Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Bar at Park Tavern
The Dining Room at Park Tavern
On Tuesday, August 30th, 2011, Gilt City co-hosted the Park Tavern official opening party, celebrating the launch of the new American bar and bistro located in San Francisco’s Washington Square Park. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., guests sampled the Park Tavern’s delicious new menu featuring boldly flavored favorites with a modern twists as well as the expertly crafted specialty cocktail menu.
Housing an eclectic blend of vintage fixtures and warm, comfortable furnishings, Park Tavern features a mix of casual and elegant dining. Throughout the night, guests settled into the many unique spaces of the new restaurant including the Carrera marble bar, communal table, chef’s counter, dining room and the indoor and outdoor café.
Gilt City members were invited to the exclusive, private preview party and were delighted to get a coveted first look at San Francisco’s hottest new dining destination. Notable attendees included marketing guru Claudia Ross, event producer Charleston Pierce, Park Tavern owner Anna Weinberg, philanthropist Elisabeth Thieriot, Park Tavern Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, Helpers House of Couture’s Joy Bianchi, and Gilt City Senior Curator’sJordana Havriluk and Simmone Chaddan.
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Friday, June 3, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Canada and IMG announce the launch of the
Mercedes-Benz Start Up program
A National Program to Nurture Canada’s Next Generation of Fashion Designers
TORONTO, ON – Mercedes-Benz Canada, and IMG, a global sports, fashion and media company, announced today the launch of Mercedes-Benz Start Up. Produced in conjunction with LGBeauty by L’Oréal Paris, Mercedes-Benz Start Up is a new initiative that is intended to provide a national platform to discover and support up-and-coming Canadian designers who have been in business for less than five years. By connecting these gifted individuals with an experienced panel of industry insiders, the program will mentor impressive Canadian talent to help them hone a broad range of skills and elevate their profile through unique and exclusive opportunities. This unprecedented access to experts, combined with invaluable real-world practical experience, will equip participants with a comprehensive roadmap to success and the knowledge and confidence required for a thriving career in fashion.
Following today’s announcement, the Mercedes-Benz Start Up team will begin meeting with influential fashion media, buyers and educators in key Canadian markets to identify talented and ambitious designers that would qualify as suitable candidates.
All the submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of industry judges who will follow a list of specific criteria to ensure objectivity and fairness. From this pool of submissions, a total of 20 designers will be selected to advance to the next round: the semi-final competition.
In the first year, the semi-finals will be conducted in two provinces, but it will expand to include four provinces by the second year and beyond. This will ensure that Mercedes-Benz Start Up is truly a national program that is easily accessible to designers across the country.
The semi-finals will yield a total of four designers who will be invited to show their collections at the national final held during the official schedule of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris in. This will provide successful participants an invaluable opportunity to prominently showcase their designs on the runway to thousands of prominent industry representatives.
Following the national final, only one of the four semi-finalists will progress to the next stage of the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program. He or she will be rewarded with access to key industry mentors for a period of five months to help the chosen candidate prepare his or her debut solo show that will be presented as a highlight on the schedule at LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris in.
“Mercedes-Benz has maintained an unquestionable link between the brand and leading edge design since the company invented the automobile over 125 years ago. In fact, many trendsetting and timeless Mercedes-Benz vehicles have inspired and created entirely new segments in the automotive industry,” said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “I am very impressed by the raw potential that exists here in. Considering the ongoing emphasis we place on expressive design, it is only natural for our company to also help foster opportunities in an industry with similar core principles. By supporting emerging designers to broaden their overall scope through Mercedes-Benz Start Up, I am confident that we will be able to further strengthen the Canadian fashion industry and heighten its overall prominence and reputation on the world stage.”
Peter Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Fashion said “Mercedes-Benz Start Up will allow Canadian designers the opportunity to move up in the industry and provide them a guide to achievement.” Levy went on to say at the announcement event “The goal is to facilitate a platform for these designers to showcase their talent in a professional setting with access to key mentors from various segments of the industry.”
“LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris has grown into a national platform for designers from across the nation to showcase their talent in the international arena,” said Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Design Council of Canada “We are thrilled to go forward with Mercedes-Benz Canada and IMG to create relationships with young designers countrywide. LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris will provide a world class runway with unparalleled exposure for these designers.”
Monday, May 23, 2011
By Samantha Spiegel
On May 19, 2011, Neiman Marcus’ third floor salon was filled with incredible Oscar de la Renta haute couture. De la Renta, being no stranger to detail and precision, made sure there was no lack thereof in his new collection. As I began to walk through the clothes, heavily beaded and embroidered strapless and one-shouldered gowns, usually bejeweled around the neckline or waistline, flowed out from the clothing racks. Gowns struck a romantic, sophisticated, glamourous, yet sexy note with black tulle and silk organza, beaded lace, and gilded colors.
The gowns beautifully shaped and flattered the female figure, much of the time resembling the silhouette and style of a woman from a René Gruau world and the first noticeable motifs were the fine florals and twisting lines. But the gowns suddenly turned into stiff, made out of parkas. From Palm Beach. Successfully, however, it dove back into sophistication with a slinky, black velvet dress and a Poiret-inspired, cocooning silhouette of a twisted ruffle empire skirt and .
Two pinnacles of the trunk show were the voluminous and feathered Gruau-inspired and the 19th-century-inspired dresses: pastels, bows, slight Oriental embroidery, and high-necked boleros.
The rest of the collection was not very inspiring to me, personally. Modern pieces, profoundly influenced by tribal designs and dense colors, seemed foreign and inharmonious next to couture gowns that could have easily been worn by an Irving Penn or Richard Avedon model.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
BUENOS AIRES RUNWAY
Buenos Aires, April 2011- On March 22, 2011 the Buenos Aires city government debuted Buenos Aires Runway at the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) located in the traditional Barracas neighborhood. Designed to showcase local designers, last month’s inaugural edition put some of the finest Argentinean styles on display for the Fall-Winter 2011 collections.
This first edition of Buenos Aires Runway served as a project platform to celebrate Argentinean fashion as a new creative field, as well as reinforce its integration into the industry and economy.
The second edition of Buenos Aires Runway will include several new and exciting additions. The event, to be held in Fall 2011, will feature business rounds with buyers around the country, various conference cycles and a showroom similar to the main fashion event in Latin America.
In all future editions of Buenos Aires Runway, new talent will continue to be selected, with the goal of offering these upcoming designers the professional tools and base to establish adequate connections within the local and international market.
With help from prestigious IMG Fashion, Buenos Aires Runway seeks to become a part of the international fashion calendar while also establishing the city of Buenos Aires as a symbol of design and fashion.
Among the designers who participated in the first edition of Buenos Aires Runway:
Marcelo Senra, an Argentinean native, known for her ethnic and tribal designs, was selected last year by the Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show her collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Daniela Sartori, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, she works with organic material and speciailizes in tailoring. Her clothes are unisex.
Min Agostini studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and uses that background in her designs. She’s known for her short skirts with big volume, dresses and urban coats. In 2009, she was selected by the Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show her collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Fabian Zitta, once a doctor, studied design at the University of Buenos Aires. He is inspired by Art Deco and his collections have many layers.
Marina Dappian, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, she was insipired by pictures her daughter scribbled on the wall of the house. She works a lot with wool.
Mariano Toledo is an argenitinian Designer who works on Latin America Project Runway. His Fall-Winter 2011 Collection included some leather goods and jackets that are typical of his design. He appreciates a masculine style that highlights feminity with personality, mixing skirts, ties, and transparent pants.