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The Met Store Celebrates Pride and Individuality with Camp-Inspired Collection

The Met Store launches a capsule collection in celebration of Pride inspired by the spring 2019 Costume Institute exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion. As Oscar Wilde, who personified camp and plays a major role in the exhibition said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” This message is the inspiration for a selection of rainbow-patterned products in The Met Store that celebrate pride and individuality.

The colorful selection includes apparel, tote bags, pouches, mugs, jewelry, and other more, and is part of The Met Store’s collection of more than 300 camp-inspired pieces.

The collection is available at The Met Store online, and The Met Fifth Avenue Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition store and main store.

Visit The Met Store website, Facebook, and Instagram to learn more. For additional information on the exhibition, visit The Met website as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #MetCamp.

Simple Ways to Polish Platinum Jewelry That are Really Effective

Knowing about quick and easy ways to polish the jewelry, especially platinum, comes in handy in sustaining the charm and luster of these precious and valuable items for a longer period of time. And this write-up shows you how to do it…

It’s said that “A diamond is forever!” yes, it is, but if we speak with reference to metallic items, platinum jewelry is undoubtedly a long-lasting item.

Known as one of the most costly and precious metals, platinum is used as engagement and wedding rings. Despite the fact that the jewelry looks alike white gold or silver, it’s considerably way more pricey.

The easiest method to know that you’re buying the right things is to find the stamp ‘850pt’ or ‘950pt’ on the medial side of the jewelry. Generally, a platinum ring is twice as heavy as that of a silver or white gold of the same shape and size.

Do-it-yourself Tips on Polishing Platinum Jewelry

The very first thing you have to make sure that your jewelry doesnot have any scratch over it. And if you have found any tiny scratch marks over it, then you’ll need to file your jewelry. You need to start to file it with a diagonal movement, make sure that you are doing it vigilantly,soyou don’t harm the edges. File the jewelryagain in a diagonal movement and then in a perpendicular direction to the first.

Right after filling your jewelry, get the abrasive paper from the market. The main thing to consider when buying the paper is its finishing state, the finer it looks,the better it will remove the file marks.The surface of your jewelry has to be reduced to a 500-grit finish on the bench.

The next thing is to burnish your platinum jewelry. Industry experts highly recommend the utilization of a polished tungsten burnisher. You can easily do it by hand, or any tumbling machine or device.

A very important factor you have to make certain is usually that the surface area of the burnisher is highly refined. It is because, if it’s scratched, it will scratch your jewelry as well.Applying acrylic of wintergreen will keep the burnisher from marring your platinum jewelry.

The 7000-grit polishing substance is particularly made for buffing platinum jewelry. It has a bright and fast final polish.Last but not least, get a soft fabric. Place your jewelry in this soft fabric and slowly run it between your fingers.

Cleaning Platinum Jewelry

To get the best results, you must do a little bit of cleaning before polishing, and the below points will help you how to do it.

Things You Need:

• Mild dish liquid or soap

• Tepid to warm water

• Container (small or big; depending upon your jewelry size)

• Brush (if possible,soft-bristled)

• A soft microfiber (or a buffing cloth)

Instructions:

• Create a mixture of the water and soap or liquid with tepid to warm water. Make sure that the solution is foamy enough and not too diluted.

• Before cleaning it with the solution, you need to make sure that your jewelry is clear of any debris or dust. If you do it without cleaning it, rust or grim could stiff on it.

• Put the jewelry in this soapy solution, and let it sit for 1 minute or 2.

• After that, rinse your jewelry, focusing more on the particular areas that are unsightly.

• Put your jewelry back into this solution, and allow it to sit for 1 minute.

• Last but not least, wash your jewelry properly in cold flowing water, and allow it to air dry. After a couple of minutes use a microfiber to remove water spots, and polish it to outwit the usual.

Wrapping up – Ways to Polish Platinum Jewelry

Sometimes perfection doesn’t come when it comes to most of the DIY projects; therefore if you see any spots or scratches on the jewelry, you better visit any professional or expert jeweler out there to remove those scratches and get it polished professionally.

Make sure that you are getting it cleaned and polished by a professional jeweler at twice a year. On the list of some worth mentioning attributes about platinum is that, in contrast to various other precious metals such as gold, it simply gets out of place at first glance when it’s scratched, and doesn’t decrease in volume.

And this is actually the reason why, even after being worn for several years, platinum jewelry hardly gets thin.

Five things to consider when buying men’s wedding rings

We all adore weddings. When you make up your mind that you want to start a family, it is only fair that you do everything the right way. Wedding rings have evolved through time. Traditionally, the wedding bands were simple, and they were meant to signify that someone is married. Nowadays, a ring is more than a mere symbol of love.

While most focus is on the bride, it is equally important to focus on the groom. The bride already has an engagement ring. The groom should get himself a ring that matches his personality. There are some things that every groom should consider before buying a wedding band.

1. Comfort

Rings can get quite uncomfortable. Studded rings can sometimes feel irritating around your finger. When buying a wedding band, go for the ring that is most comfortable for you. Considering that you will wear the ring most of the time, you should go for one that gives you comfort. There are great rings designed for maximum comfort.

2. The right fit

While you are busy buying a ring, make sure that it is the right fit. A small or too large ring can be cumbersome. A tight ring can be problematic. You should have a ring fitting after the morning hours when your body temperature is right. Unknown to many, our bodies swell during early hours owing to several factors. Make sure that you have the fitting at the right time to make sure that you get the right size. Georg Jensen online store offers you a guide for ring sizes to ensure that you get the correct ring size.

3. The bride’s rings

You need to make sure that the bride’s ring and your ring match. The wedding bands need to be similar. To tie everything together, ensure that your ring and her ring are identical. They may not be the same, but they should complement each other in a way. To make it easier, you can do the ring shopping together for an easier time.

4. Budget

Sometimes you have to keep in mind the amount of money you can spend on something. A ring can be expensive especially if it has precious stones in large quantity. The more the bling the moiré you will have to pay on it. You need to set an amount of money that you want to spend on your wedding ring. As silly as it sounds, some budgets can be too unrealistic. When you want a good ring, you must be ready to spend some money. You can opt for a simple piece without expensive embellishments.

5. Type of metal

Many metals make wedding bands. Many people go for gold as their first preference. You need to pick the right metal for your wedding bands. What do you prefer? The Georg Jensen rings feature rare metals like sterling silver, gold, and diamonds. There are gold coated rings that you can buy. If you want to get a gold ring, chose between white and yellow gold. The metals also feature precious stones like diamonds. There are platinum rings which are typical for men than silver.

The best way to buy men’s wedding ring is to evaluate all the factors. When you assess yourself, you will be able to buy the best ring for your wedding band. You can also consider other factors like the shape of the ring that you want. There is an array of configurations of rings that are available. When you pick a ring, make sure that it will last longer. Some metals like silver lose their shine over time. You also have to take good care of your ring to ensure that it lasts longer.

When you make up your mind on the right ring for you, get online and chose the ring you want. Remember to make an early order to get ample time for anything that mind need changes. At the Georg Jensen online store, you will have plenty to explore. Enjoy the shopping experience.

Mad About Jewelry

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN’S ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND SALE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY RETURNS WITH 55 ARTISTS FROM 18 COUNTRIES

LOOT: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY

April 8 – April 13, 2019

Opening Benefit: April 8

Featuring the announcement of the LOOT Acquisition Prize and the presentation of LOOT Awards honoring Adria de Haume and Josie Natori

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents the nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, its annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Open to the public April 9 through April 13, following the Opening Benefit on April 8, LOOT 2019 showcases the work of fifty-five emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists and designers, most of whom have never been shown in New York. The event provides the rare opportunity for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.

“The jewelry content of LOOT 2019 is particularly noteworthy in two specific areas,” said LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp. “Firstly, this year’s exhibition presents a great number of outstanding young makers who are already creating groundbreaking work. Secondly, it features a larger presence of jewelry in precious metals, particularly in silver and in gold, often with semi precious and precious stones, that is exceptionally original in design.”

MAD is the only museum in the United States with a gallery dedicated to the display of both special jewelry exhibitions and its permanent collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry. LOOT extends MAD’s commitment to presenting jewelry as an art form, and provides vital support for Museum exhibitions and programs.

“LOOT reflects the core of MAD’s mission to celebrate the creative process and connect audiences to contemporary art and design,” said Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT 2019 Co-Chair. “It presents an extraordinary opportunity for artists and viewers to interact with one another and engage in conversations around the work. I am honored to participate in an event that provides a platform for international talent while supporting MAD’s exciting upcoming initiatives.”

“LOOT is always exceptionally curated, and 2019 promises to be the best edition to date,” said LOOT 2019 Co-Chair Joan Hornig. “No other exhibition in the world brings viewers into contact with the diversity of design and designers showcased each spring at MAD. It is the perfect venue for both serious and first-time collectors to engage with global talent and purchase unique pieces of wearable art at every price point.”

LOOT 2019 features fifty-five artists from eighteen countries and territories: Austria (1), Belgium (1), Chile (2), Finland (1), France (2), Germany (6), Italy (2), Korea (5), Poland (1), Portugal (2), Spain (5), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (3), the United Kingdom (14), the United States (6), and the US Virgin Islands (1). In addition to a diverse range of artistic practices, the jewelry on display encompasses a wide array of materials, from traditional metals to more unconventional media like leather, glass, porcelain, paper, silicone, resin, textiles, wood, horsehair, recycled skateboards, and ultraviolet-reactive nylon.

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

The jewelry artists and designers featured in LOOT 2019 include the following:

  • Italian designer Selvaggia Armani designs and produces textiles, including necklaces and brooches, for home and casual wear. On site at LOOT, she will create a new collection of jewelry made of hand-painted leather, building on her practice of “live” painting and customized bracelets.
  • Japan-born and Massachusetts-based artist Mariko Kusumoto prevails upon fabric to construct forms of elegant simplicity and evocative imagery. Using a proprietary heat- setting technique, she gives the fabric a new identity through reshaping it into three- dimensional forms. Her designs are incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces, as well as in collaborations with fashion designers; in January, her work appeared on the Jean-Paul Gaultier catwalk at Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Taiwanese jewelry artist Heng Lee juxtaposes traditional craft technique and cutting- edge technology to explore the relationship between nature and Internet culture. Using downloaded images, laser-cut metal, and hand embroidery, he creates visually striking pieces that are both digital and tactile. In a time when much of our information comes from social media, his work interrogates the divide between experience and technology, and encourages full awareness of the current moment.
  • Scotland-based artist Wanshu Li is largely inspired by the brilliant colors and sensuous movements of sea creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones. With her jewelry, she aims to create a multisensory wearing experience that involves visual enjoyment, tactility, and sound. Li’s fascination with dance culture, laser light shows, and stage performances inspired her to add a further visual dimension to her practice: she experiments with ultraviolet-reactive nylon and fluorescent paints, which combine to produce a remarkable intensity of color when the jewelry is illuminated with UV light.
  • Houston-based designer Mariquita Masterson creates handmade glass pieces that are vivid, unique, and energetic, and that unite the everyday with the exceptional. Masterson uses both recycled glass and glass from companies that produce a variety of colors and textures, and on occasion creates stunning pieces out of the fragments of broken antique vases. Most recently, Masterson has gained attention for the debut of one of her necklaces worn by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during the President’s State of the Union address in February.

This year, LOOT will showcase the work of four 2018 graduates of La Escuela de Arte 3, in Madrid, Spain: Patricia Álvarez, Cristina Armesilla, Sonia Birndt Carrascosa, and Bárbara García. The jewelry of these emerging creators exhibits fresh expressions of color and form, and takes inspiration from music, technology, contradiction, and the city they call home.

In its first year, the LOOT Advisory Committee assists LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp with the selection of artists and designers. The LOOT Advisory Committee for 2019 includes Susan Ach, Michele Cohen, Marsy Mittlemann, and Barbara Waldman.

LOOT ACQUISITION PRIZE

Awarded annually by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize recognizes a LOOT jewelry artist or designer whose work reflects maturity in artistry and concept, exhibits both a superior and an experimental understanding of materials and form, and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution. MAD’s permanent collection includes nearly one thousand pieces of jewelry, spanning the mid-twentieth century to the present day. The LOOT Acquisition Prize formalizes the Museum’s goal of enhancing its collection by acquiring jewelry from artists who have made significant contributions to the field and whose work provides historical context for MAD’s mid- to late-twentieth-century pieces, as well as from emerging artists who are an important force in the contemporary art jewelry scene.

The 2019 jury is chaired by Barbara Paris Gifford and Elissa Auther together with LOOT Co- Chairs Joan Hornig and Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp, and Board Chair Michele Cohen. The 2019 LOOT Acquisition Prize will be awarded on April 8 during the Opening Benefit dinner.

In 2018, the prize was jointly awarded to Isabelle Molénat and Sarran Youkongdee. Past LOOT artists who have had works acquired by the Museum include the well-established art jeweler Iris Nieuwenburg and the emerging jewelry artist Casey Sobel. Alena Willroth, who was awarded the inaugural LOOT Acquisition Prize in 2016, will be a returning artist this year.

OPENING BENEFIT AND LOOT AWARD

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit takes place on Monday, April 8, beginning with a cocktail hour and reception at 4:30 pm. The evening’s activities include first access to the LOOT exhibition and sale—an exclusive opportunity to meet this year’s artists and acquire their designs—as well as a dinner honoring the recipients of the LOOT Award.

The LOOT Award recognizes luminaries in the field of jewelry, including artists, collectors, and designers. This year’s honorees are jewelry designer and philanthropist Adria de Haume and jewelry and fashion designer Josie Natori. Past recipients include fashion icon Iris Apfel (2013), collector Barbara Berger (2013), jewelry designer Joan Hornig (2016), fashion designer Kay Unger (2016), and artists Joyce J. Scott (2014) and Axel Russmeyer (2012).

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit Host Committee comprises Susan Ach, Iris Apfel, Davina Benshetrit, Caroline Blackman, Noreen Buckfire, Marian C. Burke, Kathy Chazen, Michele Cohen, Paolo Costagli, Stacy Creamer, Emily Cutler, Marcia Docter, Patti Dweck, Beth Farber, Sandy Grotta, Joon Han, Jan Huling, Barbara Jacobs, Ann Kaplan, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Jane Koryn, Laura Kruger, Luisa LaViola, Bonnie Levine, Pam Levine, Tina Livanos, Jackie Martin, Stacey Mayrock, Ella McHugh, Robert Lee Morris, Edie Nadler, Michelle Perr, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin, Barbara Regna, Heidi Rigney, Deborah Roberts, Lela Rose, Jill Ryan, Bette Saltzman, Gail Shields-Miller, Angela Sun, Ted Taylor, Barbara Tober, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Kay Unger, Barbara Waldman, Janet Winter, Marcia Celis Wirth, Pamela Workman, Jan Wysocki, and Lynn Yaeger.

To purchase tickets to the LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit, to be held on Monday, April 8, visit thestore.madmuseum.org/collections/loot-2019, or contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND SALE HOURS

Tuesday, April 9: 10am to 6pm

Wednesday, April 10: 10am to 6pm

Thursday, April 11: 10am to 6pm

Friday, April 12: 10am to 6pm

Saturday, April 13: 10am to 6pm

Entrance to LOOT is included in the price of Museum admission: $16 general; $14 for seniors; $12 for students; free for MAD members and children under 18 years of age. To purchase tickets online, visit madmuseum.org/visit.

ABOUT CORPORATE SPONSOR: PAOLO COSTAGLI

Paolo Costagli New York returns as corporate sponsor of LOOT. The fine jewelry brand recognized for its sophisticated, modern, and distinctly bold designs, will debut Onde, its new collection of 18kt gold and diamond jewelry at LOOT 2019. The Onde collection, inspired by the waves of the Venetian Lagoon, introduces a variety of rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Featuring Paolo Costagli’s signature bold geometrics with a touch of fluidity, the collection presents effortlessly chic precious jewelry fit for all occasions, from everyday wear to a formal soirée.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit their website.

MAD MUSEUM

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents an annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry called LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. Returning this spring (April 9 – 13), it will feature work from 55 artists from 18 countries (South Korea, UK, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Spain, France, Italy to name a few). These hand-picked artists specialize in different techniques and use unique materials such as glass, wood, metal, embroidery, horse hair and latex. Open to the public during museum hours – April 9th – 13th from 10am – 6pm.

For more information visit their site here.

(RED) Valentine’s Day Products

Happy to share some of our favorite (RED) products as you prepare your Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Every time someone buys a (RED) product from one of our partner companies, they’re helping save lives. So, whether your readers are celebrating someone special or practicing self-love this year, we have the perfect dash of (RED) for any occasion.

Below are some highlighted products we thought might be a perfect fit for your Valentine’s Gift Guide. Please let me know if you’re looking for something else specific, as we have a variety of (RED)partners making it easy to shop great gifts and save lives.

· (ALEX AND ANI)RED Heart of Strength Bangle: Wear your heart on your sleeve this year with this lifesaving accessory. Retail Price (Gold Bangle): $21.90

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DEF JAM CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH COURVOISIER & KLASSE14

Last night at the famed China Chalet in downtown New York City, Def Jam Recordings welcomed a packed house of VIP guests to celebrate the season at the annual Def Jam Holiday PartyDef Jam artists Jeezy, Valee, DaniLeigh, Bibi Bourelly, Arlissa, Bobby Sessions, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, NBA star Chris Bosh, The Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy and more sipped Courvoisier cocktails like the French 75” and were treated to VIP gifting by the luxury accessories brand Klasse14. Partygoers danced to the sounds of DJ Boof and DJ Cassidy until the morning hours.

CASIO G-SHOCK LUXURY COLLECTION

CASIO G-SHOCK ADDS TO MEN’S LUXURY MT-G COLLECTION WITH TWO NEW CONNECTED TIMEPIECES

Latest Models Feature Colorful Accents on Band Backside and Bluetooth Capabilities

Casio G-SHOCK announces the addition of two new timepieces to the luxury men’s MT-G collection. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the latest models also boast colorful accents of red (MTGB1000D-1A) and blue (MTGB1000BD-1A) on the backside of the band, as well as a new band and case structure.

One of G-SHOCK’s premium men’s collections, the MT-G is created to add a hint of sophistication to any upscale look. With a sleek, all-metal band, the watch comes in silver with dark red accents on the face and backside of the band, as well as in dark gray with blue accents on the face and backside of the band – reflecting shades often found in fall / winter for an accessory that can be paired with any cold-weather wardrobe.

The latest men’s models to feature G-SHOCK’s Bluetooth connectivity, which pairs with the G-SHOCK Connected App for accurate timekeeping, the timepieces also boast premium features found within all MT-G models, including Triple G Resist to guard against shock, vibration and centrifugal forces, and sapphire crystal to enhance scratch resistance.

G-SHOCK’s legendary Two-Way Time Sync technology, which combines self-adjusting atomic timekeeping for an accurate hour / date display virtually anywhere on the globe, along with tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities, is also included.

Each model also comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Super Illuminator
  • Dual Dial Display
  • Full Auto LED Light
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • Daily Alarm
  • Full auto calendar
  • World time (39 TZ + 27 cities)
  • 51.7mm case

The MTGB1000D-1A and MTGB1000BD-1A will retail for $900 and $1,000 and will be available for purchase beginning in November 2018 at standard G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.”www.gshock.com

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casio.com

CAAFD Collective Showcases

CAAFD, The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, brought some of the best rising and emerging designers from around the globe to the fashion capital of the world for a spectacularly received set of Spring/Summer 19 Collective Showcases. CAAFD, in collaboration with iFashion Network, presented this Collective Showcase at both the renowned Pier 59 venue as well as the world famous Industria venue on September 10th, 2018.

The Pier 59 collective showcase’s lineup proved a thunderous occasion with designers and brands MOUTON BLANC, Zabetta Couture, Ayni and Thunyatorn, and the Industria collective showcase featured designers and brands Helena Bajaj-Larsen, Yufash, Sania Studio and Patricia Wijaya, both of which mark yet another successful and couldn’t be missed continuation of CAAFD’s long running series of NYFW showcases. Those in attendance were thrilled with the offerings, including several well-known models such as Madeline Stuart and actors including Mario Van Peebles.

The Pier59 showcase came first and began with a performance by Myles C.O Gittens with a fusion violin performance that quickly got the attention of the audience before Designer Hakuyo Miya’s brand MOUTON BLANC started the fashion portion of the show off with an unforgettable experience, courtesy of the Japanese designer’s second showcase on a CAAFD sponsored showcase. Miya’s collection for this follow-up appearance exhibited his trademark fantasy stylings mixed with an elegance that showcased both his Japanese heritage as well as his experiences in Paris. Colors on display were incredibly sophisticated, with bright whites and the occasional darker colors put to good use.

Following that came Zabetta Couture with designer Ruth Zabetta, who also made her second appearance at a CAAFD sponsored showcase. Zabetta Couture showcased the same drive and passion as the previous season’s showcase, and once again made her modern lines and cuts accentuate the feminine silhouettes of each model. This collection was decidedly summer inspired with bright greens and leaf designs on the pieces, with large hats adding to the looks.

Next came an intermission from traditional Korean musician gamin playing a piri, leading into designer duo Ayni’s debut CAAFD sponsored showcase. Ayni’s dedication to ancient traditions with modern sensibilities and environmentally sustainable practices left the audience in awe with the sheer beauty of their pieces. Featuring sheer materials and swimsuit inspired cuts, Ayni’s collection evoked the warmer months. The main colors utilized were reds, yellows and blues.

Finishing off this showcase was also a debut on a CAAFD sponsored showcase, this time for the Thai designer Thunyatorn. Much like Ayni’s collection that showcased heritage and tradition, Thunyatorn also made genius use of her Thai heritage in her pieces, which brought something the majority of the audience had never experienced before. Thunyatorn made quite an impression with gold headpieces on each model, featuring animals in 3D designs, which perfectly complemented the dark colors and cuts of the dresses, which all meshed incredibly well with each other.

Later in the day came the Industria collective showcase, which kicked off with an impressive introduction performance by musician Yoav Shemmesh, featuring the musician on a keytar and launchpad device which provided the rhythm sections for his playing. Following the performance was the first designer for this showcase, Helena Bajaj-Larsen. Featuring striking colors that remained consistent with through each design. Each piece featured unique designs, with no one inspiration, there were bits and pieces from various different countries and regions represented.

Following that came Estonian born designer Kadri Klampe with her Yufash brand. This collection featured extremely unique cuts and sheer materials, creating an entirely unique look. Yufash played with colors and designs throughout each piece, featuring almost glitch-like patterns.

Next came an intermission played by Yoav Shemmesh once again who played a custom CAAFD inspired piece which thrilled the audience goers, which led into Sania Studio and designer Sania Maskatiya with her Pakistani influences clear in her collection. The cuts in this collection remained modern, but the designs and colors were clearly inspired by Pakistan influences.

Finishing this showcase came Patricia Wijaya, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, who closed NYFW with a bang. This showcase left New York City awed with an extraordinarily unique collection featuring fantastical inspired cuts and eye catching headwear. This collection had an underlying dark color palette, with dark blue and golds represented heavily to great effect. The shoes for this collection were provided by Cava Prive and jewelry was done by Dale Beevers

Hakuyo Miya is a Japanese designer who has studied at the Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris. His work with MOUTON BLANC is known for its fantasy style elements, as he does a beautiful job combining real world with fairy tales. Miya’s fiery designs combine color, texture and culture into beautiful and elegant pieces, and has previously made an appearance on CAAFD sponsored showcases. His designs are known for the innovative lines and cuts as well as having an aspect of modernism throughout the collections.

Designer Ruth Zabetta was raised in both Spain and the Dominican Republic giving her a unique cultural background for her beautiful collection. Zabetta Couture is known for modern lines and cuts showcased throughout the collections, and this year is no different. Her modern but feminine collection does an exquisite job of creating beautiful silhouettes consistently though all the pieces. Zabetta’s collection is created for the modern but feminine woman and inspired by years of culture and design.

Ayni’s name, which is derived from a Peruvian turn of phrase meaning “today for you, tomorrow for me,” gives a look into the design process for the design duo, composed of Danish Laerke, and Adriana from Peru. Through Ayni, the duo make good on their name by making the brand focused on honoring ancient traditions, utilizing local materials and altering the production model to promote environmental sustainability. One of Ayni’s main goals is to combine ethics and aesthetics in a way that benefits the environment, but still remaining fashionable by using high quality elements such as luxurious baby alpaca fur and Pima cotton.

Thunyatorn is the brainchild of Thunyatorn Ng, a designer originally hailing from Thailand. Starting in bridal makeup and hairstyling in 2009 when she moved to New York City, she later became the first Thai fashion designer to present during New York Fashion Week. After noticing a demand for traditional authentic Thai styled clothing, Thunyatorn took things into her own hands and spent years researching Thai styles and influences, which she has incorporated into her collections. Through her work, Thunyatorn seeks to popularize authentic Thai clothing across the U.S. by combining its traditional beauty with modern stylings.

Designer Helena Bajaj-Larsen is Half-Indian, Half-Norwegian yet Parisian born and bred, 23-year old designer Helena-Bajaj Larsen is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design and launched her label just six months ago. She specializes in hand-painted textiles which she creates herself – works of abstract art on fabric, blending her love of textile craftsmanship with her training in fashion design. She draws inspiration from her nomadic lifestyle across various countries and cultures to form breathtaking collections using her one-of-a-kind fabrics as well as stunning sculptural jewelry pieces.

“A Yufash woman doesn’t follow trends; she sets them.” The brand has been worn by members of Little Mix and Billie Lourd in the hit tv series Scream Queens, and Yufash was also featured in an international edition of Marie Claire. Yufash is a unique and forward-thinking brand made for the confident and powerful women of the world, with all garments fabricated in England. The brand was founded in 2015 and since has skyrocketed in popularity. “We as a brand are so excited and honored to have been selected to work the CAAFD, and we look forward to our presentation,” – Kadri Klampe, the Estonian-born founder and designer of Yufash.

Designer Sania Maskatiya and Sania Studio’s designs are marked by their ornate and regal inspirations, which masterfully highlight feminine silhouettes. The designs are inspired by the beauty of nature and the environment while still being modern and classic. The collection will include only high luxe fabrics cut and draped in a luxurious design. The design house engages in some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for including rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.

Patricia Wijaya started her label in 2016 after graduating Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The label first released a Prêt-A-Couture line in Jakarta, which focused on telling a story and showcasing innovation throughout. This years collection is inspired by both fairytales and technology, and showcases a Cinderella like aesthetic in the future. For this collection, Wijaya created what has been described by early viewers as an exquisite collection of a modern day fairytale for the equally modern woman.

About CAAFD:
Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, [CAAFD] is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of promoting designers who aspire to expand their brand awareness and do business in the United States. CAAFD educates, promotes and empowers aspiring designers and fashion professionals in gaining a foothold in the fashion business, giving them every opportunity to become the renowned designer they yearn to be. More information can be found at: http://www.caafd.org

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