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Design Redefined With Project Runway Winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin & Intel

May 20th, 2013 by Christen

What happens when you mix technology, fashion and Project Runway 11 winner –  Michelle Lesniak Franklin an Intel Experience in NYC?  A day of entertaining fun & real life talks on the importance of portable technology on the go.

Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin at Intel Experience NYC


Over the weekend, was invited to attend an exclusive presentation of where technology meets design at the Experience Intel pop up shop in Chelsea.  Filled with live performances, gaming experiences and more, Intel offered unique hands-on experiences for consumers and fans alike.


Intel Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin

Project Runway 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin


One of Intel’s newest fans, Project Runway 11 winner – Michelle Lesniak Franklin shared the spotlight highlighting her love for the Intel Ultrabook convertable.  After winning Project Runway’s host of prizes including a $50,000 suite of Intel products Michelle shares how her world of design has been
redefined with Intel technology.  Check out the video to discover more from Michelle, Project Runway and Intel.





About Michelle Lesniak Franklin:  Michelle Lesniak Franklin is a designer from Portland who won Project Runway season 11. She first took interest in the world of fashion during high school when she reconstructed vintage clothing to fit her needs and quirkiness. She then studied printmaking/fine art in college as well as pattern making and draping at her her local community college.  Discover more of Michelle Lesniak Franklin designs at






(CES 2012) Ladies Who Tech: Anya Ayoung Chee’s Journey From Tech To The Runway

January 17th, 2012 by Christen


Kicking my Las Vegas and CES experience off right, my first CES soiree was hosted by Clever Girls Collective and Beth Blecherman of TechMamasLadies Who Tech Happy Hour which took place at the ultra luxurious Wynn/Encore hotel. An evening filled with appetizing snacks and delectable drinks, I got the chance to catch up with some of my old friends and met some new ones as well. Event sponsors were also on hand to talk about the fabulous goodies provided in our giftbags including a new Sony Bloggie Live video camera and a Kingston Wi-Drive.

With all the excitement in the air and the abundance of women who tech in the building, we all were graced with the presence of Project Runway Season 9 winner Anya Ayoung Chee, who joined the event behalf of HP and Intel. Anya, the former graphic artist-turned beauty queen spoke with us about her former career goals, her family and how Twitter got her onto the hit reality television show – Project Runway.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Lineup

August 10th, 2011 by Christen

It’s officially less than a month away and the Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show line up has been announced.  There’s an impressive list of new and returning designers that are prepared to show their latest collection at Lincoln Center to hundred of thousands of fashion industry professionals, insiders and VIPs.

“New York City is the fashion capital of the world, and from September 8th – 15th Lincoln Center will become the heartbeat of the city,” says Peter Levy, SVP Managing Director, IMG Fashion Worldwide.  “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the city’s single largest media event, is proud to offer some of the biggest names in fashion, as well as young and emerging talent, an unsurpassed platform to debut their Spring 2012 Collections.”

“This season’s diverse lineup ofdesigners is a testament to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Lincoln Center’s ability to create a world stage for the fashion industry to showcase everyone from the well established brands to the future stars,” said Lisa Holladay, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA.  “The scope and support of the event continues to evolve and with it comes new opportunities and benefits for those involved.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will present the following designers:

Nicholas K

Porter Grey


Richard Chai



Tadashi Shoji


Project Runway

Luca Luca

General Idea

Rebecca Taylor

Mara Hoffman

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s

Nicole Miller

Joy Cioci

Pink Tartan

Jill Stuart

Son Jung Wan


Vivienne Tam

Farah Angsana


Charlotte Ronson

Monique Lhuillier

Rafael Connamo


Katya Leonovich

Lela Rose

Derek Lam


Tracy Reese


Diane von Furstenberg

Jen Kao


Odd Molly

Custo Barcelona

Tommy Hilfiger

Timo Weiland

Jenny Packham

Callula Lillibelle

Carolina Herrera

Carlos Miele

Rebecca Minkoff

Donna Karan New York



Norman Ambrose

Betsey Johnson


Perry Ellis

J. Crew

Badgley Mischka

Vera Wang

Diesel Black Gold

Bibhu Mohapatra

Herve Leger by Max Azria

Argentine Designers

Zang Toi

Pammella Roland


Narciso Rodriguez

Malan Breton

Michael Kors

Nanette Lepore

J. Mendel

Chado Ralpho Rucci

Milly by Michelle Smith

Anna Sui

Elie Tahari

Ralph Lauren

Calvin Klein Collection


Elene Cassis

Naeem Khan



*Falguni Peacock

*Pink Tartan


*Rafael Cennamo

*Katya Leonovich


*J. Crew





 *Denotes first time showings at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week / Lincoln Center.

NYFW First Looks: Irina Shabayeva

February 16th, 2011 by Christen

Satin, bold shimmers and snowflakes filled former Project Runway Alumn – Irina Shabayeva’s Fall/Winter 2011 Runway collection.  With several cocktail dress pieces adorned in satin, shimmery golds and brilliant colors – these looks served as the highlight of the show as the wool & knits served as the textured basics in tunics & jackets.  The laser-cut snowflake details that were noticeably the theme among some of the designs lend itself to a typical “winter’s wonderland” theme that was neither “HIT” or “MISS” in my opinion – just another added feature to create an overall LOOK in a collection of designs that span both ends of the fashion spectrum. Check out some photos and video of the show and let me know what you think…



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