“Every Year The Women Of New York leave the past behind and look forward for the future. This is known as FASHION WEEK.” -Carrie Bradshaw, Sex And The City
They say that New York is the city that never sleeps. I’d like to think of it as Fashion never sleeps, nothings stops Fashion. Thursday, February 9th marked the official start to NYFW. Even a blizzard, couldn’t stop NYFW— the show MUST go on! I mean, it’s all for the sake of Fashion, I mean am I right?!
Veronika Brusa, a Swiss interdisciplinary artist presented her RTW Fall ’17 Collection which consist of: bodysuits, jumpers, cardigans coats and leggings. Brusa is not only a designer but a painter as well. She set the stage with her abstract paintings along the walls and floors where 50 of her models both men and women stood wearing her designs. This was the first presentation I had attended for Berenik for NYFW FW17 . Something I’d never seen before at least in this kind of setting. The backdrop for this preview was definitely different to the more conventional, casual presentations and runway shows seen during NYFW.
The designers message and imagery made a statement that day for sure. Her designs worn by the models who were presumably dancers as well moved on the stage through dramatic choreographed dance, giving her clothing life and making it come alive. Brusa stated, “I love to see real people in my clothes,” she explained, but that choice may not have been what was best for the clothes. Bodysuits, leggings, jumpsuits and oversize sweaters were right at home here; shown in silk and rayon panne velvet or satin, some of the pieces were more than just functional.” (WWD) Veronica Brusa’s designs and vision is quite inpressive and her artistic talents were definitely seen throughout this entire presentation. After seeing this collection it’s apparent that “real people” can wear beautiful clothing.
Here are some of my favorite looks from her presentation:
3 Photos from WWD
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What are your favorites from this collection?
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Anniesa Hasibuan’s show was simply captivating and moving. At the young age of 28, Hasibuan was the first Indonesian designer to showcase her collection at NYFW. This show has been heard all over the world, and with good reason. History was made in New York at NYFW, for she was the first Indonesian designer to present her collection, where the hijab made its debut on the catwalk. Featuring colorful headscarves in pink, silver and gold. The hijab was styled with eye catching jackets, gowns, colorful silk and patterned tunics, velvets and brocades adorned with pearls and sequins. All handcrafted and beaded with precise detail and care. Anniesa Hasibuan’s collection was inspired by her hometown Jakarta. The final outfit was the most gorgeous showstopper that left the audience stunned. It was truly inspiring to see a young designer like Anniesa Hasibuan present at NYFW. Not only inspiring but empowering, making you believe that dreams really do come true. The look of joy and happiness shined bright on her face has she walked the runway at the end of her show. The show concluded with a standing ovation, that gave me goosebumps.
I fell in love with the beaded jackets and gowns shown that evening. You can clearly see the time and effort that went into making each piece. How they were all handcrafted with the utmost love and care. Truly remarkable. I would totally rock one of those jackets any day!
[The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to “the veil which separates man or the world from God”. (Wikipedia)]
Most often the hijab is worn by muslim women to display modesty and privacy. Most women are often stereotyped as disempowered, and constricted when wearing the hijab. Although, many women today choose to wear it for personal reasons. The hijab is in fact seen as a feminist statement to many. The women of the muslim culture have been neglected in the fashion industry for quite some time. But thanks to designers like Anniesa Hasibuan–she made her mark which was well received by many in the fashion industry. At the end of the show, I along with fellow blogger and friend Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam had the pleasure of speaking with the designer. A lovely women, with such great talents and a heart of gold. We asked, ” How long did the beading take?” And she responded, ” Quite some time, all were hand beaded and crafted.” When you speak to her, you too, will see her grace, charm and passion for fashion.
I’ll concluded with a statement Anniesa Hasibuan made to CNN, “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.” (CNN)
Thank you Anniesa Hasibuan for inspiring and empowering many of us with your collection and making a huge impact on the world. Your designs are truly amazing and well respected.
If you saw the show, and if you caught my Snapchat story that evening, what were your thoughts? Comment below, I love hearing from you!
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this post inspired you just as much as it did me.
Happy Monday Loves!
For this Motivational Monday, I’ll share and recap my weekend where I attended this amazing brunch and I met some pretty awesome ladies who were quite inspiring and uplifting. In addition to my recap, I’m going to feature my very first outfit post on the blog. Here I’ll tell you all about my outfit that I wore to the event and if you like it as much as I did you can shop my look by clicking the items below. I hope that by sharing my experience with you it will motivate you into thinking only positive thoughts and making sure you have a wonderful week ahead! How will you make this week better than the last? Happy reading loves!
This past weekend I was invited to AMCONYC’S 2nd Annual Top 50 Beauty and Fashion Influencers Brunch, held at the ultra chic, trendy, delicious, Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, Nerai, located at 55 West 54th Street NYC (between Madison and Park Avenue). If you haven’t been to this restaurant, and your looking for fresh and innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine discover, try and enjoy Nerai. Check it out and let me know what you think! It was the perfect setting for this fun and intimate brunch. Now, I’ve read and seen many blogs, companies and brands, but it was so great to finally put a face to the names behind all the works of these creative ladies.
The energy in the room was quite powerful and strong, I felt honored to be amongst such an inspiring, creative group of fellow Girlboss’s and Influential ladies. I loved how everyone felt at ease and so comfortable. Conversations were flowing, and it was great to all be at a united front, speaking about ideas on how we can all support one another and empower not only ourselves but our audiences who follow along in our journey through our blogs and various social platforms. I’m simply grateful and thankful for the opportunity and invitation to this wonderful event and lunch. It warms my heart, to meet such kind and genuine group of women this past weekend. The energy and shared loved that filled the room was very strong and you could definitely feel its presence. Nothing but good, honest positive vibes that came from every single person there. I can’t stress enough, how uplifting and inspiring it is to meet such like-minded, forward thinking, creatives and entrepreneurs. I wish there were more women out there that thought this same way and lived life that same purpose. It’s great how we can all come together to support and empower one another. I’ve heard and seen so many cases where women are bashing other women or even bringing them down instead up lifting them up and rising up together.
A lot of our conversations, were about fashion, beauty but mostly and more importantly we spoke about empowerment. How we all are here for the same goals, we all want something better for ourselves and one another. We all supported the fact on how important it is to help one another however we can. One influencer, blogger and Girlboss said,
“It’s better to support one another, thats the only way we move forward and in turn we all rise up together.”
She couldn’t have said it any better, so I hash tagged it as #riseuptogether. So key and fitting for this is the type of society we live in where it’s heavily driven by social media. My philosophy is simply: We’re all here for the same ideas and purpose, we can only better ourselves and each other by coming together and supporting one another. And in turn this will help us grow and move forward, and it’s always better when you have a great team or an even better girl squad. You’ll forever have a great support system, cheering squad and lifelong relationships and friendships. It’s truly a powerful things to be surrounded by so much love, genuine positivity, and energy by so many influential ladies. Not to mention inspiring, I’m extremely thankful for meeting such a remarkable group of women. I only wish them nothing but the absolute best and more, much continued success all around. I just know and feel that only amazing things lie ahead for all of us. I look forward to meeting with these ladies again soon, and working together to discover more ways to support and empower one another. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet such wonderful women along my journey and we’ve become not only a great support system for one another we’ve become great friends too.
The entire brunch and event was so fun, a great way to spend my Saturday afternoon. Truly a very supportive, inspiring and empowering bunch we all were. And it only gave me more reasons to stay motivated, focused and even more determined for the future and what lies ahead. So many amazing things can happen when we all can come together like we did. A HUGE thank you to AMCONYC for hosting this wonderful brunch and bringing us all together and for our amazing gift bags, I can’t wait to try out all the goodies!!
This quote is so fitting and true, ” Girls compete with one another, Women empower each other.” #girlsquad #riseuptogether #supportoneanother #sharingiscaring #GirlBosses
Now onto my outfit details………
WEEKEND CASUAL CHIC STYLE
Now even though i’m very much into fashion and keeping up with trends and styles, when picking an outfit for the day I always think, “Am I going to be comfortable in that.???” I always say this to myself, because in my opinion when you feel comfortable in your overall look + appearance you exude a sense of confidence, that will catch anyone’s eye. In a positive way of course, but when you feel confident and happy about yourself it’s a great feeling overall. Keeping comfort + practicality in mind, I still want to look fashionably chic in my own personal style. I mean come on I live in the fashion mecca– New York City, so you know the looks gotta be on point lol. Fashion is one thing but two things I keep in mind are comfort + practicality. Fashion to me is what you make of it, everyone has their own unique sense of style. You still can be super fashionable even in your most comfortable and casual outfit, so whatever it is you’re wearing , You Better Work honey and rock it! You’ll only feel real and most comfortable when you stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Be creative, be glam, be stylish, be you! (My beliefs and motto all the way) Oh and for those who know me too, i’m all about that comfy+ casual + chic life! 😉
So for the brunch I was debating on wearing a dress or pants with a cute top. But seeing that the weather wasn’t so great starting out — (it was cloudy and rainy) I decided to go with this Casual, comfortable chic look. Even though it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day after all I’m still super happy with how my outfit turned out. This Off the Shoulder Blouse from Loft are so on trend right now, and I’ve fallen in love with them. I love this style so much that I’ve purchased different variations of this style from other brands and stores. Great for future outfit styles for my upcoming trips. This is so simple but so versatile all at the same time. It can be dressed up or dressed down whatever it is the possibilities are endless. Pair it with a pair of distressed jeans, skirt, or shorts you’ll be looking fly either way. This top is so great and fitting for what’s currently festival season. Very Coachellaesque, pair with a floral headpiece or even braid your hair in two dutch braids as seen on celebs like Kim Kardashian or Blogger, Beauty+ Lifestyle expert Marianna Hewitt. This blouse is so cute and chic it’s perfect for any body type, so I would highly recommend this top to anyone. And this one from The Loft is on sale now and super affordable. If you don’t own an Off the Shoulder Top, dress, etc.. this is definitely a style that will be popular for Spring and well into the Summer even early Fall months. Stay tuned for more outfit post with this top in different styles.
Many people may not think that leather pants/jeans are the most comfortable let alone the most flattering. TheseAG Skinny Leather JeansBurberry Leather Cut-out heelsVince Skater sneakersSocial Fashionista Beauty’s April Favorites list. I just purchased them not to long ago and I wear them all the time. And I love how well they went with this outfit too. i’ve owned for years and they are one of the MOST comfortable pair of pants I own. And what’s great about them, they go with just about anything like this Off the Shoulder top that I paired it with. You can never have too many leather jeans/pants. For my shoes, they aren’t seen in the photos, but for the brunch I dressed up the look a notch by adding these . They look casual and sporty but their ultra chic and modern. The exotic python leather detail and land snake heel design make them super fashionable taking them up a notch from your regular slip-on sneaker. They definitely make the . I’ve owned them for years and they are super cute, fun and fashionable. I can wear them for the a whole night of dancing but my feet will pay for it the next day. Super cute and somewhat comfortable but not as comfortable as the sneakers I wore, featured in the photos. I wore these heading to the brunch and coming home from the brunch I swapped my heels out for this super cute and comfy
For my accessories I kept it pretty simply. I love anything gold or rose gold, and here I wore my Orange Hermes “H” bracelet to add a pop of color to this basic black and white ensemble. I paired my beautiful Chloe + Isabel Lunette Long Pendant Necklace available now on my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza. And the rest of my jewelry are my everyday staples: myTurquoise Evil Eye Beaded Bracelet and Silver Hamsa Bracelet (To keep the bad juju (vibes) away and only good energy around me) my two gold Cartier Love bracelets, My Cartier Love ring , and my Engagement ring and wedding band.
As always thanks for reading and following along. If you like my look shop my look below by clicking the items underlined. Lots of love to you all!
JEANS: AG SKINNY LEATHER JEANS
NOT IN THE PHOTO: BURBERRY LEATHER CUT-OUT ANKLE BOOTIES
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