Excited! Got my VIP Front Row tickets to New Jersey Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016, on Saturday, April 16! Looking forward to seeing all of the great designers and their collections. Visit www.newjerseyfashionweek.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Congratulations to Donnella Tilery and her team and I hope to see everyone there! If you’re going, leave a comment below and say hello.
I love any opportunity to visit one my favorite boutiques, That Little Black Dress, in Montclair, NJ! I had the opportunity to walk in a runway show for them in September, and became friends with the store’s wonderful owner, Jenna Davis. (Hi, Jenna!)
Montclair had a Ladies Night Out event recently, so I wanted to stop by for some fashion, friends and wine at this special shop. What fun hanging out with Jenna and her sales associates and check out some of her latest cool finds.
If you’re in Montclair, it’s worth a trip to visit TLBD at 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Check out her website (www.shopthatlbd.com) or call 973-233-0523 for store hours. Make sure you let Jenna know that Myra from Febeary Fashionista says hello!
Jenna had some “Little Black Dress” wine ready!
How cool is that colorful vest?
I almost didn’t make to my first Atlantic City Fashion Week (ACFW). With a hurricane in the area, and an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, it seemed like we’d have to wait for next year. But, we finally made it and it was worth the effort!
Held at The Playground at Caesars Hotel and Casino the weekend of October 3, ACFW was founded in 2011 by the husband and wife team of Lamont and Jeana Bowling.
We saw six fabulous designers featuring all sorts of looks, ranging from a kids show that was so much fun, to elegant, sexy and futuristic collections. It is obvious that the founder of ACFW love what they do and so much effort goes into making these events enjoyable for everyone who attends and a valuable networking and exposure opportunity for the designers, models, hair and MUAs and everyone else who participates.
(Special shout-out to my new friend, designer Aprille Grace! More on her show later!)
The Spring 2016 ACFW has been announced for February 25-27, 2016. I’ll be there, will you? Get more information and tickets on the ACFW website www.atlanticcityfashionweek.net.
For anyone who wants to be a part of ACFW, watch out for casting notices being posted on the website and Facebook.
I was lucky enough to get to chat with Jeana Bowling after the show. She was so sweet and took the time even in the middle of fashion show craziness. Hi, Jeana! See you in February.
It’s not often you meet someone who you know is destined for great things. At The Affair event held at Robert Greco’s Atelier boutique in Montclair, one of the models was the stunning Sophia Leap, and I predict that she’ll be one of the world’s top models in the years ahead. This stunning 16-year-old has only been modeling for a little over a year, and has already been getting lots of positive attention, walking the runway at New York Fashion Week and Atlantic City Fashion Week for multiple designers.
She’s also really nice and sweet and after talking with her very supportive mother, Jill, I see that she has the talent and family support to accomplish great things. I’m excited to watch her career progress to runways and covers around the world! Go, Sophia!
One of my favorite parts of the Montclair Fashion Night Out event on Saturday, September 26, was the amazing runway show presented by Sofistafunk and that brand’s wonderful designer Arlinda McIntosh.
First, a quick aside: Arlinda was also the runway coach for the evening and gave the models a lot of wonderful and helpful instructions before our walk. So, we could say that I had my first runway training from Arlinda. And, she said that I did great! Thank you, Arlinda!
Back to the show. Sofistafunk is “The Original Skirt Co.” and her skirt designs are really amazing, unique and look fabulous. As you’ll see from the photos below, they stand out and definitely need to be seen in person. Some of her designs are being sold at Robert Greco’s Atelier boutique in Montclair, NJ, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. They do showings by appointment only. Call 917-566-5900 Monday-Friday 10am-6pm to set one up (and let them know that I sent you!)
Me and the fabulous Arlinda McIntosh on the Montclair Fashion Night Out red carpet!
It’s been so wonderful recently to meet some of the beautiful models walking the runways. At the Small Boutique Fashion Week event we attended, one of the models that was walking was Sheilah Renninger. I was pleasantly surprised recently when we attended an event at Robert Greco’s Atelier boutique in Montclair and she was there modeling several of his outfits. We got to talking and it was great meeting my new friend! Here are some of her looks from the evening.
To follow Sheilah Renninger, or to book her for one of your events, follow her on Instagram (@sheilah_renninger). Watch for her on the runways in New York, New Jersey, Philly and say hello from me!
How cool is this photo?
I had the opportunity to attend two of the fantastic runway shows produced by AMCONYC as part of New York Fashion week. The runway shows by Ollari and Jovan O’Connor were wonderfully memorable and be sure to visit the AMOCNYC website at www.amconyc.com to see some runway images from that weekend.
Congratulations to AMCONYC founder Adriana Marie, pictured below with me on the red carpet, and your team for an incredible fashion weekend! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Sunday afternoon, September 13, I attended a wonderful runway show at PUNTO Performance Space on 38th Street. This fantastic event was put on by Adriana Marie Quaranto and her fantastic team at AMCONYC (www.amconyc.com). AMCONYC is a terrific event production company and New York’s leading creative platform for millennial fashion designers. I loved the show and can’t wait to go back for tonight’s 8pm.
All of the photos below are from the latest collection by designer Meagan Ollari (www.ollari.com). The Ollari collection, which made its debut at last year’s NYFW, utilizes luxurious fabrications and novelty beadwork, targeting a more refined contemporary woman. The colors and fabrics are all beautiful and I’ll be watching out for great things from this fabulous New Jersey-based designer. Follow her on Instagram @_ollari_ and on Facebook at /OllariCollections!
And be sure to follow AMCONYC on Instagram as well @amconyc.
Designer Meagan Ollari. It was a pleasure meeting you and congratulations on a successful show and a gorgeous new collection!