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Cynthia Rowley Dresses Harley Viera-Newton for the CFDA Awards

attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01:  Harley Viera-Newton attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Harley Viera-Newton attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.

attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY June 3, 2015

Cynthia Rowley dressed Harley Vieria-Newton for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC. The model/DJ stunned in the Forest Green Multi printed dress from the Fall 2015 Collection.

“CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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NEW YORK, NY June 3, 2015

China: Through the Looking Glass” took place the day of the annual Met Gala. The 140-piece exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton, brings together two of the museum’s departments, the Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, shining a light on Chinese imagery in art, film, and fashion.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th-century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe,” said Bolton. “Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

This exhibition is a rich mix of costumes, couture, paintings, porcelains, designer dresses, and film, to reflect enchanting Chinese imagery. It is a “monumental, immersive exploration of the influence of Chinese art,” said by Thomas Campbell, The Met’s Director and CEO. “Its inspiring mix of cultures, images, and ideas takes you on a truly cinematic journey.”

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery features a series of “mirrored reflections” that focus on Imperial China, the Republic of China (especially Shanghai in the 1920-40s), and the People’s Republic of China, and are illustrated with film clips from groundbreaking Chinese directors, such as Wong Kar Wai, the exhibition’s artistic director. Playing among one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the Western world, film snippets represent how our visions of China are shaped by the narratives within pop culture.

A stand out corner on the first floor showcases designs by Vivienne Tam, as she offered her polychrome-printed nylon mesh Mao Portrait Dress and her polyester Mao Suit from her spring/summer 1995 collection—a duo creation using Andy Warhol’s printed images of Mao from 1973.

On the second floor, the Chinese Galleries showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, and a section of The Met’s decorative art collection including jade, bronze, lacquer, and blue-and-white porcelain. In addition to gems and jewels, an array of vintage perfume bottles, and their sketches before they were manufactured (Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium perfume bottle from 1977, for instance), are on display in the back room.

Throughout the stunning exhibit, interpretations from some of the world’s most iconic designers—Balenciaga, Bulgari, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Guo Pei, Valentino, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Martin Margiela, Van Cleef & Arpels, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin—offer postmodern constructions instead of reproducing facsimiles. In The Astor Court, Chinese opera is given a fresh new look, as a sharp focus on RodarteChanel, and John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection is seen on a variety of porcelain white mannequins.

 

“China: Through the Looking Glass” is on view through August 16, 2015.

 

 

NICKI MINAJ WEARS IDAN COHEN FALL/WINTER 2015 ON THE COVER OF COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S JULY ISSUE

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NEW YORK, NY JUNE 2, 2015

Nicki Minaj wears a sparkling, embellished bodysuit by designer Idan Cohen for the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s July issue.

Designer Idan Cohen, based in Israel, showed his collection for the first time on a major runway at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week this past February, 2015 – presenting a Fall/Winter collection of high-end eveningwear in the Pavilion venue at Lincoln Center. The designer, known for his highly coveted Bridal and Eveningwear Boutique in Tel Aviv, is currently expanding internationally and putting a strong focus on the US market. 

photo credit: Randy Brooke

 

 

HILARY RHODA WEARS THE VIA SPIGA ‘TALETHA’ SANDAL AT THE CFDA DESIGN AWARDS

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NEW YORK, NY June 2, 2015

WHO:              Model, Hilary Rhoda

 

WHAT:            Wears the Via Spiga ‘Taletha’ sandal at the 2015 CFDA Design Awards

 

WHEN:            June 1, 2015

 

WHERE:          Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

 

Best Bikinis for Sporty Bodies

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swimwear02You work hard for that athletic figure: don’t waste it hiding behind an unflattering swimming suit. Turn heads with the right bikini, one that will enhance your smaller bust and will show off your well-toned lower half. Here’s what you should consider when looking for the most becoming swimwear to highlight your shape.

1. Embellish to Add Emphasis

In general, women with a sporty body type should focus on feminine details. Because your body is generally a straight line, you’ll want to add the illusion of curves. To do that, avoid shapeless tank tops and boy-cut bottoms. Instead, try a top with embellishments, such as fringes or ruffles. The Raisins brand out of southern California offers the Shayla bikini line that has a soft flounce, which drapes over the top piece, giving the impression of a larger bust.

You can also benefit from a padded top, which gives the impression of a fuller figure. Halter-style strap styles gather the bust to create more impact as well. While you’re at it, emphasize your back with a suit that has strappy lines. Crisscross lines work well to highlight your sculpted trapezoid muscles.

In addition, remember to choose bright colors and feminine prints. They both can naturally give the look of curves, which is exactly what you are trying to do. In short, you want to:

• Wear a padded top to add cleavage
• Rock the ruffles to emphasize everything
• Embrace straps that bring the eye upward
• Avoid boxy, straight looks like boy shorts

2. Un-broaden Your Horizon

If your athletic build includes wide shoulders, avoid bandeau tops, which can make them look even broader. Instead, you want to balance out your body. If your upper half is boxy, you can even it out with a solid color on the front and a print or ruching on the sides. An asymmetrical neckline will also work to draw the eye up, instead of straight across.

3. Do You Want Thighs With That?

Athletic figures also tend to have powerful thighs. The bikini bottom should fit below the belt line to better balance out proportions. Look for pieces with a flattering tapered-back, allowing you to show off your toned glutes from the back and side.

Finding the right fit can seem like a challenge, but once you know what to look for it shouldn’t be too difficult. Celebrate your shape with bright colors and patterns. Your top half can benefit from a few adornments to create the illusion of curves for an otherwise straight body. Emphasize your slim hips and shapely legs with a tapered bottom.

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