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Elevated – Dom Streater’s S/S 2015 Collection Unveiled in NYC

September 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Dom Streater

ELEVATED

On Monday, September 8th editors, media guests and fashion lovers alike  attended the runway show and fashion presentation unveiling ELEVATED, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection by Dom Streater, winner of Project Runway Season 12.

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Inspired by the landscape views of the Midwest terrain during a flight to Los Angeles, ELEVATED is a collection that includes cool and warm tones on bold, psychedelic textiles. Check out more from the unveiled line in NYC below.

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The aviation theme was present throughout the entire collection from head to toe.

 

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The mixed patterns, colors and matching accessories were colorful and complementary

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The volcano inspired maxi dress moved and swayed beautifully down the runway

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A 3-price of design rolled into one.

The overcoat, dress and matching headphones is a stylish trio that any women would enjoy.

 

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The eye-catching designs and beautiful models owned the runway from start to finish.

 

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It’s a party!  The DJ is rocking the runway and the guests had a wonderful time!

 

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Dominique Streater was born and raised in the heart of West Philadelphia. An avid artist since childhood, she has earned a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design. Just a few years after the completion of her degree, Dom was cast on the Emmy award winning television series, Project Runway Season 12, where she made a mark on the fashion industry by winning the competition with her use of bold and daring color and prints in her fashion forward designs.  For more information visit dominiquestreater.com.

 

What do you think of the “Elevated” Spring/Summer collection? Did you like the colors, patterns and accessories of the runway looks?  Share your thoughts below.

 

Photo credit is to D. Burton Photos

NYFW Kicks Off Stylishly With First Ever BET on Fashion Event [VIDEO]

September 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

BET On Fashion

 

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and it kicked off with a stylish bang with BET Networks first ever BET on Fashion event in New York City.

 

Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.

 

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BET on Fashion Designers strike a post before the show.

 

 

Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week.  Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event.  Check out the all the event fun below.

 

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Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm.  In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception.  Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.

 

What do you think about BET on Fashion?  Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event?  What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?

 

NYFW: DVF Spring 2015 Gingham Prints, Pops Of Color and Naomi Campbell

September 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If there’s one show I look forward to witnessing every season, it has to be the DVF collection by Diane Von Furstenburg herself.  Always filled with statement pieces for the everyday woman, this collection houses much much than the iconic wrap dress – and that’s where the anticipation builds year after year.  Who knew this season’s off-site show would house such stylish moments with gingham, the legendary Pat McGrath, fashion’s newest “IT-GIRL” Kendall Jenner and fashion icon Naomi Campbell.

 

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Legendary makeup guru, Pat McGrath sharing her favorite beauty tips for the DVF model looks.

 

 

My DVF fashion fun began hours before the show with lead stylist Orlando Pita (for CHI Haircare) & Beauty Guru Pat McGrath.  Throughout the sea of beautiful models laughing, snapping selfies and getting their finishing touches on hair, nails and makeup – a commanding, yet motherly  voice arises “Orlando, Orlando!”  and in walks Diane Von Furstenburg herself.

 

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Diane and lead hair stylist Orlando Pita share a moment before the show.

 

After a few moments of praise, Diane and her team rushed to the the runway in preparation for the show rehearsal.  One by one, the models dressed in bright and bold golds, blues and greens walked the runway for final approval before the big show.

 

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An impromptu photo shoot keeps the models busy while waiting for the rehearsal to begin…

 

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Lined up and ready to go, the models await their turn to rock the runway during rehearsal.

 

 

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A look of bold colors, mixed prints and no shortage of separates in the DVF Spring 2015 collection

 

 

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Who doesn’t love DVF printed gingham bags and matching heels?

 

Once the show began, everyone was all abuzz about Kendall Jenner walking in the show, but it wasn’t until the showstopper herself – Naomi Campbell walked the runway that upped the anti on what could be considered a great Spring show.

 

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Kendall Jenner struts down the runway in this monochromatic DVF frock…

 

 

 

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Naomi Campbell shocked guests as the surprise show-stopping model gracing the DVF runway.

 

 

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The legend Diane Von Furstenberg appears for her ovation after the finale of her show.

 

Filled with bra tops, baby doll dresses and plenty of leg-worthy frocks to go around, this DVF collection is definitely more vacation friendly than office friendly, but hey that’s what makes DVF so great right?  I mean, we have more than enough wrap dresses to go around so this collection is a welcomed suite of fun fashions for any woman to enjoy next spring!

 

Check out more looks from the DVF Spring 2015 collection below.

 

 

What do you think?  Do you love the collection, adore Naomi Campbell or think Kendall Jenner looked stellar?  Share your thoughts below.

 

 

A Fascinating Day in Saratoga With America’s Best Racing

September 2nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

If you’ve ever wandered about the glitz and glory that is the Kentucky Derby – did you know you can place your bets on finding the hottest fashions, prettiest horses and all the fun at a track a little closer to home?  Recently, a few of my blogger friends and I were guests of America’s Best Racing and visited the historical Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Check out some of the racing fun and fashions found at our day at the races below.

 

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On your mark, get set, GO!  In addition to the beautiful stables filled with race horses trained to win, the racing experience begins way before you step foot inside of the racing center.  You can’t just show up for a fascinating day of racing without the right fashions from head to toe.  That’s why my girls and I made our way to Dora Marra for luxurious fascinators to kick our day at the races off right.  Dora Marra offered a variety of stylish head pieces for our big day at the races.  We were like kids in a candy store looking for the perfect fascinator for Saratoga [Check out our hilarious behind the scenes video and more photos from our Dora Marra shopping day.]

 

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The fascinating fashion:  Picking the right attire for the races isn’t an easy feat.  I wanted a dress that wouldn’t show up my amazing feather fascinator, but I also wanted to dress for the weather (which is unusually hot and humid for this time of year in upstate New York).  I opted for this coral and cream number which got it’s fair share of compliments while at the races.

 

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Fascinator:Dora Marra

Necklace & Accessories:  J. Crew / Michael Kors

Dress:  Monteau

Shoes:  Shoedazzle

 

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The fascinating horses:  There were plenty of thoroughbred horses on display at the Saratoga Race Course grounds, many of them were seasoned pros just waiting for their next chance to prove themselves on the track.  This beautiful runner was not only very active, he practically made posing for a selfie impossible.  Every time I got in close enough for a good selfie, he’d move in for a kiss (or headbutt) and I freaked out.  Eventually we settled on a topic of conversation that made us both calm, happy and ready for our candid photo.

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America's Best Racing

 

Place your bets:  Did you know that you can enjoy the races with or without placing your bets?  With bets starting at $1 – I couldn’t see why you wouldn’t want to get your feet wet with a little wager.  Tickets to the races start as low as $5 (that’s cheaper than a movie ticket!)  While there, guests enjoy the sun, shopping, food and up close and personal thoroughbred moments throughout the 350-acre racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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Although the season has come to an end, visiting the Saratoga Race Track next summer should definitely be on your to-do list.  It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your girlfriends, dress up and enjoy a fabulous day of fun!  For more information on Saratoga Racing and to plan your next trip visit NYRA.com.  In case you’re looking to get into some racing fun before next summer, you can also check out the fall racing schedule throughout at Belmont Park in Hempstead (Long Island) NY below:

September 20
College Day
As implied by the name, this day will be geared toward younger fans and those interested in learning more about how to play the races. There will also be a huge fashion element with people being encouraged to dress up in their best dresses, hats, bow ties and everything else you might expect people to wear at the track.

 

September 27
Gold Cup Day – Family Fun Day
Gold Cup is one of the biggest races each year. To mark the date, Belmont is hosting a massive food truck festival, there will be music and a live dj in the backyard area and there will be a  giveaway at the door. Additionally, as a “family fun day,” there will be a lot of kid-focused activities, including an inflatable climbing wall, a bouncy house, a petting zoo and pony rides offered at the track.

 

October 4
Oktoberfest
This will be geared more toward adults looking to enjoy some great food and drink. There will be micro-breweries represented, lots of beer to choose from and a chili festival in the backyard.

 

October 18
New York Showcase Day
This day is all about celebrating the best of New York, from NY-bred horses to NY art and culture. There will be a Farmers Market at the track featuring local food, art and craft vendors. There will also be a pumpkin picking area and the family fun day experience, including all of the same kid-focused activities available at the September 27 event.

 

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Huge thanks to Dan, Victoria and the entire NYRA team for a lovely day in Saratoga Springs, I can’t wait to do it again soon!

Step Into Easy Style With Leggings From 20Legz

August 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Anyone who knows me, knows that leggings aren’t just an essential part of my wardrobe… they’re an essential part of my life!  From traveling cross-country to dashing in style without the fuss, my favorite leggings from 20Legz have been there every step of the way this summer and I just had to share a few easy-breezy Do’s and Don’ts style tips to help you step into easy flawless style with designer legs from 20Legz below.

 

 

Packing a punch with perforated florals

(Flora:  $20)

Sometimes you just want to celebrate with flowers.  These Flora leggings from 20Legz celebrates any look with a  splash of color, pattern and texture all in one.  Adding this burst of color to any bold colored top instantly upgrades any look and takes the basic comfort of leggings up a notch with feminine flair.  One thing that I love about all my leggings from 20Legz is that no matter the style, they’re super comfortable and have just the right stretch to stay in place for all day wear.

 

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DO pair leggings with high heels or wedges, or even tall or ankle boots to boost the illusion of height. If you’re tall, you can rock your leggings with heels, boots, sneakers or ballet flats.

 

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DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom.

 

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Get artsy with Art Deco limbs

(Van Gough:  $20)

If standing out is important to you, the Van Gough leggings are the bees-knees! I always get compliments from men and women anytime I step out in my favorite art-inspired legwear.  These art deco geometric print ankle leggings are 95% polyester, 5% spandex and 100% fun!  During a racing adventure in Portland, Oregon I took my Van Gough leggings for a spin while test driving the new 2015 Dodge Challenger.  Paired with my favorite sheer cobalt blue blouse, statement necklace from J. Crew and heels – I was ready to ride in style!

 

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DO wear tops that cover your bumb! Leggings should always be worn with long tops, jumpers, dresses, skirts or shorts.  Anything that covers your but is fine, otherwise you will give too much exposure to your intimate parts and that is never good nor stylish.

 

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DON’T  overuse color-on-color. Try simple black or neutral tones (or nude colors) leggings to go with a bright-colored outfit.

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Feeling Needy With Knee Patched Leggings

(Knee Patch:  $20)

Running low on stylish options, the Knee Patch leggings offers the perfect alternative with a mix of texture and monochromatic feel that goes with anything.  Pair theses comfortable black leggings with a something vibrant and bright or just plain black and white (and leave the color to the accessories).  I wore these on a recent NYC shopping adventure in SoHo and paired it with a floral tunic from White House | Black Market and geometric sneakers from Peter Pilotto for Target.

 

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DO team patterned leggings with a simple statement/slogan T-shirt, a belted tunic or minidress for visual interest.  I love matching patterned tops with similar patterned kicks, balance it off with neutral, yet stylish leggings like these and you’re set to go.

 

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DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom.  You don’t want to show off too many lovely lady lumps. 

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Thinking about taking the plunge with these vibrant leggings?  You can find all sorts of creative and stylish leggings all for $20 today.  Check out the wide assortment of leggings available from 20Legz by visiting them online at 20Legz.com and get social by connecting with 20Legz for new releases and giveaways on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter today.

Fitness Gear To Energize Your Next Workout – Fueled By Celliant Technology

May 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I’m one of those people who suck at new year fitness resolutions, I just can’t keep it consistent and get it right.  Although I’m not a huge fan of traditional workouts and get bored with workout routines easily, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy fitness activities such as bike riding, skating and more.  During a biking summit earlier this month, I was introduced to the latest in wearable technology that would change the way I work out forever, discover how Celliant changed the way I feel about fitness below.

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Celliant technology in a nutshell is a hybrid of fiber-filled textiles that recycles your body heat into a boost of infrared energy.  Since wearing incorporating Celliant gear into my workout wardrobe, I have significantly noticed a improved circulation and almost elimination of sore muscles and joints.

 

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Developed by leading experts in medicine, physics and biology, as well as a dedicated Scientific Advisory Board, Celliant a proprietary fiber that is loaded with a potent mix of thermo-reactive minerals. Powered by our own metabolism, it is more hybrid engine than textile. It recycles and converts radiant body heat into something that gives the body a measurable boost—infrared energy.

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Last week, I decided to put Celliant to the test with a 7-mile walk/run through New York City.  Wearing a Celliant infused compression shirt from Saucony, along with Celliant athletic socks – I was able to explore the city and get a great afternoon workout with energy to spare.  I didn’t have a sluggish post-workout hangover and had minimal traces of sore feet whatsoever.  Since Celliant promotes the benefits of improved circulation, cell performance and overall health, it’s no surprise that it delivered and gave me a boost of confidence and energy to want to workout more.  And the science & testing behind it makes Celliant the most established and clinically tested infrared textile in the industry.

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The beauty of Celliant technology is in the fibers.  Because the deep woven fibers contain the technology, there are no wires, battery packs or worries that Celliant will break down or wash off – Celliant technology performs and lasts the lifetime of the material.  This wearable technology can be found in an assortment of sportswear, accessories and even bedding and is sure to be included in more wearables that you already know and love.

 

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There’s a limited variety on complete sports apparel available at this time (I can’t wait for Celliant sports bras, hoodies, and yoga pants to become available). You can currently shop an assortment of Celliant infused workout gear from tops, tights, socks, wraps and more at CelliantTX.com and connect with the technology behind the infrared fibers on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest today.

Style Guru Lloyd Boston Launches “Perfectly Styled” Greeting Card Collection At NIQUEA.D

May 2nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Just in time for Mother’s Day and stylish seasonal greetings – style guru, Lloyd Boston has launched his new greeting card collection, “Perfectly Styled” at New York City NIQUEA.D boutiques this week.  Lloyd was on hand to mix and mingle with guests, as well as offer his styling advice to attendees.

 

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If your mom, grandmother, sisters or friends truly cherish stylish greeting cards that reflect them – “Perfectly Styled” card collection is perfect for them!  Many of the cards reflect a variety of fashionistas and stylish accessories or settings.  No matter what the occasion, a great greeting card is always a nice surprise.  Averaging around $8, these beautifully crafted cards not only feature amazing artwork and imagery but you can find “Perfectly Styled” cards for birthdays, friendly greetings and more!

 

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Lloyd Boston Perfectly Styled NIQUEAD

Lloyd Boston Perfectly Styled NIQUEAD

“Perfectly Styled” by Lloyd Boston is a greeting card collection straight from the style guru himself.  These cards reflect the timeless style and grace he advocates.  Renowned for his style expertise and fashion tips and tricks, his card collection is a group of exquisite works of art.

 

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Lloyd Boston Perfectly Styled NIQUEAD

 

Lloyd Boston Perfectly Styled NIQUEAD

 

Lloyd Boston Perfectly Styled NIQUEAD

 

Each card not only expresses wonderful sentiments, but they also come with extraordinary correspondence.  Each card comes with its own postage and specialty NIQUEA.D seal.  For more on the “Perfectly Styled” collection visit NIQUEAD.COM today.

Photo Gallery: The Bright Side Of Art And Style

April 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
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Scrap Junk Yard or Art Installation? You Decide.

 

This is Detroit.  Not bad huh?  No, the city isn’t burning down in despair – as a matter of fact, it is alive, well and bursting at the seams  with rich art and re-defining style everyday.  While in Detroit, I decided to visit one of my favorite open art installations in the city – The Heidelburg Project.  Known for its colorful backdrops of bright hues, political messaging and plenty of mixed media – this area has been around and re-defining how we look at art since 1986.  Armed with a camera (a little extra time on my hands) and a crisp, sunny Spring day – take a look at my interpretation of the bright side of art and style below (…and let me know what you think!)

 

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Divas And Dorks – The Album Cover

 

Dress:  Von Vonni Transformer Dress – VonVonni.com

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Ring Around The Rosies or Lady Of The Rings?

 

Jacket:  White Moto Jacket – Forever 21

 

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“Oh what tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…”

 

[Accessories]

Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban Aviator Flash Mirror Lenses

Earrings:  Cushion Set Neiman Marcus

Necklace:  Private Designer

Watch:  Michael Kors

 

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A girl can never have enough shoes… even if they’re mixed-matched and hanging on a fence.

 

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Patience is a virtue…

 

Shoes:  Peter Pilotto x Target

 

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If a rose can grow from concrete, why shouldn’t a car grow from a grassy field?

 

[For more on the Heidelburg Project visit DivasOnDestinations.com

Discover, Wear And Share Your Style With The New StyleChat App

April 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

stylechatStyleChat is the brand new app that brings your entire fashion world to your phone like no other. The free app allows users to become their own stylist and find the latest fashion trends from anywhere online. Users can then create unique collections, style looks and mix-and-match pieces with items they already have. With groundbreaking new technology, users can also try on looks on their selfie, and when ready to buy, simply purchase with just one tap.

 

What makes StyleChat so unique?  It delivers a social element for consumers and fashion pros in a one-stop-shop for online shopping, augmented reality and social networking in one more app.  You get the in-store shopping experience (fitting room included) without ever having to step foot inside of a store.

YOU CAN:

· Create collections while browsing and shopping online
· Dress your selfie with your fashion finds
· Instantly remove image backgrounds, eliminating the need for applications like Photoshop
· Style unique looks by pairing new styles with existing closet items (like “Cher’s dream closet in iconic 90s film ‘Clueless’)
· Store favorite fashion sites with auto-bookmarking
· Share your style! Share with friends, chat, and get opinions
· One-tap to buy! Simply tap the item you want to make a quick purchase

 

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But wait!  There’s More!  If that wasn’t enough, the ‘StyleMe’ visualization feature allows fashion enthusiasts to discover items from anywhere online and virtually try them on, anywhere and at any time. ‘StyleMe’ will allow users to try-on jewelry and eyewear, and in the future will expand to cover additional accessories and clothing.

 

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StyleChat has just launched this week and is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD in the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone.  To discover more, connect with StyleChat online at StyleChatMobile.com - you can also get social and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today.

 

 

Monif C “My Beach Is Better” Summer Swim Preview in NYC

April 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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In celebration of summer, celebrated designer Monif C debuted her latest swim collection in New York City.  The “My Beach is Better” event hosted a variety of fashion editors, models, bloggers and fans to celebrate the arrival of the stylish swim collection for curvy women. Launching her 2014 Swim Collection, luxurious and ultra-feminine plus size fashion designer Monif C., transformed a Manhattan loft space into a Miami beach-themed party. As guests entered the venue, they were greeted by ten curvaceous models in flirty and chic swimsuits on lighted platforms. With the room flanked by real palm trees and purple, blue and pink lighting, one felt like they just walked into a Miami beach party.

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“It took me many years to appreciate my curves and recognize them as a plus and not a minus. I know there are women like me who recognize that we get dressed everyday in the hopes of reflecting creatively what we bring to the world. I was tired of buying the standard uniform that every plus size woman has, I needed luxurious feminine clothes that make a statement…” - Monif Clarke

After making her grand entrance Monif Clarke delivered a heart warming speech acknowledging and celebrating her 9th year as a successful fashion designer. After the speech, guests continued dancing to a mixture of reggae and hip hop music by DJ Amanda Blaze.

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Live models displayed the latest collection on low-lit pedestals and on an indoor-sanded beach.  Some of the most recognized names in the plus-size fashion industry were in attendance as guests danced to a live DJ, sipped beach themed cocktails by Bacardi and enjoyed an unforgettable night in NYC.

Today as a plus size woman, Monif understands the need for a new perspective in the plus size market. Monif C. has been featured on Fox Business, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Barbara Walters’ the View, The Washington Post, Latina, Crain’s New York Business, Essence, Glamour, TLC’s What Not to Wear, Seventeen Magazine, Ebony, Jet and many more. The Monif C. collection is quintessentially the wardrobe for the young, contemporary, sexy plus size woman. When you wear Monif C., you reclaim your femininity and your strong sense of self.

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For more information on the new Monif C summer swim collection, visit MonifC.com and connect with Monif C online on Twitter and Facebook today.

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