with a DIY hand that could either be worn or hung on a wall.

“I think we coalesce at a mutual love of textile art and sports apparel,” said Come Tees’s Sonya Sombreuil backstage after the show. Those streetwise, crafty forms were found in a suit made from different colored panels held together by string wrapped through grommets; a monogrammed tennis dress that hung off the shoulder; a jumper and shorts combination with photographs printed on them like a scrapbook. The print-work on each garment was eye-catching, and Sombreuil said she and No Sesso’s Pierre Davis spent countless hours hand-screen printing each piece.

“Every inch of this fabric, I touched,” said Sombreuil, whose shirts made a splash when they were seen on Rihanna and Kanye West back in 2016. “There were three signature prints. One of them was a little bit of a joke and a little bit of an homage to how much we love high-fashion monograms. So we made a schizophrenic monogram. I love MCM, I love Fendi, I love Gucci. To me, Gucci is a powerful image. Then, we had an image where—I use a lot of photography in my work—so we both contributed photos that were about our origins. And then the drawings.”

The photographs and the drawings held personal memories for Davis. “The photos are from black hair magazines from the ’90s,” said Davis. “And that’s what these illustrations are inspired by too. That was one of my first intros to fashion—seeing celebrities talking about their hair and wearing really cool clothing. That was something that stuck with me.”

Naturally the casting was a family affair. Zoe Jennings, who has walked previously for No Sesso (and has been scouted for other modeling jobs as a result) spoke passionately about the label’s sense of togetherness. “This brand is the safest for people of color or anyone. We protect each other—it’s literally for everyone. It’s all-inclusive, even for big girls,” said Jennings. “Most clothes made for big girls are corny as hell. It doesn’t have to be cheetah print.” Twin gallerists José and Hector Polio and painter Emma Kohlmann were part of the lineup, as was rising local soul star Kona. “They have these massive house parties with half-pipes, fireworks, barbecue,” said Kona. “All of a sudden, I’m smoking weed with Mac DeMarco or Anderson Paak is like, ‘I like your shoes.’ The No Sesso and Come Tees crews are the cool kids, and they support the community.”

The atmosphere among showgoers was just as convivial. Cheers rose from the crowd with each passing look, and when one model stumbled on the runway, several audience members braced themselves to catch her, as if falling might end up in a triumphant crowd surfing moment. Among the hundreds who filtered into the space were artists and musicians such as Jasmine Nyende, Kingdom, James Flemons, and Wendy Yao. But many of the guests had never been to a fashion show before. And that was intentional, said Sombreuil. “No Sesso is very anti-fashion in that she [Davis] really wants the clothes to be worn by people instead of the people being backstage to the clothes,” says Sombreuil. “It’s both things: It’s high fashion and for the people.”Read more at:www.queenieau.com/formal-dresses-adelaide | www.queenieau.com/cheap-formal-dresses-au
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Rachel Roy to Be Headlining Designer at Memphis Fashion Week
Rachel Roy will be the headlining designer at Memphis Fashion Week, which runs April 11 to 15. She will show her spring 2018 collection on the runway.

Throughout the weekend, Roy will host and participate in several Memphis Fashion Week events. On April 12, she will host a “Fashion Night Out” event and trunk show where guests can shop the runway looks at her Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up shop. On April 13, she will be honorary guest at an influencer luncheon and participate in a Q&A with Abby Phillips, the creator of Memphis Fashion Week, at the Memphis Country Club.

On April 13, she will be the featured designer and show 30 looks from her spring Rachel Rachel Roy contemporary and curvy apparel, swimwear and jewelry collections on the runway at Graceland. In her collection statement, Roy said, “I love marrying contemporary influences with historical references, blending high and low, old and new, and finding the harmony in different influences. For me, design is storytelling and spring is always a fully charged fresh start.”

Other designers presenting on the runway are Ituen Basi from Nigeria; This Is Sloane from Austin, Tex.; Daniel Magana bridal from Orange County, Calif., and TIENA from Memphis.

A portion of proceeds from the pop-up shop sales throughout the weekend will benefit the Memphis Fashion Design Network. MFDN cultivates local designers and artists in the fashion industry in education, workforce development, manufacturing and fashion design infrastructure. This is the seventh Memphis Fashion Week.Read more at:www.queenieau.com/bridesmaid-dresses | www.queenieau.com/cheap-bridesmaid-dresses
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